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!
I’m joining the 1st Spartan Race in The Philippines! It’s a Spartan Sprint so around 3k-5k course with 20 obstacles. After doing the Viper Challenge in February I knew I needed to do a lot more work. In Spartan, if you fail an obstacle, you have to do 30 burpees. Viper didn’t have such repercussions.
After 6 months of road running, I finally joined my first trail run! I had actually been very excited for this because I missed the original first one I was supposed to join due to a scheduling conflict. So much anticipation led up to this wonderful day ahead.Continue reading