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Discover the testimony of Frederika Villacarlos during Tarawera Ultramarathon
19 hours, 33 minutes, and 53 seconds …
Frederika Villacarlos will remember these 19 hours, 33 minutes, and 53 seconds for a long time. This is her time to finish the 102-kilometer of Tarawera Ultramarathon in New Zealand.
19 hours, 33 minutes, and 53 seconds: an unforgettable achievement for this 47-year-old American born in Philippines.
“It has been the most physically and mentally challenging thing I have ever done in my life. I couldn’t believe I had done it, and that it looks so long”.
Frederika Villacarlos, even a few days after the race, still does not believe of her effort. Running for 102 kilometers, that is not a thing everyone can do and yet she did it. She crossed the finish line at Tarawera Ultramarathon, Frederika joins for the first time the club of UTWT finishers.
At the finish, the emotions were huge for Frederika and she erupted with joy. The relief to be a finisher quickly made her forget the pain she had felt for more than 100 kilometers. “All the emotions of the day came crashing when I saw the lights of the finish line” she says. Ultra-trail required a long training and Frederika was proud to reach this crazy goal: to run more than 100 kilometers.
Pushing the limits
“It was dark by the time I got to the loop of despair. At this point, I was having a mental battle with myself. There was still a lot of race ahead and I was just physically exhausted”. How do you keep going while your body says no? Frederika pushed her own limits to finish the race. But without support, nothing would have been possible. Ultra-trail is not only an individual sport. Meetings on the way inspire us, motivate us, transport us and encourage us.
In addition to the moral support of her husband, she counted on a Japanese who she met during the race. They could surpass themselves and enjoy the race. They have even give themselves a break to take selfies on the course. Amazing moment! Frederika observed that sharing and solidarity are important notions in trail running.
Regarding the length of the race, finding a source of inspiration becomes essential. For Frederika, it was the case. She says: “I was listening to podcasts to keep my mind busy. Stephanie Case’s story inspired me so much and pushed me to keep going in the dark”. At that point, the mind takes over the body.
A determined and passionate woman
“Six years ago, I would never have imagined that I could run an ultra-distance, let alone 102 kilometers. But I love rail running. It is my passion. And I love being able to test myself and see what my body and my mind can do”. After Tarawera Ultramarathon, Frederika Villacarlos will not stop here. She has other desires in terms of travels and challenges like Ultra-Trail Australia, Madeira Island Ultra-Trail and CCC.
Congratulations to her and to all the finishers of Tarawera Ultramarathon!
Discover the TransGranCanaria of Andris, this young latvian who tell us his story
It’s a late evening on 25th of February. For the last two hours I have punished my body in several different ways – my abs are sore, my thighs are burning but my arms are heavy as lead. Physically i’m empty but the hardest part is already behind me. It is the last and my most favorite part of the practice session – relaxing. There is a soothing music in the background and I am laying on my exercise mat. My eyes are closed, my breathing is slow and I allow myself to dream a bit.
In a dream I see myself. I see myself running smoothly across mountain tops, I see myself going aggressively on uphills and going aggressively on technical downhills, I see myself smiling to volunteers and supporters and I see myself on the finish line as one of the top10 finishers. I don’t know if it will ever come true but I believe in this dream and when I rise I have a completely different mindset. Tomorrow I’ll go to Canaries, after a week I’ll be on the starting line for TransGranCanaria 2016 and one day after that I’ll be at the finish line – with wide smile and happy with my result in TransGranCanaria 125km distance. I’LL DO IT!”
Andris strats his adventure with a dream. He’s dreaming about the finish line of the TGC and off he goes. But getting ready for TGC is not that simple. And because of someinjuries in his leg, his 20 weeks plan, soon cbecomes 10 weeks plan.
With his travel companions they decided to visit and train in Ténérife where the challenging mountains permit to run some uphills and downhills. Few days later they’re going in Gran Canaria in order to test some part of the race. His advice : don’t run into cactuses.
He decide to go on a hiking trip one day before start and during his 3 hour meditative walk from Ayagaures to Maspalomas, he creates his final strategy for the race :
- start slowly and later adapt himself based on his strenght
- only compete with himself
- be positive and won’t look back
Final moments before starts are quite emotional. First kilometers are deliberatly slow, but soon enough, he’s in very elite company, and right in front of him, is running last year women runner Nuria Picas. But now is the first descent. A nightmare. His stomac is not working properly, his esteem is at the lowest and Nuria is passing him again. That is something to be destabilised of. And finally, the optimism is starting to grow. Valleseco, friendly volunteers, and cheers, are giving Andris the energy to move on. He’s now in 60th position and recover gradually until the 50th position when TGC marathons runners will start their adventure. Besides, he’s still moving up in rankings and he’s now in 40th position when climbing the nightmarish ascent of Pico Vives, the highest point of the Island. That’s where he meets the elite runner Tim Tollefson, who is not in a good position. He feels sorry for him because he looks like a nice guy but competitor inside him is smiling – at least for now, he’s in front of one of the best known trail runners in the world, and he’s passing him !
Andris is running last kilometers with confidence and aggresivity, for the first time he starts to pass his competitors on the downhill. His mission is now clear, he wants to be in top 30 !
He feels to have wings on his heels, and pass hundreds of runners, including the elite runer, Jordi Bes ! Incredible ! Last 15 km are fast, but once in Maspalomas and confident that he’ll keep his current position in rankings he allows himself to slow down a bit and run the last kilometer with ease.
125 km – 16h32 and 27th place
He did it ! After a crazy 35 km long sprint finish he’s tired but also full with joy and hapiness !
“It’s a late afternoon on 5th of March. For the last sixteen and a half hours I have punished my body in several different ways – my abs are sore, my thighs are burning but my arms are heavy as lead. Physically i’m empty but the hardest part is already behind me. It is the last and my most favorite part of the race – relaxing. There is a soothing voice of announcer in the background and I am laying on the pavement. My eyes are closed, my breathing is slow and I allow myself to dream a bit.
In a dream I see myself. I see myself running smoothly across mountain tops, I see myself going aggressively on uphills and going aggressively on technical downhills, I see myself smiling to volunteers and supporters and I see myself on the finish line as one of the top10 finishers. I don’t know if it will ever come true but I believe in this dream and when I rise I have a completely different mindset. I’LL DO IT!”