GRiT: 15k of Girls Running in Trails

Another weekend, another race.

GRiT is an all women trail run organized to support Sandi Menchi’s bid to represent The Philippines in TDS: Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie, an event that coincides with Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) as one of its side events. TDS is a 119km race with over 7,250m of elevation gain. That’s no small feat for even the hardiest of trail runners!

I, on the other hand, am not experienced enough to even run a full marathon (yet!) but I have enjoyed all the trail runs I’ve gone through thus far! GRiT was no exception and I even made friends! Yay for being amiable!

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Daylight just about to break at Sandugo Trail (Source: miccadj)

There were 4 categories: Fierce 15k, Sweet 6k, Sub Sandi 6k, and the Uphill Kiddie Miler. I joined the Fierce 15k race with a total of 105 women racing. I told myself that we weren’t gonna travel all that way just to run 6k. I have a strange way of motivating myself.

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I started at the back of the pack?! (Source: miccadj)

We went through Pintong Bukawe which was just right next to Camp Sinai (where Soleus Cross Country Challenge was!). The first part of the trail was almost exactly the same as Soleus! It was a lot more slippery though because of rains the previous evening. I would say that I was a lot more conservative on the downhills this time because I just didn’t want to fall on my face or butt.

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Downhill on a paved road seems doable enough (Source: miccadj)

Heading up the trail right behind Camp Sinai! The volunteers kept blowing horns and cheering us on! They’re definitely a big encouragement!

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The giant 10 Commandments stone tablets on the right! (Source: miccadj)

Rewarded with more morning tropical island mountains in the fog! I don’t think I’ll get tired of seeing this when I’m running outside.

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Morning tropical island mountains and fog ❤ (Source: miccadj)

And we saw some cows! I took photos of them as if I’ve never seen a cow before! They were just chillin’ while we were running by.

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COW FRIENDS! (Source: miccadj)

We passed through some local pineapple farms and mini rice terraces! At this part we weren’t allowed to run in order to not disrupt any of the farm lands. I’m glad and humbled that the local people let us pass through their areas. Such a peaceful place.

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Walked across some local rice paddies (Source: miccadj)

Finally we made it through to the last few kilometers! We entered the Basekamp Sandugo Trails that are mainly used by mountain bikers! It was very slippery and some people even did a slip and slide down a small hill! The grass is taller than me here and I’m glad there were no creepy crawlies to freak me out!

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Some alone time on the trails with grass that’s taller than me (Source: miccadj)

Almost at the end!

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Basekamp Sandugo Mountain Biking Trails (Source: miccadj)

Annnddd we made it! I even met some new people on the trails! I met Jean at the start line, talked and walked through the middle slippery and muddy parts, and caught up with her near the end. I swear trail runners + volunteers are so much friendlier than road runners!

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Hi, Jean! See you at the Pinoy Fitness Kasama Run! (Source: miccadj)

Some Strava data for you!

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Race route! (Source: miccadj Strava)

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Elevation (Source: miccadj Strava)

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Pace analysis looks about right (Source: miccadj Strava)

In total I think the run came out to a little over 13k? I also finished in 2:27:00 which is the fastest I’ve run on trails! Yay!

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First km is almost always my fastest split haha! (Source: miccadj Strava)

And of course, I didn’t forget to record how much mud there was! Not as much mud as the Double Terrain Challenge last week but still enough to cover my shoes and the back of my legs.

Shoes off and ready to clean before hopping into the car! Forgive the pastiness.

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The mud is very “Take no prisoners!” (Source: miccadj)

I’m surprised we got hardware because it was a fundraising race but yay! Medals are always such a treat :]

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Hardware (Source: miccadj)

But the real highlights of this race were: ADORABLE BABY GOATS ❤

I just really want to keep them but they just ran away :<

I’ve got some road races lined up and I’m sniffing around for another trail races, any ideas?

“My vision of femininity is defined by spirited strength, oozing sexuality, rugged beauty, and a deep intimacy with nature. It means approaching everything with an engorged heart that engulfs everything it touches. The feminine woman can’t help but face life and sport head-on, full throttle, with no regrets. She is all heart, all the time. She holds back for no one, dares to be naïve, and believes in the impossible. She believes in second chances – and third ones. No matter how many times her heart is broken, she loves again. In everything, she endures.” – Daughters of Distance, @vanessaruns



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