So here I am ensconced in the warm confines of my bedroom for the whole day, taking lots of liquid, fruits and rest. I’m not one you can herd off for one whole day but the body weakness and sore throat plus some chills told me it was time to take a break.
The week before was practically like this except that we had to go through a 3.1-KM trail loop from 6AM to 6PM. Easy, eh? Now factor in some drizzles deteriorating into a typhoon-like shower by midday then we have one muddy testy trail to conquer over and over. Now this one should have brought me down right away, instead of an hour of rain run last Saturday (with the Milo R2 Apex group), right?
Anyway what helped us survive the ordeal was our strong support (the indefatigable team of Paz & Van) and the spirit of Team Kulit composed of Dave, Chinky, Sheila, Reylynne and me. It was also the debut of our tantalizingly fluorescent team shirt (still comfy after going through the ravages of sweat, rain and heat).
So the first few loops were a breeze and I was bouncing around, totally enjoying my most-missed trails. By the time I finished 21KMs (around 7 loops), it was just a little over 2 hours. Now if I could do this for 12 hours – I could bank 120KMs! That was wishful thinking, of course (cue in cousin Balki: “Don’t be ridiculouuus”) for after a mild comforting spray from the sky at the start of KM 15, a full blown shower had begun. Disappearing a little only to rain again and again on our parade. By the time I finished a full marathon distance, it was way over 5 hours and the left knee had started complain from all the balancing along the mushy, slippery trail.
I love to call it Molested Earth (in Filipino it’s more organic – nilapastanganang lupa) for after so many rounds by the 70 or so runners, there was no more trail to speak off. I had to search for some virgin, untrampled grassy areas to keep me going (except that they’re usually tilted).
The last 5 loops had me walking, avoiding mud puddles and newly-formed waterways. Soon enough, one had no choice but to walk through mud, water and unstable earth. On the final 2 loops, Team Kulit (all frustrated and ready to call it quits) banded together to lift our sagging spirits and had a most fun walk, peppered with stories circling on National Security and the gross domestic product. After 10 hours, we finally hanged our muddied shoes and took our podium pose. So it’s a total of 20 rounds or 62KMs in one Saturday. Not bad for a weekend.
Special thanks go out to the Filinvest Group (Ms. Rula Gongora) for the opportunity to test my patience and persistence in this Weekend Run at the burgeoning city of Filinvest.
Photography by Maripaz Buban and Van Denn Cruz