The TNF100 Challenge – Part 2

May 26, 2009

Here are some pics I took after the TNF100 race.

IMG_0059with Tiffin who finished her first trail run with 1hour 10mins.Β  πŸ™‚

IMG_0084The ever fit Gigi

IMG_0060Ultrarunner Mikey and Erick

IMG_0087Erick with fitmommy

IMG_0093with Mr. Leo Oracion

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My pitiful Merell shoes

IMG_0106Hubby trying his new cleats

IMG_0109Dhenz the “Running Pinoy” who did his 100K solo

IMG_0118Check out time na! (with Echel)


The TNF100 Challenge – Part 1

May 26, 2009

The long wait is over, TNF100 has arrived…

‘Twas the day before….

The wheels on our car go round and round on that Saturday afternoon as we drive to Clark, Pampanga. Everything has been well planned, our running gears ready; our cooler if fully-packed of hydration drinks, power gels and lots of water; and the bananas already ripe. Our racing spirits in-tuned with the anticipated event.

We arrived at the hotel at 3PM, rested for a while and decided to go to the race area so we could survey the trail. But as soon as we arrive in front of Expo Filipino and parked our car, huge drop of rain started pouring and winds were almost tearing the race area, it was like being in the middle of a storm. We opted to stay inside the car and waited for the rain to be over. And as soon as it was, this is how the race area looked like:

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IMG_0013It looks like a storm hit this place

Hubby and I were concerned with the runners in the 100K category. We thought that with a wind that strong and that heavy downpour they would be worried of a very muddy and slippery terrain, add to the rising water level on the river rising. 😦

After that rain, we still went to the trail area and walk/run (lakbo) some kilometers, we didn’t get to see the way leading to trail so we just run on the river. We were on our way back to the area that night when we saw Glenn Mundo running for the finish line, we stop for a while so that we could cheer for him and chat for a while. He was the one who told us that Coach Rio is thinking of postponing the race due to what happened earlier. Coach Rio did what any responsible organizer would do, analyze the situation and act and I admire him for that. We stayed for a while in the race area and talked to runners who finished their first loop in the 100K. We saw Mikey, Glenn, and Bro. Ronnie (RunnerforChrist), finally I get to meet him. We left the area after a couple of minutes for we have to sleep early for the big event.

‘Twas a very special day….

I ‘am used to preparing everything needed during the night before a run, I don’t want to miss and forget anything that is needed. Woke up around 3:10AM, drank some coffee, eat instant noodles, change from pajama to running attire and off we go to the area. There were lots of runner attendees who also stayed at Holiday Inn since they were giving discounts for the accommodation in collaboration with the TNF100. The shuttle bus going to the site was already in front of the hotel lobby and lots of runners were already on board.

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It was obvious that we were super-dooper excited for the race (along with many runners), we arrived at the area early, something that we don’t usually do. πŸ˜€ Some runners were warming up, chatting with friends, the racing atmosphere is so high that you are immediately drawn to it. Gigi the FitMommy was also there, who was doing her 20K trail run and said that she was nervous but knowing her the run was nothing to her. πŸ™‚IMG_0036

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The 20K runners went first and after 10minutes the 10K were off. It was around 1.5K of road before heading to the downhill portion of the Sacobia bridge leading to river. There was a slight traffic at this portion because it was muddy and some runners prefer to go down safely rather than go down fast risking injury. The run was fun, we were made to cross river and run on water, I was running with wet, dirty and muddy shoes. It was a bit irritating running like this for almost 75% of the race, but it was really fun. You can tell that almost all the runners were having a good time and was really happy of joining this race that day. Sure it was a hard course but I’m happy to have done it and will join again next year. Check some pictures I took while I was on the trail.

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I finished the race with an official time of 1:30:58. It was slower than my last TNF but this course is way too hard than that.Β  My esposo placed 7th overall in the 20K with official time of 1:55:12. I was just wondering why he didn’t won in his age category “A” (18-30 y.o.), instead the runner with Bib#7074 won (age 21) with a time of 2:03:03, is the AGE the first basis when choosing the winner for the age category or the finish time? I think it’s the finish time so why did #7074 won instead of my hubby. I already sent inquiry to runrion.com but haven’t receive any reply yet.

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But still overall the race was well organized, Coach Rio and Vince did a very good job. They are really good with their job, they deserve an applaud. Congratulations to you and your team!

Next post will be photos from the TNF100 race. Keep running everyone and congratulations to all the participants and finishers especially to those who joined the 100K solo/relay race. Finish or DNF, still I salute you. πŸ™‚


A Special Day

May 9, 2009

Tomorrow we will be celebrating Mother’s Day. And it’s special for me because I dearly love my mother and I’m a mother myself. I had my gift early, this is what I first laid my eyes as I enter our bedroom:

tnf_abkz_newtaupe_08Yes,Β  my very first North Face bag from my loving husband, (mine comes in color black and brown can’t find my usb cable kaya hindi ko ma upload yung totoong pic). I love the color brown so I really love my new bag and I go gaga over sling/messenger bag. I typically use this kind of bag simply because it’s more comfortable. My husband is romantic in his own ways, he is also thoughtful even at times in a rude way, but one thing is for sure, I ‘am blessed with a wonderful husband, I hope and pray that we will grow old together until we both lost all out teeth. πŸ˜€

He also has these kind words from the card that he gave me that made tears flow from my eyes:

“For being a wonderful wife and best friend, and for being a good mother too!”

Happy mother’s day!


The North Face 100

March 18, 2009

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“With the success of the inaugural TNF100 last year and pump-primed by the maiden leg of the TNF Thrill of the Trail, this year’s TNF100 Philippines will bring greater challenges to those who will dare to discover the extent of human endurance.

Set in the great plains of Luzon, trail runners will discover that varied terrain and unexpected descents and climbs still await them in Sacobia, now termed as β€œThe Next Frontier”.

Multiple river crossings, running in Lahar, canopied trails and more await those who will go the distance, endure the trail and test their limits!”

Another race from The North Face, and me and my esposo are already registered. Another 10K trail run for me, wooohooo!!! For more info visit http://www.thenorthface100.ph or you can email them at inquiry@thenorthface100.ph. See you all there.


Thrill of the Trail Recap

January 18, 2009

We left home around 3AM to travel to Nasugbu, Batangas. My esposo and I opted not to check-in in a hotel in Tagaytay because of money. The past few months have been full of expenditures, so we decided to be stingy for this event. I managed to get some sleep while my esposo is driving, I have to conserve whatever energy is left of me. I woke up when my esposo asked me if I wanted something to eat, we were entering the Drive Thru of Mcdo in Sta. Rosa, I guess french fries would do. I stay awake until we arrive Nasugbu. There were staff of the TNF preparing for the event, some were hanging the streamers, fixing the light and playing some music.

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img_16131Getting ready for the run

img_1623With Glenn Mundo

img_1620With my esposo (naputol si Glenn sorry)

Suddenly I felt that I had to go, my stomach is not cooperating with me! Argh!Β  So I had to go to comfort room to have a little private time and yes it was a success. πŸ™‚ It had been a relief for me thinking that it might make my performance bad.

The announcer said that the 10K runners would be the first to go and 10minutes after would be the 20K runners turn. At exactly 6AM, we the 10K runners were given the BANG! All set, it was still dark when we left off, there were a lot of things going through my mind. I was really anxious of this run, I was praying that God would keep me safe, and that I finish this race safely. SAFETY was the one thing on my mind that kept me compose. Sure I want to finish with a good time, but HEY! if I had to walk, I will walk. No one is stopping me. πŸ™‚ I’ve given myself this goal of 1hour 30minutes for me to finish this trail race, my own PR for a 10K run is 1hour 13minutes which was when I ran in the KOTR. If this is a trail my personal goal would be decent enough, I guess.

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img_1632My esposo who finished in 1hour 54minutes for his 20K

My esposo, one of the 20K runners was able to catch up with me in the 3K+ mark, he sure is fast. Our training at the Mt. Sto. Tomas and at the Shotgun Trail really paid off. I didn’t had a hard time during the course, but of course there where time that I was about to trip but got back on my feet again and some grass twisted on my shoes and wind up pulling my foot.

The hardest part of the route…..

When we reach the RAVINE, all I can say to myself was OMG! It was a good thing that it was not muddy, but it was still slippery due to soil, the rope that the organizers put was a good help. But I was blessed by this guy ( he was wearing a black shorts and the TNF singlet, he has a curly hair) who helped me while going down the ravine, I didn’t got his name but he was a tremendous help. God bless him indeed. Then came the bridge… (wala lang, hehehe).

After the ravine was the uphill run, I was mostly walking during this course of run. I was enjoying the view of the place. When we got to the road, I was relieved, thinking that the it was almost over. I really pushed myself during this time, and when I looked at my stopwatch it was 1hour 19minutes past the starting time, I can still finish earlier than my goal time. When I saw the intersection on KM9+, I dashed to the finish line. The organizers where before the finish line to give us a high five, I can hear the crowd who finished earlier clapping at me :D. It was a nice feeling and after thaat all I can say was PRAISE GOD! Praise God that it was over, Praise God that I’m safe, Praise God for my good finish time of 1hour 26minutes. Woohoo! I’m really so glad.

My esposo finished his 20K with a very decent time of 1hour 54minutes, he was 15 overall the 20K runners. We didn’t finish the program for we had to go home early. So we really don’t know it my esposo had a prize or what. Well, we have to wait on that for now.

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img_1639After the race, medyo hilo ako dyan gawa ng yoghurt na kinain ko 😦

img_1648After the race, goofing around