Determined not to be late at this time, I left home an hour earlier than the agreed time to meet Pat making me 30 minutes earlier then proceed to our final meeting place. We are almost an hour earlier too. We just take our time to rest and take turns on taking a nap. When Mia arrive we proceed to our usual route, take a jeep and get down at Puregold San Mateo. We walk to the tricycle station when a car stop few feet ahead of us. It's Mia's running friend Pen. They offered a ride up to Aling Nena's Restaurant, the jump off of our run. Josaw arrive ahead of us with Beth, few minutes after Simon arrived too. Wow, I will be running the group of elite ultra runners, they are the members of the Pinoy Ultra Runners. It's my first time to meet and run with most of them, I just know Josaw and Simon among the eight members.
As the group run further after the compression at the waiting shed, Simon decided to take the single trail downhill away from the rough road. We got divided into two group, one group followed the road while we take the single trail track. It's a downhill uphill trail that crosses the paved road under the trees and beside the bushes. I just love the feeling of going through the a bit muddy trail while pushing a faster pace. At some point I decided to position last of the group. We traversed the Blue Zone until we reached Maarat that goes back to Timberland Clubhouse. Towards the last part, I was already behind few meters from the group, though I am already familiar Simon decided to join with me. I tried to convince him that he can proceed with his pace among the lead of the group and that I am ok for I am already familiar with the place, but he decided to just pace with me. So we just continue with our downhill run until we reached the paved road and the other group is there as well.
It always feels great to be back on the new found playground that I found. I just love the inclined slopes of shotgun even if it is a paved road. And all the more I feel my run is so productive when we enter the trail, with some parts muddy. And we are with the group of elite runners who serve as my inspiration to train and improve on this sport. The group end the great run with a good breakfast at Tropical Hut, me with my favorite, halo halo and pancake. Thank you PUR for a great run. New found running friends. Til next time.
Pictures: Shotgun the Second Time