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Rave Run #4: To Boracay Once Again

November 29th, 2010 No comments

Earlier this year, I had my running nirvana at the same island.

You have read about my roadXtrail adventures at Mambukal Resort; my short but “Sweet” Run in La Carlota City; and my ala-Baywatch Run at Roxas City.

Now it’s on the island both foreigners and locals love- Boracay.

This is my Starting Line: Somewhere in Station 1

continuing the run here, somewhere in Station 2

I thought this will be my finish line (somewhere in Station 3), but as Nike goes, “There Is No Finish Line”

My Dailymile log reminds me of the 6K rave run:

I did the long stretch of the beach from Station 1 to Hotel Isla Boracay (Station 3). Then it rained hard, I still wanted to run so I ran from Station 3 to D-Mall (Station 2) while raining hard. Love running in the rain! Good times!

Running Stats:

Date of Run: July 18, 2010 (Sunday)

Route: Boracay white sand and road

Distance covered: 6 Kilometers

Running Surface: White powdery sand and a little cemented road at the end

Time: 41:03 (6:50/km)

Running Apparel: Nike Singlet (white & pink); Nike white cap; Craft shorts; and cycling shorts.

Shoes: New Balance MR92 (Lightweight Nuetral)


Now, after this series of rave runs, I think its high time for me to experience running in these places:

How about you, where do you want to run? Please don’t tell me “at BGC.”


Note: This is the final installment of the 4-part series of rave runs while I was on the road during my 14-Day Backpacking Trip to West Visayas.

If you love travel, backpacking and adventure do visit my TRAVEL BLOG. Thanks a lot!

For more of my out-of-town runs, you can visit my running places page.

Finishline In-Motion Series: Road X Trail (Cycling, Running & Duathlon)

November 28th, 2010 2 comments

Let’s go back to Nuvali for more awesome weekend races!

Adrenaline junkies, road and trail runners, cycling aficionados, duathletes, I believe these awesome races are for you:


RUNNING: Jan. 15, 2011 (Saturday)

Road Race- 1K forkids, 3K, 5K, 8K, 16K  (3:05PM Assembly time)

Trail Run- 8K and 16K only (2:35PM Assembly time)

DUATHLON: Jan. 16, 2011 (Sunday), 6:00 AM




YOUTH 12-15yrs. old: (1.5KM RUN/ 12KM BIKE/ 1.5KM RUN); and

KIDS 8-11yrs. old: (500M RUN/ 6KM BIKE/ 500M RUN)




CYCLING: Feb. 13, 2011 (Saturday), 8:00 AM


YOUTH 12-15 yrs. old: 10KM



KIDS 8-11 yrs.old: 6KM

FIT: (40 MIN + 4 laps) 2km single lap

ACTIVE: (20 MIN + 2 laps) 2km single lap


FIT: (40 MIN + 4 laps) 1km single lap

ACTIVE: (20 MIN + 2 laps) 1km single lap

Registration Sites:
a. PASIG CITY – All-Terra Bike Shop and Second Wind, GNC Megamall
b. QUEZON CITY – GNC Ayala Tinoma Mall, All Terra Libis
c. TAGUIG CITY – RUNNR Fort Bonifacio Global City
d. MAKATI CITY – GNC Glorietta 4
e. ALABANG – Grandtrail Bike Shop, GNC Alabang Town Center 2
f. STA. ROSA CITY– SABAK Bike Shop & NUVALI Evoliving Center (Weekends only)
g. SAN PABLO CITY – Green Planet Bike Shop

Contact Number: (02) 570-8330

You can visit the official website: FINISHLINE

Facebook Fan Page: (You can win a brand new Macbook Air & Race kits)

Twitter: @finishlineph

4th PAU: Green-eyed from Tagaytay to Nasugbu

November 25th, 2010 10 comments

Following are some snippets from those who joined the 4th Philippine  Association of Ultrarunners (PAU) Tagaytay-Nasugbu 50K, both runners virgins & veterans) and support crew. Will also be sharing how I felt from Km.0 (Tagaytay City, Cavite) to Km.50 (Nasugbu, Batangas).

I wish I’m seeing Tagaytay-Nasugbu on foot (not on 4 wheels)

I just came from a tiring (yet satisfying) Salomon X-Trail Run at Subic, headed straight to Tagaytay because we are part of the support crew for Alabang Runners who want to test their limits. At first, I’m excited but when I saw myself at the assembly I begin to get jealous to those warming up in the cold of the morning. Why? They are on the running attire while I’m wearing a jacket, pants and VFF, this is one of those times that I wish it was just a dream. I somehow regretted not signing up for this experience of a lifetime. I really can feel my legs wanting to run with those guys. But I have to control my legs and say wait, you will have your time.

Amped at the Starting Line- Virgins & Veterans

On Ultramarathon Virgins and Veterans

Numbering 160, ultramarathon virgins and veterans, warmed the freezing temperature at Tagaytay City. After some opening remarks from the BaldRunner off they went on the grueling journey never looking back, all the trainings, hard works, hydration belt, power gels and lakas ng loob will be tested right here, right now.

Me? I’m sitting pretty inside Raymund’s van with Jojo (co-owner of PremiumSupportGroup), Anne (Van’s hubby) and Banjo (founder of PremiumSupportGroup).

We stopped every 5 kilometers to hand out sports drink, water, food and encouragements making sure that our runners finish the race within our own cut-off time, below 7 hours. We challenged them by threatening to cease assistance after 7hours. Yes, WTF! We Torture Friends! We just want to motivate them to push and push hard their limits! We waited patiently as they walk the last 8 kilometers under the arduous sun.

Now that’s just me, let’s see what my co-supporters say:

Anne Camannong: “Being a part of a support group for the first time was a privilege. It was also a mix of emotions (excitement, fun, worry and relief) from start to finish. You get to cheer, help the runners rehydrate and sometimes tease them to give a little push to help them reach their goals. One thing I’ve learned is that during this kind of event it doesn’t matter if you’re a runner or a support crew, there’s always a time to make new friends. Proud to be a part of the Premium Support Group :)”

Banjo Asiddao Jr.: “Being a part of a support team is very rewarding in the sens that you helped someone reach their goal.. To finish their ultramarathon….”

Premium Support Group- we make sure you finish the race within our cut-off time

Jojo Pauly: “I feel proud beeing a part of the ultra support crew!!!!!!its our duty as a runner to help each other mutually we are just one big family…and its the great achievement to see them smilling crossing the finish line its an honor to serve reach there dream!”


Aileen Piacos: “Our support cars had to travel back and forth to accommodate all our runner’s needs. Tith our efforts, it still feels a little disheartening to learn that some of our runners had to ask for water from the stores along the route. It still felt great to have been able to contribute to the group. Helping and offering our supplies to strangers who are not part of our group also felt awesome. Everytime we pass by someone whom we thought needed help, we always tried to stop and offer the little supply that we had. In the end, we found ourselves being thanked by faces we barely remembered.” (Photo by Irene Ong)

Wil Veluz: Masaya at may halong kaba minsan sinisigawan na and runner para bilisan pa nya ang pace nya dahil ilang metro nalang ang layo nya sa ibang runner at may tatakbohin pa syang 2km”

Wil enjoying the view while waiting for runners

Te Calleja: “First, get everything ready: water, energy/sports drink, bananas, eggs (and salt), candies, ice, sponges. In the beginning, runners will ask for what they feel they need and you have to be ready to hand it to them FAST!

By the second half of the run, runners will be too tired to think so YOU have to do the thinking for them: did they drink enough? do they need to eat? do they need a cold sponge? They are at your mercy (bwahahahahaha!) and will take anything you give them (so be nice, hehehe).”

Now, the Ultramen and UltraMaan:

Raymond Canta: “Looking back the ULTRAEXPERIENCE, I never imagined that I would be able to finish it. There are times along the route that I want to stop and try again next time. But with my friends’ push and motivation, I made it. I am a proud ultramarathoner! Yipeee!”

Vans Camannong (Bib#136): “PAU T2N was fun because of the support and push I got from My friends. Despite of the pain and severe heat from the sun. It was also the farthest Jollibee I’ve ever reached! Proud to be a finisher! Proud to be an ULTRAMARATHONER!”

Wayne Plymale (Bib#150: “The expreience of my first ultra was overwhelming. It’s not only the distance but also the camradarie of the fellow ultrarunners and support crews. Besides the beauty of the course we ran, it was a humbling experience running in an event put on by Sir Jovie (Baldrunner). Thank you everyone for a great day!”

By the way, is that Manny Pacquiao?

Leo Tugade: “Had anyone told me before that running an ultramarathon would be this fun, I would have joined one much earlier. Okay that’s a lie! Damn. Almost all the Mamaws I know have told me that. Did I listened? No! Fear inside me ate the better of me. Damn! I could have run P2P and the Pinatubo Trail but I guessed I’m really destined to run T2N.

And never had I ran a race before where a fellow runners would greet you good morning with smiles before passing you. Some are even creative enough to say “makikidaan lang po sir”, “pwede po mauna muna?”, “pauna ha, ikaw uli mamaya” “miss ko na si jolibee eh!!!”, etc. Funny, humorous lines said to me randomly by runners that always lift my spirit.

Believing in yourself, trusting God and having a wonderful support crew in my end plus the dedication and preparedness of the organizers on the other hand equals an ultra amazing experience all worth the pains and aches. Oh, and hidden between those factors is TRAINING! c” , )”

Maan Catolos (Bib#63): “What I remember most is the journey towards the finish line. The whole ordeal was tough, hard and painful, but after crossing the finish line it didn’t matter anymore. I couldn’t have done it without the help of several people, especially to my support crew. Till my next ultra :)” (Photo by: Carlyn Pamil)

Xerxis Tan (Bib#179: Ungas Lang Training Resulta Aray”

Chang Hitalia (Bib#108): “Finishing a 50k is in itself an achievement. Training and self discipline is necessary to keep you in shape. Determination to finish must also be present. Friends’ support during the race is also vital to help you finish strong. Talking about my personal experience, they were there all through out with the care, the push and the pressure … one of the reasons why I won 1st runner up!”

Allen Gaspar (Bib#99): “Ano ba yan ultramarathon na yan?? Saan ba yan?? hohohohohoho….”

Wishing this post will continue to inspire more runners to be ultramarathoners. For me, I just want to somehow immortalize their feats and someday use this as inspiration as I also want to embark an ultramarathon journey. For now, I just have to wait for my Chritmas wishes to happen, I need those for PAU training.

Congrats for a nice and successful race Sir Jovie! Congrats UltraRunners, long live!

Congrats too to MacRunners (my running group) for the strong finish you did! I’m so proud of you guys! Wish we can have our own support vehicle next time. Me; Edison (13th placer); Mang Peping (41ts placer); and Sunday (1st runner-up)

You can check the results at the BaldRunner’s site.

Thank you Jojo “the snail runner” for letting me use your shots once again. Next time, tayo na mag-uultra!

Nike Club Run Manila 5K Run

November 22nd, 2010 6 comments

This is what we are waiting for! Don’t tell Adidas, I’m really a BIG fan of Nike. But I have to tell you something, I’m kinda bored with the usual Bonifacio Global City routes after running 32K yesterday.

So, I’m still debating whether I join this one. But, if Nike will raffle (or better yet have it as Christmas gift for fans) running shoes, I will definitely join.

FUN RUN DETAILS: December 5 (Sunday), Assembly at 6:00am & Gunstart at 7:00am


Student: PHP 100

Non-Student: PHP 300

School Challenge

2. REGISTRATION PERIOD: November 23, 2010 – December 2, 2010


a. Nike Park  (BHS, Trinoma, Greenbelt 3, & Mall of Asia)

b. Nike Stadium – Alabang Town-Center


(bib; d-tag; race route map; race venue lay-out & getting to the race venue info. center)


In this category, the school with the most number of accumulated kilometers ran will be the declared winner.


a. Students can register in group through their school or as an individual registrant.

b. Every student who registers will have to identify his/her school.

c. The most number of students from the school who ran and finish the race will be the winner of the Student Challenge.


a. For Student Men’s and Women’s:

1st – 20,000 worth of Nike+ vouchers

2nd – 15,000 worth of Nike+ vouchers

3rd – 10,000 worth of Nike+ vouchers

b. For Non-Student Men’s and Women’s:

1st – 20,000 worth of Nike+ vouchers

2nd – 15,000 worth of Nike+ vouchers

3rd – 10,000 worth of Nike+ vouchers

c. For School Challenge: PHP 50,000 CASH + 50,000 Nike Voucher and trophy


The Nike+ Mini is originally a personalizable application which when created, functions as a runner’s “mini me”. It changes with the runner’s activity and can be taken beyond the site (in facebook and blogs) for motivation and bragging to friends.

In this race, there will be no singlets, no finisher’s shirt or medals to be given away. Instead, Nike will be having a “finisher’s give-away” in the form of the Nike+ Mini doll.


Download here: Nike Manila Run 5K (397)

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A Runner’s Journey to her 1st International Marathon

November 22nd, 2010 No comments

When the going gets rough, the tough get going. While some go running. In a generation where everything is handed to us in an instant, one might consider this sport primitive because hitting the pavement with your rubber shoes is as simple as breathing.

Running is a sport that fuels ones drive to start their journey but take determination to finish. It is every runner’s dream to cross that finish line, and yet we forget that the journey is just as important.

Kassy Pajarillo, 26, is a freelance Media Relations cum Events Coordinator whose aim in life is to check off every item in her bucket list before it becomes overdue or impossible to reach.  Not always starting as such, earlier in her life she had a serious bout of hives and was induced with heavy dosages of steroids as medication, and her weight soared with no caloric effort. To her disdain, depression had set in.

Running had become the outlet that she needed to motivate herself out of her challenges. She ran in pace with the life that she wanted – a healthier one. She engaged in Bikram Yoga; got a certification as a TRX trainer, now offering her expertise to friends, family, and enthusiasts; while on the weekends, if not running, she’s in the ocean surfing.

Also a self-declared flexitarian, her zest for life has been an insatiable journey towards health and fitness, and it’s a wonder how everyone else had kept pace with her. Still with running as her first love, Kassy is slowly but surely approaching the next item to be checked off her list – to run in an international marathon.

Running for a cause

Beginning this journey with a few local marathons here and there for almost a year, vigorous training has not stopped for Kassy whose breather were a few surf sessions in between and the occasional yoga cravings. This, she believes, is what is expected for her first international marathon in the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore.

With a clear direction and sheer determination, Kassy will be running a full 42.195KMs marathon in the beautiful city of Singapore come December. She admits that although it will be a challenge to complete her first destination marathon race, she is especially motivated by the excitement of knowing that it will benefit such a worthy cause – the communities and families of the Maple Tree Foundation.

The Maple Tree Foundation’s vision is to help deprived and underserved mountain communities live healthy, productive, and peaceful lives with sustainable resource development programs that provide basic services, livelihood development, and education. For this, they need not to stay as less privileged citizens around Manila believing it will make their lives easier, when in fact they can do this comfortably in their own hometowns. Maple Tree founders are Canadian, Kassy figured, if these Canadians have been helping our citizens, Filipinos should too. And she did, pledging and successfully raising PHP 10,000 to help in this cause.

Kassy explains, “Whether it is to lose weight or to run for a cause, once you’ve achieved that first kilometer to a mile, you’ll be proud of yourself by finishing one race after another. There’s no clear explanation on what the runner’s high is, it varies per person, but it definitely gives you a lot of lessons that you can apply in life like patience and determination; goal setting; and achieving with proper training. Just like life, vision without action is merely a dream.”

Kassy dreams to finish her first international marathon with a smile on her face proudly knowing she finished.

It’s never too late to help Kassy run for Maple Tree Foundation. On 5 December 2010. You may read more through her active lifestyle blog; sponsorships, goods, books and merchandise are welcome for the benefit of Maple Tree Foundation.

**This article is written by Maia Patelo.

JourneyingJames supports Kassy’s mission run! Will you?

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