Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Condura Skyway Marathon 2012 - My Race Kit

Last Sunday, I claimed my race kit for the upcoming Condura Skyway Marathon 2012 also known as the Run for the Mangroves at the Riovanna store in Bonifacio Global City just after the first Pinoy Fitness group Run which featured Ms. Mars Birthday LSD Run. I participated as back-up pacer in that lovely and memorable event.
Just claimed!
Last year, Condura Skyway Marathon 2011 was my first 21K (Half Marathon) run. I was so eager to register that time but this year I got some hesitations such as the far venue which is in Filinvest Alabang, the increasing registration fees among others. But I finally decided to run again in the Skyway for the following reasons;

1. Running in the Skyway only happens once a year and it might be my last time running in that route.
2. It is still for a CAUSE (planting mangroves in Zamboanga-soon to be my hometown).
3. It will be my first time running from Filinvest Alabang to Makati, which will pass by several cities such as Taguig, Pasay, Makati among others.
4. It is the first midnight run in the country and also it will be my first midnight run!
5. For the love of running and of course for the BIG 42K medal to add up in my collection :-)

My Dri-fit Tech Shirt, Bib Number and D-Tag
It will be my second Full Marathon in just two months, my first FM was on December 4, 2011 at the Quezon City International Marathon and I hope though I have little mileage of around 85 kilometers for the month of January I can still finish strong during my next FM.

See you on the road guys!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

First PF Group Run featuring Ms Mars Bday LSD Run Pics

This morning, January 29, 2012, the first ever PinoyFitness.com group run was conducted at Bonifacio Global City featuring Ms Mars Birthday LSD Run.

The LSD run was composed of two distance categories, 16K and 20K and divided into 3 different pace groups. For 16K, the pace groups were 7mins/km, 8mins/km and 9mins/km; while for 20K, the pace groups were 8mins/km, 9mins/km and 10mins/km aka Sub_Mars pace.

I was one of the pacers for the pace group 8mins/km together with our lead pacers, Ma'am Peachy Tamayo, Jackie Gutierrez and co-back-up pacer Jessie Lucas.

The 8mins/km 20K group pacers
The run was all around BGC area, our group ran the reversed type of the usual Runrio event routes with some side trips within BGC. And of course, the picture taking-documentation was always there :-)

Photo ops along the LSD route
For more of Ms Mars Birthday LSD Run pics, please visit my FB page of click HERE.

Photo links:
Photos taken by Ma'am Rowena Ison - click HERE
Photos by Yongsky - click HERE
Photos by Elvin Pastorfide - click HERE
Photos by Pinoy Fitness - click HERE

More photo links to be posted here upon availability. Happy Birthday Ms Mars! It was indeed an awesome Birthday run!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Pacer's Meeting for Ms Mars PF Bday LSD Run

Last Monday, January 23, 2012, the first ever LSD pacer's meeting was held at the ROX Bonifacio High Street for the upcoming Birthday LSD Run of Ms Mars-our beloved PinoyFitness.com moderator on January 29th.

As one of the volunteer pacer, I was so eager to be at the meeting place. It will be my first time to do pacing duties and I am sure it will be a great run on Sunday.

Pacer's class pic. Credit to Pinoy Fitness
The meeting started with a brief intro of Sir Jeff Lo, the admin of PinoyFitness.com and followed by a short lecture on Pacer 101 by Coach Carina otherwise known as the "Flying Boar". Then followed by the discussion of the LSD route.

And not to forget the picture taking galore, as all pacers who are present were taken a solo pic for posting in the Pinoy Fitness Facebook page :-)

10K LSD route by Pinoy Fitness
The meeting was adjourned with a small snacks provided by generous donors. Great to be part of first pacer's meeting. See you all guys on Sunday!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thanks Nike for the Cute Shoe USB!

The Nike We Run Manila was held last October 15, 2011, it was my first 10K night run. Though I struggled with the afternoon heat because the gun start was at PM, the run was all very well and great! There was also a post-race concert which everyone enjoyed though we were not able to stay that long to finish the concert.

The run was promised to have a post-race surprise, a Nike shoe inspired USB, but unluckily it was not distributed after race due to production constraints. And months passed and we all waited for it, at last the long, long wait was over when the said item was delivered yesterday :-)

Thank you Nike! The long wait was worthy enough! Til the next We Run Manila 2012!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My First Solo 34K LSD on January 23, 2012

Along University Avenue, UP Diliman
In celebration of Chinese New Year, January 23 was declared special non-working day so I took the opportunity to have my Long Slow Distance (LSD) training for my upcoming second Full Marathon.

The night before, I have to decide on what route to take, either from Sta. Mesa to UP Diliman and back or KM Zero to Coastal Mall and back. The first route prevailed as I opted to proceed to UP Diliman :-)

To view my complete route on dailymile.com, please click HERE.

Because I woke up late, I started my first solo 34K LSD at 5:23 AM from our apartment in Santol, Quezon City. I arrived at UP Diliman at around 7AM, done 5 loops of the UP Academy Oval which measures 2.2KM.

Then I proceeded back home, passing through the same route, UP to QC Circle, Quezon Avenue then left turn to Araneta Avenue, straight ahead back home :-)

Taken along QC Elliptical Circle
I finished my first solo 34K LSD at 9:31AM, with a time of 4:08H but I had a hard time during my last 3 kilometers as I almost encounter leg cramps. I decided to walk all throughout the last stretch of Araneta Avenue to avoid worsening my cramps.
All in all, I had a great time running my new route. See you on the road guys!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Condura Skyway Marathon 2012 - Race Maps and Medals

Yesterday, I registered online for my second Full Marathon (42K) at the Condura Skyway Marathon 2012 which will be happening on February 5, 2012  at Filinvest Alabang to Skyway.

It will also my second time running in the Skyway, my first was last year when I ran my first Half Marathon at the Condura Skyway Marathon 2011.

Sharing you now the race maps of all race categories as well as the finisher medals :-)

Condura Skyway Marathon 2012 – Medal Design:

Condura Skyway Marathon 2012 – Race Maps:
Condura Skyway Marathon 2012 – Promo Video:

Source from: www.pinoyfitness.com

Sunday, January 8, 2012

PSE Bull Run 2012 Race Day Pics

We had our first official 21K run for the year 2012 at the PSE Bull Run which was held at the Bonifacio Global City as a team under the flag of PinoyFitness.com, officially we entered as two teams which we call on our own as Team Mamaws and Team Baby Mamaws :-)

Though I ran this morning with common colds and sore throat, all in all I did not struggled and had a great run with fellow PF Daniel. Our pace from start to finish was consistent at around 6:00-6:30 with minimal water breaks along the route and our unofficial finish time is 2:07.

I think the event was at above average in terms of hydration, with a consistent hydration station in every 2.5 kms but there were only few Pocari stations mid-way of the route. There were also enough supply of bananas for 21K and even 16K runners.

Team pic before gun start
Time to recover now from the run and from my common colds. Sharing some photos in my FB page or you can click HERE.

Near finish line. Photo credit to LeStsKY

Photo links (to be updated upon availability):
LeStSkY Runner Photography - click HERE.
Grupong Pagong Runners - click HERE.
Spongebob Runner -  click HERE.

For Race Results, please click psebullrun.com/race-results 
21K Results, click HERE.
16K Results, click HERE.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

PSE Bull Run 2012 - My Race Kit

Tomorrow, January 8, 2012 will be my first official run for 2012 at the PSE Bull Run which will be held at the Bonifacio Global City.

This afternoon, I just got my race kit from my fellow Pinoy Fitness peep Allan, who have registered us for the 21K Team event. It was also our carbo loading party at Dad's Mega Mall. Meryenda All You Can at only Php 189.00 from 3PM -  5PM. Sulit na sulit!

My race singlet and bib number
But I am not confident enough for tomorrow's run as I have sore throat and common colds (running nose) just yesterday. My body resistance is surely low as well as my energy level.

What will matter most tomorrow is I need to finish the race in one piece. See you all then folks! I need to rest now.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Journey to my First Full Marathon

Every individual have his or her own life goal. As a runner, I aim to do Ultra Marathon, or running more than a Marathon distance which is beyond 42 kilometers.

For me to achieve my goal, I need to undergo several training and races from short to long distance runs. After doing several half marathons on year 2011, I felt the urged to do my first Full Marathon before the year ends. With the aim to have my first Ultra Marathon at the 3rd T2N (Tagaytay to Nasugbu) on May 19, 2012.
Near Finish Line during my 1st FM @ QCIM3. Photo credit to PhillipBF Photography
With that, having my first Full Marathon (FM) is the biggest stepping stone in my sport And let me guide you in my journey to my first FM.

2011 January -
Done several short backyard runs in preparation of my first Half Marathon at Condura Skyway Marathon.

2011 February 06 - Condura Skyway Marathon
My first Half Marathon, baptized my toes with runners toe injuries with the uphill/downhills of the Skyway.
Category - 21K
Venue/Route - Ayala Avenue to Skyway to Buendia Ave., to BGC
Finish Time - 2:18
Post race pic at 2011 Condura Marathon
2011 March 06 - Unilab Run United Leg 1
My second Half Marathon just a month after my first HM.
Category - 21K
Venue/Route - BGC to Buendia Avenue back to BGC
Finish Time - 2:10
RU1 Post race pic
2011 March 27 - Yakult 10 Miler
My first 16K (10 miler) run at the Yakult 10 Miler, one of the longest running event in the country. 
Category - 16K
Venue/Route - CCP Complex to Roxas Blvd and back
Finish Time - 1:33
At Yakult 10 Miler
2011 April 02 -  Hyundai Run
My first ever FREE registration run (no other run event was offered free for the rest of 2011)
Category - 5K
Venue/Route - Quirino Grandstand to Roxas Blvd and back
Finish Time - .24
First meeting with Rexie
2011 April 17 - Run with the Masters
Registered a good time (PR) during this event, but they claimed that the distance was short of almost 1 kilometer.
Category - 21K
Venue/Route - Rizal Park to Roxas Blvd to NAIA Road back to Rizal Park
Finish time - 2:04
Exhausted! Near Finish line.
2011 May 15 - Goldilocks Run Run
Category - 21K
Venue/Route - BGC to Buendia Avenue and back
Finish Time - 2:17
Finish line pose ;-) Photo credit to Rexie
2011 May 22 - Greentennial Half Marathon
My first back to back (one week interval) Half Marathon. Registered the same time with Goldilocks Fun Run,while running with upset stomach.
Category - 21K
Venue/Route - Aseana City to Diosdado Macapagal and back
Finish Time - 2:17
With Sir Val aka GreenEyes and Rexie
2011 June
No run for June, I hate rainy months :-)

2011 July 17 - LSD 22K with Rexie
Venue/Route - KM Zero to Roxas Blvd, Coastal Mall and back
Look back shot. Photo credit to Rexie
2011 July 24 - Takbo.ph Runfest
The hills ate me for breakfast during this run. Registered a slower time from my first 16K at the Yakult 10 Miler.
Category - 16K
Venue/Route - BGC to McKinley Hills and back
Finish time - 1:44
Heel strike! Photo credit to KB Photography
2011 July 31 - Milo 35th National Marathon Manila Elims
My first rainy run during the 35th Milo National Marathon. Same performance to previous HM's.
Category - 21K
Venue/Route - MOA to Roxas Blvd and back
Finish Time - 2:17
Post race pic. Photo credit to Rexie
2011 August 21 - Unilab Run United Leg 2
Category - 21K
Venue/Route - BGC to Buendia Avenue and back
Finish Time - 2:18
Almost there! Photo credit to Greentennial
2011 September 18  Run Rizal
Category - 16K
Venue/Route - Rizal Park to Roxas Blvd and back
Finish Time - 1:31
Shower! Photo credit to Team Tukod
2011 October 15 - Nike We Run Manila
My first night run, struggled with the heat after gun start at 5PM.
Category - 10K
Venue/Route - BGC
Finish Time - 1:05
Concert after race. With Ma'am Ayen.
2011 October 30 - LSD 32K with OK OK Runners
Completed at least 27K of the planned 32K LSD with OK OK runners in preparation of RU3 32K.

Venue/Route - KM Zero to Roxas Blvd, Coastal Mall and back plus Intramuros
With OK OK runners
2011 November 14 - Unilab Run United Leg 3
Category - 32K Afroman Distance
Venue/Route - MOA to Roxas Blvd to Buendia Ave. and back
Finish Time - 3:40
With Coach Rio at RU3
2011 November 30 - Michelle Estuar's FUNd Racing
Category - 10K
Venue/Route - ULTRA Pasig to Meralco Ave, Ortigas Center and back
Finish Time - 58 minutes
With new friend Mark Ray from ARC. Photo by HoB
2011 December 04 - Quezon City International Marathon
Category - 42K
Venue/Route - QC City Hall to UP Diliman to Commonwealth Avenue to La Mesa Dam and back
Finish Time - 5:01
With Grace Lao
2011 December 31 - Rescue Run (Race for Typhoon Sendong victims)
Category - 5K
Venue/Route - McKinley Hills, Taguig City
Finish Time - .30
Look back shot courtesy of Yongsky
Pinoy Fitness peeps. Photo credit to Yongsky
Year 2011 was my second year in running and it was a great year so far! Ending my running year with my first  Full Marathon at QCIM3 and a run for a cause at the Rescue Run.

I have registered an estimate of 400+ kilometers mileage using dailymile.com, following at least one-two long run a month with few short training runs to avoid too much impact on my body especially on my legs, knees and ankles as I have been suffering from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) since college.

Thanks to my running mates especially to the Pinoy Fitness peeps, OK OK runners, ARC TFR runners and to my officemates Sir Romeo, Sam and Reman.

Looking forward for a injury-free running year this 2012 as I will be targeting my first Ultra Marathon.

See you on the road guys!