Picking Flowers

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:

Taken via FX Camera
Was cold up here! See the road that declines behind?

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.

Perfect Find

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

elite ultrarunner Daphne
the forefoot jogger

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.

IN Other News #20

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Fort Magsaysay to Dingalan Ultra 2012 Female Champ Daphne Codilla did not expect to be the champ again. Yeah yeah…as usual. Lucky nanaman daw siya. 🙂
Congrats again, Daphne!

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So many freebies for me on this 60K 61K Ultramarathon. (RUNTASTIC accurately recorded the whole distance)

  • Free ride from North Ave. to Fort Magsaysay
  • Free ride from Dingalan to North Ave.
  • Free dinner too!

Thanks to Joseph Sibal! May the good Lord bless you more than you can ask for!

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Team USB kept me alive during the race. The iced water and sponge and small bites is more than any self-supporting runner can ask for. God bless you all! Oh yeah, the cold spray is just unforgettable!

  • MICHAEL SANTOS
  • LA TOMAS
  • HEIDI GARCIA
  • RESSIE MALLARI
  • ZARINA SEGUNDO
  • ARVIN DAVID QUILLOY

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Doc Minnie’s support team alternated with Team USB’s. Thanks so much for everything. May the good Lord bless you ten folds! The cold sponge, gatorade, water and cold sponge sustained me to the finish. Yes, CHUCKIE at the last 2K is best!

  • MIKO SABADO
  • VANN DENN CRUZ
  • MARJEE GUYSAYKO

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Many thanks also goes to Kharl Ocampo of Team Intensity.  God bless you more!

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Special thanks also to Sir Jovie Narcise. For the hard boiled egg and boiled saba! God bless you more!

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I wasn’t able to beat my time @ the 2nd Fort Magsaysay. I missed it for some bare 9 minutes only but I felt so fine. No cramps except for 1 twitch at the last turn to the finish. No blisters despite the rain. Felt happy crossing the finish line. Enjoyed the route once again for its great scenery. The fast walk with Stephanie changed everything as we trod the long long flats.

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Special SHOUT OUT of big thanks to Juvy Pagtalunan. The only Team Boring Mate supporter for me and Daphne. Well, she missed Daphne simply because she was too fast. Thanks so much, Juvs! For the water and gatorade and apple. God bless you a hundred fold!

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God is so good. I can’t ask for more. The weather is tolerable enough. Everything just seemed to happen so fast. I am glad. HE  provided for everything. 🙂
Praise to God Almighty!

FEATURED ULTRARUNNER #8

JEROME ESTRADA JAMILI

My very first race:

It was a kidney awareness run held at UP Diliman, I registered for a 5km distance with my buddy, I do remember the feeling up to now hahaha the gunstart was at 5:30am but we we’re there around 2am, aren’t we excited? 🙂 it took me 52 mins to finish my first 5km run, it was the most difficult work out I ever did, to the point that I cursed running at that time 🙂

My Best time in a marathon:

5hrs08mins @ The Condura Skyway Marathon,  Feb 5, 2012

Jerome in action

Running Statistics – Marathon vs Ultra: 4 – 7

Marathon:

  1. Condura Skyway Marathon February 2011
  2. Milo Marathon July 2011
  3. Quezon City International Marathon December 2011
  4. Condura Skyway Marathon February 2012

Ultramarathon:

  1. Front Runners Nuvali Trail Challenge 57km June 2011
  2. Fort Magsaysay Nueva Ecija – Dingalan Aurora (PAU)60km July 2011
  3. Western Pangasinan C2S (PAU) 65km August 2011
  4. Tagaytay – Nasugbu ( PAU ) 50km September 2011
  5. Mayon 360 International Ultramarathon 80km April 2012
  6. Tagaytay – Nasugbu ( PAU ) 50km May 2012
  7. Front Runners Nuvali International Trail Challenge 51km July 2012

Fort Magsaysay
Western Pangasinan
Tagaytay – Nasugbu

The reason why I run:

Basically for losing weight. I never thought that running as a sport will lead me to the World of Marathons as well as Ultra Marathons. It started when I was bullied because i gained a lot of weight. I am actually a victim of BULLYING 🙂 I tried to go on a diet as well as hitting the gym for work outs but I never get the result i wanted so I took running seriously as an alternative to losing extra weight. With the help of my friends who pushed me to engage in this sport, I was able to trim down my weight from 80kg 2 years ago. Now i am 65kg lighter and I’m really satisfied with the fruit of my hardwork. I do believe that running can change a life, from a heavy drinker/partygoer now a proud Ultra runner. I am proud that i was able to encouraged friends to try running as a sport too, and hopefully they will engage ultra running as well 🙂


In your opinion, what’s the big difference between Marathon and a 50K ultra in terms of Preparation and Actual Racing?

Training :

Joining races as well as LSD’s for my Ultra, loading of multivitamins for body resistance.

Strategy :

When to run, when to walk and when to stop, i do always maximized my time especially when i race for an Ultra, though, it’s the same strategy when running a marathon but i normally strategize my races in an Ultra. Thanks God i able to beat the time within cut-off 🙂

On Race Day :

I would make it sure that i have rested properly, eat alot and as much as possible tried to apply my trainings. Running on a marathon is quiet different than running an Ultra. In marathon runners are more pampered, every 1.5km has a hydration stations, you have not to worry with the traffic since roads are closed, you have just to race against each runners. In Ultra, you have to be cautious since roads are open, no marshalls and no hydration stations in most races, your only source of strength are your support crews, crews from different runners, sari sari stores that sells drinks, and of course GOD for we know that without him we’re nothing. Ultra runners are more patient and accommodating. We, ultra runners cheer for each other 🙂 and are not whiners hehehe ( magagalit si Sir Jonel ), and that makes me love this sport.

What is your most memorable race, and why?

Every races i joined are memorable to me, whether its a short distance or long distance, whether i registered a new personal record or not because i know i gave my heart on it, but the Nuvali International Trail Challenge topped it all,i almost quit after the first loop of the race, due to lack of sleep, the muddy trail and the humidity. When i toed at the starting line i was 26hrs awake due to prior commitment. I remember some instances in the trail that i walked dead, i was very sleepy at that time, so i always grabbed an ice and put it on my head to bring back my senses and try to keep on moving and moving. I reached  the finish line at 8hrs and 55mins, what an awesome finish for a sleepy head :).

5 Most recent races:

Nuvali International Trail Challenge 51km July 2012
Run United 2 10km June 2012
T2N PAU Races 50km  May 2012
Mayon 360 International Ultramarathon  80km April 2012
Condura Skyway Marathon February 2012

Team Affiliation/(s):

Team Breathe Hope
Team MOA #in 1 of ANR Session
Team MOA #one of the originals

I’ve known Jerome for quite some time now.

From ANR MOA (Jerome, Yours truly, Master Cindy)
Slight Scrumble with the MOA Boys and little FAST Cute Lady
Pacer during my 1st BDM 160K Ultramarathon 2011
Simple celebration @ the last 5K to the Finish Line. #1st BDM 160K
Breakfast @ McArthur Highway, in Dau, Mabalacat Pampanga
A friend of Team Boring
member of a trio 🙂
Supporter of Team Boring @ 2nd BDM 160K 2012
Duet with Trio member Featured Ultrarunner #2

One of the few humble friends I have, and thankful for.

A salute to a great guy!

🙂

IN Other News #009

Finished in 8:30:28. Wasn't able to break an old record.
Caught in the act! Hands still on the cookie jar! LOL
Nice one BONG ALINDADA! Nice one!
Mark Grande's 1st Ultramarathon is in the scenic Tanay.
Team MOA's Daphne Codilla bagged the trophy for the CHAMPION, Ladies. 2nd PAU Tanay 50K. I expected that.
not British at all! 🙂
Of this group, I am the last runner. 🙂
pabalik na si Ronnel Go, papunta pa lang kami.
kasunod ni Ronnel Go si Daphne Codilla. ayun kame, papunta pa lang sa mahabang-malayong turning point. LOL

The Haunting

This post took me quite a while.

I wanted an accurate report. To do that, I have to get the records from my support.

But then it’s haunting.

By haunting, I mean:

Why so? Let me recount the story.

25 FEBRUARY 2011

The Team picked me up at home. Lots of bags to bring. After getting through the traffic, we had lunch at Topher’s house. By mid afternoon, we’re at where we are last year.

Same Spot Last Year Before 2nd BDM 102 of 2010

After a couple more hours we are at Villa Imperial. Our choice of place to rest before the big event. The same spot where we are last year too. After the restless afternoon, some chat and dinner, we tried to sleep. I think I barely did. But then I was told I snored. Everybody tells the same story to everybody. LOL

26 FEBRUARY 2011

After an early breakfast, we headed to the starting line. As expected, it’s crowded. Full of smiling faces. Lots of familiar faces. The same family of ultrarunners plus some more brave new warriors. It was a happy morning. Filled with so much fun and excitement. After all, this is the 1st longest ultramarathon in the Philippines.

After the singing of the national anthems, the race started. Everybody was just all smiles. It was a pleasant morning for a gruelling day.

I intend to stick to my race plan of 6 kilometers per hour. But then the team moved faster than expected. Even the first 7K which we agreed to walk became a run/walk already. Took us only 48 minutes for the first 6 kilometers. And it was just a casual jog and never ending walk-conversation along the route.

>>> FIRST 50KMS <<<

There's was just really no struggle for me up to the Km 50 posts. I was able to catch up with the team already resting there @7 hours and 51 minutes. Still a better time compared to last year's.

Wincing and Smiling and Posing at the same time

When all’s ready, we proceeded. That’s after we agreed to walk the whole of the next 10 kilometers. It was too hot and it’s wise to walk. The “ROD WALK”.

>>> NEXT 52 KMS <<<

Vener captured the moment. And Team Ungas was just there too.

>>> THEN SOMETHING HAPPENED <<<

At about KM 66 to KM 70, I got a painful cramps on my lower thighs. Both leg. It was a minor one but it's not comfortable. So SID Apolinario, one the ultraboredsupport volunteered to give it some relief.

I also made the mistake of changing shoes at this point. I later regretted it.

From Supernova Glide to ADIZero F50
The AdiZero F50 ready for battle

Well, for all it’s worth, I was able to catch up on any lost time (and there was none! hic! ~ ) with this shoes.

When the sun disappeared and darkness covered the road, it is also the time I got to get the better of my strength. 🙂

I walked at near KM 90 alongside Jeff. At about the last 8 kilometers, I was just slowly racing alongside Atty Haide. I remember it well when she tagged me along to run the last 5 kilometers to KM 102. I left her and pushed myself at the last 3. Good for me.

But then another mistake.

#1 I stopped @102K, right at a time when I am all fired up and heated to run.
#2 I changed gear. I shouldn’t have. Yes, Im all sweat, but that’s because I’m in heat.
#3 I wasted too much time chatting around. Barely eating. Just throwing smiles at everybody.

Yes, it is a fact that I reached the KM 102 in 17:17. It is indeed a better time than my last year’s 102K finish. But it is not a wise decision to make. I got carried away.

I shouldn’t have stopped. I didn’t eat there anyway. I shouldn’t really have.(THIS, I will remember always – not to repeat next year)

So enter the DOOM. There goes my cold body. The chilly wind got the better of me. I was shaking. Walking and trying hard to run – but can’t. After about 3 kilometers, and finally noticing how I hated it, I stopped to rest. Oh Yeah. ANOTHER BIG BIG Mistake.

#1 I gave in to the cold.
#2 I gave in to the call of sleep.

There. As I lie down and rested in the car, cramps started creeping in. I was shouting in pain. Yes, that’s literally shouting. Not yelling – but shouting.

Then I’m lost. I might have fallen asleep. ANOTHER big big mistake. I could have just taken a nap. Just a nap!

With PACER DAPHNE @Dolores Pampanga Stretch.

Now I looked like a struggling warrior in battle.

With PACER JEROME @KM 127

See the difference in the stride?

I took another 15-minute nap before heading on to the last 25 kms. It was indeed very refreshing. The Jollibee Sopas from Capas still warm to my recall.

I ate at McDonald’s Capas. It was a “pre-munched” spaghetti. I gobbled it down as hard as I can. Then off to the heat of the day.

With PACER JOEY @the Last 6 kilometer stretch.
Last 5 kilometers. The U-turn. Ice Cream and FUN Picture!

It was a gruelling run. The last 5 kilometers is where I felt everything. Tired. Sleepy. In Pain. Limping. It was also in the very last few meters to the finish line that I felt it all all-together.

It was a mixed emotion of everykind. I didn’t cry. I’m done with that. I was just so happy to have been able to complete the course. I might have come late. I may have missed the cut-off, but the experience is all worth it. Such an experience is a deep-well of treasure for me. I was able to conquer myself. I was able to cover the entire route where a lot did not. I was tested to be patient. I was tested to be persistent. I passed the test. I may have been declared an Unofficial Finisher, but I have this:

Finisher SHIRT, Medal and Trophy after 34 hours 5 minutes and 54 seconds
BR himself and my BORED friends

If I’m not proud of what I have, I must be very happy of the friends who waited. Till next year. The crusade for the buckle continues. Back-to-Back-to-Back. (Nonchalant Laugh). 🙂

All thanks and praise to God who was with me all the way. Saint Michael and another angel. 🙂 Glory!