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On the Sidelines: 34th Milo Elims San Pablo City

October 11th, 2010 3 comments

Since I was late for the registration for the biggest run in Laguna, I cannot forgive myself if I will not be able to participate in this competitive eliminations done in my home province. So, I still woke up and watched the 34th Milo Eliminations San Pablo.

I was there just in time before the 21K gunstart sounded off. My endorphins are getting jealous of the runners there. I saw my running club mates- MACRUNNERS SPORTS INC and managed to send some good lucks before they went off.

  • I am particularly excited on the 3K Kiddie event as 2 of my teammates will be defending there titles, Alex and Julia, both running the 3K, champions in the last year edition too! After some 11 minutes, Alex came still catching his breath and then Julia came more than a minute after Alex. They defended their titles and are hailed champions both for the 3K boys and girls divisions.
  • Another teammate, Jaycel won 1st on the 5K womens’ division. Congrats on your strong finish, you are faster than me!
  • We also got he 3rd and 4th place, c/o Lanie and Bing, for the 21K womens’ division. You make MacRunners proud!
  • 8 men from the Team also qualified for the Milo Marathon Finals to be held in Manila come December 12.
  • A Kenyan, William Kipyego (1:10:53) was the champion at 21K men’s and Mirasol Abad (1:31:41), women’s division.

This race got me thinking of really training hard. I want to qualify for the 35th Milo Marathon Finals next year! I’m getting ready, getting ready…  For now, I will be in support for you guys on the Finals and then we will run together next year.

You can download your PHOTOS HERE and RACE RESULTS HERE (now available).

Gerald Anderson just finished a “3K Marathon”

September 13th, 2010 20 comments

That according to him (Gerald Anderson). I’m not a fan, duh?! But months have passed and I still cannot move on to what I heard last July 4, 2010 during the awarding program on the Metro Manila Milo Marathon Eliminations.

Gerald said, “I am so happy I just finished my first marathon.”

JourneyingJames said, “You wish!”

Actually, he just finished a 3K fun run. So what’s wrong?

Let me explain to you: When we say marathon- it has a distance of 42.195 kilometers (26.2 miles). So a 3-kilometer run is just a warm up of the 42K. Saying you finished a 3K marathon is hilarious because runners know that a 3K fun run is way too much different from a Full Marathon (42K).

It is like saying you just killed a 3-inch shark with bare hands. Hilarious at best. Next time, educate yourself.

Lesson: Don’t use the word “marathon” with a 3K, 5K or 10K run. Its so uncool to “run a 3K marathon.” Still, a lot of teens were titallating to take a pic with Gerald. Oh btw, Karylle and Toni Gonzaga ran during the event too.

After Running a "3K Marathon?" (Image from E.Esguerra's Flickr)

Some acceptable usages of marathon would include:

21K = Half Marathon distance (half of 26.2 mile)

42K or 42.195K = Full Marathon

50K or more = UltraMarathon

Watching movies till the morning = Movie Marathon. Oh, this is different na pala.

More Photos from the Milo Manila Elims in E.Esguerra’s Flickr Account.

34th Milo Marathon: My 4th Half Marathon on the 4th of July

July 5th, 2010 6 comments
Race Event: 34th Milo Marathon Eliminations
Race Distances: 42K / 21K / 10K / 5K / 3K
Race Venue: Km.0 Roxas Blvd., Luneta Park, Manila
Date: July 4, 2010
Race Organizer: Rudy Biscocho of RACE
Beneficiary: Poor and marginalized kids given new shoes.
Race Results HERE
Compare yourself with other runners HERE thru Runpix Race Analysis (for 10K, 21K & 42K)
Race Photos can be downloaded HERE (you need your race bib number)


Having the opportunity to participate on the biggest and most prestigious race in the country is no big joke, you have to be serious so as not to sacrifice the precious time spent on trainings. 
I don’t know where will I start my 1st Milo Marathon experience. Or maybe I just want to get back on the starting line and re-run my Half Marathon. I should have prepared a race plan. Maybe I’m too confident because this is my 4th 21K and it somehow has a flat course.


Pumped Up! I was pumped up on the start and as I glanced on my watch it registered a fast 5:35 on the 1st kilometer. I have to slow down, but my mind and body can’t be controlled so I just continued the pace.

Still smiling here, no injury yet…Thanks Jigs for the picture



Running with Donna Cruz-Larrazabal. After some 1.8 kilometers I saw Donna Cruz. Knowing her 21K time, I said to myself if I just run with her, I will reach my sub2:00 target time. So at kilometer 2 to 8, I was not looking on my Garmin (‘coz I don’t have one, hahaha). I was just focused on my running form and breathing, stopping on water stations to sip cold water and pour some on my head. Donna was consistent on her strides and pace, always looking on her watch to check her time. Oh btw, she was wearing an apple green Nature Valley’s tech shirt, compression tights and cute pink Saucony (if I’m not mistaken).


Porta-Potty break at KM.9. You wish,  I don’t want to blog about this. 


ANR Alabang Support at Km10. I was really excited to pass by our support group because of tow things, 1. I needed some motivation on the 2nd half of the course. I think the heat and pollution started to make its toll (I hate pollution! Who doesn’t? I live near Mt.Makiling that is why air is clea in green in my training ground). 2. With no Photovendo around, I want a picture of myself running my first ever Milo Marathon. 
Thank you so much ANR Alabang, especially to Ms.Nao, Captain Chit, Anna and Adel. Way to go guys! Pasensiya absent muna ulit ako sa mga susunod na Tuesday runs.


Thanks Chit for the photo.
Xerxes while applying petroleum jelly on his feet
Not just water & Gatorade, ice bath too. Sarap Mond!
Jojo, happy with banana!
One of the Powerpuff boys smiling at the sight of cold water.
Not only H20, Gatorade, Petroeum Jelly, Ice bath. Chit’s banana and Hammer gel too!
Alex motivated by the cheers and clap of the support crew
The Bald Runner, www.baldrunner.com
Coach Rio on yellow! www.runrio.com I heard he placed 5th 21K.
Coach Pojie, www.forefootrunner.wordpress.com
Luis aka GBM of gingerbreadrunning.com
Noelle aka kikayrunner (look at the pinky finger). Happy Birthday!
Nice pose Prince!
Team Logan “Kaya Mo Yan with Christ!”
Papi Jet, www.jetpaiso.blogspot.com
Rico, www.sheerwill.blogspot.com
Sir Jonel of FrontRunner, wwwbugobugo85.wordpress.com
Oldest 42K runner? Pang-ilang Milo Marathon na kayo ito ni tatang? Look at the shoes.



Left-knee injury. I was running consistently on a 5:30-5:50/km pace until KM15 when I felt my knee acting up again. I tried having short walk breaks in hope that it will subside. But it started to get painful as I run on more kilometers. Looks like I have to say good-bye for my sub-2:00hrs dream and just enjoy the rest of the course. The next 3.5 kilometers were a punishment of heat, pollution and reckless drivers. Luckily, I found my second wind at Km16- I’m running Milo, I have to give my best.


Last stretch. Final 3K, second wind didn’t last that long as I am forced to walk the final kilometers. I saw Jojo as I began to walk and told him to continue running to beat his PR. So I walked as fast as I could until Gideon (my training buddy who is running his first 21K) called me, musing to continue running. I closed my eyes and breath a prayer for the last 800meters. Nearing the finish line I gave everything and I was able to sprint the last 20meters. Wooohoooo! All, I wanted to do was to sit down.


Paying it forward. I still remember vividly my marathon experience during TBR. And I want to pay it forward. So after the free massage and ice pack on my knee (thanks Aby of Red Cross Manila Chapter). I can walk/run again.  After some more rest, I experienced the most unforgettable thing on Milo. I was privileged to pace 42K runners on  their last 500meter. I saw a lot of seasoned and serious runners conquer the finish line. I saw someone on a bad running form because of fatigue, someone running with one shoe on and because of blisters, runners with amputated arms still giving their best, runners already deaf of exhaustion, some with all smiles. Everyone of them is an inspiration! How I wish I can someday say, “I finished the Milo Marathon. I’m not only a marathoner, I’m a Milo Marathoner!”

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To the Milo Marathon organizers, thanks a lot for the memorable race! Everything was great (singlet, registration centers, timing chip, advocac, website and Facebook page) and I hope that you can improve on the ff:
1. Hydration on the last 5 kilometers. The 3K and 5K runners drank everything. Was sad to see 42K runners suffering in dehydration and heat exhaustion. I saw passers-by get water from stations.
2. Traffic control especially on crossings. I noticed that as the race is about to end, marshals and police aren’t that strictly already.
3. Earlier time start to avoid heat exhaustion. Maybe 3:00am for 42K and 4:00am for the 21K?
4. 3 loops for the 42K was mentally unbearable. I wish you can bring back the classic route on the 35th so I can run 42k.
5. More organized baggage counter. I learned that someone fainted while claiming her bag. It was a total chaos. I also heard that a lot lost their bags, cellphone and money at the counter. 
6. Cheaper registration fees. I know of a lot of serious runners who were not able to register because of the expensive fee. I hope you can do something about this. As far as I know, this is sponsored by Milo. I do think that P500 is a rip off. If not for its prestige and me supporting my friends running for the first time, I would have opted to have my own 21K LSD.
7. Please give the medal to 21K finishers within the cut-off time as he/she crosses the finish line next time. That’s a great encouragement for us.
“7 humble requests po, KAYA N’YO YAN!”


Still, I will be joining some of your provincial races. Maybe the 5K fun run because its way cheaper than P500.
Now, I’m getting ready, getting ready for the next bigger challenge: 14 Days Solo Backpacking Challenge: Visayas up to Luzon. Please check out the blog for updates during the trip. Thanks!


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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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