Leg #5: Near Anvaya Cove entrance to Pawikan Center (~10K)
My leg started early afternoon with the full heat of the sun over my head. There weren't so many trees around and I wanted to stay on the side of the road going with the flow of traffic. My first 2.5K was at 4:20/km with the downhill portion as I wanted to catch up with the Timex runner who went ahead by about 5 minutes before me. Eventually, I had to slow down and walk at some portions after passing by Morong town proper. The heat was unbearable at that point. My support team (Roy, Eire, Beep, Mulder, & Brando) waited for me at the 6K point and were a bit worried. Upon seeing Pawikan center, I began to run at a faster pace again and sprinted in the last 100m. Happy that my hardest leg it was over. My Garmin pace was 6:04/km, finished in 1:01.
Leg #15: Bataan Nuclear Power Plant entrance to Pawikan Center (~4K)
This was between 10-11pm, if I'm not mistaken. After Brando's super finish going up to the entrance of the power plant, my job was to go downhill to Pawikan Center. As soon as I was given the go signal, I didn't waste any time to run...in the pitch black road with a small LED light on my head. I didn't wait for the van to illuminate my path. Within my 1st km, I was running fast in the dark and it reminded me of Blairwitch Project as most of the scenes were in total darkness with only a camera spotlight showing the way. I admit, it WAS scary, but I didn't care since I wanted to focus on running. This was probably the easiest leg in the race because it was 90% downhill and I think I did it with a constant 4:30/km pace. I also decided not to wear my Garmin this time so that I could focus more. My sprint to the finish was a mixture of relief and anger (at another team). I won't elaborate.
Leg #25: San Felipe, Zambales to Mayo Farm (~3K)
This was already between 7-8am, with the sun up and the whole team facing sleep deprivation. The leg was just a flat 3km so I said to myself I should also run fast non-stop. Before my leg started, I was really very sleepy already since I was awake all the time to light the path of my teammates during their legs. As with my 1st 2 legs, I sprinted the last 200m with anger, but was more happy since the whole team was there to cheer me on at the last vehicle exchange point. No Garmin also. I think my pace there was 4:30/km or a bit faster.
After going through this race, I said to myself that I won't go into an ultramarathon. :P hahaha Main lesson: need for heat training.