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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

For the Love of RUnning: My Run United Philippine Marathon Experience

Commitment.  Lifestyle.  Perserverance.  Discipline.  Determination.  Passion.  Courage.  Motivation.  Fun.  Wellness.  Confidence.  Fitness.  Health.  Strength.  Inspiration.  Family.  Friends.  Active.  Personal goal. 

These are the words written on the front side of the shirt, the loyalty running shirt given to runners who have completed the Run United (RU) series this year and couldn’t be luckier to have one.  
Printed on the back of the shirt,  “For the love of RUnning.”  
Early this year, I wrote something about planning to run another marathon in the last quarter of the year but with the erratic weather, one typhoon after another plus the monsoon rains which caused floods in some low-lying areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, joining in another marathon was completely out of the plan.  Foremost reason, not enough training or simply put, I didn’t get to train at all.  
In one of my usual runs while waiting for the light to go green before crossing the street, a friendly young man beside me, may be in his early 20s, started a conversation.  He asked me if I would be running the Run United Philippine Marathon, I replied with a smile, “Nope, I’m on rest mode.”  Considering that I had just recently finished a 32-kilometer race a few weeks back, I was definitely on rest mode.  So I thought.

But fate intervened.  I got a free voucher of the upcoming running event courtesy of Runrio.  With no hesitation, I registered for the full marathon (42K) category.  After I signed up, the first thing that struck me was the fact that I would be running the distance with no training at all.   My only long run was the 15K race by Ensure to Endure the previous Sunday.   “What did I get into? Oh well, good luck to me!” Hahaha!
It was nice to see familiar faces again at the starting line.  At the start of the race, I initially paced with a fellow ultramarathon runner and 102 Bataan Death March finisher Sir Larry, a member of the Fairview Running Group.  

The pace went on smoothly when suddenly the person in front of me stopped running.  So as to avoid crashing into him, instinctively, I jumped at the sidewalk.  My right foot hit first and I suppose landed wrong.  I failed to see the square hole.  The edge hit the inner big toe bone or mound of my right foot.  It was really painful but it did not stop me from continuing to run.  Sir Larry insisted I should check on it before proceeding.   

With this incident, I would just like to remind newbie runners out there of an etiquette running rule when running races: If you want to STOP and drink, move to the side of the road, out of the way of other runners.  Move to the right side of the road during a race if you slow to a WALK, so that you can let others continue to run.  

I didn’t allow the earlier incident to deter me from reaching my goal.   

To finish the race, carries the rewards of hearing one’s name being announced as one crosses the finish line and accepting from the race director the biggest finisher’s medal I have ever seen.  It was not a personal best but it was worth it.  
All for the love of running.