Adventure Bucket List

I love adventure ever since I was a child. I love to climb trees and spend most of my time outdoors. Now that I’m all grown up, I’m loving more extreme outdoor and adventures. I’ll give you a chance to have a peek at my adventure bucket list. This might encourage you to create one. ^_^

Note: ☻ = been there, done that! ^_^

Scuba diving
Bike Tour
White water rafting
Run a full marathon
Bungee Jumping

So there you go. My kind of adventure!

The North Face | Thrill of the Trail

I just arrived from our trip in Bohol and I’m still trilled from the race in Danao. It was an awesome experience. My first time to participate in a trail running race and first time to run 11km distance. I thought I’m not gonna make it, but I did. Of course I wouldn’t have done it without the help of our very amazing support team (Caitlin and Laarni), who waited for us at the finish line ready to take pictures. I could say the best support team you can ever have. They motivated us at the start of the race until it finished. I also couldn’t  have attended this event if not because of Tyo Tolet’s last minute registering us for the race.I really thank him for the experience. Without his free registration, I wouldn’t have experience my first 11k distance running.

The Day Before the Race:

It was 10 in the morning of September 11, 2010 when I finished packing for the trip. I was so excited that night that I was not able to sleep. I was working while packing at the same time. I guess I know how to do multitasking now. ^_^
Don’t you think our faces spelled “EXCITED”? We decide to meet up with the group in Pier 3 (Port of Cebu) at 12noon. Fortunately, we were able to avail Jadestar’s (name of the boat to Bohol) promo.  So by 1:30PM we’re boarding the boat to Bohol.
from left to right: Melvyn, Abbz, Caitlin, me, Kuya Jahbert (at my back), Laarni, Carla and Ian (@ carla’s back)
It took us 2 hours to finally arrived at the port of Tubigon, Bohol.
We take a jeepney ride from Tubigon to Danao. Guess who’s going with us in the ride? It’s the Filipina skyrunner herself.. Merlita Arias-Dunkin.
I got the chance to talked to her when we got in the Municipality of Danao. I promise you, she’s one cool Lady.
Unfortunately, the campsite for the race was not in the Municipal Hall but in Danao Adventure Park, which is 8km away. Some decided to go by foot. But for the few, we decided to take the habal2x ride to our campsite.
Well, what can I say? The food was great and I’m not the only one who appreciate it.
So we went to shower after dinner. The rough road to Danao was enough excuse  to do it. Afterwards, we went to our campsite to sleep early for the big race tomorrow.
The Race:
The race will start at exactly 6AM. The organizers have provided the participant a free ride from Danao adventure park to the starting line which is in the Municipal Hall.
The last call for the free ride made us pack in no less than a minute. We didn’t even got the chance to cook and eat breakfast. Luckily, one of our friends bought some bread with him. So we just suite ourselves with the bread.
We had our stretching before the race start. Woohoo! so refreshing. Made me alert and alive afterwards.
When the race start, we started to run our  way to the trail ahead, about 200 meters away from the starting line.
A trail like this is an advantage for us mountaineers. This is just an easy trail for us, but not for the runners who are used to running on flat surface like roads.
Trail running offers a lot of challenge for the participants. One of these is crossing rivers. If not careful enough and not readily prepared for this challenge, one might have the possibility of having blisters on their foot or injury upon crossing the river.
The unforgiving mud was also not an exception in the race.It adds up to the challenge and make the experience more exciting.
We navigate around few of the Chocolate Hills, which the Bohol are known for. They’re the only place in the Philippines who have Chocolate Hills. Tourist from all over the world came here to see this beauty of nature. An amazing masterpiece of God.
Mud was everywhere in the race.

Another river crossing with a wider river and stronger water current.
photo credit to Estan Cabigas. Thanks for this wonderful pic sir.
Aside from all of mud and river crossing, there was also a rough road to run. The favorite part of all the runners. I guess.
 We’re almost there. Finish line is just 1km ahead.
Finished at 2:24:56 for my first 11k run.
It was a flabbergast experience. A moment to be remembered for my entire life. I survived the 11k run for the first time. I’m looking forward for my next 11k run. Hopefully I can still attend next year’s Thrill of the Trail. May be that time I would be ready for the 22k run. What do you think? ^_^

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Aboitiz Run to Reduce

This is my first official 5k run. I’m kind of nervous thinking about this. I know I’ve done jogging and all for the whole week but this is a RUN. So much different from jogging as what my friend said once. I’m anxious at the same time excited to do this. 5K might be to short for someone but not for me .Categories of the run include 3k, 5k, 10k and 22k. Because this is my first time to participate in this kind of event. I prefer joining the 5k. Not too short at the same time not that far.

 The assembly time for the event was 4AM in SUGBU, somewhere in South Reclamation Project (SRP). I wake up early in the morning to prepare for the run. All the things that I needed were all set. The shoes (which is actually not for running but for trekking), my trekking shorts, singlet and my bib. All ready for the run.
 We arrived in the assembly area around 4:30AM. The morning sun still not up and  I was able to capture this fascinating building in the middle of the crowd. There were so many people who participated in this event.
 We meet up with some of our friends who also join this event. Not long enough, the run for the 5k starts.
 Next thing I knew, I was running towards my turning turning point. When we got there, I take this shot with my cousin who was running with me.
I was almost drained out of energy running towards the finish line. I thought I couldn’t make it. At one point I was thinking, if I’m not gonna make it this time I will never gonna make it in The North Face Trail Run. I keep conditioning my thoughts and keep pushing myself to finish.
The next thing I knew, I was catching my breath in the finish line. Yes! I finally did it. My official 5k run.
It was such a nice feeling. A feeling of accomplishment and self-respect. I can finally say I can make it to TNF Trail Run.
 We head to the food station to claim our share of  egg, fruits and Gatorade. A heavy run and a heavy meal after wards. Don’t you think its just fair? I did. I love to eat as much as I love adventure. That’s why I was  so happy knowing I got to eat a lot of food after the run.
And guess what? They all decided to go to my place to chill out. Well I guess it’s just fine. All success deserves a celebration. 🙂

TNF | Thrill of the Trail

OMG! Can you picture me running on a trail? I can’t even imagine running on a plane road. Just got a call from a dear friend. I don’t even know what came to his head and register us with my cousin in this Trail Run.  I mean, yeah I consider joining this race but I give up the thought of joining a few weeks ago. I’m no way in good condition for this race. I know I still got a month or a few weeks but that’s just to little time for some preparation for a race like this.
I think I just have to prepare or else I’m gonna end up with aching knee. I hope not.
Traverse 12 chocolate hills and cross 2 rivers
Wish me Luck! ^_^