Tuesday, February 22, 2011

can you ENDURE the HEAT?

maraming nag rereklamo sa init ng panahon. makalipas ang ilang buwang pagkalamig-lamig buong araw, ngayon naman ang tindi na ng init, lalo na sa tanghaling tapat. at dahil dyan, kailangang magpalamig!

yung ibang mananakbo, tulad ng ilang Ultramarathoners, sinubukan na ang kasiyahan ng pagsali sa triathlon. PERO sabi nila, lamang pa rin ang ULTRAS kumpara sa TRI. 

yung iba naman, gustuhin mang mag TRI eh nag iipon pa rin para sa bike. eh paano naman ung gusto lang mag multisport? san sila sasali? 

bakit naman sila sasali dito? 

this event was conceived primarily to serve as simulation for those joining the Ateneo Aquathlon slated on March 20, 2011. in line with the team's partnership with Microwarehouse, the official distributor of Blackberries in the Philippines, the team decided to make it open to the public as a way of sharing to the public the joys of multisport.

Here is the write up from the organizers (which i am also a team member :) ) 

ENDURE is a budding triathlon team grounded on values of excellence, perseverance, and mutual respect aimed at promoting mentorship of multi-sport to its team and to others.

In the same spirit it was born, Team Endure is organizing an Aquathlon On March 12, 2011 at Filinvest 2, Batasan Hills, Quezon City. 

The distances shall be:

A. Distance Style (Kids 6yrs.-12yrs.) - 50m swim, 1k run
B. Distance Curve - 400m swim and 3km run
C. Distance Bold - 600m swim and 5km run

Register now! 

Download Reg Form and instruction for payment. http://bit.ly/eZn2Y8

Run Route : http://bit.ly/hDaYRC

Direction how to get to the venue: http://bit.ly/gFIsaV


Monday, February 7, 2011

a tale of two medals

a year ago today, i became a marathoner.

a lot of things happened from last year up until yesterday.

well for one, for last year's marathon, there were a lot of organized group runs for all those joining the 1st condura skyway marathon. the bunch of takbo.ph members who were leveling up that time joined almost all the races that will help them prepare both physically, emotionally and financially for the condura marathon. for most of the first-time marathoners then joined the Rizal Day Run.  what i enjoyed the most then was the camaraderie that happens after big races such as this. For example, the boodle fight we had right after the Rizal Day Run. 

last year, i was able to train with the same people from which i enjoyed our post-run get-together even to the point of watching Lola Ganush right after a race. Preparations for 2010 Condura Marathon was, you can say, a unified project for all involved.

for this year's  marathon, things were different. a lot have been venturing into other things, others were into multisports, for some into other sports (such as frisbee, etc), while others ultramarathons (or training for such).

the family of takbo.ph that i knew then was becoming more and more distant from each other, mainly due to the difference in objectives. others were able to "merge" their concepts with other "teams" while others seemed to have put 'premium' in their new found groups. it was like a real family, when one finds "the one" they would still be part of the original family but will still have to divide and equally manage their time from the respective groups now, be it in multi-sports, purely running team, an ultramarathon team, or even a mixture of both.

preparation for 2011's Condura Skyway Marathon was a lot different from the 2010. Last year's goal was to finish within the cut-off. This year, it was to finish. alive. pain-free. injury-free. why? because i was not able to train unlike the previous year. this  year's (lack of) preparation made me just want to run with all my heart, just to finish another "fun run".

last year it was OVERtrained. this year it was UNDERtrained.
kayano then, k-ona now. last year it was tights, this year, it was back to shorts.

despite all these changes in the past year, there was one thing which made me smile at the end of the day.

that no matter what, there will always be your family (be it your running group/ team or literal family) to back you up and support you.

with this, i would like to thank the people behind the success of my condura run 2011 namely : ferds (for pacing me for most of the time), carina (for fetching me from the foot of the skyway until the takbo.ph aid station); ronnie (for the fresh out of the skyway oven photos) ; takbo.ph support crew (pepsi, jinoe, z, ross, penn, at lahat ng taong nandun na hindi ko nabanggit, sorry!), tracy (for the gatorade, tiger and the kwentos) ; rico (for the additional bike kwento support along kalayaan) ; noelle (for the chit chat pace towards the finish) to the men and women of the takbo.ph subgroups who were there towards the finish line (both egging, cheering and jeering each and every runner who passes by).your presence by the finish line was an indication that the family i belonged to is still there. nag palit lang ng singlet (pero sila pa rin yung mga black ninjas na kasama ko from the start).

Thanks to Team CB, Team Endure, Team Boring, Team UP ANR.

ayot? APIR!

(photos from the FB albums of wesley orana, jimmy ong & tracy carpena)

Friday, February 4, 2011

where it all started.

coming home from a chill 2K run early tonight, Endure teammate and fellow takbo.ph pioneer Carina bbm-ed a message about Rico's blog for Condura 2011.

I went to my pc and opened his blog and read his article. It was plain and simple, straight to the point.

It briefly narrated how a brainchild of Jinoe Gavan was able to gather a group of enthusiastic runners, both newbies and  veterans alike, to celebrate the joys of running.

from that simple idea, the thought of gathering people together to get to know each other, to be able to put names with their takbo.ph handles, was what started the "evolution" of running groups in the Metro. It revived the camaraderie of runners from all walks of life.

Reading Rico's blog reminded me what made me want to join other races.

It was because of the people I was with that time when I had my

first LSD,

my first CLP,

and my First Condura.

ayot? apir!
sa uulitin!

See you at the Skyway! :)