Official Result: 1st Manila To Baguio 250K Ultra Marathon Race

9 02 2015

1st Manila To Baguio 250K Ultra Marathon Race

1:00 AM February 6, 2015 To 3:00 AM February 8, 2015

Cut-Off Time: 50 Hours

Number Of Starters: 20

Number Of Finishers: 16

Percentage Of Finish: 80%

20 Runners @ The Starting Line In Luneta Park

20 Runners @ The Starting Line In Luneta Park

RANK                  NAME                                                                 TIME

1.  Lao Ogerio (Overall Champion, Course Record)– 42:35:36

2.  Elmar Bob Tolete (1st Runner-Up, Overall) ——- 42:51:36

3.  Marcelo Bautista (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) —–  44:20:02

4.  Alfred Delos Reyes ————————————–  45:51:52

5.  Simon Pavel Miranda ———————————–  47:36:55

6.  Carlo Gonzales ——————————————-  47:46:52

7.  Rhodz Cordura ——————————————-  47:51:44

8.  Raffy Gabotero  ——————————————  48:06:30

9.  Allan Sabado   ——————————————–  48:12:42

10. Marlon Santos  ——————————————  48:17:16

11. Myk Dauz  ————————————————  48:26:57

12. Romhel Biscara —————————————— 48:47:28

13. Nelson Val Caro  —————————————– 48:49:29

14. Elmer Caballes  —————————————— 49:03:21

15. Albert Salazar  ——————————————- 49:03:34

16. Amor Gabriel  ——————————————- 49:10:01

Overall Champion Lao Ogerio

Overall Champion Lao Ogerio

1st Runner-Up Elmar Bob Tolete

1st Runner-Up Elmar Bob Tolete

2nd Runner-Up Marcelo Bautista

2nd Runner-Up Marcelo Bautista

Congratulations To All The Finishers.





Race Report: 2015 Condura Skyway Marathon (Run For A Hero)

3 02 2015

Background

I was expecting that the 2014 edition of this race was to be conducted for the benefit of the victims of Typhoon Yolanda but instead, it was cancelled and the Race Organizer opted to donate a part of their budget for the recovery and rehabilitation of the people of Samar and Leyte.

Many of the runners were frustrated to hear this news and I was one of them.

And my ultra running friends were not also happy about the news. For the past editions/years, the Condura Skyway Marathon had been always and became the post-recovery run for all the participants of my Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race as both races are one week apart.

Official Logo Of The Marathon Race

Official Logo Of The Marathon Race

But runners would not have to wait any longer for the good news about the next edition of the Marathon Race. In a few weeks after the actual schedule of the event, the Race Organizer had announced that the 2015 event will be for the benefit of the HERO Foundation. Being a part and former soldier, I was happy to know that this event will benefit the families who were left behind by our fallen heroes who died fighting against the enemies of the State and threats to our peaceful way of life.

Exactly one week before Race Day, elements of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police encountered in a firefight agains the separatist groups in Mindanao, MILF and BIFF, resulting in the death of forty-four (44) and the wounding of others. This incident became a national issue where the public called for an immediate action for the arrest, apprehension or killing of those who are involved in this dastardly act against our troops.

Thus, in the minds of all the runners, this Marathon Race had become an instant “platform” for them to sympathize with the “Fallen SAF 44 Heroes” and for a united call for the government to give justice where it is due.

Training and Preparation

I did not have any specific training program leading to this race except for the my training program which is in preparation for me for the Trans Lantau 100K Trail Run which will be held in the middle of March of this year. Such training program was so specific that my mileages should be done in the mountains. But with my trips to the different provinces since the start of the New Year, in order to coordinate with my Ultra Races for this year where I am the Organizer and Race Director, my training runs were solely on paved and flat dirt roads.

Instead of having more vertical climbs/gains in my training, I opted to improve on my speed by doing tempo runs on the road and flat dirt roads. I had also the chance to have my rest and recovery in-between runs for a more extended period. And trips outside Metro Manila to Aurora and Albay Provinces became my tapering period a few days before Race Day.

I have also prepared my mind on this race and think of it as a Long Steady Distance (LSD) weekend run with a faster speed while my HR monitor will not breach more than 162 beats per minute.

Since all my runs for the past two years were devoted to trails and with a hoard of new trail shoes in my “trail running arsenal”, I have to choose the lightest shoes for this race and had to try them for a couple of times in my tempo runs. The choices were between the INOV-8 Roclite; SALOMON’s LAB Sense 3; or ALTRA’s Superior 2.0. I selected the Salomon LAB Sense 3 as it is the lightest among the three!

Salomon Ultra Trail Running Shoes

Salomon Ultra Trail Running Shoes

In order to arrest my sweat from reaching my feet and shoes, I prepared my Headsweat (for my head), Buff (for my neck), Long-sleeved PAU Shirt for my body), and Compresport Calf Sleeves, and Drymax Socks.

Race and Nutrition Strategy

Being an “old-school” marathon runner, I consider Marathon Running as a Speed Endurance Event where walking is integrated while drinking my two cups of water as I leave in every Water Station. In-between those Water Stations, one has to run and jog as fast as possible!

Knowing what my body is capable of as an “experienced and old” marathon runner, I opted to use the “negative split” way of racing this event. If I had prepared properly for this race, I had opted to use the “even pace” strategy where my race pace at the beginning is maintained throughout the race. My experience in ultra running and consistent advise from my Coach dictate that my pace at the beginning should be slow and progressing to a faster pace towards the last half of the race up to the Finish Line.

On nutrition, I had a full meal rich in fats and carbohydrates one a half hours before the start of the race; snacks of carbohydrates 30 minutes before the race; one Gel every hour; drink water every Aid Station; last Gel to ingest was a GU Roctane; and a reserve of Stinger Waffle as my “reserve solid” food just in case of emergency.

Race Proper

I’ve been away from the road running crowd for the past two years and it was the members ultra running community and my readers in this blog who approached and greeted me as I joined my co-runners in Wave I. It took us 30 minutes to wait from the time the Wave A runners were released from the Starting Line. Those 30 minutes were devoted to talk to some of the ultra runners within my Wave Group and review in my mind my race & nutrition strategy. As we got nearer to the Starting Line, I had my simple prayer to myself and thought of my Officers and Men who died under my Command during my stint and tour as a Military Officer and lastly, to those of the PNP SAF 44 soldiers.

My slow jog on the first 400 meters was the most memorable part of this race as I saluted every time I would approach a SAF member holding a framed picture of the Fallen SAF 44 who was standing in attention on the left side of the road. Yes, it was a slow jog but saluting 44 times is the best that I could do to honor these men who unselfishly offered their lives in the name of peace and safety for the citizenry and our country.

First 400 Meters Of The Course

First 400 Meters Of The Course (Photo By Spin.PH)

Salute To Our Fallen Heroes

Salute To Our Fallen Heroes (Photo By Spin.PH)

I started at the back of the Wave I and waited to make a move on the first uphill climb on the Skyway. I passed a lot of the slow and walking participants on this part. Knowing the whole course’ profile, the first 8-10K is a slightly uphill climb and it worked well with my slow pace as it served as my warm-up. On this first 10K of the course, I would maintain my slow speed of 4.6 miles per hour being aware of my running form; hydrating myself as I would reach the Water Station; and most of all talking to some of the runners and acknowledging their greetings as I passed them.

For about a minutes or two, I was able to talk to a couple, Miguel and Cachelle, and kept my pace with theirs. I was happy to see them running together. As with Miguel, I did not see any signs of limping from his gait and strides as he fully recovered from an unfortunate accident while participating in one of my BDM “test runs” two years ago in the Pampanga area. Looking at them together, I knew they would be able to enjoy and finish the race. I will not be surprised to see this couple to be back running in my ultra races soon! I had to beg off from them as I wanted to continue with my own pace as knowing that they are enjoying and having fun with the race.

Smiling On The Early Part Of The Race

Smiling On The Early Part Of The Race

When I reached the 10-Km mark, I was already enjoying the windy and cool atmosphere of the early morning. I have increased my speed to 5 miles per hour and I was surprised that I was too comfortable with such pace. I ingested my first Gel once I reached my first 40 minutes while I was approaching a Water Station. Two cups of water were enough to bring the gel to my stomach and let it provide the much-needed energy to my machine!

At the 13-mile point, my speed had reached at 5.6 miles per hour and I never let that speed to decrease all the way to the Finish Line. At times, I would reach up to 6.0+ miles per hour on the downhill portions of the course. In my tempo run workouts, I could still run a 10K race with a time of 55+ minutes but forcing myself to this kind of speed in a marathon race without the necessary speed training will be courting for an injury that might jeopardize my training for and participation at the Trans Lantau 100K. There is no point to take a risk on this race.

Getting Serious During The Race

Getting Serious During The Race (Photo By Running Photographers)

I kept reminding myself that this race was part of my training for an ultra trail run in the middle of March.

Getting Faster On The Lat Half Of The Course

Getting Faster On The Lat Half Of The Course; From Wave I To Wave F (Photo By Pinoy Fitness.Com)

And my rituals were repeated as I reached nearer to the Finish Line——ingested my Gels every hour after my first Gel at 40-minute mark from the start of the race; reached for two cups of water (only, No Gatorade for the whole race) in every Water Station; would pass other runners at the Water Stations by running up to farthest end of the table and walk quickly & briefly while drinking the water; making sure that my empty cups would land in those garbage bins provided by the Race Organizer; by just waving my hand or simply greeting back to those runners who call my attention or greet me; no unnecessary “chit-chat” to other runners on the last half of the course; by allowing other runners to pace with me or run along with me (without any conversation); and try to pick-up and increase my pace through some quick “surges” on the uphill portions and on the last 10K of the course (all downhill to the Finish Line).

It was still dark when I reached the Finish Line. I finished the race with an Official Time of 4:40:19 hours and ranked #569 out of 5,022 Finishers.

I did not realize that I could still run this fast considering my age of going to 63 years old in 3 months. Maybe with a more focused training in the Marathon distance, I still could run this fast and hopefully, could still have a shot to a Boston Marathon Qualifying Race, the proper and traditional way!

But on second thought, I will remain as a Trail Ultra Runner and consider the Condura Skyway Marathon as my ONLY yearly Road Marathon where I could be in touch with the marathon/road running community in the country.

Breathing Hard Through My Mouth

Breathing Hard Through My Mouth (With The Wave F Runners)

Lesson/s Learned

1. Marathon Running is an Art and a Skill. Racing is about You and the Distance. Every runner needs Endurance and Speed to have a very successful finish. One has to compete with oneself and not with any other runner.

2. Marathon Racing is NOT a time to socialize. “Socializing” is done after the race. As compared to Ultra Running, Ultras are races where one has to “socialize” from the start up to the finish and beyond the race itself. Sometimes, Ultras’ “socializing” starts during training and preparation.

"Socializing" Before The Race

“Socializing” Before The Race With An Ultra Friend

3. Proper Nutrition Strategy is the Key to a successful Marathon Finish coupled with proper Hydration technique. Gels are the best immediate source of nutrition in a Marathon Race. Eating a full meal few hours before the race and later, a light snacks few minutes before the race always worked positively in my races.

4. Racing Strategy is dependent on one’s training and preparation. If you are NOT fully-prepared and trained for the event, be contented to aim for a Finish without any injury, and not for any PR or best time for a Marathon Race.

5. No complaints and “whining” in a Marathon Race. Before Gels and Sports Drinks were invented, Marathon Races have ONLY Water as support for all the runners! Try to strive and train for the simplest and most basic way of running a marathon race.

6. Be LIGHT. Wear the lightest running kit and try also to run light with your body. It is not yet late to learn how to run light by using your forefoot or mid foot as you run by feel.

7. Taper Properly. Since the race is done from Midnight to the early morning, runners are practically sleepless on Friday night, considering that the trip to the event area is outside the Metro Manila. It is advisable to have a complete rest and sleep for at least 7-8 hours every night on the last week prior to Race Day.

8. Marathon Race should be a part of an Ultra Race training and preparation in order to improve one’s speed and endurance. I really did not have a focused and dedicated training for this race. This marathon race was part of my weekly ultra training program where it was to be a “back-to-back” long runs where each day would be a 12-mile run. Instead of two days of 12-mile a day run, I did it for one day/one workout with an excess of 2.2 miles. My average total weekly mileage for the past three weeks leading to this race was from 47-50 miles.

Very Rare Picture With Ultra Runners In A Marathon Race

Very Rare Picture With Ultra Runners In A Marathon Race

Running Kit & Accessories

Running Shoes: Salomon S-LAB Sense 3 Ultra Trail Shoes

Sweat Absorbers: Headsweat and Buff

Shirt: PAU Long-Sleeved Shirt By A Perfect White Shirt

Shorts: Salomon Trail Running Shorts (Bermuda)

Calf Sleeves: Compressport

Socks: Drymax (Trail Running Socks)

Cycling Gloves: Specialized

Headlight: Fenix

Nutrition: 2 pcs of VFuel Gels (Fudge Brownie); one GU Gel (Salted Caramel); one GU Gel (Roctane); and 2 pcs of Stinger Waffle (Reserve)

Race Belt: Ultimate Direction SJ Signature Series

Watches/GPS: Garmin 310XT with HR Monitor and TIMEX Watch

Congratulations to Tonton and Raul Patrick Concepcion (Race Organizers); Rio Dela Cruz (Race Director); and to the rest of the Condura Skyway Marathon Team for this well-organized and international-standard marathon race which honors our “present day” heroes in the military and armed services and supports their dependents through the HERO Foundation.

Last Half Of The Course

Last Half Of The Course

Approaching The Finish Line

Approaching The Finish Line

Congratulations also to all the Finishers!

See you next year!





Official Result: 2015 Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 160)

26 01 2015

5th/2015 Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 160)

Bataan Death March Shrine, Mariveles, Bataan To Capas National Shrine, Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac

5:00 AM January 24 To 1:00 PM January 25, 2015

Cut-Off Time: 32 Hours

Number Of Starters: 76

Number Of Finishers: 71

Percentage Of Finish: 93.4%

Group Picture @ The BDM Km Post #00

Group Picture @ The BDM Km Post #00 (Photo By Marlon Galindo)

Class #2015 Of The BDM 160K Ultra Marathon Race

Class 2015 Of The BDM 160K Ultra Marathon Race (Photo By Marlon Galindo)

RANK

NAME

TIME (HRS)

1

Lao Ogerio (Champion, Overall) 22:48:59

2

Ador Sietereales (1st Runner-Up, Overall) 23:43:22

3

Percival Dictado (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) 23:43:51

4

Roman Mabborang 24:21:52

5

Bong Alindada 25:00:43

6

Joji Salvador 25:44:04

7

Dennis Villanueva 25:47:14

8

Enstein Calaoa Jr 26:16:41

9

Werner Cruz 26:26:11

10

Melojane Amit (Champion, Female) 26:30:53

11

Myk Dauz 26:48:59

12

Chae Youngsuk 26:49:25

13

Edrick Nicdao 26:50:37

14

Elmer Caballes 26:55:58

15

Tess Leono (1st Runner-Up, Female) 27:04:21

16

Joel Simsiman 27:20:23

17

Rodel Mendoza Jr 27:27:48

18

Fernando Balane 27:38:51

19

JC Sta. Teresa 27:47:23

20

Dennis Uy 27:47:54

21

Arthur Ryan Dolina 27:48:29

22

Rodney Cabahug 27:48:59

23

Aaron Laron 27:50:14

24

Henry Laron 27:50:24

25

Regie Lazerna 27:53:28

26

Randy Miranda 27:53:59

27

Edwin Cruz 27:58:02

28

Bong Anastacio 28:02:37

29

Joseph Pineda 28:04:31

30

Dennis Chavez 28:10:07

31

Randy Ong 28:22:40

32

Archie Gascon 28:27:04

33

Milbert Cabral 28:29:53

34

Dindo Diaz 28:30:11

35

Bong Dizon 28:30:43

36

Richard Allan Mangalip 28:42:43

37

Rodelio Mendoza 28:43:50

38

William Marino 28:44:00

39

Kathleen Pinero (2nd Runner-Up, Female) 28:44:48

40

Harry Duruin 28:52:08

41

Richelle Perez (Female) 29:01:05

42

Meljohn Tezon 29:01:26

43

Alen Alban 29:14:19

44

Eden Pagsolingan 29:18:58

45

Doodsie Mallari (Female) 29:20:12

46

Eddie Vega 29:36:17

47

Bong Capiton 29:41:27

48

Ronnel Go 29:50:37

49

Thea Sangrador (Female) 29:51:14

50

Inocencio Rosario Jr 29:55:09

51

Evan Lu 29:59:59

52

Ricky Sangalang 30:06:48

53

Obeth Malana 30:21:06

54

Allan De Lima 30:21:26

55

Christian Pabatao 30:22:05

56

Lito Mallari 30:28:12

57

Jerry Briones 30:30:12

58

Almar Danguilan 30:37:05

59

Roberto Vocal Jr 30:43:38

60

Addison Sayoc 30:57:12

61

Katherine Villaflor (Female) 31:09:10

62

Wilson John Barbon 31:11:35

63

Edwin Hernandez 31:17:40

64

Mary Joanne Sapalasan (Female) 31:17:53

65

John Israel Ocampo 31:18:11

66

Ronaldo Robles 31:19:12

67

Ian Christian Torres 31:20:50

68

Reese Rogel (Female) 31:22:03

69

Gerson Yuson 31:25:57

70

Loradel Hanopol (Female) 31:58:53

71

Lady Dianne Palongan (Female) 31:59:28
Overall Champion Lao Ogerio

Overall Champion Lao Ogerio

Female Champion Melojane Amit

Female Champion Melojane Amit

Congratulations To All The Finishers! See you next year!





My New Record Time (FKT) & “Hill Repeats” @ Taklang Damulag

4 01 2015

Three years ago on July 31, 2011, I made my Personal Record Time to reach the peak of the famous Hill Taklang Damulag from Fernandez Hill inside the “Molave Complex” of Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City. I was able to record a finish time of  52:37 minutes where the highest peak has an elevation of 409 meters with a route distance of 2.7 kilometers. I started to record my Garmin Forerunner 305 once I departed the marker at Fernandez Hill until I was able to touch the white-painted Cross on top of the peak of Taklang Damulag. My hike was only one-way as I was able to descend on the northeastern part of the hill towards Sitio Baccao.

In this post where I stated about my experience in this blog, I mentioned that that such distance as a race course is very short and the elevation of the mountain/hill is very low but if one thinks of running up and down to this mountain for four times in a single event, then you have a workout like you have hiked or run to the top and back in a high mountain.

A year after my hike from Fernandez Hill To the Peak of Hill Taklang Damulag, I invited some of my running friends to join a formal race which I called “FKT @ Taklang Damulag” which I consider as the FIRST Fastest Known Time (FKT) Trail Run In The Country which was attended by only five (5) runners. The Course Record for the Event was made by Dannin Arenzana with a time of 59:32 minutes! The following is the story about it:  http://baldrunner.com/?s=FKT+%40+Taklang+Damulag 

On the first day of this year’s Taklang Damulag 100-Mile & 50-Mile Endurance Runs which happened last December 13-14, 2014, I thought of having my training run by doing some “hill repeats” from Fernandez Hill Marker to the Peak of Taklang Damulag and back. On this day, I was scheduled to finish a distance of 10 miles or 16 kilometers.

I carried one hand-held bottle with the intention of making my refilling of water at the Fernandez Hill Complex where the Aid Station of the Race is located every time I finish one repetition of the hill repeat which is equivalent to one FKT (Fastest Known Time) route. I also used my ALTRA Lone Peak 1.5 shoes for the traction I need for the downhill run back to the starting area.

TNF Hand-held Water Bottle & Ultimate Direction (SJ) Race Belt

TNF Hand-held Water Bottle & Ultimate Direction (SJ) Race Belt

I started slowly and tried to peak up my pace whenever there is a flat portion of the route. I continuously jog my way up along the trail as I passed the usual three (3) streams on the first kilometer of the route. The trail was slippery due to damp brought about by a light shower of rain the night before. It was no problem to my trail shoes. I was surprised that I was tirelessly going up along the trail and breathing heavily but I could not feel that I was getting tired. I felt fine and my HR Monitor showed that I was on the mid-130s of my Heart Rate. I said there is no way that my heart rate is too low despite the intensity of my pace.

The trail route became more challenging due to the presence of rocks which were eroded as part of the widening and improvement of the trail few years ago. A simple mistake of stepping on these rocks would make someone trip or fall on the ground due to imbalance of one’s footing. One has to be careful to land each foot due to the unevenness of the single-track trail. I knew that I would be able to reach the first Rest Station which is a concrete “waiting station” after making a sharp left turn/switchback and I was still maintaining my jog.

After a few minutes, I was able to reach the Second Rest Station and I readied myself for the start of the steepest portion of the trail. Two years ago, there was a Bamboo Hand Rail standing and supported by two bamboo posts where one could hold as you plant your feet higher and higher towards the peak. All I could see was old wooden cross along the trail and it warns me that I was only 300 meters away from the peak of the Hill. Slowly, the steep part of the trail became lesser in incline and I know that I was about to reach the marker telling all the hikers that the Peak of the Hill is very near.

Nice View of Mt Arayat & Central Plains Of Luzon

Nice View of Mt Arayat & Central Plains Of Luzon

Finally, one has to get his satisfaction of reaching the peak of the mountain when you see a pathway made of rocks. These pathway of rocks leads to the Concrete White Cross on the Peak of the Hill. As soon as I reached the White Cross, I had to touch/tap it and I was on my way back to the trail where I came from and back to the Fernandez Hill Complex. I glanced on my Garmin Watch and it registered a time of 31:32 minutes!!!

I was excited to find out how fast I was even if I did not recall what was my recorded time on my first timed ascent to this hill 3 years ago. I knew that I was faster than my first attempt. So happy about my performance, I tried to stay focused on my run back to my starting area. I took time to avoid those rocks and not to be very aggressive on the downhill run. My ALTRA Lone Peak 1.5 was very responsive and I did not have any slip or slide on the damp surface of the trail and on the rocks. I did not hike or stopped along the way except when I had to slowly approach and cross the three streams along the route. I was very attentive to my footing and I could not afford to break my ankles or trip my foot or fall on the ground due to some mistakes.

Beyond The Peak Of Taklang Damulag

Beyond The Peak Of Taklang Damulag

I still had water in my hand-held water bottle as I got nearer to the finish line. It was still cold in the early morning when I started my run but I would take some sip of water as soon I started sweating during my uphill climb to the peak of the hill. Once I reached the flatter sections of the trail, I would sip again some water from my bottle and this ritual was repeated every 5 minutes until I reached the starting line. After I crossed my imaginary finish line at the Fernandez Hill, I glanced at my Garmin Forerunner Watch and it registered a time of 1:11+ hours! Not bad!

I think I was able to rest for about 2-3 minutes by refilling my hand-held water bottle and by walking to the location of the Water Hydration Point at the Aid Station located at the View Deck of Fernandez Hill and back to the starting line. It was time to go back again to the Peak for my 2nd Repeat.

My Official Time For My First FKT/Hill Repeat

My Official Time For My First FKT/Hill Repeat

Prior to my start of my first run to the peak, a group of soldiers from the Special Forces Regiment were dropped by a 6 X 6 Military Truck by about 400 meters ahead of my starting area and they were ahead of me by almost 15 minutes. On my last 500 meters before reaching the Peak of the Hill, I was able to pass them one by one. They were carrying their backpacks, some carpentry tools and digging tools, too! Aside from the soldiers who are stationed at the Peak of the Hill, I have also those soldiers whom I have passed along the trail as my witnesses for my run towards the Peak.

I just took my time and maintained my jogging for my second repeat of my climb to the peak of Taklang Damulag. The soldiers stationed at the peak of the hill were surprised to see me back to their location as I immediately proceeded back to the starting line after I tapped the White Concrete Cross. Once again, I was very slow and focused to my footing as I descended from the hill and I was bale to avoid those rocks scattered on some portions of the trail.

My ritual once I arrived at the Fernandez Hill area was the same—walk to the View Deck; refill my water bottles; and walk again back to the starting line. I was already on my third repeat back to the peak of the hill as the sun was coming out from the clouds. It was starting to get hot as I was running on my first kilometer of my third ascent to the hill. I had to drink more water from my hydration bottle as I progressed to the peak of the hill. Five hundred meters from the peak, I started to meet those soldiers who have finished their job/task as they descended back to Fernandez Hill. They greeted me and surprised that I was back again towards to the peak of the hill. I just thanked them for their greetings and smiled at them as I continued my jogging.

The White Concrete Cross @ The Peak Of Taklang Damulag

The White Concrete Cross @ The Peak Of Taklang Damulag

For the third time, I made a tap to the concrete white cross and asked one of the soldiers for some water to douse my head and face as I could feel already the heat of the sun. It was already 11:00 AM. I took a sit on a chair while the soldier got me a half liter of water. I immediately doused the water on my head and on my buff and it gave me some comfort and relaxed feeling. After saying “Thank You” to the soldier, I was back on the trail back to the starting line.

One kilometer away from the starting line, I started to meet the first two runners of the 50-mile race and then the third runner on my last 500 meters. I had to side-step and stand still on the side of the single-track trail as I wait for the runner to pass me. I would greet and cheer them as they continue their climb.

I was thinking of doing my fourth repeat to the peak while I was on my last 200 meters to the starting line at the Fernandez Hill. I finally decided to take some time to rest and then eat some solid food at the Aid Station before I would decide to continue or not for my 4th and last climb for the day.

After I ate my lunch, I looked back on my watch and found out that I was able to run a total of 10+ miles and my programmed schedule for the day was already attained and complied. So, I finally decided to end my run for the day and made already a plan to do another “hill repeats” on the following day.

Total Mileage, Time, & Vertical Gain Of My 3X Hill Repeats @ Taklang Damulag

Total Mileage, Time, & Vertical Gain Of My 3X Hill Repeats @ Taklang Damulag

I know that this “crazy” effort that I’ve done is spreading from one soldier and Officer to another in Fort Magsaysay and by this time, it is already well-known for the entire Philippine Army. I consider this feat as a record for me (62 years old) and as a Retired Major General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. And I will be coming back to improve this record in the coming years, whether it will be the fastest time for the climb to the peak and back to Fernandez Hill or for the number of times that I could do on the “hill repeats” in one day/setting.

Who knows, this could be the birth of another challenging trail running event in Taklang Damulag—-“Taklang Damulag FKT Challenge” (6 Hours & 12 Hours Timed Event) where the one with the most number of “hill repeats” wins the event.

3X "Hill Repeats" @ Taklang Damulag

3X “Hill Repeats” @ Taklang Damulag

The following link is the detailed record of the data of my run:http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/651295464

Taklang Damulag will forever be a symbol and something to treasure in one’s life in the Philippine Army. 





Official Results: 2014/4th Taklang Damulag 100-Mile & 50-Mile Endurance Runs

15 12 2014

4th Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Run

5:00 AM December 13, 2014 To 3:00 PM December 14, 2014

Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Headquarters, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City (Nueva Ecija)

Number Of Starters: 16

Number Of Finishers: 9

Percentage Rate Of Finish: 56%

Runners @ The Starting Area

Runners @ The Starting Area

RANK           NAME                                 TIME (Hours)

1. Lao Ogerio (Champion, Overall)——30:47:32

2. Milbert Cabral (1st Runner-Up, Overall—–31:07:38

3. Alfred Delos Reyes (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—–32:38:52

4. Tess Leono (Champion, Female, Course Record)—-33:23:01

5. Ariel Briones —————————————–33:35:34

6. Dindo Diaz——————————————–33:37:31

7. Bong Dizon——————————————–33:38:58

8. Simon Pavel Miranda ——————————–33:40:21

9. Myk Dauz ———————————————-33:40:58

Overall Champion Lao Ogerio

Overall Champion Lao Ogerio

First Female Champion & Course Record Holder Tess Leono

First Female Champion & Course Record Holder Tess Leono

4th Taklang Damulag 50-Mile Endurance Run

5:00 AM December 13, 2014

SOCOM Headquarters, Philippine Army, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City

Number of Starters: 12

Number Of Finishers: 12

Percentage Rate Of Finish: 100%

RANK          NAME                        TIME (Hours)

1. Raul Ragaodao (Champion, Overall/Course Record)—–12:39:30

2. Luc Hapers (1st Runner-Up, Overall/Course Record)————–12:50:31

3. Mark Raon (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)———————13:31:27

4. Von Rayan Martinez————————————–14:51:53

5. Romhel Biscarra —————————————15:33:40

6. Loradel Hanopol (Champion, Female)—————-16:18:31

7. Jobert Inclan———————————————16:37:45

8. Emma Libunao (1st Runner-Up, Female)—————18:35:19

9. Katherine Villaflor (2nd Runner-Up, Female)———18:53:37

10. Cleo Gevero (Female)———————————-18:53:38

11. Efren Monzon——————————————-19:32:33

12. Roland Pagaduan ————————————–19:32:33

Champion & Course Record Holder Raul Ragaodao

Champion & Course Record Holder Raul Ragaodao

Congratulations To Everybody!





Official Result: 8th Tagaytay To Nasugbu (T2N) 50K Ultra Run

7 12 2014

8th Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Race

4:00 AM To 1:00 PM December 7, 2014

Starting Area: Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City

Finish Line: PETRON Gas Station, Nasugbu, Batangas

Number Of Starters: 63

Number Of Finishers: 63

Cut-Off Time: 9 Hours

RD's Briefing Before The Start Of The Race

RD’s Briefing Before The Start Of The Race

T2N Batch #8 Group Picture Before Gun Start

T2N Batch #8 Group Picture Before Gun Start

RANK                N A M E                                   T I M E (Hrs)

1.  Alen Bautista (Champion, Overall)————-4:54:47

2. Arnel Renato (1st Runner-Up, Overall)———5:19:22

3.  Lao Ogerio (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)———5:22:12

4.  Rhina Sison (Champion, Female)————–5:22:26

5.  Carlo Contemplacion—————————-5:25:01

6.  Annaliza Marsan (1st Runner-Up, Female)—5:38:52

7.  Jess Evangelista———————————-5:42:53

8.  Antonio Delos Reyes—————————–5:45:56

9.  Elpidio Berja————————————–5:46:42

10. Mark Anthony Rodica—————————5:46:54

11. Jerdie Jurado————————————-5:52:36

12. Aljim Gacad————————————–5:53:22

13. Rasette Hao Pesuelo (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—5:53:51

14. Madison Trinidad——————————–6:02:24

15. Loradel Hanopol (Female)———————-6:03:15

16. Myk Dauz—————————————–6:05:28

17. Ma. Rowena Madrid (Female)——————6:06:54

18. Kathleen Pinero (Female)———————–6:07:00

19. Ruben Veran————————————-6:17:17

20. Cecile Lalisan (Female)————————6:18:40

21. Ronald Robles———————————–6:24:57

22. Efren Olpindo———————————–6:30:17

23. Jaime Patricio———————————–6:31:09

24. Allan Pablo————————————–6:31:23

25. Ma. Teresa Villa Abrille (Female)————-6:31:24

26. Aleli Gloria Delos Santos (Female)———–6:38:29

27. Romhel Biscarra——————————–6:38:38

28. Eduardo Gelindon——————————6:41:11

29. Jake Nelson Cheng—————————-6:41:47

30. Richard Allan Mangalip———————-6:43:25

31. Maria Celeste Layug (Female)—————6:43:41

32. Myla Go (Female)—————————-6:43:42

33. Wilnar Iglesia———————————6:43:43

34. Floriemay Ragas (Female)——————6:43:51

35. Fraulein Mariano (Female)—————–6:46:35

36. Abby Aliwalas (Female)———————6:46:36

37. Edwin Cruz———————————–6:53:03

38. Renato Grande——————————-6:55:56

39. Eda Maningat (Female)———————6:56:18

40. Gerson Yuzon——————————–6:58:46

41. Ramil Lomboy——————————-7:02:35

42. Emma Libunao (Female)——————7:04:03

43. Marlon Santos——————————7:04:04

44. Mar Marilag——————————–7:05:50

45. Stephen Avanzado————————-7:10:20

46. Severino Khita—————————–7:15:43

47. Arnel Fajardo——————————7:17:40

48. Adrian Aquino—————————-7:19:08

49. Allenstein Co——————————7:20:19

50. Rommel Ayuson————————–7:34:03

51. Ma. Corazon Ramos (Female)———–7:34:50

52. Alberto Cruz, Jr—————————7:35:15

53. Joan Pardo Arevalo (Female)———–7:45:51

54. Edna Yao Lim (Female)—————–7:45:54

55. Joey Genecera—————————-7:50:42

56. Fernando Torres————————-7:52:34

57. Eliza Laureles (Female)—————–8:02:51

58. J. Cip Lim——————————–8:21:39

59. Quennie Lynne Aceveda (Female)—-8:26:06

60. Amor Gabriel, Jr————————8:26:07

61. Julius Danas—————————–8:41:35

62. Richard Toledo————————-8:43:28

63. Rosita Dino (Female)——————8:57:36

Overall Champion Alen Bautista

Overall Champion Alen Bautista

Female Champion & 4th Overall Rhina Vince Sison

Female Champion & 4th Overall Rhina Vince Sison

Last Runner Rosita Dino

Last Runner Rosita Dino

Congratulations To All The Runners & Support Crew!





Race Report: 2014 Clark-Miyamit 50-Mile Trail Run (Part 4)

3 12 2014

Race Report: 2014 CM 50 (Part 4)

Race In Progress: From AS2 To AS1 To The Finish Line

I still have 3 hours+ to cover a distance of 16-17 kilometers (on paper) but in reality, it might reach actually to 22-23 kilometers. I need to run and jog at an average pace of 6-7 kilometers per hour in order to reach the Finish Line before the cut-off time of 18 hours. It is doable and I could still have some “buffer” time to spare just in case I need more time to rest or power hike or simply walk along the course.

After running on the ridges of hills and edges of sugar plantation, I was going down again to the bank of lahar-sand-filled river which is popularly called as the Pasig-Potrero River and on my right is the bridge before reaching the Porac Exit along the SCTEX when one goes to the direction of Subic Freeport. After crossing the vast and wide river, I was back on the bank of the river and tried to follow those reflectorized markers and colored-orange paint that I could see on plants; on sticks; on rocks and on the ground. This time they were already located on my left side.

I was already getting impatient as to when I would be able to reach the “rope-climbing” part before I finally reach the populated part of the course and the cemented stairs that I’ve climb on the early part of the race. As I jogged and power hike, I would allow the faster runners to pass me because I knew that they are younger than me and they deserve to have that bragging rights to have finished the race ahead of me, a Senior Citizen!

Sacobia River

Pasig-Potrero River (Picture Taken From Google)

Finally, I was on my way up to the peak of a hill with those ropes and I know in a short while, I would be on my way to that descending cemented stair to be able to reach the populated area. Just the same with last year’s experience, I was able to see those parked 4X4 jeeps and those children playing on the road trying to mimic the way I run and would keep running on my side. I know that after passing the village I will be back again to that road which is full of lahar-sand which is flat and that will lead me to the AS1 which is near to a Spa and Wellness Facility. One runner had passed me on this part of the course and tried to follow him.

It was already getting dark when I reached AS1 and I thought to myself that I still have 7 kilometers more to go which is I could easily do in order to reach the Finish Line. I guess, I still had one hour and 45 minutes before the cut-off time at this point. The lady volunteer at the AS1 was asking me if I needed something, food and water, were still available and I was the only one she had to attend to. I just said to her, “Thank You” and I was on my way to the last 4 kilometers of lahar-sand filled river of Sacobia. I immediately brought out my headlight and had it fitted on my head as I walked on the lahar. With another runner ahead of me, I could easily spot him on his direction. However, even without the runner in front of me, I would easily get my bearing and direction back to the Finish Line as I still would recall that on my way to the AS1 on the early part of the race, all the runners were running on the left side of the river. So, on my way back, I should be running on the right side of the river trying to be near as possible on the right side of the bank of the river. From afar, I would see the flashing lights of the volunteers/marshals and I made a direct route to reach their positions. I was trying to hug the right bank of the river as I run in semi-circle path towards the trailhead.

Puning Wellnes Spa & Resort @ Vicinity AS1

 Near Puning Wellnes Spa & Resort @ Vicinity AS1 (Photo Taken From Google)

As I ran on these last 4 kilometers of lahar-sand and river with flowing water, different kinds of insects would be attracted by the glow of my headlight and they became problem to my vision. Some of the insects would get into my eyes and made used of my hands as an inverted pendulum to drive them away. It did not take long to endure in this kind of situation as I made my way back to the trailhead leading back to the paved road of the Clark Freeport. As I got nearer to the trailhead, I was able to meet the locals and their families as they proceeded to the river. I got the impression that they were going home to their respective villages which is about 4 kilometers of walking along the river. They even joked at me if they can borrow my powerful headlight as they were moving down to the river without any flashlights. At this point, my Garmin watch just died and I was looking on my other watch on how many more minutes left before the actual time of the day reaches to 7:00 PM. Upon reaching the paved road, I got 45 minutes to go before the cut-off time and I know I would make it and finish strong.

I finally brought my distance nearer to the runner ahead of me up to 5-8 meters behind him as we ran the last 3 kilometer of paved road to the Clark’s Parade Ground. I told the runner that we will finish the race in the same order that we are in, which means that I have no intention of passing or “out-kicking” him on the last kilometer or so. I just maintained my regular LSD pace and I would notice that I was still strong at this point. My legs and knees were not hurting and did not have any bouts of cramping during the duration of the race. My feet were fine and I wasn’t able to feel any signs of blisters except for the annoying lahar-sand that was embedded inside my running shoes and socks.

On the last kilometer before the finish line, I slowed down and let the runner ahead of me to widen our gap in between us. It was okey and took my time to jog easily towards the Parade Ground. Finally, I was able to cross the Finish Line with almost 10 minutes more to spare before the cut-off time. Officially, my finish time registered at 17:50:51 hours! The RD awarded my Finisher’s Medal and I was able to get my Finisher’s Shirt.

Few Meters Before The Finish Line

Few Meters Before The Finish Line

I did it for the second time in two consecutive years. Not bad for a Senior Citizen at 62 years of age! Surprisingly, I was not limping, no chafing and did not feel any soreness or pain as I walked towards my personal vehicle.

It is worth to mention the following items that I used during the race. For the second time in a row, I did not use trekking poles in this event. And and never ingested any “pain-killer” and salt tablets during the run.

Running Cap: Salomon’s Matador-X (Red Color/Clima UV50+)

Headlight: Icon Polar by Black Diamond

Sunglasses: Oakley

Neck/Nape/Face Cover/Protection & Sweat Absorbent: Buff

Running Shirt: PAU Long-Sleeved Shirt By A Perfect White Shirt

Running Shorts: PATAGONIA Shorts

Watches + HR Monitor: GARMIN 310XT & CASIO Watch

Belt Pouches: ULTIMATE DIRECTION (Scott Jurek’s Signature Series)

Hydration Vest & Back Pack: ULTIMATE DIRECTION Anton Krupicka’s Signature Series

Water Bottles: SIMPLE Hydration Bottles (Two) + One SALOMON (Collapsible) Water Bottle (10 oz.) inside my hydration pack.

Thermal Blanket: SALOMON

Whistle: SALOMON

Cell Phone: SAMSUNG Dous Flip-Phone

Camera: NIKON Coolpix SO1 Pocket Camera

Calf Sleeves: COMPRESSPORT Ultra (Black)

Gaiters: Dirty Girl

Socks: DRYMAX

Runinng Shoes: SALOMON S-LAB Sense-3 (Soft Ground)

Running Gloves: Cycling Gloves By Specialized

Anti-Blister & Chafing Protection: LEUKOPLAST By BSN and BODY GLIDE

Pain Killer: Two (2) ALEVE Tablets taken after meal before the Start of the Race

Nutrition: 4 Packs of VESPA Drinks; 12 pieces of GELS ( GU + VFuel); 4 pieces of PB & J Sandwiches; 3 Packs of Honey STINGER; One Can of Tuna Paella; 8 Packs/Sachets of MILO Drinks; and 8 pieces of DYNAMITE Choco Mint Candies By Universal Robina Corporation (70 calories in every 4 candies)

Nutrition & Hydration Items Carried In My Belt & Pack

Some Of The Nutrition & Hydration Items Carried In My Belt & Pack

What Went Wrong?

It is nice to analyze once performance in every event that I join so that I can improve in my future attendance to this event. First, I need to discuss my “alibis” or reasons why I slowed down and was not able to duplicate my performance last year. These reasons are geared more to my training and preparation for this race. They maybe gross and disgusting reasons but I have to mention them here:

1. Diarrhea——Would you believe I was having a diarrhea for the whole month of October? Yes, the whole month and no amount of medication would be able to treat it. Just imagine me running towards creeks and streams during my trail running long runs just to be able to relieve myself. I really did not know what illness came to my digestive tract for those weeks. Even in my sleep during nighttime, I would wake up and go to the comfort room for a minimum of 3-4 times! After taking in different brands of Loperamide capsules, my situation did not improve and I just completely stopped taking such medication. Instead, I tried to drink more water and maintained my usual daily diet. I would meet and run the required mileages in my training program but the intensity was not there and I slowed down in my jogging but did more of “power hiking”. I experienced being dehydrated in almost all my long weekend runs.

2. Training Program Adjusted——As compared to last year’s average of 55-60 miles of weekly mileage on my peak training, I was doing 36-42 miles of weekly mileage for the 2 months of training preparation for this year’s event. Last year, I prepared for 5 months and for this year, my preparation was only 2 months! The training adjustment was done for my body to recover for my past ultra trail races in the middle of this year and for my knee injury recovery. It could be a blessing in disguise that I had some medical issues (diarrhea) for me not to over train and put more intensity to my training. There were no speed intervals done for the training period and it was limited to some progressive and tempo runs while doing my long runs and daily short runs. The training adjustment came also with an additional one day of rest and recovery for the week. Monday and Friday became my recovery/rest days for the week and it was maintained for the the tw0-month period of training.

Salomon S-LAB Sense 3 (Soft Ground)

Salomon S-LAB Sense 3 (Soft Ground)

3. Wrong Choice of Shoes——Two weeks before the race, I made a 23K run at the Mt Pinatubo 50K Trail Challenge while monitoring the progress of my race and my runners. I used the Salomon S-LAB Sense 3 (SG) and I found out that the lahar-sand would easily enter in my shoes’ upper mesh. I was so hard-headed in my desire to come up with a 300-Kilometer mileage as soon as possible for this shoes before I could write and post a decent Shoe Review for it. I should have maintained using my INOV-8 X-Talon Trail Shoes which I used in last year’s edition where its canvass material would easily prevent more lahar-sand entering to my shoes. Although I did not bother cleaning my feet and socks from the lahar-sand throughout the race, I have the feeling that it affected my leg turn-over during the run and overall, I became slower and easily got tired from the additional weight my legs were lifting.

4. Weather——This is my hottest running experience on this route but the scenery was its best! My energy was zapped and got exhausted on my way from AS4 to AS3 after coming from Miyamit Falls. I know that most of the runners experienced this kind of situation. It was unfortunate for us to be in the “tail-end” that there were no more ice available for us by the time we reached AS3, AS2, and AS1. This was not a big deal for me as long as I was able to drink some Soda drinks in the Aid Stations. Anyway, my hydration bottles were never empty from this point on to the Finish Line.

Something To Be Proud Of

Something To Be Proud Of

To Be Continued.








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