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Laguna Road Run 1.0- This is the first time I tried running on Laguna’s national highway. I was just testing the roads, trying to find out if it will be doable, dangerous, etc.
Distance: 11 kilometers after 1:06 (6:00/km).
Route: Los Banos - Bay - Calauan
Food/Hydration: Water, Taho, Tiger biscuits and Pineapple.
Date: April 1 (Thursday), 7:00-8:06am
Significant Thing: Enjoyed the sweetest pineapple in the country (found in Calauan) after the run. Yummy!
Sweet Pineapples from Calauan (P5/slice or P100/3 pcs.)
Laguna Road Run 2.0- I love this run because I ended the run seeing the campaign posters of politicians running in Batangas meaning I crossed from Laguna to Batangas. After this run, I went to my auntie’s house in Lipa City because it is nearer than going back to our house. My cousins were shocked when I told them I came running from Laguna to Batangas.
Distance: 24 kilometers after 2:36 (6:30/km).
Route: Calauan – San Pablo City – Alaminos – Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Food/Hydration/Nutrition: Tiger biscuits, 1 Gatorade (500ml), 1 bottle of water (500ml), 2 bananas, 1 Hammer gel
Date: April 5 (Monday), 5:30-8:30am
Significant Thing: I ate my favorite food in Batangas- a big bowl of Batangas Lomi plus 2 buns. Busog!
This is good for 2-3 persons, but because I’m tired and hungry, it’s just good for James. Price only P45
Laguna Road Run 3.0- This is a different experience as I was still running at 8pm, running in the province is kinda awkward bacause almost everyone looks at you as I pass by, in curiosity maybe? Every baranggay has a basketball league which tells me that basketball is still the game in our country. Will there be a day when every town will have a running event?
Distance: 28 kilometers after 3:10 (6:47/km).
Route: Sta. Cruz – Nagcarlan – Rizal
Food/Hydration/Nutrition: Choco Mucho, 2 Gatorade (500ml), 1 bottle of water (500ml), 2 Graciosa bread, 1 Cheese bread
Post-Run Food: 2 cups of rice, Tofu with Tausi and boiled egg and chocolate drink
Date: April 21 (Wednesday), 4:30-8:15pm
Significant Thing: I visited Nagcarlan’s Underground Cemetery, one of the historical landmarks in Laguna.
Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery – this was also used by the Katipuneros as secret meeting place.
Laguna Road Run 4.0- This is the 20-miler (32K) that I just did yesterday (my longest so far) in preparation for my first marathon on May 22. I still cannot believe that I was able to finish this distance because of the sun’s scorching heat. Blame the alarm clock, I started an hour late. I thought this was easy, at Km.24 I bought an ice pack to cool my head, shoulders, and legs. It proved to be of great help until Km.30. After 28K my legs were becoming jello. After Km30 I want to quit but I finished it with a big smile knowing that I am now ready for the marathon.
Distance: Tiresome 32 kilometers after 4:01 (7:31/km).
Route: Victoria, Pila, Sta.Cruz, Pagsanjan, Lumban, (Caliraya), and Cavinti
Food/Hydration/Nutrition: 1 banana, 1 Gatorade (500ml), 1 Powerade (500ml), Taho, 2 Graciosa bread, 3 bottles of water and 2 Hammer gel.
Post-Run Food: 2 servings of rice, Cara-beef steak, Chicken Afritada, Mountain Dew, Gatorade.
Date: May 4 (Tuesday), 4:55-9:35am
Significant Things: I tried closing my eyes (12 seconds the most) while running specially in Sta. Cruz as there were no vehicles most of the time. I think I love running with eyes closed, I can feel the serenity and spirit of running. It was “nirvanic!”
Saw for the 1st time the Pagsanjan arch which was built 1878-1880.
Saw 2 Lakes -Laguna de Bay (natural) and Lake Caliraya (man-made).
Laguna Lake- Its watershed spans 14 cities and 17 municipalities located within the whole province of Laguna and Rizal, and parts of Batangas, Cavite, Quezon, and Metro Manila.
Man-made Caliraya Lake
While I was eating lunch, I met ‘Koya’ a 6-year old who is graduating from pre-school (I gave him something as my gift). I hope he will do his best in his studies.
I slept under a big tree in Japanese Garden, Cavinti for about 2 hours after eating brunch. maybe because I am so tired. This place is very relaxing, entrance is P10 only.
Japanese Garden, Cavinti, Laguna (about 2 kms away from Caliraya Lake)
I hope that you were encouraged to run in Laguna too! Or better yet, schedule your long run in your own province and share your experience. Better still, its FREE and you get to discover a lot of your towns rich history and heritage. I love this kind of journey/run, it reflects title of my blog.
By the way, I do not have a Garmin or any gadget to measure the distance I have run. Wondering how I measured my mileage? Will let you know on my next post.
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