Christmas Day Run

25 December 2007

I am still in Laoag City. I started my run at 7:00 AM from the house of my sister in Barangay Dibua South to Dibua North. From Dibua North, I ran through a dirt road that connects the road to Barangay Sangil. From Barangay Sangil and running easterly direction, I reached Bacarra Road/at the road boundary of Laoag City and Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. I ran along the Bacarra Road going back to Laoag City, passing by Barangay Barit, Farinas Bus Terminal, and Divine Word College. I turned right on the road going to the BIR Office & MMSU. I entered the Provincial Oval Track and made one round. From there, I passed by the INNHS and turned right towards Barangay Santa Maria, then to Barangay Pila, and finally to Barangay Dibua South. I finished my run at 8:35 AM.

I covered an estimated distance of 11 miles or 17.6 kilometers with a time of 1:34:47 hours. My average pace is 8:38 minutes per mile or 5:24 minutes per kilometer. I consider today’s run as an easy run.

The food I have eaten and the rest/sleep I had yesterday gave me more power and strength to endure with my easy run today.

(Note: This is my # 100 Post in this Blog since 25 October 2007)

“Nostalgic” Long Run

23 December 2007 (AM) 

I woke up at 5:00 AM today and started to prepare for my “once-a-week” long slow distance (LSD) run. I started my run at exactly 5:30 AM from my sister’s house at Barangay Dibua South (#59-A), Laoag City. It was still dark but there were lots of tricycles plying the road already because of the early morning mass (Misa de Gallo).

The terrain in Laoag City is relatively flat and all the roads are paved up to the Barangays. From Dibua, I passed by the City Cemetery and jogged towards and along Rizal Street, the main road of Laoag City, and turning right after the PNB Building, and leading towards the City Hall and to the Padsan River/Laoag Bridge.

Running along Rizal Street and all the way to the Laoag/Padsan Bridge leading either to the Gabu Airport or to Fort Ilocandia Hotel or to Suba, Paoay brings back good memories from the time I started running and preparing for my first marathon. This is where I spent most of my running workouts during the early ’80s.

From the Bridge, I proceeded along the Gabu/Airport Road and later turning left at the road intersection going to Suba, Paoay or the Road that goes to the Fort Ilocandia Golf Course and to the Municipality of Paoay.

I reached the Clubhouse of the Fort Ilocandia Golf Course at 1:37:00 hours, which in my estimate covers a distance of 16.5 kilometers or 10 miles from my sister’s house in Dibua. (With the aid of my Nathan Water Belt, my run became very comfortable). From the Clubhouse, I made my turn around and proceeded back to Dibua. The run on my way back was slower which took me 1:43:00 hours!

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I ran a total distance of 33 kilometers or 20.625 miles which took me 3:20:00 hours to finish. This was my longest run so far in my preparation for the Pasig River Heritage Marathon on the 24th of February 2008. I am glad that I am still injury-free and don’t have any major problems with my legs and body.

I started to alternately jog, run and walk on the last mile. I felt that I was about to reach my “Wall” if I continued running at a faster pace on my last mile before reaching my sister’s house. It was almost 9:00 AM when I finished my long run and the heat of the sun was starting to burn my skin.

I consider this long run as something special as I was able to recall all those running workouts I’ve done from the Laoag Bridge to Suba, Paoay and back, almost everyday, morning and afternoon before I joined and finished my first Marathon Race. This route was my favorite practice area and it gave me the strength and fulfillment to be a passionate and a lover of running.