To those who are taking the TNF100 challenge this week, here’s an update from Pinoy Ultra Runners site which I think would be very helpful to us in preparation for our trail run this coming Sunday:
Based on the map the 10km runners would be running roughly 30-40% of the course on the Sacobia River. After which runners would climb a steep hill leading to a flat trail. Most likely the dirt trail would be established since there are several communities nearby. It might be very muddy or dusty depending on the rain fall. After this road a gentle downhill will lead runners to a concrete roads going back to the finish line. Try to sprint here so you can overtake and get the best possible time. You will have five water stations, based on my estimates it would be spaced from 2km to 3km apart. You can bring a hydration pack so you can skip the water stations and finish the course at slightly faster time. If you’re not a fuel guzzler, a hydration belt with water bottle would also suffice. Elite runners won’t bring anything, since they want to be as light and nimble as possible. It may be a 10km distance but since it’s a trail it would feel a bit like 15km or even more.
Will follow the same route as the 10km but it will extend past the Haduan area where an old bridge is located. Runners would then climb a dirt road and follow a narrow trail used by the local communities. Based on the map this trail will be flat but very challenging surrounded by tall cogon grass. Runners then will reach Gate 4 and exit back to Sacobia river, try to hydrate as much as you can the terrain can sap a lot of fluids and energy.Remember you still have a long way back, try to stay positive and kick in that second wind.
Bring any type of hydration system (pack, waist, and hand) it may slow you down but at least you wont run out of fuel. You might also want to bring energy bars or gels giving you that extra energy to overtake the runner in front of you. For those who are new to trail running the surroundings will really drain your reserves. The Sacobia river will sap your energy and the cogon surroundings and blazing sun will definitely sap all of your fluids. The sand will create lots of glare so you might want to bring a pair of sunglasses. Remember to pace yourself, let lead runners guide your way. Try to overtake runners before entering a narrow trail and don’t stop during hill climbs. My estimate is, 20km trail will be like a 25-30km road.
Visit the Pinoy Ultra Runner site to read more about this. See you all this Sunday.