Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Rexona Run 2012: I Got Keychain!

Just a week after my Afroman distance run at RU3, it's now time for another 21k run at Rexona Run 2012. This year's edition challenges runners to DEFY, SURPASS and OUTRUN themselves, by giving runners a special token if they do a sub-2 21k or a sub-30 5k.

Another promising addition to this year's race is having pacers for varying finish time targets, to push runners to their limits. The day before the race, I was seriously contemplating if I'm going to target a new 21k PR (meaning I have to join the sub 1:50 pacer, Mark Terrado) or just join my running teammate from Team Alpha 1 FFS, who's doing a sub-1:55 pace. I chose the latter, which I eventually regretted, as it required a 5:14 min/km pace. I only managed to follow this fast pace until KM6; I was too burnt-out.

The Rexona 21k race map
I slowed down and did my normal pace, but I was having irritating thoughts of doing a DNF. I shrugged them off. Calculating my new pace, I knew FFS will catch up with me within the final 7 kilometers of the race (I'd at least manage to finish sub-1:55 if I could just sustain his pace). I tried to follow his lead when he passed by in the long stretch of Macapagal, at least for a kilometer or two. I needed to walk on hydration stations as I was splashing myself with water to cool me down. And with that, I was again left by another pacer.

Thanks Running Photographers for this pic!
At the final 2 kilometers, I saw a familiar runner - my friend from Team Titans Rolly. I handed him ice cubes I got from the last hydration station (holding on to ice cubes while running has a mental effect on my running performance, btw) and we paced until the finish line.

Speedy Titan and me
We clocked in at 1 hour, 57 minutes and 24 seconds - a 21k PR for Rolly and my fastest 21k this 2012! I joined the Team Titans group stretching at the Mall of Asia grounds.

21k finishers
Some race observations:
+ I liked the race route - it's perfect to do a sub-2 on it.
+ Overflowing hydration - water, Powerade. There were hydration stations with mini-water bottles. They were easy to carry while running.
+ Lots of sponges.
+ Lots of bananas.
+ Large trash bins for hydration cups
+ Minimal runner congestion and merging of different categories. I felt like most of the time I was running just with 21k runners.
+ Great-looking finisher medal!
+ Everyone's happy with the (grocery) loot bag!
- The only improvement area in my opinion is on the pacers. They were literally invisible with the shirts that were provided for them. It would have been better if they have different colored shirts which stood out from the sea of blue runners. Or at least a balloon (which is used even for international races).

Photo with my runner idol - Sir Patrick "Runningshield" Concepcion
OFFICIAL RACE RESULTS: Chip time at 1:57:20. I ranked 217th out of 2810 21k Runners (Top 7.7%). WOOT!

Fastest KM: KM4 at 5:06 / Slowest KM: KM11 at 5:56
Finishing sub-2, I got the special token! I got keychain! 

21k medal and my special token
Another well-organized race from Rexona and Runrio! I wonder what the next challenge will be on Rexona Run 2013.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Run United Philippine Marathon on October 28, 2012

Go the distance. Be part of history! Join the 1st ever Run United Philippine Marathon (RUPM), brought to us by Unilab, Unilab Active Health (ULAH) and Runrio.

WHAT: Run United Philippine Marathon
WHEN: October 28, 2012 (Sunday)
WHERE: BGC to Mall of Asia (42k and 21k) / Mall of Asia (10k, 5k, 3k and 500m dash for kids)
RACE CATEGORIES: 42k, 21k, 10k, 5k, 3k and 500m dash for kids

REGISTRATION PERIOD: September 24 - October 14 (Online) / October 8 - 26 (In-store)

ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK: http://runrio.com/2012/04/run-united-philippine-marathon-2/

- Riovana BGC Branch
- Riovana Katipunan Branch
- Toby's SM Mall of Asia Branch
- Toby's Trinoma Branch

- Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race kits may run out before October 26, 2012.
- A Valid ID must be presented upon registration. For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID & picture must be presented by the representative.
- Singlet size availability will be on a first come first serve basis.

Registration Fees and Race Inclusions

RUPM Singlet Design
Race Bib Colors for the different categories
Wrist tags for the 500m dash for kids
 Take note of these important times:
Assembly and Gun Start

21k Finisher Shirt
42k Finisher Shirt
RUPM Commemorative Bag
21k and 42k Finisher Medals
And if you're wondering how your completed medal would look like once you assemble your Runrio trilogy finisher medals, here's a preview:
RU1 + RU2 + RU3 + RUPM = Medal Frenzy!
Woah! Cash prizes galore!
What are the rules on NATIONALITY?
You are a Filipino if:
- You are born in the Philippines (with valid birth certificate from NSO)
- Both parents are Filipino
- You are a foreigner who has adopted Filipino citizenship via naturalization

- Any participant/ winner who does not qualify under any of the above-mentioned qualification are considered a NON-FILIPINO RUNNER.
- A NON-FILIPINO RUNNER who is competing for the top 3 spot for any of the race categories is required to present their passport upon registration for verification otherwise his/ her winnings will be forfeited and the next in line runner will be considered as the winner. For FILIPINO RUNNER, a valid ID (SSS, Driver’s License, or NSO Birth Certificate) must be presented upon registration.



See you October 28th!  I'll be running my 5th full marathon here. Good luck on your respective trainings!

TEASER: Run BGC on November 25, 2012


Of Cats and Dogs and an Afroman Distance

Not even the heavy outpour could stop the Run United 3 participants from running in the third leg of the Runrio trilogy. Amid the crazy weather, the event was still a big success, and I could now say I'm a convert of running in the rain.

Gun start of 32k runners was early at 3am. Unlike what I did last RU2 wherein I parked my car at Mall of Asia then took the shuttle to the BGC starting line, this time I did the opposite - I parked at BGC and made use of the baggage bus to bring my stuff to Mall of Asia. There were about 2800 registered runners in the Afroman distance, and everyone's excitement to complete the medal pie is just contagious.

I will be pacing my friend Ryan again, with a steady pace target of 6 mins per kilometer, or about 3 hours and 12 minutes of continuous running (my PR is 3:06 for 32k by the way). The race will maximize the roads of BGC before finally crossing Buendia flyover and head to Roxas Boulevard.

It was the wettest of all races I've ever participated in, and there were even times the strong winds were pushing us and slowing us down. We were basically on target until KM24, but the dreaded wall hit us KM25, and so we dropped to an average 7-pace on succeeding kilometers.

The Afroman Map
We clocked in at 3 hours and 25 minutes, shaving off around 40 minutes from Ryan's previous 32k PR. We were far from our original target, but that's still quite a feat!

Different categories merging at the final stretch
Almost at the finish!
Some race observations:
+ The addition of large labelled trash bins was a very welcome change to the race. It was now easier for runners to dispose of their cups after passing through hydration stations
+ Of course, hydration is overflowing (and with the help of the rain, some cups are being filled to the brim, hehe!) 
+ Claiming of finisher kits was organized (however, there were some runners who weren't able to get the finisher shirts of their choice, but will be provided to them at a later date)
+ Baggage counters were organized as well. I got my bag without the hassle of a long queue.
- One area of improvement is the placement of timing mats along the race route - it seems that there are a lot of areas where runners could cheat and do a shortcut. This could have been planned better.

After changing to dry clothes, I stayed for a while to hang out with some Team Titan friends, and of course some photo ops.

With Seph, Rolly and Ryan
With Seph and Arvin
And no race review will be complete without me plotting my race performance. Well, the red region says it all. LOL!

RU3 Performance Graph
To my friends' surprise, after the 32k race, I headed back to Manila Peninsula for the wedding preparations of my sister. Haha! Here's a happy family picture:

Congratulations, ate! You are now Mrs. Eileen Camarillo-Go!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Adobo Run After Dark 2012: Party with a Run!

Run hard, party harder! Adobo Magazine, the country's premier advertising publication, brings us the third installment of the Adobo Run After Dark. A mini-concert, free flowing beer and fireworks display await participating runners - a festive party to cap the night off.

WHAT: Adobo Run After Dark 3
WHEN: October 20, 2012 (Saturday)
WHERE: SM Mall of Asia
RACE CATEGORIES: 5k, 10k, 15k
RACE BENEFICIARY: My Shelter Foundation - Liter of Light Project

REGISTRATION PERIOD: September 1 to October 15, 2012 (Online) and September 10 to October 17, 2012 (Onsite)

- R.O.X. BHS
- Runnr BHS
- Secondwind

ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK: http://www.adobomagazine.com/adoborun/

Registration Fees
RACE INCLUSIONS: Singlet, timing chip, race bib with celebrity adobo recipe, race map
Singlet Design
Gun Start Times
Finisher Medals for 15k race category only.

15k Finisher Medal
Winner Prizes



Live music, fireworks, spectacular performances, free flowing beer… all the elements that make a great party.  And oh, did we mention that it’s also a run?

Prepare for a treat as adobo Magazine, the country’s premier advertising and brand communications publication brings you its third edition of adobo Run After Dark on Saturday, October 20 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.  An estimated 5000 runners and party revelers get to celebrate their running feat with a full-blown party and live concert immediately after the race. 

All fitness levels are welcome in the 5k, 10k and 15k race categories, with the first gun start firing at 6:30pm.
In keeping with the Halloween theme that has made adobo Run After Dark stand out as a fun and unique event, cash prizes are also awarded to the creepiest, wackiest and most creative costumes of the night. 

And here’s the best part.  While having the time of your life, a needy home is being lit through MyShelter Foundation’s “A Liter of Light” program, which is the beneficiary of adobo Run After Dark for the second year running.

This year’s party with a run is brought to you in partnership with Smart Communications, Meralco, McDonald’s, St Luke’s Medical Center, Summit Water, 100 Plus, Manila Beer, Greenlite Banner, Video Sonic, Timex and SM Mall of Asia.  Media partners include Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inquirer.net, The Bullrunner, Multisport Magazine, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runners World, WheninManila, Mellow 94.7 and 99.5RT.

Interested parties can register online at www.adobomagazine.com/adoborun. In-store registration is also available at R.O.X. and Runnr, both in Bonifacio Global City, Second Wind at 45 Malingap St., Teacher’s Village, Q.C. and at the Adobo magazine office at OPVI Center, 2295 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati. 

For inquiries, please email adoborun@gmail.com or call/text 0917 432 8479.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Unilab Active Health Calendar for 2013

With the last quarter of the year coming in a few days, Unilab Active Health has already released their 2013 activities calendar, so that everyone living an active lifestyle may already plan ahead and block these important event dates.

For all runners, Run United Runrio Trilogy will be leveling-up next year! Save these dates:

Run United 1
March 24, 2013
(5k - 10k - 21k)

Run United 2
June 2, 2013
(10k - 21k - 32k)

Run United Philippine Marathon
October 6, 2013
(10k - 21k - 42k)

Which can only mean Runrio Trilogy Awardees will be those who finished 21k - 32k - 42k! Woot! I'm happy with this!

For those who are into multi-sports, Tri United schedule is on the image above.

Start planning, guys! Aren't you just excited for 2013?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ready for RU3!

6 days to go before the third leg of Run United 2012! I'll be running the Afroman distance (32k).

Last September 9 (Sunday), I did my longest run on a treadmill this year - I covered 25 kilometers in 2 hours, 29 minutes and 37 seconds! With this, runner with bib# 890 is ready!

Crazy treadmill training - burned 1844 calories in the process
To the 2800 32k registered runners, good luck to us all! Hope this Sunday brings good weather and an injury-free run to everyone.

Oh and by the way, after the race, I'll be heading to my sister's wedding. I just couldn't miss running in RU3 that I had to get this in on my hectic weekend schedule.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Ensure to Endure 2 on October 21, 2012

I definitely enjoyed the pilot race event of Entraineur - Ensure to Endure Run last May 20. Ensure will be holding its 2nd edition with the same registration concept - purchase Ensure products and use the receipt (single or accumulated) to register for the race.

WHAT: Ensure to Endure Run 2
WHEN: October 21, 2012 (Sunday)
WHERE: Bonifacio Global City
RACE CATEGORIES: 3k, 5k, 10k and 15k (*3k is a new category for leg 2)

REGISTRATION PERIOD: September 10, 2012 to October 14, 2012

- Toby’s Sports, SM Mall of Asia – G/F Entertainment Hall
- Toby’s Sports, Trinoma – G/F Trinoma Edsa
- Riovana Bonifacio High Street – G/F Active Fun Building
- Riovana Katipunan – Unit 305 Regis Center Building

Simply buy Ensure products with receipt date from September 1, 2012 to October 19, 2012 and present the receipt to register. Good news is that purchase requirement prices were lowered by 100 pesos as compared to leg 1 for all categories!

Purchase requirements
You may refer to below table on suggested retail prices of various Ensure products. As a sample, if you purchase Ensure Fiber Vanilla 1.8kg worth P2885, you may register three 15k slots.

Product Guide
Now where to purchase your Ensure? There are a number of nearby stores from the registration sites. Simply refer to table below:

Where to buy Ensure products
 All participants get a singlet and a bib upon registration.
Singlet design
Take note of these important times:

Assembly and Guns Start times

- Open to all but only adults 18 and above are qualified to place in the top 3 finishers
- Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 finishers for every category
- Special prizes will be given to top finishers, ages 50 and up, for each category.

Winner Prizes


Get the strength you need to finish the race. Drink Ensure everyday. See you on October 21!