For the past four (4) months I have been into jogging and running, with the goal in mind is to be able to join trail running events for 2018 and after realizing I have to live a fit lifestyle as my own dose of Anti-Aging regimen haha!
But in the course of my runs every morning. I had my little adventures if I get the chance on some weekends, most of them are going to several falls at Mt. Isarog for photo hike climb, or to do some rappelling; going to nearby beaches for a swim, and just recently- caving. I have gone wild over Mother Nature, as it brings me some sort of escape from the usual, the ordinary and norm. I have started to love the mountains, it’s intricacies, it’s interaction to ones soul. How mountains can really be a therapeutic relief to a grieving heart, stressed mind, and tired soul.
I have decided to look for people who share my interest in hiking, friends from nearby seem not to coincide with my schedule so I have gone looking at Facebook pages and groups who went on climbs to various mountains and I am lucky enough to have seen an Event at Mt. Isarog Summit 20 August 2017 and I was able to hitch hike! Yay!
I want to document my preparations as it is both mental and physical ones:
- Workouts. I am using the Unleash video since it works out also core muscle groups and aerobics. I have been as keen to follow the steps as it was shown. And the jogging I do every morning. My bad I have only prepared three (3) weeks of running since I stopped for a month doing my early routines (due to series of unfortunate events and my coping with it)
- Carbo Loading. I have read a post from Pinoy Mountaineer on the carbohydrates loading along with the schedule he got from Wikipedia: “7 days before the event, perform an exhaustive exercise to all but deplete your energy stores. Then for the next 2-3 days cut back on carbs and do low exercise to keep the carb level very low. Then 3-4 days before the event, eat a very high carb diet. This will initiate a response from the muscles to take in as much glycogen from the carbs as possible, over compensating for the starvation from the previous days.” Well, I will be eating full meals this Friday and Saturday…
- Water Intake. I am currently taking beyond the 8-10 glasses of fluids/ water intake. Hating already me frequenting myself at the washroom huhu!
- Gear lists. Prepared before hand the following: 1) my lightweight outfit during the hike: tights and rash guard to protect myself from the leeches, two (2) pieces of jackets since I was told it’s gonna be 12°C up there, and gears such as new batteries for my headlights, flash light, I even brought a portable stove so that I can make my own cup of coffee up there! haha! Digicam, phone, scarf, cap, etc! It will only be a day hike, so I’m gonna be gearing up later for an overnight camping stay for my upcoming climbs!
- Reading and watching YouTube videos on basic mountaineering. This will be my first climb so I must be prepared of what is in stored for me during the 6-hours climb. I have read about the exercises to do, hydration, trail food, must haves, and a lot more. It seem to be not a walk in the park than my usual guided and organized outdoor activities I used to join in at.
- Advise from Pros. From Sir Jojo Villareal who shared his personal tips based from actual experiences of Summit climbs. To Peter Runner and Sir Rio of Mountain Strong from Facebook!
- Rest. I won’t be running 2-3 days before the climb plus the Carbo loading… not used to this rest thing getting laid back counch potato and all. Glad I will also have my rest after the climb, because I am fortunate enpugh that it is a declared Non-Working Holiday here in the Philippines!
I am really looking forward climbing Naga City’s Mt. Isarog Summit. I know after this I’m gonna be climbing more mountains!