Yesterday afternoon, I had to wait for the rain to stop before starting my practice run around the camp. While the rain became weaker, I started to have my stetching exercises, from the bigger muscles to the smaller ones, to include my heel tendons which are already prone to pains after long endurance runs. My stretching session lasted for 15 minutes and I was ready to go.
My practice run for the afternoon was a speed workout within the 2-mile course that I personally measured passing through the cemented roads inside the camp. Sixty percent (60%) of the course is uphill and the rest is plain and downhill grade. The reason why it is a must to have a 2-mile course in the camp is because every officer and soldier, regardless of rank and age, must be able to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test every quarter which consists of three events/activities: 2-minute Push-ups; 2-minute Sit-ups; and a 2-mile run. A failure in each event means failure to the whole test. On the average, an officer/soldier must be able to finish the 2-mile run in 21 minutes.
I finished my first round on the course in 17:26 and timed the second and last round at 17:54. My total time for the distance of four (4) miles was 35:20. Not bad, after having my last run/competitive race last Sunday where I joined the Generals’ Relay (5 x 100 meters) in Camp Aguinaldo.
It appears that I ran a distance of 6.4 kilometers in 35:20. On the average, my pace was 5:21 per kilometer. This is not bad for my age and the terrain where I am having my speed workouts. It was a nice and refreshing speed workout.
Most of the days, I spend my time in my camp situated within the mountains of Jamindan, Capiz. Jamindan is an obscure but large in land area municipality which is located southwest from Roxas City. Its land territory reaches up to the boundaries of Aklan and Antique. The average altitude is 300-350 meters (1,000+ feet) above sea level.
I can safely say that I get my strength and endurance with the clean/unpolluted air around me, high altitude training, fresh & organic foods, restful & quiet nights and the challenging rolling terrain.