Category Archives: short distance

PDIC Takbo sa Pagbangon ng Leyte Benefit Run, 4 May 2014

The Takbo sa Pagbangon ng Leyte, a Benefit Run for typhoon Yolanda survivors, is happening on 4 May 2014, Sunday, 5 AM at the PNB Financial Center, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City.  Spearheaded by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC), the Benefit Run aims to promote public awareness on PDIC and its role in protecting the environment, and to raise funds to build disaster-resilient shelters for families in Leytein partnership with Gawad Kalinga.



Around 3,000 runners are expected to join the Benefit Run with three distance categories: 3K (P400), 5K (P400), 10K (P600).  Assembly time is at 5:00 AM.  Registration Centers are: Toby’s SM Mall of Asia, Toby’s SM North, R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, BGC, PDIC 8/F SSS Building, Ayala Ave. corner V.A. Rufino Street, Makati.  You may also register online.  For more details, please visit www.pdic.gov.ph.


Let’s help rebuild communities for typhoon Yolanda victims! Run with me in the 10K event.  See you at the starting line!

Nike We Run Manila 10K Race is Coming Back!

Yes, Nike We Run Manila 10K race is returning to Manila on December 2 and is happening at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.   



The We Run series has kicked off last September 1 in Prague, Czech Republic and will end in Rio de Janiero, Brazil on December 15.  Online registration has started on October 8 through www.facebook.com/NikeRunningPH  and at selected retails stores.  Don’t wait till the last minute to register.  Do it now before it’s too late.  Be part of this historic race series. 

Adobo Run After Dark Registration Extended!

Here’s an advisory from the organizer:

The in-store registration [at] R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, Toby’s Arena EDSA SHangri-La Mall, and RUNNR Trinoma, is extended until October 28, Friday.

On-site registration will also be accepted on October 29 at the Aseana City Business Center lobby which is just beside McDonald’s in Macapagal Boulevard corner Bradco Avenue from 10AM till 6PM.

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Again, I’m requesting you guys to help spread the word! And, uh, before I forget … have you prepared your costume for the run?  

Be unique! 

Be original.  Because if you’re running in the 3K fantasy-themed costume run, a P10,000 worth of cash prize awaits the WINNER of the Best in Costume category.  For details, refer to my previous post about this particular race.  Just to give you an idea …. catch this lady on the run!

This will be for sure a star-studded affair!  For the stars and the universe will conspire on the night of October 29 to bring you some of the most popular names from the entertainment industry who signified their attendance.  Major corporations that supported the Isang Litrong Liwanag project have also banded together to bring a unique blend of this running event.  

Be entertained by the performances of these known bands: Sugarfree, Stonefree, Blue Boy Bites after the race.  Top athletes like Mercedita Manipol and Joan Banayag will also be there to once again show their running prowess  in the 5K and 15K respectively.  

So what are you waiting for? Register now while you still can and don’t miss this super fun evening run! As for me, I’ll be running the 5k category as … (secreeeet!).  

See you at the starting line!

Nike We Run Manila: The Reds

After such a long hiatus from racing, it was a comeback for me to run in short distances such as the recently held Nike We Run Manila 10K.  My goal for this race was to test whether my speed work training has improved my running pace.  Running in ultra distances has changed my pace since then.

Once at the venue, seeing the number of runners, I knew then that there wouldn’t be a test run for me.  True enough, I had no recourse but to just finish the race, get it over and done with.  But not without experiencing a jab here and there from runners who ran past me, of participants who suddenly stopped running–they walked in the middle of the road and failed to give way to fast approaching runners–so oblivious to the fact that there were still many runners behind them!  Simply put, there were a lot of them who didn’t observe running etiquette.  Weaving through the crowd can be very tiring. 

With Ellen a.k.a. Kelcy and fellow Happy Feet James R.
(Photo Courtesy of James and of his photographer friend, Mish)
Running Bloggers at the Media Partners Tent
L~R (back): Noy, Takbo.ph/Manokan Express, Vball Runner, Bobby, Running Pinoy, Art, and Jazzrunner
L~R (2nd row): Banana Running, RUNNING DIVA, The Fit Mommy, Eman, and Running Enthusiast
L~R (3rd and front rows): Flying Boar, Gailcon, I’m Jet Paiso, Rod Runn3r, and Banjo

L~R: Jinoe owner of Takbo.ph site, RUNNING DIVA, Gigi the Fit Mommy, Gailcon, and Carina the Flying Boar (Photo Courtesy of Carlo S. a.k.a. Drum and Run)
The race started as scheduled.  There was a five-minute workout done before the race started.  Since there were just too many runners at the starting line, any movement would be limited to either just sway or jump.  One could feel the excitement when the ten-second countdown began.  I was running in the midpack, and one time had a glimpse of seeing a long stretch of runners in red.  The color was like signalling a red alert.  A sight to behold!  From the side of the road, I could only see awe from the faces of the spectators.  

At the last four-kilometer stretch, it made me think that a 10K race is no longer my fave distance.  That I missed running longer distances.  Don’t get me wrong.  10K is still 10K and not all could run this distance.  But what I missed really is the camaraderie of runners in ultramarathon races.  Of seeing and running new places.  Of not worrying to step on the shoes of the runner in front of me.  Of not worrying to be jabbed because not a soul is before you and behind you.  Of volunteer runners who cheered and egged you to do your job and reach the finish line.  I was suddenly jolted out from my reverie when Ross of Takbo.ph waved to call my attention, said “hi”,  asked how am I doing, and ran past me. 

I stayed on after the race to watch the performances of Chicosci, Sandwich, and Parokya Ni Edgar bands.  Both Sandwich and Parokya Ni Edgar bands gave stellar performances.  Too generous, in fact, to play and sing extra songs for the runners.  It was the vocalist from Sandwich who set the after-run-party pace since he also ran the course, his “first 10K marathon” that’s what he said while talking to the crowd  (please note: 10K is considered a fun run distance and not a marathon.  Marathon has a distance of 42.195KM)  and by singing  songs related to running like ‘Takbo’, ‘Lakad’, etc.  

Fellow bloggers Jazz Runner and Jet have already blogged about the conduct of the race.  And I totally agree to what they’ve said.  There were runners who also gave these suggestions: a race with 8,000 or more runners needs a bigger venue; if venue is too small, may be a PACE WAVE might be considered;  station numbers at the baggage counter be posted where it could be seen even from afar.  

Congratulations to Coach Rio and the Runrio Team, sponsors, media partners, and Nike for a job well done. Nike We Run Manila 2011 has once again raised the bar by bringing one of the best races this year.  

Runner’s Blues, Of Being Slow, and Running the Takbo.ph Runfest

A few months back I already notified my good friend Queenie, fondly called “Que”, that I would not be joining the Takbo.ph Run Fest.  Not because I didn’t want to.  Just not having the same zest to run after finishing the BDM 102K Ultramarathon sometime in March. 
Yes, it has been over three months yet going back to my usual training routine seems to be a drag.  It’s not that I’m unhappy.   I can’t explain it but my body just doesn’ want to run anymore.  While on official trip last summer, I even brought my running gear but I used it only once. 
When I got another invite from a runner friend, Marga a.k.a. Margalicious of Takbo.ph, for a meet up with Que and her baby Gab, I took the opportunity to touch base with them.  Que again brought up the topic of inviting me to join the Takbo.ph Runfest.  Que was her persuasive self. I just couldn’t say no this time.  When she asked what distance I would be running I answered with no qualms, “16K.”  It only sinked in after I reached my place that I would be running this “short” distance without any training for the past three months.  In my years (as if I’m already running that long, eh) of running, I always believe in the saying “respect the distance.”  I had to force myself and tied again my shoes.  Mind you, running the first two kilometers as warm up was easy.  I was flying.  Rest really can do good.  But … upon reaching the next kilometers my feet began to feel heavy.  Yep, I was kind of out of shape.   I felt so heavy.  I gained weight for eating and resting and with no regular runs at all.  The 16K race was a great treat.  It forced to run again.  Slowly I gained myself “running diva” again. 
I got another text from Que, inviting me once again to lead in the singing of the National Anthem.  I begged off.  Again, not that I didn’t want to.  I just wanted to give other talented runners from Takbo.ph to experience how it is to sing in front of fellow runners.  How glad I was when a friend accepted.  I even looked forward to hearing her sing it.  Unfortunately, she didn’t make it on race day itself.  Well, there’ll always be a next time for her.  I arrived at the race venue with a few minutes to spare to deposit my stuff at the baggage area.  Hurrying to be at the starting line, I initially forgot to stop walking while the National Anthem was being played.  My bad!  Good thing I’ve noticed and eventually stopped in attention.   
The race I considered as my long run.  Goodness!  It was my comeback to run 16K again in the Bonifacio Global City area.  The way used to be my usual route for my long runs.  Yet here I was feeling like a newbie again, haha.  On my way back, along Lawton area, I really thought that I was almost done only to discover “too late” that McKinley area is included in the route.  I could only utter, “crap!” In ultramarathon, when you see downhill it means you need to double your effort in coming back because it means an uphill run for you. Yeah, you got it! Though I had the endurance it was really hard to run the uphill part when you have no runs at all. 
Well, my 16K comeback race was still fun.  Seeing familiar faces of my friends from Takbo.ph and my ultramarathon friends as volunteer marshals, who wouldn’t enjoy it?  It was nice to hear their cheers.  And, to be greeted by fellow bloggers like the fast walkathon racer, Reinier6666, ultramarathoner El Kyoshi, the ever popular yet humble Running Shield, and the Bald Runner known to the ultramarathon running community as Sir Jovie, who wouldn’t enjoy Takbo.ph Runfest? 
With this said, many, many thanks to Jinoe and Queenie, owners of Takbo.ph blog, for inviting me and to the Lead Pack Head, Doc Lyndon, for welcoming me to once again run in their race.  Thank you for the personalized race bib and the nice singlet. 
Congratulations Takbo.ph family on your anniversary!