Monday, February 16, 2015

Journey to 42km-- uphill training at Pico de Loro

Pico de Loro!

As part of my LA Marathon (happening March 15, 2015) training, Coach Jackie brought me to Pico de Loro for some uphill training. 

Coach Jackie arranged the packaged trip, which already included transportation and lunch. I just brought two liters of water, trail mix, jello, extra shirts, jacket, hat and sunblock. It was easier to join a packaged tour because everything was prepared already and participants just had to show up in the meeting place. Payment was not bad either at P1,200 per person.

We started the day at 3:30am, arrived at the jump off point by 6:30am (we had three stops to pick up the other hikers going with us), on our way up at around 7am and we were back where we started by 4pm. 

It was a blast! The mountain was such a beauty and the view was breathtaking. I loved the trail-- it was doable for a novice like me. And my husband joined. It was our first climb together, so I will definitely remember Pico de Loro for the rest of my life.

Pico de Loro

Hike just started
Base Camp 1
Very nice dog. He was following us on the trail. 
Pico de Loro-Esay Querubin-Paulo Subido
Camp site
There are sari-sari stores in the camp site. Here was Manong while opening the canned tuna we bought.
We are almost there said the hikers who passed us while we were resting.
The camp site. 20 minutes more to reach the monolith.
Pico de Loro-Esay Querubin-Paulo Subido
Almost at the peak.

Pico de Loro

Mahangin sa taas
Pico de Loro- Esay Querubin
Brave enough

Pico de Loro- Esay Querubin
Enjoying the view

Pico de Loro- Esay Querubin

Pico de Loro- Esay Querubin
I couldn't find a comfortable position on this rock.
I love you, Mother Nature!
Pico de Loro- Paulo Subido

Pico de Loro- Paulo Subido
On the way to the monolith.

Pico de Loro- Paulo Subido-Esay Querubin
That's the monolith on the upper right corner.
Pico de Loro-Esay Querubin
On the monolith.
About to rappel the monolith.
My companions on the monolith.
Back at Base Camp 1 where we ate our lunch.

Pico de Loro-Esay Querubin- Merrell
My reliable pair of Merrell hiking shoes-- like 4X4 vehicles on my feet
Pico de Loro-Esay Querubin-Paulo Subido
We did it! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

How I finished my first 32km strong

I am preparing for the LA Marathon 2015, which is on March 15. 

I have been training on my own since October last year. By December, I was already averaging a total 30 kilometers per week. And my longest continuous distance ran as 2014 closed was 25 kilometers. Month on month I have a target distance to conquer and's 20 miler (32 kilometers) race last January 18 was perfect for my January goal.

My 32 kilometer performance was far better than my 21 and 25 kilometer runs. During the 20+ kilometer races, my game plan was not to stop no matter what. It made me tired half way through and exhausted as I finished the courses. I learned though that my game plan, as a starter long distance runner, could still be improved with a strategy more apt for my level.

My friend, coach Jackie, gave me this very effective program for the 32 kilometer course. 
I brought a copy of this program with me as I ran. I followed everything and before I knew it, I was already on the 31st kilometer. I crossed the finish line strong and with a smile. I even reached my target time of 4 hours and 15 minutes! 

32 kilometer run program

• 1 hour before the race: hydrate with 500ml water
• 15 minutes before the race: eat energy gel
• 10 minutes before the race: warm up

Race proper
• 1 to 5 kilometers: easy pace at 8 to 9 kilometers per hour;
5th kilometer: first hydration. Sip water then rest for 1 minute by walking. For every 3 kilometers from hereon, hydrate by sipping water

• 6 to 10 kilometers: lower the pace to 6 to 8 kilometers per hour;
10th kilometer: eat banana, then rest for 1 minute by walking

• 11 to 15 kilometers: lower the pace to 5 to 7 kilometers per hour;
15th kilometer: re-energize with an energy gel, then rest for 1 minute by walking 

• 16 to 25 kilometers: Galloway method of 4 minutes run, 1 minute walk;
25th kilometer, re-energize with energy gel, then rest for 1 minute by walking

• 26 to 28 kilometers: easy pace at 6 to 7 kilometers per hour

• 29 to 30 kilometers: easy pace at 7 to 9 kilometers per hour

• 30 kilometer: Galloway method of 3 minutes run, 1 minute walk

• 31 kilometer to finish: walk for 2 mins, then run up to finish line

Coach Jackie is now formally coaching me in preparation for the LA Marathon 2015.

After the run in BGC
Very inspiring run! Encountered different kinds of runners: a kid, probably 8 years old; a dad pushing his disabled child on a wheelchair; senior citizens; people trying to lose weight; and people with handicaps.

I registered early, so I got a personalized bib