Thursday, August 16, 2007

Mt. Pinatubo!!!

Here we go again! The Pinoy Ultra Runners team decided to start training for another fund run by the end of the year. Training schedule is still being fixed but the whole team is excited. After several weeks of individual training the team decided to do another group run. For this run we have decided to do trail running and put into good use our mountaineering, mt biking, adventure racing skills to good use. Moreover make the most of our runs and our weekends. For this long run we have decided to run the trails in Mt. Pinatubo!!! Hehehehehe.

Our planned run will start off from the jump off point in Sta Juliana. This trail run is roughly 26 kilometers to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. From there we will just relax take pictures and run back to Sta Juliana. It will be an interesting run, last time I did this was during my initial introduction to adventure racing back in 2000 or 2001? hmmm. Early this year a bunch of UPM including me decided to bike this course. We weren't able to follow the correct trail since the Philippine Air Force was using some areas as target practice for the new recruits hehehehe. Sensing we were all wearing red we decided to find another route one which is really unbikable hahahaha. In the end our epic Mt. Bike ride in Pinatubo ended in a 52km bike push. We started to bike around 8am and retruned back to Sta Juliana around hmmm, 11pm hahahaha.

Well no more bikes now, only hydration packs and energy bars. Hope it doesn't rain and once more no more target practice for the Air Force. hehehehe. This run is much needed by the team since we haven't really seen each other for several weeks. Well this is a training run anyway, if we don't finish it or too lazy to do it we might just rent a 4x4 jeep hehehehe. A bunch of UPM will be joining with us. Sigh, another long run. I so miss my bike hehehehe. I hope this pushes through or I will be stuck again in the road for the next several weeks. Come run with us.

Mt. Pinatubo here we come.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Let the Rains Begin!!!

What a way to start a training week!!! Ang lakas ng ulan. When the heavens open up and I lace up my shoe the rains will pour in agad. I am like a formula pit crew boss, looking for any signs of clear weather to send my machines out for a test drive. So far none "maski 1 hour lang!!!" road bike grounded, Mt. Bike tamad mag linis semi-grounded. Running yup did a few hours but still the rains are too strong. So might as well sit back, catch up on my reading and check the exams of my students hehehehe sorry guys.

Running this past few days made me rethink about the things essential to running. The Ipod Nano and Nike+ is already mandatory to keep me from getting bored from the long runs. But rains are here tago ko na muna hehehe. Here are some additional things I find essential when I do extra long runs, rain or shine.

1) This cool Hand bottle The North Face gave us - Its light and easy to use. It attaches in your hand and comes with small pockets to stash some extra cash to pay for your taxi or jeep kapag ayaw mo na tumakbo. I prefer using this than using a hydration belt since its less bulky and lighter. Plus it acts like a dumbel parang boxer hehehe. Its still a hit and miss for people. My other team mates don't like it since ang hirap daw tumakbo. Well mas mahirap mauhaw hehehehe.
2) A shoe wallet- I carry this shoe wallet from Nike(given to me again) which contains sometimes my Nike+ transmitter when I am wearing other shoes like TNF. The shoe wallet also acts as an insurance policy. It contains some cash for me to replenish my water bottles. But for the most part it is used as an identification. We run alone most of the time day or night. We might get into accidents or faint suddenly. My shoe wallet basically contains a piece of paper, with the words ICE(In Case of Emergency) written is my name, address, blood type, and home phone as well as relatives cell phone number. Just in case god forbids knock on wood something happens to me. They know who I am and who to contact. A piece of mind for my mum and family. Not a bad idea right.

3) Shoes- Rainy season is here, I think it is the the best time to invest on running shoes. Well because its gonna get ruined from the constant wet weather. So just use old running shoes or something. I am currently using the shoes issued to us by TNF. And man I am really loving it. I have some problems though with its lacing system but its definitely the best for me running on and off roads and sudden wet and dry weather. The traction and cushioning is excellent. What I like about it is the several water channels for water to drain out. Keeping my feet dry most of the time.

4)Newspapers- Well aside from getting your daily dose of information old newspapers are my best friend during this rainny seaon. After a long wet run, I rinse my shoes(mahal kasi at wala akung pera pambili hehehehe) with water clean put all the dirt and chemicals that can disolve the bonding of the sole. Next aside from the time and tested leaving your shoes at the back of the refrigerator. I stuff old newspapers inside the shoe. After several hours replace it with a fresh batch. Removes significant amount of evil water and moisture hehehe.

5) Vitamins-During the 100km run superman Dani Dematera told me he drank vitamins(im not sure what brand) every four to five hours yikes!!! Well after a long run, our body needs help to recover. We should eat a lot and as an insurance. I take extra vitamin C. I'm not really sure how many milligrams can the body only absorbed. Since its water soluble the execs will be excreted out. Hmmm ill check on that with my doc or my nutritionist aka sister hehehehe.

Aside from the earlier things I mentioned in my blog wala na akung maisip. I, sure ill think of something in the next run hehehehe. The rain is really pouring hard, crap my run pa bukas, and may Mt. Bike race weekend. hehehehe. Well small price to pay para mapuno ang dams natin and generate electricity. Tigil na ulan!!!!

Here we go again!?!

Training again!!! This what my mom said several weeks ago. Also another person told me "Running again so no more time for me again!!!" hehehehe. Training really taxes a lot of your time. Well for me it’s not exactly training it’s more of a life style a way of life. Several weeks have passed since the 100km and I feel great. For the past several weeks I started to ride my mountain bike which misses me as well as my trusty road bike. I laced up once more and started throwing Frisbee discs in the UP sunken garden.

As of now we are still computing and still receiving donations for Kythe. We are pretty happy since we have raised a considerable amount of donations for Kythe given the limited time we have in organizing and executing this run for your life project. I’ll find exact details on this next week since we will be joining Kythe when they visit children with cancer. I am really looking forward to this.

I started running again. Yehey!!! Ran a total of 30km last week and 20km this week so far. No pressure just enjoying the runs. Quite gloomy and I ran in the late afternoon just before dinner. Haven’t done this for a long time. Ran the 7.5km diagnostic run of the UPM and went straight back to my aunts restaurant named COMBI near UP.

I ran not because of training for the next ultra marathon which is scheduled several months from now. But I ran because I just needed to make sense and organize my thoughts. Busy work and I still have yet to process the plans for the next run for your life. Running for me is like my burning bush and my Archimedes bath tub “Eureka I have found it”. Training again, well running again creates a sense of structure for me and relaxes me. It’s just like visiting an old friend you haven’t seen for quite a long time. I just feel that the road is happy that I paid him another visit and that it shares my joys and pain in running.

Training will start soon and the team is thinking some interesting ways to improve our project. I just thought of an interesting line for the project. “Helping save lives a kilometer at a time”. Hehehehehe. So many good plans can’t wait to do it again. Why run an ultra? I already forgot my answer. Maybe I need to refresh my memory by putting myself through it again. Hehehehehe. Time to run, bike, swim, wake up early, Nike+, water bottles, petroleum jelly, Gatorade and above all time to have some fun. See you in the road.