Just as I was bouncing back from a holiday of all eat no run, I caught a bug that sidelined me another month which meant more added poundage to my already expanding gut.
I figured a nice comeback would be a return to the hills of Sierra Madre. A rolling, weaving stretch of hilly highway my running friends and I used to pass through years ago during our heyday of long distance running. With zero training for a whole month, my body has basically gone back to zero too, both in physical ability and shape. But here went nothing.
Hands down to the organizers for a race brimming with uphills and more uphills. I’ve run these roads many times before but I don’t remember it being this tough. I coasted through the downhills but the climbs up took so much of me all I could do was practically drag myself. I almost passed out at the last water station. Good thing there was a store a hundred meters away. My body needed solid food and a shot of sugary drink,just enough to get me to the finish.
The climb up to finish took it’s toll on me. It’s not easy beating your body by running a half-mary without any preparation whatsoever. I do not recommend it.
But having Lori award me a finisher’s medal…
…and seeing the Kamote girls at the finish line was award in itself.
The race took a lot from me and it took a long time to finish but it was worth all the pain. It’s always great to be back running again!
What I went through was definitely considered survival!
I got a cool medal for my efforts!
The event site maybe a little lout of the way but for those tired of the usual routes, it’s a perfect location to test your legs especially if you’re used to flat surfaces. The inclines will give your thighs and glutes so much workout you’ll scream.
Ten Cents to Heaven was a good base to hold the start and finish with enough amenities to cater to the relatively intimate-sized crowd.
Because the area is a favorite of motorbikers and sports car drivers, it felt safe knowing there were plenty of marshalls managing both sides of the road.
Great job to Rundevouz, Itracc & Maxxed for organizing of the toughest races I’ve joined.
Thank you to Running Atom and Running Free Manila for making it possible for me and my friend Jing Guerrero to participate.
Congratulations to every one who finished!
Photos courtesy of Running Photographers