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Run United Goes Regional: Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod, Baguio & Cebu Get Ready!

June 30th, 2011 2 comments

Run United Goes Regional: Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod, Baguio & Cebu Get Ready!

If there is one thing that I would promote, it’s the beauty of the provinces in the Philippines- talk about hospitality, food and sights in areas only a few can enjoy. What more, the opportunity to run in these places just makes my heart beat fast.

 

RunRio and Unilab Active Health has partnered tog ether to bring running to other major cities like Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod, Baguio & Cebu.

 

Their main objective: Promote Sports Tourism. Focus more on promoting running to Filipinos and to experience Runrio Event on the Regional Provinces and Cities outside Metro Manila.

 

Here are the ff important information pertaining to the Regional Running Events:

 

Reg Fee and Inclusions

UNILAB ACTIVE HEALTH EVENTS

Davao Registration Sites

Singlet for Regional Series (front)

Singlet for Regional Series (back)

Proposed Finisher's Shirt

500m for kids

3K race route

 

5K race route

10K race route

21K/Half Marathon race route

 

I just registered to run in the Iloilo, Bacolod and Baguio legs (thanks to Runrio), now its time to save money for the airfare and accommodation. See you there?

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. :)

Runner’s Profile: Team Logan

September 2nd, 2010 2 comments

This should have been posted last August 28 but because of some adjustments on the blog, it came late. But just the same, I want to present to you our 2nd Featured “Runner’s Profile: Team Logan” or should I say runners because they are a team (Craig, Michelle and Justin Logan). Craig just finished the 2nd Philipine Association of Ultrarunners (PAU) 70K run from Pasuquin to Pagudpod. Hats off Craig! Hopefully, I can join you next year.

Team Logan (Craig, Michelle and Justin)

TEAM PROFILE

Hometown: Craig (High Point, NC. USA) Michelle (Pensacola, Fl. USA)

Age: Craig (50); Michelle (40); Justin (9)

Training Ground: Baguio City, Burnham Park / Military Cut Off / South Drive and return

Years of Running: 3 years of serious running

Favorite Runner: None particular but getting to know Eduardo Buenavista

Favorite Race: (1) Dream Marathon (First Marathon finished w/ Justin) @ 5:45 & (2) Philippine International Relay Marathon (40 Takbo Team Members pushing Justin along the 42k course)

Half-marathon PR: Team Logan (2010 Milo = 2:25)

Marathon PR: Craig – Disney Jan 2010 @ 4:58

How many marathons have you finished: Craig (2) Justin (2) Michelle (0)

Fave running shoes: Asics (so far)

Unforgettable (good) Moment in Running: Finishing every race w/ Michelle & Justin

Unforgettable (bad) Moment in Running: Passing out, vomiting and being rushed to the Subic Hospital on SCTEX highway w/ Justin in my first Marathon attempt. (October 2009)

Reason(s) for running: Bringing awareness to the public of the special needs community in the Philippines, encouraging others, health, our love for Justin, pakikisama lahat ang mga running peeps. :)

Worst injury: Strained anterior calf muscles.

Post-race food: Chocolate Milk / any good carbs and lots of fluids.

If there is one tip that you want to share to newbie runners what will it be? Based on your training efforts and discipline, set yourself realistic goals!

—————————————————————————————-  That’s it! Hope you enjoyed our featured runners. Although they live in Baguio you can see them joining races in Manila for the love of running and Justin too! I had memorable experience staying at their place in Baguio. They are very hospitable and most of all, they make healthy runner’s breakfast and the best post-run shake! I would not forget that concoction!

3 things I cherish while hanging out with Team Logan: (1) I run with them on my comeback race on Baguio City, it should be 10K but we ran 13K. I love the idea of pushing Justin on uphills. (2) We met Eduardo Buenavista while having our speed training at the Baguio Teacher’s Camp Track Oval. (3) Their generosity- I would definitely come back to their place before this year ends.

PS. Hey Justin! I miss you, let’s run again sometime, hugs!

Snapshots Thursday: JourneyingJames meets Eduardo Buenavista

June 24th, 2010 13 comments
You can call it luck. I call it divine appointment!
I just trained with the fastest Filipino runner. (yeah! \m/ astig!) 
Well, I run the 400m track once while he did 2 loops. He is so blazin’ fast that I cannot capture him with my low-tech digital camera. I have to approach his coach and politely ask for a picture.
Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista stands 5ft. tall but runs super super fast. I am just amazed on how this GenSan-born athlete gracefully cuts into the air as he complete one loop after another. He is literally flying with perfect strides and effortless running form. What I did was just to stare and try to keep at his pace. Ok, delete that ‘try to keep at his pace’ thing ‘coz I really can’t; or maybe in the near future.

I am doing my “speed training” while he do his ‘regular’ training run. I must say that his cool down jog is still faster than my intervals. Look at my tired face while he is all smiles.

Google his name and you will be further amazed at his feats (Vertek’s PR):
3K- 8:17.14 min. (Manila 26 05 2002)
5K- 13:58.43 min. (Busan 10 10 2002)
10K- 29:02.36 min. (Busan 07 10 2002)
Half Marathon- 1:02:58 hrs. (Manila 06 07 2008)
Marathon- 2:18:44 hrs. (Oita 01 02 2004)
3K (SC)- 8:40.77 min. (Kuala Lumpur 12 09 2001)

He also holds the Milo Marathon Course record with the time of 2:18:53.

Watching him run is pure motivation to train harder, smarter and more consistently.

Oh, btw, he will not join the Milo Marathon this July 4 as he sets his eyes on ______________________. That would be kept as a secret for now.

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Speed Training at Teachers’ Camp Track Oval

June 22nd, 2010 3 comments
I slept around12mn the night before Craig (Team Logan) woke me up for a speed workout. “Hey runner, c’mon wake up we will go to the track,” he said as he shook my legs tucked in a comforter on a chilly Baguio morning. I said, “Yeah, I’m coming!” But I want to extend my sleep for another 30 minutes, we don’t have climate like this back in Manila. Its 5:30am and I chose to wake up and shake off those sleepy cells. We don’t have an “air-conditioned” track oval in Manila and Los Banos. And runners wake up early for some endorphin fix.

Who doesn’t want to run here?


After reading my fave book, a cup of coffee and apple cinnamon oats, off we go to Teacher’s Camp to test that spanking new tartan track oval that opened February of this year.



As we are preparing for the Milo National Marathon’s 21K we had the same program for Tuesday- INTERVALS. Craig introduced me to the program and I find it useful- “Run Less, Run Faster.” I will give the link later on the post. I find it a timely training program after Coach Jim’s tested marathon training program at the TBR Dream Marathon.


Program calls for 10-20 minutes warm-up, 2 x 3200m (400m rest interval) and 10 minute cool-down
I know that I’m still recovering after the Tiger Race 10K  last weekend so I only did a 10-minute warm-up, 8 x 400m and another 10-minute cool down.



Some members of the Philippine Team, boxing.

Stubborn as I am, I used lanes 5 and 6.
Lane 1 is used by “SOMEONE” whom I will feature on Thursday for Snapshots Thursday. Be excited for that!

Craig Logan wants it half-naked.

My favorite running pic so far.
Note: I timed the camera then run. It took me forever to get this flying pose.


I believe you will get jealous on the next post- Snapshots Thursday: Running with the fastest Filipino Marathoner. Be sure to visit back on Thursday AM.




Stats during the Run:
Place: Teachers’ Camp Track Oval, Baguio City
Date: June 15, 2010 (Tuesday AM)

Actual Work-out: 6 kilometers
Warm-up 1.6K- 10:50
9 x 400m 2:10, 1:49, 1:48, 1:47, 1:50, 1:52, 1:49, 1:47, 1:38 (with 1:30 recovery in between)
Cool down 800m- 5:17

Running Surface: Tartan Track Oval
Temperature: 23°C or 73°F
Shoes & Apparel: New Balance MR92, Run United singlet and Craft running shorts
HM Training Program in PDF format: Runner’s World “Run Less, Run Faster”

Important Note: The track oval is open everyday including Sundays and holidays. Entrance is P35 unless you are a member of the Philippine Team, they are free of charge. Ticketing office is closed on weekends and holidays so if you want to run during those times, buy a ticket ahead of time during weekdays office hours.


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On a different note, Baguio City hosts the 34th Milo Provincial race too.
Race date: July 18, 2010 (Sunday)
Race distances and fees:
3K kiddie run (P50) / 5K fun run (P50)
10K (P500 w/ timing chip) / 21K (P500 w/ timing chip).
Be sure to bring your empty 300g Milo pack (1kg pack is good for 3 registrants).
Registration Center: Athlete Quarters, Athletic Bowl Burnham Park, Baguio City
Contact Info: (0918)561-8364 and look for Mr. Antonio del Monte

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