Abahan to undergo altitude training-A A +A
Sunday, March 23, 2014
LONG-DISTANCE runner Sandy Abahan takes an early headstart for her participation in the 28th Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon in Sabah, Malaysia slated October this year.
Representing the country in the international running event, Abahan is set to improve her winning chances by having a high altitude training.
"Sa ngayon isa sa mga focus ko na i-improve ang endurance sa pagtakbo sa high altitude na lugar, importante kasi yun since ganun rin naman talaga ang dapat kong i-expect once na andoon na ako," Abahan said.
She added aside from improving her running strength, it will also be a challenge to develop a better conditioning in running high places.
"Kasama na sa preparations ko yung pagsali sa mga ibat-ibang running competitions before sa Malaysia, pero strength lang ang nae-enhance ko dun," Abahan said.
"Yung strength kasi pwedeng i-train kahit saan, pero yung altitude training talagang sa mga piling lugar lang rin pwedeng gawin," Abahan added.
Abahan added that she is eyeing her training in the high mountains of the region.
"Isa sa mga prospect areas ko siguro sa Mt. Pulag or kahit saan sa Mt. Province," Abahan said.
Recently topping the women's division in the 3rd Pilipinas Akyathlon held in Tinongdan, Itogon, Benguet late in January, Abahan moves to prepare together with compatriot Jemarvin Cabilan from Bicol, the first male Filipino to finish Akyathlon 2014.
The two will be the Philippines' representatives and will be sponsored by Philippine Skyrunning Association with a round-trip ticket and race entry going to Malaysia.
Abahan will try to bid for a decent finish in the 2,760 meters above sea level Mt. Kinabalu after topping the female division in Pilipinas Akyathlon.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 24, 2014.