My Trail Love, Alicia

On a morning, I wake up raw in silver-white moon hung
When stars light up my path, then my footsteps become my beat
The mountain dew clasps my whole body
My arms sway left and right, down my legs push and pull
My legs cuddle desperately to witness your beauty
The sun slides and my feet feels insanity
 
On a canvass, a green sceneries starts to appear before me
Of your elusive trails, my body gets heavy and my eyes blur hardly
My feet crumples, and now feel dazedly
The air gets thinner, when your sea of clouds appears
Slowly I see your lucrative beauty

I see bright colors from a luminous light of a good sunrise
Grasping grassland that when two unites, craft a anew
The air whispers in a blady grass
Now is an unordinary, I breathe fresh and so natural
My eyes widen, and superb amazed with your natural beauty
Like a big brothers of chocolate hills
On the other day, tourists would chase and guise on you

The sun goes up in a dry worn trail
A masterpiece by landscape artist,  now my fascination
All clear, all green like a new strange day
Horizon drain of color all are magnificent
The surreal piece is now complete, a pastoral scene
I get,  The Alicia Panoramic Park wholly

Going down is not so easy, damn so lovely
On a lowly trails, I once again unlovely fool by your beauty
On an ordinary river crossing, I become newbie
A thorough  uphill and downhill, I feed my insanity.

I hear the music loud, alone along with muddy trail shoe
Sun heats up strongly, when I see my bottles empty
I remain strong, nearing the main festive park lucky
No whining, I see friends patiently waiting for me
All I hear, cheers and glory
Right at the park, end of my journey
I finished a twenty one kilometer trail race
on that day

 

 

Like you, I am fascinated in running!

So amazing to see people running a marathon. I figured out mostly of them healthier and active. Their passion is bursting like mine. The feeling is great, that’s why I decide to join their roll. Oops, not a decision, but a mere developed fascination.

Of course, there are always rooms for improvement and with that I assess myself in four aspects;

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Distance. How far I can run now without stopping. Am I ready for longer distances? It is always important to grasp your body preparedness for a such thing. It’s not always about honor and pride, it’s about security. Secured to finish such a distance entry.

Pace. How fast I am in a particular distance. For example, I finished a marathon in sub 4 and in recent I wasn’t able, instead my time is longer. This goes pace study which can affect the package, that’s why to improve and or maintain your pace is critical at all times.

Comparison. It’s not worse to compare others. We’re talking about your personal gain. By seeing others finishing earlier than you, it’s an ego. That’s why you need to compare in certain respondents like ages and sexes. But not in a certain level to compare yourself to elites who have trained the hardest, but if you wish too, you can.

Evaluation. At the end of a running event, I summed up my performance. There is only one thing and it’s all about recovery. The faster you recover, the stronger you are, does it means you are in a right track. Training is an essential not a basic. And note, it is always advise to eat a full meal. A multi-nutrients that will help your energy regain. Choose your food intake wisely.

Bet on your 41st Milo Marathon’s King and Queen!

Who do you think, this year’s Milo Marathon King and Queen? Would Jeson Agravante and Mary Joy Tabal still defend their throne?

Regional and Manila Qualifiers. The best time recorded for female category was in Urdaneta Leg by Christabel Martes (1:23:45) while males’ best was in Cagayan de Oro Leg by Gerald Zadala with 1:12:42. Both raced 21 kilometer to qualify the 42 kilometer finale.

Manila Qualifiers. The best time in 42 kilometer run was recorded by Cinderella Lorenzo with 3:15:50 for female category while males’ best by Rafael Pescos with 2:38:27. Both raced 42 kilometer to qualify 42 kilometer finale.

Milo Manila Qualifiers

Records. Jeson Agravante and Mary Joy Tabal topped last year’s 40th National Milo Marathon in Iloilo with 2:35:13 and 2:47:49 time respectively. While open category grabbed Kenyan nationals, Josphat Kiptanui Too Chobei with 02:22:13 and Elizabeth Chepkanan Rumokol with 02:41:55.

Below are top ten runners from regional qualifying races. These names on the list might be our champion, and who knows? For complete race results, please check their website.

Milo Qualifiers 2017

Best of luck!, again who do you think this year’s King and Queen?

 

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PCG Officer Vico Librilla, in PHL longest footraces

PCG officer Ludovico “Vico” Librilla Jr, an officer enforces law on waters, safeguards and protects seas and properties but no less a ruler and conqueror of Philippine road’s longest ultramarathon events.

BBG Manila based ultra-runner and proud Ilonggo is a member of Team CARE Runners. To date, he holds at least hard earned gold, silver, bronze buckles. The latest is his 3rd Cebu Northwest 100 Miles Ultra.

Librilla in GOA with RD Jovenal “BR” Narcise

Waving seas to road. 39  year old Librilla has been active in ultramarathon despite of his hectic shedule. Being in the Philippine Coast Guard, requires physical and mental fit and to mention, he is the first and only PCG officer to have finished an ultramarathon distances ranging 160 to 342 kilometers.

3rd Cebu Northwest 100 Miles Ultra
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Buckle collection as of October 2017

In the platform. He was named over-all champion of  this year’s Manila to Baguio 250 Kilometer Ultramarathon. With 24 pursuers in Rizal Park  Baguio City, he officially clocked 43 hours 3 minutes and 49 seconds. In August 2016, he was also champion of PAU’s 3rd West Coast 200 Kilometer Ultramarathon, of 23 finishers he clocked 35 hours and 34 minutes and 21 seconds at the finish line in Alaminos, Panganisan. More than that, he landed podium places in various ultra running events.

1st Butuan-Davao (DU300) Ultra Race
2nd Cebu Southwest 210km Ultra Race
3rd Manila -Daet 342km Ultra Race

There’s no reason to skip. This year, Vico had attended country’s longest ultramarathon races. All strong finished. June, when he vyed Visayas’ longest foot race through 2nd Cebu Southwest 210 kilometer Ultramarathon. August, when he finished Mindanao longest foot race from Butuan City to Davao City through DUC300, a jaw dropping distance of 300 kilometers. And on November, when he successfully conquered Luzon’s and country’s toughest and longest ultra through 3rd Manila to Daet 342 kilometer ultramarathon.

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To inspire others. Being in the flatform it’s a goal of him to inspire others especially his comrades in PCG. Whatever inclusions are, all are hard earned through tough training. He inspires all by saying slowly but surely which made him successful strong finisher in all races.

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Meet him in person,  he is a good friend. For sure you will enjoy his company. He has a sense of humor enough to bring you off out of place. With his 28 ultramarathon records, plus marathon and fun run attendances genuinely deserved a man to follow and get inspiration from his ultra running journeys.

 

In Case You Missed, DASAL 2017 and TTD70 Season 4 Results

In case you missed it.These annual racing events were both held in Davao City. Datu Salumay Invitational Trail Run, rebranded as DASAL was hosted by TDR-TBUM Habcore Events and was held in Marilog District while TTD70 Season 4 Ultramarathon was hosted by Team Titans of Davao and held in Victoria Plaza, Bajada.

Jonathan Pido of Team PNP was declared overall champion with his 7 hours and 43 seconds official time. While Azenith Balbutin of Sugar Trail Ultra Runners named female champion with her official time of 9 hours 44 minutes and 5 seconds. These champions are both finishers of DUC300 last August.

DASAL On the other hand, Ariel Nguho blazed trail 42 km category this year. He wrapped up the finish line with 6 hours 17 minutes and 15 seconds. While his counterpart Nyl Mamugay, recently won Habagat Cebu Trail Run gave a back to back champion woth her pursued time of 9 hours 2 minutes and 1 second.

Podium results below courtesy of Race Director, Sir Franklin Pepito.

Both events are taking place yearly. DASAL 2018 is already on November 11. While TTD70 Season 5 is yet to determine.

Hardcores to feast Cebu Northwest on Nov 18

Jake Soriano, a well attended ultra runners from Cagayan de Oro City

At least 45 ultra runners from all over the country are gobbling Northwest Roads for the 3rd edition of Cebu Northwest 100 Miles Ultramarathon this November 18-19.

A staunching foot race presented by Hardcore Events is one of the longest ultra race, which is next to Cebu Southwest 210K Ultramarathon which concluded mid this year.

The event will kick off at Daanbantayan Municipal Hall, and will pass through Central Nautical Highway of Medellin all the way to Northwest Roads of San Remegio to Balamban Cebu Transcentral Highway wrapping up 160 kilometer point at Plaza Independencia, Cebu City on November 19, 10 AM.

Elusive buckles and trophy awaits all pursuers. Aside from it, all runners are also entitled for “Dog Tag” especially made with runner’s name engraved on it. Event tees and other inclusions are also expected.

Mr. Edwin Colina, race director of the Hardcore Events is giving out hooded jacket and personalized shirt to Grand Slam finishers and Hall of Famer whom completed 900 and 530 kilometers from past editions of Cebu Southwest 210K Ultramarathon and Cebu Northwest 100 Miles Ultramarathon.

Hardcore Events is currently brewing another hardcore challenge through East Coast 100 Miles which is yet to finalize very soon.

Meet your first woman to finish 342 Km in PH Longest Ultra

Roselle Abajao (2)
Photo Credit: (Judith Staples)

Manila-based Roselle Abajo of Team Soleus successfully completed the country’s toughest and longest ultramarathon race on November 1st. As the only female of 10 runners, she now holds the record as lone female warrior to have finished the race. Having it finished in 7th place, she was awarded a Bronze fin buckle based on categorical  official time,  a finisher’s medal and trophy. 

The 3rd Manila-Daet (Bicol) 342km Endurance Race 2017 was joined by only tough ones represented by ultra runners across the country. At 10:20 evening October 28th the race kicked off at Rizal Park in Manila panning Philippine Highways all the way to Bantayog Shrine in Daet, Camarines Sur.

Roselle has been active in ultra running since 2011. She joined to prove her mental toughness and physical strength. That running a long distance isn’t only for boys but for girls too. She is personally advocating to woman empowerment though sports as she is wanting to be an inspiration by others. She continues attending races to develop her skills in athletics and become a better one.

Though she is a mother of two and full time employee, she is securing not to remiss with all her responsibilities. On weekends, she spared herself to various training programs. 

She has been pride of BBG community , since most of her ultra races were podiums. A week ago, she made herself in the podium stage by finishing 1st runner up for female category in recent Island of Catanduanes Ultramarathon (ICUM) for 50k category.

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The tough ten with RD Rodell Mendoza (center) at the starting line pose. Photo Credit Haven Laborde

By finishing the said race, it is only a proof and a validation that she is truly a BBG Superstar and a “mamaw” in the running community.

Now that she finished her long dreamt ultra, she is now setting her good luck in One Cebu’s 550 Kilometer Ultramarathon to be scheduled later.

For more of her stories, follow this link and let your jaw dropped with complete list of achievements, https://teamphildr.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/bbg-superstar-roselle-and-her-buckles/