Tagaytay City. This is where I had my weekend run. It has been a while since I have been in this place. I used to be here often when my boarding house was still in Cavite. We would usually go to Picnic Grove and Mushroom Burger but I have never been to People’s Park In The Sky, the highest peak in Tagaytay. When our church planned a retreat last weekend in Tagaytay, I made sure I had a time for my long run. The goal: Run from Olivares to People’s Park and back to Olivares. IbanRunner told me that the whole trip would be about 16kms. Just perfect.
There are good days
Last Sunday was a great day to run in Tagaytay. The air was still cold early in the morning. The breeze was strong to keep you cool during the entire run. And the road was full of trees covering you from the hot sun.
Far away, I can already see People’s Park. You can’t miss it. And in the morning, it was even more beautiful. The sky was clear except for the clouds that moves slowly towards the peak of People’s Park. In a few minutes, you’d see it disappear. The clouds teasingly caressing its peaks while the sun would watch maliciously at the union of earth and sky. It was a beautiful sight. Makes me think of something else. Aw a…
As expected, it will be a tough run uphill. More than half of the time, you’d be running up. Thus, I had a slow run conquering hill after hill. There are some parts that goes down and I would take it as a sign for a recovery. And once the hills are up again, I’d make a strong run to the top. I was a bit cautious since it was my first time to run here. And maybe, I was also enjoying the sight of Taal Volcano. I would slow down when it was in view. Thus, my time going up to People’s Park was 54 minutes.
A Run with the Clouds
The toughest part will be the last 1 kilometer from the peak where it was too steep. And it was the best part as well. At this point, you’d see the clouds that was covering the peak. I realized that I was actually running with the clouds. I was on top. It felt so good. Maybe this is what a “runner’s high” is all about.
The People’s Park was still closed. I just bought a bottle of water and started my run back towards Olivares. Now, everything is downhill. Having seen its beauty whle going uphill, the downhill run was faster. It was like gravity was just pulling you down. I know I would have a better time. Yet it still surprised me that I reached Olivares after just 40 minutes. That’s a huge 18 minute difference. Meaning, going uphill was really that tough to slow me down that much.
Quennie and the Third Party
While, I was sweating my ass out in Tagaytay, Quennie was with Happy Feet joining the Botak Paabilisan Road Race. She had a good 10K run at 1hr 15 minutes. And after the race, she had what she have been wanting for a long time. A photo shoot with one of running hottest personality. Zorro!
Unfortunately, I didn’t have any camera to document my run in Tagaytay. It was one of the best place to run. Zero pollution. Cool weather. Scenic views of Taal Lake. I guess I just have to cherish that in my mind only and it remains in there. You better run it yourself too.