Surviving the Mapawa Full Trail Marathon 2018

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. – Amy Poehler

This quote speak so much to me as I go back to what I have accomplished recently in the sport I never thought I’d ever venture on. So guess what?! I just finished a FULL Trail Marathon for the second time! This time the preparation was better compared to when I ran my first 42km Trail Marathon last year. Thanks to my team for consistently including weekend LSDs for weeks prior to the race and to Sir Celso Castillo Callo (C3) for helping me out with my training plan and for reminding me most of the time to train! Also for taking the time to have a pep talk with our team RunFree CDO 2 days before the race. We really appreciate your time and learned so much from all your tips that we all took seriously and applied at the race! Some even did your climbing technique stance :D. It all paid off definitely.

Team RunFree CDO – Race day

Pre-race Pep Talk Session with Sir Celso Castillo Callo – Tips, Thrills and Tricks for the Mapawa Trail Marathon – T3 with C3

I wasn’t the fastest, in fact I finished late than my projected time and got to the finish line right on the nick of time. But to make me feel a bit better, it wasn’t just 42km, most of my friends’ tracker read 45km so I guess my time still improved from my last year’s finish. Well anyway, I am not all about stats and recognition. I just wanted to finish strong, injury free, and prove to myself that I can do it! To be honest, I had so much reservations in this race. I wasn’t telling anyone but I was honestly clouded with doubts. Doubt if I can take another round, and doubt if I can finish it on time. I seriously doubted my own strength and ability to endure the race. Indeed, the demons in my mind crept in, nagging, wanting me to just give up without even trying! But what I am thankful for is having a team composed of determined people who does not back out on challenges. That’s why I am saying that the quote above speak so much to me. If it weren’t for the team who took the challenge and inspired one another, I wouldn’t have taken the biggest step to be in that race – the registration! To me, that was the turning point. It left me no choice but to train and prepare.

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Completed 21km Trail Run – Mapawa Trail Series 2018

April 29 – Endurance warriors toe the line at the Mapawa Trail Series’ first leg ready to experience and conquer the challenging trails of Mapawa Nature Park. More than a hundred of excited and dauntless faces showed up at the starting line in Mapawa Nature Park to take on the first longer distance challenge for this year’s Mapawa Trail Series. Though the Mapawa Trail Run have been around for the past 6 years, this is only the 2nd year for the Mapawa Trail Series where the event is composed of 3 legs (1st leg 5km & 21km in April, 2nd leg 10km &42km in July, 3rd leg 15km & the ultra trail marathon 50km in October). I have participated in last year’s series and was aiming to go for grandslam (meaning I had to finish the 3 longer distances per leg) but failed on my ultra50 attempt due to not making it on time in the initial cut-off. That was a tough blow for me and the team, but it gave us valuable lessons which we make sure not to commit this time on our second attempt.

This year, the Mapawa Trail Series made a huge improvement in terms of organizing the event. For one, the medal have improved (though we didn’t receive the finisher’s medal right after the race due to supplier’s non-deliverance of the ordered medals on time) but design-wise and material-wise, it improved a LOT!, and there’s the finishers shirt (we didn’t have one last year) which I love by the way because it made an emphasis on the “TRAIL” finisher on its design at the back. Every runner who crossed that finish line should be proud wearing that finisher’s shirt because what we went through in order to cross that finish line wasn’t a walk in the park. The abundance of water, drinks, and runners foods at every Aid Station was also a great help!

Another great improvement is Mapawa Trail Series teaming up with RaceYaya an online registration portal for runners and a complete race registration management portal for race organizers which made this year’s series very convenient and efficient from registration online, distribution of race kits on promised dates, to claiming of timing chips and registration during the race, tracking each runner, and finally the prompt availability of the race results allowing the runners to evaluate their trail run race performance. Shoutout to RaceYaya’s staff for a great job at the event – and being friendly and accommodating to the trail runners on the side.

Crossing the finish line! My second 21km trail run finish. My second time but why was  I still emotional? It didn’t actually show because I am so good at hiding but deep inside I am screamingggg damn! that was tough!

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5 Cycling Tips to Help Stay Cool During the Summer

Let’s Face It – Summers are best time for going on cycling especially if you have friends to company you. But to get the best feeling, you need to plan things, carefully. These are some of the best tips to stay cool & energetic while cycling during the summers —


Get up early – Yep, during the summers, the days are longer and you can get the favorable temperature and lightening, early in the mornings. Navigating at evening in darkness is not a good idea. Getting up early and to ride will become the most exciting part of your day.

On a really hot day, try to go for cycling before 8 a.m., when the index of UV rays is at its lowest. The evenings on a hot day do not offer a very pleasant temperature for cycling. Therefore getting up early in the morning is the best time to go for cycling.

Go slow – Don’t make the most common mistake that all cyclists do, that is riding as fast as possible. During winters, riding fast helps in keeping you warm but during summers, you must slow down your pace.  Try to reduce the effort length, it helps in regulating a healthy heart rate and you can enjoy a better cycling experience like this, during summers. You can buy a customize bike which can be personalized according to your age, fitness level and use.

Buy best bikes & wear right clothes and accessories – the bike you are using and the stuff you are wearing can make a huge difference in your performance. Always buy bikes after complete research and study, for ladies, women beach cruisers are said to be best ones available in the market, today. Talking about clothes, you can buy the zip jerseys to allow release of heat. For protection, you can even use a helmet with more vents for summers.

beach cruiser

Stay wet – Evaporation is a great way to keep body cool. So, you can pour some water on your body to lower down your body temperature to help the process of evaporation. You can splash water on your chest, shoulders and neck to allow the wind to create a cooling affect on your body while you ride on your bikes.

Stay hydrated – Instead of carrying water, you can have a bottle of health drink with sodium & potassium in it to ensure that you stay hydrated during cycling and workouts. After every half an hour, you can stop at regular intervals to consume the drinks.

Thus, these are some of the best cycling tips to keep you cool during the summers. One of the most important things is to plan a safe and pleasant route for cycling. Choosing a area with properly shaded cycle lanes is a good idea. Try to keep yourself away from the roads and cycle in a lane where limited or no sun rays are found. You must use good tail light and headlight to stay visible while riding, hope, these tips will render you with the coolest cycling experience during the summers.

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