As I said before, I really do not have concrete outdoor adventure plans for 2012 except the two that had been planned even before the year 2011 ends, HK100 which I already made arrangements even before I leave for my major expedition last year and Mt. Fuji Skyrace. When I return from my trip, I know I have to practice for my ultra race, but really I find it difficult to go back to the road or trail. I force myself to do few runs but I know it will not be enough. One move that I do, once again, is sign up myself again to a full marathon, sounds crazy with very less training runs weeks prior to this race, but I think I have to do it to force myself to train. I haven't been able to join this race anyway, so I might as well enjoy it.
The race started few minutes past 4:30am, there were only few full marathon runners. I said I will just take it slowly, this will be my LSD (long slow distance run). So I just really take it easy. We start from Remy Field along the stretch of the road that leads to the airport, still with buildings and structures. Until the road leads to the forest. It's still dark but I can see tall big trees, I can hear the sound of the bats going back to their trees as the dusk almost break. The road is an uphill downhill terrain, a not so friendly to a full marathon road running but I love it, I just think this is a good training for our ultra marathon. As the sun is out and sunny, I am still on the forested part, I am running with so much joy, I just love the beautiful green view all around me, as far as my eyes can see. And I savor the fresh air, something I do not experience running in the city.
Food Consumed on this race:
sip water in each water station
1 pack of Gu Chumps
1 pack of Gu Energy gel
5 pcs of Argentinian Chewy Candy
5 slices of banana
lots of cookies serve in two stations