J.O.G. for GK: Kids’ Running Weekend 2

This is the second part of that back-to-back weekend where our kids joined another fun run.  We almost thought that the rains will continue to pour (very hard) until the time of the race.  Thank God that He stopped the rain for a while and let the runners (the students with their parents, relatives, and friends) enjoy the run for a worthy beneficiary.

The JOG - GK Shirt

The JOG - GK Shirt

This time, Andrea, Patricia, and Karlos joined the 2km run of the PAREF Woodrose School’s J.O.G. (Joy of Giving) for GK.  This run was intended to raise funds to complete the 3rd floor of the Multi-purpose building of the the Gawad Kalinga community inside Multinational Village.  Unfortunately, I forgot the name of the community.  Was it GK Timothy? Hopefully I got it correctly. 

The Multi-purpose building of GK-Timothy

The Multi-purpose building of GK-Timothy

Woodrose has been helping to complete this community.  I’m just not sure when was the exact year but we (Ems and I) has been involved in GK Activities to support this community since 2007.  I still remember that the activity for the parent’s then (2007) was to mix and pour the cement on the second level of one of the cluster buildings on a Saturday morning.

This was the cluster section where the Dad's do the "civil works"

This was the cluster section where the Dad's did the "civil works" in 2007

In 2008, all five (5) of us were given the task to paint the walls.  The kids were suppose to join the other kids of the community to do some art works.  And the mom’s were assigned to join a talk for the mother’s of the community.  However, my family joined me (and they did enjoyed!) painting the interior walls of one of the unit that will be awarded soon (too bad, we didn’t have the photos).

This year, my Karlos and I joined in another painting activity.  This time, it was the exterior walls of the buildings.  Karlos really enjoyed doing the walls.  His shirt and short have paint splashes.

The walls were almost done.  (The photo was taken after he completed the wall assigned to us)

The walls were almost done. (The photo was taken after he completed the wall assigned to us)

Now, zooming in to last Sunday’s race.  All of my kids did well last Sunday.  Both our Andrea and our Patricia were in the competitive mood.  Both of them maintained their pace in the 1st kilometer.  Our Patricia had a big improvement!  During the 1st kilometer, she was already complaining that she can’t run anymore – still, she tried to catch Andrea at the turnaround point.  On the distaff side, Ems and Karlos were also doing well as Karlos was also in the “zone” to run this time.

After the 2km run, our Andrea finished in 18:25 minutes.  She was running tall and maintaining her pace when she crossed the finish line.  I left Andrea for a while and went back to Patricia.  I thought that she was still more than a hundred meters behind but to my surprise she was running fast together with her classmate before I joined them.  Our Patricia clocked in at 19:15minutes (wow! A PR for her!).  Me and the twin got our hydration bottles and the freebies/lootbag (courtesy of Robinson’s Supermarket).  Then we came back to meet Ems and Karlos.  We were so happy seeing Karlos running fast to the finish line where we gave him the high fives!  My 5-year old Karlos finished the 2km race in 24 minutes.

This was another family running experience.  The kids enjoyed it!  Hopefully, we can get another child-friendly run in the next months.

Our Finishers! (Courtesy of Doc Marvin)

Our Finishers! (Courtesy of Doc Marvin)

Shirt design at the back

Shirt design at the back

See you in the next race!

Pacing my friend Danny T (photo courtesy of Doc Marvin)

Pacing my friend Danny T (photo courtesy of Doc Marvin)

A lot of firsts at the Run For Home

After days of heavy rains, we were blessed today by God with a good weather.  Really good for running.  Maybe because a lot of runners are doing it for a worthy cause.

How Far?

How Far?

How Far? Well, Ems and I ran 21kms to help Habitat for Humanity and the Sagip Ilog Pasig project of ABS-CBN.  We hope that the 2x 21kms will result to 42 pcs of hollow blocks or 42 liters of paint.   There were a lot of first for me and Ems during this race.  First time to:
  • Experience using timing chips and stepping on the chip sensors;
  • Run along Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas, and Makati Avenue;
  • See a lot drivers step out of their cars and plead to the MAPSA guys to let them pass (along the Paseo de Roxas intersection);
  • See a VIP Parking reservation at BHS (this is disappointing!);
  • Run without taking any Energy Gels (all natural this time);
  • Complete a 21k run without cramps (usually between km#15-16);
  • Drink 100plus (a cold one taste good);
  • Run along Bayani Road;
  • Use my Nike 5.0 for a half marathon;
  • Finish the race without experiencing shin splints (must be the shoes);
  • Reach the finish line without a finishers chute (after all the hype of the race, reaching the finish line was boring);
  • Missed the hyrdration station at the finish line (was there any?);
  • Have the Medical Station far from the Finish Line (it should be near it!);
  • For Ems, it was her first time to run with a knee support (she had a sprained knee after the Milo 21k);
  • It was also her first time to run with an injury (talking about passion!);
  • And it was my first time to finish ahead of Ems =)

We covered the first 10k of the race in 1:07 hrs.  This was also a milestone for us.  Our strategy was to have negative splits with a start pace of 7mins/km and with walk breaks as we approach each water station.  We reached the km16 mark in 1:40hrs.  From here, we took longer walks as Ems was already feeling the pain on her left knee. 

As we crossed the finished line, my unofficial time read 2:42hours.  Ems came in 2 minutes after with our running mate Romel in tow (he was suffering from leg cramps).  This was a big improvement from my last 21k where I finished 2:50hours.

Finishing our 3rd Half Marathon of the year - WOW!

Finishing our 3rd Half Marathon of the year - WOW!

Post note:

The number of runners in Atlas Copco are growing:

L-R: Mel, Romel, Dennis, Mark, Hector, Williard, and Me

L-R: Mel, Romel, Dennis, Mark, Hector, Williard, and Me

Be Strong, Run Strong, LIVESTRONG @ the 1st PTAA Charity Run

This will be our first run in UP Diliman.  Ems and I were so excited as we have seen in other blogs that the roads in UP are shady.  And since we expect a sunny day today, we thought that those old shady trees along the roads of UP Diliman will help us in this run.

Ems running the shady roads of UP Diliman

Ems running the shady roads of UP Diliman

Today is the 1st PTAA Charity Run organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association for the benefit of the East Ave Medical Center’s restoration project of the playroom for the Pediatric Cancer patients.  This is again another running event that will enable us to share to those kids thru running.

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Though there was a slight change in the race route as announced by the race organizers (Runrio), the race was well organized with the marshalls in every turn (and knowledgeable on which runner should take the left turn and the right turn).  The water stations were adequate and positioned in strategic areas that helped the runners rehydrate.  There were a lot of water cups and “hygienic” mineral water (courtesty of NPW).

10k runners waiting for the starting gun

10k runners waiting for the starting gun

Pre-race photo of Ems and I - awaiting for the gun start

Pre-race photo of Ems and I - awaiting for the gun start

Over-all, it was a well organized race.  Honestly, we didn’t kn0w that this race was under Coach Rio – maybe under his team as this was lead by Eric Passion – not until late Friday when we noticed in runrio.com that this event was publised.  Except for some very minor concerns, this race is a certified Coach Rio race – with the uphill climb in the area behind the AS (Palma Hall), the Reg, and another one near the National Engineering Center.

Smiling and sweating after the 10k run

Smiling and sweating after the 10k run

I’m not sure if I got this correctly but the emcee mentioned that this was the FIRST Official LIVESTRONG Running Event in Southeast Asia (or was it Asia).  Wow! That was another first for Ems and I – aside from: 1st time to run in UP, 1st time to wear our IAMNINOY Runners shirt in an official race.

The "certified" runners of Team Air Runner - kami na lang ata ang passionate runners ah

The "certified" runners of Team Air Runner - kami na lang ata ang passionate runners ah

Ems with her colleagues Sam (runner 1151) and Thelma (runner 1620) with her family

Ems with her colleagues Sam (runner 1151) and Thelma (runner 1620) with her family

Hmmm, Ems and I are hoping that we won in the raffle (wishful thinking =)).

 

Post note: organizers should find an efficient way to distribute those finisher’s shirts.

i am a runner, i am running for a cause, i am a hero, i support iamninoy

With our advocacy to support worthy foundations and social organization thru our love for running, Ems and I signed up to become one (or two?) of those iamninoy runners.

We first noticed this “yellow” group of runners during the Condura Run 2009 last March.  I was able to view their website (www.iamninoy.com) and learned about their advocacy – supporting the 57-75 movement (that aims to reverse the education crisis). 

It was only this week that we have finally registered and joined the iamninoy runners .  We read from The Bull Runner’s blog site that there will be a lot of activities and events this year that will support the 57-75 movement. Ems and I joined because we believe that our little contribution will support the activities to correct (or reverse) the education crisis.  Reversing the education crisis can make a difference to our society and the future of our country (nope, not what you think. this is not a politcal movement)

We got the shirts yesterday at Rudy Project – Bonifacio High Street. We tried it out this morning during our 3k speed training around the biggest mall in Las Pinas.  Too bad that we don’t have photos while we were running due to the light drizzle (mmm, we love to run while raining) – only our post-run photos.

Post-run stretching

Post-run stretching

  
Core Training

Core Training

My core training with the new running shirt

My core training with the new running shirt

 
Note: it’s unfortunate that we cannot join the iamninoy runners this Sunday during the Mizuno Infinity Run due to conflicting commitments. Grrr!

Running while raining at IE 8: Any difference?

31 May 2009 – The night before, it was raining hard.  4:00am came and we can still hear the rain dropping on our roof.  Are we going to back out?  Never!!! 

Flash back to August of 2008.  We were joining our first 5k race.  It was the 32nd Milo Marathon – Metro Manila Eliminations.  The rain was pouring hard.  Still, Ems and I decided to go to Roxas blvd and run.  Finishing our first 5km race with the rain pouring hard was a fun experience.

Going back to last Sunday’s race.  We decided to join the IE 8 Run since (1st) It has a worthy beneficiary (UNICEF’s Child Protection Program), (2nd) it will be another experience to run thru the Kalayan Flyover again – enjoyed my first run during the Condura Run, and (3rd) it was headed by a veteran race director – Mr. Rudy Biscocho.  Knowing that it was the same race director of the Milo Marathon that we joined last year, never will this IE 8 Run start late – be it a light drizzle or a pouring rain.

Running while raining is a different experience.  Everything on you will be wet – sometimes it becomes annoying, specially those heavy shoes.  But on the contrary, the rain  keeps you body temperature low (to avoid overheating??) thus you can concentrate on your run – and maybe get a PR.

The IE 8 Run – 8 mile race course was longer than expected.  The turnaround point was placed at the intersection of Buendia Ave and Osmena Highway (aka South Superhighway).  It was supposed to be somewhere near the Makati Post Office.  Wow!  Just a few miles we can already reach the house of Ems’ Lola.  And since i’m not aiming for a PR – taking it easy after, I guess, my shin splints injury are gone – it gave me the opportunity of doing the Kenyan method of running I learned (or I read) from the Jazz Runner (www.jazzrunner.wordpress.com).  The short – but quick – baby steps helped me in that race without any injury or pain (even when Monday came).

IE 8 Run - Unicef as their worthy beneficiary

IE 8 Run - Unicef as their worthy beneficiary

We had fun running in the rain.  How about you?

My wifey is enjoyin the rain

My wifey is enjoyin the rain

 Notes:

I learned in Takbo.ph that the total distance that we covered was 13.4 kms (it was supposed to be 12.8 kms only).

On the new IE 8, the UNICEF’s representative did mentioned that the IE 8 (which was launched last 31 May) has a new feature that protects the kids. I’m just not sure if this option prevents the uploading of sites (or media) related to Child prostitution and pornography.

On shin splints and running the ATC Southern Race

May 3, 2009 – This is my first race after my doctor told me to rest from “competitive” running for one month. What?!  I can’t believe that she advised me to rest.  After months of having the on and off pain in my shin, my doctor finally confirmed that I was having Shin Splints.  It was a choice between resting for a month so I can continue running again or just continue running until the injury worsens and retire early from running. Now, minutes after I walked out of her clinic, I was telling myself: “did I made the right decision to go for a check-up?”

Yes, it was a good decision to see my doctor and hear her advise.  But, the challenge was how I will adjust to her advise.  Since Thursday evening, I was prescribed to take Naproxen – it was not in my thoughts that I will be taking that med earlier than expected.  Emilee and I had some exchange of thoughts (some of our friends got involved too) on what to do (because, I was reasoning, I might be so depressed of being sidelined that I am tempted to munch and munch again… he he he, good argument).

So, the plan were (1) continue running but I should be slower than my (slow) average pace of 6:00 – 6:30 mins/km, (2) if I will be doing my easy jogs, I should be running on asphalted roads, and lastly (3) we shall be decreasing our easy jogs and the Sunday races that we will join.

Fast forward to the ATC Southern race:

We were expecting a good race course today knowing that the route will pass thru the Ayala Alabang Village.  It will be a challenging one since there are plenty uphill and downhill roads inside the village.  Though the race start a bit late to accomodate the on-site registrants, it didn’t bother the runners since it was cloudy and the race routes were shady – courtesy of those decades old Acacia Trees.

Runners of the ATC Southern Race

Runners of the ATC Southern Race

On to the race, we had a fast start.  I felt I was doing less than 6:00mins/km.  I only realized that I was going fast when some of the seasoned runners are starting to overtake me when I slowed down.  At the km#5 hydration station, I saw that my time was 27minutes+.  It was at this point that I decided to really slowdown, worried that the microfractures (as the doctor told me) would aggravate.  My target was to have a pace between 7:00-7:30mins/km (and not faster).

With my pride starting to win the mental battle of speeding up or slowing down, I managed to finish the race at 1hour, 11minutes, and 20 seconds as my official time (hey, when I crossed the finish line, the timer read 1hour, 10 minutes, and 43 seconds).  It was a good finish for me who’s been advised to take it slowly (I think, I did not).

The official race results were out already as early as 7:30am

The official race results were out already as early as 7:30am

Overall, the race course was well planned.  The marshalls were helpful.  The hydration stations, well, they were helpful except for the last station where they ran out of plastic cups – still they were very apologetic.  Hey, the weather cooperated too!  By the way, this was the first race where the results were published before the program ended (this was super fast) – it was pinned on those lamp post.

For the benefit of the SOS Children's Village

For the benefit of the SOS Children's Village

Running for a good cause

Running for a good cause

Of course, running for a very good cause is a milestone for me and Emilee.  From what I know, the registration fee of PhP 150.00 goes directly to the SOS Children’s Village.  Kudos to Alabang Town Center (the major sponsor and organizer of this run)!

Me and Emilee

Me and Emilee

Hopefully, I will be able to recover in time for the 10-miler of the Market!Market! Power Miler Run on May 17.

The PR stepped up at STEP UP for a Cause

April 26, 2009 – it was a cool Sunday morning at the Bonifacio Global City.  Thanks to the heavy downpour the previous day.  It was a great day for the  1,500 runners (approx) who will be running the 5k and the 10k race.  Emilee and I will be running the 10k race course.  This will be our recovery run after the 21k run last Sunday.

 

see, the weather was good for running

see, the weather was good for running

The “amazing” race started promptly at 6:00am for the two events.   We positioned ourselves at the end of the pack as we expect to have a slow start since we did not have our usual training after the Greenfield Half Marathon.

It has been a while since I ran the BGC race course.  It was also the first time for me to take the route going to the EDC/DOE area.  From my opinion, the race route was very good and challenging.  It was a combination of flat and inclined roads that will challenge every runner.

The hydration of the runners were well provided. The guys manning the stations were proactive by extending the water to the runners.  It was observed that the runners were given (I think) a 500mL mineral water bottle.  I think that this is one area for improvement for future race organizers – not to give the whole bottle to the runners.   Most of the time, runners only take a gulp or two then they leave the bottles on the sidewalks – still half full.

A simple but a well organized race!

A simple but a well organized race!

In summary, the race was simple but well organized.  They have provided more than enough to re-hydrate the runners.  Kilometer markers are visible to runners – Hey, I was at km#8 with a time of 52 minutes.  It was easy for the runners to adjust their strategies and game plan with these kilometer markers.  The road marshals were able to provide the security and safety of the runners.

By the way, this is the first race event that I have witnessed the organizer turned over all the proceeds from the Registration (entry fee) to their Beneficiary – the Dr. Fe Del Mundo Medical Center Foundation.  They turned over a total of PhP 196,950.00 to the beneficiary – and that was really AMAZING!  Kudos to QTV11 and Chances Are!!!

Paolo Abrera (R) and the "amazing" Albert (L) turning over the (symbolic) check

Paolo Abrera (R) and the "amazing" Albert (L) turning over the (symbolic) check

This donation will fuel the Little Clinic of the FDMMC to their outreach projects to help the needy.

The Mother Teresa Little Clinic

The Mother Teresa Little Clinic

It was really a honor for me and Emilee to join running events with beneficiary foundations.  It’s our own little way of sharing whatever we have to the community who needs it the most.

With all the logistics and donations, still QTV11 and Chances Are were able to make this event memorable to the runners with the STEP UP finishers t-shirt (it is made of good quality and material!).

As of this writing, the official race results have not been published yet.  But I heard that they are in the final stages of consolidating the results.  Still, I am very happy to share that my 10k PR was “un” officially broken.  My new 10k PR is now 1 hour and 6 minutes!!!

Emilee’s has also a new PR for the 10k run at 1 hour and 3 minutes!!! Congratulations Mom!

She has a new 10k PR at 1 hour and 3 minutes!

She has a new 10k PR at 1 hour and 3 minutes!

This was the cool STEP UP finisher’s shirt.  I got two shirts since they ran out of the mesh bag – it was also a Step up decision coming from the organizers. 

Finisher's Shirt

Finisher's Shirt