happy to chafe

27 Mar

Completed my 6x1x5 run-walk workout last night. Wee!

I didn’t come away unscathed though. After a long, long time I got chafing again. Weird, but a little part of me was happy. It meant that I worked hard enough in pumping my arms which was my form focus last night.

That happy teeny part of me, soon changed opinion when I hit the shower. Chafing hurts!!!

Here are some tips to prevent chafing;

1. Be smart when choosing your running attire. Stay away from rough fabrics. Ditch those with thick seams especially in the shoulders and arm holes. Opt for shirts with wicking tech.

2. Lubricate I normally use petroleum jelly and for longer runs I use body glide.

Got more tips? Share them with us here.

For Bechay’s 42nd birthday

23 Mar

You are prolly familiar with the saying that great minds think alike, well it holds true for great friends as well. Miles away in Penang my friend Bechay has also developed a passion (obsession?) for running.

She’s a stay at home mom and I truly admire her dedication to fit in training runs in between her chores and errands.

Add to that, she trains in Penang. If you’ve ever been there, all you can say is RESPECT. You think Manila is hot, ha, try running in Penang and you will just love our weather.

We visited her last week and she reminded me of her grand plan to do her first marathon next year coz she’s turning 42 na.

The epic penang pig out trip! Sa uulitin friends

A photo posted by Bards (@bananarunning) on

Bechay is of course the one carrying her nathan hydration pack in the photo. She just finished her run before she picked us up at the airport and straight to first stop of the epic Penang food trip!

I initially planned to run it with her but have since backed out. I do continue to support her though and before I left I scribbled a simple 3-run week plan. This is to help her build a running base and prepare for a more specific marathon training plan.

Here’s the plan, we’ve agreed on.

We have target paces as well, but let’s not get into it yet. Suffice it is to say that I’ve challenged her 6hoursumthing initial target. She has sufficient time to train, crazy dedication, trains in impossible conditions… 6 is not acceptable. Di ba Mesh?. At the very least, I encouraged her push for sub6, what she doesn’t know yet is that I will ask her to bump it down to 5-530. Shhhh!. She will train anyways so why train to just beat a cut-off, right?

On the flight home, I was reviewing the plan and checking where we need to tweak it. And then I figured, even if I’m only aiming to run 5Ks, I can use this plan as well to build my running base. My small tweak is that I will continue with my walk-run and replace tempo runs with more 400s and 800s.

I now need to find to find a 5k sometime late May or early June to test myself.

Wish us luck!


Why do i run?

21 Mar

Running and I have a strange love affair. We’ve parted so many times but I always find myself embracing it back and falling in love with it all over again. I might question myself why before i run, during and after a run but before long I find myself taping and lacing up all over again.

Why do I run?

Quietude. Despite living and running in this noisy and intrusive Metro, I find a certain calmness when I run. I maybe in constant motion but it takes me to a state of stillness. When I run, I am able to find focus and sort out my tangled thoughts.

Weight management. Running is my favorite cardio. I’m so uncoordinated that attending combat or dancing classes is not only a danger to myself but to others as well. So running is my go to cardi. Nothing melts my fattyboomboom as well as a hard long run.

Friendship. I’ve made very good friends on the road and even through this blog. Sometimes, even in a middle of a race where I don’t know anybody I would find myself alongside a runner and we would be chatting (sometimes between gasps and heavy breathing haha) and connecting because of a common goal and passion for running.

Now, here is a video from Brooks Running Philippines featuring Benjamin Alves, a celebrity athlete. Find out why he runs.

Your turn, why do you run?

Philippine National Open : 19-22 March 2015 : Sta Cruz, Laguna

20 Mar

This weekend it will be the National Team vs the Philippines vs South East Asia as our national athletes vie for a slot to represent the country in Singapore SEAG. IMG_4108.JPGOn March 19-22, the country will witness the rebirth of its athletics glory. The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) will be staging, after a five-year absence, the 2015 Philippine National Open-Invitational Athletics Championships at the San Luis Sports Complex in Sta Cruz, Laguna. The Open will be hosted by the Laguna Provincial Government through Gov. Ramil Hernandez with the PATAFA as a partner co-host.

The Philippine National Open-Invitational Athletics Championships is the centerpiece sport event of PATAFA. It is an annual track and field competition showcasing the athletic prowess of current members of the national athletics team pitted against the best of the best across the archipelago. This year, expected to provide formidable competition are over 3,000 up-and-coming and powerhouse track and field athletes all over the Philippines plus invited top-notch athletes from neighboring Asian countries.

The National Open will feature outstanding athletes from China, Chinese Taipei, South Korea, Hong Kong, Brunei, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines. Like most of the invited Southeast Asian countries which are preparing their respective track and field contingents for the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG), the Philippines will use this gathering of the Philippines’ best in athletics as one of the, if not the final tryouts for coveted slots in the Philippine team to the Singapore SEAG.

An estimated 72 athletes and coaches from the 12 overseas teams (Malaysia is expected to be represented by both Peninsular and Sabah teams) will provide tough opposition to the local standouts. The Philippines will field entries from the national team, the national training pool and collegiate leagues like the UAAP, NCAA, SCUAA.

The 2015 Philippine National Open-Invitational Athletics Championships is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission with major sponsors Laguna Water, Pacific Online Scratch It KaskaSwerte, Papa John’s, Foton Philippines, PCSO, Smart, PLDT, Summit Natural Drinking Water, minor sponsors SSS, PAGCOR, Milo, Gatorade, L TimeStudio, Asics Watch, and media partners Buisness Mirror, Endurance Magazine, and The Philippine Star.

GO GIRL EXPO : May 30-31, 2015 : Rockwell Tent

17 Mar

IMG_4099.JPGJump Start, Fondo Manila and Yabang Pinoy are working together to bring the very first GO GIRL! EXPO- Empowering Healthy and Active Filipinas. They are seeking to promote a holistic well-being among women— a healthy and active Filipinas— to achieve a healthy and active Philippines.

Be a “GO GIRL!”! A well rounded Filipina that balances life, work , play, adventure, sports and more importantly – knows how to have fun.

GO GIRL EXPO will be held on May 30-31, 2015 at Rockwell Tent, Makati City. This event will be a celebration of every Filipina’s pursuits and women’s success and empowerment in different fields.

The expo will feature faces of healthy and active Filipinas from different walks of life- from the working Filipina to moms, from outgoing women to social women. Furthermore, the expo will be a collection of products and services from different companies and industries that will cater to the needs of a healthy and active Filipina.

The expo will also be an avenue for women’s inspiration—tapping Filipinas who are considered “Go Girl!”. These women will share their impassioned stories of both success and struggle, how they achieve where they are now, and what keeps them active despite the daily routine this age has offered to them. Their stories will be installed in a gallery wall together with the commitment board that will gather responses from women of different size and age.

Come and be part of this milestone that will encourage Filipinas to shift from ordinary women to GO GIRL!.


For more information and other inquiries:

GO GIRL! EXPO Secretariat

JR NBA/JR WNBA Baguio Regional Selection Camp

17 Mar

IMG_4090.JPGBaguio City, Philippines, 14 March 2015 — Jr NBA/Jr WNBA presented by Alaska held its first Baguio Regional Selection Camp last 14-15 March 2015. 295 boys and girls from Baguio and the neighboring provinces of La Union, Bataan, Tarlac and Pangasinan trooped to Saint Louis Unversity Laboratory High School covered courts to tryout for a coveted spot in the 2015 Philippine Jr NBA and Jr WNBA team.

On the first day of tryouts, the ballers’ height, wingspan, vertical leap and endurance were measured. This was immediately followed by drill exercises that measured their lay-up, shooting, passing and dribbling skills.IMG_4083.JPG
The male and female ballers aged 10-14 at the SLU covered courts displayed a gamut of emotions. They were excited, giddy, determined, scared, playful and serious. They knew what was at stake. As they entered the covered courts, pictures of the Jr NBA and Jr WNBA ALL-Star lined the entrance. When you see pictures of Kiefer Ravena and Kobe Paras, one can’t help but dream a little.

EJ. One of the ballers I had a chance to talk to was EJ. This quiet shooting guard travelled all the way from Bataan with his father to try his luck. After the tryouts, this young Ateneo Blue Eagle fan said that he found that passing drills difficult but he enjoyed doing the lay-ups. IMG_4091.JPG
When the 40 boys were called, I was bit sad not to see him up front. I looked at his dad who shook his head and confirmed that EJ did not make the cut.

He is only 12, I hope he took to heart what the coaches told them and return next year. As the coaches said, the tryouts is a test of their skills. They are measured and scored, if they do not walk away with a spot on the team, they will walk away with the knowledge of what they need to develop, improve and build on so that they can come back stronger and more competitive.

Hope to see you in 2016, EJ!

Cheyenne and MJ These 2 were clearly having a blast with their dad. I caught up with them at the photobooth. When asked, they enthusiastically shared what they liked – lay-up – and had a hardtime with – dribbling and passing. But it was 10 year old MJ who surprised me the most, when asked whatelse he learned from the coaches, he said,“Politeness.”I asked him to explain further. He scrunched up his eyebrows and explained to me that it means not being pikon when playing the game, then he flashed me a smile and walked away to join his friends. IMG_4092.JPGMJ did not make the final 40 boys but his sister Cheyenne was part of the 24 girls who advanced to day 2 of the tryouts.

Clarence, Miguel, Joel and Carlo. These 4 friends from SLC Naguilan just finished the tryouts and rehydrating with some cold Alaska milk. They were joking around and clearly had fun. I asked them what brought them to the tryouts, Carlo grinned and said, “Ball is life.” This was quickly echoed by one of his friends. I asked who was the best player and they playfully pointed to the person next to them. I tested them a bit and asked how they would feel if only one of them got selected, they turned serious. Joel said that it would hurt but they would be supportive and then they started ribbing each other again.


At the end of day 2, the Baguio Regional Selection Camp thr top 4 boys were Magnus Gabriel Ines, Manuel Andrey Ober, Jan Zyrus de Ayre and Christian Allen and the top 3 girls were Kristine Cayabyab, Rosemarie de los Santos and Christine Angels Venterez.

They will be joined by qualfiers from Puerto Princesa, Biñan and Iloilo to the 8th Annual Jr NBA and Jr WNBA National Training Camp to be held in Manila on April 24 to 26.

Ballers, do you think you have what it takes to make it to the 2015 Jr NBA and Jr WNBA All-Star team? Do you want to improve your game? Or do you just love basketball?

Parents/coaches, do you want your child or players to have an opportunity to see how they measure up against the rest of their age group? Do you want your kids/players to work with professional coaches? Do you want the, to have an NBA experience?

If you said yes to at least 1 of the questions above, register now or register your child for the remaining Regional Selection Camps.

Davao : 21-22 March
Bacolod : 28-29 March
Manila : 11-12 April

Registration is now ongoing through the Jr NBA/Jr WNBA website www.jrnba.asia/philippined. Full program and terms and conditions can be found in the website. For updates, follow Jr NBA/Jr WNBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jrnbaphilippines.

The Jr NBA program is the league’s international youth development program that promotes basketball participation, sportsmanship and teamwork and an active lifestyle among children. Iy is now on its 8th year in the Philippines and has reached more than 26,000 players and 2,000 coaches.

Continue to exceed yourself at Run United 2 : Online reg is open*

9 Mar

What you need to know now:
* Priority registration for 2015 Run United 1 participants starts March 9 until March 13 only
– Regular Online and Instore registration starts March 14 until May 14 only
– Register before April 16 and get a guaranteed finishers’ shirt size for 21km
and 32km participants
– Online registrants have an option to have their race kits delivered or pick-
up (selected stores only)
– Race kit claiming period is from May 21 to May 31 only

Click here for more details: http://runrio.com/2015-run-united-2/

Schedule : June 7, 2015
Venue : Mall of Asia.
Categories : 5k, 10k, 21k and 32km

Note: Additional P150 will be charged for race kit delivery for online registrants. Fees are inclusive of P50 web admin fees.

Race Bib with D-Tag Delivery Schedule – on or before May 20, 2015

For IN-STORE PREPAID CARD BUYERS: Complete race kit will be given during the race kit claiming period from May 21 to May 31, 2015 at the store where you bought your prepaid card.
In-store purchase of the prepaid cards will be available at the following stores, from 12:00NN to 8:00PM Monday to Sunday starting March 14, 2015.

Toby’s Shangri-La Mall
RUNNR Store Trinoma
Toby’s MOA
Toby’s Arena Glorietta 2 (New)
Toby’s Robinsons Metro East (New)

Did you #exceedyourselfatRU1

8 Mar

IMG_3960-2.JPGFor the 2015 Run United 1, Unilab Active Health introduced Official pacers for the 21k, 10k and 5k categories. Long distance runners, triathletes, seasoned marathoners, ultramarathoners and leading running bloggers took on the responsibility of helping runners achieve their goal times and post personal best records.

For race photos, you may checkout UnilabActiveHealth on Instagram. You may also checkout hashtags – #exceedyourselfat2015 and #ulahru12015 .

Thank you Pacers, hope you had blast!

So, how was your RUn.? Did you #exceedyourself and posted PRs?

It is ON: Century Tuna Inaugural 70.3

7 Mar

When asked why Century Tuna decided to finally stage a 70.3 event, Mr Greg Banzon, General Manager of Century Pacific Food Inc. said, ” We felt it was time to offer Filipinos a bigger challenge that keeps pace with the expectations of the community. The interest so far, which includes that coming from the international triathlete circles tells us that the inaugural Century Tuna Ironman will be met with high anticipation and excitement.”

And this is how triathlon community has surely welcomed the inaugural Century Tuna Ironman 70.3.

In a few hours, local and international triathletes will be :
– swimming 1.9km to and from Sands of Triboa,
– biking 90km from the Subic airport runway all the way to SCTEX and then back via Florida Blanca interchange
– running 21km

Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay is a qualifying race for the 70.3 World Championship In Austria. It is expected to be a truly competitive race. The roster of stars at the event include 3x Ironman World Champion Craig Alexanders and superstars like Luke Mackenzie and Caroline Steffen.

Swim hard, bike harder and run all out!

Baseline set

22 Feb

I had great 5K run at the Nutrilite Health Run 2015. I didn’t see a single familiar face at the race but it didn’t matter. I had a mission.

I was there to Race!

I was so glad Running Host Boy was giving tips especially to newbie runners. Loved his caution to those with selfie sticks to look around and stay on the side before they whip out their selfie sticks. Getting whacked on the face would have been catastrophic.
At the starting line, I was just to psyched. It’s been awhile. My plan is set and this is the first step.

For this race, I prepared to do a 6:1 walk-run ratio. I’ve been hitting a 8:20ish average pace in my training runs and I was hoping to run a little better. 5years ago, this would be such a lame pace for me but it doesn’t matter, this is where I am now and I will train to get my numbers down again.

This was my first time to run from Blue Bay Walk so I didn’t know what it will be like. I just made a deal with myself to run all the run segments be it uphill or a downhill.

I am happy to report that I completed my 6:1 plan successfully. My only regret was that I didn’t wear my garmin. I might have been able to push harder if I knew my running pace. Nek time.

The timing 5K timing clock was off when I crossed the finish line so I had to rely on my app for time. Based on the app, I crossed in 40min.

So that’s the training pace baseline now. 40min 5K. Next goal, I want to bring it down to 35min.

It is so tempting to just say, I want to finish my next 5K race in 30minutes. It’s a nice round figure but you know what, I have bigger plans and I will be patient.

Found this site that computes training paces. So this is the next phase and I will be training at these paces. I am patient (repeat to self 5x or again and again to keep in check).

Excited to fin a race in early April to see if I can meet my goal.

What’s your training goal?

Thanks so much to Amway and happy 80th anniversary!


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