Monday, January 25, 2010

My BDM Test Run Experience

Last Saturday, January 23, 2010 70 runners joined the “Test Run” for the second serving of BDM (Bataan Death March) 102.
KM0, Mariveles, Bataan (01/23/2010)

It was a mix of seasoned and newbie ultrarunners. And though it was just a “Test Run”, the atmosphere at KM0 post in Mariveles, Bataan was more festive than some of the races I’ve joined.

As you may have read stories of the "Test Run" from other runner bloggers, I would just like to share with you what worked for me and what I've learned from this experience.

What Worked For Me:

Walk / Jog the Uphills

wow!!! flat!!!

Run the downhills

Run / Brisk walk the flats

Enjoy the view

dun kami galing!!!

Minimize breaks

Keep heart rate in check

Eat a chocolate bar every 10Km

Hydrate and eat banana at every support group stops

Sing... well LSS actually to MJs Don't Stop Till You Get Enough. Nice power song eh?

Lessons Learned:

Get enough sleep at least two days prior to D-Day

Train… Hills… Train… Hills… Train... Hills...

I’ve never used petroleum jelly before… now I think it’s a must especially if you plan to run long distances

Use sun block

Wear sunglasses

need I say more???

Be extra alert… especially when crossing the streets.

Respect the distance.

Although we have a support group that will tend to our needs. We need to be self sufficient as much as possible.

Carry the following:
  • food & hydration
  • extra money
  • cellphone
  • ID
  • List of important contact numbers
  • flashlight
  • first aid kit

Acknowledge the people who will greet you along the way.
Give high fives or thumbs-up signs as they are your unknowing support groups. They will keep you on your feet.

to Gail, Tere, Marga, Angel, Carina... THANK YOU for the SUPER SUPPORT!!!

to Sir Jovie, thank you for organizing this event. Now on for The Real Thing!

special thanks to Carina and Gail for the pics!!!


  1. hey, hey, hey! welcome back! congrats!

    - dee em

  2. congratulations rod.... it was a tough run last saturday... but the experience and lessons learned.. priceless. !!!

    rest and recover !!! and see you on the next race..


  3. DM
    Yo! How are you bro! Buzz me if you have time!

  4. JunRox
    Thanks! Congratulations to you too!
    Damn, you're fast! =D

  5. A Ninja in yellow suit? ;) Congrats, Rod.Runn3r! Beep! Beep!

  6. Roselle
    Hehehehe.. oo nga ano... Thanks!!! Although half pa lang yan ng real battle. Need to train more. =)

  7. Congrats newly-minted Ultraman Rod :) Use Body Glide, less than 500 bucks at Second Wind and works infinitely better than PJ :P Oh boy excited for the big day na!

  8. Luis
    Alright! Body glide it is! Thanks for the tip, bro! =)

  9. Congrats pre for finishing the Test Run! Lots of lessons learned (may natutunan nga ba tayo? hehe) and lots of blessings to be thankful for. Good luck to all of us on D-Day!

  10. Dhenz
    Madami ako natutunan. Madami pa kulang...
    Prepared na prepared ka eh.

    Yup.. good luck lahat sa atin on D Day. =D

  11. Good luck on D-day Rod! Concentrate, hydrate and most of all, have fun!:-)

  12. bro, thanks for sharing! congratulations! =)

  13. Boss Rene

    No problem, bro! I know you're waiting for this din. =D


  14. Rosgar! Galiiing! (Ninja? Baka Abu Sayaf?!! Just kidding). Pero, gosh, ibang level ka na talaga! Good luck on D-Day!!

  15. Doña
    hehehhe... thanks! Kaya nyo ni Neil yan. =D

  16. Good luck. God bless. Nakiki support lang ako, super nerbiyos na ako para sa inyo. But Rodalicious was one runner who was very self sufficient during the test run. I actually thought naging crutch lang kami sa mga totoong self sufficient runners gaya ni Rod. Maski hindi need ng anything, napapahinto dahil nanjan lang kami. Nakapag-isip tuloy ako.....

    Basta, good luck to all!

  17. hoist tay, kailangan mo ba lahat ng anak mo sa bataan? :) good luck ulit :) galeng, isa ka nang certified adiK! hahahaha :) ingat kayo dun, at lalong lalo na mag ingat sila sayo:) hindi ka na si red ngayon, ikaw na si yellow hahaha

  18. Margababes
    *sniff* nangilid luha ko dun ah... i was testing the "what if's" that day.

    what if hindi ko makita ang support...
    what if maligaw ako...
    what if tumirik ako...


    teka... you'll be there sa BDM to support, right?

  19. Timmy
    lahat? that would be fun, bro. hehehehe.

    hahanap na ko ng red na shirt. =D

  20. Thanks for sharing your experience. Was able to jot down a lot of reminders.

    After a decade, maybe I can already join a BDM :D

  21. RunningAtom
    i started joining races 2 years ago. and never in my mind thinking of going up from 5K, 10K to 21K in my 1st year. then doing a 42K after my 1st year. then testing a 56K distance before my 2nd year. and now here i am, trying to test my wits for a 102K. =D

    just train, train, train my friend.

  22. @Rod

    Woww, you're so great!

    Mga ilang taon na rin akong tumatakbo, pinaka-farthest na sinalihan ko 21k pero 18k lng kinaya ko, hehehe!

    Sana magkaron na rin ako ng lakas ng loob na sumabak :D

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