1st Manila To Baguio 250K Run

4 02 2014

The following are the FINAL instructions to this event:

1. This event is a 3-day stage, solo running event covering a distance of 250 kilometers from Kilometer Post #0 in Luneta Park, Manila to Kilometer Post #250 at the Rizal Park in Baguio City (near Burnham Park).

2. Participants can be supported by their respective support vehicle/support crew or run as unsupported throughout the race. Runners must follow the Rules & Regulations of PAU Road Races and/or the established Rules & Regulations of the Bataan Death March 102K & 160K Ultra Marathon Races. Ignorance on these Rules & Regulations will NOT be considered as an excuse for being Disqualified in the Race. (Note: If this is your first time to join PAU Races or never been a Finisher of the BDM Races, it is your personal responsibility to browse this blog and read on the Rules & Regulations)

3. The race will start at 1:00 AM of Friday, February 7, 2014 at Kilometer #0 at the Luneta Park. Assembly Time starts at 11:00 PM of Thursday, February 6, 2014 for those who have yet to be processed and for the inspection of required running kits for every runner. Runners are advised to be at the Starting Area at least One Hour before Gun Start.

4. Runners will run along the old MacArthur Highway all the way to the Finish Line. From the Starting Line, runners could take their selected route up to Monumento/Balintawak Circle/Statue in order to proceed to MacArthur Highway. Runners must be able to reach the Monumento Area in 2 Hours. From Pangasinan, the route to Baguio City will be the traditional Kennon Road.

5. Runners has to run the following legs with the corresponding cut-off time:

1st Leg/Day—-90 Kilometers in 16 Hours. Finish Line @ Kilometer Post #90 in Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga

2nd Leg/Day—-90 Kilometers in 16 Hours. Finish Line @ Kilometer Post #180 in Urdaneta City (Pangasinan)

3rd Leg/Last Day—-70 Kilometers in 16 Hours. Finish Line @ Rizal Park, Burnham Park, Baguio City

Runners who will NOT be able to finish each leg within the prescribed cut-off time will be declared DNF. There will be Intermediary CHECKPOINTS along the way where the RD would declare a runner as a DNF if he/she could not pass the said point. These Checkpoints are unannounced places.

Kilometer Post #90 in Mabalacat, Pampanga

Kilometer Post #90 in Mabalacat, Pampanga

Kilometer Post #180 Will Be 2 Kilometers Before This Place (Photo Courtesy of Dennis Uy)

Kilometer Post #180 Will Be 2 Kilometers Before This Place (Photo Courtesy of Dennis Uy)

5.  Each leg of the race shall start at exactly 1:00 AM and nobody will be exempted from wearing the necessary equipment like, headlight/flashlight, reflective vest, and hydration system during the night run.

6. As a reference, a runner can browse the links in my blog on my Adventure Run from Manila to Baguio City on the Facebook Event Page on the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/events/434250836694376/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

PINK Is The Color Of This Event

PINK Is The Color Of This Event

7. Finishers will be awarded with Finisher’s Medal, Finisher’s T-Shirt, and Certificate. Podium finishers for the Men’s & Ladies will receive Trophies. Finishers of EACH LEG will receive a Finisher’s T-Shirt. Results will be published on this blog.

Good Luck To All The Runners!





Result: 2014 BDM 102 “Test Run” (Km #50-#102)

3 02 2014

2014 BDM 102 “Test Run” (From BDM Km #50-BDM Km #102)/Abucay, Bataan To San Fernando, Pampanga

7:00 AM February 2, 2014

Number Of Starters: 25 Runners

@BDM Km Post #50, Abucay, Bataan

@BDM Km Post #50, Abucay, Bataan

RANK NAME TIME (HRS)
1 Rona Saludes 7:01:51
2 Venn Lamela 7:15:16
3 Jay Lamela 7:17:12
4 Roy Garcia 7:22:20
5 Madison Trinidad 7:25:16
6 Joseph Rebolledo 7:37:59
7 Jeff Lualhati 7:52:33
8 Jon Ogsimer 8:21:21
9 Joji Salvador 8:21:22
10 Nap Ocampo 8:59:55
11 Kharl Ocampo 8:59:56
12 Elmeray Kabigting 9:04:42
13 Jie Mauricio 9:04:44
14 Mark Tibo-oc 9:29:00
15 Allan Macaraig 9:43:53
16 Edwin Fernandez 9:48:51
17 Januarius Padilla 9:52:36
18 Godfrey Palpal-latoc 9:57:43
19 Arnel Villanueva 9:57:44
New Faces & Soon To Be Hardcore Ultra Runners

New Faces & Soon To Be Hardcore Ultra Runners

@BDM Km Post #102 & Old Railway Terminal In San Fernando, Pampanga

@BDM Km Post #102 & Old Railway Terminal In San Fernando, Pampanga

Good Luck To Everybody!





3rd Week Of Training (January 20-26, 2014)

31 01 2014

January 20, Monday—Rest Day 

2-Hour Massage

January 21, Tuesday: @HPA Parade Ground (Paved & Dirt Roads)/ Start: 7:52 AM

Distance—10 Kilometers/6.2 Miles

Time—57:15 minutes

Average Pace—5:42 mins/km

Average Speed—10.5 kms/hour

Total Calories—686 cal

Total Ascent—323 meters

Total Descent—232 meters

Weather—Cloudy

Shoes—HOKA One One Stinson Evo

January 22, Wednesday: @Remy Field Oval Track/ Start: 7:14 PM

Distance—13 Kilometers/8.1 Miles (Tempo Run: 4K Easy Run; 5 X 800 with 800 as Recovery in between repetition @ 4:00-4:10 minutes per repetition)

Time—1:16:09 hours

Average Pace—5:50 minutes/km

Average Speed—10.3 Kms/hour

Total Calories—897 cal

Weather—Night Run/Cold/Windy

Shoes—ASICS Gel-Lyte Racer

(Note: Slower Time due to Lots of Runner & Walkers on the Oval Track)

23 January, Thursday: @ Mt Natib Trail Route/Start—10:15 AM

Distance—42 Kilometers/26 Miles (Trail Run with Power Hike)

Time—10:50:09 Hours

Average Pace—25 minutes/mile

Total Calories—1,757 cal

Elevation Gain—1,780 meters/5,873 feet

Elevation Loss—1,778 meters/5,868 feet

Minimum Elevation—30 meters/95 feet

Maximum Elevation—865 meters/2,852 feet

Weather—Sunny and Windy

Shoes—Helios, La Sportiva

24 January, Friday—Rest Day

30-Minute Stationary Bike (PM)

25 January, Saturday: Start: 5:00 AM

Race Director—2014/4th Edition of the Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race

26 January, Sunday—Rest Day

40-Minute Stationary Bike

Total Weekly Mileage: 65 Kilometers/40.6 Miles

Total Vertical Distance (Ascent): 2,415 Meters//7,921 Feet

@ Kilometer #7 To Mt Natib

@ Kilometer #7 To Mt Natib (100-meter uphill paved road of the trail route)





“Charcoal Men’s” Trail

30 01 2014

A day after the conduct of the Rizal Day Run 50K & 32K at Camp Aguinaldo last December 29, 2013, I was invited by Ultra Runner Ronnel Go aka Kampuger for a trail run on his running group’s “playground” which is very near Quezon City/Metro Manila. This was my first time to visit the mountains near Metro Manila but I had a chance to join a half-marathon road race in one of the towns in Rizal four or five years ago which is located within this area.

Ronnel Go became my tourist guide while we were joined by Ariel Tuto Aquino and Dr Marc Conrad Molina. We parked our cars at the Barangay Hall of San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal and from there we started our hike. Knowing that Ronnel Go had just finished the Rizal Day Run 50K Ultra Race where he placed as the 2nd Runner-Up and Dr Marc Molina finishing the race, I advised the group that we will power hike the whole route even if it will take us to finish it the whole daytime. The trail tour was some sort of a recovery hike for the two runners while Ariel made some running on the flat and descending portion of the trails to have some easy long run  workout for the day. I was there as a hiker trying to orient myself in the place.

First 5K of the Trail

First 5K of the Trail

Resting Is Picture Taking

Resting Is Picture Taking

I was informed that we were taking the reverse route where most of the hikers would avoid because the approach to higher peaks are steeper. So, we power hiked and enjoyed every scenery we could see around us as we go higher to some of the hills and later to the mountains. We have to stop and take some pictures of the places where one could see up to the vastness of Metro Manila, Laguna De Bay, and the mountains of Rizal and Bulacan.

Billiard Table In A Store

Billiard Table In A Store

We stopped in a store where there is a billiard table and we took our first snacks and rest. We made a re-supply of our water bottles and continued our hike. As we moved higher to more peaks, we felt cold winds all around us and the sky was overcast. It was a perfect weather for a hiking in the mountains and my companions would make some remarks that it was their first time to experience such cold, windy and overcast sky in the area.

Single File!

Single File!

I could hardly feel any tiredness and exhaustion as we moved to a higher elevation. The stories, jokes and laughter with the group make our hike enjoyable plus the nice scenery all around us. The group brought me to their “signature” locations where one would take ones picture. They have this favorite “rock” and ascending trail until one would reach the peak of Mt Balagbag.

Group "Selfie" At The Peak Of Mt Balagbag

Group “Selfie” At The Peak Of Mt Balagbag

The peak of Mt Balagbag has a flat portion for campers where they could “fix” their tents. We stayed for a longer time in the place to see the places around us and take some group pictures. From the peak, everything were all descending until we reach Barangay Licau-licau but before we reached this place for our lunch, we dropped by a store where we had our second snacks for the day.

Barangay Licau-licau is a crossroad to a descending road that goes back to a barangay with garbage and to San Isidro; the ascending road that goes to Mt Balagbag; and a flat road that goes to the populated area within the barangay. There is a store with “turo-turo” (ready cooked) food and this where we had our lunch. This is the place also where we met another ultra runner, Lao Ogerio, who placed 1st Runner-Up in the Rizal Day 50K Run. He was there also for his recovery run a day after the race.

2014 BDM 160 Ultra's 1st Runner-Up Lao Ogerio As Ice Cream Vendor

2014 BDM 160 Ultra’s 1st Runner-Up Lao Ogerio As Ice Cream Vendor

Group Picture With The Ice Candy Vendor

Group Picture With The Ice Candy Vendor

From Barangay Licau-licua, we became five in the group. Lao Ogerio became our lead hiker until we met a local who was selling ice candy/popsicle. He carried the ice box of the local guy to shaded portion of the trail and we had a rest while enjoying the sweet and cold taste of the popsicle. After paying the local guy for the popsicle we ate, we continued our hike until we reached the highway that led us to the Barangay Hall of San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal.

It was Ronnel who was wearing a GPS watch and it registered a distance of 34 kilometers with 9 hours of elapsed time since we started our hike. I did not ask for the total ascent & descent of the place but I know this is a place where one would make himself or herself a strong runner.

Now I know why the group of Ronnel and the other runners who make this place as their “playground” are very strong in ultra running and trail running. I happened to know also that some of the top contenders of my PAU Races come here in this place for their weekend long runs. No wonder they are strong and fast in my ultra races.

If you ask me why I call the trail as “Charcoal Men’s” Trail, it is because the local people whom you meet in the area are carrying with them 3-4 sacks of charcoal in going up and down the mountain trails.

@ The Rock In Mt Balagbag

@ The Rock In Mt Balagbag





Official Result: 4th Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race

28 01 2014

4th Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 160)

5:00 AM January 25 To 11:00 AM January 26, 2014

BDM Km Post #00, Mariveles, Bataan To Capas National Shrine, Capas, Tarlac

Cut-Off Time: 30 Hours

Number of Starters: 60 Runners

Number of Finishers: 50

Percentage of Finish: 83.33%

Gun Start @ BDM Shrine In Mariveles, Bataan

Gun Start @ BDM Shrine In Mariveles, Bataan

1 Wilnar Iglesia  (Champion, Course Record) 16:25:32
2 Lao Ogerio (1st Runner Up, Male) 22:48:35
3 July Oconer (2nd Runner Up, Male) 23:05:03
4 Daphne Codilla (Champion, Female) 24:16:44
5 Bong Alindada 24:31:48
6 Ofelia Lorete (1st Runner Up, Female) 24:56:22
7 Emerson Sto. Domingo 25:14:04
8 Lyra Valles (2nd Runner Up, Female) 25:21:31
9 Dante Sagayap 25:54:57
10 Glairold Recilla 25:56:52
11 Carlo Bacalla 26:14:53
12 Sandy Alentajan 26:17:32
13 Gia Estrella (F) 26:33:04
14 Michael Dauz 26:34:52
15 Tess Leono (F) 26:53:32
16 Manny Ocampo 26:53:33
17 Marc Conrad Molina 26:55:14
18 Jon Borbon 27:17:07
19 Sheryl Quimosing (F) 27:20:50
20 Ariel Tuto Aquino 27:37:58
21 Andrew Aquino 27:47:31
22 Dindo Diaz 28:05:22
23 Amos Adalim 28:06:41
24 Dexter Cruz 28:07:50
25 Hermie Saludes 28:14:07
26 Marc Tibo-oc 28:15:04
27 Carlo Gonzales 28:15:25
28 Jerry Peralta 28:20:41
29 Ferdinand Leaño 28:21:28
30 Fernando Sy Jr. 28:21:40
31 Meljohn Tezon 28:26:58
32 Randy Racho 28:29:33
33 Noel Ko 28:30:49
34 Ariel Briones 28:35:56
35 Jerry Yutuc 28:37:28
36 Carl Balagot 28:45:03
37 Peachy Tamayo (F) 28:47:32
38 Christian Oting 28:54:37
39 Johann Marquez 28:59:07
40 Joseph Sibal 29:15:20
41 Jhunbie Serna 29:16:03
42 Marlon Saracho 29:16:42
43 Michael Flores 29:16:58
44 Ejercito Suyo 29:16:59
45 Ryan Sison 29:17:57
46 Chips Dayrit 29:18:50
47 Marlon Ponce Ian Zarate 29:23:03
48 Joel Sison 29:39:06
49 Floydie Lobo 29:41:07
50 Neil Jhamfrens Broncano 29:47:30
Champion & Course Record Holder, Wilnar Iglesia

Champion & Course Record Holder, Wilnar Iglesia

Wilnar Iglesia & Race Director/Organizer

Wilnar Iglesia & Race Director/Organizer

Congratulations To All The Finishers & Support Crew!

Pictures:

https://www.facebook.com/baldrunner/media_set?set=a.10202456707792658.1073741871.1043179758&type=1

https://www.facebook.com/baldrunner/media_set?set=a.10202472207220134.1073741872.1043179758&type=1

https://www.facebook.com/baldrunner/media_set?set=a.10202472433985803.1073741873.1043179758&type=1





2nd Week Of Training (January 13-19, 2014)

24 01 2014

January 13, Monday—-Rest Day

January 14, Tuesday: @ Pastolan Trail (Start: 5:25 PM)

Distance—9.8 Kilometers/6.15 Miles

Time—1:42:24 Hours

Average Pace—10:27 minutes/kilometer

Average Speed—5.7 kilometers/hour

Total Calories—491 cal

Total Ascent—507 meters

Total Descent—592 meters

Weather—Cool & Windy

Shoes—ADIDAS Vigor Trail Shoes

Note/Comment: Early Evening Easy Run. Slowed down on the 2nd half due to poor illumination using a handheld flashlight.

January 15, Wednesday: @ Remy Field Oval Track, Subic Freeport (Start: 3:10 PM)

Distance—13.10 Kilometers/8.18 Miles

Time—1:13:11 Hours

Average Pace—5:35 minutes/kilometer

Average Speed—10.7 Kilometers/Hour

Total Calories—886 cal

Workout—4 Kilometers as Easy Run; 5 X 800 meters with 800-meter recovery jog; and then 1 Kilometer as Cool Down. (800-meter time in 4:00 to 4:10 minutes per repetition)

Weather: Sunny & Windy

Shoes: Helios by La Sportiva

January 16, Thursday: Rest Day

30-Minute Stationary Cycling

January 17, Friday: @ Pastolan Trails (Start: 9:44 AM)

Distance—20 Kilometers/12.4 Miles (Easy Run)

Time—3:16:37 Hours

Average Pace—9:49 minutes/kilometer

Average Speed—6.1 kilometers/hour

Total Calories—1,075 cal

Total Ascent—1,257 meters

Total Descent—1,287 meters

Shoes—HOKA One One Bondi Speed

Weather—Sunny, Hot & Windy

January 18, Saturday: @ Pastolan Trails (Start: 9:13 AM)/Easy Run

Distance—26.2 Kilometers/16 Miles

Time—4:48:30 Hours

Average Pace—11:00 minutes/kilometer

Average Speed—5.4 kilometers/hour

Total Calories—1,306 cal

Total Ascent—1,517 meters

Total Descent—1,479 meters

Weather—Cloudy & Windy

Shoes—Helios By La Sportiva

Comment—Slower by 3 minutes from my previous easy run on the same course. Nutrition was perfect and practiced more time to eat while power hiking.

January 19, Sunday: @ BDM Ultra Route From Km #32 to Km #50 (Start: 2:40 AM)

Distance—16.2 Kilometers/10 Miles

Time—2:08:19 Hours

Average Pace—7:55 minutes/kilometer

Average Speed—7.6 kilometers/hour

Total Calories—1,024 cal

Total Ascent—445 meters

Total Descent—463 meters

Shoes—HOKA One One Bondi Speed

Weather—Cold/Night Run

Total Mileage For The Week: 85.3 Kilometers/53.3 Miles

(Note: Data taken from GARMIN FR305)

River Crossing @ The Last 2 Kilometers

River Crossing @ The Last 2 Kilometers





Pictures Of The Week #22: Colors Of ARC

18 01 2014

RED

RED

GREEN

GREEN

GRAY

GRAY





1st Week Of Training (January 6-12)

15 01 2014

This is the details of my 1st week of training for the year 2014. It officially started with my “Evaluation Run” on an Oval Track. Mondays are supposed to be my rest/recovery days but I’ve decided to have such “evaluation run” which is the popularly known as Balke Test.

Monday: “Evaluation Run” (Oval Track)

Distance: 5.5 Kilometers or 3.44 Miles    Time: 30 Mins.   Average Pace: 5:27 mins/K

Tuesday: Road Run With Dirt Road

Distance: 10 Kilometers or 6.2 Miles        Time: 57:37 Mins.  Average Pace: 5:45 mins/K

Wednesday: Road Run With Dirt Road

Distance: 11.21 Kilometers or 7 Miles         Time: 1:07:18 Hrs      Average Pace: 6:00 mins/K

Thursday: Pastolan Trails

Distance: 11.9 Kilometers or 7 Miles  Time: 1:41:27 Hrs   Average Pace: 8:35 mins/K

Friday: Oval Track/Tempo Run

Distance: 10 Kilometers or 6.2 Miles  Time: 57:14 Mins   Average Pace: 5:43 mins/K

Saturday: Easy Long Run (Road Run With Dirt Road)

Distance: 16.13 Kilometers or 10 Miles   Time: 1:41:34 Hrs   Average Pace: 6:17 mins/K

Sunday: Easy Long Run (Road Run With Dirt Road)

Distance: 20.1 Kilometers or 12 Miles  Time: 2:17:06 Hrs  Average Pace: 6:39 mins/K

Total Distance: 84.84 Kilometers or 53 Miles

Total Time: 9:12 Hours (approximate)

In my browsing on the Internet, I was able to visit the blog of Sage Canaday, a former elite runner of the Brooks Hansons Distance Project. Sage Canaday was the youngest athlete at the 2008 US Olympic Marathon Trials. He has the fastest American time at the Mt. Washington Road Race and has a course record at the White River 50. In one year and half as an ultra runner, he won 50K, 50-Mile, and 100K ultra trail races.

The following video was taken from his blog and he is here to discuss the importance of marathon speed training in ultra trail races. Enjoy the video.

So, lace up, get out of the door and run!





Result: 1st Naic To Nasugbu 55K Ultra Marathon Race

13 01 2014

5:00 AM January 12, 2014

Starting Area: Municipal Plaza, Naic, Cavite

Finish Area: Petron Gasoline Station, Nasugbu, Batangas

Cut-Off Time: 10 Hours

Number Of Starters: 34 Runners

Number of Finishers: 34 Runners

Jc Igos (Champion, Male) 5:31:11      
Ariel Briones (1st Runner Up, Male) 6:02:52      
Enrique Sundiang (2nd Runner Up, Male) 6:06:23      
Rico Laplana 6:07:21      
Epoy Poblete 6:17:41      
Jan Imperio 6:19:08      
Paolo Osmeña 6:22:11      
Kenneth De Villa Mañibo 6:45:36      
Moises Moreno 6:50:01      
Enstein B. Calaoa Jr. 6:57:08      
Chips Dayrit 7:08:14      
Darryl Panado 7:08:17      
Emerson Sto. Domingo 7:09:26      
Tess Leono (Champion, Female) 7:09:52      
Werner Cruz 7:12:26      
JJ San Pascual 7:18:36      
Jon Ogsimer 7:20:21      
Gia Estrella (1st Runner Up, Female) 7:21:01      
Jonel Mendoza 7:32:30      
Manny Ocampo 7:34:28      
Mel Severino 7:37:49      
Jerry Briones 7:39:07      
Edgar Borbon Vocal 7:46:34      
Christian Almendrala 7:46:35      
Carlo Contemplacion 7:49:18      
Zaldy Santillan 8:02:46      
Cholo Reynes 8:21:25      
Danny Añonuevo 8:21:34      
Mar Marilag 9:02:47      
Orlando Ylaya 9:23:17      
Nap Ocampo 9:27:24      
Kharl Ocampo 9:27:42      
Arianne Ortega (2nd Runner Up) 9:40:03      
Januarius Padilla 9:40:41      
Leading Runner JC Igos @ Kilometer #15

Leading Runner JC Igos @ Kilometer #15

Congratulations To All The Runners!





Balke Test

13 01 2014

After some researching on my running books and on the Internet, I found out that the evaluation run that my coach did to me prior to my speed training 4-5 years ago was the so-called “Balke Test”.

The Balke Test is a way to measure one’s VO2 Max. VO2 Max is the maximal rate at which oxygen can be brought in and used by the exercising muscle. It stands for ” Volume Of Oxygen Uptake” which is simply described as the body’s maximum capacity to transport and utilize oxygen while running. It is expressed in “milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per minute” If you have a higher number of VO2 Max, the better for you to run faster and more efficiently.

In order for a runner to undergo the Balke Test, he needs an oval track, a stopwatch and a calculator. The following are the steps in undergoing the test:

1. Go to an oval track. After a thorough warm-up, run as fast as you can for 15 minutes, covering a distance as much as possible. Be sure to run on the most inner lane of the oval track as it is measured as 400 meters.

2. Record the number of laps that you have covered plus the extra meters. Multiply the number of laps by 400 meters and then add the extra meters you covered after the last lap.

3. After having the number in meters, convert the number to meters per minutes by dividing it by 15. For example, if you covered 6 laps & one-half, multiply 6 laps by 400, then add 200. The distance covered in meters is 2,600 meters. Divide 2,600 meters by 15 minutes and the result is 173.3 meters per minutes.

4. From that 173.3 meters per minute, the first 150 meters/minute is equivalent to 33.3 ml/kg/min.

5. The remaining 23.3 is then multiplied by 0.178 and added to the base of 33.3. So, going back to our example, 23.3 X 0.178 = 4.14. If the base 33.3 is added to 4.14, the result is 37.44 ml/kg/min or VO2Max.

This means that your current aerobic fitness is 37.44 and it serves as your baseline VO2Max.

In the books “Hansons Marathon Method” & “Jack Daniel’s Speed Training”, you can find chart that would recommend ones target pace in Interval Training, Tempo/Threshold Runs, and Easy Run.

You can apply the Balke Test again on the middle of your training in order to check your progress in terms of your pace and speed to cover a certain distance.

You can also refer additional information on the Balke Test and the recommended paces on your speed training by browsing on Google.

So, lace up, go out of the door and run!

Balke Test On The Oval Track

Balke Test On The Oval Track

(Source: Hansons Marathon Method by Like Humprey With Keith & Kevin Hanson)








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