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Race Report: 2013 TNF 100 Phil (Part 1)

22 04 2013

I did not finish this race and I declared myself as Did Not Finish at Km 55. But as I promised in my past post where I mentioned my purpose in joining the race, I am here to make a Race Report and officially make a journal of what transpired before, during and after the race.

Start of Training & Preparation

I’ve never joined a TNF100 Phil event for the past five years but I have sponsored and sent my Elite Team Bald Runner to join the yearly event. Except for last year which was the first TNF 100 in Benguet-Baguio area, my elite runners had won the Team as well as the Individual Championship Awards.

Now, it is my turn to join this race as part of my preparation and training for another event. And since February of this year, I started to build-up my mileage and I enjoyed my “peak bagging” activities but these runs were less than the half-marathon distances.

The following significant races or runs were part of the mileage build-up for this race:

  1. Bandit 50K Trail Run In Simi Valley, California on February 16, 2013 where I finished in 8:07+ hours
  2. 2013 BDM 102: Ran the first 50K in 8:20+ hours as the 50K Cut-Off Marshal.
  3. Siquijor 75K Run last March 2013 where I was able to register a time of 13:23+ hours
  4. Mt Ugo Trail 42K Marathon where I finished the race in 8:23+ hours

I was logging at least 10-12 kilometers every day and I had my trail runs on weekends that would last up to 6 hours.

For the months of March and April (2 weeks), I went up to Baguio City for five (5) times to recon the race route with ultra running friends. These recon activities were purely hiking in nature and some picture taking on what will be expected along the race route. On these recon hikes, I was able to test my nutrition, hydration, apparel, and race strategy depending on the terrain of a certain portion of the route.

Except for the portion where past runners would call the “mossy area” and the downhill route from Barangay Alang to the Bridal Veil or Aid Station #5 (AS5), I had already a familiarity of what to expect once I will be in the race. This part or portion of the course covers an estimated distance of 20 kilometers. The remaining 80 kilometers were part of my recon hikes on those days and weekends that I went up to Baguio City.

 Tripping Accident

In the middle of March and two weeks before the Mt Ugo 42K Trail Marathon, I had a tripping accident which happened after running 14 kilometers of trails in the mountain of Bataan. It was already in the early evening and I was using my old headlight. I was already running on a paved road when I accidentally tripped a water hose  laid across the road which was covered with a wood. I was not able to retain my balance and my right knee hit the ground first, my right arm was used to prevent my upper body from dropping to the ground but my arm collapsed and my head went crushing on the cemented road. I had 3 scrape wounds on my right knee and at least 3 scrape abrasions on the right side of my head.

I was able to recover immediately from the fall and tried to stand with the help of one of my elite runners who was with me in the run. We had to take a break by dropping by one of the “sari-sari” stores at the foot of the mountain and took a Coca-Cola drink and some biscuits as food. After 10 minutes of rest, together with my elite runner, we continued our run for the last 6 kilometers until we reached our training base camp.

On the following day, I could barely walked because of the infection brought by the wounds. For almost 2 weeks prior to the Mt Ugo Trail Marathon, I did not have any running workouts. However, I still managed to join the race in Kayapa, Nueva Ecija despite my lack of specific preparation for the race and the presence of pain on my right knee as a result of the tripping accident.

Shit Happens!

Shit Happens!

Not On My Face!

Not On My Face!

Another Tripping Accident!

I really could not explain. Am I really getting old or something up above is telling me to stop running or am I simply hard-headed and crazy? Another tripping accident happened again barely one week to go before Race Day for the 2013 TNF 100. It happened during a night run where I was testing my new Headlight and new HOKA shoes. My right foot stepped on a shallow hole and my shoes front end hit the edge of the hole and it took away my balance. The healing wounds on my first tripping accident were the ones that hit the ground but I was able to use my right hand to prevent my whole upper body to hit the pavement. Yes, there was blood again on my legs and I was limping when I reached my place.

I still managed to have my last recon hike, one week before race day, despite my limp on my right leg. The last recon hike would cover the first 30K of the race on a Saturday and the last 25K on the following day, Sunday.

Race Strategy

Since I am not confident on my running capability for the race because of the lack of long runs, tempo runs, and speed runs due to injuries brought about my tripping accidents, my target for the race was to try my best to finish within the cut-off time of 30 hours by following these time targets: (Note: Please refer to my previous post on the location of these places I am going to mention here. Thanks.)

Start To AS3 (Ampucao)—-Finish In 6 Hours

AS3 To AS5 (Camp 1/Bridal Veil)—-Finish In 6 Hours

AS5 To Cabuyao—-Finish In 9 Hours

Cabuyao To Camp 6—-Finish In 3 Hours

Camp 6 To Finish—-5-6 Hours

My estimates were based from the recon hikes that I’ve conducted. Except for the portion, AS3 To AS5, I know where I could run and jog and be able to shave off some of my time of running.

In my recon hikes, I had at least 12 hours of getting lost on the first 30K of the course and I knew that if I could run at least 5 kilometers every hour, I could reach Ampucao in 6 Hours. From Bridal Veil to Cabuyao, it took me almost 8 hours on pure hiking with rests. From Cabuyao To Camp 6, it took me 2:45 Hours during the day and I am confident to jog on the flatter trails with 3+ Hours as time to finish the portion. My recon hike from Camp 6 to the Finish Line (without those additional mileage inside the Camp John Hay Area) took me almost 4 Hours.

I took the risk of not knowing about the terrain in the “mossy forest” and the road from Barangay Alang to Camp 1/Bridal Veil due to the following reasons: (1) The trail inside the “mossy forest” was not yet available during those days when I had my recon hikes. The trail was newly cleaned few days before the race. (2) No available past runner/s or “guide” for the said part of the route join me in my attempted recon hike in the said place.

This part of the course proved to be my “waterloo” during the race but there are other more significant factors that simply sapped my strength during the race.

The bottomline of the Race Strategy was to run/jog the flatter sections, do power walking/hiking on the uphills, and keep the knees and quads from hurting on the downhills. I had to use my trekking poles to the maximum in order to be consistent on my pace.

Nutrition Strategy

Take a meal before the race and I did take a full breakfast meal of fried eggs, fried SPAM, and rice with coffee.

Eat while on power walking and never stop in-between AS just to eat. Ingest something that is solid every two hours. Eat while walking! At the AS, if you want to eat, make it fast and then take something to eat while on the road

Hydration Strategy

Drink if you think you are sweating a lot. Drink while chewing your food. If there are sources of water along the route, drink 1/2 full of hydration bottle and then fill up your bottles before resuming the race. Drink alternately with Gatorade. Drink Gatorade by sips or in small amount. Never fill the water bottle to the rim.

Running Apparel

I bought my Helios/La Sportiva Shoes while I was in the USA last February for the sake of trying this Italian running shoe brand. I used them in my peak bagging workouts while I was in Los Angeles and like them. I appreciated more of its capabilities when I used them in my recon hikes most especially on the Cabuyao To Camp 6 route. While the rest of group on the hike were tripping and sliding as we went downhill, I did not experience any misstep, sliding or tripping. The structure of the sole was simply amazing as they really “gripped” on the ground and the pavement. I immediately decided to choose these shoes for the race. Drymax socks were used instead of my Eddie Bauer socks.

Helios By La Sportiva

Helios By La Sportiva

In anticipation for moderate rain during race, I used my long-sleeved Patagonia baselayer which is colored dark green. (I had a light Poncho that weighs a garbage bag tucked in one of my hydration pockets, in case of rains.) The shirt is light and could easily dry up if it becomes wet with my perspiration or by the rain. I used a Salomon EXO compression tight shorts because of its high waist line and pockets. The compression feeling on its waist portion was perfect pressure applied on my core. It also served as an absorbent for my sweat from my upper body and prevented my feet and socks to be wet during the run. On top of the compression shorts, I used my black Patagonia Trail Shorts which have 5 pockets (two at the front; two at the back; and one zippered pocket on the right upper side behind the shorts). My cellphone (IPhone4) & reading glass were on my right front pocket; trail mix food was on my left front pocket; cereal, Gatorade powder and fruit bars were evenly distributed on the pockets behind my shorts.

Although I did not use my Salomon S LAB Hydration System during my recon hikes, I opted to use it because it has a whistle (mandatory equipment), string to tie my trekking poles, and lots of zippered pockets. My rain jacket was thinly folded inside the hydration compartment where the 1.5 liter bladder is supposed to be located. (I removed the 1.5 liter bladder and water hose to lessen the load and have more space for my trail food). My Nike reflectorized vest was thinly folded on the left zippered pocket while a light poncho was also folded on the right zippered pocket together with capsules of Pharmaton. Some trail foods were also stashed in the zippered back pocket of my hydration system. My lighting systems (old and new ones) from Black Diamond were stashed on the pockets of the hydration system.

I used calf sleeves from Zhensa for whatever it can do to my calf muscles, protect my exposed legs to small shrubs and sharp leaves of grasses, and absorb whatever sweat coming from my legs. I used some gaiters to prevent debris and small rocks from getting inside my shoes and they perfectly functioned well for the race.

I used also my favorite Buff placed on my neck to absorb my sweat coming from my head & used it to cover my nape from the heat of the sun and used an Under Armour Skull Cap on the early part of the race which fit well with the straps of my Black Diamond headlight. It also absorbed a lot of my sweat from my head. To anticipate the heat of the sun after I reached AS3, I switched to my Patagonia Legionnaires Cap.

Headlight System

I used the latest Black Diamond’s ICON Headlamp which I bought in the USA last February and I was satisfied with its performance. It has separate battery case that can accommodate 4 AA batteries. It has a long wire and heavier in weight but the illumination was perfect for night running. It brought so much confidence in me to run in the dark through its illumination and life/power expectancy from its batteries. The separate battery pack was perfectly stowed on the main compartment of my Salomon Hydration Pack. I have another old Black Diamond headlamp in my pack just in case of any contingency.

Lastly, I brought some strips of band-aids and antiseptic as my first -aid kit which was placed in the pocket where my poncho was located.

End of Part 1. Race Briefing & Race Proper to follow. Pictures To Be Inserted Later.

2013 TNF 100 Race Route

2013 TNF 100 Race Route

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Pre-Race Insights: 2013 TNF 100K Phil

17 04 2013

This will be my first time to join the TNF 100 Phil race. I have sent and sponsored my elite runners to join this event every year, except last year. Last year was the start of the TNF 100 being held in the higher mountains of Benguet Province. This year is the 2nd edition of the TNF 100 Phil being held in the same area and route.

TNF Trail Run Ads

TNF Trail Run Ads

Despite hearing and getting feedback from the last edition of the race, whether they are positive or negative, runners still register and face the challenge of this ultra trail race. Some runners would join to earn some points as qualification for them to participate in TNF Races in Europe and other countries in Asia but I could see that more runners would join because of the corporate brand it carries.

2013 TNF 100 Race Route

2013 TNF 100 Race Route

Then, why is it that I have decided to join this race? Simply, to make a Race Report out of my experience in tackling this difficult course. I’ve seen and read Only ONE Race Report in last year’s edition in the Internet but everything was too “general” for me to comprehend as I wanted more detailed description of the route, training and preparation undertaken, race strategy, nutrition, hydration, equipment, support crew system, do’s and don’t’s, and to include positive and negative things about the race. The Race Report I intend to make will be in the personal view of a runner in the “Rear Pack” since I am twice the age of the expected Podium Finishers and the rest of the runners. Whether I will be DNF or not, the Race Report will still be posted in this blog.

Another Version Of The Race Route

Another Version Of The Race Route

So, there you go. It is almost 2 days before the Race Day and I am physically and mentally prepared for this event.

Good luck to all the 100K & 50K runners! See you at the Starting Line!

Keep on running! Go Beyond Your Limits!





Race Report: Bandit 50K Trail Run

16 04 2013

I was in Los Angeles, California last February to attend the wedding of my son, John Paul. After the wedding, I had all the time to “peak bag” some of the nearby mountains near our house and had my daily runs of about one hour everyday. My “peak bagging” activities would cover not more than 20 kilometers in distance but most of these runs would cover 4-6 hours and my longest was 7 hours.

I was able to “peak bag” the Dante’s Peak @ Griffith Park, Verdugo Mountain, Echo Mountain and Mt Lukens through the detailed information from Ben Gaetos, an ultra runner friend who is based in Eagle Rock, California which is near Los Angeles. Separate posts will be published on this blog on my experiences on these mountains that I’ve visited.

In one of my FB chats with Ben Gaetos, he mentioned to me that he is going to run the Bandit 50K Trail Run in Simi Valley, California which was two weeks to go before race day. Without any training and preparation for the said distance, I forced myself to join this event with the goal to finish the race within the cut-off time.

Breakfast With Badwater Ben Gaetos & ARC Shoe Guru Joe Matias

Breakfast With Badwater Ben Gaetos & ARC Shoe Guru Joe Matias

Gilbert Gray, an ultra runner from Maryland, USA and BDM 102 & 160 Finisher, saw my picture on Facebook with Joe Matias of A Runners Circle Store and Ben Gaetos having breakfast. I posted the said picture saying that the three of us were planning for something about ultra running in California. Gilbert might had been intrigued about my post and picture. He ultimately discovered that Ben and I were registered to run this race. He immediately registered for the race and booked a flight to California with his wife.

What puzzles me up to this time was when I found out that Gilbert Gray’s flight landed in Sacramento, California which is 500 miles north of Los Angeles. He drove from Sacramento and arrived at the race area barely 4 hours before the start time. What amazed me most was that he just finished a 100-mile race in Florida two weeks before this run and drove his car from Maryland to Florida and back. And after the Bandit 50K Race, he would drove back to Sacramento to catch up with his flight back to Maryland the following day! This is the reason why I call him, “The Machine”!

Race Packet Pick-Up On Race Day

Race Packet Pick-Up On Race Day

The trip by car from our house to the State Park in Simi Valley was about 45 minutes and I was at the assembly area one hour before the start time. Runners would fall in line on their respective distance booth and the Race Packet and Loot Bag were given after stating your last & first names to the volunteers. Very easy and well-organized.

Photo-Ops With The 3 Bandits & Friends @ Starting Line

Photo-Ops With The 3 Bandits & Friends @ Starting Line

After pinning my race bib, it was time to look for Ben Gaetos and Gilbert Gray. It was already daybreak when I was able to see them barely 30 minutes before gun start. It was some sort of a reunion and I was very relaxed with the expectation to finish the race within the cut-off time. Few minutes before the gun start, Ben Gaetos told us that we will see each other at the Finish Line which means that he is going to race and finish strong in this event. Gilbert and I positioned ourselves at the back of the pack and we both knew that it would be a long day for us on the trails!

Gilbert & I Were At The Back Of The Pack

Gilbert & I Were At The Back Of The Pack

After a simple countdown, the race started at exactly 7:00 AM. Gilbert and I were at the back of the pack trying to warm-up with our slow jog but we can still see the runners in front of us. We went around the park on a wider trail for about a mile and then passed by the place where we started. After that short flat loop, we turned right into a wooden bridge and that was the start of almost 2 kilometers of winding single track trail going up to the peak of the mountain. Gilbert and I started to power walk all the way to the peak where the first Checkpoint/Aid Station was located. On top of the ridge, the trail was on top of a mountain made of rock and we simply jogged on this part.

Attack Mode On The First Mountain

Attack Mode On The First Mountain

After the exposed mountain rock, we followed a trail that brought us for some shade and vegetation until we went down from a mountain that leads to a subdivision/group of newly-constructed houses. We ran on the asphalted roads of this affluent neighborhood until we followed a road that goes to another mountain. Before going up to another mountain, this was where the 2nd Aid Station was set-up to serve a lot of food and drinks. This was where I saw boiled small potatoes were served with salt to dip on.

@ The 2nd/4th Aid Station

@ The 2nd/4th Aid Station

Another Mountain To Peak!

Another Mountain To Peak!

From the 2nd Aid Station, we had to face another mountain which was exposed to the sun. It was hot during the day that I had to drink a lot. It was on this portion of the course that I thought I was dehydrated and tried to look for Coke for some “sugar rush”. It was only when we reached the turn-around point at the Km 25 that I was able to refill my bottles. This was where the 3rd Aid Station was located. But my mistake was not to take a drink from the ice-cold coke offered at the Aid Station. I relied on the electrolytes that I brought with me in my pack which was my first time to use.

Picture Taken By Ben Gaetos Before The Km 25 Mark

Picture Taken By Ben Gaetos Before The Km 25 Mark

Picture Taken By Gilbert Gray While Meeting Ben Before Km 25

Picture Taken By Gilbert Gray While Meeting Ben Before Km 25

I was still strong from the turn-around point up to the 2nd/4th Aid Station. Gilbert and I ate some foods at the 2nd/4th Aid Station and we stayed longer to mix my drinks and engage short conversation with the volunteers and other runners trying to refill and eat at the said place. From the 2nd/4th Aid Station, we started to jog and walk but the heat of the sun was too much to bear but I tried my best to power walk on the inclines and slowly jog on the downhill parts of the course.

Downhill Run

Downhill Run

...And Uphill Challenge!

…And Uphill Challenge!

On our last 15 kilometers, I started to have cramps on my quads and I had to stop to stretch the affected parts and Gilbert Gray was there to see to it that I was fine. Slowly, we walked on a long stretch of uphill road to the top of the mountain and I was on survival mode! When we reached the peak of the long uphill road on the last mountain which is about 5 kilometers from the Finish Line, I thought I could no longer move my legs! This is where I analyzed my mistakes in joining this race. No decent “back to back” long runs and introducing a new electrolyte mix in this race! I told Gilbert that I have to finish this race and consider it as my long slow distance run even if I slowed down from my past 50K trail run in the United States. Gilbert was very patient with me as he would start a conversation that would boost my ego and morale. He would tell me that people with my age (60 years old) would be fat and sitting in front of their TV set and constantly visiting their medical practitioners for their health problems.

A Pose With Simi Valley On The Background

A Pose With Simi Valley On The Background

As part of our brief rests, we would take some photos of us on the last few kilometers of the course. The 1st/last Aid Station was a blessing to us as we had the last cup of Coke and there was a towel soaked in an ice water which I rubbed on my head, nape and face. From here, it was our last 3 kilometers and we simply started to run on switchbacks going down the mountain (the first mountain that we peaked). Our pace in going down the mountain was so fast as if somebody was behind trying to overtake us on that single-track trail. Gilbert and I were excited to cross the wooden bridge where his wife was located trying to get a picture of us. At this point, we were 400 meters away from the Finish Line.

At Last, Crossing The Finish Line!

At Last, Crossing The Finish Line!

Few meters from the Finish Line, Gilbert and I held our hands up high until we crossed the Finish Line. We had an identical time of 8:07:19 hours, placing 119 and 120, respectively out of 140 Finishers. Ben Gaetos crossed the Finish Line one hour ahead of us. He was really fast on his way back to the Finish Line.

Tres Bandidos With Their Finisher's Medals

Tres Bandidos With Their Finisher’s Medals

If I have the chance to join this race again in the future, I would gladly prepare and try to improve my time and correct my mistakes. I am highly recommending this race for those who usually visit California and Los Angeles during the month of February.

If you are interested to know more about this race, you can visit its website on http://banditultratrailrun.com.

Keep on running!

(Note: Some of the pictures were taken by Ben Gaetos & Gilbert Gray! Thanks!)





New Tag Line

15 04 2013

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)





Picture Of The Week #17

9 04 2013

3rd Mayon 360-Degree 80K Ultra Run Around Mayon Volcano

3rd Mayon 360-Degree 80K Ultra Run Around Mayon Volcano





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

8 04 2013

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

N  A  M  E

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

4 04 2013

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.








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