I woke up excited for Sunday’s challenge. I hurriedly prepared some stuff that would be of help during the run. I arrived at our station (UPLB Main Library) 5 minutes before #6to6UltraSunday Challenge.
After Coach Nick reminded Sunday of what to do, we started to move. It was already 15 minutes pass 6:00am.
1st10K Loop: 1:44:17 Warm-up
We had a very easy start. Around KM.7 Arvin had a knee injury that made us walk the remaining 3 kilometers. It was a nice time to get to know each other. I‘m also happy because its cloudy, just perfect for this running feat.
2nd10K Loop: Faster
Gideon, our cyclist, escorted Sunday on his 2nd and 3rd loop. Gideon said, “Grabe ang ganda ng takbo ni Kuya Sunday sa uphill, swabeng-swabe at tahimik yung paa. Kung gaano kabilis sa flat ganun din sa uphill.” (Unbelievable! Sunday’s pace was nice even in uphill. It’s very smooth and silent. He runs the uphill the same way he runs the flat route.)
Time: 2:36:05 (10K Split time: 51:48)
3rd10K Loop: Maintain
Sunday was maintaining a nice pace and should he continue to run like this he will finish more than 100Kilometers. During this time, it rained hard.
Time: 3:35:30 (10K Split time: 59:25)
4th10K Loop: Heavy Down Pour
Sunday had an accident. He slipped at the railroad on towards the old downtown of Los Banos. Making him run-walk the rest of the course. He was limping and having a hard time running. He had an injury at his left foot.
Time: 4:47:30 (10K Split time- 1:12:00)
5th10K Loop: Injury
Even with injury he doesn’t want to stop running. The determination was still there. He was limping and say’s that he is okay even if we know that he is in great pain. Maybe he doesn’t want to disappoint us.
Time: 6:12:38 (10K Split time: 1:25:08)
Lunch Break: 1:13 hours
6th10K Loop: One Step Backward, Two Steps Forward
I joined him on the first 2 kilometers and he is still nursing the pain on his left foot. It was already hot so I offered to lend him my shades. Still he continued to walk-run-walk.
Time: 9:09:31 (10K Split time: 1:42:07)
Back at our station
We are already worried and talk to ourselves that we tell Sunday to terminate the challenge and find another day next week as the injury in his feet could only worsened the situation.
When Sunday arrived at the station, he was still smiling but I can feel the pain deep inside. It was a team decision to stop the run and come back next week more prepared.
Many lessons were learned- hydration-and-nutrition-wise, support crew and food intake.
Total Kilometers Ran: 66 kilometers
Total Time of Running: 9:09:31 (including 1:13 hours of lunch break)
DNF- Did Not Finish
We are discontinuing the 6 to 6 Ultra Challenge for now but we promise to finish this next week with better preparation and renewed strength.
We apologize for those people who we disappointed. Sunday wasn’t able to run 6to6, but he was able to run 66.
Thank you for those who monitored the run. Thank you Coach Nick for the sumptuous lunch; Arvin, for the superb support; Gideon for escorting Sunday and the water refill; Andrew for the motorbike service and the rest of the team.
Again we apologize. Pasensya na po talaga.
Until next week…