My very first trail run was last February 2014. My friends took me to Mt. Balagbag so I could prepare for my then upcoming 21k run (Run United -Leg 1).
A view of Mt. Balagbag from it’s peak, the “Helipad”
Mt. Balagbag, known as the “Sleeping Giant”, towering at a height of 770 Meters Above Sea Level, lies within Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges, particularly in area of San Isidro Montalban Rizal. It is considered an easy trail (4/10).
WHAT TO BRING:
2 liters hydration
1 energy drink
trail food (gelatin, chocolates, etc)
extra clothes (post-run clothes)
WHAT TO WEAR:
trail shoes (shoes with stronger protective sole)
HOW TO GET THERE
If you take a public transportation, from Cubao, take a bus going to Tungko then, ride a jeepney to Licao-Licao. The jeep will bring you directly to the jump-off for Mt. Balagbag.
The trail is easy, which is good for beginners. It is wide and rocky at the most parts without many trees along the way. Going to the summit is quite hard especially if the sun is already up because it dehydrates you. So pack light, protect your skin and rehydrate . Good thing though is that there’s a community in Balagbag and there are many stores to buy refreshments. We passed by a stall that sells Halo-halo and even bumped into an ice cream vendor while trekking.
the team at the “Helipad”
most parts of the trail are rocky, so be careful
Us at one of the cliffs
Model ako ng trail eh, bakit ba? Haha!
My good friend, Bryan is the most energetic/enthusiastic runner I have ever met. Here, after 21k of trail running/trekking, he still managed to pose for the camera.
I found an old trophy somewhere and we all posed for souvenir shots. And since he’s the less-haggard looking among us, I will only post his.
My very first trail run was a success! Though I kind of hurt my left knee. I yanked the knee initially on a rocky trail and it hurt for a couple days. I had it checked 2 days after and the doctor said that it’s okay. I just got a bit excited. 🙂