Great Improvement

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Last year, I made a plan to make this year a year of breaking records and PRs. So far, I have beaten myself in a couple of races now.

Last April 26, 2015, my first race for this year, I was able to run a new personal best on a 42K. Of course, almost all distances below except 10K was a PR.

The following month, May, I joined a 10K fun run in Pasig. Again, I was able to beat my own PR. I was so happy with the result of my erratic training. Low mileage yet effective workouts. With or without sleep doesn’t matter.

Again, last June 14, 2015, I joined PAL’s Manila Marathon. Such prestige in the name but was a poorly managed race. We started by a countdown. Not a single tarp to say we are in what event and where exactly is the start. First water…

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2nd for this Year

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Just yesterday, it dawned on me.

I was busy at work and not able to run as often as I should.

..I have a marathon on Sunday!

Yes, it’ll just be my 2nd for this year. The first being a good PB and PR at the National Geographic Channel Race last April 24, 2015. I was sleepless the day before it. Hopefully, I could finished well and good this time. Manila International Marathon is a great race even before. Then, the cut-off is 5-hours. Whoever changed the cut-off to 6, I don’t know. I won’t point a finger here. I’d just run the way I always do. Easy pace…running along with how I feel and listening well to my body. A new PR or PB wouldn’t hurt but I will not focus on that. I’d enjoy running as it comes to me. That’s how it should be.

We’ll see by…

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First Race of the Year 2015

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April 24, 2015
I was looking for a 21K race bib at least for the past few days. I was already ready to settle for a 10K when I saw a post of a runner who can’t make it on the run. No hesitation. No doubt. I messaged the owner of a 42K bib for the National Geographic Channel Race.

It was already late in the evening. I was watching full game NBA highlights of the playoffs until past midnight.

I just can’t sleep. This has been going on for weeks now. Even a 2K jog will keep me awake till morning.

I tried to just relax in bed. Watching my wife and kids sleep.

Near 5am, April 25, 2015, I received a reply from the owner of the 42K bib. I’m just glad. I agreed to meet her at U.P.

I took a jeep to Taft, and another jeep…

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INTERESTING UP-COMING EVENTS

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I will definitely give this PAL marathon a go. Route and proximity is my training ground. :)PAL-Manila-Marathon-2015-Li-Ning-Manila-Run-2015Due to the proximity of the Laguna Marathon, I am considering a replacement one – YAKULT! 10-miler. :)

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The Month of March

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Aside from this month being the birthdate of my parents, it’s also the month I made a good and big progress in my training. :)

I postponed the hardcore CORE training up until some other months because I work at night for this month. Energy is already up and at a good level, but I have to balance my time…family, work, running. I did not even accept coaching for this month.

Here’s my progressive mileage so far, for this month. Note that I have not been joining any race.

As of the night of March 25, 2015 As of the night of March 25, 2015

With this much, I have been ranking at 2nd, 3rd, and now 4th, as of this writing. Only in the Philippines, among those who are up to the challenge.

4th, this day 4th, this day

I am already at my racing weight. I already have maintained it for this month. I am still not racing though…

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Eyes Fixed

forefoot:

WANTED: Sponsors! hehehe

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Yes, my eyes are greatly fixed on the following events. However, since not just my hands but also my wallet is tied, I could only hope to do at least 1 or 2 in this line-up. Also, I have a shifting schedule that included weekends…taking a leave is not that easy too. (my best excuse so far! lol)

March 7-8, 2015—–7th Bataan Death March 102K (BDM 102) Ultra Marathon Race (Road/BR’s Events)

March 21-22, 2015—–1st The Great Metro Manila 100-Mile Endurance Race (Road/BR’s Events)

March 28-29, 2015—-2nd Marcos-Kennon 50-Mile Ultra Marathon Race (Road/BR’s Events)

April 11-12, 2015—–1st MAYON 160K/80K Ultra Marathon Race (Road/BR’s Events)

May 2, 2015—–1st Mt Tapulao Trail (42K) Marathon (Trail/BR’s Events)

May 9, 2015—–9th Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Race (Road/BR’s Events)

June 14, 2015—– 4th Tanay 50K Ultra Marathon Race (Road/BR’s Events)

Anyway, if the Lord is willing.

Sponsors, where art thou?

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The End

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December 2014 was my last official race. A 50-kilometer Ultramarathon, the Tagaytay to Nasugbu, and a 10-mile Trail, the Mt. Talamitam Challenge. I finished both with a respectably good time, but I didn’t pay for the registrations required. :) Somebody does.

That’s how it’s been for the longest time now. I honestly cannot afford the registration fees.

So, I run on my own. ;) Who says you have to spend so much to run? I can race on my own too. Well, technically, that wouldn’t count. What I mean to point out is that I can run at the same speed as I would on a race – on my own.

I could only reminisce when years ago, a registration fee for a race is no more than P 200.00.

I could still use P 200.00 now…for my meals, drinks and fare to run someplace. Say, fare to Imus, run…

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Somethings Possible Again

forefoot:

Hoping!

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Hike at Mount Batulao Hike at Mount Batulao

Hike at Mount Pico de Loro. (very possible soon) Hike at Mount Pico de Loro. (very possible soon)

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The most recent, with Epoy Poblete at the Summit.1229880_788942974452850_406972568_nAt the Monolith (arms spread)

Visit to Maragondon's Rolling Hills Visit to Maragondon’s Rolling Hills

Visit again to the KM 56 Marker of Tagaytay Visit again to the KM 56 Marker of Tagaytay

Visit to Tanay Sierra Madre Ranges. Visit to Tanay Sierra Madre Ranges.

I am a frequent visitor indeed! I am a frequent visitor indeed!

"breather" shot by Daphne At Ligaya Drive, Tagaytay “breather” shot by Daphne
At Ligaya Drive, Tagaytay

Roosevelt National Park, Bataan Roosevelt National Park, Bataan

If God is willing, plans will push thru.

:)

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Pacer Duty Done

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Last Saturday, the 24th of January 2015, I went to San Fernando, Pampanga for a pacing duty at the 5th 160kms Bataan Death March Ultramarathon. I was privileged to join the 1st and the 2nd edition, but after it, I stayed as a pacer and crew since the 3rd.

As a backgrounder, browse thru:

1st Edition. Finished in 34 hours 5 minutes 54 seconds.

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2nd Edition, Finished 29 hours 31 minutes and 22 seconds.

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3rd Edition, Crew and Pacer to CJ Paran who finished fast at 14th Overall, with a time of 27 hours 1 minute 28 seconds.

CJ with the entire team. lol CJ with the entire team. lol

4th Edition, Pacer to Daphne Codilla, who finished 4th Overall and the Female Champion, with a time of 24 hours 16 minutes 44 seconds.

For lack of available actual picture at the Finish Line, Daphne is seated here in front of me at the U-turn of BDM 160. For lack of available actual picture at the Finish Line, Daphne is seated here in front of me at the U-turn of…

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Beating the Clock

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For my friends who will be running their longest race this coming week – the BDM 160 kms, this one’s for you.

Fear not.

This distance is not impossible to conquer. A lot has already done it…and kept on doing it for fun. :)

You just have to beat the clock.

Preparation is key to this one.

How to get the better of the time? Read on…

Gunstart is at 5:00am. It will start with or without you. Rule states that you are disqualified already the minute you miss the gunstart. Hehehehe.

Add 8 hours to your starting time. That’s the time to beat and be at KM 50. If you can go faster – and not bonk or suffer (pain) that much – go for it.

Now that you are in the KM 50 marker, next goal is to be at KM 102 marker before the 18th hour from…

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