Posts Tagged ‘Weekend

04
Apr
11

Weekend Race Results: Hyundai Fun Run + The G.O.O.D. Run

I know many of you are quite eager to see the results of this weekend’s races.  Without further ado here are the race results for the Hyundai Fun Run and The G.O.O.D. Run:

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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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27
Jul
10

DNS 101: Registered, Plate Unavailable

How does a running community celebrate its anniversary?  By running of course!

Takbo.ph held its first Runfest to celebrate the occasion last Sunday.  It was the last race I signed up for before I got injured, one of the rare few that charged below P500 as registration fee, and definitely one of my most anticipated races for the year!  Unfortunately, the gods of running had other plans for me.

 

Since registration fees became ridiculously expensive for my budget and my knee was injured signing up for races had been the last thing on my mind, and as such became out of habit.  Running still is, but racing?  I’m not going to set new PRs with my knee anyway so there hardly any motivation to race.  And since it was no longer a habit there’s a natural tendency to overlook something.

Ten hours before the race I realized something—I had completely forgotten to bring home my race kit from the office!  There were three options then on my mind: (a) get my kit from the office, (b) run without a race bib, or (c) none of the above!

Bandit?

It seems anomalous to be in the office on a Saturday night, not to mention all the time I’d lose in the process, so it’s not very inciting.  Running without a race bib, a.k.a. “bandit” seems to be the more convenient option.  I’m registered anyway so I’m “eligible” to participate but people won’t know that since I won’t be wearing my race bib.  I don’t want to encourage anyone to run “bandit” on any race, particularly on a race celebrating running, so leading by example I discarded that idea.  So what’s plan C?  Sleep it off :(.  Sure I can still join the celebration as a volunteer but I knew I’d just be envious of those running that I might be tempted to run “bandit.”  Besides the temptation of a good, long sleep was too difficult to resist.

Tantrum Run

I missed the chance of running at “race pace” (which I haven’t done this year) but a resourceful runner always find ways.  So that the weekend will not be wasted I settled to just doing my regular easy run whenever I’m not racing—from home to SM Fairview (via Commonwealth Ave. and Regalado Ave.), slightly more than 6K.  This is actually longer than the 5K race I signed up for. 🙂

I actually started doing this run from a crazy “green” idea of saving money and carbon emission from the commute each time I needed to do the groceries or go to the gym. You helped save the environment and you got your run!  Too bad there’s little chance of me setting new PRs with this route either since each time I do it I always carry a bag with at least 1.5kg weight (700g netbook for surfing via Wi-Fi, 500mL of sports drink, change clothes, etc.) and the route is practically uphill.  And yes, that 6K run serves as my “warm-up” before pumping some iron. 🙂

Celebrate Running

Congratulations to Mr. Jinoe Gavan for a successful Runfest and thank you for your brainchild, takbo.ph.  Congratulations also to everyone that made this event a success!  To my takbo.ph family whom I miss dearly I hope to see you soon!

DNS is my name removing the repeating letters and vowels.  In the internet it could pertain to the Domain Name System.  In racing it is a term for a competitor failing to start the race (Did Not Start).  In this context however it may as well refer to Did Not Show. 🙂

12
Aug
09

Yet Another 56K Ultra Weekend: Manila To Tagaytay Sequel (Continued)

Special thanks to Dr. Christopher “Ultra Doc T” Montaos, for the pictures

Part 2: Dasmariñas to TagayTay from a Different Perspective

Around 6:00AM somewhere between KM 31 and 32 the KM 0 group was joined by “fresh legs” for the journey to Tagaytay.  This was the real challenge to the runabout as the elevation and gradient begins to rise.

More picture-taking before heading off

Doing some last minute routines*

6:30AM off we go for Tagaytay (clustered by pace)

Doc T capturing the middle of the action

About 10K later… it does get a little boring. By this time it was just Doc T, McCoy, and I in our group.

Together with McCoy… I can almost smell Tagaytay from here (around Km 45)

Snoozed a little…

The long rising road to Tagaytay

More roads… just before Km 50 (are we there yet?)

Then came the laborious counting down of the kilometers, one at a time, surely but surely we’d get there.  By about Km 53 we we’re finally greeted by a welcoming sign…

Finally! (Photo from my previous pass through here)

Finally just before noon our 56K ultra adventure ended.  Same route for me, but with different company.  It may not have been a very fast runabout but it managed to give birth to two new ultra-runners Doc T and McCoy.  Later on I found out that they were actually the only two “newbies” that completed the entire 56K journey—I was expecting that more Km 0 runners completed it as well (as they were mostly ahead of us) and knowing this fact made me more proud of what these guys did.

Thanks Doc T for this great souvenir photo!

Doing an ultra is not an easy task and I’m glad that we who already had experience with it got a chance to share the experience.  Congratulations Doc T and McCoy for finishing your first ultra!   I’m proud to be with your company and am honored to have shared the experience of your first marathon distance, and later your first ultramarathon runabout.   It may not be an official race but now you’re both officially ultra-runners!  Congratulations as well to the “fresh legs” whom all completed their 20K++ runabout!  Talk about a bunch of dedicated runners!

Doc T and I arriving at Doc Eire’s place*

The end of an ultra-runabout… thank you Doc Eire for being the generous host for the end of this adventure (and the tasty champorado)

The toll of running outside—tan lines and sun burn!*

Together with some of the “fresh legs”*

* Courtesy of Carina “The Flying Boar”

Calorie-wise I noticed that I took in a lot more fluids and food during this runabout than my previous one. Aside from this time being more humid than the previous, it seems that the longer you run (time-wise) the more calories you burn (as expected) thus wanting more food. It was good that we had support vehicles for this trip (thanks to James and Doc Art) so we didn’t have to haul our supplies ourselves and it’s a good fallback for those who can’t continue the run.

As for my GF405 I knew it wouldn’t last the journey with GPS on so I stopped tracking from Dasmariñas (since the kilometer markers were pretty accurate anyway) so I still had batteries to spare when we got to Tagaytay—a first!

It was a long and difficult weekend but it was fun and very much worthwhile. New ultra-runners were born and new bonds were formed. Until our next adventures guys!

07
Aug
09

Yet Another 56K Ultra Weekend: Manila To Tagaytay Sequel

It was a race-less weekend last Sunday so what else does a runner do but to find an interesting run. An ultramarathon distance route isn’t exactly a prerequisite but in order to share that ultramarathon experience I decided to join my friends at their first attempt at an ultra—where else but in the same route that we took about three months ago—Luneta (Km 0) to Tagaytay (Km 56).

Part 1: Luneta (Km 0) to Dasmariñas, Cavite
(approx. Km 30) in Pictures

The gang meeting near Km 0 just before midnight

The brave ones who opted to start from Km 0

Finally I had a chance to get a picture with this babe

One last picture before heading off…

About half an hour after midnight, ready, set…

…56K here we go!

Our Km 0 support vehicle

Running along Roxas Blvd.

The first “pic-stop” midway along Roxas Blvd.

Second stop before running parallel to Coastal Road

Third stop, finally in Bacoor, Cavite for some carbo-loading

Another stop at a gas station to regroup…

…and have some pictures taken

Entering Dasmariñas, Cavite…

Finally by stroke of daylight we were joined by “fresh legs,” still in Dasmariñas

About halfway through our ultra-runabout more runners joined the pack as well as another support vehicle. The good thing about this leg was that you’re sure of company because of the number of runners in the group. Unfortunately everything goes uphill from here, literally, so the “real” challenge was just about to begin.

(To be continued)

29
May
09

TNF100: The Chronicles of an Ultra Trail (Part 3) The Prequel

TNF100: The Chronicles of an Ultra Trail

Our TNF100 adventure started much earlier than the usual. We headed off to Clark, Pampanga Friday morning and by lunch time we were already at SM City Clark for final shopping and lunch. Traveling through North Expressway was really fast.

Walking on the elevated walkway towards SM City Clark

Walking on the elevated walkway towards SM City Clark

SM City Clark was huge! It’s very similar to US-style malls.

SM City Clark was huge! It’s very similar to US-style malls.

The mall is modern although it kind of remind me of airports abroad

The mall is modern although it kind of remind me of airports abroad

After a hearty lunch and some “liquid carbo-load” we were off to our home for the night, Eagle’s Inn. It was a pretty cheap, decent, and quiet place to stay in and it’s just a few meters from Holiday Inn where the final briefing was to take place. The people there were also very accommodating (Filipino hospitality) and they were willing to serve very early breakfast for us so it fits us perfectly.

Hey ho, it’s off to the Inn we go!

Hey ho, it’s off to the Inn we go!

Our home for the night, Eagle’s Inn

Our home for the night, Eagle’s Inn

Clark reminds me a lot of US because certain areas resemble sights seen in the US. It used to be a US-controlled facility so it’s not a coincidence to look as such.

Except for the electric posts you may say that this could be anywhere in the US

Except for the electric posts you may say that this could be anywhere in the US

Street signs (who’s Bong?)

Street signs (who’s Bong?)

See how this left turn (only) sign painted on the road differs widely from standard Philippine sign?

See how this left turn (only) sign painted on the road differs widely from standard Philippine sign?

6PM at the Molave Function Room of Holiday Inn, Clark the final race briefing was held along with our complimentary dinner from TNF. The updated race guidelines were mentioned and for the last time AS4 drop bags were collected for those who weren’t able to do so.

Holiday Inn, Clark, Pampanga

Holiday Inn, Clark, Pampanga

Our dinner menu consisted of a Caesar Salad, Grilled Chicken with Mhakni Sauce, Penne Pasta with Meat Sauce, Buttered Vegetables, Fruit Salad, and Iced Tea (Filipino-style). Simply recalling these makes me hungry.

Dinner menu

Dinner menu

Dinner! Yum!

Dinner! Yum!

It was a pretty short briefing. We returned back to our Inn soon afterwards to finalize our things and rest for the big day to follow. We had our breakfast by 1:30AM and we left for Expo Filipino by 2:30AM via a jeepney.

Chris, Pat, and I. Who would’ve known that it would be the three of us again in the end?

Chris, Pat, and I. Who would’ve known that it would be the three of us again in the end?

Our complete gang

Our complete gang

It was a quick trip for a very, very long day ahead—and before the base camp was fully set we were already goofing around the area. At that time we didn’t have any idea what great adventures lie ahead, all we had was the moment and the company good friends. But even if the outcome was still hidden as the dark road ahead of us, one thing was clear—the race was to begin with our first step. Where it leads to and how far, that’s something we will know shortly… and the countdown began, 3… 2… 1…

TNF100: The Chronicles of an Ultra Trail [ Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (The Prequel) ]

28
May
09

TNF100: The Chronicles of an Ultra Trail (Part 2)

TNF100: The Chronicles of an Ultra Trail

I noticed that the route I’m taking is moving me away from Expo Filipino.  I actually don’t remember the way back to the base camp since it was dark when we left so I just followed where the route lead me to.  I was still seeing race markers along the way so I know I’m not lost, and I even saw a friend on the way back from this route.  I was just concerned that it was taking too long to where this route leads to, and I was very, very bored.  The sun was setting and I’m the only person on the road!

The lone runner on the road

The lone runner on the road

The road of solitude

The road of solitude

I realized that I don’t know how to frown

I realized that I don’t know how to frown

Eventually the route leads me to a subdivision-like area but it was a little creepy because there were quite some abandoned structures along the way.  Finally I saw an MP where I got another bracelet, and was instructed to turn around and follow the signs.  Darkness was upon me again so it’s back to the headlamps and blinkers again.  Wow, I was moving before sunrise, the sun had already set and I still haven’t returned to base camp!

Bracelet collections as I head back to base camp

Bracelet collections as I head back to base camp

Along the dark road of solitude only the fireflies kept me company.  There was really a lot of it along the road attesting to how clean the air is.

Finally, base camp.  I was surprised to see all the guys I thought were behind me to be there.  I told them that I came to get “the last bracelet” but then I realized that I exceeded the halfway point and completed 60K of the race!

Apparently the strong wind and rain wrecked base camp so by the time I got there the Marshals were probably busy rebuilding base camp so nobody was able to assist me (and probably why I didn’t see the tents).  During this period the race was also suspended for two hours so all the runners that arrived at base camp weren’t allowed to leave, so they were all there.  When I arrived the organizers finally made the decision to alter the second loop course (skipping the multiple river-crossings in Sta. Rosa and do the “road of solitude” again afterwards to compensate for the lost distance) and a few minutes after the race resumed.  Being “lost” proved to be advantageous for me as I was able to finally run along with my friends on the second loop.  The bad thing was that I hardly had any rest nor food, and we were on our way—40K to go!

I was so glad to be running with people I know: Chris and Pat.  Since we’re not strangers to each other it was a comfortable group to be in—that made the dark frog-infested trail seem much friendlier.  It’s still difficult but at least you know you have people you can count on.

One by one we passed through each of the Marshal Points and Aid Stations, sometimes snoozing a few minutes to be rid of sleepiness.  By this time we were moving almost an entire day so we were naturally tired so even while walking we were sleepy—no amount of energy or sports drinks were able to snap us out of it so a quick power nap was the only solution.  I think we just had a bit too much of it that many were able to catch up with us.

The final blockade leading to AS4 was still annoying even after we snoozed a little before tackling it.  And it isn’t really fun to rappel early in the morning.

On AS4 the final reloading took place.  Our group decided to rest awhile while others decided to finish the course.  I really wanted to catch some sleep here but unfortunately there were so many mosquitoes there that didn’t allow me to.

On the final leg we saw sunrise for the second time during the race, this time we were running towards it.  We were basically on “auto-pilot” during this very long course, and by the time we got back to the Mega Dike our distances between each other started to widen.  I’d admit that heat is a weakness for me so I just went on a pace comfortable to me.

Upon arriving at base camp my feet were just full of blisters and partly swelling.   I ran the last 30K with no socks so my feet were just battered.   After quickly putting on some of my heat gears and socks I walked as hastily as I could sustain to finish the job.  It was scorching hot by that time and at one time I almost felt like fainting; fortunately I was able to control it with the right hydration.

I don’t know what time it was so I was in a rush fearing I may not make it within the cutoff time.  My GF405 was dead, my phone was turned off (ran low on batteries), and I don’t have other watches with me.  Then I realized that my camera displays time!  What a relief it was to see that you’re well within the cutoff time!

Eventually I saw my buddies Chris and Pat along this final leg and also in the order we planned that night.  We even finished in that same order, although not at the same time as we had anticipated.  Chris finished first, followed a few minutes later by Pat, and then a few minutes more by me. Pat and I arrived at about 10AM, and with the two-hour race suspension our official time would come in at about 28 hours—the longest (in all aspects) and most difficult race I had so far!

With my fellow ultra-men: Chris and Pat after our finish

With my fellow ultra-men: Chris and Pat after our finish

Running towards the finish line was a special moment for me.  Believe it or not I actually ran towards that line (but of course it wasn’t very fast) because I felt that moment was made for me—I was the only one crossing the line and the people who were cheering adds to that euphoric feeling you have for accomplishing an achievement!  Definitely, just finishing this race was enough for you to be proud to be called an “ultra-man,” and nobody can take that away from you.  I’m so glad and honored to be able to run alongside a company of ultra men and women, and now to be one as well.  Congratulations!  We made it!

TNF100: The Chronicles of an Ultra Trail [ Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (The Prequel) ]




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