Category Archives: natural running

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! 

Reebok’s “The Sport of Fitness Has Arrived” Campaign Launched!

14 April 2012 — The Reebok Experience Zone Philippines in partnership with Crossfit® was launched on April 13, Friday evening, at Eastwood City Walk. I was invited to take part in the event and discover Reebok’s latest footwear technology called RealFlex (RF). It’s a new technology designed for natural movement and flexibility.  

I’ve heard of Reebook in the 80s.  Most of my classmates back then owned this famous white or black high-top basketball shoes and it was quite a fad in the campus, and if you own one, you’d be considered a fashionista.  But I never get to wear any of Reebok’s products until now. Thanks to Reebok Philippines (thru the invite of Villy of Reebok and fellow blogger Blas aka Titanium Runner) for giving me a pair of Reebok’s RF. 

In as much as wanted to test the new Reebook pair (colored gray and light blue) the following week, I couldn’t just yet as I was still in the middle of a training run and also got another new pair of running shoes for break-in (courtesy of a Gift Certificate won at bloggers meet and greet raffle last January) which I would be using in an upcoming big race. 
I finally had my chance to initially test RF last Tuesday, April 19, in a six-kilometer run, a combination of some flat and hilly training run for me that night.  My verdict:  RF is very light, soft and flexible. It conforms to the shape of your feet; it’s like wearing another pair of very thick socks.  Ideal distance to run in it would be from 3 KM at the minimum to 15-16 KMs maximum.  RF is good for speedy runners who want protection and a minimalist feel during races.  Tip: Get a pair one size up as RF is a little cutie in terms of size.

The Sport of Fitness Has Arrived (in the Philippines) Campaign

Reebok invites everyone to experience their Reebok Experience Zone and discover Crossfit®, a strength and conditioning program.  The Reebok Experience Zone is a FREE, interactive retail event, and it will go around different malls in Metro Manila until June.  Everyone gets a chance to participate in a CrossFitChallenge by trying on RealFlex shoes and various CrossFit movements including box jump, jump rope, and air squat.  This campaign aims to change the way people perceive, define, and experience fitness. 
Reebok Experience Zone


About Reebok
Reebok International Ltd., headquartered in CantonMAUSA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of sports, fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment. An American-inspired global brand, Reebok is a pioneer in the sporting goods industry with a rich and storied heritage in running, training and fitness. A subsidiary of the adidas Group, Reebok operates under the multiple divisions of the Reebok brand, Reebok-CCM Hockey and the Sports Licensed Division.
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About CrossFit
CrossFit, Inc. is the world’s foremost developer of functional fitness programming and a leading accredited certificate issuer for physical training professionals worldwide. Founded by Greg and Lauren Glassman, CrossFit® is the principal strength and conditioning program for hundreds of accomplished and professional athletes and hundreds of thousands of individuals seeking to achieve elite fitness.  
CrossFit offers specialty certificate courses and programs, including the CrossFit Kids program; publishes the CrossFit Journal; and created and operates the CrossFit Games, an annual event which seeks to find and crown the Fittest on Earth™. There are currently more than 3,000 affiliated gyms in the global CrossFit training network.  
For more information, please visit CrossFitCrossFit Facebook site or CrossFit YouTube.  CrossFit is a registered trademark and 3,2,1..Go! and Fittest on Earth are trademarks of CrossFit, Inc. in the U.S.  and/or other countries.
About RSH Marketing Philippines, Inc.
RSH Marketing Philippines, Inc. is the local distributor of Reebok.
Reebok Realflex is available at Reebok stores in Megamall, Trinoma, Festival Mall, Eastwood Citywalk2, Robinsons Galleria and Royal Sporting House stores nationwide.
For more information, please call (02) 635-4301.