Sunday, January 31, 2010

all geared up

in a week's time, i'll be hopefully finishing my first ever marathon :) 

other than the trainings and all the runs i've had in the past months, i also have been preparing the stuff i'll be using and wearing for the big day :)

here are what i'll be using for my first full marathon :)

1. shoes: Asics Kayano 13
-it is a given that a runner's most important "weapon" in races, one should be equipped with the proper footwear :) i chose to use the asics kayano 13 based on the shoes' reputation from different running websites and other fellow runner's comments on the shoe.
i used this also during my long runs, most notably during Bald Runner's Rizal Day Run and our last long run (37KM) last Jan.17. So far, the shoe performed as expected.

i was hoping that my usual brand (mizuno) would have released the Mizuno Wave Inspire 6 in time for Condura, but i guess it got stuck with Customs, etc, so I'm back to my original gameplan of using "Lucky 13" for Condura.

2. Hydration Gear: Mizuno Hydration bag
every runner knows that proper hydration is key to a successful marathon. with this hydration bag, i will be able to ensure myself of being hydrated all throughout the race (even though know that condura is going to be a well prepared race, it wouldn't hurt to have a hydration back up plan, or should i say, hydration backpack plan!) this bag will also contain other important items such as cellphone(s) and keys and of course food. in any other long runs, i might have to bring a camera, but i wouldn't want to have unnecessary weight that might slow me down, so bahala na sa skyway :) baka cellphone na lang :)

on a side note, im thinking of leaving this bag at the last 10-12k of the race to make sure i'm going to be lighter sa last part, baka pwedeng humataw eh. pero if not, ok lang din :)

3. Wrist Accessory #1: Timex Ironman Flix Watch
I've always been a minimalist person, utilizing the best features of my gears without overspending. so when i finally got my FLIX watch from my girlfriend (Christmas Gift sakin pero i got it mga mid-january na, no worries), i immediately tried to explore how it works, without reading the manual (typical guy thing i guess, not reading the manual and just tinker with the gadget. pag nasira lang babasahin yung manual, hahahaha) and wore it the next day! after that, i tried running with it that sunday night (dapat night, para makita ko yung effect ng FLIX) ok naman sha.
Also since it is level up sha compared to my first Timex watch na madalas mapagkamalan na Garmin 405, eh i also maximized the interval timer it has. I practiced running Galloway-style, 5:1 ratio, and the interval timer of the watch is galeng! :) (Dasher, ayan ah, para hindi mo ako sisihin pag mag repeat yung sa long run natin, pati ako mag ti-time ng 5:1 ratio hehehehe)

4. Wrist Accessory #2: Road Id
running along the road can be a very risky thing, so to better identify oneself if anything happens (be it mahimatay, or what along the road), having a road id (or something similar to it) would be another plus.
initially i thought of it as an unnecessary gadget, pero since i started training for the full mary, i believed this would be beneficial (lalo na when i run alone). hindi naman sha takaw-nakaw, so i guess it wouldn't attract much attention from possible robbers (meron bang ganon). also i chose the wrist id kasi if sa shoes, usually diba they remove the shoes pag may accident or what, so there :) mas "secure" yung identity mo if needed.

5. Eyewear: Spyder Rail
i have always been contemplating on whether it would be necessary to run with shades during Condura, and until recently, (like nung Friday lang), i've decided that i would be needing one. I have had a conversation with a friend na we'll buy in time for Condura and their BDM, pero along the way, it kinda slipped our minds.
I've been asking around what's a good brand for and eyewear, pero I wanted something na sporty and stylish and with enough protection from the sun, PERO hindi masakit sa bulsa. After a lot of research from the internet and other fellow runners, i've made the conclusion to get this Spyder. I was able to test run it kanina in the heat of the 2:30PM sun, and it did what was expected from it :) (ang concern ko na lang is how to wipe off the sweat dripping from my forehead during the actual run without having to remove the shades often :)

6. other items for Condura
a) Compression tights
this has been a cardinal rule i made, long runs = tights. so far, during my long runs, the compression tights was able to hold up to its intended purpose, to limit the muscles from too much "shaking" thus minimizing "energy loss" and at the same time protect my legs from other elements like lamok, or if i fall iwas gasgas (pero never pa naman ako na dapa ever in my short running career, and i don't have plans of ever being dapa).

b) Visor
i've used this already before for the QCIM LSD but since then, i haven't been able to use it again. I believe this would be a good compliment with the shades and might be helpful also in absorbing the sweat from my forehead during the run :)

c) Shirt
up until now, i haven't decided on which shirt /top to use for Condura. I know I know, it should be one of the most important part of the get up, to get used to the top i'll be using to eliminated unnecessary discomfort during the run due to the shirt/top etc. so far i have 3 options, 1. to wear the shirt i used during the Rizal Day Run, 2. to wear the IamNinoy runner shirt (or any other dryfit shirt i've used in the past like my orange Mizuno top or Mizuno Run Club shirt, which i might use na lang for the time trials in April) or 3. the Original Black singlet (this singlet made its original debut at last year's Condura Run, and was noticeably seen by the running community from that time onwards. The Black ninjas were seen in most of the documentation pictures of last year's races, and i am sure that we will still continue to be visible in the races to come :)

Be prepared to see this group on the Skyway for Condura Run for the Dolphins!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

top 10 firsts of 2009

2009 has been a memorable year for me.

here are some highlights and firsts in my first running year.

1. Condura Run 2009
first official race
2. Botak 21K
- my first 21k
3. Botak sa Baguio
- first out of town race

4. Montalban Trail LSD
- first shot at trail running
5. 33rd Milo Marathon Eliminations
- first time to wear tights
- first time to run more than 21k to pace Rod on his first full mary

6. Kenny Rogers Urbanite Run
- first night race
7. Maragondon Trail Race Adventure
- first race i'd DNF looking for CP28.Pasig International Marathon
-first 42K relay marathon i've participated in9. New Balance Power Run
- first sub-60 10K run
- first time to be late in a race (thus causing my official sub-60 10K)
- first time NOT to wear TAKBO.PH singlet during an actual race

10. Rizal Day 32K Run
- first race longest run (before condura) using Galloway Method

- first boodle fight
to more firsts in 2010 :)

PS: para lang matuwa kayo sa "talent" kong si Argo :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Mizuno Expo 1.10.10

Final reminders from Mizuno :)

i've heard that the latest (as in hindi ung last season ah) are already here in the country.

also, special offer to those attending the expo:

2009 models daw are at 10% off :)

see you there!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

keep on running

after almost 1 year of running, the kenkoy runner was able to achieve his 1000KM.

i didn't want to finish my 1000KMs in a "flamboyant" manner (like finishing it in a run, or something like that). i wanted to keep it simple.

i ran tonight in UP, where i started to see the joys of running :)

initially intended to run in the village, where most of the newbies would attempt to jog, but instead i found myself battling stomach pains (c/o LBM) and finally finished my target.

special mention to the following who were there with me to finish my 1000KMs
marky mark

special participation of luis & marga :)

to 1000kms more!
practice lang!
the next time i get to have my picture taken with Sir Jovie, kasama na yung 1000KM shirt! :)

the kenkoy runner is back!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

cardiac attack

montalban trail LSD was the first time i joined a trail LSD, and back then, i was still a newbie.
i believe that to be a well-rounded runner, i should also incorporate trail runs in my training, even
it means waking up earlier that usual just to get a chance to run the cardiac hills route. the cardiac hills was already been "visited" by other members last year (2010) and i thought, i should be able to try this one out already.

the long and winding road (part 1)

the cardiac hills presented its challenge last yeara and i thought to myself why not try this one out. despite having lack of sleep (slept at 12, and almost got left behind because i woke up at 320 when our meeting time was 320! wahaha), i still pushed through with it.

the guys were at jollibee paseo de sta.rosa as early as 430am ata, and we were able to get there at around 5am. after arriving (as most of them were already warmed up and stretched), we then had a briefing on the route, etc, had a count off of total number of members running, etc. prayers were said, and off we go!

its hard to describe the route as it was a mixture of road, trail and rocky cemented roads.

here are some images taken during the run :)chill uphill run for julie as this is her second time to run the route
this time, she was determined to finish it running for most of the time

wondering where the name "cardiac" hill came from.
wala namang na cardiac arrest siguro while running this route, right? :)

one of the numerous group shots taken during the run. this one was shot while waiting for the others to arrive. (another excuse to slow down and run chika pace :) )mizuno run club boys represent!
(pero check out the shoes, hindi mizuno? tsk tsk tsk)

paging marketing peeps of mizuno, trail shoes please? :) heheheno one gets left behind.
walkeroo & kenkoyrunner made sure that the other knew where we were headed :)
saan kayo pupunta? DOOON!!!! :)
actually, lagpas pa doon

remember heartbreak hills?
"jill" got the better of "jack" this time

pic stop #2: mang BJ's

another group shot "ruined" by the argonaut

these were supposedly BIKE SUPPORT
but what did they do?? ? looked like a scene from a date movie if you'd ask me ;)
parang asa luneta park lang! :) hehehe

thanks for the trail mix RJ !:)
post run pic with chelly da belly @ jollibee paseo de sta.rosa.

it wouldn't be a run without the traditional class pic
take a look at the improvised banner

until next run! :)