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Corregidor Marathon Training, 21 December 2014

It was not only after four years after that l had the chance to run the Corregidor lnternational Half  Marathon (CIHM) event since its inception in 2010.  Proud to be invited by a high performance Corregidor International Half Marathon team to test run the route a few years back. Note: Both the Corregidor Marathon (CM) and CIHM events, however, were rescheduled to January 11 and 12 respectively instead of December last year to give way to relief operations in areas affected by typhoon Yolanda.

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                                                             El Lobo supports Corregidor marathon training

Yes, running races back to back, a full marathon on a Saturday and a half marathon on a Sunday of the same weekend in January 2015, is slightly nutty and a new challenge which l haven’t tried before. To prepare myself on this, last Sunday, l joined the last batch of participants  who went to Corregidor Island to train with them and run portion of the race route. Training started with a three-part warm up exercises led by the CIHM founder, Edward Kho. For our main training, we did seven repeats up a hill, increasing effort each time until we were confident enough to continuously run the hill.  So glad to have come and learned new ways to tackle it. Training ended with cool-down stretch exercises.   This is it! No more backing out! 

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Corregidor Marathon and CIHM participants and soon-to-be-soon-to-be Corregidor brave warriors

Super duper thanks to El Lobo Energy Drink through Sir Willy and Sun Cruises for the warm support.   Also, kudos to one of the lady Philippine Masters athletes who assisted Edward and took beautiful photos during the training session.  It was also nice to meet newfound friends.  See you at the starting line!

Explosions Rocked Boston Marathon 2013

I was surprised to see the news on TV early this morning.

This is a gloomy day for all runners and organizations around the world.  In a moment of silence, please join me in praying for those who have perished and been injured (and still fighting for their lives) and the solving of the blast incidents at the Boston Marathon.  My heart reaches out to the people of the City of Boston.

Laguna de Bay Ultra Marathon Relay, 1-2 May 2010


To create the public awareness and consciousness, the Laguna de Bay Conservation Foundation is organizing a two-day run on May 1, Saturday, and May 2, Sunday, covering a 200-kilometer run around the lake.

The first leg starts at the Fontera Verde in Pasig City and finishes at the Laguna Provincial Capitol in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. The second leg starts at Santa Cruz, Laguna passing through Rizal Province and finishes at the Fontera Verde, Pasig City.

With the support and inspiration of the Kaya ng Pinoy–Mount Everest Team as Champions of our cause and in partnership with LLDA, the foundation hopes to instill the values of bayanihan (community participation and mobilization), love of nature (reforestation, watershed protection and solid waste management), and teamwork (harmony and understanding) for the preservation and protection of the watershed areas and the lake itself.

The ultramarathon relay is open to teams representing LGU’s, NGO’s/PVOs and corporate citizens.

RACE MECHANICS

Form a Team
Team of Five Runners, with at least one runner of the opposite sex, a crew of two persons, and a service vehicle. The five runners to start and five runners to finish rule will be used. Each runner of each team will run one leg each day, one runner at a time. There’ll be official pit stops along the route for runner changes and for official medical and support provisions.

Entry Fee Beneficiary
An entry fee of Php 2,500.00 as token will be collected after the completion and submission of technical requirements and documentation. Your entry fee will support various livelihood projects, the Galalan Community Bamboo Forest Project in Pangil, Laguna and the Laguna de Bay Integrated Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council.

Best Uniform Competition
All teams are required to submit and use an original uniform design and slogan consistent with the objectives of the ultramarathon relay.

Prizes
1st Place Php 350,000.00
2nd Place Php 200,000.00
3rd Place Php 100,000.00
4th Place Php 75,000.00
5th Place Php 50,000.00
6th-10th Place Php 10,000.00

For more information on the registration, please visit www.llda.gov.ph or contact Thumbie O. Remigio at (MP) +63916 385.8322/(R) +632 932.9071.

The Rescue Run, October 10

Assembly and donation turn-over starts at 5:30 AM
Official run start is at 6:30 AM

It is open to all athletes, their families and friends. Anyone who is willing to help the typhoon victims while getting a few minutes of exercise. It isn’t a race. There are no race timing chips, no souvenir t-shirts, no swag bags, no finishers medals, no prize money. There will be no water or aid stations. Please BRING YOUR OWN WATER, SPORTS DRINKS and/or RECOVERY FOOD.

Route
Seaside Blvd. from One Esplanade to Coral Way, U-turn at Bay Blvd. (closed loop) Start/Finish on Sunset Avenue (to be confirmed).
Distances: 3km, 5km, 10km

Registration
Pre-registration will be care of partner establishments to be announced this Saturday, Oct. 3. In order to keep track of the donations and participants, we will be issuing RESCUE RUN bibs that serve as a receipt of your donation and also as a small token for your efforts. A sample of the bib is attached below. Please wear the bib on the event day as well. It is our way of keeping track of all the runners on the course during the event.

Donations: P200 for any distance
Corporate Donors: P5,000 for 20 runners
All proceeds will be donated to the Philippine National Red Cross’s feeding and rehabilitation projects for the Typhoon Ondoy victims.

Logistics for the race will be purely voluntary. We need volunteers for the following on Rescue Run Day: Route Marshals and Secretariat. Please email Raoul Floresca directly if you wish to volunteer at e-mail: rfloresca@mac.com or text mobile phone at +639178121227. On-site registration will be accepted as well.

There are plans to make this more than just a one-day effort so please stick around after the run for announcements. We would like to enlist everyone’s support in this in order to gather even more aid from runners or athletes who can’t make it on October 10 but still wish to contribute. We’ve received positive responses from other companies who are willing to help so we’re just working out the details.

The organizer is hoping for a thousand runners to show up on that day. If we meet that target, that’s P200,000 right there! It’s a modest sum but it’ll feed up to 2,000 people or help repair the homes of many. That beats any personal best any day!

A big thank you to all the running friends, squads, tri teams, companies and individuals who have gotten in touch with us to ask about the race and how they could help out.

See you on Rescue Run Day, October 10th!

DocFit: Takbo Para sa Puso, 1 Mar. 2009

I also signed up for DocFit race when I registered for the 15k event of RUNew at the Nike Store in Bonifacio High Street. I decided to since I missed running DocFit last year and most of my fellow runners raved about it.

The Night Before the Race

Once again, a classic excuse, I didn’t get enough sleep. I was invited by Joey Ayala to witness Balagtasan, also known as literary joust, a National Commission for Culture and the Arts-Bagong Lumad Production documentary, capturing the timeless beauty of balagtasan in spite the birth of rap. Tribo Rap, Radio Sago, invited performers from UP, and Joey Ayala wowed the audience by their prowess in balagtasan. My role was to just come in flamboyant Filipiniana. It was a surprise for me, indeed, to have had a five-minute fame by dancing with the famous musical artist, Joey Ayala, while he was delivering his piece. Cecil, a fellow Happy Feet, together with her sister, came to watch the show.

Race Day

I arrived at the UP Film Center ground (Quezon City), venue of the race, with enough time to deposit my stuff at the baggage area and do warm-up exercises. Saw not too many familiar faces of my running friends since most of them joined the Botak race at the Fort. Well, except for Coach John who started his warm-up exercises already for the 5k event. Most of the runners, I noticed, were from the “elite” group. Meaning, record holders and fast ones, too!

My aim was to, at least, have a sub-hour time for 10k. However, I changed my aim the night before the race, from sub-hour to just finish the race with a good time.

It was a fast start for me but again, I reminded myself, to take it easy. I will not bore you, dear readers, with the details. For me, this run (I considered) was a good time, beating my UP Great Run PR of 1:02.36 (2007) by 14 seconds. And, I was happy with that.

After collecting my free goodies (oh, yeah, they were plenty of it!), I saw, finally, some pretty well known faces that of Run Unlimited and family, Prometheus Cometh, and Raymund. I didn’t stay long though for I had to go to San Fernando, Pampanga after the race. My heartfelt thanks to Run Unlimited for the photos and Prometheus Cometh for the ride. I went home with this in mind, “sub-hour 10k, you are just around the corner and intend to reach you!”


Run Unlimited, Prometheus Cometh, yours truly, and Raymund

A Well Organized Race

Race started on time, visible race distance markers, availability of “not smelly” portalets, race marshals knew their tasks, no hassles at the start/finish chute, strategically placed water stations, a systematic distribution of giveaways, plenty of freebies, the sound system and the emcee of the event were pleasing to the ears, and la la la. To top it off, race results were posted within the day.

DocFit: Takbo Para sa Puso was a race with 5k and 10k running events with categories for medical doctors and non-MDs. RunRio was the organizer.

Fun Run, June 23, 2008

Receiving my award of assorted groceries. Woohoo!
With some of my HR colleagues
A pose with our proud HR managers, Sirs Jay & Eli
Winners (age category): Rodel, Abby, me, Thelma
Stopped running for almost three weeks. This is my practice run after being busy practicing dance steps/choreography prior to our upcoming benefit concert. I joined this fun run last year and won third place (age category). This year, our company is celebrating its 7th founding anniversary and weeklong activities are already lined up. One of them is this fun run. Guess what? I won first place (age category) and emerged as champion (women division) this year. Toot! Toot!

Blog Update

Haven’t updated my blog for quite some time. Just didn’t have the luxury of time ever since I got a new job and has pursued my other passion–singing. Really wanted to post thoughts after each run but the inspiration to write isn’t there anymore. Don’t know why. Saturated perhaps?