Looking For Sponsors

By February 2014,

I will be running from Manila to Baguio, a 250-km multi-day ultramarathon.

I need a lot of things, namely:

  • Supplements
  • Meal Replacements
  • Energy Gels
  • Energy Drinks

Among others.

Hoping to get some sort of Sponsors here.

Training is a bit hard. I need to hydrate and re-fuel too. 🙂

The Year that Was

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. 🙂

2nd BDM 160K Ultra
2nd BDM 160K Ultra

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).

CM50 60K Category
CM50 60K Category

December 2012 – all slack. 🙂 Crossfits and meals! Hahahaha. Very few short runs.


My DAILYMILE got some stats.

The Last 12 months
The Last 12 months
Total for the YEAR 2012
Total for the YEAR 2012

Nothing but Running

I liked the idea so much:
  1. NO fees
  2. NO awards
  3. NO aid
  4. NO wimps
  5. NO shirts
  6. NO medals
  7. 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.

Very doable.

Very doable…


If the Lord is willing . . .

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


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.


  • 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?


  • 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.


  • commute


  • 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…
My Best time in a marathon:
Summit Water CamSur Marathon September 26, 2011; Official time: 04:19:22
Running Statistics – Marathon vs Ultra:
5 Marathons:
  1. Condura Skyway Marathons (2011 & 2012)
  2. CamSur Marathon (2011)
  3. Milo Manila Elimination (2011)
  4. Singapore Marathon (2011).
6 ultramarathons:
  1. The Valley Trail Challenge (2011)
  2. PAU 60K Fort Magsaysay Ultra Marathon Challenge
  3. PAU 65K Western Pangasinan Ultra Run,
  4. 2nd PAU 50K T2N Run
  5. 4th BDM102 (2012).
  6. 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 your opinion, what’s the big difference between Marathon and a 50K ultra in terms of Preparation and Actual Racing?

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.

What is your most memorable race, and why?

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.

@ the BDM 102K finish line with the RD
The BDM 102 Support Crew
5 Most recent races:
12.04.11 Standard Charter Singapore Marathon – 42K
01.07.12 Fat Ass 12hr Category – 57K
02.05.12 Condura Skyway Marathon – 42k
03.03.12 4th Bataan Death March Ultramarathon – 102K
04.29.12 Hyundai: Run For A Cause – 10K

Team Affiliation:

Team Boring

Kokoy is one fast runner who never brags about his time. He finished BDM 102 in 30th place. See here.  @ the 2nd PAU T2N, he clocked @ 5:47:37 placing 40th. He also finished in Sub 10 hours the hard route of Fort Magsaysay to Dingalan, Aurora – the PAU Fort Magsaysay 60K. To date, he is one of the fastest runners of Team Boring. Also, one of the humble ones. I give high respect to people who trains properly, and sticks to that training with so much discipline. Here’s one guy who will not enter a race unprepared.

A salute to a great guy! 🙂

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!


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!

(Click on the image to enlarge)

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).

Expect a huge number of elites with these prizes!

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.


Along the route.

bring your personal preference!

shall abound!

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.

IN Other News #008

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?

Month of April

…starts a new cycle of training for me.

After thorough research and info gathering around the net over my new training plan, I found it to be just as nice and wise as it should be:

  • it’s the right way to go
  • it’s injury free
  • it’s scientifically proven

I cooked it myself – having consulted my vast experience running. The principle was validated and tested against opinions and discussions among professional coaches.

Of course, this ones specific to me – to my type of running – specifically my pace and strategy.

  • I am a negative splitter.
  • I am not the typical fast guy.
  • I am comfortable with the run-rest-run pattern.
  • I am comfortable running under the heat.

This doesn’t mean it can’t apply to you. This also doesn’t mean that you can just copy what I have here.

Basically, the training would start with a base build-up for about 3 or 4 months depending on how consistent I will be. Take note that my body works on low mileage, high intensity work-outs, as opposed to the supposedly apparent idea of high mileage, low intensity one. The 4th or 5th month morphs into a base-LT training, which would include hills, pyramids and quarters on and off the track. I actually do like the roads better than the track oval. Yes, it’s a lot safer on a track, though.

Caveat: Training works well when combined with proper training nutrition, balanced sleeping pattern, and a healthy spirituality.

What do I get after these training?

  • More endurance.
  • Faster time.
  • Leaner body.

By God’s grace, I hope to accomplish all this.


IN Other News #005

Counting my long distance inventory, I noticed how slow I have been piling up my long distance races.

Imagine, to-date, I only have 12 marathons -and no marathon yet for 2012, and 12 ultramarathons! So few! LOLz



ANR – MOA resumes it’s session tomorrow night. 7:30pm. @ Bayshore corner Seaside Avenue. MOA grounds.

Nice picture, eh? 🙂


Last time, in 2010, this event started at 5am. 116 started but 104 finishes only. My time to beat is 7 hours 47 minutes and 50 seconds. I placed #75 back then.

There is a trip via Train to BICOL for the Mayon 360. See below:


Travesia is so near my parent’s house. 🙂 I used to bike around there to the market place.


Aleth on the left is 1st (Female) Runner Up for the 4th BDM 102K Ultramarathon.

Keshia on the right is Champion (Female) for the 2nd BDM 160K Ultramarathon.

Both are Bored members. 🙂

Congratulations, Ladies!