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.
I liked the idea so much:
- NO fees
- NO awards
- NO aid
- NO wimps
- NO shirts
- NO medals
- NO whinings
Read it here, an interesting article. A 50K is a yearly fun run then. LOLs.
Fat Ass runs typically serve as training runs and social events for those more “committed” ultra runners.
Spiked a lot in my mind.
Boosted all the more my idea of fun.
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.
There’s this event happening on November 1 to 4, 2012. See the event page here.
1st Multi-Day Stage Ultramarathon Run In The Country (3 Days)Starting Area: Remy Field Oval Track, Subic Freeport Starting Time: 5:00 AM November 1, 2012 Finish Area: Barangay Lucap, Alaminos, Pangasinan Finish Time: 8:00 AM November 4, 2012 Distances To Cover: 1st Day: 70K 2nd Day: 70K 3rd Day (Night Run): 60K Registration Fee: P 3,000.00 LIMITED SLOTS ONLY
That’s just some part of the details at the event page.
Anyone crazy enough to accept the challenge will have to think more than twice for this. Yeah, subject to one’s resources, of course. As for me, I intend to join this one. If the Lord is willling.
Here goes my plan too.
#1 Set aside all thoughts about BDM 160, and 102. Despite of the big hunger to join both. Subject to financial constraints, and work schedule.
TRANSPORT TO THE STARTING LINE
- commute via bus. I will have to check the last trip to Subic, though.
- stick to my easy slow pace. run as long as I can, walk to recover, and jog until I can run again.
- stick to my tested drinks. water with hydrite, water only, mountain dew, cobra and either moo, or chuckie tetra packs.
- light meals only every 1.5 hours. bico? cassava cake? hotdog and rice?
CHANGE OF GEAR
- depending on the weather. I hope it will not be too hot on the day, nor too cold at night. It will be tough to carry a lot of dri-fit shirts and shorts, and pairs of shoes.
- since I will be doing this on self support (God, help me!), I will be carrying with me some portable seat and tent. Where the day ends, it’s where I stop too. I have a ready bag for this one. It’s tested to be tough, and light.
TRANSPORT TO HOME
- 1st day = 70K in 11 hours.
- 2nd day = 70K in 13 hours.
- 3rd night = 60K in 11 hours.
- will listen well to my body.
- will never run above my easy pace – unless I MUST
- will walk as fast as I can
- will minimize stops
I offer everything to the Lord. May this race, and my run glorify His name. I lift everything up to Him with all my trust. He is my God and He is my great provider. He is all I have too.
To those whose heart is inclined to support me, please do send me a message. I will need all the support I can get from anybody, of any kind. Yes, I do accept anything. No ifs, no buts. Just lots of thanks.
All this will be…IF the Lord is willing.
My very first race:
Earth Day Run May 31, 2009 at McKinley Hills, Taguig City. I got curious about this advert of a fun run sponsored by ETC 2nd Avenue on TV so I just decided to inquire and sign up for the race. And the rest was history…
Summit Water CamSur Marathon September 26, 2011; Official time: 04:19:22
- Condura Skyway Marathons (2011 & 2012)
- CamSur Marathon (2011)
- Milo Manila Elimination (2011)
- Singapore Marathon (2011).6 ultramarathons:
- The Valley Trail Challenge (2011)
- PAU 60K Fort Magsaysay Ultra Marathon Challenge
- PAU 65K Western Pangasinan Ultra Run,
- 2nd PAU 50K T2N Run
- 4th BDM102 (2012).
- Fatass 2012 12-hours category
The reason why I run:
Since I didn’t have the luxury before go to the gym for some much-needed exercise, I tried to look for a sport that is ‘cheap’ and flexible to my work schedule. I worked at a call center before and it was hard to find time in between to hit the gym and work out. So, I found running to be very flexible with my job. I can easily do a short run around Makati CBD late in the evening to put in some mileage. All you need is to lace up and hit the road until you’ve hit your target for the day.
In my own opinion, there isn’t much difference between preparing for a marathon and a 50K ultra marathon. I try to do 40-60km/week of mileage of running for both races. Though for marathons, I might include some speed training and interval & tempo runs with restday in between. For ultramarathon, I try to do back to back LSD runs or 2 consecutive days of running before resting. It helps my muscles get used to fatigue.During the actual race, in my opinion, I find full marathons to be in a controlled environment though I’m not looking at it to be easier than an ultramarathon. There are kilometer markers on the route, well-wishers around, marshals/traffic enforcers to guide runners, you have a lot of runner all around that can help/pace with you during the race and of course, water/aid stations every 3-4 kms. For me, ultramarathon is more of a mental game/race since there are factors you have to take into consideration like support crew stops, hydration & nutritional intake, focus on incoming traffic if it’s a road ultra or terrain if it’s a trail ultra. Everything has its difference as well but with ultramarathon composing of about 10-20% of the total participants to full marathons, the friendship and camaraderie in this small community puts it to the top of my list.
The most memorable race for me was the 2012 edition of Bataan Death March – 102K Ultramarathon. Ever since I started running, my ultimate goal was to be able to try and finish BDM102. Well, everyone always says that there is always 160K edition also to aim for after that. For me, it was definitely a test of ones strength, capability and will to finish the race. It was also a race that I had full support from my fiancé, Ana along with 2 of my closest friends in the ultra running community, Keisha and Bong, & of course my Team Boring family. It was definitely, by far, the most memorable race for me.
12.04.11 Standard Charter Singapore Marathon – 42K01.07.12 Fat Ass 12hr Category – 57K02.05.12 Condura Skyway Marathon – 42k03.03.12 4th Bataan Death March Ultramarathon – 102K04.29.12 Hyundai: Run For A Cause – 10K
My very first race:
Century Tuna Superbods 2010 3k.. i never cared about the race kaya uminom pako before the race day. LOL ). lasing pako sa starting line kaya naghanap muna ako ng portalet where i can vomit. ayun okay na ulit ako. Clocked in at 18mins something .haha. I was very alcoholic before i got into running.
My Best time in a marathon:
4:50:31- 35th milo marathon eliminations. 2weeks after my first ultra ( PAU fort Magsaysay 60k).my main target is to get a sub-5 time and recovering from my first ultramarathon with a time of 5:45:XX. Very satisfied to reach my target and to also get a personal record.
Running Statistics – Marathon vs Ultra:
- Condura 2011
- Condura 2012, Milo 2011
- PAU Fort Magsaysay 60k
- PAU Tagaytay-Nasugbu 50k 2011
- PAU Tagaytay-Nasugbu 50k 2012
- PAU Tanay 50k
- 4th Bataan Death March 102k
The reason why I run:
Main reason why I run because I want to get rid of my vices. Masyado nakong alcoholic and i got into smoking na. So I started “jogging” every morning even in the afternoon. After a run, nawawala stress ko. Nagsimula nakong mag-addict sa pagtakbo nun. I run after classes na naging resulta ng matinding pagkapayat ko! Haha. After a few months, madami nakong nakilalang bagong kaibigan. Naging isa din itong dahilan kung bakit ako nahumaling sa pagtakbo, dumami ang aking kaibigan. Mga kaibigan na nakakasama ko ilang kilometro at ilang oras na pagtakbo. At syempre lalong napadalas ang aking pagtakbo kasama sila kaya halos araw-araw ay tumatakbo na nga ako.
nung newbie ako sa running, sinasabi ko sa sarili ko na “grabe 42k?? 10k pa nga lang mamatay nako” kaya 1 year ako nag train. 1 year of running and racing before ako mag full marathon. More on speed training ako on my marathon. Magsisingit ng longruns kapag may time or may magyayang running friends ng LSD. Umaasa lang ako sa LSD with friends kasi tinatamad ako maglongrun mag isa. LOL . Kapag marathon kasi for me, madami pang mga nag rarace jan kahit malayo pero sa 50km ultra naman, yung iba minamaximize yung cut-off pero may iba naman na kumakarera!. Pareho lang ang training ko for a marathon and 50km ultra. Pero yung 8kms na additional ay grabe. Jan mo malalaman kung nakapag train ka ng ma ayos . Basta alam mong nag training ka for a race, confident ka na you will finish strong! Sa training pa lang wasakin mo na sarili mo para sa race day hindi na masyadong wasak! Ang motto ko lang sa mga ultra ko ay “start slow and you will finish fast!”
What is your most memorable race, and why?
pangarap halos ng bawat runner na makatapos sa BDM102. Naimbitihan nga akong tumakbo sa 4th Bataan Death March 102k! una kong pinroblema dito ay yung training. Kinukumpleto ko din kasi ang requirements ko for being a seafarer. Very low mileage talaga ako. Dumating na nga ang race day at dito nasukat ang tibay ng paa ko! Im expecting the worst pero yung worst pala na yun blisters over blisters, dead toenails, bloody chaffing sa singit at kili-kili at sobrang wasak na legs. Masakit na talaga legs ko nun.. Totoong death march nga. Dito din kame nakapag bonding at nagmurahan ni chaps ng todo and in the end, official finishers na nga kame. dito Truly a dream come true..
Most recent races:
- Condura 2012 42k
- 4th bataan death march 102k
- Tanay 50k Tagaytay-nasugbu
- 50k Epic relay 250( 10persons/250kms)
I have known Japhet for quite some time now. He is one intense runner. Some of the rare species who would give it a go and really push…what more can I say? Let the pictures speak on it’s own.
A salute to a great guy!
July 1, 2012 = 2nd Valley Trail Challenge Managed only 36K of the 51K distance. July 14, 2012 = MARCOS-KENNON 50-MILE ULTRA ROAD CLASSIC did not join. August 18, 2012 = I SHALL RETURN An INTENSE 50km Ultra Marathon Challenge did not join. August 26, 2012 = 2nd FORT MAGSAYSAY TO DINGALAN 60K ULTRA ROAD CHALLENGE
- DONE in 10 hours 36 minutes 49 seconds. Finisher # 102.
September15, 2012 = PAU Nationals/Championship 50K & 100K did not join September 29, 2012 = The Warrior 50 Ultramarathon did not join October 13, 2012 = 3rd Mt Pinatubo 50K Ultra Trail Run/Zambales Trail Traverse 100K Run did not join
November 1-4, 2012 = WEST COAST 200K RUN (3-Day Multi-Stage Run)
November 25, 2012 = CM50 (Clark-Miyamit Falls Trail Ultra)
December 2, 2012 = 4th T2N (Tagaytay To Nasugbu) 50K Ultra Marathon Run
December 15-16, 2012 = 2nd Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Run & Half-Marathon
January 26-27, 2013 = 2013 BDM 160 Ultra
February 22-23, 2013 = 2013 HARDCORE HUNDRED MILES TRAIL ULTRAMARATHON (H1)
March 2-3, 2013 = 2013 BDM 102 Ultra
Oh yeah. Philippines is indeed a Mecca of Ultramarathons!
I did ran last week. I am not a slacker. I was able to do a 6K run, with parts @ a good speed. Then week progressed. Lots of plan on running. Lots of planned run…and nothing was accomplished. Not even my crossfits. Just a solid week of nice meals, delicious ones and all. I also was not able to test the new MINI GPS on a run. ON a walk, yes, but not yet on a run. I would have tested it’s accuracy against MY TRACK – an application I recently also found.
Funny as it may seem – it was a good week of bonding – with all the types of food I like. LOL
The Province of Albay, home of Mayon Volcano, will be hosting its second edition of Mayon 360° Ultramarathon this coming April 21, 2012. This world-class race is an 80km ultramarathon around Mayon Volcano, also known internationally as “A 50-Mile Run around the World’s Most Perfect Coned Volcano”. It is the first ultramarathon event in the Bicol Region, wherein an ultramarathon means a running distance of more than the traditional marathon of 26miles (42.195 kms).
In its second edition, the event will be dubbed as MAGNOLIA PUREWATER MAYON 360° ALBAY ULTRAMARATHON. The change of event name reflects the entry of a major corporate sponsor – Magnolia Purewater, signifying that Magayon Festival events are gaining market traction!
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Runners will be taken across the circumferential scenic mountain side of the Mayon Volcano, through the Pan-Philippine Highway, Sabluyun Road, Karangahan Blvd., and Tabaco-Legazpi Highway, crossing 7 municipalities, 3 cities and 77 barangays of the province of Albay.
I am a witness to this. All you have to do is decide what you want to eat or drink. You can also get a free massage with ice on your cramps!
Through the efforts of the local barangays, runners will be welcomed with aid stations every five kilometers of the race. Local folks along the route will showcase their local hospitality, tourist related info about their barangay, and provide much needed encouragement and support as the runners challenge themselves to finish. This same support at the grassroots barangay level, with close to 700 volunteers, helped the 1st edition of Mayon 360° Ultramarathon won the Philippine’s Best Sports Tourism Event, awarded by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP).
Magnolia Purewater Mayon 360° Albay Ultramarathon will be giving cash prizes of more than P230,000.00 with separate categories for local and international runners. The event is currently the cheapest ultramarathon in the country, with a registration fee of only 850 pesos. Said race is sanctioned by the Philippine Association of Ultrarunners (PAU) as one its official races. A pre-race briefing will be held on April 20, 2012 at 5:00PM at the Albay Provincial Capitol Building, where the participants will be treated to a carbo-loading party. The race, with a 15-hour cut-off, will start at 4:00AM on April 21, 2012 at the Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City.
ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT Tweets!
Along the route.
At the FINISH LINE, you’ll get.
If you are an aspiring BDM Ultrarunner, this race is one, if not the best race to test your limit. It’s also the closest distance one can run near the 102.
Found a race that starts on flat and finishes on a mountain.
It’s a marathon race in Switzerland.See the full course.
Now for those who have not been to it, we do have one here. Once, last year. The PAU 60K Fort Magsaysay to Dingalan, Aurora Ultramarathon. I finished well in that race. Not on top, but within the smiling finishers.
Cut-off was 11 hours. I managed to finish in 10 hours and 27 minutes.
We actually can do this here in Metro Manila. Shotgun FINISH. Whatchusay, David Buban?