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!
Daylight just about to break at Sandugo Trail (Source: miccadj)
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!
Ready or not, here we go! (Source: miccadj)
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.
Start/Finish at the top of Mt Sinai, Pintong Bukawe, Rizal (Source: miccadj)
If you told 2010-2016 me that I would be able to run 3 half marathons within 6 months of running regularly, I’d probably laugh, cheers, and chug the beer I was holding.
2 days ago, I found myself toeing another starting line. My 9th road race of the year and 3rd half marathon in 3 months.
The new Okada Hotel and Casino. FANCY (Source: miccadj)
Whew! I was very unsure about this race from the beginning. I put off signing up until the day before the first deadline and even then, I couldn’t decide which distance to run. I was scared of what happened to me in Singapore. I felt so tired and dehydrated from the whole thing that it took me a week to recover from a 10k. A WHOLE WEEK! AHHH! :<
I eventually decided on running 21k because no day like today? (Or yesterday in this case)
Fancy building backdrop at the race village (Source: miccadj)
Almost anything Star Wars is an A+ in my book (one exception being Jar Jar Binks)! I found out about this run right after we finished the Viper Challenge in February and I immediately signed up for it. The most difficult part was picking between the Light Side or Dark Side for runner entitlements!
Here we go, The Dark Side! (Source: @micca.dj Instagram)
This run felt absolutely shitty.
Allow me to explain: I had just come back from a trip that required a long haul flight and I was so scared that I wouldn’t wake up in time for my run because jetlag. I did wake up and got ready to go but on the way I encountered SO. MUCH. TRAFFIC. Welcome back to Manila, Micca. Parking was also a big issue because from the looks of it, there really wasn’t enough for everyone. I was so anxious about not getting there in time that I had a horrible tummy ache and had to use to bathroom. There went all the calories I took this morning 😬
I parked at the very pretty and VERY EXPENSIVE Conrad Hotel (Source: miccadj)