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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

Globe Tattoo Tiger Race in Pictures (13K with Team Logan)

June 17th, 2010 10 comments
GLOBE TATTOO TIGER RACE 2010
Burnham Park, Baguio City
June 13, 2010 at 6:00am
3K / 10K / 21K
Race in Pictures


I arrived 5 minutes before the gun start of the 10K because I thought the race would start at Camp John Hay. Anyway, I’m just in time, luckily, I saw Team Logan in no time at Burnham Park.
 This is my first time to race in Baguio City and my come back race after the painful left knee injury 2weeks ago.

Justin (a 9-year old with cerebral palsy) is sitting comfortably on his stroller with his parents, Craig and Michelle Logan. They call themselves TEAM LOGAN.


Some runners gettin’ ready to conquer the hills (START/FINISH line).

After some 500 meters. Craig looking good. I enjoyed the Praise & Worship songs playing from Craig’s iPod, what a nice way to start the day. It brought me closer to God.

An opportunity to push Justin. Thanks Michelle for the quick picture.

Team Logan approaching KM3, looking good. Justin is sleeping.

Runners who overtook us.

The route was out and back: Flat on the first 2K, then 4.5K downhill then 4.5K uphill then 2K flat.

What a nice view, love the climate and the challenging route.

Team Logan loves this moment, KM6, the long downhill.

Others are going back already, this is 1.5K before the turn around.

I was able to take our photos in action. Justin on the ride of his life!

Team PNP with their shouts and “HUHHH! HUHHHH!” Can you recognize female runners among them?

This is were everyone wears out. One of the uphills. I think there are around 4 uphills we went through. PUSH! PUSH! PUSH HARDER!

Michelle managing the traffic on the front, Craig drives Justin while I watch their back. 
TEAMWORK = DREAMWORK

In front of Camp John Hay, still looking good. The sun has risen, the cold air makes it difficult to breath and the smell of pine tree made the run refreshing and invigorating. 

The PNP ladies wait for their comrades, about 2.5K near the finish line.

Almost there! Almost there!
Passersby, Commuters and spectators always give cheer and encouraging words when we pass by them.
So we had a strong sprint finish with all the cameras ‘clicking’ ‘clicking’
I hope that would be published some where else, online or on local newspapers.
At the finish line. 
Unofficial time: 1:25 for 13K (6:32/Km). That was fast run with a stroller.

Justin is relaxed and SMILING! He enjoys the outdoors very much. Miss you buddy, lets run again sometime (~hugs~).

What a team, DEDICATION, PATIENCE, PERSEVERANCE, FUN, UNITY, PASSION, LOVE and FAITH.

After the awarding of running event, there is a 30K bike race (roadies and MTB).

Justin is an instant inspiration to everyone.

The organizer, “Ma’am Che”

Some runners posing on the backdrop. Independence Day Tiger Race

Michelle with a Boston marathoner, age 68 after her 21K run.

That’s me (journeyingjames), race bib # 2196

Top 5 Winners of the Kiddie 3K run (First place did it 12:00). He trains with his father regularly at the Teachers’ Camp Track Oval.

10K female division winners, top 5

10K male division winners, top 5

Special Awards
Team Logan

Oldest female runner

Oldest male runner

The honorable lady counselor with some announcements and awarding the 21K podium finishers.

21K female division winners, top 5

21K male division winners, top 5



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Running in Baguio City with Team Logan

June 14th, 2010 8 comments

Event: Globe Tattoo Tiger Race 2010
Venue: Burnham Park, Baguio City
Race Categories: 3K / 10K / 21K
Date: June 13, 2010 Sunday (6:00am)

Note: Pictures will be published on the next post. Maybe the race story in pictures.

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.


1.  It was my first time to run in Baguio City. Talk about high altitude running without enough time to adjust on the weather. That’s crazy for someone coming out from a bad left knee injury. I arrived at Baguio Saturday noon (I came for a planning retreat and running a race was just a bonus, perfect timing!) and I don’t have a decent sleep. Knowing that the route would be a series of uphills and downhills, I was very cautious to run especially the downhills as not to put much impact on the knees. Good thing that my knees didn’t react that much after the race. It was supposed to be 10K but when Craig measured it with the motorbike, it was 13K. Can you just imagine those first timer running 10K? It was 13K, an additional 3K uphills. Still, I’m thankful I finished the 13K run happy. The banner on the side of Justin’s stroller was a reminder for me to not give up especially on the hills. It says, “KAYA MO YAN…with CHRIST!” (to know more on Justin, please continue reading).



2. 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. You can check out FrontRunner June 2010 edition for more of their story (only available in the Phils, pp.22-25). It was like Team Hoyt. I first met them during the The Bull Runner Dream Marathon and when they learned that I’m coming up to Baguio for a retreat they told me that there is a race during the weekend. Craig was generous enough to register for me. Initially, I just wanted to run 5K (because I’m afraid my knee would react as I’m not that fully recovered) but he encouraged me to run 10K with them. I took the challenge and just hope that I would finish the race injury-free.
It was unforgettable because during the run, praise and worship songs are playing in Justin’s stroller, it was a spiritual thing for me, just in time for my weekend retreat at Baguio. Also, I was able to reflect on Craig and Michelle’s love for Justin. It reminded me of how I was loved by God too! I was comparing this couples’ love for Justin with God’s love for me. Awe-inspiring!
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 as Craig just did 10K training run earlier the day as he is training for PAU Pagudpod 65K. 
I was inspired by the smile that Justin gives whenever we get faster. Seeing lots of people cheering us along the way. Finally, it was great to run with this Team because you appreciate running more- the camaraderie, the joy, the push, the ‘high,’ the sweet serenity it gives you, the joy of crossing the finish line with lots of people cheering and clapping because you just did something impossible for others to do. It was a great encouragement for me and I believe to a lot of runners and watchers in the event too. A reminder that my limitations are set only by myself.
Oh by the way, if you are curious on our finish time, we did that 13K at 1:25 (6:32/km. pace).


3. It was my first time to join a race with a P50 registration fee. Its way too cheap with a race t-shirt and a Globe simcard. Thanks Craig for sponsoring the registration fee. Of course, cheap registration fee means only a handful of marshals, dangerous route ‘coz the roads are not close to traffic, 2 water stations which eventually run out of water after the turn around point, no race results, no freebies or loot bags. But as always, the thing that really keeps you coming back on the races are not the freebies but the friends and runners you met along the way. The experience only runners understand and cherish.


I got a lot of pictures during the race and awarding ceremony. I will post those this week, a race review through pictures. So be sure to visit back.




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