It is not your usual LSD. It was LSD 2X – “long steep distance” and “long slow death”. That is how you describe the practice run me, and fellow Happy Feet members Mikey and Bobby did this morning.
After having races every weekend of October, runners finally had a break this weekend. I am 100% sure that they (including me) will not be sitting around but instead do their practice runs. Since I will be running for the 25K New Balance Power Race, I really need to add mileage to be able to finish my first 25K run. The longest run I had was the 21K Adidas KOTR and I was glad that Bobby invited us to try the East/Antipolo route.
Mikey and I met up at McDonald’s Philcoa past 4:30am and had breakfast before heading to Bobby’s house in Brookside Village Cainta. It was only then that we decided on our practice route – Valley Golf/Victoria Valley/Hinulugan Taktak then Hinulugan Taktak/Victoria Valley/Valley Golf/Sumulong Highway.
The route was very nice and you get to breathe fresh air. There were a lot of trees that kept the road cool and shaded. It felt like you were running in Tagaytay or Baguio without the cold weather and vehicles. You also have the road all by yourself.
The route was challenging. The “killer hills” of McKinley were no match to Victoria Valley. I was breathing heavily going up to Hinulugang Taktak and to Sumulong Highway. This was the first time I experienced running in high altitude where the air is thin. I felt a great sense of accomplishment after conquering the hills. VSO 15K run would be “chicken”.
We completed a total of 19.3K and really enjoyed this run. We are looking forward on our next LSD 2X.