Hot & Cold

How Louie Sangalang and his coach plan to keep his cool and stay warm in the North Pole

According to his coach, experts, and even his Squad, Louie Sangalang’s only disadvantage going to the FWD North Pole Marathon is the fact that he is from a tropical country. Regardless if he’s a mixed martial arts champion and a veteran multi-sport athlete, how well he prepares and trains for the race will be for naught if his body can’t properly and quickly acclimatize in -35° cold. 

Apart from the training program his personal coach Ige Lopez designed for him, they are strategizing on ways to keep him warm but not too warm that he sweat too much, and also, proper hydration. “One of the first pointers that Coach Ige gave me while we were training in the freezer is to secure my gear, my gloves, and make sure that my clothing fits me well so the heat won’t come out or the cold won’t seep in,” Loiue says.

Another crucial strategy, hydration. Oftentimes, in a cold environment, people don’t feel thirst as much as in normal temperatures, which could be dangerous. More so for runners several hours into a marathon in extreme cold conditions. “The thing is, you’re not feeling thirsty when in fact your body is losing too much fluid and about to suffer dehydration. Romi Garduce also told me to sip warm water regularly to keep my body warm and dehydrated throughout the race,” he says.

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Louie Sangalang finishes 42K Run

Louie Sangalang finishes 42K run in preparation for the FWD North Pole Marathon.

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Hot & Cold

How Louie Sangalang and his coach plan to keep his cool and stay warm in the North Pole

Training and Acclimatization

Louie Sangalang shares how he adapted and managed to train in freezing sub-zero temps inside the FWD North Pole Marathon Training Facility.

Coach Ige Lopez at the FWD Freezer Training Facility

Ige Lopez shares how the freezer training facility is important it in preparing Louie for the marathon.

Sam YG at the FWD Freezer Training Facility

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Romi Garduce on the FWD North Pole Marathon

Romi shares his experience advising Louie Sangalang inside the FWD Freezer Training Facility.

Louie Sangalang on the importance of FWD Freezer Training Facility

Louie Sangalang shares his thoughts on training inside the blast freezer.

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Louie Sangalang trains in Tromso and Svalbard

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