I have been in the Tagaytay Highlands for several times. As far as running is concerned, we tried joining a couple of Mizuno Races held in this place. But this Nathan Ridge Run, our third, was the most difficult. I have been running for several years and have done three marathons but I suffered most pain after this Nathan Ridge Run. At this time that I am writing this, I am doubting if I am injured, but of course, I am praying that I am not as I have to be ready and fit for my fourth marathon next month.
This new route was very challenging, mostly uphill and steep. I think mountainous should be the perfect description. Then, for every ascent, the uncontrollable rolling down hill followed. It was very hard to fight the pull of gravity. I lost balance in several instances so I tried running sidewise. But because of the perfect climate and the camaraderie of other runners, I still enjoyed the race.
I would like to commend the organizer for asking all runners to bring water containers because no plastic cups will be provided. Thanks to Nathan for giving each runner hand-held water container. This is the only race with no trash along the along the road. We were hydrated well but the road was very clean before and after the race.
Right after the race, we were treated to a breakfast. A simple yet perfect one.