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Winners of Free Adidas KOTR 2011 Race Kits

August 30th, 2011 2 comments

All the 20 comments I received gave great answers. I actually wished that I have 20 race kits to give away. Well, maybe next time… It was hard to choose the best and I don’t want to be partial so I raffled the 20 comments via Random.org.

Seems like names that start with letter “E” are lucky eh?

Let’s cut the chase, congratulations to

Numbers:

Number 1

and

Number 8

Thanks for joining

Elvin

Elvin Evalla

and

Engels

Engels Precillas

 

I already e-mailed you how you can get the free race kit.

Do check your e-mails ASAP.

To everyone, thanks for joining the contest. Until next contest?

 

Thanks to NuffNang and Powerade too!

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Want to win FREE Adidas KOTR 2011 Race Kit?

August 26th, 2011 23 comments

 

Of course you want it! And you want it bad!

So if you’re feet are itching to join this year’s Adidas King of the Road, for FREE, then this contest is for you.

 

GAME?

Just answer these 2 questions:

- How has Powerade stepped up your game?

- Why do you love Powerade?

 

Contest Mechanics:

1. The contest is open to all Philippine residents only.

2. One comment per reader only. You can submit your answers to the questions only until August 30 (Tuesday), 6:oopm.

3. Two lucky readers will have one each (1) Adidas KOTR Race Kit. They can choose any race category and singlet size & color they want.

4. Winners will be announced in this blog and through my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/journeyingjamesFB

Your answer is judged by its succinctness and truthfulness. Thank you in advance for joining!

Here’s the KOTR 2011 Singlet designs:

You can view of all the details of Adidas KOTR 2011 here.

Btw, if you don’t know what Powerade is, maybe you live in another planet. To know more about Powerade, read on…

Note: Those in parentheses and in Italics are my comments

WHAT IS POWERADE?

  • Powerade is a scientifically formulated sports drink
  • It not only quenches your thirst but also replenishes lost fluid and electrolytes in the body after exercise or any physical activity
  • Fluid replacement is important as it compensates for those which are lost during perspiration or sweating (specially for athletes like us)
  • It’s just 84 calories per (250 mL) serving unlike other sugared drinks which people consume when they are at the gym or when in sports Powerade is a Global brand from the Coca-Cola Company
  • It is made by the Coca-Cola company and is the official sports drink of the Olympic Games and the official hydrators of the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Available in three flavors – Berry Ice (red), Mountain Blast (blue) and Orange Burst (orange) to encourage people to drink enough fluids in the form of a sports drink (I like the Moutain Blast flavor the most)

 

Powerade Flavors (Mountain Blast, Berry, Orange)

 

Why are Electrolytes and Carbohydrates Important?

  • Electrolytes are ions which have special functions in our body. Powerade currently has two  – sodium and potassium which help drive thirst and promotes water balance in your system. (Sodium and Potassium are very important nutrients for an athlete)
  • These help prevent being short of breath and muscle cramps so in the end make you become your best self and do better.
  • Carbohydrates in sports drink, in the form of sugar, will give you sustained energy in your sports or exercise and keep those muscles working
  • Water alone will not provide these support to step-up your game and keep playing. (I agree)
  • Athlete  can talk about his personal experience about it during practice/training and while at the game

Is Powerade and Energy Drinks the same?

Though almost all energy drinks give you the promise of feeling energetic and alive to do more, it does not really give your body electrolytes, which are necessary to keeping you hydrated.  You may be able to get a kick out of energy drinks, but you will not have the sustained energy to be able to kick that extra goal unless you drink a sports drink like Powerade.

Why is it important not to get dehydrated?

Dehydration makes exercise feel harder because your heart has to beat faster to get the oxygen and fuel to your muscles that they need. Dehydration can also result in your body temperature increasing during exercise. Sports drinks such as Powerade help to keep your body cool during exercise.

To avoid dehydration and get the most out of yourself and your sports drink, you should drink before, during and after sport. Before sport it is important to hydrate yourself and get fluid into the body. Regular replacement of fluid is the main consideration during any sports event. This can be in the form of plain water for shorter bouts of exercise, but for longer events the fluid should also include small amounts of carbohydrate and electrolytes. Drinking it after a strenuous exercise will help you recover fast so you are ready for the next game.

 

How much should I drink to get hydrated?

Before you can win, you need to know how much you lose. Get on the scales. Weigh yourself, immediately before and after exercise, you’ll get a good idea of how much fluid you actually lose during exercise. The difference in weight is all the fluid you need to replace.

 

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6to6 Ultra Sunday Report: DNF

August 25th, 2011 2 comments

 

I woke up excited for Sunday’s challenge. I hurriedly prepared some stuff that would be of help during the run. I arrived at our station (UPLB Main Library) 5 minutes before #6to6UltraSunday Challenge.

After Coach Nick reminded Sunday of what to do, we started to move. It was already 15 minutes pass 6:00am.

 

Start of the Ultra Challenge, 6:12am

 

1st10K Loop: 1:44:17 Warm-up

We had a very easy start. Around KM.7 Arvin had a knee injury that made us walk the remaining 3 kilometers. It was a nice time to get to know each other. I‘m also happy because its cloudy, just perfect for this running feat.

Time: 1:44:17

 

2nd10K Loop: Faster

Gideon, our cyclist, escorted Sunday on his 2nd and 3rd loop. Gideon said, “Grabe ang ganda ng takbo ni Kuya Sunday sa uphill, swabeng-swabe at tahimik yung paa. Kung gaano kabilis sa flat ganun din sa uphill.” (Unbelievable! Sunday’s pace was nice even in uphill. It’s very smooth and silent. He runs the uphill the same way he runs the flat route.)

Time: 2:36:05 (10K Split time: 51:48)

 

3rd10K Loop: Maintain

Sunday was maintaining a nice pace and should he continue to run like this he will finish more than 100Kilometers. During this time, it rained hard.

 

After 3 Loops, 30K

 

Time: 3:35:30 (10K Split time: 59:25)

 

4th10K Loop: Heavy Down Pour

Sunday had an accident. He slipped at the railroad on towards the old downtown of Los Banos. Making him run-walk the rest of the course. He was limping and having a hard time running. He had an injury at his left foot.

Time: 4:47:30 (10K Split time- 1:12:00)

 

5th10K Loop: Injury

Even with injury he doesn’t want to stop running. The determination was still there. He was limping and say’s that he is okay even if we know that he is in great pain. Maybe he doesn’t want to disappoint us.

 

After 50Kilometers (with Gideon and me)

 

Time: 6:12:38 (10K Split time: 1:25:08)

Lunch Break: 1:13 hours

 

Food and Aid Station

 

Lunch Break after 55 kilometers of running (with Coach Nick and Gideon)

 

6th10K Loop: One Step Backward, Two Steps Forward

I joined him on the first 2 kilometers and he is still nursing the pain on his left foot. It was already hot so I offered to lend him my shades. Still he continued to walk-run-walk.

Time: 9:09:31 (10K Split time: 1:42:07)

 

Sunday nursing his injured left foot

 
Back at our station

We are already worried and talk to ourselves that we tell Sunday to terminate the challenge and find another day next week as the injury in his feet could only worsened the situation.

 

Left foot injury

 

When Sunday arrived at the station, he was still smiling but I can feel the pain deep inside. It was a team decision to stop the run and come back next week more prepared.

 

Many lessons were learned- hydration-and-nutrition-wise, support crew and food intake.

 

Total Kilometers Ran: 66 kilometers

Total Time of Running: 9:09:31 (including 1:13 hours of lunch break)

 

DNF- Did Not Finish

We are discontinuing the 6 to 6 Ultra Challenge for now but we promise to finish this next week with better preparation and renewed strength.

We apologize for those people who we disappointed. Sunday wasn’t able to run 6to6, but he was able to run 66.

Thank you for those who monitored the run. Thank you Coach Nick for the sumptuous lunch; Arvin, for the superb support; Gideon for escorting Sunday and the water refill; Andrew for the motorbike service and the rest of the team.

 

Again we apologize. Pasensya na po talaga.

Until next week…

 

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6 to 6 Ultra Challenge

August 23rd, 2011 5 comments

 

6am to 6pm, rain or shine

This Wednesday, August 24, 2011 starting from 6:00am til 6:00pm, Ultramarathoner Sunday Ombrog will attempt to run again and again on a 10K loop in the Barangays of Los Banos. Yes, non-stop run from sunrise to sunset (12hours), rain or shine.

 

Sunday Brillante Ombrog with Coach Nick

 

Crazy? Inhuman? Whatda?!@$Y#!@*&!

I and Coach Nick will be his support crew and will be stationed at the back of the UPLB Main Library. Sunday is doing this as a preparation for something bigger before this year ends. This is also a call to Save and Protect Philippine Resoure Ecosystem. We are challenging him to run at least 10 loops or 100K. We believe that Sunday can do this, do you?

 

Sunday (wearing Runrio shirt) is one of the head marshals during the RunRio Trilogy: Run United 2 2011

 

Live Blogging and Real-Time Twitter Updates:

I will be doing some live blogging (at http://running.journeyingjames.com ) during the entire project and live tweets using the #6to6UltraSunday. You can also see some photos I will upload on my Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/journeyingjamesFB

I hope you can follow updates tomorrow. Please do share this project to people you know will be interested, especially the ultramarathoners. Sunday will be very glad if you can post a comment, pray for him or anything you can do to encourage him.

 

Everyone is invited to join:

Should you want to join Sunday you can just proceed at the back UPLB Main Library before 6:00am. Or you can join him anytime between 6am-6pm. I will run with Sunday during the first 10K (6:00am) and his last 10K (around 4:40pm). You can also leave a comment below if you have any question/clarification.

 

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An Unbelievable 21K Finish at Run United 2 2011

August 22nd, 2011 5 comments

The 2nd leg of RUNRIO Trilogy was a success in all areas. I can’t imagine how you guys can manage the 14,000 runners plus families and friends in one eventful morning. hats-off!

Thanks to Unilab’s commitment for an active lifestyle- people from all walks of life and all ages come together united not only to run but to bond in the Active Health village after the race.

 

7minutes before gunstart with Snail Runners Alabang

 

Positive Notes:

-Long lines of water and Powerade.

-Cold sponges and banana was superb. The sponges became my bestfriend and helped me a lot during times of over-heating.

-Active Health Village. Each kiosk was a box office hit.

-Lotsa freebies and activities post-race.

-Medics, marshals and photographers are all over the area.

-Kilometer markers were a big help especially for runners without Garmin.

 

Some Wishes:

-I hope that they would bring back the waves (21K, 10K, 5K, 3K) at the starting line. I was surprised when the countdown for the half-marathoners’ ended; it seemed like the runners are not moving, only to find out that there are 5K and 10K runners even if they are to run some minutes after.

-Route was a bit crowded at the first 2 kilometers. Maybe because there are about 3,00 (if I heard the announcement right ) 21K-ers and the route was full of u-turns. It was hard to accelerate but of course this is still manageable. I miss the Heritage route though.

 

A SWEET 21K FINISH

Patience at Kms.0-5

It was still dark and accelerating was a bit hard as I share the road with more than 3,000 runners. I need to be patient and conserve energy. I don’t mind others who are over-taking me. I was glad to stay on the 6:00-6:10/km pace.

Perseverance at Kms. 6-10

I can now feel the tiredness at this time but I always psychologize my body and muscles by thinking of nice thoughts and smiling. I need to continue with the pace. I also did some fast walking as I near water stations to rest my muscles.

 

Trailing Behind Rovilson Fernandez at Kms. 11-16

I want to thank Rovilson for the steady pace he has from the moment I saw him running at Km.11 til Km.16. He was really fast even with his heavy body built. I have to admit that I was having a hard time keeping at his pace but was still persevering to just go with it. I know that if I stayed on that pace I would finish less than 2:01.

 

Faster pace from Km.17-20.5

After I ate the banana around Km 15 I was feeling great. Trying to enjoy the rest of the run and smiling when I feel tired, that helped a lot. I was a bit worried because I forgot to bring some Hammer gels, I supposed to take one at Km.14. Good thing, I had a high-quality diet the past weeks coupled with perfect sleep. I think that helped me to run faster. I always check my running form as I have the tendency to heel-strike when tired.

I was accelerating during these times as I have budgeted my energy well. Always telling myself that I can do it.

 

All-out at the last 500meters

My training includes an all-out finish, teaching my muscles to add more speed at the last few meters and running as fast I can at the last 200meters. This I apply at the last few seconds of this run. I believe people saw me sprinting, giving my best to finish at sub-2hours. And yes, I reached the finish line at exactly 2:00:01, it’s still sub-2 because I remember crossing the starting line after 2minutes gunstart.

 

Last 150 meters, almost flying. (Photo credit: Gey Enriquez)

 

Last 100 meters sprint, now flying? Look at my feet (Photo Credit: Gey E.)

 

1:57:41. Oh yes, that was a sweet finish, the finisher’s medal was a relief. I re-rehydrated and ate everything I can find from the give-aways.

 

Now smiling and showing off my 21K medal, with Jerry Brucelo (Photo credit: Randy P)

 

Ayan Gey, may photo na tayo sa wakas. Thanks ha!

 

My Official Race Result= 1:57:41. Sub-2hours baby!

 

Post-race food trip at Mercato centrale.

I joined the Snail Runners as we talk about each of our experiences. It was a fun time to be re-UNITED with my running group. Thanks Sir Jess (Lipad) for the ride till Alabang. Sayang ‘di natuloy yung treat ni Mauie sa Manong’s. hahaha Thanks Sir Toel and the rest of the crews! I still await the photos.hahahaha

 

RACE RESULTS CAN NOW BE VIEWED: RUN UNITED 2 2011, Runrio Trilogy 2

OFFICIAL PHOTOS will be available soon…

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