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!
23 September 2017:
T-0 to the inaugural Philippine Spartan Sprint
There are a lot more people today compared to the week before. 1126 Spartans registered as opposed to the 300 for the Typhoon Heat. Before everything else, let’s pass right under the A frame cargo net just to get an idea of how tall it is!
September 12, 2017: T-4 days til the first ever Spartan Race in the Philippines. It hadn’t rained that hard in Metro Manila for quite a while now. I was determined to join and had signed up for the Spartan Sprint way ahead of time and trained as much as I possibly could when suddenly on Facebook…
“This year, the Run With Me charity run will be opened to the public with three categories of 5K, 10K, and 21K distances. As that of last year, the participants will be divided into teams to be led by celebrity couples Troy Montero and Aubrey Miles; and Ali and Cristine Reyes-Kathibi; with theatre actor Gian Magdangal; and film and television actress Meg Imperial running for the benefit of the Children of Resorts World Manila (COR) Foundation.
The team with the fastest time based on their collective scores per distance will be declared the winner of the race.”
I don’t know whose team I joined but I picked red!
My last road race was in June.
This was gonna take some getting used to again after being spoiled on the 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!
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!