A day to remember at Shotgun Trail

January 14, 2009

Yesterday was run at the UP Oval again.

For today……

It was 3PM when my esposo and I left the house to go to Timberland. As he promised we would run on trail so that I would be conditioned for the event on Sunday. It was a good thing that there was no traffic so we reach the place in less than an hour. We took the route from Commonwealth, Batasan, Montalband. It was a fine day for a run.

We parked beside Aling Tina’s store but it was not open. My esposo said that it usually opens during weekday where there a lot of bikers and runner going to Timberland. We run on the road which is approximately 1.8K. I thought that we would be running in Timberland Heights only to know that we would be running what most of the bikers call the “Shotgun Trail”. I was literally panting and crying for help and I thought that I would die ( 😉 drama). My knees were so weak to go further but I had to push trough. It’s my training, remember.

shotgun-trailThis photo was courtesy of ratbugasmati69 of motorcyclephilippines.com, I forgot to bring my camera and my cellphone’s image quality is not that good.

I was walking/running/walking/walking/walking/running/walking/walking/walking and walking. I had to gasp for air because the weather there was cold and windy. The dust from the mountain would blew so I had to bow my head so that my cap would cover my eyes. I think the slopes there were about 60 or 70 degrees, just imagine how hard it was.

And my favorite part of the run was going downhill. But of course I had to be very careful cause I might slip and injure myself.  My feet had to act as a brake for I  might roll down (hahahaha). Because of that I had blisters on both of my feet.

I felt good after the 12K run and I think that I’m ready for the TNF Challenge. We finish the run in 1hour 30+ minutes. For tomorrow, we will be running in The Fort, I’m planning on running 10K. This week is really a run-full week. Yehey!

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My esposo just had a bike ride there last Saturday together with his group and he also had a hard time pedalling while going up the mountain, here are some of their picture from their ride.

33atshotgunBiker having a hard time climbing

21atshotgunMy very energetic esposo and on always on the go

30atshotgunView from the top

Maybe you should try it sometime. 🙂

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Trail Run on Mt. Sto. Tomas (Benguet)

January 2, 2009

Yes to trail

Off to my trail!

Woke up early this morning to climb up Mt. Sto. Tomas in Tuba, Benguet which wikipedia describes it’s topography is “generally characterized by irregular rugged terrain and steep slopes. It is a plateau with several mountain peaks rising from the table land itself. Mount Santo Tomas, the highest peak in the area soars to 2,252 meters above sea level.” It was a gruesome ordeal for me for the temperature was so cold and the air is so crisp that it was so hard to breath.

Overlooking Baguio City

Overlooking Baguio City

Mountain Kiss

God is awesome!

KM 257

Mt. Sto. Tomas

Pat and RG on the go

It was a run/walk trail for me, the road was rugged and steep. Considering that this is my first trail run it was so hard for me. I did this as a part of my training for the upcoming event this January 18 on Nasugbu, Batangas. I’m having jitters eversince my esposo registered me for the 10K event in The North Face “Thrill of the Trail”. I’m not quite sure if I’m ready for that event that’s why I’m doing everything I can in my power to ready myself. I’m setting my goal of less than 1hour 30minutes for me to finish the race.

Esposo

My energetic esposo (he was able to climb the 4K rugged and steep slope in 34mins.)

Resting at the peak of Mt. Sto. Tomas

just in front of the radar

My esposo, being a native from Baguio City educated me that the road we travelled earlier was called “fire road” which means “a gap in vegetation or other combustible material that acts as a barrier to slow or stop the progress of a wildfire. I was careful enough while running because you’ll never know when you’ll trip on a rock and stumble. I have to stay injury-free for my future runs. During the course of the run, my face and my hands felt numb because of the chilling wind. I have to stop once in a while to gasp for some air. My head even hurt because of the cold temperature.

Downhill

Downhill

Enjoying the trail

Sarap pag downhill na hehehe

Overall the run was priceless for me, it’s my first trail run in Baguio City. I was with my esposo, sister and brother in law. And it is rewarding for me to know that I have accomplished this, being able to run/walk to the highest peak in Benguet. I’ve given myself a pat in the back and it certainly boost my running attitude.

Top of the world

Top rock

Sporty Couple

Here I come

Yehey!