Well, i suppose you could call this run a “fun run” or a “trail fun run” that had us laughing for most of the 15k route. It was planned to be a send-off run for our dear Julie (hotlegsrunner) who is migrating to the land of milk and honey in a few days time. It was also to be her first trail run and we were celebrating this occasion.
Doc T, Rod (rod-runner), Jet (jetpaiso) , Mar (forefoot) and Vic who call themselves “Team Boring” (they all got bored during their trip to Bataan to run the BDM Ultra 102k, thus the monicker) were also on hand, as well as Tere (elcapitana) and Aaron of Takbo.ph. Last Saturday, we made the short drive from Jolibee Philcoa to the Green Hills Estate and from there walked and jogged towards the trail’s entrance which was 2 kilometers from the outpost.
The estate, once sequestered by the former Marcos regime and now back with the Araneta’s was an undiscovered gem until me and running friend, June Santiago decided to explore the trails a year ago. I had to recommend this trail to Julie and the group because of its proximity to Metro Manila and it’s an easy-moderate trail. I made sure that the group would enjoy the route at a leisurely pace so they could take in its beauty without much huffing and puffing associated with a trail race. So all of us “Gallowalked” (run and walk) the trails.
We ran the route passing several rows of Ipil-Ipil and Mango trees and the aromatic Cadena De Amor plant. The trail also boasts a large naturally occurring strand of wild orchids and other exotic plants. Other than the fauna, we also encountered the usual grazing cows that seemed to like the presence of Julie who was feeding them with grass.
It was a perfect time to run on these trails–just before the onset of La Nina. Although it rained slightly the night before, the trails were in perfect shape except for a couple of short muddy stretches.
It was an enjoyable adventure, Gallowalking and all, capped off with a sumptuous lunch of grilled chicken and roasted pork spare ribs at Kenny Rogers.
Bon Voyage, Julie!:-)