(This is part of series of articles we’re doing for the All Women Ultra Marathon (AWUM) (03/09/2012), Cebu, Philippines. Please join our AWUM slot raffle promo, and women runners’ story, see here >>.)
Katie Villaflor had her first ultra marathon experience in All Women Ultra Marathon 2012. After that, she was unstoppable. This AWUM 2013, she will be back, no longer a virgin, and with a bucketful of 50Ks, 50Ms, and 100+Ks. But before she will arrive in Cebu for AWUM, she will have her first time at Bataan Death March Ultramarathon (BDM) 102.
And, after AWUM will be another first, not only to her but to her running group, Team Davao Runner, which is their TDR 80KM Ultramarathon (TDRU) event. Aside from sharing their love for running through TDRU, the TDR running group will also be sharing a unique (and not easy) tradition of theirs. This TDRU will give you a glimpse of what the members went thru to become a TDR member. (For more information on TDR 80KM, more details at our list here >>.)
Katie gave Davao City its first female ultra runner. Will Davao have their first female champion in BDM 102 and AWUM in her too? With her string of ultra races and TDR’s fierce spirit, it’s not impossible.
But champion or not, Katherine “Katie” Villaflor is already more than of a running heroine. She is a heroine in real life. She serves our country as P02 member of PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE in Davao, and is designated as investigator. Having a very demanding work, she has to make some acrobatic stunt in managing her time just so she could squeeze in some needed training for races.
And, time management means having to wake up 2:30am for her long runs so she could be done by 6am so that she would arrive on time in the police station at 8:30am. And, if she’s on a 24-hour duty, she’ll make sure to do a night run on day off. She is not a competitive runner but she makes sure to have a strong finish. The podium is just a “PAKAPIN.”
Though I’m bias with the Cebuanas, but another city getting the AWUM crown will be nice so as to spread the woman awesomeness!
Let’s get to know the lighter side of Katie Villaflor with her firsts in running:
First memory in running:
I’ve always run since I am a varsity player in badminton at the University of Mindanao, Davao city.
First official race:
2009 Samsung 3k
Phoenix Night Run 21k ( 9th placer)
Kadayawan Phoenix Run 2010
42km Davao Finisher Marathon 2011, (5th placer )
No fun runs in 2012.
1. 50k 1ST AWUM 2012, Cebu
2. 80K BOHOL ULTRA MARATHON, Bohol 2012 (10th placer)
3. 50K INTENSE ULTRA MARATHON TACLOBAN, Leyte 2012
4. 80K DAHILAYAN TRAIL ULTRA MARATHON, Cagayan 2012 (5th placer)
5. 100K LEG 2 CUC 2012, Cebu (8th placer)
6. 110K 1ST UNDRESS ULTRAMARATHON 2012, Davao city, (1st placer)
First out-of-Davao Race:
Cebu City Marathon (CCM) 2012, Cebu
First international Race:
I’m planning Sundown Singapore.( haha ambisyosa)
First running motto:
“Learn from the past, Manage the present and anticipate the future”
None! I always tell myself, “ Go katie go, sayang ang plane ticket and hotel.” (ahaha)
First Running Habit:
I always have my MP3 with 1500 song with me.
First major injury:
It was just an ITBS last 2010, after my first 21k phoenix run.
First running shoes:
First running gadgets:
MP3 with 1500 song
First thing you do in the morning:
I pray to God and Saint Jude for guidance in every practice run I do. And, I text a friend or even miscall.
First frustrating running:
35th Milo Marathon, I got the biggest blister.
First blooper in running:
2nd kitangland International Rugged mountain Race 2012 at Bukidnon. I thought it was just a trail run but it was more than a run. It was more of a climbathon, having to get to a 2899 mASL for the turn-around. I felt going crazy, and almost cried and told to myself, “What the hell is this???” (hahaha)
First memorable running experience:
1st AWUM 2012. I was shocked that somebody offered me a lipstick, a whole body mirror to fix myself, red horse for hydration and a flower. Yeyyy!
First running personality crush:
I don’t have a crush but I like someone and he’s not some kind of a running personality but pwede na rin… hahaha
hahah It was my best friend and later on we become bf and gf and we broke up in 2011 and ended up in hatred. And that’s why I went into running. The rest is history.
First running group:
I am a member of Team Davao Runners; I was invited by my brother Bhadz Villaflor last 2010 who is also a TDR member to be an aspirant. He introduced me to Jette Roy Sanchez, founder of TDR and Jay Salvaña. I joined practice run every Tuesday and Thursday and long run on weekend more or less two months of joining them.
The acceptance is you have to run the Eden challenge, which is approximately 26k uphill and downhill at Toril, Davao City. You have to finish it or else you have to do it again. To be a member of our group you must have DEDICATION, ATTITUDE and CHARACTER. TDR now is into ultra running they are few members who did not run 42k, but we encourage them to try even in ultra.
I am the only female in TDR who runs ultra and I hope this year “dadami na kami.” (hehe) The TDRU boys always considered me as one of them and sometimes they told me straight to my face, “ Babae jud ba ka Katie?” That’s annoying isn’t it? haha
First Team Davao Runners Event:
Since TDR is in the ultra world, we decided to have our 1st Team Davao Runners Ultra marathon 80k or simply TDRU. Its cut-off time is 18 hours; we made it 18hrs for you to experience the road and scenery of Davao City. We have surprises for the top finishers – TNF Trail ultra race slots.