a. For the record, last October 9, 2011, my mileage (or kilometerage) finally reached 3,000 kilometers since I started in November 2008. 2009 totalled 110 kms while 2010 tallied at 931.45 kms. 2011 (when I became more religious in recording my road runs & training) reached more than 2,000 kms. and still counting. It happened at our favorite route – the Marikina to Timberland road. It was memorable since Dave and I brought in fellow Boringers Bong Bernadez, CJ Paran and Keshia Fule. The fellowship and sharing was memorable and the weather was just ideal.
b. Last Oct. 10, I enrolled at the Milo APEX Running School at the QC Circle and I haven’t looked back since. It features a lot of useful lectures, run drills and strengthening exercises under celebrity coach Jim Saret (one charismatic and most helpful being). We have 2-3 hour sessions every Monday & Wednesday followed by our Sat. long runs at the UP which can extend out into Marikina and maybe Rizal. It’s another world of runners, both newbies and semi-veterans like me. Perhaps, it’s the speed runs and recovery drills that jolted me out of my comfort zone. It’s been almost a month and I’m learning to embrace it. Hopefully, this would help me with my NB PowerRun today. (I think it did)…I had less walk breaks and was able to sustain continuous running.
The NB PowerRun 2011 was another first for me. The race at Bonifacio Global City had a rainy start, only diminishing in the final 10 kms for me. I had second thoughts of running this one since I’ve been nursing a cold for a week now but my CDO ultrarun raincoat in the first 5 kms when I was still shivery did wonders and I was able to sustain the continuous run (pacing with Boringer Kokoy in the first 10 kms.). The best thing was: I was able to embrace the rains and make it work to my advantage. Btw, my 21 km time was a 2:07 and my 25 kms. clocked at 2:32.
c. Fellow Boringer Toel (that’s Leo Tugade) signed me up for this November 20’s Aquathlon in Alabang. It features a 5-km run followed by a 300-m swim, culminating in a 1.5-km dash. I’ve just returned to Georgetown for my swim routines hoping to shorten my time for the 300-m laps. Unfortunately, the total immersion technique isn’t really ideal for swim sprints plus all that water entering my nasal cavities and sinuses is enough to result in days of dripping nose and coughing. How this will all turn out on judgement day is up to the gods above…
d. November would be hell month for me. I plan to peak in my total weekly mileage at the last week and eventually taper down when December enters. The last month usually signals the time when clinic works become hectic, gathering and parties abound and my brother Eric and his family from New Zealand will be dropping over. I’m hoping to maintain my Milo APEX schedule up to the 1st week of December, long runs on Sundays and perform satisfactorily during the QC International Marathon (Dec. 4), MILO Marathon Finals (Dec. 18) and hopefully, the Rizal Day Run (Dec. 30). January would be a more relaxed month before BDM 160 (Jan. 28-29) happens. Maybe minor training runs and the Fat Ass (Jan. 7-8).