Tagaytay: Running Against the Wind

March 21st, 2011 4 comments

The sun already peeked when I woke up, I immediately went towards my sun deck, took a deep breath while enjoying the scenic Tagaytay morning, a bit chilly, scenic and perfect for a RUN.


The famous Taal Lake, view from my room’s window.


After lacing up and a quick muscle stretch I found myself running on Aguinaldo Highway, staring from my hotel, Summit Ridge Hotel, this is the same road where PAU 50K Tagaytay-Nasugbu was done where I was green-eyed from Km.0-50.


This is my starting line



I did an out-and-back route. As I don’t have a Garmin, I just relied on the kilometer markers, Summit Ridge Hotel is exactly at Km.58 and so it is very easy to measure my run.


These are some icons I saw while running:





Five kilometers on slightly rolling hills and back, my turn-around was kilometer marker 63, where I have a nice view of the Tagaytay hills below.





Going back after 5 kilometers, was a RUN AGAINST THE WIND. The gushing wind is blowing against me, making it harder to run. I love this as this helps in training and it feels like I was running on air- another rave run. I was glad I ran as oppose to getting extra sleep. The run lasted an hour and 9 minutes (1:06).




I used my VFF Sprint here as I was traveling. What I love about my VFF is that it is an all-around footwear, I can use it while walking, running, malling, practically anywhere I go- off-road, beach, pave roads.


On my way back to the hotel, I just placed my camera on the road railing, 10-sec timer.


Ending the run at Robinsons Promenade just beside the hotel. Now I’m ready for a breakfast buffet at Classic Cuisine (C2)… (till the next rave run)


 Run ended here, Robinsons Promenade just beside the Summit Ridge Hotel


Running Stats:

Date of Run: March 16, 2011 (Wednesday)

Route: Summit Ridge Hotel Tagaytay, 5kms to Nasugbu via Aguinaldo  Road (out and back)

Distance covered: 9.8 Kilometers

Pros: The weather was chilly, fresh air, scenic lake view, slight rolling hills perfect for leg strengthening, winds going back was a challenge too.

Cons: The vehicles are king of the road, take a good eye while crossing as they don’t use brakes.

Time: 1:06 (6:44/km)

Temperature: 16°C or 61°F

Running Apparel: Vivo Barefoot singlet, Craft running shorts, no socks.

Shoes: VFF Sprint (Red) 


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Special thanks to Summit Ridge Hotel Tagatay for a very nice stay, the SeriAsia Signature massage the night before the run was a welcome treat for a runner like me. Love my room, 803, the view of Taal Lake was just refreshing.


For inquiries or reservations, call (632) 240-6888; 0922-852-6800 or visit their website www.summitridgehotel.com


*I will be sharing more of my experience with Robinsons Malls (Veranda & Promenade) on my travel blog: JOURNEYINGJAMES next week, so keep an eye.

BDM 102 Thru the Eyes of a Support Crew

March 17th, 2011 2 comments

I should be sound asleep because I will run 21K at United Run1 the following morning but I found myself cheering the 102K virgins and veterans as they start their travail on the 6th night of March, 2011. I was at the Bataan Death March Km.0 post to support my friends who are "crazy" to run 102 kilometers within 18hours.

The following are my tweets (in blue) during the loooooong and butt-numbing trip from Km.0 to Km.102. Along with pictures from Raymund, Banjo and Julito who are also part of the support crew for Alabang Snail Runners.

Also included are tweets from my hilarious runner/blogger friend Banjo of ULiKblog Runner (tweets in red and mostly in Tagalog). Please check hie site, a funny look on the Manila running scene. He also has a post about th BDM 102, you gotta read Part 1 and Part 2.



  • just arrived at mariveles,bataan… ultrarunners are getting ready, i can feel excitement and "kaba" here


They are still smiiling here, let’s see what will happen after 50 kilometers…

  • the travail to kilometer 102 just started. blinking lights, reflectors, headlamps line-up from km1-2

It was pitch black and a must to would-be 102ers to bring headlamps and reflector vest for safety.

  • Nakalagpas na ang mga snail sa km.6 with killer uphills.. We’re now waiting sa Km 10..

Nice get up UltraRodel, you can serve as traffic enforcer afterwards… :)

  • Update km 10: Ding, Sir Gil, Ambo, Xtian, Sir Toel, Vans and Rodel.. Si Sir Toel ang kulit gusto ata pumodium.. On our way to KM 14

Looking at the his watch, "Can I still make it to the top 3?" Peace Sir Toel

  • the alabang snail runners just passed km32. the lead runner is 7k ahead. camila leads the women,followed by tin

Somewhere along the route, for support crew, you have to find ways to kill boredom. Or maybe the best time cam-whore, no we didn’t.

  • the sun began to shine, most runners have crossed the 50th marker. weather is perfect, blue skies and cold air. atleast 1 DNF
  • KM 50 na! All snails nagbihis at nakakain na ng agahan..

After this kilometer marker, legs began to be stiff, minds and hearts of runners will lead them to the finish line.

Look who leads the team? Follow the eldest, ayyyy, the leader pala. :)



  • toel & rodel just crossed bataan-pampanga border. vans, ronald & ular of team boring 10mins behind them. temp around 36C. go ultrarunners!

 Massage. Massage. Massage.

The Support Crew of Team Alabang Snail Runners.

UltraToel & UltraRodel


  • After almost 18hours on the road running, we salute 102K ultrarunnners Toel, Rodel & Vans

Wearing proud, the Survivor 102K Finisher.


  • Tapos na ang race! Pauwi na kmi ng manila! Congrats SIR TOEL, VANS and RODEL for a job well done..
  • on our way home… all snail runners finished the race within cut-off time, injury-free. ready for 160k next year?

Again, my congratulations to the 102K Bataan Death March Ultramarathon and to the Sir Jovie aka BaldRunner for organizing this one-of-a-kind ultramarathon experience.

Special thanks also goes to Run with Ronald Support crew, to Sir Jess and co and all the people who helped and prayed the team.

All photos from Banjo A. and Jojo P’s facebook albums. Salamat ng madami mga ka-suso!

Race Results can be found at BaldRunner’s site.

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!



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."

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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 I Will Join AACE’s The G.O.O.D Run

March 10th, 2011 No comments

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists invites everyone to The G.O.O.D. Run on April 3, 2011 at Bonifacio Global City.

1. Organized by RunRio. If you want an organized race, run a RunRio race. J I don’t know but I have this trust for Coach Rio, a runner himself, that the race course measurement is accurate, enough water stations, early posting of race result, lotsa freebies and assle-free registration. What more can we ask? Ohhhh btw, I don’t work for RunRio. Just so you know…

2. I give importance to my health. I believe runners are healthy because of the cardio-exercises we do. What more can I say if after the race there will be a Free blood sugar screening, body fat analysis, bone density measurement, nutrition counseling, blood pressure checks, patient education and free clinic? Count me in!

3. I have a soft spot to those who have Diabetes. G.O.O.D Run stands for Goiter, Obesity, Osteoporosis and Diabetes. Diabetes struck my dad, sad. Now I take care of my blood sugar level coz I don’t want to experience the same. Taking an extra mile to promote a good cause- the GOOD run.

4. I want to beat my 10K Personal Record (PR ). Kinda personal but who doesn’t want to improve in running? I hope I can do it. Sub 45:00, let’s do this!

5. Raffles & freebies. I really don’t win on raffles but let’s see, hope I can win this time. With lots of sponsors on this event, I will go home happy.

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Race Categories: 3km- Php500 / 5km- Php600 / 10km- Php600

Race kit includes Bib Number, Singlet


Registration until March 20, check the ff stores:


•RUNNR – G/F Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City (12nn – 8pm,Tel # 4031787)

•R.O.X. – Level 2 R.O.X. Bldg. Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City (1pm–8pm, Tel # 8564638)

•Toby’s SM Mall of Asia – G/F Entertainment Mall, Roxas Blvd., Manila (12nn–8pm, Tel # 556-0445)

•Planet Sports Glorietta – 2F Glorietta 3, Makati City (12nn – 8pm, Tel # 8177896)

•Planet Sports Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City (12nn – 8pm, Tel# 8422886)

•Planet Sports Trinoma – 2nd level, Trinoma cor. North EDSA, Quezon City (12nn – 8pm, Tel# 9167451)

•The Athlete’s Foot Robinsons Galleria – 3F Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Pasig City (12nn – 8pm, Tel# 6363162)



About AACE-Philippine Chapter

The mission of the AACE-Philippine Chapter is to empower Filipino patients to achieve optimum endocrine health through the practice of leading edge, proactive, ethical and cost-effective medicine. The AACE- Philippine Chapter is the third international chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the first in Southeast Asia.


“AACE is a professional medical organization with more than 6,000 members in the United States and 91 other countries. Founded in 1991, AACE is dedicated to the optimal care of patients with endocrine problems. AACE initiatives inform the public about endocrine disorders. AACE also conducts continuing education programs for clinical endocrinologists, physicians whose advanced, specialized training enables them to be experts in the care of endocrine disease, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, growth hormone deficiency, osteoporosis, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity.”

For further information, visit the AACE-PC website at www.aacephil.com or the AACE web site at www.aace.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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