Category Archives: long run

Run United 1. Runrio Trilogy 2014 Half Marathon (21K) Finisher, 16 March 2014

Who would have expected I get a complimentary 21km race kit considering registration for this particular distance had closed in just two days?  Well, lucky enough to get a slot through Que and Jinoe, site owners, who registered me in this race. I was one of the 5,000 runners for the half marathon alone (out of the total 12,000) who showed up at the SM Mall of Asia early Sunday morning last March 16.  For my part, I was surprised by the large turnout of half marathon runners as I waited for the gun start of Wave 2.  Glad though to be in that wave as I had a chance to catch up with some fellow (ultra) runner friends whom I haven’t seen in a while.
Since the long run is such an embedded facet of marathon training, this race was typically a training run for my upcoming marathon race few months from now.

Since I got myself into extreme distance running, I’ve been going to a snail’s pace, so (my finish time in this event) I considered it as a slight improvement in my pace.  Anyhow, aimed to shave time off my half marathon PR soon.   

Kudos to Unilab Active Health and RUNRIO Team for another successful event!

One Fine Sunday Morning Run

It has been roughly almost two weeks since my visit to Baguio City for the 2013 Panagbenga “a season of blooming” flower festival, but still have yet to write an article about it. Missing to do a long slow distance (LSD) the other weekend, I made up for it last Sunday.

Meanwhile, the day before my long run, a fellow runner sent me this text message: Are you back? My reply was, “Yep,” and even added, “It’s BDM (acronym for Bataan Death March) weekend now.” We exchanged a little friendly banter of doing the LSD there. Half jokingly, half seriously, she prodded me to inquire if we could sign up at the event and run a fifty to seventy-kilometer distance para daw payat kaagad (so as to lose weight instantly). Given the time, I knew it would be impossible to register. This event is organized under strict adherence to BDM rules including registration requirements. I replied, “Huwag na. Done na tayo doon. Beauty rest na muna. (Let’s not. We’re done with it. It’s better to have a beauty rest.) Running around Rockwell or going to another place is OK with me.”

In the end, we agreed to do LSD somewhere in the south, in the scenic trail she told me where she and her running buddy, now a dive instructor at a resort in the Visayas, used to train. A bowl of lugaw or arroz caldo (porridge or congee with chicken topped with hard-boiled egg) at Aling Pina’s Lugawan (canteen) in Silang, Cavite was the prime motivator to do this run.

We left at past 4 AM on Sunday morning and drove straight up to Santa Rosa, Laguna. We arrived in the village, an upscale residential area close to a golf course at almost half past five. As there are sari-sari stores along the way, I only brought enough money with me for any hydration or food need. Sari-sari means variety or a different mix of whatever or mini grocery.

It was still dark with patchy drizzle at times. The long path was almost deserted; the only living creatures in sight were us. The road was lit only by the headlights of a passing car or motorbike, the silence broken only by the noise of the engine and our incessant chatter. We started to walk the course to warm up our rather still sleepy legs, going up a sloping pavement with the first few kilometers relatively less steep than the others. Watching the pre-dawn glow of bluish-gray, purple, pink and orange burst into yellow sunlight, revealing the beauty of Mother Nature at its best. Fantastic sight!

The route is more a trail for bikers than for runners. Judging the way some locals eyed us, I think it was pretty uncommon for them to see female runners taking the same route the bikers would pass later. Anyway, for two hours, not taking water or energy drink, this little detour didn’t bother us, as we were enjoying the sights, taking in a deep breath and loving the wind as it brings the smell of flowers, soil, grass, trees and the feel of the fresh dew on the grass. The good training base in ultra distance running had helped us a lot. We did a combination of slow running, walking.

When I was still a young girl, I was bitten by a dog once. Consequently, I get scared of either stray dogs or the unleashed ones. I learned a few techniques through watching Dog Whisperer episodes on National Geographic channel and tried to apply the Cesar Millan way, ha ha. It helped me muster the courage not to get scared when some of them are barking at us as we walked by. So every time we saw one, even if it’s not barking at us, we stopped running from time to time, walked a bit then resumed a jogging pace.

On our way back, the sky suddenly became overcast with heavy rain clouds, later the rain started to pour, which made running more pleasant. After a few minutes, the rain let up, then just as suddenly the sun shone again. Nearing the place from where we started, we stopped to rest and quenched our thirst with fresh buko juice (coconut water) at Mang (mister) Vic’s buko stall. To top it off, much to our delight, Mang Vic gave us free freshly cut pineapple slices.

Overall, we did the LSD for six hours, covering the areas of Santa Rosa in Laguna, Silang in Cavite, and a portion of Tagaytay with a distance of approximately 48 kilometers. For lunch, we treated ourselves to a great tasting crispy fried shrimps plus a bowl of beef bone marrow/shank soup, a cup of rice each and fresh mango shakes. On our drive back home, we grabbed breads to go and a cup of coffee later, the perfect end to our trip.

I would like to thank this lady adventurer, hard-core ultra marathon runner, and trail seeker, who remains grounded despite all the experience and achievement, Ivy aka the Running Contessa (Italian countess), for the invite, photos, and for bringing me to a good route to run at early morning. Until next time! 

Run United Trilogy Completed!

The pie is now complete.

September 16 — Yes, I completed the trilogy again. The first one I did two or three years ago.  
With barely three weeks left to get back into training plus a few short runs every now and then, I wasn’t sure how well I would do in this 32-kilometer race.  

There was a good crowd of runners, and it was nice to see many familiar faces at the start.

Surprisingly my game plan worked well even though the weather was less than perfect last Sunday. Running through heavy rains (note: for four hours) turned out to be an enjoyable experience as well. No cramps.  Steady breathing.  Uphill running at the three flyovers was OK.  Not much walking either, well, except when nearing the hydration station.  I was extremely happy with my time when I finished, indeed another personal best. 

It was great to note that a better baggage deposit and claim system has been implemented.   Hydration was not a problem.  Bananas were even provided.  
I guess congratulations are in order for Runrio staff, the marshals who braved the rain, medical staff, volunteers, and sponsors for making Run United series a successful one.  

Run United 3: Runrio Trilogy Leg 3, September 16

27 August 2012 — With less than three weeks to go, the countdown has begun to one of the most anticipated races, Run United 3, the third leg 32K of the Runrio Trilogy hailed as the Afroman Distance, is happening on September 16.  This will be my second attempt to finish the trilogy after completing the first one in 2010.  

Just two months ago, I had a marvelous time running Run United 2 half marathon.  Super duper thanks to Runrio for the complimentary race kit and Allen aka Ambo for pacing with me all throughout the race.  
What to Look Forward to in this Year’s Run United 3
The 32K category can be a good introductory race if you are going to run your first full marathon this year.  
The first ever Run United Philippine Marathon is scheduled on October 28 with the customary shorter distances or race categories—from 500m dash to 3k, 5k, 10k, and 21k.
New routes, different start and finish lines, and earlier gun starts for 32K (3 AM) and 21K (4 AM) runners. Run United 3 runners will experience running across three cities, Taguig, Makati, and Pasay.
32K runners will take the first ten kilometers in University Parkwayarea, then move up to Kalayaan flyover, go all the way to Buendia, take left at Roxas Boulevard, then turnaround taking the roads of Vicente Sotto, Diosdado Macapagal, and EDSA and turn left at Seaside Boulevardfor the finish at the Mall of Asia (MOA).  
Meanwhile, the 21k will have the same route as the 32k runners.  However, instead of heading to EDSA, they will turn right at Macapagal Avenue, then turn right again at Seaside Boulevard, and then all the way to the finish line in MOA.

Registration Details
Online registration for Run United 3 started last August 6 and will end on September 2 while in-store registration started last August 13 and will end on September 9. Registration centers include RiovanaBonifacio GlobalCity and Katipunan, Quezon City branches; and Toby’s SM MOA and Trinoma branches.

With only 8,000 runners when it was launched in March 2010, the number has  kept increasing steadily in the succeeding events. Run United 1 on March 4 kicked off this year’s RunRio Trilogy, which was followed later by Run United 2 on June 17. Runners who completed all the longest distances (21K-21K-32K) in all of the three Run United races will be recognized at the RunRio Trilogy Awards Night. 

Beneficiaries of Run United 3 will include Gawad Kalusugan and Children’s Hour.

For further information or inquiries, please visit Unilab Active Health  and Runrio websites.

Bumping Into Coach Titus One Fine Sunday Morning

11 March 2012 — Sunday was the perfect day for long run.  My training program indicated that I need to run 25-36 kilometers.   But with the errands and other activities I did the previous day, the half marathon race held the previous Sunday plus feeling a bit exhausted, I chose to run whatever distance I could finish and shouldn’t go lower than 2 hours.  

Went out of my place at past 5AM, walked for 5 minutes as warm up, and maintained a jog pace later up to Ayala Triangle.  Once I reached the corner near Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati, I started to pick up the pace. Running routes included:  a start near Rockwell area—to Makati Avenue—to Ayala Avenue—crossed EDSA—to McKinley Road—right turn to Lawton Avenue (The Fort)—turned left going to McKinley Hill —back to Lawton Avenue—32nd Street—back to Lawton—McKinley Road—Ayala Avenue—home.  

While I was slowly running along Lawton Avenue, a runner was about to whiz past me.   And when I turned my head to the right, I recognized it was the running coach, Titus Salazar.  Not far behind him are his students or trainees, also called as the Barbie Dolls, or should I say “hard-core runners” just like him.  

I didn’t get to know Coach Titus as a running coach but I’ve heard so much about this guy.  He’s quite popular in the running community as a physiotherapist or “hilot.” The deep tissue massage is one of his skills.  Aside from this, he’s also known as the coach of Team Bald Runner.  

Last time I saw him was two years ago, during the 2010 Condura Skyway Marathon.  Coach Titus, together with the famous singer Leo Valdez, the one he was pacing with throughout the race, prodded me to finish strong and asked me to pace with him in the last 500 meters to the finish line.   It was also during this time when both Coach John Lozada and fellow marathon runner Gab (a.k.a. Dirty Sanchez of and now a member of Team Boring) paced me and got me to the finish line.  

Not wanting to be left running alone, I once again tried to pick up my pace in tune with Coach Titus’ cadence.  After running McKinley Hill, we only stopped at the convenience store to buy something to drink and eat.  

I don’t talk much during races.   Not much on long runs either.  But this time, I considered it an exemption.  I noticed I could talk now with not much huffing and puffing while running at a six-minute pace.  Coach Titus then said, “When you’re relaxed and your movement just flow, conversing while running is just easy.”  “Indeed,” I said silently to myself.

The long run continued back to Lawton Avenue, passing through Bonifacio Circle, leading to 32nd Street.  It was here I separated from their pack and headed back home following the same route.  When I reached Ayala Triangle Gardens, my mind was not really up to finishing the last 2.5 KMs.  It was already screaming for food, food, and food.   Ended up at the fast-food restaurant instead for the much awaited breakfast, the best part after a good run!

Overall, I was pleased to have had the chance to run with Coach Titus albeit accidentally.  It was truly an excellent (and fast) 16.47-KM run for me.  Whispering I’d say, “But not without a few aches here and there afterwards.”  

Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon, 4 Dec. 2011

Last October 20, a presentation which aims to introduce an international running event and diverse tourist attractions that Macau has to offer, was hosted by The Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO)-Philippines in cooperation with Run Rio, Inc.  

That sporting event is no other than the upcoming 30th Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon slated to happen on December 4, 2011.  All marathon enthusiasts are encouraged to visit Macau and participate in the 30th Macau International Marathon.  There are three categories varying from marathon, half marathon, and the mini marathon.  

Registration is ongoing.  In person or through representative registration is only until December 3, by post is until November 18, and online registration will end on November 25.  For complete details of the marathon registration, rules, and regulation, please visit the Macau Marathon web site. 

The 30th Macau International Marathon is organized by Macau Sport Development Board and Association of Athletics of Macau.

Many thanks to Charina Puno, Deputy Marketing Manager and the MGTO-Philippines Team for the lively presentation and for allowing us to see a glimpse of what Macau is.  

Will You Be the Last Man Running?


20 February 2011
5K (6AM), 10K (5:45AM) and the main event, the Rogin-E® Last Man Running (4AM) capped at 7 hours
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January 7-9; February 18-19
Glorietta 3 Makati
January 7-9, 14, 21-23, 28; February 4
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February 4-6, 11-13, 18-19
SM Mall of Asia Mall 1
January 14-16, 29-30
SM North EDSA Main
January 21-23; February 4-6
SM Megamall B
January 15-16, 28-30
ROX Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
February 1-13 (3-8PM)
Walk-in participants are welcome to join. You just need to buy any Rogin-E® bottle at registration booths during the event. P5,000 and P10,000 will go to the best male and female runners at the 5K and 10K races, respectively while P50,000 awaits the titular Last Man Running.
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Running in the Wee Hours of the Morning

“No way could I make it at 11PM,” this was my thought while inside a cab on my way to Mall of Asia (MOA). It was Friday evening, January 21, where moderate to heavy rain caused flooding of some roads in Makati and clogged traffic.

It was part of my training to run in the wee hours of the morning and my first time to run during those ungodly hours while everyone, I believe, were either having fun with friends or already fast asleep. It was also a good opportunity since I didn’t join the previous weekend’s 50K night test run in Bataan. Many thanks to Gab aka Rastaman for the invite, Aron for provision of vehicle where we can place our stuff, Mar aka Pojie for the support, and the many others who were there.

“Crazy bunch of runners, aren’t we?” I told Aron, one of Team Boring’s members, who I paced with while I was doing my warm up. While running MOA grounds, I observed how the place was buzzing with activity—where young people going home after a long night of partying, of security personnel on motorbike guarding the area every now and then, how the place fell asleep, and how it came alive early in the morning.

It was not easy though, to let your body adapt and be active when it was telling you to shut down and rest. Getting enough sleep, a key ingredient in distance running, I learned, is as important as that of long run. At half an hour past 1AM, I felt groggy and my body was telling me to sleep. Nonetheless, I continued to run. I had to do it. The “will” to reach 6AM prevailed.

A 25K Run from University of the Philippines (UP) to Tiendesitas C5 Pasig City and Back

Sometimes we runners can be a crazy lot, eh? Well, in a good way, of course.

For the past month, the longest distance I’ve run after finishing the 70K ultramarathon, was only 10K each week. I repeat, each week. Last Sunday’s long run was by far the longest I’ve done since my time away from running and racing. Thanks to Pojie aka Forefoot Runner for inviting me in their 25K run.

Excited, I already imagined running around UP area. But when the route was announced, it caught me off guard to find out, when we were about to take off, that we would be using UP as the starting point only and Ortigas, where Tiendesitas is, as the turnaround point. Come to think of it, it was like running from Quezon City to Ortigas and back.

Since I was not familiar with the route, I contented myself to run within the middle pack. Who would have thought I would end up running that long flyover along Katipunan? But, I admit, it was the best part. The downside, well, you get to breathe the fumes from vehicles plus you get heckled by some passing motorists. At times, people along the road would stare at you like you were some kind of an alien from a far off planet.

Overall, it was still a good running experience for me even if I initially couldn’t find my way back to UP. The run ended with a sumptuous brunch at Mang Jimmy’s with some friends from

What Happens After an Ultramarathon?

I felt so fine right after I finished running an ultramarathon. In fact, I walked and could even go up and down the stairs (without limping) like as if I didn’t run quite a long distance one weekend.

Not been into running like what I used to. Well, except for a slow 6.5K, just two days after the race. That was it. Last month’s mileage was only that distance. I didn’t even register for any race. Running a 5K or a 10K seemed to be so easy. If you’ve been running a 21K or a 25K per night, not as a race, but as part of your training program, then you would understand what I’m trying to say.
What I’ve experienced, I don’t consider as burnout as I still love to run. I believe it’s my body’s way of telling me, “Hey, I deserve to rest after working so hard.”
What I have been up to lately? Living like a normal being. Getting enough rest and sleep. A rare treat for me. Why? Well, my weeks for the past years, since I’ve been addicted to running, were normally about running, running, running, and racing.
Been swimming though as cross training. But no matter how much I like to swim, running is still what I love to do. And so, right before writing this post, I decided to run around Bonifacio High Street. And I was glad to have reached at least 10K.
How long really is recovery time? In my opinion, it depends really. Some runners can recover quickly that they’re off to another race again. For some it takes time. Others would even hibernate for a while. I came across a site on Ultramarathon 101. Some of the tips posted are interesting.
Here’s a sample with my comments: Recovery from the Big Race (Source:
~ If your legs are sore (i.e., it hurts to run), then don’t resume running until you are pretty much free of pain. Typically this takes 3-4 days if you have, for instance, trashed your quads. – I ran after two days. I could walk with no limping, no soreness at all.
~ While your legs hurt, do something else for active recovery. Walk if you can do that with tolerable pain or ride a bike. Avoid impact exercise until the legs stop hurting. – Even if it didn’t hurt, I took a swim for active recovery. I could swim more than a kilometer with no rest. I tell you, I was even surprised of myself.

~ When you can resume running, go easy and give your body a chance to repair any lingering damage. – Yeah, it was an easy run for me that I even employed walk breaks.

~ As you resume training, you should find your short runs will feel good within a week or two at most. You may even be able to run a decent 5K after two weeks recovery. – I didn’t run for a month. I rested.

~ If you try a long run only a couple weeks after a hard ultra, you will probably feel very tired and sluggish after 10-15 miles. I have found my endurance comes back slower after an ultra than my short race speed (what little speed I have, anyway). It usually takes about 4 weeks before a long run feels comfortable to do. – I agree.

~Allow 3-6 months between ultras to 1) adequately recover, and 2) adequately train for the next race. The longer the race and the harder the effort, the longer the gap between races should be for optimal performance. – Correct! But most of the ultra distance runners I know don’t wait for three to six months. After a week or so, they’re off running (and racing) again. Hmm… what kind of runners are they?