RUN DMD

I run…therefore I am


2 Comments

The Filivest Endurance Weekend Run: mud, mud and more mud


round and round...

round and round…

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.

minutes before the gun start...Kuliters still in pictorial mode.

minutes before the gun start…Kuliters still in pictorial mode.

another angle, direk?

another angle, direk?

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?

During last Saturday's speed and agility tests at the University of Makati.

During last Saturday’s speed and agility tests at the University of Makati.

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).

Watch out world - Team Kulit is coming!

Watch out world – Team Kulit is coming!

K for Kulit

K for Kulit

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.

When the weather was still refreshing and sweet...

When the weather was still refreshing and sweet…

547497_640242479327962_112263284_n

Team power takes over…

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).581829_10200461156360764_1584498988_n

the end is near...

the end is near…

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.

we are our shoes...

we are our shoes…

1236888_10200461243322938_347073965_n

outdoor shower, anyone?

the thrill of it all...

the thrill of it all…

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


1 Comment

Endurance Run: A True Test on Patience and Perseverance


Here’s a thought:  How many 3.2KM loops can you do in 12 hours?  If you can do 42KMs in 5 hours, can you finish 84KMs in 12 hours or around (26) 3.2KM loops?  Can you still have the patience to maintain almost the same pace from 6 am to 6 pm?  Will it be by foot or by bike?  Welcome to the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2013 Race…

Come September 14 (Sat.), participants will course will run through the hills, trails and paved roads of Filinvest City – a 3.2-km route.  The next day (September 15), participants for the bike category will pedal through the same route, again, from 6 am to 6 pm.

Untitled

Check this out…

The Race : 12 hr Trail Run

When: September 14, 6am to 6pm

Expected number of racers: 300-500 pax

Categories

Men

16-19 years old

20-29 years old

30-39 years old

40-49 years old

50 years old and above

Women

16-19 years old

20-29 years old

30-39 years old

40-49 years old

50 years old and above

Image

The Race : 12 hr MTB Race

When: September 15, 6am to 6pm

Expected number of racers: max of 300

Categories:

All-Men Category – Each team will have three (all men) racers (for amateur and novice racers only)

Mixed Category – Each team will have three (men and women) racers (for amateur and novice racers only)

Solo – Individual category, MEN ONLY (open for professional, amateur and novice racers)

•16-19 years old

•20-29 years old

•30-39 years old

•40-49 years old

•50 years old and above

* A team shall consist of three racers; for the mixed category, at least one member should be female

Image

Registration Fee (RUN)

Early Registration

(Aug 3-17)

Regular Registration

(Aug 18-31)

Late Registration

(Sept 1-8)

P750 P900 P1,200

Registration Fee (BIKE)

Early Registration

(Aug 3-17)

Regular Registration

(Aug 18-31)

Late Registration

(Sept 1-8)

Solo: P800

Team: P2,500

Solo: 1,200

Team: 3,000

Solo: 1,800

Team: 4,000

Registration Sites

The Starting Line Multisport Store

402B Autocluster Bldg. A, Westgate Center, Filinvest City Muntinlupa

Tel No: 828-7679

Cycling Zone

Shell Pacific Gas Station, Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa

809-6763

Velocipede Bike Shop

Unit B, Royale Place Arcade (Beside Ever Gotesco Commonwealth)

Tel No: 351-8488

Bike King

Bonifacio High Street ,

Tel. No: 856-3362

Secondwind Running Store

88 Malingap Street, Teachers Village QC;

Tel No: 238-4005

Unit 3A, Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas, Pasig City;

Tel No: 914-0283

Unit GS 107 G-Strip Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan

Tel No: 945-7850

Awards and Prizes

RUN

•Top 3 in Overall Men and Women shall be awarded with cash prizes and medals;

•Top 3 per age group shall be awarded with receive medals

BIKE

•Top 3 in All-Men, Mixed, and Overall Solo categories shall be awarded with cash prizes and medals;

•Top 3 per age group in Solo category shall be awarded with receive medals