Outrun Your Dreams Trail Run

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Team Amihan, in cooperation with Pinoy Trails and UPNR presents a benefit trial run dubbed as “Outrun your Dreams” trail run.  Outrun your Dreams aims to help our dear running friends Noy and Felmer to raise funds for their Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) quest. Ultra Trail du Mon Blanc is the most prestigious trail running race that will be held on August at Chamonix, France.  UTMB is tagged as Olympics of trail running where trail runners from around the world will compete and run the challenging course in the Alps.  The trail route encompasses the 174km of trails covering 3 countries – France, Italy and Switzerland.  It is the ultimate dream race to trail runners like Noy and Felmer which have been training for years for this prestigious race.  Each have impressive achievements and we can say that they are ready for making our country proud.


You can be part of their journey by joining the benefit trail run – Outrun your Dreams Trail Run will be held on May 27, 2018 at Wawa Covered Court, San Mateo, Rizal.  Be amazed with the beautiful scenery of Mount Ayaas and Mount Parawagan.

There will be 3 categories that will cater both newbies and seasoned runners.  There will also be a 2-km run for kids while newbie runners can choose between 6k or 10k route, and the experienced ones can opt to choose the 21k route.

Here are the details:

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  • 2k kids – P300 (Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Raffle stub, Sponsors Item)
  • 6k – P700 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal, Raffle stub, Sponsors Item)
  • 10k – P800 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal, Raffle stub, Sponsors Item)
  • 22k – P1000 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal, Raffle stub, Sponsors Item)

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  • May 27, 2018 at the start area starting 2 am



  • Bank Deposit:
    • BPI Account #: 2569-17-8935
    • Account Name: Maria Vicenta Gado
  • Email the deposit slip to outruntrailrun@gmail.comwith below details.
    • Subject Title: “Outrun Trail Run Registration”
      • Name of Runner:
      • Team:
      • Gender:
      • Birth date:
      • Distance Category:
      • Shirt Size: (See Shirt Size chart above)
    • You will be receiving an email confirming your registration within 3 business days.


  • UPNR Training – Every Tuesday and Thursday 7pm to 9pm at UP Science Complex
  • (Note: Send SMS first to Ms. Avhic Gado at 09368073951 before going to UP Diliman)

For more details, visit the following link:

So what are you waiting for?… TARALETS GUYS!



Soleus Cross Country Challenge 3

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Are you a newbie in trail running?  No worries, Soleus Cross Country Challenge 3 is one of the newbie-friendly trail race.  It offers the perfect view of Sierra Madre Mountain Range from Mount Sinai.  It also offers different categories that will suit each and every trail runner goal.  If you want fun and sweet trail, 8K category is for you while wet and wild adventure will be offered by the 12k category, but if you want a more challenging route, try their 21k category that will traverse from Mount Sinai to Casile to Inigan  with 500 steps and back to Mount Sinai.  The event will be held on July 1, 2018 at Mount Sinai, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal.

Excited already?… Here are the details:


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This is event is made possible by the following:



I did enjoy last year’s event and will surely enjoy this year’s Soleus Cross Country Challenge 3.

So what are you waiting for?… TARALETS!



STAR Trail Challenge 2017


Pinoy Trails and Be Trail Ready brings you STAR Trail Challenge 2017 on December 10, 2017 at Tanay Adventure Camp.  Formerly known as Sierra Trail Adventure Race (STAR), the 2017 edition brings the STAR in you as you navigate the rolling trails of Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal starting at Tanay Adventure Camp while your eyes get feasted on the scenic Sierra Madre Mountain Range.

Experience the beauty of Tanay Rizal, the trails, falls, river… I tell you, I’ve been there and it always mesmerize me.

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There’s a STAR in all of you from the newbies, experienced, elites and even the kids with the different distances and categories.

  • 8K
  • 12K
  • 21K
  • Kids Race

It’s time to be a STAR in December as you enjoy the jovial mood and the cooler climate of Tanay with a full range of dirt surfaces to explore.

Race Details:

  • Date: December 10, 2017
  • Venue: Tanay Adventure Camp, Sampaloc, Tanay, Tizal
  • Distance: 8K, 12K, 21K, Kids Race
  • Fees
    • 8K – P800
    • 12K – P900
    • 21K – P1,100)
    • Kids Race (1.5K 5-8 Years old) – P500
  • Inclusions
    • Event Shirt
    • Bib
    • Finisher Medal
    • Loot Bag
    • Entrance to Tanay Adventure Camp
    • Environmental Fee

So what are you waiting for?.. TARALETS GUYS!

Race Updates:

  • Facebook Event Page: Pinoy Trails STAR 2017
  • Facebook Page: Pinoy Trails
  • Facebook Page: BTR – Be Trail Ready
  • Website: http://www.pinoytrails.com

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Breaking in the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit at the Nike Epic Run


Last July 16, 2016, I was invited to test the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit in a more longer distance – 10K at Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.  We arrived around 4pm in Nuvali Park and then there I readily change my shoe gear into Nike LunarEpic Flyknit.  So many runners are very excited to try the new running shoes, excited taking photos, and excited to run with them.


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And off we go

I told my blogger friend Dennis to join the 7:00 min/km pace group as I was sick 2 weeks ago and wasn’t able to run due to weakness, and I want to really feel the shoes.

I was right with my decision. as we are traversing the Nuvali Park, we were surprised to be directed to make a left turn, away from the main road.  OMG!  I was not informed! It was a trail run!.. hahaha…

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It was my first time to run at the trails of Nuvali.  The route is not that challenging but we had hard time traversing it as it was a bit slippery as there as been some periodic rain showers at that time; but nonetheless, the view is amazingly beautiful.

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loving these photos, thank you Nike 


With the whole NRC gang

My verdict

When I ran the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit first in a 5K run at NRC in BGC, I find the shoe lightweight and comfortable but a little bit bouncy which is good for me.  The uppers are soft and breathable.  It has enough ankle support.  The feeling is also the same when I ran for a 10-km trail route, though a bit slippery.  I think the sole was not made for trail running; moreover, it was conceptualized for a secure and a smooth ride along the road.   Nonetheless, my usual concerns in trying out new running shoes like – am I experiencing arch pain, heel pain or numbness in my 4th and 5th toes?  Happily, I didn’t feel anything off.  The Nike LunarEpic Flyknit jive with my feet, but I still have to try it in a longer distance as I usually join longer races.  I still have to test it under the rain; do they soak and feel heavy if they get wet and got blisters?  Do they still feel lightweight and cushiony at 32-km and above running?  Nonetheless, I enjoy running with them.  I will update you for my next running adventure with the new Nike Lunar Epic Flyknit running shoes.

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For details regarding the Nike Lunar Epic Flyknit running shoes, read here.

For Nike+ Run Club Manila details, you can read it here.

Land of lost.. my first trail run

Last Wednesday, June 11, while I was procrastinating about my unwanted work schedule (no weekend off!.. imagine that!), my running buddy, Ino Lao, called me and ask me if I want to join them in trail running at La Mesa Eco Park on Thursday, July 12 (Independence Day).  At first I was so excited to say yes as I have never tried trail running before but when he told me that the group consists of his ultramarathoner  and triathlete friends, one thing crossed my mind immediately… “Oh my, they are too strong and fast.  I think I cannot catch up with them”… So I declined.  After few hours, my running buddy called again convincing me to join and of course he won, always!

WHAT:  Train running

WHEN:  Independence Day

WHERE:  La Mesa Eco Park

MEETING PLACE:  Every Nation Building

TIME: 4:00 am



Independence Day

As agreed, we all met at 4 am in our rendezvous. All of us are too excited for our adventure that we arrived at the venue early. The park will be opened at 6 am but the rangers and guards let us in only up to the parking area.  While waiting for the park to open, we went up the Tower one which was situated at the parking area.  Atop the tower was breathtaking… a sunrise view with beautiful Cumulus clouds over the mountain.  I was so disappointed that I forgot to bring my camera with me (WHAT?!… in a nature park without a camera?!! <facepalm>).

6:00 am

Before we start, there are some planning and briefings about the route chosen, listing and signing of waiver.  As nature park’s protocol, a group should have a guide coming from them and it was Kuya Inggo, a lean medium built man in a Crocs and socks.  Yeah, in a Crocs… the first thing crossed my mind?.. Oh my!  (later you will know why).

Starting line

As our tradition, we always take pictures at the starting line to at least have a decent photo because we know what we would look like after finishing the route… hahaha


Karlo with his friend, Pastor Ferdie, Ino, me and Gerome

And off we go…

We have chosen the red single trail which, as per ranger, consist of trails of pebbles and rocks, less of mud.  The start of the route consists of wet hard soil and some small rocks.  It was a little bit inclined but manageable, with some big and small tree branches lying across the path. It’s like running in an obstacle course, it’s fun though, crossing over and under big tree branches, crossing the bridge made out of small logs, up and down some muddy tracks.  Enjoying that, I realized that my group was leaving me behind.  Asking myself, am I slow as (I was panting already) or they are just fast? and I told myself that I should run faster so I will not left behind but luckily, Pastor Ferdie was on my back as a sweeper.  But of course, we have to keep up as they have the guide, kuya Inggo and we don’t want to get lost.  I keep my eyes on them, at least to their cap or at least a glimpse of their shirt.  As we reached the first cross-road (I think that would be about almost 5K), the group is waiting for us.  I saw them looking at the lake which was so beautiful.

And what would you expect?… Selfie na ‘to!!!

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The  lake was so serene but as we observed that the water  level was low as minimal rain has dropped by in our country for the past few months to fill up the river.


After the selfie, we continue to run as a 5-member group only as Karlo’s friend decided to take a rest back in the car.  As we traversing the sometimes muddy, sometimes rocky, downhill and uphill route, I keep telling myself… “I can do this… I won’t give up”.  I know I can.  I still not suffering from pain or strain or whatsoever.  I am just a little short of breath which is one of the adverse effect of my anti-vertigo medicine I am taking (due to my recent accident), so I knew that is manageable.  I am not too slow, they are just too fast. O yeah, they are so fast. Especially Kuya Inggo and Ino, we always lost sight of them.  In a difficult and muddy route, I think they are in a pace of 5 or 6 mins/km… Gosh! To think Kuya Inggo was only running in Crocs.  Every time we reached the cross-road and saw them waiting for us, I am relieved.  Not because I am afraid to get lost but because we are resting for a while… hahaha…

My little adventure

As we reached I think the half of our planned route, we came across the cross road and they opted to take the downhill route and be back that same route again… OMG!.. the road was so steep. It’s more than 45 degrees inclination and “WE HAVE TO GO BACK THERE?!”  That was not a thought, I blurted it out… hahaha… With pity, Pastor Ferdie and Karlo told me to just stay up to the junction and wait for them but I told them I will try, if ever halfway I realized I can’t, then I’ll go back (‘coz I’m a fighter) but kuya Inggo insisted to just wait them at Tower 3.  He says “basta ma’am kanan ka tapos, diretcho lang, may ranger na dun”.  For clarification I ask “Kuya, turn right lang” (twice).  So when I reached the crossing, as kuya Inggo’s instruction, I turn right.  The path was a little bit muddy but there are fallen dried leaves on the ground, so the road was not that slippery.  As I was traveling along the route, I realized that the place looked untamed like it was seldom visited by runners or bikers.  As I go down deep into the woods, It become creepy.  There are huge, weird rock formations and it started to rain hard. I try to call Ino but my call could not go through as there was no signal. I just sent him a text message.  I started feeling goosebumps, so I decided to go back to where I started and because I came downhill at first, coming back is uphill and I just wish I just join with them because I think the route is the same except my route is muddy.  As I reached the top, I saw rangers and caretakers at the side of the road.  I asked for direction of the Tower 3.  One says “Ma’am kasama nyo po yung bumaba? Nandun na po sila sa Tower 3”.  After thanking them, I ran to their pointed direction and then I saw Karlo and Pastor Ferdie passed by me.  When we reached the Tower 3, I told them what happened and realized that we have a misunderstanding about the direction. Kuya Inggo was telling me that to go straight first then at the right, I will see the Tower 3… hahaha… epic fail! <double facepalm>

To the finish line

As the rain poured while we are running, the route became wet, slippery and muddy.  It’s hard to run in the slipper big rocks but it’s harder to run downhill in a muddy, slippery route.  I tried to step on the branches and grass situated on the side, avoiding the slippery path. Then again I realized the only me and Gerome was left behind and of course, Ino and kuya Inggo was flying.  I visualized them like the “Cullens” of the “Twilight Saga” who went hunting in the forest, chasing a deer for food…gliding, not running…  hahaha

When I saw the sign “To Parking”, I was relieved…  “Yes! malapit na!”  That was I thought, I passed 3 signs like that and still no glimpse of any car or Tower 1 or headquarter or whatsoever… hahaha

As I traversed the rocky path, I came across a group of bikers with one of them is lying across the path, wounded. I think his bike slipped and he fell.  I think they are waiting for first aid personnel to pick him up.  I came across with so many bikers so I thought that I am near the finish line and then again, I’m wrong.

When I saw a water tank, then there I thought “yes! parking lot!!!”  I saw the rest of the group were sitting at the bench, eating egg and banana.  Ino congratulated me for a job well done despite of getting lost… hahaha

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Our after pic… everyone was tired but smiling


one of the muddy path we traveled

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one of the uphill route

Final thought

As my first time to try trail running, I realized that I’ve done 8 half marathons, one 25K, one 32K and 1 full marathon, but a 21k trail running is twice as hard as road running.  It’s like running a marathon but it’s fun and with the breathtaking view… it’s priceless. I will try it again even I will get lost for the second time… hehehe