Readings On Ultramarathon Races (100K)

28 10 2008

To those who are  interested to join the 1st Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race, this article shows the history of 100K races.

Why 100 ?

The Universal Ultra

Although any race beyond the standard marathon of 42.195 km is reckoned to be an ultra, across the world there is one particular distance that has become universally popular – the 100km. 100km races have been held as far north as Baffin Island in the North West Territories of the Canadian Arctic and as far south as Puerto Varas in Chile; as far west as Honolulu in Hawaii, and as far east as Rotorua in New Zealand. The races are held on tracks, trails, road loops and from point to point; through cities, towns, villages, forests, across deserts and over mountains. Some cater for a mere handful of enthusiasts while others feature a cast of thousands. Each year there are probably considerably more than two hundred such races around the world.  Read the rest of this entry »

Race Report: 4th Fort Striders’ Run

26 10 2008

6:13 AM 26 October 2008 at The Fort

The race is called the 4th October Run Festival Race which is organized by the Fort Striders Running Club.

After exposing for the first time the “Team Bald Runner” at the 1st Mayon Trail Run last Sunday, this race was the second exposure of the team in road races and its first exposure in the road races in Metro Manila, as a team wearing their outfits/uniform.

As usual, I woke up early at 4:00 AM and did my “ritual” before leaving my place. I was already at the vicinity of the starting area at 5:00 AM and made my final preparations to include stretching and warm-up jogging for about 30 minutes. I started to sweat and took some more time to slowly jog along the streets of The Fort. At least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of the 10K race, I entered the assembly area and met the “usual friends and runners” who regularly visit this blog. It was a nice experience talking to these “road warriors” before the race as we try to be relaxed and calm before the gun was fired. I also saw and waved to some of the “runner-bloggers” while waiting for the race to start. After the rendition of the National Anthem and Invocation by one of the Fort Striders’ members, the runners were warned that the Mayor of Taguig City City will be firing the starting gun. All of a sudden, without the usual coountdown from 10 to 1, the fire went off and the race started at exactly 6:13 AM based from my watch. Read the rest of this entry »

163 Days: Easy Long Run @ U.P.

25 10 2008

5:55 AM 25 October 2008 @ UP Diliman Campus

After having my weekly massage yesterday afternoon, I decided to have my early Saturday easy long run at the UP Diliman Campus. I arrived at the Parking Area fronting Palma Hall at 5:40 AM and after my stretching routine, I started my easy long run.

During my run, I was able to establish a route-loop of 6-kilometer distance within the campus. I did 3 laps on the said loop plus two laps around the usual loop where runners/walkers would do their workout. I was able to run a distance of 22.35 kms in 2:25:25 hours, an average pace of 6:00-6:30 mins/km.

It was a nice long run for Saturday and I ended eating a lot of “taho” while I was doing my post-stretching exercises.

Tomorrow, “Team Bald Runner” will be joining the 4th October Run at The Fort. After the race, the following runners will be awarded with the “1,000-Km Club” Finisher’s T-shirt at the Bald Runner’s Booth—The Loony Runner aka Dr Joe; Banana Running aka Bards; and MarkFB.

IAU 24-Hour World Championship

25 10 2008

Seoul, South Korea was the host of the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) 24-Hour World Championship held last 18-19 October 2008. In this event, at least 23 country-members of the IAU participated in this competition where every runner has to run a loop of about 920 meters of flat paved road starting/ending at the Seoul Olympic Stadium for the duration of 24 hours, starting at 10:00 AM on the 18th October up to 10:00 AM on the following day.

Japan’s Ryoichi Sekiya won in the Men’s Overall Category with a distance run of 169.29 miles (272.44 kms) for 24 hours while France’s Anne-Mare Vernet won in the Women’s Overall Category with a distance of 148.35 miles (238.76 kms) covered in 24 hours.

For more results, click

Dean Karnazes and Jamie Donaldson competed and represented Team USA Ultrarunners.

Philippines is not yet a member of the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU).

164 Days: Easy & Hard Runs @ ULTRA

24 10 2008

Instead of maintaining my usual morning runs last Wednesday & Thursday at the ULTRA Oval Track, I decided to have my runs in the evening. It was already past 6:00 PM when I arrived at the Oval Track and some of the runners were about to go home already. Lala Calma surprised me when she greeted me as she was leaving the track.

After my stretching exercises, I started to do my easy run and I was able to cover a distance of 14+kilometers along the track, which was equivalent to 35 laps with an average pace of 5:10-5:35 minutes per kilometer. Read the rest of this entry »

Discipline & Training

24 10 2008

Last Tuesday morning, I had an easy run at the ULTRA Oval Track which covered a distance of 11+kilometers. I considered this run as my recovery run after joining the 1st Mayon Trail Run las Sunday. While I was doing my cool-down stretching exercises, I had a chance to talk to the other runners who were also having their workout at the oval track.

I had a conversation with Kim O’Connell as she was impressed on what she saw in my race report about the 1st Mayon Trail Run in this blog. I told her some of the description of the terrain, the river, the lahar sand and the rocks we had to run through and even showed her some rashes/cuts on my legs as I slide through rocks along the banks of the river before finishing the race. We even talked about my Team Bald Runner and their performance in the said event. We also talked about running and getting further beyond the marathon distance and other endurance sports. Read the rest of this entry »

Last Week’s Recap (13-19 Oct ’08)

23 10 2008

I consider my last week’s workout as my “recovery week” after putting in the total distance to the more than 80-kilometer mark for the two succeeding weeks before last week. For last week, I was able to run a total of 60.52 kilometers.

I need to have my easy long runs for this weekend to go back to my average of 80+ kilometers distance for the week.

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