Friday, March 21, 2014

let's celebrate running

running has been my way to destress. while other people vent their stress out via drinking, smoking or doing some other things that will be damaging to their bodies in the long run, i do physical activities, such as running.

the times have changed nowadays. i've seen a lot of newbie runners who are overeager to level up with their run distances without proper training or mileage, most of them become injured in the long run. and as a result, think that running is not for them. i don't mind people being Type A with their personal bests, but then again, they should be blaming their activities eh at the end of the day, it's still their decision to do that diba?

anyway, why run? for me running is a celebration.

it's a celebration that after having ACL reconstructive surgery way back 2004, i am now able to do fun runs, marathons and multisport events (aquathlon and triathlon pa lang naman so far) kasi diba before they put a big deal with ACL patients na parang exag ung reactions (take for example nung si Larry Fonacier na ACL injury nung UAAP days, akala nila di makababalik, pero when he got back he was stronger than before).

it's also a celebration life. bakit kamo? sa palagay nyo ba being overweight/obese would help prolong your life? or even make you enjoy life in the long run (where all the after effects of your health is taking its toll on your body?) shempre hindi rin diba?)

doing diets also for me ha, is not the ONLY way to go. it will always the well-balanced eating habits. depriving yourself of certain nutrients will YES, lower your weight/mass whatever you might want to call it, but also, it might weaken your bodies in the long run. throughout the years i've realized and understood that deprivation is not the answer. proper nutrition is.

so anong point ko?

dapat tamang balance ng proper nutrition (which includes tamang amounts of macro and micro nutrients), and exercise (i.e. running).

I highly encourage you to join me (and my rubus- running buddies) in celebrating running with's Runfest 2014. Lahat ng distances may medal. magandang singlet. sa 21K may finisher's shirt pa!  (diba yan naman ang usually dine-demand ng fun runners nowadays? :) meron dito nyan ! :)

ang isa pang nakami-miss sa mga running events nowadays? yung ganitong family:

 sali na! ayot? apir!

PS: kung gusto nyo mag back read ng mga nasalihan ko nang Runfest:
Runfest 2010
Runfest 2013

Monday, March 3, 2014

Ateneo Aquathlon through the years

so far, i've had 3 ateneo aquathlons in my entire life (so far, but i intend to do more ha!) and luckily, i have been photographed in all three events.

let's see how i looked like through the years.
2011.                                                          2013.                                                          2014.

what's the verdict?

i guess i have to order the team's newest uniform huh? :)

bagay naman the new uniform diba? :) 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Challenge Overview

it has been a while since i last joined any triathlon. the last solo i did was still a mini-sprint way back 2010 if i'm not mistaken. after that, i've done one aquathlon last 2013,  and a few fun runs in between.

when the opportunity to join the relay team for the inaugural Challenge Philippines came up,  I was still a bit hesitant as i was not focused on swimming, biking or running at that time as i have been busy with work (so who else is not naman diba?) but after consultation with my teammates, i gave in. I decided to be the relay runner.


how did i train for the 21K run leg?

being a runner, i felt that i can easily wing this thing. i've done that before in the past, i just have to make sure i get to run 3x a week, 1x at the super least, pero on the average i got to run naman 2x a week more often than not being able to run.  on top of that, i decided to incorporate Insanity pa! parang pang hardcore lang diba, pero in fairness, i felt the difference kahit papaano of doing Insanity. core got tighter, quads were a bit bigger hahaha!

on top of that, I also went running along my favorite highway in the country, my own 'playground', Commonwealth Ave. sabi nila, rolling daw ung route, ehhh ano bang malapit na rolling na malapit sa amin? Commonwealth! so ang baga ko, medyo sanay sa usok ng Commonwealth kaya sige lang!

ano pang training ginawa ko for it? sabi ng Swimmer and Biker ko, sagad daw sila sa oras, so ang training ko ng takbo dapat mga 12noon -1pm ang start. sabi ko, sige, sakto, tatanghaliin ng gising tapos takbo tanghali. #likeaboss #likeanultrarunner #heat #training sunugan to.

sabi nila, HILLY ung run route.

sabi din sa race briefing, it's gonna be 'downhill' after KM15. 

pero puro ganyan nakita ko :) hahahaha!

Bottomline, napagod ako. kasi ang init. pati ang taas baba nung route :) fun though is that may Pizza stations along the route in fairness. sabi kasi sa km15 lang. pero sa ibang aid stations may pizza na kasama ng saging, at iba :)

hindi ko na maisalaysay ng matiwasay ang aking naranasan during the event, pero base naman sa mga litrato ng mga kaibigan ko eh mukhang masaya naman ako :)

Team ENDURE after the race briefing (thanks Rico for the pic!)

akalain mo yun, ung MEDIUM na suot ni hanna sa itaas ng picture na ito, kashang kasha pa rin sakin!

with the Swimmers at the Transition area

swimmers before the race (minus Noelle)

with Donna, ex-Summiteer, now part of TriMac Team :) 

finally at the finish line.

H-Endures at the 1st Challenge Philippines