Monday, October 31, 2011

i wanna get STRONG

Saucony 8mm

i want to try minimalist shoes, not the "glove-like" shoes, but more on those shoes with minimal heel-to-toe decline in height. i do believe that ideally, soles with minimal height would give the shoes a more responsive feel as compared to "thicker" soles. i want to try this one now :) most specially the Progrid Mirage as it still provides the protection of shoes, but at the same time gives you enough height to trigger your leg muscles to work overtime :D hehehe just wanna try this out :D shempre i want to slowly ease my feet into these type of footwear, since ayaw ko naman mag paa diba hehehe :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Kings (and Queens) of the Road

Just like the good old days.







it has been ages since the last time I was part of the takbo.ph group pic. I am proud to say that I was part of the biggest group pics in every road races since 2009. but after a while, since the group grew too big, came subgroups (or teams for that matter).

it was a nice day to see old timers and new faces together as one takbo.ph, wearing the orginal black and red, white orange batch 2, blue & black runfest singlet, and the revised black red and white takbo runfest 3 singlets.

it was nice seeing groups from north 


and the south




partial unofficial tally of takbo.ph members who were able to join the biggest group pic ever.


for more pics: click here.and here and here.


thanks to KB Runner for most of the pics, and Q Gavan (Chicks ni Manok) and LA of ANR for the pics.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

facing the WALL


when we were all smaller (and younger), one of the most dreaded words we don't want to hear were "____(insert name here), face the WALL". upon hearing this sentence, we tend usually feel scared, primarily because we know that we did something wrong, and that this was a punishment. The WALL meant no talking to other people. It actually gave us the time to think and re-evaluate what we did, and why we did it. The WALL in this sense, made a negative connotation for us. WALL= SUFFERING.

face the wall. literal.


When we grew up and eventually became runners (marathoners), the term WALL again resurfaced. This time, the WALL became a hurdle that eventually we will overcome (with much training of course). Unlike the childhood wall, we did not do anything bad to deserve meeting with the wall again. This time, we decided to face the wall head on (but not without enough preparation). This wall we can overcome with proper training and nutrition plan. WALL= not physical suffering alone, but more of psychological.

the WALL

Most of the veteran runners have faced the second type of wall numerous times already, I believe i have encountered both also. But another type of wall I still have to overcome. I have been given 2 times in the past to try and overcome this wall but to no avail. I am not sure if, upon reaching this wall I will have to think twice (or more) and hard before getting to talk to other people. I am not sure on how I can muster enough training to overcome this wall. (I don't even know how I can train to overcome this of wall).

how to train for this WALL
Meet the Men's Health Urbanathlon Wall.

We know you can run, (even swim, bike and run), but can you handle the wall and his friends.

 


 
post race kits include:

This year's Urbanathlon is brought to us by:

INITIALLY the registration is only until TODAY, OCT.16.





but... since mabait sila, registration was extended until November 6! :) don't wanna believe me?

eto oh : https://www.facebook.com/menshealthphilippines



Friday, October 14, 2011

Inspire-d to Run


i have always been a fan of the Mizuno Wave Inspire series (ever since i shifted from Adidas Supernova Sequence 1) and I do believe that this shoe model is already the best training (or long distance) shoe for me.
Me and my Inspire 4 have been to many places, and it has given me the a lot of good memories :)

One of the first LSDs I've had with my Inspire 4.
This was when  running more than 10K was"long" already. more pix here


My favorite running pic ever.
Taken by Doc Eric, my first ever pacer for my first 21K
(Botak  May 10, 2009)

My Inspire 4 has also gave me my best PRs so far (not that I've been running as much as I used to). So far, my Inspire 4 has had the most mileage of all my shoe collections (with numerous half marathons under its sole?). Just like anything you'd love, you would use it until the very last. For some, even to the point that there is not much cushioning, they would still use their beloved running shoes for running. It came to a point where I felt that running with my Inspire 4 was not doing me any good anymore and that I had to retire it. I tried using other models (Elixir 4) and even other brands (Asics Kayano 13) but I guess its still different when you know you got the best thing going on for you. The next Inspire series Inspire 5 and 6, were not that far apart when it was released in the Philippines, so I decided to take the newer model shempre. At first I was kinda hesitant to get the Inspire 6, primarily because, I got so attached with how suave the Inspire 4 was, that I don't want to change. Eventually, I decided to get my next Inspire, (after trying and using Asics Kayano 13 for my first full marathon).

Inspire 6

True to its Inspire look and feel, it did not remove the signature look of the Inspire. Basically same look with the toe box, and with the heel also. A few technological tweaks here and there to make the shoes more durable than what it already is. As expected, everything I expected from a Mizuno Wave Inspire based from my initial experience with it was the same. No need to break in the shoes as compared to other brands. The transition was smoother this time though. The cushioning was also superb while providing ample support for mild overpronators.

hindi lang sha pang takbo, pwede ring pang sayaw?
Initially I intended to use my Inspire 6 for my 2nd Full Marathon last January, but due to the usual wear and tear (since it became my new favorite, i almost use it every training day, to the point that when Condura came,  I was a bit hesitant to use it already. It's not because baka there won't be enough cushioning left for the whole 42K stretch, but because I don't want to overuse it baka panget ung next color/design/look ng susunod na Inspire series kaya I had to settle with my K-onas.

Mizuno boy wearing K-ona for FM


Inspire 7

When Inspire 7 came out in 2011, the first colorway it had was bronze with yellow. definitely not my color. This being the scenario, i had to extend my Inspire 6's lifespan to make sure I still get to run. OK lang naman, walang kaso yun, pero i saw major changes with the new Inspire, as compared to its older versions.

First thing I noticed was the toebox. iba na yung itsura nya.sobrang layo from the previous model. another change physically was the heel. wala na yung signature "triangle" heel support design sa likod.All  the while I thought that was the signature for the Inspire. pero mukhang hindi ata. :( Thirdly, ang bulky nya tignan. As compared to previous Inspire models, this one looked and felt chunkier. It also lost that 'speedster' look that it used to have. Yes, they adjusted the opening to make it more snug-fit, but it affected the angas factor eh. Hindi na sha "mukhang Inspire". One more comment I've been hearing from some was that due to the "upgrading" of the sole from AP to AP+, the support was evident. Some were even uneasy with the support as it might hinder their stride. (Well, this one I still have to test and will further provide analysis/review/comment on the said matter).

I was wondering, what the Japanese designer dudes did to the Inspire 7. Why did they have to change a lot from the previously perfected design & structure to come up with the Inspire on steroids version. (also, they released here in the Philippines the blue colorway of the Inspire 7 so medyo matagal talaga akong nag intay for this one. sabihin mo nang choosy, oo choosy nga, ayaw ko gumamit ng sapatos na 1) hindi match sa foot type ko at 2) hindi ako confident sa kulay na meron sila. dapat shempre aesthetically sound yung itsura ng sapatos diba? :) hehehehe)

I guess the Japanese designers in Osaka, Japan realized that they made a huge mistake in altering much the initially perfect design of the Wave Inspire series that they decided to revert back to the original template of the Inspire. With the updated 2012 Inspire 8, they brought back the essentials (both design and function) and added a few more innovations which would help the runner.

Inspire 8 Osaka Marathon Special Edition

Just by looking at the special commemorative edition of the Wave Inspire 8 Osaka that 1) it now looks like it is an Inspire. andun ulit ung basic elements ng toe box design, and yung triangle thingy at the back.

                        
another thing you can notice is the toebox literal.  the Inspire 8's toebox height from the ground is not as high (and not sa thick) vs. Inspire 7. The Inspire 8 also became leaner (or should  I say back to its previous shape?) again vs the 7. You can also see here that the heel cup has been "rounder", or mas mag lock sa heel mismo as compared to the 7's heel cup shape.

looking at the bottom of things, you'd see major differences.

                            
at the sole, you'd see the major difference of the 7 vs 8 is that the 8 has a wider forefoot/midfoot area. I don't know if the adjustment with the flex grooves angle placements has anything to do with it, but as compared with the Inspire 8's 4 flex grooves to the Inspire 7's only 3, you can say that the Inspire 8 is designed to be more flexible. Also an additional feature of the Inspire 8 is the flex controllers (that's the 2 blue plastic thingy found under the midfoot). What this thing does is it prevents the foot from over flexing (if ever there is such a term) to prevent excessive foot flexion with then in return gives the runner a more efficient foot strike. Another change they did with the 8 is the cuts at the heel. you'd notice the heel has the same number of "cuts" pero the division is different. with the 8, it is placed at a more direct impact position upon heel strike as compare to the 7th which was placed nearer the outside of the foot.

For now, that's the only analysis we can have comparing these models of Inspire. Hopefully before the year ends, sana we can get a glimpse of the actual Inspire 8 Osaka Edition to test out these shoes, and to compare the differences they had with the previous models.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

top 5


isang araw, wala akong magawa sa bahay, napadampot ako ng Men's Health October 2011 issue. sa pag buklat ko nun, nabasa ko ang isang article dun tungkol sa character traits etc. minsan ko na rin naisipang mag hanap ng tipong pop psych test/quiz or something to that effect about that, it's not that hindi ko kilala kung anong strengths ko in terms of character strengths or what, but more on, i want them to be "validated".  i've been a reader of Men's Health naman for quite some time already, and i don't think they will even publish something that is a 'phony' so i tried taking the test here sa viacharacter.org and here were my top 5 character strengths:

1) Bravery and valor
You are a courageous person who does not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain. You speak up for what is right even if there is opposition. You act on your convictions.

I do believe this has been one of my main characteristics. Bravery in the face of challenges, i stick to what i believe in. and would not try to 'sell-out" to what others might force me to do or what. It's not that I don't want to blend it (lalo na if I don't agree with their point). You just can't take that away from me. I tend to stick to my beliefs and values. Others might look at it as me being "pasaway" but that's me. I've had previous experiences at work where I was able to exhibit this strength, and people have been impressed with my attitude. It has always been hard to go against the flow, most specially when the "flow" are some people who are suppose to be the ones being objective, or on the right side (but if they aren't then expect me to stand my ground against them)

2) Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness
Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

Another trait I am sure of is that i am a thinking person. I would like to examine things thoroughly before I come up with a final decision. Obviously, pag maraming facts or ideas na kino consider, it would definitely take some time (which for some who just decide on the spot, without analyzing what the possible consequences might be) to come up with a "right" decision. Sometimes we just need to step back, gather details before we start coming up with possible decisions. 

3) Fairness, equity, and justice
Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

In connection to strength #2, I honestly believe that this strength would, or should definitely follow. without thorough thinking, it would be hard to come up with fair judgement. fairness also is a result of being thorough with the facts presented. I personally believe, that not all people in position have this strength (or if they do, they don't maximize or utilize this as much as they are suppose to).  Nowadays, maraming gusto ng instant (success, wealth, fame, noodles?) I guess, it would also be appropriate to include here respect in connection to fairness & equality kasi if you don't respect others, definitely hindi ka rin magiging fair towards them, and at the same time, hindi mo sila i consider as equal, or you might not give them equal chances/ opportinity diba?

4) Honesty, authenticity, and genuineness
You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a "real" person.

Directly connected with strength #3  are strength #4. IF you are not fair and just, you wouldn't be able to show genuine concern towards others. It also connected to strength #1, bravery/courage. na if you are not brave to face the truth, hindi ka magiging honest towards others. For example, a friend told me once that, despite me being masunget at times, the friendship was valued primarily because, it was an honest friendship. walang plastikan, walang pretentions. kung masunget kang tao, masunget ka. direct to the point, rather than nag pre-pretend to be "ok" pero sa totoo lang eh plastic pala. 

5) Leadership
You excel at the tasks of leadership: encouraging a group to get things done and preserving harmony within the group by making everyone feel included. You do a good job organizing activities and seeing that they happen.

It makes sense to me that before you can have leadership, you have to have the previously mentioned strengths muna. kumbaga, pre-requisite ng maging isang leader eh ang magkaroon ng traits na matapang, kritikal mag isip, fair at pantay mag decide at shempre totoong tao, honest ba :) these traits are interconnected. how can one be called a "leader" kung medyo sablay mag decide, hindi fair treatment to all people, hindi rin honest, and hindi matapang when it comes to standing up for what is right, or appropriate. 

these traits might sound or look like it's too idealistic, pero i do believe that if we want to be in an ideal world (be in a relationship, work, or kung saan man), we have to project what we want, diba? IF we want change, eh di we have to change ourselves first, be it with how we view and approach things because it all begins with one step, one decision.

(PS: hindi po ako ang nag sulat ng mga strengths na yan ah, nakuha ko silang lahat sa link na ito: www.viame.org . Ang kulit lang din kasing isipin na napaka pang "ideal" naman nung traits ko para maging resulta ng test na to. I know kahit papaano pwede namang "i-sway" yung maaring maging outcome nung result, pero ganon po ang lumabas. shempre walang sense for me if dadayain ko ung test diba? :) ) 

ayun lang po. 

ayot? APIR!


Saturday, October 1, 2011

one day i wanna be a ROCKSTAR!

from being a single sport enthusiast (swimmer, biker or runner), usually newbies want to be called a multisport athlete (duathlete, aquathlete or triathlete). from being a newbie triathlete, to be an IRONMAN, most of us would also want to become a ROCKSTAR!




most of my teammates who became IRONMEN this year, loaded up on their tri mileage by joining WRT :)



 It was also here that the rivalry between Endure Masters and SH-Endures started.


H-Endure Masters Relay Team




SH-Endures Relay Team


For more details, please see below :)



ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?

The White Rock Triathlon 2011, will welcome 161 Triathletes to join the longest running and most popular triathlon event in Philippines on Saturday 1st October 2011 in Whiterock Beach Resort & Water Park in Subic Zambales.

Organized by Extribe Inc. since 2004, this is the 8th annual White Rock Triathlon.  The course is known for being challenging and features a 2 km open sea ocean swim from the beach at White Rock Beach Resort, a 91 km out and back bike course through scenic Zambales, and a 20 km run course into Subic, which will challenge athletes with a hilly section tagged “Heartbreak Hills” and a long flat open section christened the “Microwave” before they are welcomed back to the finish line at White Rock Beach Resort.

Athletes come from all walks of life to vie for places as the top 3 male over-all, top 3 female over-all, and the top 3 male and 3 female for each age group.  So popular is this event that some athletes are competing this year for the 8th time.  The race became known as triathlon “Rockstars.” Athletes and competitors are mixed top executives, entrepreneurs and young professionals belonging to market class ABC1. These events are also family-oriented as family members; friends and supporters commonly accompany participants.

The event is made possible in partnership with Whiterock Beach Resort & Water Park, Province of Zambales, City of Olongapo and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. Supported by Powerade, Wicked Active Gear, David’s Salon, Blue Cross, Speedo, Kameraworld, Total Fitness Magazine, Fitness First, Paragon, Mister Cool Misting Fans, New Balance and Chris Sports.  Let’s Rock!