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7 Reasons Why I Love Nathan Ridge Run

November 24th, 2011 15 comments

After more than a month of hiatus into running and racing, I finally had the time to join an organized race- this time in Tagaytay Highlands. The Nathan Ridge Run is a race too good to be refused. I’m soooo glad I was able to join and so far I would say that this is the best ever race that I joined this 2011.

 

Let me tell you the reasons why:

You don't get this everyday... UPHELLISH but BLISSFUL

New and exciting route. I really love to run on new places; that’s why Read more…

6 Things I Love about CamSur Marathon 2011

September 29th, 2011 2 comments

 

Pounding bass speakers. Fireworks. Excited Runners. This is what you can see at the starting line of the most attended race event in the Philippines outside Manila.

Tweet: “3minutes before gunstart. Fireworks to light the sky of CWC.”

Here’s what makes my CAMSUR Marathon experience worth it.

C- Cheering Locals. Those high-fives with kids especially in small towns are like free sports gels, the only difference is that it makes your spirit stronger. I love it when townsfolk get outside of there houses just to see what’s happening. Very much encouraging.

 

A- Amazing Scenery. The majestic Mt. Isarog and ricefields on my left and right are always there (okay some creepy scarecrows too). I really love the scene as it feels I’m close home as my training ground is usually IRRI and mt. Makiling.

Tweet: “So dark, so peaceful running along ricefields, 8.5k ”

Tweet: “20k at 2:15, Mt. Isarog is on the right and the locals are doing high fives. Still strong”

M- Medal. I got a sili medal! This is my second “sili” medal as I already got a 21K medal a year ago. It was also the time that I promised to go back and run full.

 

S- Supportive Staff. The organizing staff can make or break any race but if its RunRio, you are sure that everything will be right. Thanks for the cold (Summit) water and fresh bananas, and the sports gel at KM.36 is very helpful.

 

U- Unselfish Cause. 10 trees for each runner made this run so worth it. I just hope that “EL VERDE Movement” would plant more and more trees. I also wish that I can plant a tree myself like what we did before in Norzagaray with Nature Valley.

 

R- Refreshing & Breathable Air. I’m no fan of air pollution, that is why I really don’t join Marathons in Manila, sorry. I love my lungs than the 42K finisher’s medal. So, CamSur Marathon is really a breath of fresh air.

 

At the finish line, thanks for the photo Katie B.

 

Tweet: “DONE! Sub 4:40″

My target time is 4:30, I was late 10 minutes but that is just fine because I really lack long runs. I’ve got to train more and run more.

Congrats to every finisher! Kudos to Gov. L-Ray Villafuerte and Coach Rio for staging another successful event.

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…

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!

Late at Men’s Health All Terrain Race 2011

July 5th, 2011 1 comment

This is a late post thus the title but hey I learned during my elementary years that “better be late than never.

I'm still at Paseo de Sta.Rosa on my way to Nuvali at this time

 

I was also 6 minutes and 32 seconds late for the 5K gun start. Applying what I learned during my grade school years, I ran anyway. I don’t want to miss the opportunity of exploring the trails of Nuvali. Sweat began to flow after a mile, endorphins started working its way into my bloodstream and dirt was all over my shoes and feet. It was an awesome feeling after not running for so long.

 

I met familiar faces on the course but mostly are newbies in trail running. The course was really made for those who want to try the thrill of the trail for the first time and I bet that everyone enjoyed it. Nothing technical and the hardest part was the slight rolling hills on kilometers 2 and 4. On those hills I saw a lot of runners walk or slowdown. The huffing and puffing breath was music to my ears. I was amped!

If that's the trail, I have no problems with getting lost. I love the thrill of the trail!

These runners surely loved the trails. Have some trails sometime, huh?

I finished the race at 29:59 minus 6:32, making my 5K trail run time 23:27. Not bad for someone who hasn’t ran for some time because of the busyness of his travel schedules. And I think this is a PR for me as I don’t have an official 5K time yet.

Saying I enjoyed the race is an understatement. I was glad that I ran even though I was late.

 

Lesson: Run even if you are late (saying ang miles), unless it’s an hour late though.

 

My gratitude for Summit Media and Men’s Health for the invitation to run this race. Congrats to Leadpack for a very organize race.

 

You can download the Official Race Results by clicking this link: Men’s Health All Terrain Race Results c/o Takbo.ph

 

Some photos can also be tagged from Men’s Health Facebook page.

 

 

 

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