A Thrilling Valentines at Nuvali

February 18, 2010

Usually, a person would celebrate Valentines Day in a romantic way, some would watch movie, eat at a fine-dining restaurant, but most of the runners preferred celebrating it differently. We got up early, laced up our trail shoes, wore our singlet and headed up to Nuvali for the TNF Thrill of the Trail. A trail run on Valentines day is a breathe of fresh air, you get to run in a different environment and it’s trail. It’s not that often that there’s a Trail Race, so why not join it?

Saw Takbo.ph peeps, Mark and Wilnar who also run the 22K course.

22K runners were transferred by bus tho their starting line

I forgot what time our run started but it was still pretty dark, so we traverse the road leading to the trail using our keen eyes not to bump. I think I was running for 2 kilometers when I tipped over a rock and stumble, landing my face flat to the sand. But there are still kind people around us, while most of the runners run past me, there was this one guy who offered his help and told me to take it easy, but I was. Thanks again to Romy Doctolero for helping me. Blessings to you Brother. πŸ™‚

I lost track of how many river crossing we had, but I had fun doing it. At first I was avoiding of getting my shoes wet only to know that I would actually be crossing the river. Safety should always be first when doing a trail run, cause you might get injured if you’re not. The course design my Mr. Neville Manaois and company is the best, and I wouldn’t be thinking twice of joining the race again next year.

Upon crossing the finish line all the girls were given a rose

Erick crossing the finish line after 22K

The race over-all was great, the course is superb, daring and intimidating which have left the runners craving for more. Next trail run is TNF100 at Baguio, will register for the 11K run. See you there. πŸ™‚

With the very energetic Mark who carried Tiffin while crossing the river (Cheesy!)

Erick with Jay Nacino aka Prometheus Cometh and Jason Dela Rama

Will post more picture soon. πŸ˜€

PS:

When I tipped over a rock I didn’t feel the pain right away, just last Monday I couldn’t move my left arm and pain was unbearable and I went to the doctor to have it checked. I experienced swollen muscles and have to take anti-inflammatory medicine for the pain. πŸ˜€



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.

img_1643TNF Thrill of the Trail

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.

img_16291Sa sobrang bilis ko tumakbo, blurred ang kuha ko x)

img_16311Model ng power gel, hehehe

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.

img_1635Mikey entering the finish line

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

img_1648After the race, goofing around