Run 2 Me

Run 2 Me was an intimate run in celebration for Master Lao Ogerio’s Birthday.  It also came with a long uphill climb to Mount Parawagan to Wawa Area.  A good climb is always a welcome challenge for weekend trail warriors like me.

Run 2 Me

Trail Chick Maica and Princess

Trail Chick Maica and Princess

I’m starting to get used to hitting the trails on weekends.  The trail run for the week is Run 2 Me, which is a birthday run for Master Lao Ogerio.  I’m building up for a race in Hong Kong in October, which is one of the reasons for the more frequent trail runs.  We’ve just been to the Wawa loop 2 weeks before for Rough N’ Tough Mountain Run Leg 2. It’s a different route this time, which includes Mount Parawagan.

Race Route

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Map Powered by Suunto Spartan Sports WHR

Race starts at the covered court in Wawa area and heads up all the way to Mount Parawagan for the next 5.5 kilometers and heads back to Wawa area.

The Race

Race starts at 5:30 am and starts with the 2.5 kilometer climb to the intersection before heading to Mount Parawagan.  Since the first 1.5 kilometer was on concrete, played a little bit of elevation management, run on flats and descents and walk on the climbs.  I’m bringing in  some fatigue from trails runs and training prior to the race and its evident as in the middle of the climb as I felt some pain in my lower back.  It was hard to lean forward which was a faster position when you climb.  I had to adopt to the situation. First was to embrace the pain and reduce the lean forward to reduce the stress on the back.  It was a bit slower pace but at least I am consistent without stopping.

I also decided not to use poles today even if there’s 5 plus kilometers of climb.  I wanted to give my quads a work out to strengthen it. I should be good to go with or without poles.  The poles could have been helpful on the long climb but I need to experiment on the races.  I also had a lighter hydration setup using just one hydrapak flask paired with my Amihan vest.  I was racing light for this one. Now, if i could only shed a few more pounds.  It was another kilometer on rough roads before we hit the intersection where I ate one banana before the next set of climbs.

My training buddy until October, Princess.

My training buddy until October, Princess.

I’m also running the trail with Princess since we are training for the same race in October.  The next set of trails was new territory for me but long story short, it was pure uphill.  I just made a steady but consistent effort.  The game plane was go easy on the climb part and attack the descent.  The next 2 kilometers were purely ascent and followed by muddy trails.  By now, I’m used to muddy trails so instead of taking it slow, I just continued to slide forward on the trail.  It was another kilometer before I hit the u-turn slot.

Mount Parawagan

Mount Parawagan

The u-turn slot was Mount Parawagan.  There was no clearing but I still appreciated the view even if it’s just pure white background. The world is much more beautiful in the eyes of a trail runner because we get to see the sheer beauty of nature.  Up next, it was the descent.  I started to brisk walk the muddy part. Once I’m past that stretch, I started to run downhill.  I’m starting to love downhill running especially with the Hoka One One Speedgoat 2. It’s a shoe made specific for downhill running.

Downhill fun!!! - Photo by Master Del Villanueva

Downhill fun!!! – Photo by Master Del Villanueva

I hit the aid station had a few drinks and also refilled my flask before heading to the next sets of descents all the way to the finish line.  I’m not yet at my peak but I’m loving running a bit faster than the usual chill pace.  It’s always fun to hit the finish line and see a lot of familiar faces yet again.  It was a simple intimate race but it was a good one. Happy Birthday Master Lao.

Finish Line - Photo by SPDS

Finish Line – Photo by SPDS

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Incoming: My Little Pony Friendship Run

My Little Pony Friendship Run brings in the colorful little ponies at the helm for kids and kids at heart to enjoy in a short but sweet fun run.  It’s happening on September 23, 2017 at the SM By the Bay, MOA Complex with 500 meters, 1K, 3K and 5K Categories.

My Little Pony

Last weekend, I played with my 3-year old Inaanak after I gave her a My Little Pony set.  She got one of the blue pony and said in glee, Rainbow Dash.  With that I got re-introduced to the world of My Little Pony, which also was popular when I was a kid.  My Little Pony Friendship Run is for the kids and kids at heart.  Get to enjoy a really feel-good and jovial atmosphere for a short but sweet run and get to see the characters popularized by Hasbro. The run is a prelude to the upcoming big screening of My Little Pony: The Movie this coming October 6,

There will be a short 500 meter dash, 1-kilometer, 3-kilometer and 5-kilometer run of September 23, 2017 at the SM By The Bay, SM MOA Complex.  It’s a family friendly run that’s designed for the whole family to enjoy a morning of running, laughter and pure childhood fun with the My Little Pony Gang.  Register Now and create those happy kiddie memories once again in the run.

Race Details

Date and Venue

  • Date: September 23, 2017
  • Venue: SM by the Bay, MOA Complex

Fees and Inclusions

  • 500 meters / 1 kilometer – P700
  • 3K – P900
  • 5K – P1,000
    • Inclusive of Shirt, Drawstring Bag, Race Bib, Race Manual and Finisher Medal

Registration

  • Online Via Goorahna
  • In Store:
    • Payment and Registration: Chris Sports (SM North EDSA Main, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia)
    • Redemption: Toy Kingdom Stores (SM North EDSA Main, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia)

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Incoming CM Clark Marathon

Enjoy a half and full marathon at the clean and wide streets of Clark on September 24, 2017 in the most colorful way possible.  Color Manila brings the Colorful fun and excitement in a half and full marathon. Tick off the marathon on your bucket list and have the time of your life doing it.  There will also be the usual 3K, 5K and 10K categories.

CM Clark Marathon

Color Manila has been introducing the running lifestyle to thousands of non-runners and newbie runners with their fun approach to running.  Running with the visual enticement of a colorful display from the color powders and a party atmosphere from start to finish.  On September 24, 2017, Color Manila introduces their first ever Marathon distance along with the usual 3K, 5K, 10K and half marathon distances at CM Clark Marathon.  This is the perfect feel-good atmosphere to tick off the marathon bucket list.  Any Color Manila Run is just bucket loads of fun so any distance would be worth your while.

Clark is also a fresh venue for a marathon with their clean streets and fresh surroundings that will give you a new environment to run and conquer new distances.  Aside from the run, there’s also the after party and the color powder ceremony to look forward to.  There’s also a late of quality race kit inclusions and of course, a finisher medal for everybody.

Register now and discover the real fun in running!

Race Details

Date and Venue

  • Date: September 24, 2017
  • Venue: Clark Parade Grounds, Clark, Pampanga
  • Gun Start
    • 3K:  6 Am
    • 5K: 5:45 Am
    • 10K: 5:30 Am
    • 21K: 4 Am
    • 42K: 2 Am

Fees and Inclusions

  • Fees

  • Inclusions

Registration

  • Online via Track Oval
  • Prepaid store partners:
    • Chris Sports SM City Clark
    • RUNNR Trinoma
    • RUNNR ATC
    • RUNNR BHS
    • Toby’s Glorietta
    • Toby’s SM MOA
    • Toby’s SM Megamall
    • Secondwind
  • SM Tickets in Pampanga are located in:
    • 2/F SM City Clark, M.A. Roxas Avenue, Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga
    • 2/F SM City Pampanga, Bgy. San Jose, San Fernando, Pampanga
    • 4/F SM City San Fernando, V. Tomico cor. Consuji St., Downtown Heritage District, Bgy. Sto. Rosario, San Fernando, Pampanga

Race Updates

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Incoming: Filinvest Endurance Weekend 2017

You’ll never know your limits unless you get to test them. That’s what Filinvest Endurance Weekend is all about.  For the 5th year, cyclist returns to the FIlinvest Trails to test out their mettle in 6, 12 and 24 hours endurance event on September 30 to October 1, 2017.

Filinvest Endurance Weekend

Filinvest Trails has been a home for passionate cyclist who wants to test their limit against time.  Do as many loops in 6, 12 and 24 hours in Fiinvest and be a part of Filinvest Endurance Weekend once again. Elite and amateur mountain bike (MTB) riders can once again expect a thrilling and demanding race experience as the 5th Filinvest City Endurance Weekend makes its way on September 30 – October 1, 2017, at the Filinvest City Alabang.

The Filinvest City Endurance Weekend, first staged in 2013, is an exciting two-day MTB event unlike any other as it challenges riders– either in solo and team categories to push themselves to the limit in the 6-hour, 12-hour, or 24-hour race spans that are very much a test of skill, endurance, and strength.  That Filinvest City serves as the race venue has become even more relevant and fitting with the recent introduction of bike lanes and trails, the latter a feature that cannot be found in other CBDs. Already, bikers of all backgrounds are taking advantage of these amenities, not only on weekends but also during the work week, making Filinvest City a true bike-friendly CBD.

Apart from an exclusive medal for all finishers and winners, generous cash prizes also await winners in the various the various race categories.  The 24-hour leg will start on September 30 (Saturday) at 12nn; the 12-hour leg will start on September 30 (Saturday) at 5pm; while the 6-hour leg will start on October 1 (Sunday) at 6:00am.

For more information on the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend and the accompanying registration fees and procedures involved, visit www.facebook.com/FilinvestCityOFFICIAL.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Venue: Filinvest Trails, Alabang, Muntinlupa
  • Date: September 30 – October 1, 2017

Fees and Inclusions

Registration

Race Updates

Race Maps

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#TaleOfTheTrail Sunset Peak (Lantau Island, Hong Kong)

Sunset Peak

Sunset Peak

Sunset Peak gave a summit meets the sea view but it also came with a lot of challenge.  It was about 7 kilometers of pure climb starting from Mui Wo Ferry Station on a really hot day.  The view did make up for all the effort of the climb.

Tale Of The Trail

Hong Kong has been my second home outside the Philippines.  It’s a place that I would go to in an impulse.  I had expiring travel fund in my Cebu Pacific account coming from a cancelled flight so I booked a flight to Hong Kong on a long weekend.  I’ll be having a race here on October so might as well check out the trails again.  The race would be going over Hong Kong’s Lantau and Sunset Peak.  Since I’ve done Lantau Peak already, it’s time to explore Sunset Peak.  I arrived in Hong Kong Thursday night and leaving Sunday night so I scheduled the hike on a Saturday.  It’s easy exploring the trails of Hong Kong because of the Enjoy Hiking app available on the phone.  Since I’m staying in Tung Chung, it’s just one ride away via 3M Bus to Mui Wo Ferry Station or there’s also a ferry from central to Mui Wo Ferry Station.

Map and Elevation

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The route starts at Mui Wo Ferry Station and takes about 2.5 uphill kilometers on South Lantau Road heading to the trail head at Nam Shan Au.  It’s another 5 kilometers of uphill trails heading to the summit with elevation gain of about 900 meters.  After the summit, it’s a 2 kilometer steep descent of Pak Kung Au (where there is a bus station to Tung Chung) or proceed to Lantau Peak (Check my Lantau Peak Post here: #TaleOfTheTrail Lantau Peak (Lantau Island, Hong Kong)

Trekking Sunset Peak

Section 1: Mui Wo to Nam Sham

Section 1: Mui Wo to Nam Shan

I took the 3M bus in Tung Chung at around 8 am and arriving before 9 am.  It was a hot day today with temperatures from 29 to 32 degrees.  Upon reaching Mui Wo Ferry Station, I tried searching for the trail head. It turns out, I had to follow South Lantau Road for the next 2.5 kilometers, which is the same road we used going to Mui Wo.  In order words, if you want to save 2.5 kilometers of leg mileage, you can stop at Nam Shan Camp Site. Mui Wo is an excellent starting point since it gives you 2.5 kilometers to warm up the legs before entering the trail head at Nam Shan.

Mui Wo to Nam Shan is Section 1 of Lantau Trail.  The whole trail is 70 kms but you can divide the trails with several entry and exit points in the area.  I’m doing section 1 and 2 for today.  Section 3 is from Lantau to Ngong Ping Village which I did two years ago.  It’s actually a nice area for a long trail run training or even just a long hike.  Since I started at around 9 pm, it was already hot when I started.  I run – walked my way into the 2.5 kilometer road stretch heading to the trail head.  There were also several runners on the route.  I can feel the scorching hot weather on the open roads.

Nam Shan - Lantau Trails

Nam Shan – Lantau Trails

Nam Shan is where the trail head is located and is the Section 2 of the Lantau trails.  I took a short rest here as I know it would be purely uphill from here. As I entered the trail head, there was a short climb and some flat and descending trails which was part of the circular nature hike area and the South Lantau Country Trail.  After the short descent, I followed the markets to Pak Kung Au (Via Sunset Peak) and its pure uphill from there.

Stairs...

Stairs…

The first part of the trails were partly covered and there were stone steps and some area with dirt surfaces.  It’s practically stairs unlimited at this point.  The first part of the steps I still had a lot of energy so I can go on long stretches without stopping.  The longer it got, the more exhausting it became.

And more stairs.

And more stairs.

I started to manage my efforts with a several steps and a short rest in between.  I reminded myself that I should treat this more of a hike than a training session since I don’t know how long the climbs would last.  2 kilometers into the climb, the formerly shaded trails were opening up.  I’m starting to feel the heat of the sun so I’d take several efforts and rest when there are tree shades available.  Whenever I’d see a stream of water, I’d soaked my cap and place it on my head to help me cool down on the heat.

The Greens

The Greens

One thing I’ve always admired about Hong Kong is how they preserved their forest.  Lantau Trail is just among the long trails they have here.  The lower part the open trails, you’ll see the forest and go a bit higher, you’ll see the forest with the Ocean.

The Forest and the Sea.

The Forest and the Sea.

I’m already feeling exhausted but the road back was too long.  It was a mental challenge now as I felt tired from the heat and the climb while my water supply is dwindling.  I just have to brave it through.  The climbs felt endless and one set of climbs would just lead to another.

The white structures near the mountain is where I stay.

The white structures near the mountain is where I stay.

Every time I would see a peak, I would think that it’s Sunset Peak only to realize that there’s another set of climbs.  I saw a way down that goes directly to Tung Chung and it’s just 2.5 kilometers heading down.  It looks like the way down would be the access point to Tung Chung on race day.  I was tempted to go down but since I’ve already gone so long, I might as well muster enough courage and effort to see the summit.

I feel that the summit is near.

I feel that the summit is near.

When I saw the structures above I knew that the summit is near, plus it’s already more than 7 kilometers.  This is the tougher part of the climb with some steep sections. I got my second wind and got rejuvenated on the climb plus there’s no longer my best nemesis called stairs.  One steep section after another and there I was approaching the summit. It was a beautiful view.

Sunset Peak

Sunset Peak

Sunset Peak was really beautiful. It took me 7 plus vertical kilometers, 900 meters elevation gain to see this view where the Summit meets the Sea and the Greens and the Blue are in Symmetry.  I felt really exhausted but all those effort for a glimpse of the majesty of nature is really worth it.

The road down was another difficult story starting with a really steep descent on stone boulders.  The two Caucasians ahead of me even asked if I was ok and then I answered, yes except that I have shorter legs. => With two kilometers to go, I realized that I am out of hydration.  I started to slow down to save on effort to be able to reach Pak Kung Au, where the next bus station is located.  The descents were a bit technical with a lot of big stones so it was a struggle. I really need to learn to move faster on terrains like this.  I can feel my throat drying so I asked a few hikers for water too but understandably, it was a hot day so they had to preserve their resources too. Luckily for me, there was a group towards the exit of the trail.  I went for the chiller thinking it was for sale then a guy asked me, are you from KPMG? Those are not for sale and it’s for their group but you can have some water here.  I drank 3 cups of water just to recover some lost fluids.  I was really Thankful for the water. I wonder if I told them if I used to be with EY (Ernst & Young) if I’d still get my drink.  Anyway,  I got enough energy to cross the road, ride the bus to Tung Chung where I got to drink all the hydration I want from their vendo.  Sunset Peak Survived!!!

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Rough N Tough Mountain Run – Leg 2

Wawa Dam

Wawa Dam

Rough N’ Tough was well… Rough and Tough… and it was Wet and Wild too.  The climbs had the added challenge of the soft muddy surface and the descents required a lot of courage and “bahala na si Batman” kind of attitude. It was a character-defining race that has started to become he flavor of the trails this rainy season.

Rough N Tough

Racing with Mackio and Princess

Racing with Mackio and Princess

I missed the first leg of Rough N Tough Mountain Run series, which made me excited for the second leg.  It was raining the day before the race so it’s expected to get extra rough and tough.  I actually enjoy the slower trail better as it would require more strategy and less on speed.  I was running with Princess, who’s also training for Lantau 2 Peaks in October. Mackio joined us in our group as he still new in trail running.  Well, we’re just going at a slow and steady pace but this should be fun.

Race Route and Elevation

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The race starts at the basketball court near the tourism office in Wawa Dam.  The race goes straight on a climb for the first three kilometers before the intersection.  It goes rolling for the next kilometer and goes on a steep climb on really muddy surface on the 5th kilometer.  It goes on a slippery descent on the next three kilometers before going on rolling surface heading to the finish line.

The Race

With Super Mamaw Princess.

With Super Mamaw Princess.

Arrived at the Wawa Dam with Princess an hour before gun start for kit claiming and warm up.  It turned out the other distances gun start were moved because of the rain.  There were some last minute re-routing of the course owing to the strong rains the day before the race.  Mackio, who’s doing his first trail train requested to join our group.  I’m a bit familiar with some of the course since I had done several races and recons here.  The big difference now is the extra muddy character of the trails now.  Even if you go to the same trail several times, it’s always a different experience each visit.

Time to Fly

Time to Fly

At gun start, we went with the pack on the run as there’s just a few flat paved surface on the runs. The first kilometer was fast though we switched to hike pace on the second and third kilometer to save on the energy.  It’s about 200 meters worth of elevation on the first three kilometer so we just held our pace for the first 3 kilometers.  The 4th kilometer was rolling terrain on muddy surface so we tried to speed up a bit to take advantage of the descents.  It was also starting to be a more scenic trail with the mountain ranges and sea of clouds in full sight.

Going to the 5th kilometer it was back to climbing. This time, it was soft muddy and slippery terrain. It was really a struggle as the sole of our shoes ate mud and we were slipping each step we make.  Princess and I were able to adopt to the surface faster but Mackio was struggling since he was wearing road shoes and it was his first time in a trail race.  I lent him both my trekking poles and just went on without poles.  It was a difficult kilometer filled with slips, slides and a lot of mud but we endured.

 

Mud Run

Mud Run

It was a relief getting past that muddy stretch.  We’re back on more solid grounds for a few meters at least, and it was back to muddy run once again.  We tried to brisk walk a bit despite the slippery surfaces until we reached the aid station. We took a break in  the aid station cleaning ourselves a bit. The view was beautiful so we took the chance to have our photos taken.

The beauty of the trail

The beauty of the trail

It was now all downhill so it was time for the easy part, right? Well no!!! Whenever the trails are wet, gravity is not your ally.  For the next two kilometers, we struggled on the descent.  I was just allowing myself to slide on the mud trying to hang on the few twigs and tree trunks I can hang on too and just hoping not to fall. Well, I also had my series of slips and falls in the trail but that’s part of it.  Just get back up and resume the race.

Mackio had his baptism of mud, slips, slides and a whole lot more in the trail

Mackio had his baptism of mud, slips, slides and a whole lot more in the trail

Despite the difficult and almost suicidal descent, the views made up for it.  We were crossing streams of water. The view of the rives and the forest was really mystical and beautiful.  There were muddy surfaces, slippery granite surfaces and unlimited amount of streams.  It felt refreshing as we crossed each stream of water even if some were about knee deep.  Sometimes, we’re against the current and sometimes, we were checking out the depth of the water.  It was a wet and wild adventure.

A lot of streams of water.

A lot of streams of water.

Then it we were back in more solid surfaces.  We took the chance to speed up.  Well, it was Princess speeding up so I had no choice but to catch up.  I really need to train more to keep up with this Trail Chick.   It was a fun stretch as the hard part was over.  We still had a few slippery bridges to cross. I also tripped and almost fell directly to the river.  Slowed down a bit after that incident just to gather myself back.  I noticed that there were bottlenecks in the trail so I really didn’t need to run fast so I switched to brisk walk pace but still maintained my distance with the rest.

Wet trails is never a problem with Hoka One One Speedgoat and Drymax Socks.

Wet trails is never a problem with Hoka One One Speedgoat and Drymax Socks.

When we were near Wawa, which is about 3 kilometers to the finish line.  It was time to speed up since it was now mostly flat and solid surface.  Of course, we still stopped at Wawa Dam for our photos.  It was starting to get warm now and I guess it was time to wrap up the run.

Princess at Wawa Dam

Princess at Wawa Dam

After Wawa Dam, we went on to run all the way to the finish line. 12K Rough N Tough Adventure in less than 3 hours.  I’m starting to get used to the wet and wild trails and looking forward to more. Great job to Thumbie and Rough N Tough Team for a really exhilarating and challenging race.

Good luck Majo on your UTMB Race.

Good luck Majo on your UTMB Race.

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Incoming: Organique Purple Run 2017

Organique Acai is a perfect complement to your running lifestyle with antioxidants to boost oxidation, ridding of free radicals and improving the immune system.  They take health and fitness in another forum via Organique Purple Run with 3K, 5K and 10K distances on October 8, 2017 at McKinley West at just P450 for all categories.

Organique Purple Run 2017

Organique Purple Run 2017 introduces you to both the health benefits of Organique Acai and a healthy and fun running lifestyle.  Organique Acai has powerful anti-oxidant component that boost the oxidation in the body, rids the body of free radicals that can cause illness an diseases and improves the immune system for better disease prevention.  In maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle, it’s important for the body to have a good immune system to reap the rewards of continuity in the lifestyle.

Organique Acai Ambassador Regine Tolentino embodies what the brand stands for – beauty, fitness and wellness.  We’ve seen her as someone with limitless energy on the dance floor with her dance and zumba routines and part of that energy base comes from Organique Acai Freeze Dried Capsule.  It’s made of 100% pure Acai Berries that are harvested straight from the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil and produced exclusively by Organique Inc, a Filipino Company committed to bringing the gift of natural wellness to the Filipinos and Improve their well-being.   Regine admits that she takes the tablets daily as it not only invigorates her system but it also keeps her skin looking young and healthy.

Organique Purple Run is happening on October 8, 2017 at McKinley West with 3K, 5K and 10K to choose from with P450 flat fee for all categories. There will also be a zumba workout, color powders, inflatables, drumbeaters, photo wall and your road to wellness via the different Organique Acai products. Register Now!

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Date: October 8, 2017
  • Venue: McKinley West, Taguig City
  • Gun Start
    • 10Km – 5:30 am
    • 5Km – 5:35 am
    • 3 Km – 5:40 am

Fees and Inclusions

  • 3k, 5K , 10K – P450
  • Inclusive of the following:
    • Dri-fit Singlet
    • RFID
    • Dri-fit Finisher Shir
    • Finisher Medal
    • Color Power
    • Color Run Shades
    • Raffle Items
    • Sponsors Freebies

Registration

  • Online via Goorahna
  • In Store: Olympic Village – Trinoma, Market Market, ATC,  Glorietta, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Ermita
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Incoming: Nutrilite Health Run 2017

Nutrilite Health Run 2017 has everything you ever wished for in a run.  They have a really affordable registration fee of P250 for 1K, 5K and 10K and P850 for 21K.  Like every Amway products, the race would really be good for your health.  It will also warm your heart as every stride and every sweat goes to a really good cause of the Amway One on One Campaign for Children. Register Now as Manila Leg is happening on October 15, 2017 and Davao Leg on October 29, 2017.

Nutrilite Health Run 2017

Dulce Ricafort-Amway Marketing Manager  Ma. Elenita P. Olmedo-Amway Philippines Country Manager  Coach Rio Dela Cruz President & CEO, Runrio Event Inc.

Dulce Ricafort-Amway Marketing Manager Ma. Elenita P. Olmedo-Amway Philippines Country Manager Coach Rio Dela Cruz President & CEO, Runrio Event Inc.

Running has been a bit too expensive lately that it’s a breath of fresh air that a Company like Amway would take the extra step to make their run affordable at P250 for the 1K, 5K and 10K categories and P850 for the 21K Category.  It’s been 5 years of Amway Nutrilite Health Run and every year they really make sure that they have really affordable fees and a large participants base.  This year, Nutrilite™ aims to gather more than 12,000 runners in Manila and Davao.

Nutrilite™, world’s No. 1 selling vitamins and dietary supplements brand, is hosting the 5th edition of its annual Nutrilite™ Health Run, a national initiative that advocates wellness and healthy living. This year, there will cover four categories—1K, 5K, 10K, and 21K respectively. It will kick off in Manila on October 15 at the SM Mall of Asia Complex Grounds. This will be followed by the Davao leg, which will be held on October 29 at the at SM Ecoland.  The 21K is a new addition especially with the growing number of experienced and passionate runners in the country.

“Amway advocates a holistic, healthy, and active lifestyle. We are committed to our advocacy to encourage more people to prioritize their personal wellness. We want more people to live healthy by eating right, taking the right supplements, and being active. Our annual Nutrilite™ Health Run is our proof of providing a health sustaining activity for all,” said Leni Olmedo, Country Manager, Amway Philippines. 

“This year, we are adding the 21K together with the other distances. We acknowledge the fact that Filipino runners want to challenge themselves. That is why having this distance as part of the race, participants are assured with first class race organization, management and, more importantly on the safety of our event. We partnered with RUNRIO, Events, Inc. to bring just the best experience for them. The run is something we are highly committed to as we continue to encourage healthy and active lifestyle among the Filipino community,” Olmedo added.

All 21K Finishers will receive a Finisher’s Medal and Finisher’s Shirt. The 1st 21K runner to cross the finish line, on the other hand, will get a P20,000 Cash Prize while the 1st 10K Finisher will get a P10,000 Cash Prize.

During the race proper, runners will have the chance to win exciting raffle prizes and experience Amway Brands through the Race Ville Expo. The event will also highlight the live performance of Sponge Cola, a notable supporter, and participant in the Nutrilite™ Health Run.

There will be a Free Running Clinic will be held at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City every Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 pm to 9 pm starting this August 16 to help participants prepare for the run. The same activity will also be held at the People’s Park in Davao City every Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on September 5.

The registration fee for the health run is PhP250, for the 1K, 5K, and 10K, and PhP850 for the 21K, respectively. All the participating runners will also get free Nutrilite™ Health Run shirt and race bib.

Registration is open until October 13, 2017, in all Amway Distribution Centers (Makati, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, and Davao) or online through amway.com.ph or runrio.com. In-store registration for select Toby’s Stores in Manila will start on August 28.

Gun time is 5:30 am for 1K, 5:30 am for 5k, 5:00 am for 10k and 3:30 am for the 21K distances respectively

Run for a Cause

The proceeds of the run will go to the Amway One By One Campaign for Children, a program initiated by the company in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd). This program is in line with the government agency’s “Adopt-A-School Program” (ASP), which seeks to promote literacy through storytelling.

Since 2015, Amway’s campaign has completed six library projects that benefited more than 10, 000 students annually in six beneficiary schools nationwide. Among these schools are:

  • Francisco Benitez Elementary School, Makati City
  • South City Central Elementary School, Cagayan de Oro City
  • Carreta Elementary School, Cebu City
  • Urdaneta South City Central Elementary, School, Pangasinan City
  • Highway Hills Integrated Elementary, School, Mandaluyong City
  • Lacson Elementary School, Davao City
  • Rafael Palma Elementary School, City of Manila

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Race Details

Date and Venue

  • Date: October 15, 2017 (Manila) ; October 29, 2017 (Davao)
  • Venue: Manila – SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City ; Davao – SM Ecoland, MaGna, Davao City
  • Gun Start
    • 1K – 5:30 AM
    • 5K – 5:30 AM
    • 10K – 5:00 AM
    • 21K – 3:30 AM

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Good luck Ph Athletic Team to SEA Games

Philippine Athletics Team has been a Gold Mine when it comes to SEA Games and Asian Games Gold Medal.  Equipped with proper training and support from PATAFA and Corporate Sponsors, the Athletics Team is all set to give a great showing in the SEA Games.  Good Luck Team Philippines!

Philippine Athletics Team

Philippine Athletics Team has represented the country well in the SEA Games and Asian Games bringing in a lot of medal an d records over the decade.  The Philippine Athletics Team is upbeat in its last stretch of preparation for the upcoming 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur bouyed by several of its team members’ successive remarkable performances in recent international competitions, the most notable of which is the 1 gold – 1 silver – 1 bronze feat in the recent Asian Athletics Championships in India.

Phillip Ella Juico Sends Special Greetings to the Athletes.

Phillip Ella Juico Sends Special Greetings to the Athletes.

Middle of this year, select sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers of the team went to the training camp of the Hong Kong Sports Institute for about a month of intensive training. The team’s distance runners and throwers, meanwhile, headed to the PSC training camp in Baguio to complete their rigorous skills and technical preparation. Over the course of the team’s participation in several international competitions – Hong Kong Intercity, Thailand Open, and Malaysian Pre-SEA Games Open – Team PH Athletics amassed a total of 16 golds, 11 silvers,  and  8  bronzes.  Of  the  medals  won,  3  set  new  RP records –  Patrick Unso, 13.91s in 110m hurdles, Ernest John Obiena 5.61m in pole vault, and the men’s 4x100m relay team with 39.96s.

Team PH Athletics will be represented by 38 athletes in the forthcoming SEA Games:

Women

  • Eloiza Luzon (4x100m, 4x400m)
  • Emliy Jean Obiena (pole vault)
  • Evalyn Palabrica (javelin throw)
  • Katherine Khay Santos (long jump, 4x100m, 4x400m)
  • Kayla Richardson (200m, 4x100m, 4x400m)
  • Kyla Richardson (4x100m, 4x400m)
  • Marestella Torres-Sunang (long jump)
  • Mary Joy Tabal (marathon)
  • Narcissa Atienza (heptathlon)
  • Rhea Joy Sumalpong (discuss throw)
  • Riezel Buenaventura (pole vault)
  • Rosie Villarito (javelin throw)
  • Zion Rose Corrales Nelson (100m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m)

Men

  • Anfernee Lopena (100m, 4x100m)
  • Archand Christian Bagsit (200m, 4x100m, 4x400m)
  • Aries Toledo (decathlon, 4x400m)
  • Arniel Ferrera (hammer throw)
  • Christopher Ulboc (3000m steeplechase)
  • Clinton Bautista (110m hurdles)
  • Edgardo Alejan Jr. (400m, 4x400m)
  • Elbren Neri (1500m)
  • Eric Shauwn Cray (100m, 400m hurdles, 4x100m, 4x400m)
  • Ernest John Obiena (pole vault)
  • Francis Medina (400m hurdles)
  • Immuel Camino (3000m steeplechase)
  • Janry Ubas (long jump)
  • Jeson Agravante (marathon)
  • Kenny Gonzales (javelin throw)
  • Manuel Lasangue (high jump)
  • Marco Vilog (800m)
  • Mark Harry Diones (triple jump, 4x100m)
  • Melvin Calano (javelin throw)
  • Mervin Guarte (800m, 1500m)
  • Michael del Prado (4x400m)
  • Ronne Malipay (triple jump)
  • Patrick Unso (110m hurdles, 4x100m)
  • Trenten Beram (200m, 4x100m, 4x400m)
  • Tyler Ruiz (long jump)

All national athletics coaches, including American consultant coach Rohsaan Griffin, will fly in to the Malaysian capital to oversee their respective wards. The national athletics coaching staff is comprised by head coaches Dario de Rosas and Sean Guevara, sprints and hurdles coaches Jojo Posadas and Jeoffrey Chua, distance running coaches John Lozada and Rene Herrera, jumps coach Joebert Delicano, javelin throw coach Danilo Fresnido, and pole vault coach Emerson Obiena. PATAFA Secretary General Reynato Unso will head the delegation, while PATAFA Marketing Communications Director Edward Kho comes in as team manager.

Athletics chief Philip Juico, meanwhile, is upbeat about the chances of the Philippines in the upcoming biennial games. “We are hoping to equal or surpass our medal harvest from the 2015 Singapore SEA Games. God willing and with the right strategy and discipline, we can do it.”, Juico added.

The Philippines finished 4th place overall in athletics at the Singapore edition of the biennial games in 2015 behind Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, respectively, by bagging 5 golds, 7 silvers, and 9 bronzes.

The SEA Games buildup of the national athletics team is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, and in part by the Ayala Corporation, UCPB Gen, and Cherrylume Corrugated Sheets and in cooperation with Soleus, L TimeStudio, and Marriott Hotel Manila.

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In Review: Suunto Spartan Sport WHR

Suunto Spartan Sport WHR brings the usual effective GPS and heart rate monitoring without the chest strap.  It uses a wrist heart rate monitor using optical sensors.  I find it a lot more comfortable without the chest strap because the chest tends to expand during uphill climbs on trails and mountains.

Suunto Spartan Sport WHR

Sometimes all you have to do is START.

Sometimes all you have to do is START.

Heart rate monitors is a great way to assess when you would push or pull your effort.  It can help determine your progress when it comes to training.  When you lack training, your heart beat shoots up immediately because it’s not used to the effort.  The more you train, the better you get at managing your heart rate and the faster you recover.  The same goes at managing your efforts during the race, if you push yourself to much, chances are you’re gonna bonk and would be harder to grab your second wind.  On a bigger picture, training with HR monitors can also gauge your overall fitness level as your workouts and efforts are measured more accurately.

Me vs Heart Rate Monitors

After my heart rate peaking after a long steep climb, I start to recover on the flats.

After my heart rate peaking after a long steep climb, I start to recover on the flats.

I train with heart rates regularly and is key in my races especially when I went on with my marathons, it really helped me manage the efforts.  When I switched to trails, there were times I’d use a heart rate and there where times I didn’t.  The chest strap felt uncomfortable especially as my chest expands during climbs. The lung power is on overdrive on the climbs so it tends to expand.  I went with feel especially since trail paces are slower than road races.  Still, I was looking at the advantage of seeing if I can push it further.  It still a lot better to wear heart rate monitors as it can really be advantage in managing your pace.

I’m a Suunto Boy

At Color Manila Challenge

When Suunto came out with Suunto Spartan Sport WHR, I knew that this was the one product I wanted.  I then had a chance to review it.  I’ve been a Suunto user since 2013 and never have used a different brand since then.  I started with the Suunto Ambit 2 Sport, which uses Ant+ and I still uses it with my bike since it’s cadence sensor is Ant+.  I switched for Suunto Ambit 3 Sports, which uses Bluetooth technology for better connectivity with mobile apps.  I also got to review Suunto Spartan Ultra and Spartan Sport, which is a big upgrade for Suunto using colored interface and more activity monitors.  Now, the Suunto Spartan Sport WHR is in Review.

Reasons I love Suunto

Suunto on Trails

Suunto Spartan Sport WHR on Trails

  1. GPS detection is fast.  It takes only a few seconds to detect GPS and you’re good to go.
  2. Easy to customize views and setting. Suunto measures a lot of metrics and you can customize your views.  My key metrics are distance, average lap pace, duration, cadence, heart rate and altitude.  With several windows, I get to mix it up.
  3. Lap summary – Included in the Suunto views is a lap summary with distance, pace and cadence.
  4. Cadence – Suunto can measure your cadence without a footpod using arms sways.  It can even measure your pace when you’re on the threadmill without GPS using your cadence.
  5. Battery Life – It’s longer than the average GPS watch. Battery life can last up to 12 hours in training mode. Suunto Spartan Sport also has a power save option to extend the battery life.
  6. Navigation – Suunto has a track back feature you can use when you get lost.  You can also save maps using GPX file, which you can use to guide you on the trail.
  7. Everyday watch – It can be worn everyday and on all occasions.
  8. Movescount App and Video Recap of your workout – Moverscount gives you all the metrics you need and it also has a video recap of your route using the movescount app.

Suunto Spartan Sport WHR In Review

Using Suunto at Salomon Xtrail 2017

Using Suunto at Salomon Xtrail 2017 – Photo by Paksit Photos

I used Suunto Spartan Sport for the first time at Salomon XTrail Pilipinas 2017 12K race.  Since I haven’t used Heart Rate Monitors for quite some time, it was on a getting to know phase back again at the start of the race.  With a bit warmer weather and a fast start, my heart rate went up real fast entering the trail head.  It took me time to recover as the trails went immediately uphill on really muddy dragging terrain.  By the midpoint of the race, I was back in control of my pace and effort.  It took me time to get used to.  Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas is always a tough race and I guess I pushed myself just right for this one.

Using Suunto at Color Manila Challenge

Using Suunto at Color Manila Challenge

The next race at Color Manila Challenge, I was on a relaxed pace but the rolling terrain at Bayani Road was a real challenge.  While it was a fun run, I played with my pace something running on the climbs to test how fast I can recover and it really helped that I can check my heart rate level with the Suunto Spartan Sport WHR.  Compared to a week ago, I was now better at managing my heart rate in a race and that’s because I’m starting to relearn proper pacing in a race.

Using Suunto Spartan Sport WHR at Double Terrain Challenge

Using Suunto Spartan Sport WHR at Double Terrain Challenge

The following week I was at the Double Terrain Challenge.  I’m in a much better condition, which makes managing my heart rate levels better. Even on a wet and wild condition, I was able to breeze through the flat and downhills before going on a steady pace on the river trek and the climb.  End result, I had a really good time despite the wild conditions – muddy trails, slippery rock surfaces, steep climbs on wet trails and a lot more.

That’s 3 different races and there’s a big shift in performance with just proper heart rate monitoring with the Suunto Spartan Sport WHR.  I guess the only drawback I see is that it consumes more battery with the wrist heart rate monitor compared to other Spartan Models.  That can be remedied by going on power saving mode.

Peaking at 181 on Training mode and stabilizing at 86 on rest mode.

Peaking at 181 on Training mode and stabilizing at 86 on rest mode.

Suunto Spartan Sport WHR can also be used as a regular day  to day watch and can be an activity monitor that tracks your steps and Heart Rate.  I really like the heart rate monitoring part as you can see how your body reacts on your activities like sleeping, climbing a flight of stairs, drinking a cup of coffee and others.  It’s gonna help you understand your heart rate levels better.

That immediate surge was after my morning coffee.

That immediate surge was after my morning coffee.

Suunto Spartan Sport WHR iis definitely something I need to train and race more efficiently.  It’s definitely on my to buy list especially when I eventually retire my Suunto Ambit 3 Sport

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