Compressport Forest Run: Jungle 21k!

Month and a half hiatus is busted and over! I wanted to move into holiday season strong by getting myself into a 21k trail run in the forest! The Compressport Forest Run was held at the La Mesa Nature Reserve about 30 mins away from home! The natures reserve surrounds the La Mesa Reservoir which is a major source of drinking water in Manila. It was gonna be quite the run after a long break!

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Less than 2 mins til gunstart (Source: miccadj)

21k runners started at 530am and it was still dark so we had to use headlamps! It was a little tricky for me because that was the first time I’ve had to use one while running. The trails at La Mesa Nature Reserve were a bit different from what I’m used to in the mountains of Rizal. It was a wider single track allowing faster runners to pass on the left, less steep, and a lot more trees but nonetheless still slippery from the rain.

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I always run on the right cause I’m sloooowww (Source: miccadj)

Love love love being under the shade because even if it’s November, it’s still hot AF here on my tropical island home!

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My own “Amongst the Evergreens” moment (Source: miccadj)

We caught a glimpse of La Mesa Reservoir close to the end of the race and I wasn’t the only one to stop and snap a photo.

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La Mesa Reservoir (Source: miccadj)

Huffin’ and puffin’ at KM18!

I love maps and I love my Fitbit so here’s some data!

(I am thinking of maybe switching to the Dark Side and getting a Garmin though so Fitbit gods, please make a Fitbit perfect for moi! But the Fitbit app is too nice to give up *sigh*)

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Well, that was an extensive loop course (Source: miccadj Fitbit)

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I think I was doing fairly well for a person who took a long break (Source: miccadj Fitbit)

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And then poink! Last third of the race was rough and tiring (Source: miccadj Fitbit)

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Yeaaa, I walked a bunch of it (Source: miccadj Fitbit)

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But check out those calories burned! (Source: miccadj Fitbit)

I waited for some race photos before writing this post! Really appreciate them race photogs for dealing with runners like me! 😀 As you can see, I just got too lazy to take my headlamp off because I really dislike stopping and taking my pack off >.>

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Sometimes race photogs get hella decent unMicca-like photos of me. NICE. (Source Active Pinas Facebook)

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But say hello to the real me! (Source: Active Pinas Facebook)

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Oh hello! LOL (Source: Active Pinas Facebook)

Here’s the aftermath of a relatively less muddy race. Really have to clean up before getting in the car!

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Footwear change (Source: miccadj)

I tried Injinji crew trail socks this time instead of Ahon. There are pros and cons for both so I wish there was a hybrid somewhere.

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Kicking up lotsa dirt/mud (Source: miccadj)

Can’t forget my finisher medal because I’m basically at #PeakMillennial

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Hardware (Source: miccadj)

It feels great to come back after a long break! Somehow it seems more fulfilling to finish this race. Maybe because it was one of the harder races I’ve run, maybe because it was basically the longest time I’ve ran, who knows. One thing I’m sure of is that this was one of my last races for the year. Still debating whether to run 2 in December or not but I’ll worry about that next week.

Cheers,

Micca

 

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