Saturday, April 12, 2014

Earth Run 10km 2014


This was a hilly course as it went through Kalayaan Bridge and onto Buendia Avenue which is rare for a 10km race.

There were also some small inclines on BGC which we had to tackle too.

But aside from the course being difficult, it was nice in that it was pretty much straightforward and didn't have a lot of turns like most of 10km races held in BGC.

When we ran the 10km race, there was another ongoing race (St Luke's Hospital) and for the last 3 km, we would run on the same route so it was difficult to weave through all these runners!  

On the hydration aspect of the race, it was more than enough as it was placed every 1.5km and aside from water, they had Pocari Sweat too (but since there was another race, I wasn't sure if this all belonged to our race).

Still, it was a good race and one to test your speed and endurance.


Quite surprised with my finish time but very happy too!  Praise God!  Not only did I beat this year's 10km PR of 1:04 but I also beat last year's 10km PR of 1:01 (6:08 pace), which was my ultimate goal for 10km for this year!

Having finish this race at sub-60 (although technically short 200 meters) is another bonus for me!

Thank God!  To Him all the Glory!!

Thanks Alvin for all the speedwork and tempo you made me do.  I hated it every single time but it is nice to see some good thing come out of it! Ha ha!





Monday, April 7, 2014

Extreme Back to Back Race!!

RACE # 1 - OUTBREAK MISSIONS INTRAMUROS 5KM


Considering this is an Outbreak Mission, there are less running and more walking but it was still a tiring one as we walked on the uneven walls of Intramuros, do quick sprints as we try to avoid the Zombie Horde and try to solve the mission.

Our race started around 9:30PM...


at the beginning

 And we were a team of 5, but one of the rules of the game was to group ourselves into 10-15 members so we found two more groups and designated ourselves as TEAM CHOPSUEY!

Immediately after we were released into the Zombie Infestation, we all ran separately as we would do our best to avoid their Zombie hands on our precious "red tape" lives.  It lasted two minutes and most survived with all three red tapes intact.  Unfortunately that wasn't the case for Per as she lost all three lives in that two minutes.  How that happened we had no idea!  She was dead in this game!

But at least she had no pressure to run against the zombies!  Haha!

There were a few more attacks inside the walled city and there was a new gimmick as well:  we would follow the red light on the ground and we would be safe.  Of course we didn't expect the red light to disappear mid-way and there was a big panic as zombies headed toward our direction! 

As in previous Outbreak Races and Missions, casualties were bound to happen and one of our team members fell to the ground early on and cut her knee and elbow.  There were also some people who couldn't handle the stress and wanted to quit the game altogether.

So from 9:30pm start in a 5km race, we ended at 12 midnight!  Two and a half hours!!!

team Chopsuey

Luckily Alvin found an extra life and gave it to Per, who needed it badly  This time she kept it intact till the game was over and got a dog tag out of it.






Definitely not the end!

We haven't eaten anything yet for dinner so off we all went to Binondo for some authentic Chinese food!


Forgot the name of this place but it was really really good!  Thanks Alvin for the nice recommendation!

After having our midnight dinner, it was time to go home, take a shower, and sleep for two hours because at 5:45AM, it was time for

 RACE # 2 - TAKBO NG PAMILYANG MANILENO 10KM

 My legs were tight from Outbreak and I lacked sleep.  Still, I managed to wake up at 4AM and took that as a sign that I could do a 10km race.  Not sure on the pace though as I wasn't 100% that morning.

I wanted to at least do a sub-7 minute per kilometer pace all throughout the race and beat my 7:34 average pace that I did in a 10km race last January. 

Even with the tight legs which thankfully got looser at the second half, I was able to maintain a 6:45 average pace and even brought it down to 6:31 average pace and do a negative split!  I beat my previous 10km record for the year by more than 10 minutes!

PRAISE GOD for this!

Too bad I didn't make it to the top 100 finishers for the10km category and lost my chance to get one of the finisher shirts but it was still a fun event!

10km Route Map

two conquered races over the weekend!

Of course with all the running and lack of sleep, I ended up sleeping for more than 10 hours Sunday night!!

Thank God for keeping me healthy, safe and strong!


Thanks Alvin for the ride to Luneta and for the race kit for Sunday's Run!



Friday, March 28, 2014

I am in NYC Marathon 2014!

I am One of the 12% registered people for the non-guaranteed lottery for NYC marathon 2014! 

Praise GOD!


Monday, March 24, 2014

News: Earth Run 2014


Official Press Release:



This 12 April 2014, 4:30AM, at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Earth Day Network Philippines stages its first-ever fun run, PRO-EARTH RUN 2014. An advocacy run to encourage people to Protect, Respect, and Oversee the sensible and sustainable care for Mother Earth, it is presented by Malungai Life Oil – all-natural concentrated vegetable extract developed from pure Malunggay leaves and seeds (www.malungailifeoil.com) and UPS – United Parcel Service (www.ups.com).

A 3K, 5K, 10K race category event, with special 1.5K Run with Doraemon track, PRO EARTH RUN is also supported by PCSO, First Gen, Merrell, Globe, The Body Shop, Holcim, Free Food Co. Coco Dolce, Business Mirror, Malaya Business Insight, Business World, Manila Times, Circuit Magazine, 106.7 Energy FM, 107.5 Win Radio, SM Tickets, SM Cinema, Digi Post, and Mother Earth advocates and runners.

Earth Day Network Philippines is the local counterpart of the global Earth Day Network International. It is a network organization that campaigns for environmental citizenship, spearheading the annual April 22nd Earth Day Celebration by partnering with government agencies, non-government organizations, private corporations, academic institutions, religious groups, and environmental advocates (www.earthdayphilippines.org).


RACE CATEGORIES                 RACE FEE        GUNSTART                  RACE KIT                    
10K                                          P500                 5:30AM                         Singlet | Bib | Freebies*
5K                                            P500                 5:45AM                         Singlet | Bib | Freebies*
3K                                            P500                 6AM                             Singlet | Bib | Freebies*
1.5K Run With Doraemon    P500                 6AM                             Singlet | Bib | Freebies*
* Sponsors’ goodwill freebies good while supplies last


Registration may be done three ways:
1) Pay and register at www.earthdayphilippines.org
2) Pay at SM Cinema Ticket Counter nationwide and register online at www.earthdayphilippines.org
3) Pay at MERRELL Sports Store in Market Market/ Festival Mall Alabang/ Trinoma/ SM ANNEX- North Edsa and register online at www.earthdayphilippines.org


Singlet Size
 
5km Route

10km Route

Finisher medal for TOP 3 FINISHERS!

Race: Yakult Run 10-miler 2014 Edition






Yakult Run is an almost annual event (there was a year where they didn't hold the race) and has been here for quite some time.  In fact, last Sunday was its 25th edition.  I had hoped that there would be a special finisher medal to commemorate this event but sadly that wasn't the case.

But the registration fee for 10-miler (16km) was affordable at Php 500, and with that fee, we got a good race, a red singlet, a cotton finisher shirt and a small bottle of Yakult at the finish line.

It was still a good race as course took us to both directions of Roxas Blvd., before the final turn to where the finish line was located.  Too bad it was short 600 meters! 

The kilometer markers were also put at the wrong locations (the first few were 300-400 meters more than where the actual km markers should have been and the latter were short 400 meters to where the km markers should have been - verified by my and my sister's Garmin separately). 

There were ample water here but no sports drinks offered, which was fine as race wasn't that long.  I also had one emergency GU gel with me, to which I consumed at the last 5km, where I would try and go faster than my average pace.

My goal for this race was to get a 6:50 average time, so that I could beat last year's pace of 6:54.  To do that, I have to maintain a 7:00 minute average pace at the first part of the race and go down further at the last 5km.

I had to choose wisely where I will drink my water because there were some stations that lines were long and would mean losing seconds or minutes in this race.  There were also some stations where the crew were still busy filling up the plastic cups so that was something I had to skip as well.

I was able to maintain my pace and when the time came where I had to go faster, I ate the GU gel I had with me and went out at a faster speed.  This worked for me until I felt pain in my right shoulder and lower back.  But I resisted the pain or the temptation to slow down because of the pain and kept going at the pace that I wanted.

I crossed the finish line at 1:45:19, with an average pace of 6:50.

GOAL ACHIEVED!

THANK YOU LORD!

Happy finishers





Sunday, March 16, 2014

2:30 21km time!

So, this was how a 2:30 21km race feels like: back is sore, legs are sore, shortness of breath and wanting to quit.  It has been a long time (too long) since I hit a 2:30 half marathon time that I have forgotten what it felt like.  1 and a half years to be exact!  So I beat my half marathon times for this year AND for 2013.  God is Good!!

The race was Leg 1 of Run United Trilogy.  Should a runner complete all the legs in the long distance categories (minimum of a Half Marathon distance), he will be entitled to a special reward via Runrio Awarding Ceremony, to be held at the latter part of the year.  

I have never completed the Trilogy as I usually miss out on the first leg of the race.  I hope that this year will be different for me.

Route is typical for Runrio races: starting and ending at Mall of Asia Grounds and going through Roxas Blvd., before heading back to the finish line.  There were water stations every 2km, and upon completion of the Half Marathon, the runner received a finisher medal, a bottle of Gatorade, bottled water and finisher shirt.

Having the race start at 4:00AM is also good as most runners will end by 7:00AM, which is good to avoid the sun (especially since race course offers little shade).



I am happy with my time and happy too on how I achieved it- by doing a sub-7 average pace for the last 5km.


Thank You Lord!!


Thursday, March 13, 2014

RU1 Race kit collection - FAIL!

It is faster to run a 10km than to line up to get your race kit.  Definitely room for improvement!


This was taken at 11:00AM at Mall of Asia Music Hall.



The line was super long on this hot day!


They could separate online registered lines from that who registered onsite.

 Also, there should be separate lines for different race categories.  None of that happened here:  FAIL!

Didn't want to wait anymore so left the area.  Hopefully it won't be as crowded come Saturday.