Upon returning in Manila and having gotten into my normal daily routine it was eminent to come up with short term goals/plans for the remainder of the year to put reason and purpose for my daily training which is essential to sustain the enthusiasm in running/race walking.
Two forthcoming races has drawn my attention “The All Terra King Of The Mountain 10K Trail Run” scheduled for 13Jun09 at Timberland Heights San Mateo Rizal and “The Men’s Health All-Terrain Race 15K Trail Run” scheduled for 21Jun09 at Sta Elena, Sta Rosa Laguna. Organizers of both events have billed their respective trail Run as “best for beginners”.
I have never experienced “trail running” before and to put spice into my daily training routine I told myself “why not?”. There is always a first time and the only way to find out if “trail running” will be to my liking is to experience, immerse myself in the mud and try the hill climbs. Having mustered the will and decision to try the sport, I met with Coach Saturnino Salazar and my race walker friends Christian Dalida and Milbert Nabuab and invited them to join me on my initial trail run, all of whom were very supportive of this endeavour and will join me on my very first trail run. Last Sunday, 7Jun09, I went to ROX to register for “The All Terra King Of The Mountain 10K Trail Run”. Officially it is now a “go”.
In running the “shoes” as I have continuously blogged could be your “best friend” or your “worst enemy”. Running shoes for trail running is very different from road running or race walking shoes. As such, the first order of the day was to get myself a “trail running shoes”. I was at first contemplating on using my old running shoes, but, after reading a substantial number of reference articles in the web with respect to trail running, I finally decided to invest on a pair of trail running shoes, otherwise, I might just injure myself and or lose interest even before getting into the real action. However, I told myself to limit my required gears in trail running to the shoes and for all others gears to just make do of what I can find in my closet. At least should the sport be not to my liking, it is only the cost of the shoes that could have gotten into waste.
For those who are also interested to try “trail running” I would recommend that you visit the following link which shall be able to provide you with essential beginners information on the subject of trail running.
As for what is stored ahead to be experienced at “The King Of The Mountain 10K Trail Run” please check on the photos and notes provided by Second Wind Running Store;
Meantime, I shall keep you posted on how I did on my very first trail run. By the way, should there be any readers out there who are experienced in trail running, I am open to your wise inputs and suggestions.