Posts Tagged ‘Thrill of the Trail

21
Jan
11

2010 in Pictures

2010 was the year running took a backseat from my list of activities, but in between my great hiatus there were some interesting events that transpired.  Here’s a look back at how 2010 was for me:

January

The highlight for the first month of 2010 was my return to running with a 50K test run of the Bataan Death March (BDM) Ultramarathon (first 50K of the actual route).

With our support crew (courtesy Gail Consolacion)

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15
Sep
10

TNF Thrill of the Trail Bohol: My Perspective

“Everyone can run on the road, but not everyone can endure the trail.”  That’s what The North Face Thrill of the Trail stands for, and for this leg the series finally landed in the Visayas via Bohol.

The starting line, just before sunrise

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14
Sep
10

TNF Thrill of the Trail Bohol Race Results

News flash: Race results for The North Face Thrill of the Trail Bohol is now available!

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14
Sep
10

The Great Visayan Adventure (Preview)

After five days and five nights in Bohol and Cebu, it’s now back to reality.  With tons of photos and a few videos to process, not to mention heaps of emails to read and respond to (both from work, media relations, personal messages, etc.) I can’t begin to imagine how to start sharing those wonderful adventures I’ve had!  Well this is me attempting to give you some idea what happened with my grand adventure vacation:

At Alona Beach, Panglao Island

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09
Sep
10

A Weekend of Adventure (Preview)

This weekend is one of the busier weekends as far as running is concerned: five races are simultaneously held, two of which are in Bohol!  Beginning with Metro Manila: the FINEX Run in SM Mall of Asia, The FS Run is Bonifacio Global City, and The Green Mile in Ayala Alabang.  Elsewhere, in Bohol, there’s the Tagbilaran leg of the National MILO® Marathon, and The North Face Thrill of the Trail in Danao.  It’s probably the same time that I saw two races simultaneously held in a province.

Five races, one long weekend

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22
Jul
10

The North Face Thrill of the Trail Bohol

The North Face Thrill of the Trail series is back with a vengeance, and this time around it landed on the island of Bohol:

Event poster

Traverse 12 chocolate hills and cross 2 rivers as you experience the Thrill of the Trail in Bohol (Source)

As the name implies this is a trail running event with two distances to choose from: 11K and 22K.  Because of its impact on the trails slots are limited to a combined total of 20 slots per branch for all distances.  Registration is until August 20, 2010 or until the slots are filled up (whichever comes first) and costs P500 (Metro Manila, P350 Provincial) for all distances.  You may register at the following sites:

The North Face
SM City Cebu; SM City Cagayan De Oro; SM City Davao; SM City North EDSA; SM Mall of Asia; Shangri-La Mall; Glorietta 4; SM Megamall

ROX
Bonifacio High Street; Ayala Center Cebu

Res Toe Run
Dumaguete; Ayala Center Cebu

See preview photos here

The race is on September 12, 2010 which starts at Danao Municipal Hall and ends in the vicinity of E.A.T. Danao.  Race kits can be claimed from September 1 to 11, 2010 on your respective points of registration (make sure to keep your registration receipt).

For more information on this event visit thrillofthetrail.ph/bohol-trail-running.  Photos courtesy of The North Face Philippines.

18
Jan
10

Me and My GF’s First Running Anniversary

Exactly one year ago (January 18, 2009), my GF (405) and I had our first run together, on a perfect location, in a great race.  It was during The North Face Thrill of the Trail in Nasugbu, Batangas that we got to know each other well, and what an idyllic setting it was.

First Run

The trails were the perfect settings for our maiden race together because there aren’t many obstructions to obscure GPS signals, and as such I was able to get a pretty accurate elevation measure of the area.  Add that to the already accurate aerial distance measurement and you have a virtual 3D plot of your activity—something that I’ve never enjoyed before which my then barely-out-of-the-box Garmin Forerunner 405 gave me the pleasure of having.  Here was my first actual race readings from TNF Thrill of the Trail 2009:

My first GPS-tracked race: TNF Thrill of the Trail (2009); route and elevation information via GF405

That was the start of a great relationship, and so they say the rest was history.

Caring for your GFs

Not all runners were lucky to have a long withstanding bond with their Garmin Forerunners.  Here are some tips I can share:

Battery
Personally I follow this charge-cycle: As much as possible do not let the battery drain completely and when charging make sure to charge it fully—never do partial charging!  Batteries have a “point-of-no-return” and when your battery reaches this point it will never charge!  Full charging also helps reduce certain “memory” issues with batteries.

Water
As much as possible keep your GFs dry.  For 405s it causes the bezel and buttons to temporarily malfunction but for 305s it causes internal corrosion.

More Tips
For more tips and guide on using your GF405 read my review here.

Warning: Fatal Software Issue

There is a serious flaw in GF405 software version 2.50 wherein your lap data will NOT be saved.  If suddenly you find your GF405’s memory is full during your run and your Auto Lap is turned ON it will keep notifying you that your lap memory is full.  The notification will keep popping up rendering the device practically unusable, until you STOP your activity.  This software version does NOT automatically delete old lap data so your current lap data have no room to be saved and thus would be lost forever—frustrating indeed.  The GPS routes though seem to be unaffected but it yields trivial distance/lap data ratio.  This event unfortunately happened to me during my Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, below are my kilometer splits:

Of course a marathon is 42.195K long but in the splits I only had barely 31K on file, the rest was gone, but the GPS route seems to be complete.  Viewing it on the player is more confusing as it displays a complete plot for 42K whereas it only has 31K worth of data (notice the details towards the end).

Prevention
To avoid this trouble, make sure to delete your old lap data whenever your GF405 is warning you that your lap memory is almost full.  The Delete › Old Activities option conveniently deletes all activities that are older than a month permanently so make sure to save on your computer (via Garmin Training Center) or upload online (to Garmin Connect) your lap data first.

Cure
As of January, 2010 no new software updates have been released.

Nobody’s perfect and definitely everything that is man-made has its flaws, but regardless of its flaws I still am glad that I got a reliable partner whenever and wherever I run.  I do hope that this partnership continues for many more years and miles to come.  Miles.  Starting this year I’m also logging in miles!  This would definitely make things more interesting.




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