Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Men's Health Urbanathlon 2009

If you're getting tired of the usual road races around the Metro, and if you don't want to go out of town for other races, then you must join this year's Men's Health Urbanathlon!

This is the 3rd time that the Philippines is conducting this race, and this time, change venue na. the first one was held in fort, then UP, this time, it's going to be in McKinley Hills!

Registration starts on October 29 until November 18 only, so hurry up and go to Runnr to register. You can also register online at finishline.ph

Registration fee is P450 for both categories (5K or 10k) which includes:
1. Race Kit
2. MH Urbanathlon Finisher Shirt
3. Free breakfast at the Festival
4. Free MH November 2009 Issue

for more info, visit Men's Health Philippines' website.

See you there!

Monday, October 26, 2009

SURVIVOR International Marathon: Smart SIM 2009 (part 1)

i'm sure a lot of runner-bloggers already expressed their opinions towards the recently concluded Smart SIM 42K SURVIVAL Run held this weekend. this is just to summarize things from MY point of view, and MY OPINIONS.

This was supposedly the "most prestigious" marathon in the Philippines (well so they say). if being prestigious means:
1. No water stations for most of the stretch of the SCTEX
2. No support stations allowed along the long stretch of the SCTEX
3. No light along the way
4. runners' safety along the long dark stretch of the SCTEX was unsure (even though the road was closed from motorists, the sheer darkness of the place can put an injured, dehydrated runner lost in the darkness) kahit na they say bring your own lights, ibang level pa rin ito.

then i guess this is it. i think it could be likened to training for the BDM, pero sa BDM alam ko may ilaw, at may posibilidad to buy drinks/ hydration along the way.

i've had a lot of friends from takbo.ph who had their first marathon in this event, and i'm glad all of them survived the gruesome run (i couldn't even say that it was a "race" since everyone was just fighting for survival from possible dehydration).

that being said,what made this event memorable:the takbo.ph family supports their members (and even those who needed help along the way na nakita nila ah sa dilim kasi hindi makita ang ibang runners hehehehe)

team hatid participantes

hindi namin alam kung anong mangyayayari sa ma katotong hinatid sa start line,
kaya sa finish line eh sinigurado naman namin na aabot silang lahat dun.

upon dropping off the takbo runners at the starting line, we saw that their race was going to be one long and medyo tiresome race (lalo na when they're running in the dark na) so upon reaching home we prepared the banners for ALL the 42k runners scheduled to run that day.

check out the personalized "greeting cards" with the respective runner in mind
i.e. doc T's famous "are we there yet?" line :)

team bantay kalsada: THE tito caloy, mcoy, luis, cindy, carmen, carly, and marga

the other takbo peeps who paced the virgins are: pepsi, carina, earl,cindy, (did i miss anyone?)

other than providing moral support, the takbo crew provided the necessary (and crucial) hydration for the guys. in the midst of pitch-black darkness, they identified the runners passing by who needed water too. they also provided the necessary kwento breaks for the runners, lalo na to those runners who were like going crazy na kasi nga walang makita sa dilim, at sa pagkahaba habang kadiliman, parang walang ibang kasama. the break might have given them the crucial sanity back to finish the run :)

hmmm basically pala eh takbo.ph peeps gave our runners the necessary contra negative vibes eh :) from all the marathoners of takbo.ph sa SIM eh lahat nag sabing laking tulong ng support van for them (pinaka mabenta dito eh yung tubig :) hehehehe :) )

running this race for these friends have been one hell of a run, not only because of the distance, BUT most specially because of the circumstances they underwent.

i'm so proud of you guys. you all survived and passed this test with flying colors. nevermind the time, sabi nga nila, eh its not ONLY the finish time that you should be wary of, but more on the fact that you finished the race ALIVE :)

group picture with the finishers of day 1

to the SUBIC marathoners, virgins and non-virgins, CONGRATS!

ayot? APIR!

Friday, October 23, 2009

plus 5 years

so, do you guys wanna add up 5 more years? lookie here :D


*take note, 10 mins lang ha, pag sumobra, hindi na healthy! hahaha

Thursday, October 22, 2009

runners blues

for those Atenean Runners (pwede rin namang hindi Atenean ata, hehehehehe)
another race on Nov.15, 2009 to mark on your calendars.

a simple fun run to be held inside the Ateneo campus. If you had fun during Ateneo's Run with M.E., or if nabitin kayo seeing the insides of Ateneo during the Takbo Para sa Pagbabago, then this is another chance to run inside the Ateneo campus :)

Categories are as follow: Grade School/ High School , Other Age Group Categories, and Open (5.6K only, good for PR/speed purposes, i guess? hehehe)

Registration fees are as follows: P300 DONATION for cash payment. P350 for online payments. DONATION fees after November 11 is P400.

Claiming of Race Kits are at the Ateneo Alumni Association Office (Rm.102, Bellarmine Hall, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila campus. The kits contains race bib, route map, rules and regulations and merchandise from sponsors! Claiming time is from 830am - 530pm. If hindi ma claim, they can be claimed onsite :)

again, if you're interested, the race is on Nov. 15, 2009, 6AM Ateneo de Manila campus, start and finish line is at the High School area :)

let's go BLUE! :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

waiting for it to kick in...

can i wear this to subic?

SecondWind Limited Edition Singlets

Only 150 pcs. (ooppps, 149 na lang pala! kasi -1 nung akin!) available. Get it NOW!


Saturday, October 17, 2009

learning when to slow down

this sunday, oct.18, is the 1st Quezon City International Marathon. I've written about this race, and have been anticipating this race for the longest time. I attended the long run two weekends ago in preparation for the 21k route, and was confident that i can pull this one off. my preparations have been going on smoothly.

not until this week.

my week started fine, actually. i had a relaxing weekend, but when Monday came, we were bombarded by literally hard work in the office. we were made to go around the metro to get back issue magazines from the warehouse, and then bring those magazines to different stores/accounts, and then, put sticker on the current issues. this would not have been that a heavy burden, BUT did i fail to mention that on that monday, 8 out of 9 members of our department had cough and colds already?

after that long day, i met up with my girlfriend to relax and unwind from that nasty day.

the next morning, i had to call in sick because my cough and colds the other day was not getting better.

wednesday came, i thought i was okay already, so i went to work. good thing i didn't go to work tuesday as they continued with the stickering and transporting of the back issue magazines, and based on my officemate's, tuesday was a lot more tasking than monday's. wednesday went fine, i just had my roll of tissue around, and my strepsils within reach, i felt okay.

thursday was almost normal. i went to work, continued with the ocular & back issue transporting before i went to BHS to have my mizuno run clinic. upon getting there, i found out that there was NO RUN CLINIC that night! :( [as per some of my classmates mentioned, they announced it daw sa FB, but since i was out the whole day, i wasn't able to read that. hassle talaga!] being running addicts that we are, we just decided to continue with our run, kahit konti lang, basta lang makatakbo.

running that night was ok. it wasn't that much of a breeze as i was still had cough & colds, pero my lungs and legs were still good :) if i was not to meet up with my girlfriend, i could have ran longer that 5 rounds around BHS. (yeah yeah it's a bit short, pero since i was thinking its taper time for QCIM, it's ok na. i just have to make sure that my legs were still okay, and then rest til saturday para fresh when sunday comes! :))

i thought everything was okay, i had my friday planned out already, gotta go to work, fix whatever needs fixing, and then leave the office earlier than usual (again) for the QCIM CLP, and then pick up gf from her work then bring her home. simple huh?

things have their own weird ways of making you change everything you've planned ahead of time. in the middle of the night, i woke up feeling a bit cold and hot at the same time. i felt i was sobrang hot (literal, as in i was feeling a bit delusional na ata at that point, thinking about something i can't even remember now), tas i felt my eyes were sobrang mainit also. i thought of just drinking water, and then rest/sleep again baka mawala.

ang galing! kasi, hindi sha nawala, so i had no choice but to inform my boss again, that i am not going to work again, as i got fever naman this time. sobrang hassle kasi 2 days in a week akong nag absent due to sickness. hindi naman sa i'm avoiding things or what, but the thought of me being that sick in a week has not happened to me since grade school?

this made me realize things. (again.)

1. don't leave (small) things unattended
- in my case, the cough and colds. i had the right idea when i decided not to go to work tuesday, as it made me regain my composure enough to make me feel better to go to work the next 2 days. the bad thing i didn't do was to take enough medicines for the cough & colds to eventually go away. i guess i was on my way to recovery BUT then, i had to force myself (and my lungs) when i decided to run last thursday (or better yet, the unhealthy stress i underwent with work that day).

2. listen to your body
- i was listening to my body, kaya nga i stopped na after 4 1/2 rounds around BHS. good thing i stopped, kasi baka if i didn't, then i might not able to bring my gf back home safely, and things might have turned out worse.
- ang kulit lang also here is that, i was telling Running Diva, and the other peeps i was running with last Thursday that it's hard to overtrain for a race. now i guess i'm taking a dose of my own medicine.

SO now, the kenkoy runner is slowing things down, making sure that he will be in better shape than before, resting enough for the days to come, or better yet, for the RACES to come, be it the Smart SIM, or the adidas KOTR, or some other races slated in November.

See you guys in November. Kenkoy Runner signing out.

Monday, October 5, 2009

bagnet and the rules

this october, i am going to do my first-ever back to back half mary runs. the first would be in the Quezon City International Marathon, and at the SMART Subic International Marathon. after being sidelined by a very contagious and dangerous disease called "katams", i've decided to lace up my running shoes and regain what i've lost by going back to the basics of running.

as soon as i've heard of that there will be an LSD (long slow distance) run for the QCIM i immediately signed up for this. this would not only familiarize myself with the 21k route, but also it would help me psych myself up in the feat that i am about to accomplish in the upcoming weeks.

as this run was my preparation for the 2 main events (QCIM and Smart SIM) i didn't do much with the preparations for this LSD. the only time i was able to run that week was the training run we had at the Mizuno Run Clinic, and then that was it.

during my thursday run, i told myself that i will try not to have walk breaks in my practice run (as i have been doing the past few days as i don't want to shock my body into running full steam again without much 're-training'). it also helped to regain my own pace as running is known to be a mind game of sorts, and the only that that can and will hinder you is yourself, be it physically, or psychologically.

i made sure that all the demons are set aside for me to enjoy this long run.

first step was to eliminate the katamaran factor that, unfortunately, i have been displaying during the previous runs/races i had. i was able to eliminate that by telling myself during the mizuno training that i will have to finish doing my rounds without walking. i didn't mind not being as fast i used to be as long as am able to run continuously again without walking, then that'll be great. i was able to finally get a hold myself that night, when i was able to run without walking. it actually helped a lot when i decided to pace with a fellow runner, the RUNNING DIVA during our warm up rounds before doing the drills and exercises for that day on my own. (thanks RD!) during the rounds, i decided that i will have to improve my time with each round, no matter how long it would take, and no matter how little the time difference per round was, it's okay as long as i improve. slowly but surely. that was the goal and the goal was achieved that night. :) i didn't mind the other runners' time on how fast they were able to accomplish their task at hand. it was a battle between me and myself. nobody else but TIMMY.

after that night, i affirmed myself that i can get by my old groove back, all i need is just a little more pushing, and pursuing, i can get back to my running self. orayt!

friday passed, and since we were sent home early that day (due to PEPENG which, thank God, did not pass by NCR), i was able to snatch some more relaxation time for myself heading towards the weekend ahead.

saturday went fine, as i was able to take a halfday off from household chores to spend some quality time with my girlfriend, and at the same time spend time with my family over dinner after mass. dinner had been fabulous, but since i ordered kare-kareng bagnet, i knew i had to really burn the calories away during the long run scheduled the next day.

Pino Resto Bar's famous Kare-kareng Bagnet. Sinfully delicious!

The meal was delicious (as i usually order the same thing most of the time i go there), so as soon as i got home from dinner i packed my stuff and prepared myself for the long run the next day. being the runner that i have become now, i must be able to make sure that the things i eat, i can and will burn, thus the strong desire to run the next day, to burn off the calories i took in with the yummy bagnet :)

I read from an article in Men's Health Philippines that thinking too much while running can cause delays (or something to that effect). basta the bottomline was, when a runner has a lot on his mind while he's running, parang it would slow him down, literally.malamang because he/she can't focus on the proper form, breathing, gait, etc. (although i believe these things would eventually come naturally, thinking too much about something parang hinders one daw from gaining speed, losing focus siguro, basta!) with this in mind, i just went to UP to have my long run.

at first i was staying behind the pack, as there were a lot of us who attended the long run.i think this could have beated the total headcount for a long run that i've attended (the biggest was the 66-strong lsd held for the condura half marathon held last march 8, 2009).

like any other long runs i've had in the past, i had my mind set on having a slower start and then eventually speeding up a bit when i'm getting comfortable running continuously. good thing i was able to keep my mind clear during that run which eventually had me enjoy the run more.

although there were times when i thought of stopping, i decided to take things one step at a time, targeting certain landmarks before i decide if i should or could take a walk break or if i could still continue running, but a a slower pace. as this was mindset, i was slowly leaving behind the people i was initially pacing with.

bye edu, bry,& prince.

despite leaving behind the people i was suppose to be pacing with, i was able to find solace in my semi-solo run as those guys ahead of me were way way ahead (hardcore Fairview Run Club) and those behind me were still nowhere in sight, i decided to stick it with the Roldans (sir Vener & ate Cristy) for most of the duration of the run.
actually, i intended to run the 21k route lang. same starting point as with the rest of the gang, but then after going straight down past batasan and making a u-turn at the end, upon reaching commonwealth avenue, i should have gone back to UP na. but since i was in the midst of the hardcore Fairview Run Club, i decided (or should i say, was forced) to go on with them to La Mesa Eco Park route and wait for the other people who were left behind.

as i was running with them, i realized that being running in groups sure make things feel lighter, easier. I also remembered a quote from Runner's World saying something like, if you want to succeed, surround yourself with people who can and will motivate you to strive for the better. and this i did by sticking to the group of Fairview Run Club (as this was their turf, literally) and also with the powerhouse Roldan couple.

when the running gets steep/ tough, the kenkoy gets serious

Running with these people gave me an additional boost as they keep on saying encouraging words to make me keep up with their group. and shempre it would be nakakahiya to be left behind by these people when you were with them most of the time. and besides i knew i could still keep up with them, and so i did, until we reached la mesa dam/ eco park.

i don't know what it is with running that makes me a rule breaker. pasaway talaga, ang sabi NO ENTRY, pero kitang kita pumasok pa.

as always, walang kamatayang picture taking, kahit na bawal :)

pag dating sa tuktok, nag antay kami, kasi there was supposedly another route inside that would have led us to quirino highway na ata towards sa may SM Fairview na. pero since matagal pa, nag picture-taking pa rin kami, at tumambay tambay, until we realized na wala na talagang other way kasi ayaw talaga kami papasukin, so bumalik na lang din kami.

since i was almost near my "quota", i decided not to go further towards SM Fairview, so i went back na to UP via Commonwealth again.

pagdating sa UP, I rested and joined the others who either went back earlier (tipong after Batasan bumalik na) and had brunch at Rodics with Lau, Rico, Chips, Pepsi, Bry & Carina.T: P, bakit nga ulit hindi mo na ubos yung rice ng tapsilog ng rodics?
P: kasi matamis, ayaw ko ng matamis na ulam.
T: Hmmm, so yun pala ang kryptonite mo! :)

after that, we waited for the others and had our usual post-run pics.

for more pics, visit dhenz, and sir vener's mulitply sites.

this LSD would not have been possible without the initiative of sir Rene,(jazzrunner), and the other runnex peeps (who are spearheading the QCIM.

thanks again and see you all on the 18th!

Friday, October 2, 2009

where i come from...

this line says it all.

runners foregoing night runs at times to help in packing of relief goods
yuppies spending time after work to help out in relief centers
medical students conducting medical missions
students volunteering in any way they can
people giving to those who are in need

people all over the world sometimes see all the negativity in our country, the corruption, the pollution, but deep inside each and every FILIPINO lies the true spirit of HEROISM, and BAYANIHAN.

aprub? APIR!

by apl. d. ap.