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Run United HP Recovery Run, 14 Dec. 2014

Unilab Active Health (ULAH) recently launched a new and unique kind of a running event happening on December 14 dubbed as Run United (RU) HP Recovery Run to be held at Bonifacio Global City.  This running event focuses not on finishing fast but on recovering well.

The Importance of Rest and Recovery

Rest is just as important as exercise.  Rest day combines the importance of getting quality sleep, hydration, and nutrition.  Recovery is all about maximizing your body’s repair by running at a low intensity, as in running slow.   This event is exclusive to 2014 Run United finishers.  This event is exclusive to 2014 Run United finishers.  Yep, you’ve read it right.  It’s not a typo.  But don’t you worry if you can’t join this year.  Who knows? ULAH might replicate this next year in other or similar events.

Here’s a Quick Statistics

This year’s RU series–the RU 1, RU  2, and the recent RU Philippine Marathon lured a total of 35,600 runners where 84% percent (about 29,882 runners) were able to finish their respective races. Interestingly, 64% of RU participants this year were actually long distance runners.

“Through this event, our goal is to help progressive runners embrace the value of recovery programs and how its proper application can help establish future personal records. Progressive runners always desire to do a PR and UNILAB Active Health aims to provide them with different solutions in achieving this goal. Recovering as hard as your training can help them continuously become a better version of themselves,” says UNILAB Active Health Sports Events Executive Lester P. Castillo.

The half marathon category is intended for runners who wish to do an easy, long distance run to cap off a full year of running.  Meaning, there’ll be no pacers for the 21k category. The slower you run your half marathon, the better.  Cut-off time for 21k is four hours.

Recovery Pacers

There’ll be pacers for the 5k and 10k recovery run.  Coach Ani De Leon-Brown and National Team athletes like Claire Adorna and John Chicano will be the guest pacers.  For the 5k distance, it will have 8 min/km, 9 min/km, and 10 min/km recovery paces.  While the 10k distance will have 8 min/km, 9 min/km, 10 min/km, and 11 min/km recovery paces. No singlet will be issued this time.  Participants are encouraged to wear instead any of the singlets or finisher’s shirts of the 2014 Run United series.

Enervon HP Recovery Village

The first Enervon HP Recovery Village will have lots of activities developed with the Sports and Science experts from the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Science, and Physical Therapy Departments of the University of Santo Tomas.    The Village will be divided into zones: physical recovery, sports nutrition recovery, and mental recovery.  At the Recovery Village, these are just but some of the activities to look forward to: hot and cold treatments, flexibility exercises, self myofascial release, and periodization counseling.

Participants will also get a chance to enjoy a cold glass of EnervonHP Recovery drink. Enervon HP Recovery is formulated with the ideal 3:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio that can help repair worn-out muscles and restore lost energy with carbohydrates, B-complex vitamins, and essential minerals. Enervon HP Recovery is best taken within 45 minutes after a workout for best nutrient absorption.

Key points to remember:

  • Venue of the recovery run is at BGC
  • This is not your typical run
  • This event aims to educate the runners on the value of recovery, and it will have pacers for the 5k and 10k categories

Online registration is ongoing. For more details, please visit

2012 Run United Runrio Trilogy Series

Brace yourselves for another unique year and exciting running races brought to you by Runrio Trilogy and presented by Unilab Active Health (ULAH) happening on March 4-Run United 1, June 17-Run United 2, September 16-Run United 3, and introducing, the Runrio Philippine Marathon slated to happen on October 28.
Yes folks, this is something to look forward to!  In fact, the upcoming Run United 1 will have a different start/finish.  Join the 21K (PHP 900) Enervon HP Run Runrio Leg 1 on March 4 and let your feet start from Bonifacio Global City and end them at the SM Mall of Asia. 
There’ll also be other categories such as the 500m Ceelin Run (PHP 350), 3K (PHP 600), 5K Dolfenal Run (PHP 700), and the 10K Enervon Run (PHP 800).  Your registration is inclusive of singlet, ULAH race bib holder, bib with timing chip, Riovana 10% discount stub, finisher’s bag and drinks, race analysis, and free pictures.  Only the half marathon finishers will get a finisher’s medal and shirt. 

Please be reminded that race kits may run out before Feb. 26, 2012, therefore, registration may end earlier.  A valid ID must be presented upon registration and for group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID and picture must be presented by the representative.  Singlet size availability is on a first come, first served basis.  A timing device will be used by all participants during the race.  For details, please visit Runrio web site or email for your other concerns or comments.    

For those of you who collect various finisher’s medal, then Runrio Trilogy finisher’s medals should be added to your collection. If you get to participate, finish, and complete the 21K-21K-21K/32K trilogy series plus the Runrio Philippine Marathon, you’ll get to complete the medal design. The medal for the Runrio Philippine Marathon is another must have finisher’s medal.

Medal for Run United Philippine Marathon

Medal for Run United Philippine Marathon (if you get to finish the trilogy series)

Am I seeing a runner’s Odyssey or a runner’s Narnia adventure this year? Looks like it.

Runrio Trilogy Leg 2 – Run United 2: My 16th Half Marathon

Caught off guard.
Yes, that was what I felt when I received an e-mail from a fellow blogger, Vimz a.k.a. Kulit Runner, reminding me where and when to claim the race kit for the Run United 2. I totally forgot about this particular race since I was looking forward to the upcoming Run United provincial leg instead.

One good thing though, at least, I had some mileage but I knew it was not enough prior to this race. Modesty aside, this particular distance was just a regular run for me when I was seriously training for the Bataan Death March Ultramarathon race. But two nights before race day, I had some misgivings whether I could run fast or beat my previous 21k time the way I used to.

Having no idea what time it would start and what the route would be, I arrived at the venue with only a few minutes to spare to deposit my stuff at the baggage area and for warm up exercises. I couldn’t even consider it as a warm up since the race was about to start.

As I got near the starting line … the surprise of my life … the crowd … in all my years racing in Metro Manila (2005-present), I’ve never seen anything like this … there were just too many 21k runners at the starting line and I was at the far end. That even after gun start, I couldn’t even run right away, I just walked up to the START arch. It was also difficult to even weave through the crowd. Amazing!
My strategy then was just to enjoy it and considered it as a long run or a practice run. No pressure at all.

It was nice to see familiar faces like Eo, who I had the chance to pace with and who eventually left me since he really was faster than I am, Gab of Team Boring, Rainier a.k.a. Running Enthusiast, Jet also of Team Boring and a fellow blogger, Julius, and Jixee among others.
The Kalayaan-Buendia flyover was another challenge even if I’ve run this area countless of times. My finish time was not good (based on my best time for 21K) but still, I had fun running my 16th half marathon despite feeling ill.
To top it off, while I was on my way to the Finishers Area, I was greeted by a shout from a runner, “diva runner!” I never met the guy before but after some initial pleasantries, he told me he had visited my blog. My bad, I forgot his name! But if ever you get to read this allow me to say “thank you” for visiting my blog. I hope this blog helped you in some way or another.

Marshals did their job so well. The staff manning the water stations even welcomed us with a gleeful smile. Powerade and water were just aplenty. I have a nice finisher’s shirt and medal, and more freebies from Unilab and other sponsors. What more could I say?

Many thanks to Dada Teves for facilitating my registration, to Kulit Runner for the invite as well as for the follow-up, and most of all to Coach Rio for the complimentary kit.  Thanks to my coach, Coach John Lozada for the constant follow-up so I could train. 

I take my hats off to Unilab and the Runrio Team!