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7 Reasons Why I Love Nathan Ridge Run

After more than a month of hiatus into running and racing, I finally had the time to join an organized race- this time in Tagaytay Highlands. The Nathan Ridge Run is a race too good to be refused. I’m soooo glad I was able to join and so far I would say that this is the best ever race that I joined this 2011.


Let me tell you the reasons why:

You don't get this everyday... UPHELLISH but BLISSFUL

New and exciting route. I really love to run on new places; that’s why I’m called journeyingjames. It’s because I like to journey even to far away places just to run. So when I learned that this run is happening in Tagaytay, I said yes. Not only that, you can’t just run inside Tagaytay Highlands if you are not a member. So, this race is a unique experience. I’m glad I’m part of the almost 1,200 runners that morning of November 20. Spell exciting- U.P.H.E.L.L.I.S.H. Maybe 99% of runners are walking the steep hills. Quads are still painful today. Need I say more?


See that? I wouldn't mind to run all-day with that background

If this is in Manila, its pollution. But this is taken in Tagaytay hence the fog

Astonishing scenery. Fog- check! Mountains- check! Trees- check! Lake-check! This is a nice treat for city runners, a nice way to break the monotony of Bonifacio High Street, Mall of Asia andRoxas Blvdroutes. Plus, there is no pollution.


Almost no trace of trash at the hydration station

These 4 runners will refill their Nathan bottles at the Gatorade station

Care for the Environment. First time I ran where I’m the one in-charge of getting sports drink or water. I really like companies/businesses that take care of the environment so this idea is excellent- not to use plastic cups as this are thrown anyway. Thank you Nathan (and runners too) for having your share of preserving the environment.


3 runners brought their Nathan bottles for their hydration

Nathan water bottle. I lost my water bottle in Negros a month ago that is why I’m very very happy when I got my new Nathan water bottle. Not only I can use it for long runs, I can use it while traveling too.


Very organized race. As I told you on the opening, this is so far the best organized race this 2011. I’m not saying this because I was given a complimentary race kit (for bloggers); I’m saying this because up to the very details of the run, all are ironed out. I was discussing with some of my friends and they agree with me too. Way to go Nathan Team, especially to your Race Organizer Neville M and your brand manager Mariel. Ending this with a short story: Two of friends from Laguna are registered to this run, they arrived in Tagaytay a day before and they tried to run towards Tagaytay Higjland and they were not allowed to enter the gate so they were asking me what to do on race day. I plan to ask the bus tp just fetch them at the gate but then around 4:45am my friend texted me said that there is a shuttle that fetch the runners.


Travel blogger friends- Nel and Ed

With Doc Minnie (I just knew her from FB, glad to finally meet her. Hi Doc!)

with Jackie (kagat labi pa pala ako dito)

with Lestsky

with Jenny and Sam (runners I last saw during the Camaya Coast Aquathlon in Bataan)

Meeting friends- both old and new. It’s like a reunion for me to see long-time running friends as well as meet new friends, people whom I only new on Facebook. The running scene is kinda small so like everyone knows each other if not by name, by face (or favorite race category). So I say “hi, nice to meet you again” to all my running friends.


Bloggers at Shakey's Paseo de Sta. Rosa (post-race lunch)

Media/bloggers support. Well, this is only applicable to bloggers- thank you for your assistance and concern to us. Providing us transportation, complimentary race kits, nice good food and everything. Way to go guys!


Top 18 baby! (Just click the photo to redirect you to the official results page)

Bonus. Without proper training and a month without any run except for the 6K I did while in Dumaguete City a week before the race, I rank 18 at the 10K category with a time of 1:02:21. Quite fast for a route that is full of HILLS.


I want it to be 10, but I can’t think of another 3 reasons. Maybe I forget something, you may want to add. Please do use the comment section. Thanks!

Note: All photos from Facebook tags (Pinoyfitness, Team USB, Greentennial, Spongebob runner and Jazzrunner.
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  1. November 24th, 2011 at 09:15 | #1

    Love your post James! Hmmmm, can’t think of anything you missed. Great job Nathan! (ahem Mariel!)


    journeyingjames Reply:

    thanks christine! thanks for inviting me ha…
    of course, the best si mariel at ang primegroup


  2. November 24th, 2011 at 09:38 | #2

    Killer route, killer views. Loved that post-run endorphin high!


    journeyingjames Reply:

    now we are all dead? hahaha
    indeed, endorphin high. sarap noh ed? next run na or 21K tayo next year!


  3. Rob
    November 24th, 2011 at 19:47 | #3

    Wow, that’s quite a fast finish time for an uphill-filled route! How did you do that without enough training? I could only walk the steep uphill climb after the 7km mark. I tried running or jogging but I felt that my pace did not change at all. XD Congratulations!


    journeyingjames Reply:

    i also did power walk the hills.
    thanks rob and congrats :)


  4. Jackie Gutierrez
    November 24th, 2011 at 20:24 | #4

    thanks for including our pic james and nice seeing you again. Congrats also! See you again on the road!Muntik na kitang di makilala sa sobrang new look mo hehehe! nice one!


    journeyingjames Reply:

    pleasure is mine jackie, nice to see yah… haha


  5. November 25th, 2011 at 07:05 | #5

    sasali sana ako dito..kaso di ako umabot sa registration.Sayang.


    journeyingjames Reply:

    you missed a lot! next year bawi ha


  6. November 26th, 2011 at 03:08 | #6

    seeing those photos makes me want to run this sometime. the view really looks awesome and i love running in the fog. hills? as i always say, i hate the discomfort but definitely love the benefits.


    journeyingjames Reply:

    i love running in the fog, parang naghihilamos ako ng ulap.
    yep, the benefit of hills is painful legs.


  7. Laira Legaspi
    November 29th, 2011 at 03:57 | #7

    Thanks for the great review!



    journeyingjames Reply:

    i enjoyed every single moment laira! see yah around


  8. Maria
    March 27th, 2012 at 06:22 | #8

    That’s really a good finish time for an uphill-filled route! How did you do that without sufficient preparation? I could only walk the steep uphill climb after the 5km mark. I tried running but I felt that my speed did not change at all. Congratulations! http://musclemaximizerfacts.com/


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