Salomon XTrail Run 2015: See you at the trails

Salomon XTrail Run 2015

Salomon XTrail Run 2015

Took me an hour to walk 2 kms of the seashore. I was so glad it was over :) the last 2 kms were a few trails and a road leading to the finish line but my energy was drained. I had to walk a few times with the pressure of making it to the cutoff.

Soon I was running towards the finish line and got my medal for finishing within the time limit.
All the hard work paid off. The race may be difficult but I will definitely do this again :) See you at the trails!

Salomon XTrail Run 2015: Beach sand

Salomon XTrail Run 2015

It’s my first time to run on a beach. The sight of the marker saying “Last 4 KMs” was a relief knowing I am still within the time of cutoff. I was confident for a few minutes then when I started running with my feet getting stuck in the sand. I tried getting my shoes wet by running on water but had to immediately go back to shore when I saw a lot of jellyfish. It was the longest two kilometers of my life. I did not even try run, because it’s pointless and will drain my energy more.

Mt. Batulao 2015: New Trail

Mt. Batulao 2015

We had to take the new trail to finish our training and have our lunch. It was nice to see Mt. Batulao once again and surely will be back soon. We will have a race here in a few weeks too. Bye for now Batulao, I’ll be back. Thank you for unfolding your beauty for us. We are blessed. It’s a great climb and run for me :) Ready for the Salomon XTrail Run in the next few days.

Mt. Batulao 2015: Sunny Morning

Mt. Batulao 2015

It was a sunny morning during our run. I can’t help but pause and take a moment to appreciate this beautiful view :)

It was starting to get hotter as we approached the summit and we need to finish as early as we can. But view, how can you not not stop and look at it? :) Welcome to our playground <3

Mt. Batulao 2015: Old Trail

Mt. Batulao 2015

Since this is a trail run training, I was surprised to see how fast we reached the fork where it will lead to two different trails: the old trail and new trail. A lot has changed since I visited this place a few years ago and almost did not realize that I was already at the fork. We’re taking the old trail first ;)

Pantingan Peak: Time To Run

Pantingan Peak

Our target time to reach the guide’s house: 2 hours :) And we have to run like crazy to make it and wash up then catch the last minibus to travel back to the bus station in Balanga so we can finally go home to our families :) This is a nice way to end our adventurous year. This is my mountain no. 19

Pantingan Peak: 3 Musketeers

Pantingan PeakIt’s just the three of us this time. For a valid reason, one of could not join us in this adventure :( Arrangements with the guide are already made and this trek has been postponed several times due to some unexpected hindrances and conflict of schedules.  We had to push through that weekend and I am glad we did because the next week was the arrival of the typhoon Ruby.

 

Pantingan Peak: Goodbye for Now Pantingan

Pantingan PeakWhat a difference a day makes. Goodbye for now Pantingan Peak, maybe we’ll try once again. It was a pleasure to discover your unique beauty even if we were not able to see most stunning part of it. I am still glad we chose you to be our last climb for the year :) Your good memories will always stay with me. This is still a good climb for me :)