Today, the 27th of December marks the last 4 days of the present year.
It’s always nice to look back and reminisce about the best of the things this year has offered.
January 2012 – I bagged one of the hardest buckle to get.
February is a slack.
March 2012 – I finished the 2nd Tanay 50K Ultramarathon. One of the hardest short ultras. (for me).
April 2012 – I finished the 2nd Mayon 360 50-miles. One of the hottest and rainiest event of the year. (for me).
May to July is a slack. Lots of peak-bagging, though.
August 2012 – I finished the 2nd Fort Magsaysay to Dingalan Aurora 60K Ultramarathon. One of the hardest road ultras too. (for me).
September to October is a slack. Lots of cross-fits though.
November 2012 – I finished my 1st CM50 60K category. One of the toughest trail ultramarathon. (for me).
December 2012 – all slack. Crossfits and meals! Hahahaha. Very few short runs.
My DAILYMILE got some stats.
It was just a sudden plan.
Met with the elite ultrarunner Daphne @ SM Bacoor for a run to Tagaytay. She thought we’d be starting there…but we took a bus.
By near 5am, we were already at McDonald’s Tagaytay.
After a a short breakfast, off we go to the direction of People’s Park.
A 6.97K run in 45 minutes 48 seconds. Highest Elevation is 672m, with 297m elevation gain. I was catching my breath here. Ave Pace here is 6 minutes 34 seconds per KM on a rolling hills with much inclines.
A 9.63K run in 1 hour 2 minutes 39 seconds. Highest Elevation is 744m. with 291m elevation gain. I was pushing myself hard to catch up with Daphne’s pace. She was just taking it easy. As I try to catch up with her, I am also trying to catch my breath. And here’s the funny part – she was just picking some flowers along the route. LOL I would get to overtake her at downhills – but she would just overtake me too everytime we go up. Ave Pace here is 6 minutes 30 seconds per KM over too many up and down hills.
Some view up the People’s Park:
We took a stop at SF grocer to get some water.
After a short break that seemed too long, we crossed the street and head up to the direction of Nasugbu.
It was a 5.01K run in 39 minutes 19 seconds. Ave Pace is 7 minutes 50 seconds. The route is mostly uphill. Highest elevation is 734m with 214m elevation gain. I felt a very heavy leg here until we passed by Mushroom Burger. The world seemed to stop and all I want is to eat. LOL. But we didn’t event stop to enter.
It was a 5.04K run to finish. I thought it will be faster because it was mostly a route that goes down. But I was forced to walk a few times.
We Averaged a Pace of 7 minutes 41 seconds per KM. We took time to have a picture too. Daphne was even egging me at going to Mahogany Market. I knew that if we did, we’d end up in a table somewhere there with a bowl of Bulalo – and scrap the last 5K out. LOL
We were just starving when we reached Olivarez Plaza. No stopping us now. We ate at KFC. LOL. Unable to find some good meal with soup or noodles.
Such fun here. Looking forward to DapDap’s killer hills next time. It’s a lot harder than Ligaya Drive.
While the real hardcore ones race every week, I get to join events only occasionally.
- 2nd PAU Tanay 50K – March 25, 2012 – SPONSORED
- 2nd Mayon 360 International Ultramarathon 50-Miles – April 21, 2012 – SPONSORED
- 2nd Fort Magsaysay to Dingalan 60K Ultramarathon – August 26, 2012 – SAVED FOR THIS ONE
What more can I say?
I wanted to run more.
I wanted to join too.
I simply cannot.
Glad to say that I am preparing well for the big event of November. I may not be running that long – but I am real busy preparing.
Thanks be to God.
Before I start playing schemes and plans, I’d like to ask you all.
If you were to run the WEST COAST 200K event, what will you do?
It’s a multi-day event with 70K on the 1st day, 70K on the 2nd day, and a 60K on the night of the 3rd day.
- Other Important Matters.
Opening up an idea. It’s something worth thinking a lot about. It’s no joke and it’s not that easy. I am training for it now.
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Who can conserve better?
Who can walk fast?
It’s a battle of the joggers.
Who can endure on self-support?
Who has ran longest as a preparation?
It’s a battle of great will power.
Who can endure the heat?
Who can endure the long long road?
It’s a battle of endurance.
Who will be the champ?
Who will make it on time?
It’s a battle of race strategy.
Who has done longer than 200K in 4 days?
Who has ever done a 3-multi-day race.
It’s the great battle of the newbies!
Time to Beat: 10 hours 27 minutes 08 seconds.
WHAT SHOULD ANYONE EXPECT:
- long roads
- long ascending roads
- long flat, and ascending roads
- long flat, ascending, and descending roads
- long greeneries on the side + heat of the sun
- heat of the sun is somewhat extreme – unless it rains
Imagine yourself as an expectator from afar. You are merely viewing the horizon while some minute creatures move along…:)
As you can see, there will be about 2 (two) 2 miles ++ highly elevated road. It’s where everybody walks. Well, almost all. I did. I do!
I really cannot recall exact marker locations of the sari sari stores – but I’d like to find out now – since I will be running this one on self-support.
I have mapped my plan. Comfortable pacing until rest markers. Fast walk up, fast run down. Rest when I must, run when I can. Jog If I have to, and conserve as much as I can. It’s a long race. I have 50K to warm up for the 10K race.
I’m sure the Lord will provide.
I’m certain He will not forsake me.
I’d just keep on moving forward and hope, by God’s grace, to make it in the finish line before the cut-off time, if not beat my old time.
May the Lord be glorified!
To God be the glory!
I really think so…
That this coming Sunday’s BIG event wiil be a battery test for me. For some good reason:
- Last long ultra was April of 2012 – The Mayon 360 50-miler.
- Longest run before this event is a 36 kilometer – @ the last week of June 2012.
- I’d be running on SELF-SUPPORT.
I’d be commuting going to the event site.Thanks to Mr. Joseph Sibal!
- Worst case : I’d be commuting going back to home too.
Given everything, I’d have to put my faith to test again.
- Complete trust in God, the Almighty One.
The test of will power is something I can handle. Even the endurance part – something I will squeeze out of muscle memory.
The most challenging part is the run itself. (Duh!)
I intend to run a 42K first, with minimal rest – then leave my fate to God for the remaining 18 kilometers. Funny as it may seem, it is a calculated run. I cannot risk going over my pace. That would cause me painful cramps. I cannot also risk going too slow – the last part is the hardest.
Last time I was there was on the 16th of July 2011. I clocked @ 10 hours 27 minutes and 8 seconds. Cut-off is 11 hours. I hope and pray to God that I be able to finish within cut-off.
May the Lord’s guidance, protection and blessing be upon me in this race.
May God be glorified!
I was able to run the 33rd to the 35th but I missed the 36th.
It’s no reason to cry. I can always run a 42.195K – but I will not get a medal.
It’s not a problem at all. No issue of whatsoever.
I’m comfortable running long alone.
But I will not get a medal.
No cheers at the finish line too.
Just me and the road and my God.
To date, I still have no official marathon race.
Just a bunch of ultras.
And my long runs.