Monday, May 21, 2012

3rd T2N 50K Ultra Race Day Experience

Last Sunday, May 20, 2012, I had my ultramarathon debut at the 3rd Tagaytay to Nasugbu (T2N) 50K Run.

For this 50K debut, I trained since February this year after my second full marathon (42K) at the Condura Skyway Marathon. But after my 45K LSD last April 29, I suffered sore throat, dry cough and colds. A training set back for me, but this did not hindered me to continue. My last 30K LSD last May 13 brought back my colds until May 19.

Before race time, I only managed to have 1:30 hours sleep as my team Rock and Road need to meet up and travel to Tagaytay at 1AM.

While waiting for our race bibs at Picnic Grove
We arrived at the Picnic Grove almost 4AM, we immediately claimed our race bibs. And after some time at the line, we are ready to go!

Still foggy at Tagaytay, around 6AM
Greens at Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway
At around halfway of the 50K course, I suffered over hydration, which I blame to myself. This slowed me down as I felt bloated and heavy.

At past 30K mark, my energy started to diminish and I resorted to buying another bottle of cobra energy drinks at a sari-sari store along the way. I also asked my support to buy some bananas as these will help prevent muscle cramps.

At almost 40K mark, I started to feel the heat of the sun at around 9AM, while my support team was still at the next 5K mark, I bought softdrinks and iced water at the stores along the road.

At past 40K mark, it seemed the road to be endless, I am so grateful that I have our support team which kept on returning back to check on us.

At the finish line in Nasugbu, 11AM
And at 11AM, I finally arrived at the Plaza de Roxas in Nasugbu, Batangas, where the 50K run have its finish line. At the last 500 meters, I pushed myself to pass at least three runners ahead of me, thus making me the 103rd finisher out of 275 finishers. And with official time of 6:30H.

With Bald Runner at the Awarding
Thank you to our TeaM Rock and Road for the great support! Thank you to all other support teams who offered their drinks!

Congrats to my 3rd T2N batchmates! Till next ultra guys!

For the official race results, please click HERE.

For photos by J. Avellanosa Photography, please click HERE.

Photo credits to Team Rock and Road c/o Dennis Lopez and J. Avellanosa Photography

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