I have been stalling writing for quite a while but I gotta write about this. After all, this has been my best performance as a runner. Oops! I can’t believe I just called myself a runner. I mean, I’ve just had three legit runs so far. I must be in such a hurry to shed that label ‘mountaineer’ off my skin, mustn’t I? I mean, with all the issues plaguing the cyber mountaineering community of the country, who would want to be identified with mountaineers? This time around, you say one thing about a mountaineering event; it’s an instant hot potato. You drop a line about a climber’s death; you’re on the hot seat. You accidentally drop a wrapper of Choc-nut on the trail; you’re the headline of The Climbers’ Daily. To hell with all these fuss in this chaotic hiking community where everybody is ‘great’! Let’s just run!
Last Sunday (October 16), I took part in the Columbia Trailmasters 10K fun run. The trail run was set on the gently rolling terrain of Nuvali in Sta Rosa, Laguna. There were four categories in the event: the Elite Men’s 60K, Open Mixed 40K, the Open Men’s 40K and the 10K fun run. The course involved runs on concrete, mud, stream and a little obstacle course. More than 300 individuals took part in the 10K event. And I finished 22nd (19th among all males) or I outran 94% of the runners in my category.