Where I work, we had a ‘theme for the month’. It’s more like a life and work value that we try to discuss during flag ceremonies and meetings, and apply in our daily responsibilities en route to hitting the company objectives. Last March 2015, our theme was ‘optimism’. One of my colleagues shared that being optimistic is being positive, being prepared and believing that you can achieve something despite any trials encountered.
In my very first attempt to become a trail ultramarathon runner, I tried to become as optimistic as possible because I knew that it will not (and will never ever) be a walk in the park. Yes, I have already finished many ultramarathons, including a 100km event, and all of them are road races. But a trail race is somewhat divergent; it’s a different animal! I set my sights on Cebu50 Trail Ultramarathon held last March 28. I registered as early as January, and tried to whittle down the challenges along the way. My biggest road block was finding the time to train. Time is not my ally, especially during first quarters. I am an accountant by profession, and all accountants can probably relate to my situation. I thought, during that time, I spent 12-16 hours in the office everyday just to finish work!
For short and fast runs, I would sneak in a 30-minute to 1 hour run every 5pm at the office backyard trails, then get back to work again afterwards. I would usually run with some officemates, who are also my Free Runners teammates. Getting the long runs is where I’m having some problem. Because of, maybe, I’m too tired working during weekdays (or maybe, I’m just lazy), I usually don’t feel like running on Sundays. So, to force myself to run long on weekends, I joined marathon events each month – Cebu Marathon (CM 2015) in January, Condura Skyway Marathon (CSM 2015) in February, and Kawasan Falls Marathon (KFM 2015) in March. Had the Runnilla Eco-Trail Marathon pushed through, I would have one on the trails to boost preparation.
CM 2015 and CSM 2015 were treated purely as long run trainings, never forcing myself when fatigue strikes in, finishing at modest times of 05:36:12 and 05:23:43, respectively. The KFM 2015 was my sort of test of overall physical preparedness and I’m glad that I registered a new personal record (PR) of 04:45:52 for road marathons. My run was maximized with the help of Intra Juice. Took two (2) jiggers an hour before the race for some extra energy.
Having done these marathons and a couple of long runs on the trail in the Liloan-Consolacion area, plus a reconnaissance on majority of the Cebu50 route, thanks to Cebu Fat Ass Trail Run 2014 champion Boying Milan, I really felt I’m good to go! I felt I have adequate preparation and a positive mindset. Yeah, I’m optimistic!
My Cebu50 race report in Part 2 of this blog. GOD bless everyone!