Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Race Review: Color Nite Run 10km

 Color Nite Run is advertised for what it is:  a fun run involving colors, glow sticks and bracelets and expectation of getting dirty!  This is definitely NOT a PR race!

For this edition, it was held in Filinvest Alabang, which I didn't mind as enjoyed running in new places.  We were a group of 6 for this race and we all rode in one car going to the venue to save on gas and toll fees and for the company too!

There was no goal time for this race for me.  I will run with Per and see how she fares for this night considering she couldn't run the other day due to sharp pain in her legs. 

group selfie

As the gun was fired, our group of six were separated:  the spouses ran together while Janine and Jeanne ran at their own pace.

I figured it was a flat course for this race.  Boy, was I wrong.  There were a lot of steep hills and we had to run it in the dark as there were no street lamps here, or if there were, they were turned off.  I think this was done purposely so that we will see the effects of our glow sticks.  But it was still a dangerous move as we couldn't see the ground we were running on and I had to keep looking and squinting my eyes to see if there are any manholes in front of us!!

Good thing we saw Janine again who had her cellphone with her and she used the light and pointed it to the ground!  Great thinking Jann!

Being a Color Run (inspired by Color Races in the USA), I expected us to hit a lot of color stations throughout the 10km race.  Unfortunately, there were only two stations and one was near the starting line.

I think a lot of runners were disappointed too by the lack of color stations so they decided to do it themselves!  YIKES!!!!

running (or posing) in the dark!

There was also a water spray station for people who wanted to clean themselves of the food coloring (at least that was what I think it was).

Overall, it was a good race and we all had a good time.  Per's injury didn't act up (Thank GOD) and she finished her fastest 10km for the year.  Dinner afterwards at Project Pie before heading back home.

Some room for improvements:

1.  More color stations.  We EXPECT to be dirty and filled with all sorts of colors.  This did not happen!  Hopefully, they can fix this in the future.

2.  Street lights needed.  I understand they want us to show off our color bands but I think safety should be the priority here!

3.  Standard finisher medal for all race categories (3km, 5km, 10km) was given out to finishers.  It would be nice if it was separated PER CATEGORY and written on medal the distance you completed.

Note:  All photos were taken from Janine's cellphone.  Thanks Jann!

Friday, August 8, 2014

I got mail! For Marathon #15

Looks like this is a definite go!

For my 15# full marathon, I am doing the Marathon du Medoc in France next month.

This will be its 30th edition and I count myself lucky to be registered for this race.

This won't be a PR goal race, but rather a Just-To-Finish Race with a unique twist in it:

The race course will be along the vineyard of Bordeaux country and instead of serving Gatorade or other sports drinks in their water stations, they will be serving wine instead (with your choice of Red or White to boot!).  Good thing, there is still water served here!

Looks exciting and hopefully I could make it to the finish line in one piece!

To God be the Glory!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Registered for RU3 2014!

One of my friends yesterday asked when the 3rd leg of Run United for this year will be as I was convincing him to do the 21km race.

I had no idea but knew that I had to research on it right after our lunch together.

Lo and Behold, not only was the date up already (OCTOBER 5, 2014) but registration is possible too!

So I registered immediately for the final leg needed to complete the Trilogy.  Of course, I would go big for this by going for the FULL MARATHON DISTANCE.  After all, wouldn't it feel more rewarding and accomplished if you set out to do the hardest race distance?

So it was all or nothing to complete this year's RUN UNITED TRILOGY,  God willing of course.

Right now it is priority registration for those who completed leg 1 and/or leg 2 of this year's Trilogy.  But come August 15th, it will be open to the public.  Hopefully I can register my wife for the 21km distance by then.

Thanks be to GOD!

Additional Notes:  

Upon looking at starting line for this race, it isn't at BGC like the past years.  Now starting line for ALL race categories will be at Mall of Asia (MOA) complex ground.

Gun start for 42km at 3am
Gun start for 21km at 4am

There will be a starting line cut-off time of 15minutes as well to make sure everyone gets there on time too!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Race Review: Energen 10km Race

I haven't raced in any 10km race for some time now so this was a perfect race to test my speed (if there are still any).

I didn't have a second thought when I registered for this race due to the affordable fee of Php 400!  It's hard to find 10km races these days that are below Php 500!  Once I made sure that our schedule is clear, I registered for myself and for Per.

I also registered for Kerwin and Alvin.  This will be the second 10km race wherein all four of us will be participating again but difference from the first race (Robinson's Buddy Run) is that this will be an individual race.

We didn't make it in time for the gun start of 5:30AM and felt pressured to try to catch up with 10km runners.  I had to make a U turn back to Per and tell her not to go out fast.  Eventually, we will catch up with them (which we all did!).

The route took us to Kalayaan Bridge and along Buendia Avenue for the U turn back.  Pretty simple route, which I like.  There were water stations nearly every kilometers and lots of volunteer photographers.

Per happy at conquering 5km!
 Unfortunately for me, I did not apply to myself my sound advice to Per to not to go out fast.  Upon reaching 6km, I felt tired and exhausted already and there looming ahead of me was the steep Kalayaan Bridge.  Yes, I walked the entire incline part and ran again once it flattened a bit.

I counted down the distance, hoping that one of the water stations offered something else other than just water.  But that was not to be.  I blamed no one but myself.  I was hungry too and did my best to finish the race as quickly as possible so I can sit down and rest.

defeatist look? hehe

 Once I saw the finish line, I kept running towards it.  Luckily, road went downhill and gravity helped me keep going forward.

I finished the race at 1:06++.  Not one of my best time but still good enough for me.

Alvin was already waiting for me.  A few minutes later, Kerwin crossed finish line, then Per.

All in all, everyone was happy.  Probably me the most because it was time for breakfast!

dessert after breakfast! haha

 PRAISE GOD for keeping us safe during the race!

Thank You Lord!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Race: Run United 2 32km

My goal for this race was simply one:


That simply meant reaching the finish line from the starting line in one piece regardless if I ran or walked the entire way.  Pretty much relaxed way to go about it.  My end goal was simply to complete the Run United Trilogy for this year so that I can get the Trilogy Award at the end of the year (or at the start of the New Year).

No pressure right?

Well a day before the race, I read on Facebook they there is now a 7:30AM cut-off time for all runners!  For the 32km race category, that was a 4 hour 30 minute finish time requirement before roads are open to vehicles.  

Suddenly, I got a headache!  How do I go about this?  I started thinking what my pace should be like, how much GU gels I should take with me, what to eat the day before and the morning of the race.  

It has now become a race to finish it before the cut-off time!

On the race day, there was an update on their Facebook page saying that shuttle buses will leave CAVITEX (where the midpoint is located) at 7:30AM, so there would be plenty of time to get to the finish line before the bus comes and gets you!  But I wasn't sure how strict they were with the cut-off time.  Maybe I might finish after 4 hours 30 minutes, but then there won't be a medal.  Or I do get the medal, but I won't be in the official results.  

I can't let the leniency of the race director be reason for me to slack off during this race as that was the same kind of thinking that lead me to not getting a finisher medal in last year's Milo Marathon (when they became strict with the cut-off vs not being strict two consecutive years previous said race).  Not only was this race riding on my time, but on the entire trilogy too!

Now, add to this anxiety, was my 32km time a year ago which was at a horrible time of more than 5 hours and you get some idea of the stress I was feeling the day before the race.

My goal unfortunately has now been upgraded to


One good (and surprising) thing was Per offering to drive me to the race.  Wow, I was shocked as I know how much she lacked sleep due to her pumping and here she was, offering me a free ride to the race start.  That would eliminate added stress of finding a parking spot in Luneta Park!  Of course I took that offer and gave my thanks to her!

We left the house 30 minutes before gun start but even with that early departure (or was it late), we had a hard time going there.  The reason?  They closed off Roxas Blvd., to all traffic and we were forced to take the small, tightly spaced service road to reach our destinations.  Of course, there were a lot of cars on this single lane road.  The clock ticked.  Now I am worried about getting to the starting line before their starting line cut off time!

So that meant we had to get there before 3:15am (gun start at 3:00am).  Getting there past 3:15am meant an automatic disqualification!  Oh man!!!!

 This is definitely a race of stresses!

So my immediate goal was  (drum rolls please!):


We were caught in traffic once again but I saw more runners so I asked the security guard where Luneta Park was and he pointed to the Philippine flag nearby.  Yes, there it was.  I gave my quick goodbyes to Per, left the car and fast walked to the starting line.  The gun went off while I was still walking and I saw the 32km runners pass me by.  That is okay.  I am going to make it before 3:15am.  Hahaha!

Yes, last goal down!

I started the race around 3:08AM, so I had to mentally compute how much time I had left for the 7:30am cut-off (whether imposed or no).  Getting to race a tad later meant you had to run a tad faster as well!

The route for this race was different from all other Run United races of this year or that of previous years in that it started from Luneta Park (or Kilometer Zero) and headed toward CAVITEX for the U Turn back to where the starting line was.  A pretty straightforward route and one I liked.  Of course it still involved going up two flyovers twice but for most of the way, it was nice and flat.

Having the race start at 3am was good too in that we would be able to avoid the sun for at least the first half of the race.

What was unfortunate was that their banana stations ran out of bananas quickly so I had to make do with Gatorade and water (all cold Thank God) and my packed GU gels.

My pace was good in the beginning but at the second half, I was getting weaker and running slower.  My back was hurting at the last one third of the race and my feet were sore from running.  Still, I kept going because of the fear of not making it to finish line.

I slowly counted down the last kilometers and looked at my watch.  Looks like I am going to make it!

I crossed the finish line at 4:15:40 gun time (with chip time at 4:12:15), got my medal and finisher shirt!  And made it to all my goals!  Praise GOD!

Chip time wise I ranked 1262 out of 2794 runners with a 45% percentile!  AWESOME!!

Better news was me beating my last year's time by nearly AN HOUR!  


Some bad things though:
 1.  Ran out of bananas twice!  So didn't get a chance to eat it.  The last banana station was near the finish line so I decided to forego it and just finish the race.

2.  Slower second half of the race.  Positive Split.  BOO!

3.  Back hurt.  Feet hurt.  And I couldn't walk properly for the next two or three days.

But even with this, I gained so much more from a good time in this race.  Thank you Per for deciding to drive for me even though I didn't ask of it (was that the Holy Spirit talking to you?).  Thank You God for keeping me safe the entire time.

Next race:  Independence Day 50km!  GULP!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Per's first 5km for 2014 - Etude Run

For Per's first race for the year, I decided to pace her early on when I registered for her race.  It will be a 5km race starting from 9th Avenue and heading towards Kalayaan Bridge for the U Turn on top of it to head back to the finish line. 

It was supposed to be a simple 5km race but we made a big mistake thinking that the race was on a Saturday!

On Saturday morning, Alvin and I did a short 2.8km run around the village before we drove with Per to BGC.  Another friend joined us that morning.  Everyone was willing to wake up early that day and to run with Per in her race.

But, we didn't see anyone else wearing the pink race singlet.  Nobody was wearing the race bib too.  Uh Oh!

I was still optimistic about it as we slowly headed our way to the starting line, where it was devoid of any race set-ups or of any runners!  $%#%& !!!

I couldn't accept that I got the date wrong and thought that the starting line was somewhere else but when I saw that the road to Kalayaan Bridge was open to traffic, I knew we made a mistake!

So what now?

Well, we were all there so might as well do a short run.  We all did a short 3.7km jog around BGC area and while they headed to Pancake House for breakfast, I added some more mileage to my run.  Thank God the weather was nice that morning but it was lonely to run by myself.

I was able to run a total of 19km before I went back to them.  Drank some water and got left behind again as had to 6km more!

Then there is Sunday to talk about!

All our legs were sore that morning but we still decided to push through with the race.

Of course, I checked on the race information that Saturday night to make sure date, time and venue are now correct.  And finally, we saw a lot of runners in their pink singlets and in their pink bibs!

Now to do the race!

The 10km race started around 5:45am, about 15 minutes delayed from the official gun start time as they had to wait for some celebrities to go at the start of their wave.  Per's 5km race started 5 minutes later with Dingdong Dantes running in the lead (and with a lot of screaming girls behind him, and a lot of serious runners making him their target).

As luck would have it, Per's Garmin died on her and I didn't wear my Garmin that morning too.  I did have a stopwatch with me and that should be enough.  Good thing there were markers every kilometer of the way and I was able to do some computation on pace we are on and on our target finish time.

My goal for Per was a sub-40minute 5km time.  I just hope that yesterday's run didn't make her legs tired for this day.

At the halfway mark we were below 20 minutes, so that was good to achieve our target.  We kept going and rather than have Per stop at the crowded water stations, I brought a water bottle with me and offered her drink whenever she needed it.  Kerwin and I were running in front of Per and trying to pull her towards us.

The distance to the finish line was getting shorter and shorter and it was nice to see Per still continue running and not burning out.

Before long we saw the finish line at the bottom of the road and I told Per to go faster.  We overtook some runners in Cosplay outfits (man, they must be superfans to be wearing those costumes on that hot Sunday morning!).

Per crossed the finish line at 38 minutes and 4 seconds and with a big grin on her face.  She finished strong and happy!

The finisher medal was really nice and big.  Plus there was a pink water bottle to which we gave to our daughter.  Some drinks too at the finish line.  All in all a good race!

Congrats to Per for reaching her target especially since she ran two days in a row!

Praise God for keeping us safe and strong during these two days!

Monday, April 28, 2014

I'm Registered for RU2

...and one step closer to completing the Trilogy!

How about you? 

Registration opens today (via online at or by visiting Riovana stores)

Luckily, I was able to register early due to participating in RU1 21km.

Now, how to do my long runs in this Insane Hot Weather??!