Mudfest @ Mt. Marami

That’s right!

IT’S A MUDFEST OUT THERE! – slipped, tumbled and slide

That’s how I described the recently concluded 1st Mt. Marami – Silyang Bato 21K Race Challenge FKT held in Talipusngo, Maragondon Cavite. Why mudfest? Because the route from almost start upto the summit itself is a challenging muddy due to rain the night before the race. The mud in this route is totally thick and sticky. Worst is you’ll stepped on a deep mud that can reach upto your knees. Also, this is the reason some of the runner didn’t made it on the given cut-off time (7hrs.). Even the organizer, Sir JC Igos extends the cut-off to one hour (now 8hrs.). That’s how tough this race is.

This is not your ordinary race, if you ask me. Even the experienced trail runners found this event totally difficult. The common comments from the finishers I’ve talked to is the “mud” as I’ve mentioned earlier. The rolling uphill and downhill of the mountain and the cold weather because the rain keeps pouring from time to time. And that’s were your training and proper gears comes in.

In 11K mark, good friend/running coach Enrique Sundiang aka DaBull welcomes me in the u-turn that brings hope and feeling determined to finish the race. Thank you sir! And while in the summit I enjoyed the view of “Silyang Bato” and took few photos even at that time we don’t have clearing at all. Fog covers the summit plus a heavy rain pours that made the experience more fun (like a kid playing in the rain that time).

For me overall experience is totally awesome not only my training paid off even in a short time and I also made it on time despite how hard this route is. And the most important is that I’ve crossed the line injury and blister free (Thank you Jesus!).

Also, I would like to commend the team behind this grueling race. Kudos to Team E.S.E., New Era and to all the sponsors who made this event successful. See in leg 2 – leg 1, DONE!

Congrats to all the finishers! Yay!

Anyways, here are the pictures taken during this event. Hope you liked it!

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Puso lang! – TNF100 50k experience

My mantra prevails! “PUSO LANG” or Iron Will. Equiped with this plus the trust in you training and handful gears, I survive my 1st Ultra Trail Marathon last Friday June 12, 2015 in The North Face 100 held in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Hundres of trail runners gathered for this 2-day event to test their mental toughness, edurance and what nature to offer and also to celebrate the 117th Independece day of the Phillipines in the trail for the pinoys. The North Face 100 is one of the premier trail event in the country which many trail addict or enthusiasts visit from different part of the globe. This event is no joke. For you to finish the race you will have to cross long stretch of river bank. Puzzle your way out to giant boulders. Climb yourself to the top of the hill using a rope. Tackle steep downhill with care. Countless uphill that will make your lower body scream and finally, one of the factor and the reason why many did not make it to the finish line is the scorching heat. That day temperature rise upto 42°c of extreme hotness. If not properly taken care of you might get headache or worst, a heat stroke. This kind of event shoud never taken lightly. I suggest to prepare your body for the worst and train properly. Consider also the proper diet, gears or equipment and to have a trail buddy. If having a buddy in a race doesn’t fit for you running in a solo also works for more focus. The North Face 100 is something to consider and be listed in your bucketlist if your looking for an adventure but make sure you put your heart and soul in training if you’re planning to join the 50k or 100k. Respect the trail and the distance. Next year I’m considering to join the 50k distance and plan to set new PR in 50k. See you guys next year. Congrats to all who crosses the finish line. 100, 50 and 22 kilometer finisher, Good job to us. #NeverStopExploring #BreakAllBoundaries #TNF100Ph2015

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39 KMS LSD Hills and Heat!

Misadventure with Epoy and DaBull

Ang dalawang makulit!

08 Sept 2013 🙂

39kms LSD with Da Bull and Prinz 🙂 At last!!! Nabuo rin kaming tatlo at natuloy din ang matagal ng plano. Matagal ko na nakilala si Pareng Prinz nagkasabay kami sa Xterra Pang Rave Run 22k Trail Run last 2012 sa San Mateo Rizal. Dahil kay Pareng Prinz nakilala ko ang isa sa mga Top Runner ng Cavite na si pareng Da bull. Pero matagal na sana ako sumama sa  training nila ni prinz na hindi matuloy tuloy hahaha.

Ang plano namin ay chika pace lang dahil kailangan suportahan namin si Prinz sa kanyang pagbabalik sa running community at sa kanyang pagbabalik sumali sya sa The Bull Dream Marathon 2014 naks yaman!

Original Plan: 28kms lang pero dahil sa Magic Adobo at Buko nakarating kami ng 39kms 🙂
Gun start: 5:48am
Rest and Hydrate: Total of 1 hour
Total hours of Running and Walking: 5:52 Hours

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2012 in review – Thank you for the support guys!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 20,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

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Barefoot Blisters Checklist

 

I started running barefoot since January this year. It’s been eight months now since my first step and embraces this kind of running style. By the way, the reason I’ve tried the barefoot running is because I experience a lot of pain in my lower body. Since then the pain I’ve experienced since I got into running gradually decreases until it’s totally pain-free. But we’re not here to discuss this time my transition to barefoot. We can have that in some other time. For now let’s look on what is our topic today.

I wonder how to obtain the James Bond blister

One day I saw this image in my friend FB (facebook) wall and made me think. Since I embraced barefoot running did I get all of this? At first I laugh because some of it is true and some are not yet acquired. After a few moments I realized that out of seven blister markings I only got three. There are the relapse blister, did not lift the toe blister and mileage blister. Now, to all the barefoot runners who are reading this blog I have a question for you. Have you completed all the blister markings?

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