Ta­bal aims for new record in Milo 42k

Sun.Star Baguio - - Primesports -

MARY JOY TA­BAL’S goal in the Milo Marathon Na­tional Fi­nals is clear: com­plete an un­prece­dented six-peat and re­set the event’s record.

De­spite the can­celled train­ing trip in Italy, the 29-year-old pride of Cebu is pos­i­tive that she can pull off a good per­for­mance in the na­tional fi­nals, which is set on Dec. 9 in Laoag City.

Ta­bal of Mo­tor Ace Rac­ing Team owns the women’s 42-kilo­me­ter record at 2 hours, 47 min­utes and 44 sec­onds. She set it in the Iloilo City na­tional fi­nals in 2016.

Ta­bal said that right now they’re ap­proach­ing the peak phase of her train­ing five weeks left be­fore race day.

“All my train­ing will be in Cebu. Right now I’m done with the base and build phases. We’re go­ing to do the train­ing’s peak phase this week and next week,” said the 29th South­east Asian (Sea) Games gold medal­ist.

The stakes are high in this year’s na­tional fi­nals as the Milo Marathon King and Queen will bag a ticket to the 2019 Sea Games, which will be hosted by the Philip­pines.

Ta­bal and her team orig­i­nally planned for her to spend six weeks at Tus­cany Train­ing Camp be­fore the na­tional fi­nals. But Ta­bal’s visa was de­layed, prompt­ing the team to can­cel the Italy trip.

The na­tional fi­nals will be joined by the coun­try’s top run­ners. The win­ners in the var­i­ous re­gional legs will con­verge to bat­tle for the an­nual ti­tles.

Sun­Star file photo

TAR­GET. Mary Joy Ta­bal hopes to break her own record when she de­fends her women’s ti­tle in the Milo marathon na­tional fi­nals.

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