A Busy February

A busy February running month awaits all of us. Several big runs are scheduled every weekend of February. The kind of ‘big runs’ that are much anticipated with the hype and the well-known corporate sponsors. I sure am excited and raring to go!

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The Condura Run 2010 – Run For the Dolphins 

Condura Run 2010

When: February 7, 2010, Sunday 

Where: Fort Bonifacio 

Distance: 3K/5K/10K/21K/42K; 21K & 42K will run through Skyway 

Status: Registered (21K)  

I’ve been looking forward to this race since last year. I wallowed in the hospital as the first race to run through the Skyway was being held. I fervently hoped for another opportunity to run through Skyway. And thanks to Condura, I’ll get to run there for the first time.  

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The North Face (TNF) Thrill of the Trail – Nuvali 

 

When: February 14, 2010, Sunday 

Where: Nuvali, Laguna 

Distance: 11K/22K/11K Couples 

Status: Registered (11K couples run with Suzanne, my wife) 

It is officially our Valentine’s Day date. The first race where we’ll run side by side up to the finish. It will be my third trail run and Suzanne’s first. 

I enjoy trail runs. I enjoy the scenery and the fresh air. I don’t worry about setting a PR; I don’t even mind the time. When I joined last year’s TNF Thrill of the Trail at Nasugbu, Batangas, I was even carrying a digital camera to capture every moment of my first trail run. This year will not be an exception – we’ll be on a chillax and picture-taking pace.  

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Century Superbods Run 2010 (RunRio Trilogy Leg 1) 

 

When: February 21, 2010, Sunday 

Where: Fort Bonifacio 

Distance: 3K/5K/10K/21K 

Status: Not Registered Yet (Will register for 21K) 

If there’s a 21K category, I’ll most likely join that race. It’s my favorite distance category nowadays. I figure it will help me a lot in my weight-loss goal. Plus, I need to consistently log miles as I start preparing for a full marathon this year. 

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There you have it. Some great runs we can look forward to. Good luck and Happy Running!

Race Review: Timex Run

I have to admit that we (me and my wife) had second thoughts in joining this race, primarily because of the expensive registration fee. But the 21K race distance, being my favorite now, enticed me to join. My wife, on the other hand, didn’t need much convincing when she learned that Piolo Pascual would also be running the 10K (Thank you Piolo!).

Was it worth it? A definite and resounding YES! Here’s why:

THE HIGHS

Race started early and on time. The early race start was perfect for the weather we have now – sun is usually shining about 6 am and it’s usually hot and humid.

Adequate hydration stations with abundant supply. First, water and 100Plus sports drinks were properly segregated. Second, queuing was prevented because long tables were used and were accessible from both sides (especially the stations along Buendia).

Finisher’s medals for 21K runners. It really is a motivating reward for any runner to receive a finisher’s medal. Just 1 tiny bit of request – I hope that the race event and distance were also embedded in the medal (I don’t mind the RunRio logo, but I wish the name and distance of the race event were also visible – like the medals at QCIM).

Organized distribution of goodies/freebies. There were separate tents for the distribution of loot bags and free drinks – one each for 3K, 5K, 10K and 21K. This really lessened, if not eliminated, the long lines. In previous races, I sometimes don’t bother getting the goodies/freebies because of the long lines. This time, I was able to stay around longer and enjoy the post-race festivities.

Lots of goodies/freebies after the race. Upon finishing, I was given a towel. Then, the loot bag contained the following – RunRio finisher’s dri-fit shirt, 100Plus, bottled water and Nature Valley bar.

Quick release of official race times. Results were released within 24 hours.

Other positives: Animated race map before gun start (bigger screen next time?), Many Portalets, Use of Timing Chips, Presence of marshals, Directional signs and KM markers and Bananas for 21K runners.

THE LOWS

I couldn’t really think of anything major.

MY 21K RUN: STRIKE THREE

Oh no, not again?! Cramps at KM 18! Crap!

Just to refresh: QCIM 21K – cramps at KM 20. Adidas KOTR – cramps at KM 18.

This time around though, I have to admit that this was due to my own doing. It was an accident waiting to happen. It was a very busy Nov. 9-15 week that I had very little time to train – a very lethargic 12K and 8K runs on Wednesday and Friday respectively. More than the long work hours, it was the feeling of being tired and stressed that left me sluggish during those practice runs.

Most painful cramps

It was, perhaps, the most painful cramps I had ever experienced. It felt like my knees and ankles were being twisted. Furthermore, my thighs and calves were as hard as cement.

It started again with my right hamstring all the way down to the calf muscle. Then, at KM 19, my right thigh and calf followed. I had to walk, stop and stretch. It got a little better, but it just won’t go away. The walking and stretching breaks became longer. I was actually doing some intervals – but not the kind of intervals one should be doing: run, then walk & stretch…run, then walk & stretch.  Running continuously became unsustainable. It was embarrassing but it was the only way to relieve the pain.

Missed goals

Unfortunately, I failed to accomplish the goals I had set for this race. Considering the nature of the race route (lots of uphills), I had set 2 ‘conditional’ goals. First, encouraged by my KOTR time, I wanted to try for a sub-2h finish. If that fails, the second goal was to finish within 2h 10m.

But when I started having walking breaks and when the pain became intolerable, I knew that the impromptu goal was just to finish. I conceded that this wasn’t my day, this wasn’t my week. Having said all that, I am still very happy with my official finish time of 2h 11m 36s (chip time: 2h 10m 52s). I am very fortunate and thankful to have finished with a good and encouraging time. I am humbled yet again by this experience and I vow to address this perennial cramps problem.

OVERALL RATING

I’ll be using a scale of 1 to 5 defined as: 1-Poor, 2-Fair, 3-Good, 4-Very Good, 5-Excellent.

I would rate this run event as a 4.5/5 – Almost Excellent. (Well, if my wife and cousin were able to have their pictures taken with Piolo, then it would have been a perfect 5. Haha!)

Kidding aside, it was a very organized and festive race. I remember reading the The Bullrunner’s blog about the last call for the 2010 Condura Run wishes. It seems that Coach Rio translated a lot of those wishes into reality.

Congratulations to Coach Rio and to all his hardworking coaches and staff. There have been successive sub-par races and you broke that negative trend. May you sustain the momentum and continue to improve. Thank you and good luck!

March Run Madness

Lace up those running shoes and get ready…It’s the March Run Madness!

This March runners are treated with 5 Sundays of running events. Plus, there are a lot of runs to choose from with some Sundays having 2 scheduled run events. Undoubtedly, the Condura Run for The Wahle Sharks is the most anticipated run event of the month. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s plan ahead…sign up…practice and, of course, RUN!

Here are the run events for the month of March:

Botak Paa-Bilisan Road Race Series (5K/10K) | NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio | Mar. 1, Sunday

  • Registration is on-going
  • Reg. Fee: Php 300 (after Feb. 14); Php 350 (race week) — Includes Singlet
  • Register at: Botak Store — Kamuning QC (near Kamuning MRT station)
  • Website: www.botakphilippines.com.ph

2nd Doc Fit Run (5K/10K) | UP Diliman | Mar. 1, Sunday

  • Registration is on-going
  • Reg. Fee: Php 200 — Singlet will be given after the race
  • Register at: Nike BHS or at Philippine Heart Association
  • Event is limited to 800 participants
  • Website: www.RunRio.com

Takbo Para Sa Kalikasan Yr. 10 (3K/5K/10K) | Quirino Grandstand | Mar. 8, Sunday

  • Registration is on-going
  • Reg. Fee: Php 150 — Includes Singlet
  • Register at: Vasquez Madrigal Bldg., Annapolis St. Greenhills (near Promenade) or at DZMM Aksyon Center, Eugenio Lopez Drive
  • Registration time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • For the benefit of the continued rehabilitation of the La Mesa watershed

Botak sa Panagbenga (3K/5K) | Burnham Park Athletic Bowl | Mar. 8, Sunday

  • Reg. Fee: Php 250 — Includes Botak Sports shirt
  • Register at: Botak secretariat, SportsConnection HQ Japa Bldg. 2256 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City (Tel: 7031720) or at Baguio office (look for Jogin Tamayo: 09185990817/09063213832)

Women Rule (5K/10K/15K) | Manila Bay Side, SM MOA | Mar. 15, Sunday

  • Registration is on-going
  • Reg. Fee: 300 — Includes singlet with Velcro seal back pocket and Beverage loader
  • Register at: Unit S207 Ash Creek Center Ortigas Center Ortigas Ave., cor Madison St., Greenhills
  • In celebration of the International Women’s Month

Run For Their Lives (3K/10K) | NBC Tent Fort Bonifacio | Mar. 22, Sunday

  • Registration is on-going
  • Reg. Fee: Php150 (3K); Php 250 (10K)
  • Register at: selected Planet Sports and New Balance Stores
  • Commemorative medals will be given to finishers
  • Website: www.extribe.com.ph/main.php?sctn=4&indx=3

The Condura Run for The Whale Sharks (3K/5K/10K/21K) | NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio | Mar. 22, Sunday

  • Registration is on-going
  • Reg. Fee: Php 300 (3K/5K/10K); Php 500 (21K) — Includes a collectible Condura Run 2009 T-shirt
  • Register at: selected Nike stores or at 51 Annapolis St., Greenhills or at Concepcion Industries Bldg. 208 Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City (beside Zuellig)
  • Website: www.condurarun.com

Pinay In Action Annual All Women’s Run | SM MOA Grounds | Mar. 29, Sunday

2nd Men’s Health 10,000KM Miracle Run (2x5K/10K) | UP Diliman | Mar. 29, Sunday

  • Registration starts Mar. 16, 2009
  • Reg. Fee: Php 350
  • Register at: ROX Bonifacio High Street or at 6F Robinsons Cybergate 3 Pioneer St., Mandaluyong City
  • For the benefit of Tahanang Walang Hagdang’s Gulong sa Pagsulong (MH will donate Php 200 for every finisher)
  • Participants may register as an individual and complete the entire race course or register as a team of 2 (each to run 5 km.). Teams can be same of mixed gender.
  • Website: www.menshealth.com.ph/miraclerun

Please go the websites specified to know more about the run events. You may also go to Takbo.ph to download registration forms and race routes.

Happy Running!

On to RUNew

Another great running weekend is upon us. Another great fun of running at McKinley Hill. Time to practice more uphill and downhill runs for this weekend’s RUNew.
 
His & Hers
 
I am glad that Suzanne (wifey) is joining me for this run. I’ll be running 15K and she’ll be running 3K. This is her first step in joining more runs in the future and I surely hope that she enjoys her run at McKinley.
 

His & Hers
His & Hers

The 15K Route

Hats off to Coach Rio for giving us a very challenging (and intimidating? Gulp!) 15K route. There are hardly any flat roads in the route. Right off the bat, I can say that a PR is quite impossible. Just the same, I will certainly enjoy the route and beautiful scenery at Heritage Park.

The 3K and 5K routes are no easy picking either. It’s also mostly uphill and downhill. Looks like wifey will also have a challenging start to running.

You may download the 3K/5K/15K high-res routes at RunRio.

RUNew 15K Route

RUNew 15K Route

Registration Still Open

So hurry up and register at Nike Bonifacio High Street. Plus, I just found out that you may pay an additional Php 500 for the breakfast buffet after the run. Unfortunately I was not able to inquire about the menu. You may call Nike BHS (856-2586/87) for more info about the buffet.

Good luck, run safe and Happy Running!