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!
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.
I’m not sure what mountain this is but it definitely is the sight I’ve been looking forward to :) Knowing it’ll just be a few more kilometers then it will be soon be over.
And we’re actually expecting so many of this :) but the heat can really start to get you. It’s a both physical and mental battle.
And we’re back to battle of running the uphills. My shoes are already full of dirt but must continue on to make it to the cutoff time :)
Summer in the Philippines can be really hot, and on race day was one of them. Good thing we have this view to get our minds off the heat at least for a few minutes. I gotta admit that I liked this race for the venue where we got the opportunity to run and see a beautiful side of Bataan :)
I chose to participate in the 24KM Mountain Run category, and I must finish within the cutoff of 5 hours and 30 mins. It was a difficult run as we have to cross a few rivers and battle the uphills but the view is breathtaking :)
April 25, 2015 – The Salomon XTrail Run 2015, the trail run we’ve been preparing ourselves for a year :) Held at Anvaya Cove in Morong, Bataan, this is our revenge run from last year’s DNF. Considered as one of the toughest trail running events, we’ve trained hard and well for this race.
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.
As we reached the summit, we were not surprised to see more runners and mountaineers. As we waited for our fellow runner who took the other trail, we opted to rest and enjoy the our stay there :) Time for photos!
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
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 ;)
April 19, 2015 – Just a few days before Salomon Xtrail Run, we chose to have our training at Mt. Batulao in Batangas. It’s been 3 years since I’ve been here and coming back made me look forward to seeing this beautiful mountain again :)
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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
It’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.
We may not have gotten the clearing at the summit that we hoped for but this still is a beautiful sight to remember :) I am going home with a big smile on my face, happy to spend time with my friends and funny and new memories to share :)
I just realized I was already staring at our next climb 6 months ago :) We’re almost done climbing Bataan’s mountains.
What 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 :)
This leads to the traverse trail of Pantingan. We’re not going there :D Using this trail takes 2 days to reach the summit and a lot harder than the one we already did. See the fog almost covering up the summit. It’s time to go :)