This is my second back-to-back long run on a weekend for this month as I prepare for my first ultramarathon race on February. Last Saturday (Jan. 17), I ran 5K at the SIC Family Fun Run then followed it up with 13K at the Capitol Grounds. On Sunday (Jan. 18), Edward and I went out for a long run, from our office building at LBP Malaybalay up to Sitio Tigbawan in Brngy. Can-ayan and back.
While I've ran several times along the Can-ayan barangay road, it was my first time to run up to Sitio Tigbawan. However, Last December 31, 2014 we did a year-end hike starting from GK Capitol Village, passing through the Two Trees Peak of the Provincial Tree Park descending to Sitio Tigbawan and finally walking up to Can-ayan barangay proper. The hike gave me an idea of what to expect in this route .
We started our run before 6 AM and thankfully the skies were overcast for most of our run. Distance was about 6.6 kilometers upon reaching the road junction in Can-ayan proper. A marker indicates that distance to Tigbawan is 3.5 kilometers so we made a left turn and simply followed the compact dirt road.
On some portion of the route, tall trees bounded both sides of the road and we can hear birds chirping as we run. The route has an up-and-down terrain which challenged our quads muscles. Only a few motorcycles passed along so we have the road to ourselves most of the time. I felt great running with the view of rolling hills, pine trees and rice fields providing for a refreshing morning scenery. I see this route as ideal for future half-marathon races in Malaybalay.
We hit the 10K mark after passing by a newly installed rice mill. We decided to turn around and go back to where we started. Upon reaching Can-ayan proper, we stopped at a sari-sari store to buy bottled water then ran straight back to Malaybalay.
Total Distance: 20.01 kilometers
Total Time: 2:38:39
Average Pace: 7:53 min/km