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Thoughts on the NBA Fit Run 2011

August 9th, 2011 1 comment

Come Back Race

It was a rainy run for my “come back” race after months of traveling. I was gunning for a sub-50 but finished at 50:35, more than 3 minutes slower than my 10K personal best. But I am already contended because I don’t have the proper training for this. Right now my leg muscles are still painful, like it was shot.

 

At the last 400 meters of the run

 

28th over-all, 15th male finisher, 8th on my age group

 

Here are some of my thoughts on the race:

Positive Notes

  • On-time gunstart
  • Organized claiming of race packet even for the on-site registrants
  • New 10K route
  • Nice singlet material
  • Knowledgeable marshals
  • Long tables for the water stations and Gatorade being given to runners along the way
  • Orderly claiming of finisher’s kit/loot bag
  • Lotsa Gatorade at the finish line
  • Got a BK, Energen drink, Alaska milk sampling and H&S shampoo
  • Fast results, I got my time and ranking the day itself
  • Bonus: the cold weather and some rain showers were helpful for my body temp.

 

Things to improve

  • Gatorade booth was a disaster especially when other runners get more than 1 bottle. I even saw some non-runners hoard 3-4 bottles of Gatorade.
  • I noticed that nearing the finish line the surface is uneven, it’s like rubbles. I wasn’t able to do my finishing kick

 

Over-all it was a great and organized race. Kudos to the Runrio Team, Air 21 and NBA Fit. Until the next year!

 

Race Results can be viewed now: BAZUMedia NBA Fit Run Results

Photos can be viewed: http://www.nba.com/philippines/

 

Nice to see the JazzRunner at the finish line, Letsky Runner and the Barefooter.

 

with jazzrunner and lestsky runner

 

Amanda, Michelle, Arnel, Lestsky, Sir Rene & me

with barefoot runner erwin and lestsky

Until the next race- Run United 2011 Manila Leg on August 21, let’s do some half-mary.

Thanks Lestsky Runner for the 3 photos!

Atlast! A FREE Race- Hyundai Fun Run

March 13th, 2011 2 comments

When most runners are focused on registering online for the Hyundai Fun Run because its for FREE (yes, FREE as in Libre parang Inquirer libre lang sa MRT), I was busy writing a blog posts. After some hours, registrations were closed because of the overwhelming response from the running community. Bad news! Immediately, I ask my registered friends, 40 of them, "Pwede mag-bandit?"

Luckily, I was invited at the Hyundai Fun Run Bloggers Launch and we were accommodated by Hyundai staff. Thanks Hyundai!

RUNNING FOR A GREEN TOMORROW

 

Hyundai to launch first-ever automotive-sponsored eco-fun run to create a new generation of eco-conscious and responsible motorists

Please NOTE that venue is changed from Bonifacio Hogh Street to Quirino Grandstand, Manila (near Luneta)

The Hyundai Accent Run : An All-new Way to Play
April 2, 2011, Quirino Grand Stand.

5K / 10K
Official Assembly Time: 4:30am for 10k, 5:30am for 5K

 

Official website is www.hyundaifunrun.com. You can also add them as friend on Facebook: Hyundai Fun-Run.

A confirmation via email will be sent to you once registration form has been fully accomplished. There s NO registration fee!

Singlet Design:

Some notes I got during the Press Launch:

  • There will be different waves of runners at the starting line. This is safety reasons and because there are so many runners who registered.
  • Race Results will not be posted online, this meas that you have to get your own finish time as you cross the finish line.
  • This run is more geared more that runners would have fun, less of the competetive spirit. So let’s have fun during this day.
  • This is just the first among many runs that Hyundai will organize for runners. So, be ready for the next Hyundai Race.
  • There will be a Hyundai Village near the Finish Line, where Hyundai cars are displayed and are available for test drive. Maybe this is a perfect time to buy a new car.

This run is in partnership with HARIBON Foundation. Each participant will allow HARI to donate one native tree seedling to HARIBON as part of Hyundai’s socio-civic “Together We Can for a Green Tomorrow” pro-environment advocacy.

Winners for each category will be given trophies and Hyundai items.

So for those who are fast enough to register here, see you at the 10K starting line and lets have some fun!

Again, thank you very much Hyundai for organizing such event, this is a very timely response to the rising registration fees in races. Hats-off to the staff too! Indeed, Hyundai is all about "New Thinking, New Possibilities."

____ ____ ____

Hyundai’s lineup of best-of-breed automobiles will also serve as main attractions during the fun run, reinforcing Hyundai’s green stance with eco-friendly attributes and performances installed in all its technologies. Available for test drives are: the nifty and utilitarian i10 compact car, the powerful yet fuel-flexible Tucson SUV, the fluidic Sonata luxury sedan, the CRDi-powered Grand Starex Limousine, the nimble Genesis Coupe sports car, and the durable Santa Fe Crossover Utility Vehicle.

For inquiries, please contact Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI)
Hotline: (02) 813-6788 loc 218
Mobile: (0922) 877-6752
Email: kdelossantos@hyundai-asia.com

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5 Reasons Why You Should Join Takbo.ph Nighfest

March 9th, 2011 6 comments

1. A different route. You don’t have Filinvest Alabang as your race route weekly. If you are looking for a different and new race route, this is it. Not to mention the marshals along the way- they are from Alabang Snail Runners. I’m sure they will make your run more exciting, and yes, the girls are beautiful.

 

2. A different time slot. The last nightrun (not including BDM 102) was last year’s Greenfield Sunset Run and this just not happen weekly. So I advice you seize the opportunity to try racing at night. This just gives a different high. Perfect too for runners who wake up a tad late. Gunstart is at 6:00pm so be there earlier to find a perfect parking slot.

3. A nice tech shirt. I’ve been collecting my takbo.ph shirts. I love the fit of the new shirt, actually I wore it the day after it I received it. I’m actually wearing it right now, that’s how I love the fit and the simple black & white design.

4. A festive mood. As what happened during the Runfest 2010 edition, this Nightfest will sure to entertain runners, do we expect another dance number from the Alabang Runners? This is also a time to get to know other Takbo.ph members and forumers. Or maybe a barbeque party after the race?

5. A worthy cause. For each registered runner, Php50 will go to the beneficiary- Runners On A Mission (R.O.A.M), we better know then as Team Logan. Not only that they are good friends but there story just amazes me and makes me feel blessed. “They have teamed up with Dr. Francis Xavier Dimalanta, a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician here in the Philippines.  He is the President of Cerebral Palsy Philippines Inc. and started his own therapy center in 2003 called “A Child’s D.R.E.A.M. Foundation” in his hometown of Baguio City. Dr. Dimalanta’s desire to help children is deep as he has spent years of his life sharing with and encouraging parents and children who are in desperate need of his help."

To know more about Team Logan you can read my their Team Profile when I interviewed them.

 

Bonus: A free Skechers t-shirt will be given to the first 500 registrants. So be sure to run as fast as you can to the nearest Sketchers Boutique.

Registratioin Areas with number of alloted shirts per shop. You will be given a coupon and you will use the coupon come race day to redeem your free shirt.

Skechers Festival Mall – 200 pcs

Skechers Market Market – 100 pcs

Skechers Glorietta 5 – 100 pcs

Skechers Trinoma – 50 pcs

Skechers Robinson’s Manila – 50 pcs

 

For updates, please visit Takbo.ph

 

 

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Colombia Eco Trail Run 2011 in Baguio

February 15th, 2011 No comments

I have a confession to make. My feet gets excited when the eyes see that there is a trail run coming. My heart throbs quickly and I get fired up.

While malling yesterdayat SM Megamall, I saw a poster on Columbia Store:

Colombia Eco Trail Run 2011 in Baguio

Everyone is invited to join Columbia Sportswear’s 1st Eco Trail Run on March 20, 2011 (Sunday),

at Camp John Hay, Baguio.

Elite Category: 10K

Fun Category: 5K

Registration starts on Feb 11-March 11, 2011.

Registration open in all Columbia stores: 2/F SM Mall of Asia, Gateway Mall, SM Megamall, The Block at SM North Edsa, The Podium, Festival Mall (Alabang)

Late registration fee will be PHP. 500.

Wish I am living near Baguio City so I can easily join this. This would also be a perfect training for the Ultramarathon I’m preparing to run come April. :)

Top 10 Philippine Races of 2010

December 29th, 2010 13 comments

Disclaimer: This is my conclusion according to the races, marathon and fun runs I joined. All of these are my personal opinion. If you don’t agree with one or all of the things I said here, please don’t get mad at me.  If you still are, run 50K and I’m sure you will feel better. :) Cheers for the New Year!

So without further ado, (drum rolls please). You can also click the Race Title to view my race experience/review.

10. Century Tuna Superbods Run (The Fort) – 21k.

I’m one of the 11,344 runners. At that time, it was the most attended race in the Philippines. Congrats by the way to the runners & organizers of 10.10.10 for making it to the Guinness Book of World Records. Anyway, I love this run because this was my first  half-marathon. The longest I’ve ran before that was 16K, 2 weeks before the actual race.

It’s also my first time to use a cap, a pair of sunglasses, a hydration belt during an actual race, and a timing chip (see pic above). And yes this was the first time I blogged (and reviewed) my race.

Organizer: RunRio  / Time: 2:03:18

9. Merrell Adventure Run (Montalban, Rizal) - 15K, Trail run.

My reward for this race: 4 blisters, 2 scratches (knees and legs) & a finisher’s medal.

I love running in the outdoors. I even trained in Mt.Makiling for this. But when I saw the trails this is what I concluded, “Unrunnable terrain” -mountaineers have their edge on this. Luckily, I conquered a lot of mountains before ‘running.’ This should be called “Run, Hike, Trek, River-cross Race.”

This is also my first official trail run. And the first time I met this cool runner/bloggers D-Loner-RunnerRunning Atom, RunnerIshi and Minnie Runner. Thanks again for the taho Irish. :)

Organizer: Thumbie Remigio  / Time: 2:19:25

8. PSE Bull Run 2010 (The Fort) – 10k.

All I can remember is that this was my first 10K race. The longest training run I did was 8.5K. There was no photo and I don’t know anyone yet. This was my second time to race in Manila and I was happy because I didn’t get lost.

I timed 53:35, faster than my target of 1:00. It took me months to finally beat this PR, and I beat it in #7 race, which is…

Organizer: AdEvents Manila  /   Time: 53:35

7. Takbo.ph Celebrate Running Anniversary (The Fort) – 10k.

I’m celebrating my 7th monthsary with running when I ran my 5th 10K during Takbo.ph’s  Runfest. I’m so happy because I’m a member of Takbo.ph. So thankful for this new sports that I don’t call it a sport anymore, it has been part of my life now, my travels are not complete without running.

I would like to again congratulate Mr. Jinoe Gavan for a very successful Runfest. Looking forward for next year’s celebration! PS. I really like the idea of the personalized singlet.

Organizer: LeadPack  /  Time: 52:49

6. Salomon X-Trail Run (Subic, Pampanga) – 24K, trail run

Fresh na after the shower, rejoicing with some Takbo.ph members. Thanks for the parteh, parteh!

Here’s my memorable experience,

The first kilometers were on the golf course, then to the trails, its so hot that I’m forced to walk, run, walk. But even though I was struggling on the first 7 kilometers because of the upHELLS (running on hills while the sun is super hot), I was enjoying it because its anew experience. Then came the river crossing at Km.10 then up to the summit. Boy I was mesmerized at the summit, the beauty of the mountain ranges was a relief for after some 13K. That was also the time were I picked up my pace until kilometer 19 where I did fartlek. Yes, I was doing fartlek on the last 5K. The Hammer Gel I took really kicked-in and I was able to do a negative split. Then came the final 100 meters, and I would say that this is the most treacherous last 100meters I ran in my entire life. As in, I was stuck in a knee-high mud and I don’t have a choice but to take off my shoes and walk bare-foot till the finish line. Man, that was cool! Hats off Salomon, Suunto and Neville!

Organizers: Salomon, Neville & Co.  / Time: 2:54:14

5. Men’s Health Urbanathlon (BGC, Taguig City) – 10k

With Alabang Runners “MEN” – We are URBANATHLETES after 10K.

I only saw this on Men’s Health magazine the year before. I was so jealous because this is the kind of race that I wanna join. Glad that I became an “Urbanathlete.”

Regarding the race, the obstacles are challenging, especially the low crawl. But I really love the wall, I hope there will be additional walls next year (and taller maybe?), longer balance beam, and more tire dumps. How about making it 10K and 16K next edition?

Thanks to Summit Media for sponsoring an event like this.

Organizer: LeadPack  /  Time: 54:30

4. CamSur International Marathon (CWC, Camarines Sur) – 21k

Look at the lovely sunrise at the background! Will definitely run CamSur Marathon again this 2011.

It was one epic CamSur weekend! It was indeed a blast I was not expecting. Everything was a surprise, this will not be possible without the help of good friends Kassy, who offered Reylynne’s 21K race kit; Reylynne for giving me her race kit; Team Logan for the ride to and from CamSur, Theo & Katie for the couch on the first night and a wonderful time at Daruanak; and Estan for letting me stay on his very cozy CWC cabana the night before the big event.

I only spent Php1,500 (thats all the money I got) for 3days in Naga City. I was able to try wakeboarding too. I was able to set an new 21K PR too.

Organizer: RunRio  /  Time: 2:00:44

3. Globe Tattoo Tiger Race (Burnham Park, Baguio City) - 10k

TRIUMPH: One of my fave running pics

This particular road race is somewhat different and unforgettable for a lot of reasons. This is also my come back race after 2 weeks of zero running due to my left knee injury. Anyway, I want to share with you why it was an unforgettable one for 3 first-time reasons:

a.  It was my first time to run in Baguio City. Talk about high altitude running without enough time to adjust on the weather.

b. It was my first time to run with a “team.” I run with Team Logan. To some who do not know who Team Logan is, they are composed of American couples Craig & Michelle with their 9-year old son, Justin. Craig and Michelle take turns to push Justin on his stroller because Justin has a cerebral palsy.

“I enjoyed and was pumped up on having the opportunity to push Justin’s stroller a lot of times during the race most especially on uphills.”

c. It was my first time to join a race with a P50 registration fee.

Organizer: Globe Tattoo /  Time: 1:25:00 (route was 13K)

2. RunRio 3: Unilab Run United 2 (BGC, Taguig City) – 32k.

Proud 32K finisher! Feeling may “maskels”

Everything was perfect for this run. We toured Global City and beyond on foot. Ample water stations (read: bumabaha ng Powerade and cold water), lotsa medical services, no traffic among runners, route is close to traffic, weather was fine, bananas and hammer gels also available.

Organizer: RunRio  / Time: 3:27:50

1. The Bull Runner Dream Marathon (Nuvali Sta. Rosa) – 42K.

The BEST race ever! From the preparation (trainings, seminars and support) to the post race it was worth it. Signing up for this race was one of the wisest things I did this 2010. This also encouraged me to be religious in following the training plan and blogging about my runs and trainings.

For those who are running the TBR Dream Marathon 2011, congrats! As a 2010 graduate (marathon finisher), I can assure that its all worth it.

Here’s some of the memorable notes I wrote before and after the big day:

12 hours before the gunstart: Open Letter to Mary

Part 1: I’m a Marathoner!

Part 2: We are Marathoners!

Part 3: A Million Thanks!

Organizer: The Bull Runner  /  Time: 5:00:02

Now that 2010 is about to end, let me thank everyone whom I met, I ran with, I thank you also for reading my blogs. Let me wish you MORE MILEAGE, MORE MILEAGE this 2011.

For races this coming 2011, you can check the Running Calendar.

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