Double Terrain Challenge

Wet and Wild 10K Double Terrain Challenge

Wet and Wild 10K Double Terrain Challenge

It was a wet and wild Double Terrain Challenge with Unli-Putik and Unli-Ilog.  True to its name, it was a challenge indeed and a really great way to enjoy the trails of Tanay in a bit wilder condition.

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Double Terrain Challenge

Post Race Lunch

Post Race Lunch

I’m starting to get the hang of being a weekend warrior once again.  Been through the route of Double Terrain Challenge twice before the race.  One was a rainy day hike at Mount Paliparan last year and a recon hike on a sunny day a few months ago.  It’s a totally different experience on wet and dry conditions.  The last time we did the recon for  the hike, it took us 2:30 on a walking pace and dry trails so I should shoot for a shorter time for this one.  It’ll be a challenge this time as it’s been raining lately, which just means trail conditions would get wilder on race day.  When it comes to trail running, you can be in the same route several times but it will always be a different experience.

Race Route and Elevation Profile

Race Route and Elevation Profile Powered by Suunto Spartan Sports WHR

Race Route and Elevation Profile Powered by Suunto Spartan Sports WHR

Race Routes at Brgy Cuyambay Basketball Court and goes on a rolling descending trails to Tuuy for the next 5.5 kilometers.  The race shifts to about 1.5 kilometer of river treks to Tung-Tong Falls before heading on a steep uphill for the 8th kilometer before heading to the finish line

The Race

Start of the Race

Start of the Race – Photo by Jose Ramizares

I was the designated driver for this one, picking up Maica at C5, Jose and his friend at Quezon City and Master Del at Marcos Highway. It was a long drive to Tanay but we arrived before 5 am, catching the 25 Kilometer gun start and an hour before our own gun start.  It was foggy and rainy heading to Tanay, which meant that it’s gonna be a wet race.   I felt relaxed during the race since I am familiar with the race.  I’ll be using my Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 for the first time and Suunto Spartan Sport WHR for GPS Tracking and Heart Rate Monitor.

Nice Seeing Carla and Jami of Dans during the race

Nice Seeing Carla and Jami of Dans during the race

The race started at 6 am and I started walking on the first few meters just to keep my legs warmed up.  I started to speed up after a few meters before hitting the trails and. After just a few minutes, I knew this was gonna be a longer race than I expected.  It was a really wet and muddy trail with some parts that can reach around the shin level.  In 10 minutes, my shoes was all muddy and it was a drag for all of the runners as they lined up on some solid surface.  I joined some of the runners in braving the mud and to cross to the other side of the trail where there wasn’t a queue.

Trail Chick Maica of Team Smart joined us in the run.

Trail Chick Maica of Team Smart joined us in the run.

It was a really slow start because of the mud but we just kept on moving.  2nd-3rd  kilometers were also muddy but we took advantage of some solid descending stretches to run.  Compared to my past two times at this trail, this was the wildest in terms of surfaces.  The drag was energy draining but I really wanted to make a good time on the first half of the race as the second half of the race would be the tougher part.  It also started to rain, which was refreshing though it made the trails a lot more slippery.  Even if the surface was challenging, I still appreciate moments like this because it keeps my mind active on the trail as I adjust on the trail surfaces.  Running on the descents and keeping a steady pace on the climbs.

Just curious if this is the Hoka One One Speed Goat.

Just curious if this is the Hoka One One Speed Goat. – Photo by Jose Ramizares

Kilometer 4 and 5 was my Time to Fly.  Since Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 is a downhill running shoes, I started to speed up on the descent.  With a really cushioned feel and stable support, the blitz on the descent was not painful on the legs and the knees and the traction was also excellent to keep me from slipping.  I am usually cautious on descents but after being slowed down by he muddy kilometers, I just wanted to make some time to catch on my time.  Having a shoe with good traction and support can really give you confidence on the trail especially on wild conditions.

Time to Fly - Photo by Chard Akol

Time to Fly – Photo by Chard Akol

Arrived at aid station at Kilometer 5 in less than an hour, which was within my target time to reach the half way point knowing that the second part was the real challenge of the race.  I took one hopia at the aid station, hydrated and of course one photo at my favorite spot in Tuuy.

My favorite spot in Tuuy with the Majestic Mount Pailparan at the background.

My favorite spot in Tuuy with the Majestic Mount Pailparan at the background. – Photo by Chard Akol

It was a quick stop this time as the plan was to go consistent.  The next two kilometers were river treks.  Since it was raining the past few days, the water was a bit deeper and the currents were a bit stronger.  My goal here is to stay steady and keep my heart rate low as I know once I hit Tung-Tong falls, it’s gonna be a pure climb.  The river trek was a lot more difficult than expected as instead of just river crossings, it was walking / running against the currents.  The river stretches were longer and deeper compared to the last time I was here.  There were also a lot of boulders that added to the difficulty.

Trail Weaponry at its Finest - Hoka One One Speedgoat 2

Trail Weaponry at its Finest – Hoka One One Speedgoat 2

How difficult were the river stretches for me?  It took me faster to climb the steep ascent than trekking the river.  It was nice seeing a lot of familiar faces and friends as we were meeting the 25K runners who are doing the reverse of our loop.  It takes time to figure out my steps on the rivers and the boulders.  I also slipped sideways on one of the bigger boulders, hitting my hips. Good thing, I was able to hang on to something or else, I could have fell off the boulder.  I stood up immediately and was back on course.  At kilometer 7, we hit Tung-Tong falls.

It was really nice influencing Amanda Fernandez of Solar Sports and Sparta to try out trail running and she also had a really memorable experience too.

It was really nice influencing Amanda Fernandez of Solar Sports and Sparta to try out trail running and she also had a really memorable experience too.

There was a queue at the foot of Tung-Tong falls since the boulders were a bit slippery, we had to wait for the 25K runners descending the falls on the ropes before we came out.  Safety first.  It took a few minutes before having our turn to trek the falls and after a several level of the falls, we were on the steep climb.  There were ropes, which gave a mental imprint on the difficulty of the climb.  It was dry the last time and we manage to ascend the steep part without the ropes.  The rope was helpful now since it’s a lot more slippery and given the degree of the ascent.  I took the climb with several efforts at a time.  I took around 20-30 seconds rest after several steps as my heart rate was rising fast.  I’m starting to get the hang of managing my effort based on my heart rate based on Suunto Spartan Sport with Wrist HR.

Back on track - Photo by Jose Ramizares

Back on track – Photo by Jose Ramizares

It was a welcome relief after hitting the top of the climb.  I still need to work on my climbing skills and reduce my rest breaks but I did make some progress compared to racing two weeks ago.  It was back to the  muddy trails and it was uphill this time.  It was dragging once again and the part with the soft mud had me sinking almost knee deep.  I couldn’t pull my leg out of the mud that I had to pull the back strap in my shoes to lift it.  I tried to go for more solid mud grounds after that.  I slowly made my way to the paved part and made a run for the finish line.

Finished!

Finished! – Photo by Diwata ng Bicolandia

I finished the distance at 2:08, faster than our recon time the last time.  Given the trail conditions, I’m happy with my time and I’m glad I pushed myself harder this time.  Crossing the finish line is such a great feeling and I’m glad I’m doing this a lot more often now. Congrats to the Be Trail Ready Team for a great race.

Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished

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CM Challenge 2017

Colorful 10K done.

Colorful 10K done.

It’s a colorful kind of dirty for me at Color Manila Challenge 2017. This time it wasn’t just about color powders but a bunch of obstacles as well.  CM Challenge also came with a challenging rolling route using the McKinley West and Bayani Road Area.  Of course, the run is just an appetizer for the wonderful color display at the Color Manila Festival.  #ColorManila #CMChallengeAccepted #ILoveColorManila

CM Challenge 2017

Running with Z and Que for this one.

Running with Z and Que for this one. – Photo by Que Gavan

I’m slowly switching back to the running lifestyle. Funny that I’ve always been on the trails and this is just my 3rd road run for the year.  I just appreciate the slower pace at the trails plus the view that comes with it.  Well, it was a last minute decision to join CM Challenge being given media slots last week.  Two reasons I joined Color Manila.  First, it’s Color Manila – it’s a really fun run at a very relaxed pace. 2nd is that it’s on a rolling course of McKinley West and Bayani Road.  It’s one of the rare hilly course that can really help you work on those climbing skills.  It should be a fun way to get my mileage this week.

Race Route

The race starts at McKinley West and heads out to Lawton, Bayani Road and a short section of C5 for the u-turn slot before heading back to McKinley West on mostly ascents in Bayani Road and Lawton.

The Race

Nice seeing Maica at CM Challenge.

Nice seeing Maica of Team Smart at CM Challenge.

I opted for the 10 kilometer distance since I’d love to try the route at Bayani Road again.  McKinley Hills and Bayani Road were among my favorite training area before because of its hilly terrain.  I’ve been to all the Color Manila Runs but this would be my first time to try the CM Challenge version.  I came in early just to avoid the rush once the roads are closed since Milo Marathon would be occupying some of the roads from MOA to BGC including Lawton which is part of the race route.  The mood was so chill that it didn’t feel like a run would be happening this morning.

Chill for the run.

Chill for the run.

I went with fellow bloggers Que and Z, who was planning to just do 5 kilometers but was able to convince them to join me in the 10K distance on a very relaxed pace.  It helped that they ran out of 5K kits at the media tent too.   The plan was to just go on a relaxed paced on the run.  The group were separated into waves so there won’t be too much congestion on the obstacles.  We placed ourselves in the middle waves.  At gun start we made our way to the course and to the obstacles.

Inflatables

Inflatables

First we had to pass by the inflatables followed by obstacle color stations.  The Pink one had us crawling.  The green one had us going through the middle of the walls. The yellow one was a short wall climb.  This all happened at the first 800 meters of the race before entering the Lawton area, which was also a portion of the route of the Milo Marathon.  It was nice seeing some friends doing the Milo Marathon here.  We took the chance of the descent to run heading to Bayani Road.

Color Me Green

Color Me Green

Bayani Road gave us so many memories of races and training on this road.  I used to run this stretch from McKinley Hill to Bayani Road until c5 at night.  The route felt creepy at night especially it included the Libingan ng mga Bayani stretch, which was eerily silent at night.  The other part of Bayani Road that we like is that it’s a rolling course. It’s not an easy one because of the climbs but this is the course I like.  I like that it uses more muscle groups, quads on the climbs and calves on the flat and descent.  We did a run walk on this part.

With Maica again at C5.

With Maica again at C5.

We took advantage of the descent to speed up heading to the c5 area at around the 4th kilometer.  It was fun at a fast paced on the descent and it’s a good thing that the legs was cooperative for today.  We were really running with no structure but we made some mini challenges like sprinting some stretches.  It was my first time to hit the c5 area in the Bayani Road.  There was about a 500 meters stretch in c5. One thing I noticed in the Bayani Road and C5 stretch, it was concrete.  I guess, I’ve been running for so long already that I know the difference of running on asphalt and concrete.

We shifted to the grassy part to reduce the strain of the concrete grounds.

We shifted to the grassy part to reduce the strain of the concrete grounds.

Concrete is a bit harder on the legs. On our way back, we took the grassy stretch in Libingan ng mga Bayani just to reduce the strain of the concrete grounds.  The race has a new character on the way back as its mostly uphills.  While we were walking some stretches, we challenged ourselves to run on the climbs.  It felt exhilarating to run that steep 200 meters on the way back.  We’d resume a relaxed pace again and look for another challenging terrain.  We also run the last 500 meters heading to kilometer 7 before making our way back to Lawton.

Fun at the Color Stations.

Fun at the Color Stations.

We were surprised that there were still some runners being launched at this time at Lawton.  We’re back at McKinley West area for the final 2 kilometers.  There was a u-turn at Le Grand Avenue before heading back, which we also run just for the fun of it. After the u-turn, we’re heading back to the obstacle area with several more obstacles, the crawl at the orange station followed by the blue station.  There was a climb at an inflatable followed by the slide before heading to the finish line.

Find the Hidden Franckee - Photo by Z Villarin.

Find the Hidden Franckee – Photo by Z Villarin.

We took the last few obstacles and then headed for the finish line looking like a colorful espasol at the finish line.  I enjoyed the really chill pace as well as the challenges both from the race and our small challenges along the route. It was such a colorful way to add-on my training mileage for the week.

Post Race

The Colorful Kind of Dirty.

Of course, the highlight of any Color Manila Run is the Color Festival so I’m leaving you with such a colorful visual display to cap off the event.

 

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Two UC Cagers Fly to Seoul for Steph Curry Tour

Two University of Cebu Cagers get a chance of a lifetime to fly to Seoul, South Korea and be a part of Steph Curry’s Asian Tour.  They earned their slots in the tour after winning the Under Armour 3×3 Under 18 Philippines title earlier this year.

Under Armour 3×3 Ph Champs

University of Cebu’s John Bryl Cuyos and Virlou Orquez earned a trip to Seoul for the Stephen Curry Asia  Tour after winning Under Armour 3×3 Under-18 Philippines title recently. Cuyos and Orquez will get the chance to see the top Under Armour ambassador in person when Curry goes to Seoul on Wednesday for the final stop of his Asia tour. The two were members of the victorious UC squad that captured the Under Armour 3×3 Southeast Asia Cebu crown and the Under Armour 3×3 Southeast Asia Philippines title in Manila.The two cagers will travel on Wednesday where they will see Curry at the Jungchang Gymnasium in Seoul. The expenses were all paid by Under Armour Southeast Asia where they will get a chance to interact and play with the NBA champion.

The UC squad overcame tough odds against teams from various parts of the Philippines to capture the two titles that will not be possible without the support of coach Joever Samonte and Atty. Estenso.  Cuyos and Orquez also showed they have what it takes to be among the best players in the country.

The 17-year-old Cuyos has an impressive resume that includes being a two-time Cesafi All-Star, a two-time Cesafi runner-up, and a two-time runner-up in the Cebu City Olympics. He is also a Mandaue City Olympics Cebu Inter-High School, Cordua 1st Mayors’ Cup, and WJC 1st Cup champion.  Orquez, 18, was a former member of the Holy Trinity High School in Alberta, Canada where he was an Edmonton Journal All-Star. In the Philippines, he helped UC win the Mandaue City Olympics Cebu Inter-High School champion.

UC defeated University of Visayas, 15-14, in the heartstopping final in the Cebu tournament before flying in to Manila to also make a big impression as the Webmasters beat Bounty A also in pulsating fashion, 21-20, in the final.

Curry 3Zero Launch

Curry’s visit in Asia comes with the launch of Curry3Zero, the latest Under Armour shoe line for the NBA superstar.

Curry 3Zero Launch

Curry 3Zero Launch

In the Philippines, the Curry3Zero was also launched with the who’s who of sports and entertainment industry that included Alaska Aces point guard Chris Banchero, Barangay Ginebra foward Jervy Cruz, San Beda standout Robert Bolick, actor JC De Verea, Letran star Rey Nambatac, Ms. Earth 2015 Angelica Gabrena Ong, coach Christian Luanzon, and UA’s newest ambassador Kali Huff.  As part of the festivities, Under Armour also treated the media with a unique basketball experience of playing 3×3 basketball, and competing in a three-point shootout.

 

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Incoming: Cloudfest Fun Run

Let’s play with clouds as we navigate into a fun obstacles over a short and sweet 3 kilometer distance. Cloudfest Fun Run happening at the Central Park, SM by the Bay on August 27, 2017 offers another unique and fun-filled concept that’s fresh for experienced runners and a welcome experience for non-runners.

Cloudfest Fun Run

Sometimes we just need a little bit of motivation to start a healthy lifestyle.  How about giving you a short and friendly 3 kilometer distance over the picturesque sunset backdrop at SM By the Bay and a lot of foam and fun obstacles.  SM by the Bay in partnership with Thinksportsph, a brand catering different kinds of events especially sporting events, will be holding an obstacle-course-themed 3K foamy run entitled “Cloudfest Fun Run” the coolest and cloudiest runaway in the Metro.

It’s a sunset fun run where runner can wear a costume as superhero, wear a customized wings or cape. This event is open to all ages as there will be several fun obstacles, bubble machines and photo op materials along the route.  The event will be held on August 27, 2017 at Central Park, SM by the Bay.  The fun does not stop there as you also get that warm kind of fun for contributing to a worthy cause.  Each fun stride, each laughter and each drop of sweet is contribution to the “Rebuild a Church Project as part of the registration fee will go to the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish at Malinao Ilaya Atimonan, Quezon.

Do take the extra effort on this run as there will be special awards for the Youngest Runner, Oldest Runner, Cloud Mom, Cloud Dad, Biggest Delegation, Fastest Delegation, Best in Costume (Male & Female), Running Family (Complete and biggest number of members in the family).

Registration fee is PHP 600 where all participants shall receive bibs, singlet, finisher medal, and freebies. Registration at the following Chris Sports Outlets: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City North, SM City Manila, Market-Marktet and Ermita. For details feel free to text or call Smart: 09206806618, Globe: 09168508523, or PLDT: 3349722.  Cloufest fun run is made possible by the following sponsors: Fern-C, Total, Mogu-Mogu, Dental First. Media Partners 97.9 Home Radio, DWIZ, When in Manila, Philstar. In participation with Life Coach Group Advisor Inc., Kids Hope Foundation, MOA Certified Dabarkads, and Z-Aerobics.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Date: August 27, 2017
  • Venue: Central Park, SM By the Bay, Mall of Asia
  • Boarding Time: 4:00 PM (Assembly)
  • First Flight:  5:30 PM (Gun Start 1)
  • Second Flight: 5:35 OM (Gun Start 2)

Fees and Inclusions:

  • P 600 inclusive of bibs, singlet, finisher medal, and freebies

Registration

  • Chris Sports Outlets:
    • SM Mall of Asia(2F) from July 8-August 26, 2017
    • SM Megamall(3rd Level, Building B) from July 8-August 26, 2017
    • SM City NorthEdsa (Lower Ground Floor) from July 8-August 26, 2017
    • SM City Manila (Ground Floor) from July 8-August 21, 2017
    • Market-Marktet (Fourth Level) from July 8-August 21, 2017
    • Robinsons Place Manila Ermita  (Second Level) from July 8-August 21, 2017

Inquiries

  • Text or call Smart: 09206806618, Globe: 09168508523, or PLDT: 3349722
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Salomon Xtrail Run Pilipinas 2017

12K Worth of Muddy Trails

12K Worth of Muddy Trails

The Path of Most Resistance is “Putik.”  Salomon Xtrail Run Pilipinas 2017 had a muddy twist this year with a wet and slippery course along Subic’s vast forest reserve.  It’s gonna make you question your will, your sanity and your physical capabilities but once you’ve surpassed the difficulties, you know you had one hell of a memorable race. 

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Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2017

Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas is not your usual feel-good race.  It belongs to the category of a feel-tough race and is a league fn its own when it comes to degree of difficulty.  Among my medals earning my two 24K Salomon Xtrail Runs in 2015 and 2016 would be among the most hard-earned ones as those were against tough terrains at rigid cutoffs.  Even my first 12K Xtrail in 2014 had me at my limits at that time. Crossing a finish line in a Salomon Xtrail course is always a test of will power, physical limits, endurance and yes, sanity.  This year, I decided to downgrade distance to 12K owing to a much busier schedule and even the drop of distance, I expect to go through a tough time especially since it is muddy season times and it was raining the whole day before the race.

Race Route and Elevation

Powered by Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR

Powered by Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR

Race starts at Maritan Highway and takes 2 kilometers of concrete along El Kabayo Road before entering the trail head.  The route goes on a climb to the third kilometer before it goes on a rolling descent on the next two kilometers. The race then goes on a steep climb for a kilometer heading to the 6 kilometer u-turn mark before heading back along the same rolling terrain.

The Race

So Close for the 32K Championship

So Close for the 32K Championship

Since Salomon had a late gun start this year with 12K having a gun start of 1:30 pm, the media shuttle left for Subic at 7:30 am.  I guess, this is one thing I like about this year’s race. I didn’t have to wake up early.  Honestly, I’m under trained for this event but I’ll just try to be as consistent as I can get to finish the race.  I’ll just run by feel and enjoy the course and yeah, just find a way to survive the muddy trails. The rain can really change the dynamics of the trails since the mud can be an added drag plus the slippery descents can be a lot tougher to hurdle.

It's Time to Start!

It’s Time to Start!

We had our gun start a few minutes before 1:30 pm to leave some separation between the 6K gun start.  It was nice seeing so many familiar faces like people from Nuun dirt school, Dans and fellow runners and bloggers.  It’s among the most anticipated trail events of the year and you would practically see so many familiar faces on this race joining the different distance.  As the race started, it was a two kilometer road run, which would probably be the easiest part of the trail.  I joined the regular run pace at the start but had to slow down by the second kilometer since my heart rate was high and my shin splints is back.  I shifted to a run walk set heading to the trail head.  This would also help me ensure that I would have a more relaxed heart rate entering the trails.

Hello Dirt Schoolers!

Hello Dirt Schoolers!

The trail starts with a climb and a really muddy climb at that.  Each step was a drag and each stride became heavier with the accumulation of mud in the shoes.  Talk about the path of most resistance. Mud + Uphill Climb = Path of the Most Resistance.  I tried to stick to my strategy of just being consistent on the climbs.  One step after the other though it was really exerting a lot of effort on my part, which caused me to tire faster than the usual.  I’m also having pains in my lower back on the climb.  On the day I didn’t bring my trekking poles, I get such a challenging climb.

Muddy Times at the Trail - Photo by Jose Ramizares

Muddy Times at the Trail – Photo by Jose Ramizares

The climb was mentally challenging and physically draining so when I hit the top of the hill, it was such a relief.  Well, until I saw that people were converging on the steep and slippery descents hanging on the bamboo shoots and bushes.  Ok, so much of the plan for blitzing the descent.  I also got several cuts from hanging on the bamboo shoots.  I went with the pace of the group on the descent and when the grounds were a bit firmer, I shifted to brisk walk to catch up on my time.

Picture Taking Break

Picture Taking Break

When the path was separated for the 6K and the 12K, the first thought in my mind was, why didn’t I join the 6K distance.  Well, I joined the 12K so I must strive on.  After 3 kilometers the grounds were a bit firmer with a mix of descents and flat portions.  I took the chance to recover a bit here and speed up a little.  The next two kilometers was smooth sailing but I was reserving energy since I know it was an uphill climb heading to the u-turn slot.

It was nice seeing Charlle who was also a part of the Eat and Run adventure in Bacolod. She finished third among females in the 12K distance.

It was nice seeing Charlle who was also a part of the Eat and Run adventure in Bacolod. She finished third among females in the 12K distance.

The last kilometer to the u-turn slot was the toughest part with the climbs seemingly endless and the trails shifting back to being slippery.  It felt really exhausting but the trail must go on.  I took breaks when needed to and it is this part that I am starting to meet most runners coming from the u-turn slot. Funny how one runner would say, it’s just 500 meters away and after doing several hundred meters, another runner would way it was 500 meters away and so on.

Tired. - Photo by Jose Ramizares

Tired. – Photo by Jose Ramizares

It felt like the longest 500 meters ever.  I guess when you don’t train much just be ready to suffer. No excuses there.  I just tried to held on, one effort after another. After I while, I reached a long stretch of stairs and that was the real sign that the u-turn is nearby.  I took a few steps and rested a bit before taking another set of steps until I reached the top of the stairs and from there it was 100 meters to the u-turn slot and water station.

Mang Ramon has to be among my trail idol. At 60+, he still frequents the trails and was even leading me for most parts of the trail.

Mang Ramon has to be among my trail idol. At 60+, he still frequents the trails and was even leading me for most parts of the trail.

I took my energy gel on the u-turn and after drinking water, I headed back to the trails.  The next kilometer was much smoother since it was a descent. I tried to recover here and also try to speed up.  It was back to rolling terrains, for moderate climbs, I tried to speed up and for steeper ones, I had to mix it with a climb and a rest.  Then there’s the really long steep climb back to the last 3 kilometers, which I did slowly just willing myself that this was the last of the tough part portion.

Meeting friends after the race.

Meeting friends after the race.

It was down to the last 3 kilometers and it was also back to the muddy trails.  This time I just went fast on the descent just relying on the traction of my Salomon Slab Sense 6 (I should have done this on the earlier descent).  It felt like skating on mud and it was fun in some way plus I know the tough part was over.  After hitting the road on the last 2 kilometers, I made another push heading to the finish line to finish the race.

It’s another unique and memorable Salomon Xtrail Run for me.  It was such a sufferfest, which is my way of saying, I had fun!  Great job Salomon for giving us another one-of-a-kind trail experience.  Definitely, the path of most resistance is “Putik.”

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Under Armour Philippines Launches Curry 3Zero

Stronger, Quicker and more Efficient on the Court. That has always been the mantra of Steph Curry as he evolved from just an ordinary player to a 2 Time NBA MVP and Champion.  Under Armour’s Curry Line has also evolved to match the game of one of the most unstoppable and un-guardable players on the court.  Curry 3 Zero is now available in the Philippines.

Curry 3 Zero

Curry 3 Zero Launch and Media 3x3

Curry 3 Zero Launch and Media 3×3

The Curry 3ZER0 supported the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player through the 2017 NBA Playoffs earlier this year. Just like his game, his signature shoe collection has evolved with him, powering the dominant sharpshooter to new heights as he hit a record 13 three-pointers in a single game and cemented his name into the Top 10 list of career three-pointers made. Inspired by protective armour worn by the toughest warriors in history, the Curry 3ZER0 is a mirror of Curry’s will to be stronger, quicker and simply more efficient on court.  The Curry 3Zero hits Philippine shores with a launch held last Tuesday, July 28, 2017 at The City Club of the Alphaland Makati Place in Makati City.

Alaska's Chris Banchero with the Curry 3 Zero

Alaska’s Chris Banchero with the Curry 3 Zero

Under Armour has brought the Curry shoe line in the country since its inception.  The Curry shoes has evolved to match the game of Steph Curry that provides him with both a lightweight and protective shoes.  Curry 3 Zero features the pinnacle in lightweight protection technology, it has a reinforced upper mesh for maximum protection, an adjustable heel support to keep the foot in place and a lateral wing plate that provides increased stability. With such fine tuning in addition to the brand’s signature Threadborne™ upper, famed Micro G® foam and Charged Cushioning®, it is no wonder that the Curry 3ZER0 has earned its keeps on court as the improved model of the original shoe.  While keeping a minimalistic outlook, the Curry 3ZER0 encapsulates the hallmarks and constants that drive the outstanding basketball player on hard-court. The outsole is stamped with a full spelling of the ‘TCC’ abbreviation that he has tattooed on his wrist, which stands for “Trust. Commitment. Care.”

The launching ceremony was attended by the who’s who of the sports and entertainment industry, including Alaska Aces point guard Chris Banchero, Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel forward Jervy Cruz, San Beda Red Lions standout Robert Bolick, Filipino actor JC De Vera and Letran Knights captain Rey Nambatac, as well as Ms. Earth 2015 Angelia Gabrena Ong, Coach Christian Luanzon, and UA’s newest ambassador Kali Huff.

Nice seeing you again Angelia, The last time I met her in an Under Armour event was before her crowning of Ms. Earth.

Nice seeing you again Angelia, The last time I met her in an Under Armour event was before her crowning of Ms. Earth.

The event also awarded the prize for the recent promotion of Under Armour for those who purchased the recently launched Curry 3 Zero. Joshua Leo Cenizal and his companion have been chosen to grace the Steph Curry Event in South Korea, which comes with an all-expense paid trip to South Korea via in store raffle.

He wins a trip to Seoul, South Korea to see Steph Curry.

He wins a trip to Seoul, South Korea to see Steph Curry.

The Curry 3ZER0, which made its way to store racks this month, is priced at Php6595. It is currently available at selected Under Armour Brand Houses such as Bonifacio High Street, Megamall, UP Town Center, Robinson’s Magnolia, Greenbelt, Trinoma and Ayala Center Cebu.

3×3 Basketball

Time to Play some 3x3 basketball

Time to Play some 3×3 basketball

The Curry 3 Zero Launch also had a side events with a three-point shoot out contest.  The 3Ball has been synonymous to Steph Curry as he’s breaking every record in existence when it comes to 3-Point shootout.  Rey Nambatac of Letran won in the athlete category, while Jonas Terrado of Manila Bulletin took home the top prize in the media bracket. While Business mirror has the most nos of athletes who played in the said Media Basketball Playoffs.

I just realized, di pala ako matangkad.

I just realized, di pala ako matangkad.

I also got to play two games of 3×3 and I was surprised at the faster pace, 3 x 3 games are played.  I was adjusting at the first game but eventually found my range in the second game being able to score several triples in the game.  We lost the game by a hairline but just being back to playing basketball and not sucking too much is a win in my books.  The different teams battled it out in the 3×3 tournament. JC De Vera led his team in the finals and emerged victorious. On the other hand, the media group of Randy Caluag of Manila Standard, Reuben Terrado of Spin.ph, Lean Navarro of PhilStar.com, Lito Oredo of Inquirer, and Mark Escarlote of ABSCBN topped their own bracket. GMA 7’s Mark Zambrano was hailed as the tourney’s Most Valuable Player.

The Champs

The Champs

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Powerman Philippines Takes Duathlon to the World Stage

Powerman Philippines Asian Duathlon Championship is happening on October 8, 2017 at the Clark Freeport Zone.  Duathletes in the country get to race against the top-tier players in the world over the wide and scenic Clark Route.

Powerman Philippines

Duathlons has evolved over the years. When I did duathlons a few years back, it was more of a step-ladder or a brick training for triathletes.  Duathlons has then created its market who find the thrill in the run, bike, run type of a race.  I have my share of fond memories when it comes to duathlons but it’s a different kind of high compared to road race.  Of course, preparing for it is a little bit more intense and needs a lot more consistency.  The good thing with the evolution of duathlon is that it now caters to more markets. Aside from the usual pros, elite, age groupers, we now get a bunch of newbies and even recreational duathlons.  Powerman has the perfect recipe for the mix of elite, experienced and newbies in the Powerman Philippines Asian Championship 2017 happening on October 8, 2017 at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

The country has been a fitness hub over the past decades with growth in all kind of fitness activities from running, duathlons, triathlons and a lot more.  Powerman Philippines gives a chance to local duathetes to compete against the best of the best in the world.  The race features various race categories such as Powerman Classic (10Km Run, 60 Km Bike and 10 Km Run), the Powerman Short (5km Run, 30 Km Bike and  5 Km Run), and Powerteens (5 Km Run, 30 Km Bike and 5 km Run), which will traverse over the smooth and wide roads of Clark and will feature the scenic views of SCTEX.

Now on its third year, the F&F International Events Group prides itself with being given the honor this year’s Asian Championships.  Aside from promoting duathlons as a lifestyle, as a sport, and as an event, the main thrust for 2017 is to push the boundaries of the Filipino Duathlete.  The 2017 Powerman Philippines Asian Duathlon Championships Presented by Summit Drinking Water is set to host a minimum of 800 local and foreign participants from all around the world, including elite athletes from US, Europe, Australia and Asia Pacific.

“The driving force behind this year’s event is to bring the Filipino Duathlete to the world stage by capitalizing on our duathletes’ innate strength in running and cycling and providing them with the opportunity to compete against the best in the world.  It’s all about investing in the Filipino’s duathlete’s potential, pushing their boundaries, and expanding their competitive horizons, with the ultimate goal of sending out top Filipino duathlete to the 2019 Powerman World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland,” said Coach Kaye Lopez, Powerman Philippines General Manager.

The Clark Freeport Zone, which is about 37 miles nortwest of Metro Manila and located in the heart of the culture-rich Central Luzon, proves to be the perfect race venue, with its highly-improved road network and its interesting scenery of graceful old homes with large verandahs and historical buildings. Traveling to the venue is also seamless for both local and foreign guests as it is easily accessible via land or air travel.

The 2017 Powerman Philippines Asian Championships Presented by Summit Drinking Water will serve as a qualifying event for the Powerman World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland. The race is also supported by Clark Freeport Zone and SCTEx as the Official Venue Partner, Cobra Energy Drink ad Official Energy Drink, Columbia as Official Apparel Partner, Activehealth as Official Sports Nutrition Partner, Garmin as Official Timing Partner, Seafood Island Restaurant, Hammer Nutrition, Dan’s Endurance, 2xU and Skechers Performance.

For more details, registration and updates visit the event’s official website, www.powerman.ph and subscribe to the official social media accounts in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @PowermanPH with official hashtag #NOMANNOPOWER #POWERMANPHPRESENTEDBYSUMMIT

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Catch Steph Curry in Seoul with Under Armour

Stephen Curry is a game changer in orchestrating Golden State’s free flowing offense with the 3 Ball as a key weapon.  Get a chance to meet Stephen Curry in Seoul in July 28 as Under Armour gets to treat four lucky Filipinos to an all-expense-paid trip to South Korea via raffle coupons from those who purchased Curry 3Zero from July 13-16, 2017.

Stephen Curry

Steph Curry in Manila Two Years Ago.

Steph Curry in Manila Two Years Ago.

If you’ve followed Stephen Curry’s career, it’s an underdog story.  He’s evolved from just a regular player to your 2 time NBA MVP and 2 Time NBA Champion.  He’s changed the game by making the 3-point shot a potent weapon and even extending the range of the 3 point shot.  More than the accolades and the championships, what stands out with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors is how they enjoy the game and just let their game flow naturally. The end result is the winning-est team for the past 3 years.

He’s visited our country a few years ago and this year, he’s all set to fly to South Korea on July 28, 2017.  Don’t worry! Under has felt the love and the appreciation of their Steadfast Filipino patrons and will treat four lucky Filipinos to an all-expense-paid trip to South Korea and see the Golden State Warrior superstar in the flesh.

For every purchase of Curry 3ZER0, a customer will get an exclusive raffle coupon for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Curry live in South Korea. It is open to male or female from ages 18 to 35 years old. Promo period is from July 13 to 16, 2017.

Under Armour, the most innovative sports and fitness clothing line in the world today, has received a warm reception from its loyal Filipino fans after bringing the much-coveted Curry 3ZER0 on Philippine shores.

Curry 3Zero

The Curry 3ZER0 supported the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player through the 2017 NBA Playoffs earlier this year. Just like his game, his signature shoe collection has evolved with him, powering the dominant sharpshooter to new heights as he hit a record 13 three-pointers in a single game and cemented his name into the Top 10 list of career three-pointers made. Inspired by protective armour worn by the toughest warriors in history, the Curry 3ZER0 is a mirror of Curry’s will to be stronger, quicker and simply more efficient on court.

A post-season pair that features the pinnacle in lightweight protection technology, the Curry 3ZER0 has a reinforced upper mesh for maximum protection, an adjustable heel support to keep the foot in place and a lateral wing plate that provides increased stability. With such fine tuning in addition to the brand’s signature Threadborne™ upper, famed Micro G® foam and Charged Cushioning®, it is no wonder that the Curry 3ZER0 has earned its keeps on court as the improved model of the original shoe.

Kort Neumann, Curry 3 lead designer, stated: “It’s not compromising any containment for him. We just basically took out as much weight as we could. We made it as breathable as possible. We kind of turned it into a racecar. This is something that’s a little bit lighter, airier, more race-like, if you will. He likes comfort. He likes his lockdown and containment. He loves the squeak of traction on the court. He really likes that squeak. It’s kind of an indicator for him that it sticks in the ground.”

 

The Curry 3ZER0, which made its way to store shelves this month, is priced at Php6595. It is currently available at selected Under Armour Brand Houses such as Bonifacio High Street, Megamall, UP Town Center, Robinson’s Magnolia, Greenbelt, Trinoma and Ayala Center Cebu, NBA Glorietta , Kidsports Glorietta, Tobys SM Mall of Asia, and Olympic Village Stores-ATC, Festival, Robinson’s Ermita

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Soleus Cross Country Challenge 2017

Back racing after 3 months

Back racing after 3 months

It was nice to be racing again.  3 Months away from the competitive environment of a trail race and it felt that I’m starting over again.  It really helps that I’m in a familiar course and a really festive environment at Soleus Cross Country Challenge 2017 to help me endure the rigors and pains of a race once again. 

Soleus Cross Country Challenge 2017

Pre race - Photo by Jack Morales

Pre race – Photo by Jack Morales

3 months away from races. That’s the longest time I haven’t raced for the past 7 years.  There’s a shift in priorities and I’m again in a period of re-invention.  I’m trying to build on my business though I still make it a point to hit the trails or the gyms on weekends.  I’ve been missing the competitive environment.  I’m jittery too that I may run out of gas in the race.  The good part was that this was my second time at this race and 4th time at this course.  I actually joined Team Soleus on the recon of the 21K distance last April even if I am only doing the 12K distance for the race.  It’s a familiar territory and I could probably map out the course profile in my mind already.  It’s just great to be back and let’s see how the story of this race unfolds.

Race Map and Elevation Profile

Race starts in Mount Sinai and goes over 2 kilometers of rolling terrain before entering Casile trails, which is about 4 kilometers of descent covering more than 400 meters of elevation drop. After the u-turn in the bridge, the race goes on a climb back to the finish line.

The Race

Sleepy

Sleepy – Photo by Reggie Cruz of Running Photographers

The day started early for me since I took the shuttle, which leaves at 2:30 am and reaches the venue before 4 am, which is more than 2 hours before gun start.  I got my raceyaya timing chip and had to wait for the time.  I was really sleepy at this time. It was nice to see familiar faces once again though I’m trying to stay low-key for the race.  As the daylight came, we were treated to a really nice view of the mountains surrounded by the sea of clouds.

Sea of clouds

Sea of clouds

After a long wait, it was gunstart for the 21K and followed by our (12K) gunstart at 6:20 am. There was a dance warm up handled by the ever reliable Soleus people.  It was a descent to start the race so I just tried to go with the flow and run on the descents and recover on the flats and ascents.

Fast start - Photo by Reggie Cruz.

Fast start – Photo by Reggie Cruz.

I took this pace until I felt that familiar sting on my shin. Shin splints. I guess I’ve been so rusty that my legs had to adjust to the impact and rigors of running.  I opted to use the second kilometer to warm up the legs by switching to a brisk walk pace.  It would be better to slow down now than when I hit the 4 kilometer descents.  The second kilometer had a few short climbs so the walking pace was just perfect.

Photo by Reggie Cruz.

Photo by Reggie Cruz.

There was a few meters of concrete before the long Casile trails.  I decided to reserve my energy on the sweet descent.  After the second kilometer I started speeding up.  I used a run-walk set just to make sure, I don’t over strain my muscles.  Gravity was on my side this time.  The surface was a bit rocky and slippery.  I tried to retrace firmer surfaces like the path which the motorcycles take.

Nice to see these Soleus Mamaws in the Casile.

Nice to see these Soleus Mamaws in the Casile.

This was the long and winding descent.  This is the part to attack and just hope you still have energy when you get to the climbing part of the race.  The kilometers were moving fast since it was free fall.  I had several bad landings but good thing Hoka One One Speedgoat has excellent cushioning to reduce the impact of each stride.  The perks of using a shoes that’s designed for downhill running.

Attack!!! - Photo by Reggie Cruz

Attack!!! – Photo by Reggie Cruz

Well, I’ve always be a klutz but that never stopped me from enjoying the trails.  I just tried to focus on the surface and react on the shifts in trail conditions.  The rocky part was the hardest as one misstep can lead to sprain or falling down.  I just tried to use the firmer surfaces except when I needed to overtake.

Time to Fly - Photo by Reggie Cruz.

Time to Fly – Photo by Reggie Cruz.

On the long descent, you also get to appreciate the views as you get to see the mountains at some vantage point.  In no time, I was on my way to the base of Casile and about to go to the u-turn at the bridge.

Hanging Bridge - Photo by Jack Morales

Hanging Bridge – Photo by Jack Morales

I made my way to the bridge and on the way back I started running towards the other end of the bridge.  This was a selfie hot spot so there are some congested stretches along the bridge.  The real race begins at this point.  It was time to climb.  I took out my trekking pole and set my mind to “don’t-you-dare-give-up” mode.

Second half of the race - Photo by Jack Morales

Second half of the race – Photo by Jack Morales

It’s now a mental battle.  Since I am familiar with this climb, I made several mental note. The first kilometer is the steeper part and the next 3 kilometers is a climb but has a few flat sections for recovery.  I took a short hydration break at the store before the climb and it was time to climb.  I went on a slow and continuous climb.  I set a pace I can maintain without stopping.  Since I haven’t used my poles in months too, I was relearning how to use it once again.  At first, it felt like it was dragging me but later on, I rediscovered how to give me an added push.

Climb time - Photo by Jose Ramizares

Climb time – Photo by Jose Ramizares

I felt slower than I usually am on climbs but the good part was I never stopped on the climb.  It was physically exhausting and it was a continuous mental debate to stop and just take it easy.  The tougher side won and continued to push me towards the end of the climb.  The last two kilometers was back on the rolling terrain.  I just went at a consistent pace since I wanted to reserve energy for the final climb to the finish line.

To the finish - Photo by Jose Ramizares

To the finish – Photo by Jose Ramizares

I finished the race at 2:45 and I’m just glad to be back.  This was always a challenging course because second half of the race is pure climbing but somehow, I look forward to challenges like this.  It makes the finish even more satisfying. Ok, It’s time for some breakfast!

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Let’s Support Legit Status for the World Hip Hop Dance Championship

The World Hip Hop Dance Championship is happening next month in Phoenix, Arizona.  Legit Status would represent the Philippines in the meet.  Be part of their quest by supporting them in their fund raising concert on July 15 & 16, 2017, 6pm at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater. 

Legit Status

World Hip Hop Dance Championship! It doesn’t get any bigger than that in the world of Hip Hop.  It’s where the best of the best in the world gather to aim for the top prize.  All roads lead to Phoenix. Legit Status with its impressive international dance resume, which includes placings in the previous World Hip Hop Championships in both the Varsity and Megacrew division, gets to Represent the Philippines once again on August 7-12, 2017 at Phoenix Arizona.

It’s a much bigger journey for the individual members of Legit Status as this has been an 8-year journey towards the goal of being the best the world has to offer.  That’s years of pure passion, hard work and determination as they continuously prepare for the competitions.  With a mix of students and young professional, Legit Status members gets to sacrifice a lot of time, energy and effort in hopes of bringing home the championship to the country.

We can be part of that journey too.  Let’s support them on their fund-raisin concert, Represent happening on July 15 and 16, 2017, 6 pm at Henry Lee Irwin Theater, ADMU  Tickets are at P300. That’s an evening being entertained by the performance of Legit Status and that’s a share in the Philippine dream of bringing home the World Hip Hop Dance Championship Title.

Let’s watch their concert or even take it to the next level by making it a family or barkada event. The more the merrier and the more we support their cause.

For Tickets

  • Contact Nica Vinculado 09171234000


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