Preparing for PAU 65K
This afternoon we will be registering for the PAU (Philippine Association of Ultrarunners) 65 kilometer run which starts at Pasuquin (an hour from Vigan) and ends just a few kilometers before Pagudpud. It’s exactly a month before the big event and training will have to be in high gear, meaning 5 days a week.
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays will be 8.8-km slow jogs. Wednesday will be a long run day – 4.4 km x 3 to 4. Sundays, well they’re reserved for even longer runs which we will be doing with Takbo.ph members. Dave says it’s a lot of steeper climbs than the usual so I’m a little wary if we’re going to survive this one. But this will surely toughen us up on the road to 65k.
Since we have day jobs, we start our runs as early as 4 am just like today. Today, the weather was cool throughout the run and the sun showed its face just minutes into the homestretch.
In the next few days, I will start using new paraphernalia and running gears to test and worn them weeks before they see real action. I plan to purchase the following:
- A cap/hat made of light fabric or some high tech material with front net to cover my face from the sun (very Taliban) and ‘tail’ to shade the back of my neck (very Japanese).
- A white long sleeve top of light material for those ‘high sun’ days.
- New, low-level shoes for near barefoot running.
- Moisture-absorbing socks
- Perhaps, a Garmin forerunner (this one is the most expensive investment I’ll plunk on running)
Other accessories include: fuel belt, camel back (for easy drinking), shades, etc.
The first time we joined our first Ultramarathon last May, we just took that proverbial plunge, unknowing of the conditions we were getting into. Fortunately, we survived it. This time we come well-armed with knowledge (hopefully it’s enough), longer sleep time, kilometers (though July has been quite erratic) and guts. And a positive less competitive attitude, with the main aim to cross the finish line. Hoping to survive this one.