It’s the shorter bad-ass race next to the CM50 miles.
Anyone who is familiar to the route will agree that it’s not an easy one. Well, maybe to some really hardcore dude, this is just an easy run. But for me, (yeah, the likes of me) it is hard – yet doable.
I have done the 60K category of CM50, but I have not been to the peak. Attempts were made before but we ran out of time. We would just always lounge at the falls. While the elevation profile can make some people buckle, the majestic view above is beyond simple beautiful. It’s an awesome sight to behold!
On top of all that, it’s a quad-killer route. Yeah, some hamstrings died too. LOLS
Allow me to express some confusion here. The new route for this new event is the Explorac Trail Race Route. Add to it the Peak, the Falls and the initial ascent from Sapang Uwak (the route I am very mcuh familiar with)…and that’s it. That’s IT?
You can’t under-estimate this route. I for one will NOT. It’s a bit humid and very hot when the sun is so up. You won’t be able to buy anything anywhere except in Sapang Uwak. Well, the event has aid stations. They may be evenly apart at how many kilometers? Marshalls may abound. Will someone ever get lost? (I surely would like to hope I will NOT).
I don’t know if any racer know the entire new route. I think we are all equally unaware of the details. All I can bank on is my familiarity of the route from SCTEX tunnel to Sapang Uwak up and down to the Falls. Beyond that, I am a newbie too. Also, if I may mention – this is my first (1st) marathon for the year, since 2011.
Therefore, I pray unto the Lord God of heaven and earth, to the Almighty Father who always took great care of me. May He bless this event, this run, me, my friends, and all the participants, the crew, the marshalls, the place, and the route. May He also lend me again, for the nth time, His great power and strength to enable me to finish not just happy and strong, but also free of any injury. Yes, in the name of Jesus, I pray.
See you all on Sunday!
The 4th Quezon City International Marathon was launched today at Max’s in Quezon City Memorial Circle.
I got invited. It’s a BIG BIG event I look forward to each year.
The program was well attended and went to a smooth transition from Invocation to the Race Mechanics.
This event happens, again, on the first Sunday of December, like it has, for the last 3 years.
I have never missed a single QCIM, as a pacer. This time, I will be amongst the rest of the pack of runners.
Registration for the event starts on this 25th day of October up to the 26th of November.
So what’s new this time?
- WITHOUTLIMITS is the Race Organizer, with Ian Alacar as the Race Director.
- Lots of Registration Partners plus Online Registration (which starts Oct 23 up to the 26th of November)
EVENT DATE: DECEMBER 2, 2012
Race Kit inclusions:
- Race BIB with B-Tag Chip
- Safety Pins
Finishers of 21K shall be given a Finisher’s Medal.
Finishers of 42K shall be given a Finisher’s Medal and a Finisher’s Shirt.
Finisher’s loot bag shall also be given to all participants.
NO onsite registration for this event.
- Chris Sports SM North Annex
- Chris Sports SM Megamall
- Chris Sports SM Fairview
- Chris Sports SM MOA
- Chris Sports SM Manila
- Fitness & Athletics BGC, 9th Ave cor 2nd St.
- All Terra Cyclery Club 650, Eastwood Libis
- All Terra Cyclery MC Home Depot, Julia Vargas, Ortigas
- Runnex Office, UP Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman, QC.
- SM MOA – Field Residences Showroom
- SM Megamall – Blue Residences Showroom
- SM North EDSA – Grass Residences Showroom
- ONLINE Registration @ http://www.qcim.withoutlimits.ph or click here. to go to the web site.
For further inquiries, contact Without Limits @ 383-7658 or email the Secretariat : firstname.lastname@example.org
See you on race day! I will be BIB # 40007. Thanks be to God!
For me, it’s the last 2 to 3 weeks of hard training.
Base and Speed, before tapering.
The big day is near.
The mileage is low to medium low for me.
The intensity so far is quite high (for me).
My low is a relative low. My easy pace is a relative east too.
I give thanks and praise to God for guiding me and giving me the strength to train.
I have ran at almost all the time of the 24-hours.
I ran even after a graveyard work.
also after mid-shift.
“FELT Blah” is something I never felt.
I make it a point to decide first what kind of run I’d be doing before I go out.
The decision really sets the mood.
Unless otherwise possible, I stick to my easy pace – that pace where I have no problem talking and I run with normal breathing.
Leg pains are temporary.
Calf-muscle cramps are normal.
Low mileage is better than no mileage.
Undertraining is better than overtraining.
Undertraining is good enough…compared to no training at all.
It’s easy to tell if one has committed the sin of overtraining. We all are responsible for our own being.
See the figure below.
Let’s hope that everybody finishes “ON TIME”.
One fine morning in U.P. oval
December 24, 2011
Dave’s House in Marikina City.
December 17, 2011
(majority arrived when I left)
We have been running for so long already. If my memory serves me right, we already have ran an ultra distance even before the team formalized into a team of UltraRunners.
We’ve morphed from the fun distance of 5 and 10K to the more serious 21 and 42Ks. ..and we hungered for more.
Not that we are fast…
Not that we are too slow…
Not that we got too excited…
Maybe because we have gotten used to the boredom.
Maybe because we got challenged.
Maybe because we just loved to run.
Maybe because we enjoyed each others’ company.
For whatever reason, we are already a small team grown big. The growth was a bit proportionate to the distance we now cover.
Majority are ultrarunners. A good number have done 100Ks and 102Ks. Some have 160Ks on their belt.
This is my team.
Try to experience running with us.
See for yourself if we are worth the enjoyment running can offer.
We just dont get bored.
For many reasons, a runner and his crew MUST recon the route:
- To orient the runner and crew on the right road of the race
- To NOT get lost
- To orient the runner on the elevation of the route
- To orient the crew as to the location of food sources
- To give a good idea to new runners of the route how long exactly is this route
Don’t leave your race to chance.
Good for you if you lost your runner and he continues on the right road. What if he took a wrong one?
Just some thoughts.
Trust me…if you are new to this route – you can really get lost.
We have exactly 61 days before the big event. Mileage should have gone from good to better by now. All areas of training should have been covered by now – but more importantly is the pacing. Practice runs should be forthcoming. However, it’s best to take caution.
How do we do that?
There’s really no need to rush if you are just training for mileage. Unless you are training for speed – then, that’s a different story. Come race day, we shall all be subjected to a great test of endurance and mastery of paces.
Let’s all hope that we are able to do what we have planned, all for the glory of God.
Finally. Was able to run after Sunday’s marathon.
The shoe felt nice. No issues at all. Just some good ride.
Going down the ramp at top speed felt nice.
Going up the ramp felt good – except for some pressure build-up in my knee. But the pressure is just not there when I run up at top speed.
The run on flat surfaces felt better. The shoe seems to breathe. The air/wind enters the mesh.
The shoe somehow lives up to its name: it’s a cool ride!
Let’s find out how it will perform on longer distances! Soon! Will update.
Updated October 4, 2011:
Updated October 5, 2011:
Updated October 12, 2011:
Updated October 27, 2011:
Now compare this result with this one: CLICK ME. Nice di ba?
Here’s a toast to the shoes I use for a particular running distance. Cheers!
I don’t usually change shoes. What I wear @ the Starting line is the same shoe I finish with.
I use this one on short runs only. I find it’s better use on my long walks – but no more than 5K too. It’s just too hard on my feet. It’s a sure pain going beyond 5K.
I finished the following races with this one:
- PAU Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija to Dingalan, Aurora 60K Ultramarathon. 1 blister though.
- Mayon 360-degrees 50-miler. No blister.
- First 66 kilometers of BDM 160K. No blister. Some cramps.
- Fat-Ass 2011 24-hour run. Was able to complete 88 kilometers. No blister.
Obviously, I prefer this one on my long distance runs. I like the wide toe-box and the cushioning. Feels light to me too!
- MIM 42K. 1 blister. Same spot as PAU Fort Mag, and PAU 2nd T2N.
- Last 85 kilometers of BDM 160K. Endured the blister acquired from the F50.
Now this one is my favorite (no offense meant to the Orange one – yes, I have an Orange while this one is Green) on Pikermis’ 10-milers and 5K to 10K short runs. First used this @ BDM 160K after KM 66. Was able to catch up on my time but I ended up with a big blister and a swollen foot. Blame it on the rocky road of Lubao.
I like this shoe best on my 10-milers and 5K runs. Was able to record good times with these. No blisters at all if 21K and below only on good road running surfaces.
Wet or dry – I run at almost the same speed (given the same condition at time of race). I regularly use this one on my weekday sprints. It’s just built for it.
Up for a good break-in is the Orange F50, and the ClimaCool. Watch-out for it.