Bataan 102k Ultramarathon: My Plan And Strategy! (Part 2)

2 04 2009

This coming Saturday, April 4, 2009…I’ll be leaving Pacita San Pedro Laguna at exactly 5am and meet my bosom running buddy Dennis Enriquez, together with his father-in-law, (both of them will also run in the Bataan 102k) somewhere in Espana Sampaloc Manila, for I will hitch a ride with them. I’m so grateful for them  for this kindness and I’m willing to share also whatever expenses we will encounter along the way. (I will feature both of them here soon!)

Our plan is to arrive early in Mariveles Bataan where the km 0 will start at 12 midnight. We will either rest and sleep there in the van or If we could find an affordable inn, we will rent it at least for a day. Good news is, we have a driver…so we will be having a convoy during the entire race. (Yehey!)

Now, my gameplan is plain and simple. Since this is my first ever ultramarathon, there will be no time target for as long as I can finish this race within the cut-off time of 18 hours! I will just feel what it like to be in the ultramarathon, and I will take away any pressure by setting a time target. I must bear in mind that I still have incoming Ultramarathon, a 100k trail run in  Northface Sacobia Clark this coming May 23-24, 2009…there, I will set a time target!

I will be bringing-in with me during the entire race my camera and I will take pictures of those milestones of almost 15 towns that I’m going to conquer. I’m thrilled to subjugate the following towns and their respective barangays:

1) Mariveles Bataan

2) Cabcaban Bataan

3) Limay Bataan

4) Orion Bataan

5) Pilar Bataan

6) Balanga Bataan

7) Abucay Bataan

8) Samal Bataan

9) Orani Bataan

10) Hermosa Bataan

11) Dinalupihan Pampanga

12) Lubao Pampanga

13) Guagua Pampanga

14) Bacolor Pampanga

15) San Fernando Pampanga

Whew!!! 15 different places in one single race. Could anyone beat that?

Depending as the need arises, I will run the entire race in 9-10 minutes per kilometer pace, with 4 times 15 minute rest. (call of nature, breakfast, lunch and time for  prayer).

Upon reaching km 60, I will brisk walk every 5 kilometer for 2-3 minutes as my active recovery.

I will try to smile often (hehehe) during the entire race!

Siesta time? Why not? If I still have enough time (Although I don’t think it’s advisable).

The danger zone in this race is from 12 midnight until 5:30am…Since all of the participants are new to this place,  runners can disturb those “Askals or Asong Kalye” and they can feast on us left and right. I will be bringing not a flashlight, but my “Arnis” for self defense for those strayed dogs. (If only I could scare  them with my karate chop lol)

2 days left…and I’ll be facing one of the biggest monsters in my career as a runner, I’m glad to look in that monster face to face, staring at him defiantly…for I know, with God’s help I can overcome him!

20 years from now, this race will no longer be a hot item as it is today, but I can valiantly tell my own story to my children and grandchildren…that I’m one of the pioneers of the first ever Ultramarathon in our country, and I’m proud to be a part of it!

To all brave runners of Bataan 102, see you there this coming Saturday!

God bless us all!


“Lord, Do not forsake me when my strength fails.” -Psalm 71:9




One response

3 04 2009

The best of luck to you! 🙂 I hope all 82 runners finish, and finish in good shape.

Salaam! 🙂

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