The original plan was to do a trail run. But after my unfortunate accident in the rice terraces from Bomod-ok Falls, I didn’t think my friends could survive another one of my episodes. What happened? Well … while we were walking along the rice terraces I fell…then slid down about 2 meters. From my point of view it was no biggie, the brushes and plants stopped my fall and I found something to hang on to. They pulled me up very quickly. Sorry Ronnie the Guide, sorry Mesh, I can sometimes be a blond. As I write this, I kinda figured that your view from the top of the rocks below was far scarier than mine. If/when I say again that I can pull myself up … please feel free to haul me up quickly again.
We started our run at 630am. It was very cool so I wasn’t worried about our late start. Our goal was to run 12km … easy lang. To avoid the jeepneys and the dogs, we decided to run towards Fidelisan. This was the same road we passed the day before and was a bit familiar to us.
After a couple of kilometers, I realized that I wasn’t paying attention the day before. We just kept climbing up. Haha my first mountain run! It took me 1hr to complete 5K going up and just 33min to do the 5K going down. But I loved it plus my first negative split!
We passed a few locals on our run. I would say good morning and they to respond in Ilocano. Most of the sentences ended in “jogging”. I did not dare to contradict them so I just smile and say “Opo, jogging.” They were quite amused that we were “jogging”. We saw a priest and he smiled at us and said “Why dont you just walk?”. Ha! Why walk when you can run di ba?
We were not able to avoid the dogs. I have to work on my stare-at-the-dog and establish dominance. I am still at the the stare- and-freeze stage.
We were running with towering pine trees on our right and rice terraces on our left. The side of the road was carpeted with pine needles. The waiting shed in the photo is my favorite spot. It was a bit cloudy but while we were there the sun hit the terraces and water falls at an angle that made the whole vista even more magnificent. Magical even.
Here are some more photos.