365 days after TNF100 2011

Today mark the first anniversary of my first ever TNF race… it could also be my last; we’ll never know.

I didn’t have any plans to join this race. BDM is crazy. Why on earth should I subject myself to something crazier? Well, I don’t know. 

A newfound friend literally sold the idea to me. He made it appear so enticing, it got me thinking. With most of my friends going into multi-sport, what’s next for me? This could be it. 

Well, I did it. It was scary running without support, in total darkness during night time (I am glad Casper was not anywhere near me), and i was in the woods where I dreaded the presence of snakes. 

What can I say now? Here’s the note I wrote two days after the race…

I just woke up and i walked like a zombie. Last night on the bus, I realized that my feet and legs are a bit swollen… they looked bigger this morning and my ankle is swollen too.

I am still dazed… If there is a word that is much better than happy; I guess I am in that state. My physical pain and maladies are masked by that feeling.

This race was never part of my list… I have done a number of ultramarathon and I thought BDM would be the icing on the cake of all my ultra races. TNF 100 is so much more! BDM will always be SPECIAL to me and I guess the degree of difficulty of the two races is truly different owing to the fact that BDM is road and TNF is trail and may I emphasize — self-supporting.

BDM is supposed to be my last race before I leave the country next week for professional advancement. I really didn’t have plans of doing any race because I wanted to really rest and recover. The idea of doing the TNF was initially floated by Yob, which he posted on my FB wall/status several days  after the BDM. I f I can remember it right, I actually told him that I will never do it.

If my memory serves me right, a fellow BDM finisher and a public servant asked me to consider doing the TNF second week of March. He literally pushed the idea and of course crazy as it may, I succumbed to the pressure because he also promised that we’ll train together and that he’ll never leave me come race day. He was also very generous with his time telling me over and over again his experience when he did TNF 100 in Baguio last year. If there is one person who would get my deepest THANK YOU, it would be him.

I consulted two friends who successfully did TNF 100, Nao (Baguio) and Dhenz (Sacobia and Baguio). Nao sent me a very informative message, which i pondered for a day. I chatted with Dhenz and asked him all the things that I wanted to know, his pointers were really helpful. The idea of these two wonderful people sealed the deal. Thank you so much to the two of you.

Initially, I didn’t tell my closest running friends that I am doing TNF. I already know their reactions hehehe but I have to give it to them. The moment they knew, they were very supportive after the initial guffaws and what have you’s.

So before I get carried away and turn this note into a blog let me just thank the following friends who one way or another helped me in this new achievement.

1. To Maj Jun Cunanan: the one person who bullied me, coached me, trained me, and made me his unwilling protege’ THANK YOU SO MUCH, SIR! I truly appreciate everything that you did for me for this race, words are really not enough. Thank you for staying with me, Cheryl, Aaron, Donie and Erell all the way. You were awesome back there. Truly a feeling and self-less individual who never left us even if you have a goal of your own. I’m sorry if at some point my emotions and physical issues got the better of me. I really don’t have any justification for it…

2. To Boypra: my willing training partner, my newfound baby brother — salamat, bebe! To Dabong, kahit pawala wala ka, dude hehehe Thank you! Kebur parin ang the best hehehe at kahit walang falls sa Montalban happy parin.

3. To Yob: Thank you so much! I will always be thankful that I met you. Looking forward to doing those crazy ultramarathons with you in the not so distant future. Thank you for believing in me and for all the messages that you sent.

I am a proud friend!

4. To my Team Baldrunner friends, Iah, Tin, Helen, Maridol, Mark, Jerry, Macky, Kaye, JV, Carlo, Mikko: Thank you so much! We have come a long way since our speed training days. When most of you ventured into multi-sports, I had nowhere to go. I found a new trail, guys and i guess I will stick with it for a while 🙂 I miss you all! Let’s get ready to parteeeeeehhhh!!!

Team Baldrunner Professionals

5. To Team Boring: thank you sa lahat ng suporta, words of encouragement at sa pagkakaibigan — GROUP HUG! I hope I made you proud 🙂

6. To Team CB: Thank you sa inyong lahat! Miss ko na kayo!

7. To JJ, Mai, and Leya: Ano ba ang masasabi ko mga kapatid, kundi salamat! Alam nyo na kung anong nilalaman ng aking puso nyahahahahaha

8. To Ate Marga: Thank you, Ate Luvs for everything. Your love never seizes to amaze me. I truly love you! mwaaaahhhh

I love you so much, ate luvs!

9. To my bestfriend: Thank you, Addict! Alam mo na yun hihihihi

10. To Jaq: Thank you, sis!

11. To my new found friends: Cheryl and Aaron: Thank you so much! The trails of Mt Isarog and the whole 100KM is a silent witness to the camaraderie that I was able to develop with you. To Jeff and family: Thank you for the very warm accomodation. Please hug your Nanay for me! FR: Salamat! And to the rest of the AMCI peeps who supported us, Thank you! To Donnie and Erell, Thank you!

12. To my soul sister, the one and only diva, Melanie: What can I say? Thank you, Sis!

13. To Baldrunner: Thank you so much, Sir! you will always be my inspiration  🙂 Thank you for planting the seed of ultramarathon in my heart.

14. To Marky: Thanks much! I really appreciate your support. Sorry if I wasn’t able to take your calls… basta, brother salamat!

15: To Lolo Earl: waaaaaaahhhhhhh!!! so sorry, i kinda forgot — Thank you so much for the calves sleeves! naglakad ka pa ng bonggang bongga para maibigay yun sa akin 🙂 Salamat talaga! ang laking tulong, lolo 🙂

Natatangi ka, lolo! mwaaaaaahhhhhh

16. To everyone who one way or another sent me their well-wishes: Thank you! Not mentioning your names doesn’t mean that your thoughts are not recognized. Your kindness will always be remembered, dear friends!

17. To my boys, Lorenz and Micah: I love you, kiddos! I run not because I want to get away from you when I train. I run because it makes me a better person and a better Mommy.

I am not perfect, but I will love you forever...

This one’s for you, Dear God — for all the strength and for giving me the will-power to finish all my crazy races. I give back all the glory to you!

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO ME!

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P2P: Is there anything left to say?

               Once again I procrastinated on writing my thoughts and personal insights on the races that I joined and some other stuff that I thought worth mentioning in this blog… if you can even call it that since my postings are usually far in between.

                I am not a prolific writer… I wish I am! It usually takes me a lot of effort before I could even finish an entry. During a race my head is usually full of ideas, the title of the blog entry, its contents, its focus; I always want it to be entertaining, but as you can see all those thoughts and ideas are sometimes just that –  thoughts that crowds my already clogged brain.

                My last entry is about my sorry finish during the Milo Marathon.  I joined a couple of races after that but dedicated most of my Sundays to long runs with my team as we were seriously preparing for the second leg of PAU in Ilocos Norte.

                I had high hopes that I will be stronger come race day; I was even dreaming of third place since I learned that Tina will not be joining. That makes Michelle the eventual winner, my partner Tin in second place then me (it was a wish, ok? Don’t raise your eyebrows just yet).

Flashback:

               Three weeks before P2P, the TGIS group decided to have a long run in Clark; since there was a scheduled race on that particular Sunday being organized by Atty Jon for the IP in the area, we decided to register. The plan was to do 10k before the race then 10k after to cover the planned 30K for the day. It was a balmy morning, the pre-race run was fun.

                The no frills “Takbo Para sa Katutubo” started a little after 6am. I didn’t have plans on racing it since it is just suppose to be part of the LSD. It was a good race, very simple, and the route was nice. I was having a good time chasing after my team mates when I suddenly felt something on my left knee… it was a sudden click. I slowed down then it hurt even more. I didn’t want to walk or stop until I saw Jan waiting by the water station. He paced with me for a very slow jog then he told me that it is ok to walk. The “fight another day” line brought me back to my senses. There is no way that I will jeopardize my P2P plan so I listened to him. I didn’t push it and finished the 10k in 1:03.

                The week after was a flurry of events, I continued with my training plan but I was more cautious since the knee was bothering me. I don’t understand what it was, just a nagging pain that gets worse when I go up and down the stairs.

                The following Sunday was another LSD from Amadeo, Cavite to Tagaytay. I didn’t finish that one either; I only managed 25K. It’s about time I admit that I am INJURED and my left knee is giving up on me. Well-meaning friends advised me to see a Doctor but then I realized that if I see him at this point in time he might tell me to rest or not to run in the next few weeks… That’s a big NO-NO! I have a big race ahead of me. Come hell or high water I am running that one. So rather than consulting a Doctor, our friend and elite “Bandit” prescribed Celebrex 200mg twice a day for three days. Being the hard-headed not practicing RN that I am, I took his advice hehehe  

                To make the long story short – I didn’t run for two weeks leading to P2P. I was worried; I was afraid and my third place finish was shelved for the time being. My goal at that point was to finish it within the cut-off time of 12 hours. Armed with a heart full of hope, attitude that has surpassed several debacles and encouragement and inspiration from Team BR-P, TGIS, and friends from the running community, i prepared for race day.

Team BR-P during the CLP and briefing at AFPCOC

 

                   That’s how we look like when we’re not in our running gear 🙂 I am glad the CLP was on a tuesday, I am not sure how other runners will react if they see me in my BDU.  The CLP unveiled more surprises… aside from the scenery, the Baldrunner revealed that the route is longer – 3Kms longer. Oh Dear! I am in deep trouble… How will I finish 68Kms in 12hours with my current condition? Honestly, I don’t know.

                    Two days before the P2P I received a message from a very dear friend informing me that they won their legal battle. Thinking at how hard they fought for that, I dedicated my P2P to them. I told her whatever happens, I will finish the race no matter how hard it will be. With that added inspiration I know I am ready.

                 I’ll see you all at the starting line!

Banditry at it’s Finest

I wasn’t able to register for the NB Race since I was out of town when the race was supposed to be held; but due to Typhoon Ondoy that wreaked havoc across the Metro, the race was re-scheduled at a later date.

My involvement in this race was another first for me. Since I am a newbie on the blog and running scene, visitors may just get tired reading about my “firsts”. Please put up with me since my primary motivation in creating this page is to chronicle my running – hence the firsts 🙂

I met Ley on November 22, 2009 during the Botak Paabilisan Road Race. He run 15K while I did the 10K where I finished 54:48 (unofficial). I was so “high” during that time so I volunteered to be his pacer for the NB Run because he wants to have a sub60 finish. I guess everybody is already aware that officially, my time during the Botak race is 1:03:29. I really felt bad after learning of the published official time, honestly, I was embarrassed – I was overconfident; I posted my unofficial result on my FB account, told friends, wrote about it on the blog etc… I was disheartened, yes, but it only fueled my desire to do better next time.

I can’t bully anybody in the office to bring me to the race area, so I asked Doc Topher if I can possibly hitch a ride; he agreed so I diligently waited for him in front of Camp Crame lest he changed his mind 🙂 Thank you, DocT!

We arrived early at BHS; that gave me more time to warm up and say hello to more people. I was tense and kept thinking that I may not be able to keep up with the task at hand… I said a little prayer then off I went to the starting shoot with Doc Marvs, Que, and Marga hoping that I will be able to inched my way without being noticed (sorry ka nalang, matalas ang mata ng checker hehehe) I then waited for Ley after the starting line…

We started nicely, I kept up with his pace; Ley is pretty strong. He was determined. I thought it was an easy route until we reached Mckinley… the uphill was a killer. I can’t remember who’s motivating who when we reached that area, but suffice to say that we both negotiated the hill without walking. The gradual elevation at the area of Essensa is another story on our way back. It’s just so hard to negotiate such when you are already spent.

We slowly increased our pace after the stoplight, we both regained our strength and I am pretty sure that Ley will have a sub60 finish. I was the persistent cheerer 500meters to the finish line. I was shouting Ley “bilis konti nalang, malapit na” over and over again until he reached the finish line. Ley finished the race in 57:57!

It was an awesome race… I choked back tears as I gave him a hug at the finish line.

Congrats, Ley! You did it with flying colors…

The race day was very significant. Apart from being a first time bandit, it was also during that Sunday where I met more or less thirty (30) energetic and super friendly takbo.ph members (you are awesome, guys!)

the picture was lifted from the takbo.ph website

the medals!

I was glad Ley gave me the chance to be his Bandit… that day proved to be one of the shining moments of my crazy running life 🙂  Thanks so much, friend! It meant a lot to me…

A whole new world…

        The past week was very memorable for this newbie, who in the beginning only wanted to get serious with her physical well-being.

         She never aimed to create a site or to blog for that matter. She was just trying to document the running by keeping the race bib’s and some knick knacks afterward. The original intention was to make a scrapbook out of it.

        She also didn’t aim to join a running clinic… being a soldier means passing the PFT. It doesn’t need serious training to pass such requirement. Lots of attitude will actually do.

         On the outset, she never thought that there will be a whole new world in store for her when on a whim she decided to attend a speed training. It was also during that fateful day when she accidentally stumbled upon the shout box of takbo.ph, a site she frequently visits for updates and other topics related to running.

         Little did she know that the shout box, popularly known as SB to its frequent users will lead her to astonishing discoveries…

         She had a grand time the first time she was at SB. The people there kept her laughing. She took note of the screen names and wrote nick names across each one. She couldn’t get enough so she made it a point to visit SB every chance she gets.

         A couple of days later, she met more of them virtually. What a happy group of people?! It’s as if you’ve known them all your life…  

         Finally, on 18 November 2009, the faces behind the screen names came into view,and the newbie had her first class picture at the Army pool…

the faces behind the screen names 🙂

        Thank you so much Takbo.ph for welcoming me into your ever growing family. Looking forward to more runs and fun times with all of you!

 

the first 10K…

        I registered for the Timex run sometime on the last week of October. I actually registered 10k without thinking! I just felt it’s about time I moved on after that very dismal finish in the 5K of the Adidas KOTR. I say dismal because my official time that was published is forty-one minutes. I was in denial after that. How could that happen when in fact there were only 6 female runners ahead of me and if I am not mistaken my unofficial time was 28:10. I had a good run and I really felt I was stronger and faster after Eco Dash. The several complaints that I read in forums didn’t appease me. I actually can’t get over it until I decided to sign-up for TIMEX.

the forty one minutes race number...

        I had two weeks to prepare and I thought it would be enough. I had been running around Camp like crazy after the KOTR so I was confident that I can make it. The trip to Baguio on the first weekend of November was a welcome treat, although it was purely work, I was able to squeeze a morning run at Burnham Park.

        It was a crazy week at the Office before TIMEX. The good thing is I was able to sign-up on the speed training of the Team Baldrunner under Coach Titus.

With Sir Jovie

with Sir Jovie, Coach Titus and the other Team BR runners

Glad to meet new friends...

Fast forward to Saturday November 14 – I prepared my costume as if I am joining a beauty contest (ngek!) I also decided that my hair should be kept in place by a red rubber bond and a red headband (never mind if I will look like a Christmas décor!).

Now I can blend with the christmas tree!

        They say carbo loading is good before a race so I did just that. Argo and some of the good peeps over at takbo.ph also gave me some tips. I wasn’t able to buy chocomucho so I decided to just bring a couple of choclairs.

        I wasn’t able to sleep well even if I went to bed quite early due to excitement… I am the only one who signed up for the 10K in my office; all of them will run 5K including the head of the Mafia. In short I will not have a support system and nobody will take my picture (no proper documentation for you now). I just hope Photovendo will be at bay to document my feat 🙂

The girls!

        I woke up at 4am on race day. While waiting for my companions I did some warm-up around the compound. This is the very first thing that I learned in speed training. Do your warm-up first before stretching. I have been doing the opposite since I joined the noble profession of arms. At least now I know.

        We left the compound at 0500; I am a bit frantic because my race time is 0530. I don’t want to be late. We arrived at the NBC tent at around 0530. I panicked when I saw runners passing by thinking that they were already the 10k runners. I hurriedly get off the vehicle and sprinted to the starting line only to find out that it was the 21K runners that I saw. Foolish me!

        The festive mood is very palpable… I saw celebrities but not Piolo. I guess he was somewhere but not in my line of vision 🙂 never mind… I am not really a fan anyway.

        I did some stretching oblivious of the runners around me. It was announced that we will be released at exactly 0535H so I still have time to plot my strategy (as if!) my objective is to finish in an hour and whatever happens I am not going to walk. I was kind of meditating (huh!) when I heard the countdown then it was Bang! Off I went… I still don’t have that techie gadget that tells you how fast you are going so I just tried to go by my own pace. Not so fast but not so slow either. The fast runners are in front so I was not threatened that I will be stepped upon. It was somewhere in Rizal Drive, I guess near Basilio’s restaurant when the Kenyan runner came into view. Wow! He was fast; a couple of minutes later the second runner who is wearing a green Team Bald runner singlet followed. I later learned that it was Alquin Bolivar (Congrats, Alquin!)

        It was an easy run for me… I am not pressured and I still had time to observe the runners around me. I am not going to post my observations here but suffice to say that some merited a really good chuckle from this wicked gal hehehe I negotiated the flyover with ease, I was just psyching myself that I am running at Daza Park. It was when I was on top of the flyover that I saw this group of good looking guys; I was really tempted to look back and stare 🙂 but I just had to pass the opportunity. I had a race you know (imagine me saying the “you know” part ala Pacman) it was also in that same area when the 21K runners started coming into view. I took my first water break in the water station after the flyover. This is also another first for me since I never take water in my previous races, I only drink every after a road run.

         I am still fairly observant at this point in time; it was before I reached Paseo de Roxas when I saw Running Diva. I said hello to her and she responded. That was nice… I saw Argo too but I was to shy to say hello.    

        I am still fairly strong when I reached the turn around. I knew I will finish this race with a decent time.

        I almost stop on my way back to Paseo de Roxas to confront a taxi driver who was very arrogant. I really gave him a dirty look (maldita mode) Motorists on that part were honking their horns as if it’s New Year.

        The flyover on my way back is another story… I suddenly had difficulty and my knees are just about to give up but I held my ground. I talked to myself, I prayed, and thought of the things that I am going to write in my blog. It was also during this time when I remembered to eat one of my choclairs. Then I sang to myself until I reached the foot of the flyover.

        I regained some of my strength when I took my last water intake somewhere near Mcdonalds. I am now more excited to finish the race because I can already hear the sound system. I am now imagining my finish line look.

        I slowly increased my pace when I reached the vicinity of the NBC tent. I am also slowly passing several runners and it felt nice. I sprinted upon reaching the Toyota showroom. I gave it my all until I reached the finish line. I raised my hands like a champion when I did!

        I didn’t have anyone to take my picture but I was happy. I was so proud of myself. I still can’t believe I just finished 10K in 1:05:03 my classmates will surely laugh I am pretty sure of that. The ever collapsing Gangski is now a certified 10k finisher.

        And the official time is…

This is awesome!

         My suppose to be cheerring squad hehehe They are properly documented!

Nice picture!

 Last but not the least…

My breakfast!

The Eco Dash

eco dash

We joined this race because one of it’s beneficiaries, the Children’s Hour Philippines is one of our benevolent donors.

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My race number…

It was already drizzling when we left the office… We decided that we will all wear black since our registration fee didn’t include a singlet. The race was a first for my officemates. It became a mini happy hour for all of us 🙂

group
members of team afpebso
group1
we love the camera hehehe
group2
more!
group3
I love that pose, Elay!

The race was fun albeit the rain… I ran with the girls in the beginning but I had to increase my pace and leave them after a few minutes because my knees can’t endure the sluggish pacing (no offense meant, folks!). The cool weather and the drizzle were a welcome treat. I felt lucky. I am sure it will help in my goal of finishing the race in thirty minutes.

group5
Yehey! we are all finishers…

I arrived at the finish line after a little over thirty minutes… Not bad 🙂 All of us finished the race with glee! The Boss was happy and he promised that we will do it again. Awesome!

group6

Jollibee!

 We had fun watching the 21K runners while we were waiting for our breakfast at Jollibee. They were all very strong! I wish I have their endurance… I wish!

And the official result is…

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And the rest is history 🙂

Globe Run for Home, 19 July 2009

This fun run is my very first race… I was full of excitement. I can still vividly remember it to this day. Just like in most of my first time activities, I was anxious. I was not able to sleep well the night before because of sheer excitement. i took pictures of my attire 🙂 this explains my gravatar.

 
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the race number!

  I was at the race venue earlier than usual hehehe ( i told you, i was really excited!)

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behind me is the starting shoot...

This photo was taken before we entered the shoot. me

It was a happy happy event… The place was full of energy!

starting line...

can you see me?

I can’t remember if the race started on time. The only concern that I had during that time is for me to finish the race without walking. Since there were so many runners and I was a beginner, I stayed in the middle of the pack. I had a smooth start but I had a hard time negotiating the gradual ascent going to the area of Essensa condominum, it was more difficult going back. I had the urge to actually walk but I held to my promise of not walking (lots of attitude!)

run

i was so surprise to see this photo at photovendo!

To make a long story short, and as per official result from globe run for home website, I finished the race in 32 minutes and 40 seconds and i was in 87th place! Awesome, right?

the route

the route

By the way, I did not collapse 🙂 If my memory serves me right and that of my classmates, I have the tendency to collapse every after road run! I don’t know why but even if I am already well-rested I would collapse. It has always been a joke among my classmates at OCS, some even sarcastically tell me that I don’t have the attitude and that I was always malingering. Malingering my foot! Why is it then that I never failed any of my PFT?

i did it!

nice nice feeling after the race...

I was still full of energy after the race. I was so proud of myself… We saw several celebrities. Cliff actually asked one to have her photo taken with us hehehe
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She was very gracious!