After a little over a year after I started running I was finally gearing up for my first full marathon. 42.195km or 26.2 miles. Geez. That’s about the distance from Berkeley to Millbrae plus a little more! I had a schedule planned out the day before so I could rest easy but life doesn’t always go as planned after I got my medical certificate results.
January 28, 2018.
It was a new year and I had loftier fitness goals in mind.
I signed up for this race around September last year. I was excited to run a longer trail distance considering that I had an ultra in my sights in the near future. Having run a few trail races last year, I thought I had a vague idea of how this one would pan out. Boy, was I wrong…
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!
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!