New Tag Line


If you look closer on my blog’s title, I have changed my old tag line which had been there for the past five years. I have decided that I should have a new one and a more “focused” identity to this blog.

So, there you have it. The new tag line is, “My Journey In Ultra Running”.

Keep on running!

In Itogon, Benguet (Photo By Michael Lafuente)
In Itogon, Benguet (Photo By Michael Lafuente)

Official Result: 3rd MAYON 360 80-Km Ultra Marathon Race


3rd MAYON 360-Degree 80K Ultra Marathon Race (Run Around Mayon Volcano)

4:00 AM-8:00 PM April 6, 2013

Start & Finish: Penaranda Park, Legazpi City (Albay)

Number of Starters: 210

Number of Finishers: 193

Number of Female Runners: 26

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T I M E

1 MARIO MAGLINAO (Champion) 6:10:59
2 MARTIN BALAYBO (1st Runner-Up) 6:41:39
3 ELIJAH KIPRUTO (2nd Runner-Up) 6:44:07
4 BONG POSTRADO 6:49:46
5 MARIANO BASAGRE JR. 7:00:22
6 RONALD AGUILAR 7:16:54
7 EDUARDO VILLANUEVA 7:28:20
8 ROGEL ANAJAO 7:41:15
9 JOEL BENGTAY 7:41:23
10 DARRY BADO 7:43:45
11 JANETTE AGURA (Lady Champion, Course Record) 7:49:56
12 MARCELO BAUTISTA 8:14:15
13 SUSAN JEMUTAI (Lady, 1st Runner-Up) 8:45:10
14 MELANIE MALILAN (Lady, 2nd Runner-Up) 8:50:59
15 LUNA SMITH 8:51:00
16 DANTE DELA CRUZ 8:51:01
17 PAULINO BACUS JR 8:52:28
18 CHITO GONZALES 8:53:36
19 CHRISTIAN VELSON TICZON 8:59:15
20 SANDI MENCHI (Female) 9:02:59
21 MARIO TAHIYAM 9:10:17
22 EMMANUEL NOCOS 9:27:23
23 ALFRED DELOS REYES 9:33:26
24 RODEL CAPALOS 9:43:31
25 ARVIN GALUS 9:44:24
26 TROY ABADEZA 9:53:56
27 ZALDY LORENO 9:57:40
28 NARCISO ALIPIO JR. 10:12:39 
29 ORLANDO UMBRERO 10:18:39
30 JADE AREVALO 10:22:12
31 LAURENCIO LAO OGERIO 10:29:31
32 JIMMY COLLADO 10:32:14
33 JAN CARLO BALOLOY 10:39:55
34 BRANDO BUENO 10:43:47
35 BONIFACIO BALLERAS 10:46:51
36 MOYANO RAYMOND 10:46:52
37 RAFFY GABOTERO 10:49:30
38 CRESENCIANO BORITO 10:49:42
39 ROBERTO VILLAMOR 10:51:55
40 DANTE MENDOZA 10:54:29
41 LEONARDO BLANES JR 10:54:59
42 ELY CASULLA 11:08:10
43 EUTIQUIO BAGACINA 11:10:02
44 MOSES MORENO 11:10:48
45 JUNIFER FRENILA 11:13:17
46 ANTHONY GALON 11:13:43
47 LUCILLE COZ (Female) 11:15:52
48 ERIC NEPOMUCENO 11:26:02
49 ROMEL ROSENDE 11:26:42
50 DENNIS CARCANO 11:29:25
51 JESSEL BESANTA 11:33:52
52 MON GILLEGO 11:40:25
53 EJERCITO SUYO 11:43:26
54 LEO PURA 11:33:54
55 HEINRISH PEREZ 11:46:58
56 ARIEL BRIONES 11:51:19
57 MYRON NUYLES 11:52:49
58 IAN WELLINGTON JOCOM 11:53:34
59 NOEL KO 11:54:37
60 EDISON TICZON 11:57:22
61 ALFREDO LUZURIAGA 11:59:11
62 ORLANDO PAYUMO 12:03:29
63 BENJ TERMULO 12:03:43
64 JONATHAN COLAO 12:05:38
65 JOSE ASIS 12:05:46
66 JOFFREY ANO 12:06:37
67 PHILIP AGUILAR 12:06:44
68 AL BRYAN LAGMAN 12:06:51
69 JAYLORD BALLAO 12:13:36
70 GIL CONANAN 12:14:15
71 RICO LAPLANA 12:14:17
72 JOHNNY SALINAS 12:16:22
73 GERMAN ACIDO JR. 12:19:29
74 JOEL SIMSIMAN 12:20:38
75 NONILO ONOYA 12:22:09
76 CELEDONIO QUINTO 12:22:10
77 DANNY LIM 12:22:41
78 RODEL MENDOZA 12:24:54
79 TED FAMATIGA 12:26:00
80 DENNIS LOPEZ 12:26:03
81 TESS LEONO (Female) 12:29:18
82 ALFEUS DE LOS SANTOS 12:32:44
83 CHRISTIAN OTING 12:33:34
84 GIL LOSTARES 12:36:28
85 EDGARDO CAUBANG 12:38:37
86 ROBERTO HERNANDEZ 12:40:49
87 VANS CAMANNONG 12:43:03
88 ISIDRO BRAZA JR 12:43:27
89 RODELIO MENDOZA 12:49:06
90 CHITO CARREON 12:49:14
91 KALOI GARCIA 12:49:57
92 RANDY MIRANDA 12:50:05
93 REYLYNNE DELA PAZ (Female) 12:50:16
94 FREDERICK TUPAZ 12:53:11
95 MARLO ALCANTARA 12:55:22
96 OBETH MALANA 12:58:07
97 RANIL VALENCIANO 12:58:17
98 RYAN MORAL 12:58:18
99 ELMER CABALLES 12:59:03
100 CAEZAR AQUINO 13:03:20
101 ROMMEL BONGALA 13:05:28
102 JORGE LI 13:05:53
103 RONALD TORREGOSA 13:11:49
104 JERIC REDILLAS 13:12:20
105 ANJOE RESURRECCION 13:14:04
106 SUSAN JAEL (Female) 13:14:54
107 WILNAR IGLESIA 13:14:58
108 POJIE PENONES 13:15:16
109 YVES RODIS 13:15:18
110 RANDY RUBIO 13:19:28
111 RONNEL GO 13:19:59
112 REZA TORDILLA (Female) 13:23:16
113 OSCAR ANTONIO 13:23:33
114 PEACHY TAMAYO (Female) 13:23:48
115 WILMAR PLOPINIO 13:26:08
116 GAY REDILLAS (Female) 13:27:30
117 ADRIAN LIM 13:31:52
118 ARCHY IMPERIAL 13:32:46
119 ERNESTO BADONG 13:35:58
120 DALE PRADO 13:39:21
121 NOEL RABE 13:42:49
122 ALMAR DANGUILAN 13:48:02
123 JONAS NAGARIO 13:48:51
124 MARKNEIL GONZALES 13:48:52
125 JERRY BRIONES 13:51:07
126 JOESSE DELANTAR 13:52:41
127 ARTHUR RYAN DOLINA 13:52:42
128 JERVIS ANGAY 13:52:44
129 HARRY DURUIN 13:54:36
130 OLIVER DE GUZMAN 13:54:57
131 CHRISTIAN RABE 13:56:31
132 NEIL CANICULA 13:58:21
133 ADRIAN AQUINO 13:59:35
134 GUNTHER BENITO 14:00:00
135 JEROME BAHOY 14:00:58
136 WILLIAM MARINO 14:01:30
137 ALDRIN AGUALLO 14:06:10
138 ELMER MECEDA 14:09:06
139 ANGELICA LEYSA (Female) 14:10:13
140 EDMUNDO TAM II 14:12:46
141 PAUL GIDEON MENDOZA 14:18:08
142 PROSPERO IBARDALOZA 14:21:08
143 JUNAR LAYUG 14:21:21
144 SIMPLICIO TIRONES JR. 14:25:24
145 JOHN PATRICK DELA PAZ 14:25:59
146 JONATHAN MOLETA 14:26:54
147 ALLEN GASPAR 14:28:59
148 JONLY SABARICOS 14:29:00
149 LAURICE ROGEL (Female) 14:29:33
150 MA. JEAN BENITO (Female) 14:29:51
151 RUSSEL HERNANDEZ 14:30:17
152 CHONA SALVIDAR (Female) 14:40:00
153 RENZ SABINORIO 14:42:41
154 CHRISTOPHER NELSON CASULLA 14:46:34
155 GARRY ESLLER 14:46:35
156 CLEO GEVERO (Female) 14:46:36
157 RAMIE JOHN TUANDO 14:46:38
158 VICENTE CAUREZ 14:48:19
159 ROCHELLE SUMAGANG (Female) 14:48:48
160 MERWIN TORRES 14:48:49
161 JASPER RYAN OLIVETE 14:49:22
162 MARK ANTHONY DELUMEN 14:49:23
163 EDGAR CABALLERO 14:51:03
164 SIMEON MORAL 14:51:13
165 ROGER VILLAREAL 14:52:45
166 RONALDO ROBLES 14:56:14
167 VICENTE DE LIMA 14:56:51
168 RIC LOZANO 14:57:06
169 REAGAN MOLERO 14:58:35
170 LITA GERRY 14:59:06
171 PERFECTO BALANTES 15:00:17
172 YOLLY SIMPAO BARJA (Female) 15:03:26
173 ANGELO KAUFMAN 15:03:22
174 GIA ESTRELLA (Female) 15:04:15
175 ZALDY SANTILLAN 15:04:21
176 DANIEL BERSANO 15:07:05
177 IRVIN STO. TOMAS 15:07:17
178 MERLITA DUNKIN (Female) 15:09:00
179 JEROME CASTRO 15:09:02
180 GERARDINE KUN (Female) 15:20:00
181 JESUS BAYRANTE JR 15:20:12
182 MICHAEL ANGELO PANGASINAN 15:22:14
183 SAMSON SERVANO 15:30:41
184 LYRA ROSARIO (Female) 15:30:59
185 KHARL OCAMPO 15:31:00
186 ARIANNE ORTEGA (Female) 15:34:41
187 JOANNA LIU (Female) 15:35:50
188 NELSON VAL CARO JR 15:35:51
189 KHRISTIAN CALEON 15:36:00
190 STEPHANIE HEFTI (Female) 15:36:46
191 LUZEL FRANCO TIBO-OC (Female) 15:59:34
192 MARK ANTHONY TIBO-OC 15:59:35
193 WILFREDO MARQUEZ 15:59:36

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New Balance Minimus Ionix 3090 Review


NB Minimus Ionix 3090
NB Minimus Ionix 3090

I think it has been years and months that I missed doing some shoe reviews in this blog. Since nobody from the Shoe Companies in the Philippines is asking me to conduct reviews on their products by giving me free shoes to use, almost all my running shoes were bought from the stores here and abroad. Except for my HOKA One One Shoes (Bondi B and Stinson EVO) which were given as complimentary by Joe Matias of A Runner’s Circle of Los Angeles, all my shoes were bought from my own money.

I bought my New Balance Minimus Ionix 3090 at the Athlete’s Foot Store in Glendale Galleria in Los Angeles last December 2012 as they were marked as On Sale for a price of $59.00 from the original price of $90.00. I was excited of the material and structure of the soles as I could feel with my fingers the soft cushioning on its soles; very light in weight; nice color combination and I thought it would be good for my road runs as a racing flat and daily running workout shoes.

I used it in my 10K daily runs while I was in Los Angeles on the first two weeks of December and I was happy of its performance. It is very light, comfortable, and with cushion plus the fact that I considered it as flat racing shoes. I think I was able to register almost 100 kilometers using the said shoes while I was in Los Angeles.

Once I got back to the Philippines, I used it again for a 20+K run in Baguio City when I peak bagged Mts. Kabuyao and Santo Tomas for the first time in December. While I was staying inside the compound of Fort Del Pilar/PMA, I used it again for my daily runs thereat.

My Shoes
My Shoes

On my first adventure run for this year, I went to the province of Siquijor in the Visayas. I was able to run around the island using the same shoes in 14.5 hours covering a distance of 75 kilometers. However, after the said run, I was able to observe severe signs of wear and tear on the “circles” or rounded portions of the soles. I have the shoes washed for the first time in order to find out the actual damage to its sole. More wear and tear parts were seen, most especially on the sole where the color is orange.

For the next weeks, I did not use the shoes and opted to use my HOKA One One Stinson EVO.

Last March 23, 2013, during the conduct of the 1st SIQUIJOR 75K Run Around The Island, I used it to join the rest of the 32 runners in the said race. I finished the race from start to finish in 13:20+ hours. During the race, I have observed that the cushioning effect of the shoes just simply nowhere to be found and felt my feet pounding so hard on the road during the run. Because of the warm and hot temperature in the early afternoon, I felt a hot sensation on my both feet that I had to walk along the course. I knew that I was not getting enough protection from the heat of the road. The soles did not give me the necessary cushioning and protection.

"Wear & Tear" At The Heel Section
“Wear & Tear”

I didn’t have any problems with the upper structures of the shoes. The material is light and porous that some air would enter to my feet for the needed ventilation. I could “shuffle” easily when my legs are tired because of its lightness and that is a great plus and advantage for this shoes.

After the race, I inspected again the soles and the damage had increased. So, after this race, I declared this shoes as “RETIRED” from my Shoe Arsenal. I think the shoes were able to reach 300 kilometers as its usage/mileage which is I think a poor performance for a running shoes.

"Wear & Tear" On Both Shoes
“Wear & Tear” On Both Shoes

I am highly recommending that runners should avoid buying this kind/model of New Balance shoes even if it is being sold On Sale in local running/sports stores.

Fear Of Darkness


You always hear the usual greetings, “ Welcome to the Dark World of Ultra Running”, when you finish an ultra race. The way I understand the greetings or statement is that an ultra runner needs to run and finish the race at all cost with his/her strength within the prescribed cut-off time which can last till night time or till the next day. It also means that an ultra runner should also come into reality that running in darkness is part and parcel of being an ultra runner.

As I progressed from 50K distance to 100+kilometer distance races and in my personal experiences in my multi-day adventure runs, I learned to appreciate running at nighttime or in darkness. It came to a point that I have to train and run more kilometers in my training during nighttime. Slowly, I am starting to appreciate the meaning of the said greetings.

In the ultra races that I organize and direct, most especially on the 100-miler distances, like the BDM 160 and TD100, I observed that runners have the fear of darkness, moreso, when they have almost completed one half of the course. This is where I received information of runners of declaring themselves as DNF in the race.

Despite the completeness of lighting equipment of the runners, the fear of running in the darkness comes into their minds. What could be the reason why runners have the tendency to quit the race when darkness comes? If you ask me, I really don’t know why!

Some runners are afraid of dogs on the streets and trails during nighttime and I could understand their predicament. But based from stories from ultra runners, running in darkness alone saps the strength and mental fortitude of an ultra runner. Could it be that this observaton is only applicable to Pinoy ultra runners? I personally don’t believe so. I firmly believe that Pinoy ultra runners are brave to run in darkness.

So, how do we deal with the fear of darkness in ultra running?

In my experience as past military commander, darkness is always a friend of the troops. Soldiers move silently under the cover of darkness in order to “surprise” the enemy and ultimately, defeating them. Some runners also adopt such stealth tactics in ultra races when they put-off their headlights to “surprise” their targets as they get nearer and pass them. Always think that darkness is your constant ally during the run. Don’t believe on ghosts or vampires roaming around you waiting to strike you. There are no such things or creatures! If somebody appears in darkness and it is moving, most likely, it is a human being like you or an animal roaming around the place.

In this age of high technology, there are lighting equipment, i.e. headlamps and hand-held flashlights which have high and powerful illumination with lesser use of power/batteries. There are also batteries which can give extended period of constancy for the illumination needed for these headlamps. Get these “high-tech” headlamps and flashlights and use them in your night runs. It is advisable to use them during your training runs in order to find out for yourself if the advertised capabilities of these equipment are true or not. Never use “new” lighting equipment on race day. And bring extra batteries for your headlamps and flashlights. For better illumination on the course, use both your headlamp and hand-held flashlight. The headlamp is focused on the road/trail (where the feet are leading to) and the hand-held flashlight is directed on a wider-angle in front of you covering both sides of the road/trail.

Most of the time, fear of darkness is attributed or caused by human beings or animals you meet on the course of your run. In my experience, I usually wave my hand and start a conversation by greeting the individual with the usual “Good Evening” or saying, “We are in a middle of a “Fun Run” or “I am jogging to this place and I started from this place”. Always start the conversation and try to look them on their faces. But most of all, simply smile at them and show on your face that you are having fun and enjoying the run. As for stray dogs, simply walk and observe the movement of the dogs. Directing the light of your flashlight to the face of the barking dogs could also “stun” them temporarily.

Gaining 100% confidence running in darkness is through running the course on nighttime. If the course is not available or accessible, you can find a place that resembles the elevation or terrain of the course. Try running alone on this course using your headlamp and/or flashlight not once but as many as you can. Repetition of such workout during nighttime conditions the mind to be relaxed and focused.

Sometimes, having a “buddy” who trains with you could also give confidence and solve your problem of the fear of darkness. Get somebody who would be your pacer or somebody who have the same pace and strength as with you. But you must be always prepared for the “worst” scenario if your “buddy” declares himself as DNF. Get somebody as your “reserve” pacer or “buddy” or wait for another runner to pass you and stick with the said runner as you continue your run. Make that runner as your “point man” along the course.

If you are preparing for a 100K or 100-mile trail ultra marathon, running at nighttime should be your friend and ally.

Next topic…Fear Of Coldness…soon!

@Mt Ugo Trail Marathon
@Mt Ugo Trail Marathon (Photo Courtesy of Darkroom Running Photographers)