Went to my 2nd trail run over the weekend and have I mentioned how much fun trail runs are? The Double Terrain Challenge started at Brgy. Cuyambay in Tanay Rizal and went through mud, rivers, and super technical climbs.I opted for the 10k race because I’ve never ran 25k, not even on flat roads. When they said this was a challenge, they weren’t kidding!
It’s been raining on and off the past few weeks here and we could definitely see it on the course. Just after our first turn, the concrete ends and the muddy trail begins! I had quite a bit of mud on my shoes but that’s just part of it.
One of the most challenging portions was the really soft mud that everyone had to go through! Lots of people’s shoes got stuck or came off! Mine did too but that was on the way back!
After the mud we made our way through some dense forest. While it wasn’t muddy here, the ground was slick and it was difficult to run without slipping.
And the forest opened up to this!
Also, the best aid station spread I’ve ever seen! Fit n’ Right apple, hopia (Chinese puff pastry) , jellies, candy, and biko (sweet rice cake)! Amazing!
Halfway done and back to work!
Eventually we all got to clean our shoes because there were several river crossings. So refreshing and cold! The current wasn’t too strong so it was fairly easy to get across. It wasn’t too deep either, maybe just a little under my knee at the deepest parts.
We finally encountered some technical parts of the trail with a rope climb up some rocks! A second rope climb was just a little past this with no marshals and slick wet ground instead of stable rocks. It was also a lot steeper there.
And we were rewarded with the views!
Finally! Some runnable ground! Following the trails alone was fun! I think that if I was running 3 years ago I’d worry about snakes, bugs, and the like. It was in the back of my mind now but didn’t really bother me anymore.
Since it was a loop course, we returned to our favorite muddy playground! I almost lost my left shoe here, had to dig it out with my hands, and climb and embankment in only my socks. I can describe the mud as similar to quicksand cause it’s so soft and it’s quite easy to sink. Definitely gonna extra tighten my laces next time!
Strava data time!
Semi loop course in Tanay, Rizal
Elevation wasn’t as steep as Mt Sinai’s but still pretty challenging
Yea, I powerwalked more than I ran. Sue me.
Rainy, muddy, and lots of fun is right!
Speaking of Salomon S Lab Sense 5 Ultras, here they are after the fray! Got them wiped down and chillin’ in the sun to get rid of smells!
Finishers were awarded wooden medals! So cool!
A few thoughts: Really really thinking of getting a GoPro after this! The Double Terrain Challenge was equal parts fun and challenging. I had the honor of almost losing my shoes to the mud but I persisted and the mud failed! Just sooo muchhhh muuuuddddd!
If you ask me, I’m more terrified of Color Run powder than I am of mud. That is all.