Keep on Going!
I’ve not been logging my races lately but here is the recap of the events that I’ve joined
- The Naked Marathon
Time: 57 min
Where: Daegu, South Korea
When: January 8, 2017
What Happened – In the middle of winter season where daring yourself out half naked is a challenge. A bit shame because the weather was not really that cold. I had little challenge in running fast because I just came from my Christmas break in the Philippines. Not really bad to start the year with a 10K!
- Run Though the Jungle
Distance 34K (Downgraded to 16K)
Time: 5hrs 34min
When: February 26, 2017
What Happened – It was raining the day we came to Taiwan, a bit flustered due to the weather because we know we’re going to have a challenging race and it turned out really difficult, mud, river crossing, mud, mud, mud… I tried pacing very slow that I didn’t realize that there is a cut off to beat at Km 10 – I was forced to downgrade to 16K so I won’t have a shameful ending. Things eventually turned out well as we all finished safe. The whole experience in Taiwan might not be as awesome as we expected but as the saying goes, when Life throws you lemons, make lemonade.
- Ironman 70.3 Subic
Distance: Half Ironman 1.9K Swim, 90Km Bike, 21Km Run
Time: 8hrs 6min
Where: Subic, Philippines
When: March 12, 2017
What happened – I had a bad feeling about this race due to my sub-standard trainings. I swim less, I bike super less, and run a lot in the mountain… My great friends – The Ong Family helped me out a lot to make my logistics less burdensome.
The swim leg was good… The bike leg was a bit tough as I struggle on a hilly road, and the running leg was, errr, hot but definitely manageable. This is my first 70.3 Ironman race that I have completed in the Philippines as I failed to complete two 70.3 Ironman races in Cebu. Maybe someday.
- Pink Run
Time: 26min 26 seconds
Where: Dadaepo, Busan, South Korea
When: March 19, 2017
What Happened – A race for a cause, I invited some of my running and Toastmasters’ friends to join as the event had quite a friendly atmosphere.
- Busan Ultramarathon
Where: Busan, South Korea
When: March 25-26, 2017
What Happened – Probably the most demoralizing race that I have joined. It has a great course, but the I felt that it lacks preparations. There were not enough ribbons and many of the runners got lost that eventually quit. I did not! I tried working on my way out every single time until I got lost at the summit of Jangsan. I eventually quit the race after finding a trail of my own… I don’t want to blame the organizer entirely on this as we were so complacent that they will provide us enough direction. Probably the next time I join this event, I would need to study the course well…. Yep, That it!