Comeback Race at the Trails: New Balance Trail Adventure Run

After a very long hiatus I’m finally glad to be back at the races, and fittingly it was at the trails which were always a favorite of mine.  For the first time I was able to run the trails of Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna and I could probably say we have another “playground” to explore,…

TNF100 2010 Chronicles: Post Race Hurrah (Part 5)

After a successful TNF100 campaign the next agenda on our list was to eat and freshen up!  Who needs rest after a hundred kilometers of trail? 😛 This is part of a series ① ② ③ ④ ⑤ What I love about Baguio City was that practically everywhere was just a ride away—a taxi ride…

TNF100 2010 Chronicles: Conclusion (Part 4)

Although I didn’t commit to the pact with Jonel and Ronald of staying together that night, I didn’t oppose it as well.  Deep down within me I wanted badly to complete this race.  I may not be in the best shape possible, but I would not give up so easily.  And I don’t want to…

TNF100 2010 Chronicles: First Loop (Part 3)

This year’s TNF100 for me is walking, but is anything but a walk in the park.  This is definitely the most tiring race I’ve ever had.  I was merely walking uphill but it was so long and steep that even that makes me catch my breath (takes the word “breath-taking” to a whole new level). …

TNF100 2010 Chronicles: Running in the Sky (Part 2)

With TNF’s introduction of a 50K leg (as a replacement to the venerable 100K relay) many runners were encouraged to do their first trail ultramarathon, and surprisingly with my circle of friends many of which were ladies!  Of course there were also a select few first timers (within my network at least) that braved the…

Limits Tested, Trails Endured—TNF100 Completed!

Congratulations to all TNF100 Philippines 2010 finishers particularly those in 50 and 100K!  This goes out as well to those who finished outside the cutoff—be proud of what you’ve accomplished!  And to those who weren’t as successful, the important thing is to never stop striving! I’m especially proud of our TNF50 ladies whom not only…

TNF100 Philippines 2010: Prep Up

This year one of the region’s toughest ultramarathon race is back, The North Face 100.  For its 2010 edition it would be held in the Philippines’ summer capital, Baguio City (1,500 meters above sea level).  TNF100 is not your “typical” trails—the higher elevation should pose a greater challenge. TNF100 holds a special place in my…