Friday, 28 September 2007

Milo Legazpi City Elims 21km Picture Updates

Sorry it took some time for me to upload this pictures.

Mizuno Running Clinic


God d@mn Traffic!


I went out of the office thinking that it was early enough for me to fetch Renz and be able to get to the Mizuno Run on time. Well Thursday night traffic in Makati is just terrible. I was stuck in the same place for like 20mins. I even sent Renz and SMS saying that he should walk and take a motorcycle ride going to the place just for him to get there and be able to join the run. Well I guess luck wasn't really on my side last night.

I was able to arrive at the Mizuno Bonifacio High Street Branch at around 7:35pm already. It actually took me an hour and half just to get to Fort Bonifacio! WT........ anyway, I tried to stick around and look for the usual faces, Jaymie, Renz and some of the fast elite runners. I bumped into Marga, another TBR's regular reader.

Ok I learned my lesson well last night. I'll bring my bike going to the Mizuno Run next time. that'll save me an hour for sure. :) I hope you could come and join their Running Clinics every other Thursday. The next one is set on

October 11, 2007 7:00pm.

- tbr and marga -

Monday, 24 September 2007

NB Power Race

Although my pair just gave up on me I still love my NB. I'm on the lookout for a new pair, 2 actually. One for training and a racing flat, I'm taking Totoy's advice on this. :) Well here's the take on their latest event.

What : NB Power Race (the next level)
When: November 11, 2007 6:30am
Where: Clark Freeport Zone
Race Events: 10km open || 25km open & age category
Race Fee: 300.00pesos only

Here's the great thing about this race. For the first 500 entries to the 25km race they will be providing an RF-ID timing chips! Looks like my prayers for a Champion Chip event has been answered by NB!

There's still time to train! Bump up your weekly mileage and see you all at the race!

Deadline for entries is on OCTOBER 14, 2007

There's also a "RUN for CURE" 5km fun run on October 21, 2007 6am at the Powerplant Mall. For more details call 898-1933


"Buhay Marino"

Well i got a taste of what it's like to live a life of a mariner when I had an assignment to shoot for an oil company. Good thing it only lasted for a 2 weeks. Going out of the the vessel and you'll just see an endless horizon of ocean water it does take a lot of courage and well a lot more courage to work on such a place. I salute all the Filipino Sailors for having such quality.


A sea of mariners (im not sure if they were trainees or full time employees already) were gathered at the starting grid already. All I heard was the warm up drill going on. So I skipped it and just looked for the h@ppyFeet members that I had registered for the event. I guess John Pembroke (a UK based runner visiting the PI) was already getting worried that he might not be able to get his race packet from me. I saw him already in line for the on-site registration table. :D Gave him the race packet and looked for the other runners. When all of a sudden I heard the race gun fire! It was only 5:56 on my watch. I guess they were really serious when they said that the race will promptly start at 6am.

Good thing Mon(our senior h@ppyFeet member) gladly took all the remaining race packets from me. I ran as fast as I can manage and just avoided all the traffic by going on the wrong side of the street. Good thing was that by the 1st km the runners were already spaced out. That's when I returned to the race course.

1st Turn around point

I felt that I pushed a bit too much so I decided to slow down and just maintain a good pace for the next 3km. The course also had some good incline parts. So I decided to apply my previous race strategy. Run fast as I can on the flats and just maintain a good pace on the incline.

2nd Turn around point

I still felt good and I was still very conscious on my running form. If there was something that I learned from Milo Legazpi race, it was to CONSTANTLY REMIND myself of my RUNNING FORM during a race.

I got a chance to run along with Joms and Lala by the 4th km. What surprised me was that Joms wasn't pacing for his 5km event. He only pushed harder when he asked for the time which was already nearing 19mins and we were still about 1km away from the finish line.

2nd lap

Passing by the Start/Finish line for my second lap, I was still feeling good and still very conscious again of my running form. Again I tried to push every 300meters checking if I can maintain it longer. Well I wanted to play safe this time so I reserved some for the last 2~3km of the race. I was pacing alongside a runner from mariners running club. I tried to hold on to his pace for almost a kilometer. After a good 4+minutes I felt that I still can push my pace, I did a good 2meter push and it was just in time before the slight incline which I needed to pace back a bit.

Last 2km

I knew the distance, I also knew that John and Totoy was a good 4 minutes ahead of me. I just needed to maintain my fast pace for another 1.5km and still have some left for a good push at the very last minute. Last turn, West side stretch of Mall of Asia. I did my final push. Straightened back, a little lean forward, changed my breathing and full strides. I saw the clock hitting 49:55 I pushed and again I jumped for a 49:59 finish. I just hope they did record it as a sub 50min finish. I was a bit dazed at the finish but I held on. I hope this is how I always finish a race. And hopefully I wont forget what I've learned from the last 2 races.

- h@ppyFeet moment -

After the race Doc and I planned on doing a trail run back at the San Mateo Mountains.

The mountain scene changed a bit since the last time I went there. We were greeted with this very nice view. We tackled the shortest trail there Roxas trail. We met a couple of MTB groups along the way and most of them and the locals where asking Doc and I where we had parked our bikes??? hehehehe But we did overtake them at the climbs and even on the single track section of the trail. I think they were really surprised to see that we were also going fast. Well we were just doing a nice and fun run. :)

We took the paved Halo-Halo trail going to our rest stop Giant. We were then greeted by a sudden downpour just about 500meters away from the sari sari store. We were just hoping by this time that the Instant Noodles will be instant enough for our already severe hunger. Ok so we did have the instant pancit canton...... and some rice.... and some luncheon meat..... :D hahaha we were stuffed that I was getting worried on how will we be running back to the car. It took us until 2pm for our run. The way back was full of power walks and a lot of talking.

I hope next time more h@ppyFeet members would join in the fun of trail running.

Paging RENZ, JOMS, JUDAH, CHAIA and the others! Let's go trail running again!

a mOrninG with Kythe

I am happy to announce to you all that we have finally turned over the collected funds for the Milo-Kythe foundation run. Anton suggested that we do the hospital visit last Saturday
September 22.

We met up at Caltex Buendia-Pasong Tamo at around 8:30am. We were visiting the AFP V Luna Hospital at East Avenue Quezon City. Upon reaching the hospital, security is a bit tight so we had to name drop Kythe's full time nurse at the hospital, Tita Aida.

We then met up with Tita Aida and Ninin another Kythe Volunteer. Nothing ceremonious, we turned over the funds got the receipts and we just planned on staying for a while with the kids.
But to our surprise there was a planned activity that day for all the kids. Another charitable group was doing some painting activity. "Wow! Painting!" Even I got all excited. I learned the several painting pieces are in fact connected and would display a bigger picture. :) Cool one ey!
During all this activity I noticed a very familiar figure by the huge window..... I blinked twice or maybe even more and still checked if it was really him. It is him! The former president of the Republic of the Philippines Fidel V. Ramos. This was another treat! Not only did we get to turn over the funds, meet the kids, enjoy some painting time with them, we also got to meet and get some souvenir photos with FVR. (ok anton, you have got to send me those pictures)

To all the family and friends that supported me on this fund raising activity Thank you very much.
Tito Lugie | Eric | Karen | Maritess | Mon | Chaia
Tonton | Papa&Mama

As I have stated in my first post regarding this activity, No matter how big or small the amount is... If we all contribute something, collectively it'll be a big amount. At this early stage, I would like to invite you for next year's race. This year we only had 3 runners Anton, Jaymie and I plus the TNF supported 100km runners. Hopefully next year more of your guys would join in and help us Race Funds. :D