Wednesday, January 12, 2011



I got this from my email. I think this is a good road race to join, not that expensive, and a "different" route from the usual BHS or MOA races. 
Read up to learn more about this race  from the emailed info below :) 

ProNation is an annual fundraiser and fun run activity of the John Gokongwei School of Management (JGSOM) Management Engineering Program and the Ateneo Management Engineering Association (MEA). Your participation will help MEA, in coordination with JGSOM, raise funds for the Ateneo Scholarship Fund that will enable underprivileged but deserving students to have a quality education and continue the proud tradition of the Ateneo.

ProNation is composed of three distinct competitive races: a 10K Open race (Men and Women divisions) for serious distance runners, a 5K Team race, as well as a 3K race for recreational and first-time runners. All races are open to all competitive and casual runners and walkers. It is the honor of ProNation to be organized by Mr. Rudy Biscocho, organizer of big running events such as MILO Marathon, Mizuno Infinity Run, Condura, Clark Freeport International Marathon, DZMM’s Takbo Para sa Kalikasan, and The Philippine International Marathon.

It will be held on February 20, 2011, Sunday at the Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights Campus. All races begin in front of the Blue Eagle Gym.

All winners of the 10K Open for Men, 10K Open for Women, and the 5K Team Run will receive cash awards and trophies, while winners of the 3K Fun Run will receive special awards. Refer to the following table for the prizes for the 10K and 5K categories. Specials awards for the 3K category will be announced later.

Table of Cash Prizes
Team Run
1st Place Finisher
P 8,000
2nd Place Finisher
3rd Place Finisher

Visit for registration details, mechanics for the three categories, point persons and their contact details.

Be part of this worthy cause! We look forward to your participation in this event.  

Sign-up early! Tickets are at Php300 for THIS WEEK ONLY!  

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

how was your weekend?

weekends are usually spent at home, or anywhere else relaxing. one would want to unwind at the beach or in a cool place (i.e. Tagaytay, etc).

it has been a LONG time since i went to the beach, I wanna go to the beach!
both for relaxation AND open water swim training

some of my friends went out of town, some went to Subic (for the Subic International Marathon), others went to Clark to test their will and endurance (to the point someone was declared a King), while others stayed in the Metro.

Since I am supposedly training for the Condura marathon, I stayed in Manila and was planning of doing another solo "long" run Sunday, but since I was offered a free race Kit for the the Megaworld-PSE Bull Run 2011, I decided to join this. (sino bang runner ang tatanggi ngayon sa libreng race kit, eh ang mahal na nga ng registration fees eh, hahaha).

the race was nothing "fancy", it was your typically BHS-Kalayaan-BHS 10K route, and since it was literally the same 10K route you'd run every weekend, there was not much of a challenge. It was the same route I ran the first time I seriously considered running, so it was not that much of a hassle, most specially since I was "late" for the race.

There were a few concerns I had with the race which, in my opinion, made it "memorable" for my first race for the year. First would be the Gun Start starting way much earlier. In the kits, it was stated that the 16K and the 10K runners will have the same gun start at 5:45AM. I was near the area already by 5:30 and the runners were already dispersed. Since the runners were already out, the roads were closed as the numerous runners clogged the intersections so I had no choice but to wait. As a result I started the race 34 minutes behind the rest of the pack. Super late to the point that even the 3K and 5K runners were already running! I even saw Abby near the starting line, she asked if I was running 5K which obviously, I definitely was late.

Another issue was there was no water station at the foot of the Kalayaan Flyover. This I found out from the Pink Boys who were already on they way back from the turn-around point entering Bonifacio Global City. (Ganon ako ka late, or better yet, ganon sila kabilis? hehehehe) This for me was an added concern as it was stated in their race info that every 2.5KM there would be water station with water. And here come runner-friends telling me there was no water. That was ok as I have been used to running with minimal hydration for short distance races such as this one.

Ang kulit lang with this race was that, I was coming from WAY behind from the 16,10, 5, and 3K runners, pero I do believe ok naman yung race ko. I was pressured to come up with a good performance, but  at the same time, I was being cautious of not having another ITBS attack when I run short, but fast races.

akalain mo yun, the pressure from being late, and the fact that I still needed to take in mileage for Condura training made me run a little bit faster than my usual pace. Medyo mabilis pa rin pala ako, given that I haven't been doing speed drills. for a guy who wasn't able to sleep as much as he would usually do days before a race, having a pace of 6.12 was not bad ah. at the turn-around point, i was a bit off of  6 per km pace, pero ok lang, it was part of training pa rin.

so what's my point? i realized again that I love being pressured (or should i say, pushing/testing myself up to where I can go). I love pushing myself to the point that even when I'm not in my usual element (in this case a chillax 7 minute pace), i can still push myself to a 6.12 average pace; and that I can still continue running, being very focused on my goal and deciding on accomplishing it head on definitely helped too. shempre the very cool weather that day made it also possible for me to run for more that 45 minutes without hydration, and not overheating (as i was wearing all black).

ayun, so how was your weekend?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

two thousand ten

2010 has been another year full of firsts.

I know you might not be in a mood to read as much, so here are my firsts in ten in pictures.

1. First time to win a Raffle (Mizuno Infinity Run Expo)

 First Mizuno Run Expo I attended to, and I won a bag! :) 
guest appearance pa si Jai haha

2.  first Marathon (Condura Run for the Dolphins 2010)

the banners marga et al makes for all those embarking on their first full mary

3. First attempt at bowling (Silverprex Cup)

(tumama po ang bowling ball sa mga pins, di ko lang sure if eto ung naka strike ako)

4. First Blog Award

the kenkoy runner wins as the 2nd best blog for the Mizuno Infinity Run contest.
 as a result, i had my first Heart Rate Monitor Suunto watch and first Oakley shades hehe

5. First exposure to secondwind's group runs (team Tama!)

training run with this group exposed me to why they are a fast bunch of runners :) 

6. First time to be affiliated with Team Secondwind

as a result of training with them in preparation with the 1st Dream Marathon, 
I became part of team Secondwind (even for just a short time). 

This also exposed me to the team's secret weapon.

sabi nga ni mikey &  hec, THIS IS THE BEST PART (sabay ruro sa lahat ng parte ng General's Lechon) hahaha

7. First time to ride a bike : Project Training Wheels

I will forever be grateful to my biking coaches (Paul Pio and Rey Jose) who taught me (and ellen) how to ride a bike. when they first found out that i didn't know how to ride a bike, they thought that i was only kidding.little did they know that it was literally ZERO knowledge on how to bike (other than pedaling, wala mang balance, etc).

8. First Bike (TooTee)
after the lessons, the next logical step was to get my own bike.  it took some time, but it was worth the wait.

9.  First Long Ride 
After learning how to bike, the next step was to join a long ride in Jala-jala with Team Endure.

10. First attempt at multi-sports (mini-sprint triathlon)
after all these lessons in biking & swimming, the next logical thing was to combine them.


so much has happened in 2010, from being a jogger/runner from 2009 to becoming a marathoner at the start of the year, then towards the latter part, becoming a far, so good. 2011 looks to be a very promising year,  a lot of people are optimistic about it, and so am I.

targets/goals for 2011?  a big improvement in my marathon finish time ; my first aquathlon ; first duathlon ; SubiT sprint Triathlon debut; a huge improvement on my biking and swimming skills ; becoming a Rockstaarrr and an official Endure-Blackberry Tritop (coming soon!).

Happy New Year guys! :)