Review, Revisit, Relearn

That’s exactly what I am doing, and continue to do in this first week of training for the longest ultra of my life – for now.

I need to focus more on the little but relevant informations I can get from the experience I have. It’s important not to forget anything. Miss out on one relevant detail and things could turn out differently to undesirable.

I do have a high tolerance to pain.

If there’s anything hard about running, that is the pain of a severe cramps locked in spasm. While it is a minor issue, and very much avoidable, only a few people can master it. By that, I mean, control limit the cramps to a minimum.

Actually, ultra is all about the pace, and knowing what to do at all times. One has to know how to minimize the impact of the heat & the pounding at the feet. Same goes with the cold wind and the rain.

For example, strains. It is likely to happen when one muscle group is stronger than its opposing muscle group, as with hamstring and quads. We use compressions to increase circulation and oxygen blood flow but to deal with strain, and reduce inflammation, you need an ice theraphy. R.I.C.E. But when you cannot rest? Stretch and Massage!

Here’s where you have to ask a newbie: Can you endure the heat? 🙂 If you can, GOOD FOR YOU! Run more!

…TO BE CONITNUED…(for updating)

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…

🙂

Left Out

🙂

While the real hardcore ones race every week, I get to join events only occasionally.

  • 2nd PAU Tanay 50K – March 25, 2012 – SPONSORED
  • 2nd Mayon 360 International Ultramarathon 50-Miles – April 21, 2012 – SPONSORED
  • 2nd Fort Magsaysay to Dingalan 60K Ultramarathon – August 26, 2012 – SAVED FOR THIS ONE

🙂

What more can I say?

I wanted to run more.

I wanted to join too.

I simply cannot.

🙂

Glad to say that I am preparing well for the big event of November. I may not be running that long – but I am real busy preparing.

Thanks be to God.

#savingmodeforthebigevent

#feltleftout

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

 LIMITED SLOTS ONLY

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.

TRANSPORT TO THE STARTING LINE

  • commute via bus. I will have to check the last trip to Subic, though.

RACE PROPER

  • stick to my easy slow pace. run as long as I can, walk to recover, and jog until I can run again.

HYDRATION

  • stick to my tested drinks. water with hydrite, water only, mountain dew, cobra and either moo, or chuckie tetra packs.

MEAL STOPS

  • light meals only every 1.5 hours. bico? cassava cake? hotdog and rice?

CHANGE OF GEAR

  • 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.

REST

  • 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.

TRANSPORT TO HOME

  • commute

TARGET

  • 1st day = 70K in 11 hours.
  • 2nd day = 70K in 13 hours.
  • 3rd night = 60K in 11 hours.

MAIN STRATEGY

  • 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.

FEATURED ULTRARUNNER #4

FRANCISCO “KOKOY” R. DELMO, JR

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.

Bored@Nuvali
A salute to a great guy! 🙂