ULTRA 2012 to 13. Choose your Poison!


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.


  • 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


March 2-3, 2013 = 2013 BDM 102 Ultra

🙂 Oh yeah. Philippines is indeed a Mecca of Ultramarathons!

IN Other News #002

4th BDM 102 Race Result is here >>> CLICK

186 started, 160 finished within the 18-hour cut-off. I will personally recognize here in my blog those who are not in the official result. They ran the full 102K route too. They shared the same heat, and dirt and dust. They have lots of stories to tell on why they come short of the time. To me, they are FINISHERS just like all the others. I believe they should be recognized too.

Major Teresa Gangan

Richard "BOO" Toledo

Stephanie Hefti

Yan Dizon

Cindy Sevilla w/ Reginald Santos

Brandy Simbe

Jing Guerrero

Nathaniel Domingo

To those who are not listed here, please feel free to inform me.

(Thanks Zaldy!)

(Thanks Mr. Nathaniel Domingo!)

Series of 2012 © mar marilag

IN Other News #001

my youngest son...sprinting to the finish line
JP Pacia took this picture @ UP ROTC Centennial Run 2012
Found another CLASSIC picture @ Menshealth Trail Run
The team have grown. This has to be updated. 🙂
I will pass by this marker again on March 18, 2012

Series of 2012 © mar marilag

PART 2: BDM 160K run for the buckle 2012

…and so it was done. I finished and crossed the finish line within the cut-off time of 30 hours.

29:34:22 – record says.

So going back, let me introduce you first to my crew.

Mike Paruginog, the other-half of Jamie. With his Pamaypay na Chocolate…yes, that big!
KM 102 Pacer CJ Paran, and Chief support crew Boo Toledo
My Crew = Boo, CJ, Mike and Jamie

We left home base in Paco, Manila @ about 8pm. via SCTEX, we went straight to Villa Imperial where the Team Boring group of runners and support are staying. It was quite a fast ride. We reached the destination @ about before 2am.

When we got there, Rod and Sid is already up. I tried to take a short nap before breakfast. Some rice and corned beef + instant coffee completed the meal.

After the fast meal, we all fixed up for the race. I changed gear too. It was a cool morning in Bataan.

We proceeded to the starting line. Lots of picture taking and short chats.

Boring Runners
Batch of 2012 BDM 160K Warriors @ the Starting Line
Photo Credit : Elaine Mirabueno Botabara
Team Boring Runners and Support Crews

Since I didn’t eat that much since KM 00, but lived only with some shots of MOO Choco Drink, I ate half serving of an Arroz Caldo @ Past KM 102 where we stopped to rest.

@Angeles City, I think…Is where I’ve had my first taste of real food. A hot Jollibee Macaroni Soup. I ate it like iI haven’t eaten for a year.

After that, we kept moving. Reminiscing about where we stopped and at what time last year.

It was @ a gasoline station near Bamban Bridge where I declared to CJ that we are sure to make it on time this time. Simply because we were running and taking only minor short stops.

@past McDonalds Capaz, I think it’s Del Pilar St., we short-stopped for a while. I ate another serving of HOT Jollibee Macaroni Soup.

Thanks to my crew. Their concern is way above me.

After this, making sure that I am sure to enter the time within cut-off, I tried to keep a good pace of continuous short runs with minor walk breaks until I see the road markers – where I would calculate exactly how far we are.

Then I saw it. KM 109. That’s 118-109+6 = 15 KMs pa!

I remembered a lot of passing car as we ran. Lots of well-wishers and happy friends shouting like crazy. Then Chito Carreon, with the JazzRunner stopped to say: ” kaya pa, pare, kung hahatawin.”

Well, that made a lot of sense. Thanks, Chito!

So we continued. This time, no more stopping. Pacing keeps getting faster @ this point.

I was determined to make it fast. It didn’t occur to me that I could even go faster. Right at the gate of the National Shrine, I changed the pace. This time, a bit faster than my slow run. LOLz 😛

Well I prayed almost all the conscious time I have running.

I thank God for the gift of strength.

I asked God to allow me to continue and make it on time.

I asked God to take away my pains – for they are many.

So upon seeing where I am @ that point of the run, with 11K to go, I sped up. Minor very short walk breaks to drink only because the sun is up and it’s really hot.

Boo ahead of me

Last 4K, i changed shirt. Took off my hat too, and bathed myself in cold water.

Last 1K with CJ soaking the towel in cold water. He carried that 1.5L running!

This shoe has only the blue foot brace and my feet inside. No socks at all!

I think this is where I shifted direction to avoid my son – who’s running fast directly to me!

2/5 more push…more air please!
3/5 more push @ this point!
5/5 Shout for joy! Thanks be to God!
The Actual Route. Just so those who are wondering may know.

Well, I have no coach to thank. 🙂 Only God!

I coach myself, and He is my consultant.

I prepared my own training, periodization and work-outs. Only a loving God, who is ALMIGHTY by the way can give such grace. Yes, I coach other people too.

So to God, our Father, the Almighty One, and to our Lord Jesus, together with the Holy Spirit I offer up this accomplishment.

Praise be to Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

(didn’t I mention that I went to confession last January 26, 2012?) 🙂

My Team

with Carlo, Vic, Chever, Marky and Mccoy + bandit Ronnel 🙂

One fine morning in U.P. oval

December 24, 2011

@ the BORING Xmas Party

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.

Really. 🙂

2nd T2N Glimpses

Official Result HERE.

Thanks to Jess Agoo/HOB!
Thanks to Berns Ong!
Thanks to Carlo Serrano!
Thanks to Berns Ong!
Thanks to Team USB
Thanks to Joy Pambid Vargas!
Thanks to Bave Dela Cruz/Team CB!
Thanks to TheCuriousRunner!

Captured one of my walk breaks…Happy to be!

Thanks to HOB!
Thanks to HOB!

Oh yeah. I love to run. I walk when I can’t. I do whenever I can. 

Thanks to Mayor Alfaro! 🙂 Very nice shot!
Thanks to Team USB!
Thanks to Team USB!
Thanks to Team USB! (Near the Finish Line)
Thanks to Evelyn Mondragon-Lopez/HOB!
Thanks to JOJO! Team USB!

Ok. I was not looking…Still, a nice shot!

Thanks to Cindy Sevilla! Sinuman nagshotnito = Salamat! OO, kulelat ako!
Thanks to Berns Ong!
After the Orange Parade. Thanks to Carlo Serrano!
Better time, better ranking COMPARED TO last year.

I was on self-support.  I consumed 3 sachets of extra joss, 1 ovaltine (which the wind blew on my face and shirt), 1 small pack of raisins, 1 pack of 3 choco chips, 1 small bottle of explode and 1 bottle of water – which I refilled from lots of kind friends along the road. In all probability they are also the ones I am giving thanks to in the above photos.

Self-support is really doable – only IF you are willing to accept that when you have no more water and you need some – you have to accept the offers along the road. 

It means, DON’T be shy. Friends are already there offering the water. The softdrinks. The food. Almost anything! Even water spray and sponge and wet towel. It makes no sense ignoring the kind offer when you are in need of one.

God Bless them. By God’s loving grace and mercy, I made it.

Praise be to the Lord, our God!

PAU T2N. Again!


Time to beat.

1st 10K then was in 65 minutes.
2nd 10K was 84 minutes.
3rd 10K was 91 minutes.
4th 10K was 107 minutes.
Next 5K took me 51 minutes. I really took my time. Saving much energy for the last push. There was really no need to hurry, I think. I’m still ahead of the target time.
Next 4K took me 48 minutes. I was thirsty at this point – having lost my support. Carried nothing. Thanks to Team CB when I stumbled upon them.
Last 1K = 8 minutes and 42 seconds. Ran and stopped to talk to some friends then sprint to finish.

I still can taste the finish line, then. I stompped on it.

Thanks to Marvin Pangan for this Shot!

But that was before. It was a cold November 14 of 2010.

Now, the 2nd PAU T2N will be on September 17. It could be cold, it could be very hot. But we’ll see. We can only plan. God is the one who implements things. 🙂 I am only borrowing my strength. But I do intend to run better this time. With that, I mean, faster. 🙂

May God Almighty bless this run and guide my ways, as always. Amen.