Sunday, September 27, 2009

second wind as a drop off point for relief goods

got an email from Hector Yuzon (second wind) just helping out spreading the word to our devasted brothers and sisters please see email below.

Greetings friends in the running community.

In light of the typhoon that has left most of us emotionally drained, we would like to encourage the running / multi-sport community to pitch in and help out.

Kindly help us spread the word that we are extending help to our friends who were affected by the typhoon ondoy. Lets maximize however we can help, announcements in your blog, multiply, tweeter, or your status in facebook will be greatly appreciated.

Secondwind will be accepting donations:

- blankets

- singlets, jerseys or shirts

- old footwear

- food

- other items that can still be used

we will be accepting until Thursday (end of day) and will donate to ateneo thru Neville Manaois, PUR team principal, secondwind teammate and ateneo professor. Volunteers to pack and help transfer goods on Friday will be most welcome.

Maraming salamat in advance sa lahat ng tulong na maaari niyong mabigay.


wait for it to kick in
- secondwind



Second Wind Running Store address:

88 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village QC
Tel No. 7992089

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

going below 200

I've never been someone who's really that big. but at one point in my still young life, i tipped the scales at almost 200 lbs! during that time,
i thought i was fine. no heart problems (literal and figurative), no cholesterol, blood sugar etc. i've always thought of it as being normal, and besides, i was a student athlete when i was in college, I even got my ACL and MCL torn (warning, not a pleasant view) on my senior year in the squad. even after college i tried to be active into sports (even though i was not YET allowed to play badminton by my therapists then).
it never crossed my mind that i am THAT big (picture at your left for reference). all these time i felt it was "normal" and that it was a sign of health. also, i thought that a pet name was not that seriously aimed at making me realize that i am really 'tabachoy choy". well, so i thought.

at one point, my elder sister was always making side comments whenever we gather for meals that i am indeed, FAT/ BIG, tabachoy. at first i didn't mind it much. I didn't even notice that i ballooned that fast right after college. it wasn't like i liked being that big, there were times when i would be having a difficulty in finding clothes to wear primarily because i was big, or the style i prefer does not have any size left, etc. it was getting frustrating as i don't usually have those
problems in the past.

uy, kunyari pumapayat from before pero tignan mo, malapad pa rin

as badminton was the boom then, i tried it with a couple of college friends just for fun, and was hooked. i was not that competitive then as i was still getting my groove back from the injury i had in college, so i was a bit careful. eventually i was able to lose some weight off, but still i felt i was still fat, and that i was still slow and heavy for that sport. what i did to further lose weight was to ride the stationary bike at home which was getting cobwebs as a result of non-usage. this "biking" together with playing badminton, made me lose a few pounds, from the first image above to this.

at first i wasn't that much complaining with my weight, i was actually happy that i lost a few pounds, but still i thought to myself, maybe i could still shed some more pounds. i researched on the internet what possible activity i could do that would compliment my badminton game. since i'm also a cheapskate (at times), i thought of running. it started with the 1st Men's Health Miracle Run. at first i thought playing badminton was enough for me to be "fit enough" for running, and to think of if this way, from the images shown above, to this one below.

the weight loss was evident naman din, as you can see, i have a neck na in this picture, pero it wasn't enough yet for the runs. after that realization, i decided that i have to seriously start training for those type of events.

first step was to get a decent pair of running shoes
make sure that you have your gait analyzed first. you can have your gait analysis at running stores such as second wind, and runnr.

second step is to look for RuBus. (running buddies)
and join them in their group runs. here are some of the group runs t i've joined with these rowdy bunch of peeps

MARCH 8 LSD in preparation for Condura Run 2009
march 28 SSD (short slow distance) run with the noisy boys (docT, pao, me,carlo, doc roy, pojie, migs)

taho party after airspeed run & LSD around moa

Easter Run at Pasig/Ortigas area. break time from St. Martin hills
on top of montalban, first trail run with the gang. baptism of fire for my road shoes

botak 100K support station @marikina river banks

short slow distance run @ MOA

maragondon trail adventure with the gang

third, join run clinics such as Mizuno Run Clinic

lastly, takbo ka lang ng takbo...

Monday, September 21, 2009

registration closed?

naubusan ng slot sa NB Power Run scheduled for next weekend?

don't fret, hindi kayo nag iisa.

See how the Gingerbreadman (and his friend) reacted to these situations above ;)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

all out

ang galing lang talaga with running, you get to realize a lot of things, be it DURING a run, or even after.
Mizuno Run Club poster.

for last batch's "graduation" pics, click here.

last night, while i was participating in the Mizuno Run Club/Clinic, guess what! i realized something again! well, not naman as if i don't know it, pero mas concrete experience lang this evening with regards to giving it your best, all out kumbaga.

the session (Sept.17) was all about speed. for the second session, the drills we did were all targeted to ideally help us use more of our core muscles, and shempre the leg muscles (like the quads, hams, etc) to help us speed up.

(or para maging batak parang ito)

for those who haven't seen us doing our drills, one might say that we look stupid, or even childish. we were a bunch of adults who were in a "park" playing.

timmy, julie, marvs, bry, et al playing around during
mizuno run clinic
when they should be doing the DRILLS!

that's me in the black and highlighter yellow shirt and black nyort nyorts
with matching mizuno wave inspire 4

it was fun, and at the same time, it has its own purpose which we (well, I do) know.

after the drills, we did the usual route, running around BHS first 2 rounds (the average time per round would be the basis for the second "set), then rest then 1 round but the time should be faster.

[eds note: first set was 15:37 so around 6.40 per round? then the second set was approximately mga 6:30ish ata, or something, basta i got faster.]

so okay na diba. after that the next round was sprint todo.

in this segment, i didn't have any specific game plan (not unlike the other rounds where, i could just go and do negative split). this round was to test my ultimate "speed."

before i went for it, i shempre had to "power up"

(thanks to Gatorade our sponsor :) )

shempre ako naman, go lang. ;) tamang tama, gamit ko ang aking mizuno wave elixir 4

( saktong sakto para sa mga ganitong speed workout kasi magaan sha
at tamang shoes for mild overpronators like me)

while i was running all the way, initially i felt that i can manage it, pero half way i told my other RUBUs (running buddies) that it was malayo pala. i didn't imagine it to be that long, lalo na when you are doing the all out todo sprint.

when in the middle of the strip, i felt i was lacking air na rin, as my lungs weren't as used to running at that speed,
breathe in, beath out (wax on, wax off)

so it had to find ways on how it can expand (the lungs ha) so that it could give me the necessary boost towards the end (kasi nga naman, konti na lang eh).

so ayun, i was already experiencing some kinda shortness of breath naman while during the first 2 rounds of the running drills (as i wasn't been able to run at that speed again) so medyo transition stage talaga again.

in life (and in running), one has their own goals, and purposes in life and that each has their own ways of letting themselves fit into place. nature has its own mechanism on how to make sure that for one to achieve a certain goal, there are things that one might have to let go, even if the mind thinks otherwise.each has their own place in time, and that we might not be able to initially understand why things happen, but eventually we will. life has its own ways of letting us know why things were taken out of our systems, but in the end, we all know that it's for our own good.



after nung "all out" exprience eh, back to normal na ulit :)

cool down

and picture taking galore!

Running Diva, Planet Trumanian & Jai-ho

Marvin Rae, Planet Trumanian, the Kenkoy Runner, Nuttybunny4

mizuno diba, bakit adidas at nike yan?

nakakangiti pa kayo ng ganyan after ng drills? hayop-animal! :D


dahil walang banner, ang run club tarp ang ginamit

until next week's session!

Monday, September 14, 2009


i've had my last race at the Urbanite race, and since then, work has been piling up also. and to add insult to injury, the weather these past few weeks hasn't been that pleasant. the last physical activity that i did close to running was at the MITMC Maragondon adventure which tested our capabilities in orienteering (which was difficult for most of us as we had no background on map reading during adventure races, river crossing as most of us still wore our road running shoes, and compass usage). for more details on that adventure, click here.

as i was browsing the picture from that event, i saw and realized that i've been gaining weight as was evident with my tummy becoming bigger, and it was obvious! SO, I said to myself, i need to seriously run and start training again.

the road to recovery (of lost speed and endurance) started with the third installment of the Mizuno Run Clinic (every Thursday, 7PM Mizuno BHS). this came just in time as i was in need of something to push me again to serious training mode. serious training mode means i can eat again without having to think much as i would be burning all the calories naman as i continue with my serious training/running mode. :) for the past week, my serious training mode included a 36K Long Slow Distance (LSD) run with other peeps in alabang.

i had dinner with my girlfriend's family, and i am proud to say i helped with the dessert (we had minatamis na kamoteng kahoy with sago). for the main ulam, we had some left over lumpia from lunch and crabs. we also bought crispy pata from the nearby tindahan to add to our ulam (and primarily because we thought other friends would be joining us for dinner, but at the last minute backed out due to the bad weather).

i opted to feast on the sumptuous crispy pata
primarily because i don't eat crabs

so there, while i was heartily munching and devouring the sumptuous crispy pata, i kept telling myself, " it's okay, you will be running 36K tomorrow during the LSD, all these calories and fat will be burned tomorrow". I guess i was saying it too loud that event my girlfriend's mom was laughing at me. :)

soon after the wonderful dinner, i rested and watched TV with my girlfriend before i headed home to pack my stuff for the LSD and at the same time,buy the necessary food and drinks for the LSD. since this LSD was to be held in a land unknown to us northerners (well, i don't usually head south to Alabang/ATC to have an LSD), i had to wake up super early the next day to meet yup with fellow team LOST member and member Doc T (aka. Sen. Bong) who has willingly took us in on the way to Alabeng.

so there, we were super early sa alabang, and to think we came from the other side of the world, kami pa naunang dumating. we arrived at McDo ATC around 4am, while those who lived nearby arrived mga past 430 na.

some of the early birdies from the north (and tagaytay)

Doc T: ano ba naman yan, bakit ang tagal nyo?
Jetaime: ahihihi sorry naman, ang lamig eh :)

as soon as we had a decent number of runners with us, we proceeded with the run. jet led the prayer and we started rolling.

sobrang lakas ng ulan that morning, well more on bagyo ata sha actually.

sobrang dilim pa when we started kahit mga 5AM na ata yun, check the pic above for reference.
despite the bad weather conditions, being adiktus that we are, we continued with the LSD pa rin.

we didn't shy down from the rain,what more the baha and the puddles of water (and putik) also.

one of the pitstops we had during the LSD
time to catch up with those at the back, CR break, eat up, load up,and of course PHOTO OPS

for others, they were doing this for the mileage as they are on training mode for full marys (either QCIM or Smart SIM).
one might ask, from the 4.8k mizuno run clinic mo,
recovery run mo was the 21.5K LSD, huway??

ako? i'm doing it for the Crispy Pata.

ayot? APIR!

oh, yeah before i forget, Condura's got a FULL MARY for 2010! woot woot!

another reason to run, next to crispy pata of course :D

Friday, September 11, 2009

walking in Quezon City (International Marathon)

i was invited to attend the QCIM bloggers launch last Monday , Sept.8 which was held at Kabisera in Bonifacio High Street.

Despite the strong rains that day, there were a lot of runner-bloggers who attended.class picture-taking with matching uniform

as it was my first time to attend such events, i asked fellow member and one of the recent milo marathon podium finishers, Running Diva what is expected from me (us, the attendees) in such events. she said, JUST LISTEN, and listen i did.

it was like being back in college where there's someone presenting, you're suppose to listen and ideally take notes of important facts and information mentioned by the speakers (well, in this case, WHY QC, Rules & Regulations, Routes, Prizes, and Fees). one good thing though as compared to school, this does not require a test to check what you've remembered BASED on what the lecturer wants to hear from you.

in the presentation for the QCIM, what stuck to my mind were 1. the race routes and 2. the fees.

while i was listening to Vince Mendoza of Finishline, he mentioned where the 42K route would pass through most of the landmarks in QC, and being a QCIM "native" all my life, and having spent more than 15 years in the commonwealth/diliman area, i realized that this 42K route is literally a "mall hopping marathon". WHY?

from the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC)

the route would then pass through the University Avenue

then enter the scenic UP Acad Oval
the scenic UP Acad Oval

along the long stretch of Commonwealth Avenue, you will see two big churches, one of which is the Iglesia ni Cristo Grand Temple

and the St. Peter Parish (before you reach Batasang Pambansa).
Along the route you would also encounter numerous markets along Commonwealth Avenue (there are at least 4 markets along the route if my memory serves me right, there's one infront of Philcoa, another one near Tandang Sora, and then there is Commonwealth Market, and Fairview Wet Market).

If you are familiar with the area, (and if you've seen the route map) you would notice that there are a lot of malls along the route. You would be passing through 4 malls namely, Ever Gotesco Commonwealth, Fairview Central Mall, SM City Fairview, (and nearby Robinsons Novaliches is also within sight from SM Fairview). Before touching base with QMC for the second time (but not yet to end the race), you would also have to enter the premises of UP-Ayala Technohub before heading to Ayala's Trinoma Mall and SM City North Edsa and then heading to the Quezon Memorial Circle for the finale.

other than these establishments, the QC government allowed the race organizers to have the 42k race route enter the premises of la mesa eco park. talk about coolness! :)

here are other bloggers' point of view with the QCIM :


oh and yeah, about the fees:

Registration starts this TODAY, September 11, 2009 until October 4, 2009 at the following partner stores:
Timex SM Megamall, SM Southmall, Glorietta 3, SM North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia;
Nike Park
Bonifacio High Street;
Second Wind Teacher’s Village, Diliman.

to summarize the fees:

P300 5-K
P300 10-K
P500 21-K half marathon
P650 42-K full marathon

Race kit includes singlet, race chip and champion chip instruction flyer

IF you haven't decided until October 4, you can still register naman, but it would be limited to the Quezon City Hall until October 11, 2009 with a higher registration fee.

if i'm not from QC (or even if im from QC) i wouldn't want to hassle myself much by not registering earlier.

(ano pang binabasa mo dyan? REGISTER NA!)