October 29, 2008

Running up north

I missed the Octoberun 08 last Sunday because of the recent road trip up north. We left Manila early Saturday morning and headed far north. After six provinces, we reached Ilocos Norte at 9:00pm. Laoag City. Just had a brief stroll around town with my family and immediately went to bed. Tomorrow is a Sunday and I should be running. As planned before, I will take my running with me wherever I go, so run I went that morning. I run towards the Marcos Stadium about 1km from our hotel and planned to do my intervals there but it was closed for renovation. Heading back, my feet brought me to the famous Laoag bridge, the entrance to the city. The view here is magnificent and there were about five joggers that I saw. The weather is good and the wind is cool. After running back and forth, I run back to the city and explore its clear streets. I saw number of people jogging maybe preparing for fun runs that the city is organizing. Good to know that running and fitness at our countryside is also flourishing.

After about 5km, I call it a day. I went back to the hotel, relaxed and prepared for another 100km journey up north. Another Sunday run. Virtually I had my Octoberun in faraway north.

the entrance of the Marcos Stadium
obviously fun runs are organized here

a thrilling view of the Laoag river

the famous arch gateway

a view from the hotel window

Laoag bridge with the river at the backdrop

a short run at Pagudpud in the afternoon

October 23, 2008

Race into the sun

I just finished an 18km semi-long run this morning. The weather was good, the sky is clear and it was a perfect run. I left home at 4:30am and headed to my favorite route here at Diliman. My run starts at Panay Avenue near Capitol Med going to Sgt. Esguerra near ABS CBN compound then straight ahead to Sct. Gandia, Kamuning Area and back to Capitol Med. I call this route the triangle and covers a distance of 5km. It is a good course because it is composed of flat and sloping terrain. This morning I did 3 loops for a cool 15km run. After the third loop, I went to Amoranto Sports Complex for my cool down and to chat with my running buddies. Here is where I used to practice my speed session too running along the track. 

Although still a little bit hot, I still got my job done. I'm expecting that at this momentof the year the "ber" season could be felt, pero wala pa rin. I suppose the coolest time will be on January mornings. Tamang tama if you intend to run the inaugural Quezon City Int'l. Marathon. Are you joining this one? I will for sure. It is the best time to run long distance because of the cool weather. I did my first full last Feb. 2008 during the Pasig Marathon and hope to repeat again this coming year. For that reason, I am now gradually increasing my endurance training by running long distances and compiling 50 to 70km a week. I usually do my long runs on sundays, but due to race schedules I am forced to do it on a daily basis. At times I also sneak a speed training on weekends so that I could have the boost during races.

I deliberately use the races to be my speed training because it is where you could feel the competion. The enthusiasm and energy level is high. The Botak run was a good example. After the gun went off, the lead pack went crazy to establish pole positioning. I just stayed within reach of them because I intended to be drafted. After the first turn around point, they went nowhere. I couldn't see them anymore, they're really fast. Ahh, maybe I needed more speed training. But on my own, I still managed to run at comfortable speed. After reaching the first half, I had a split time of 21.08 minutes, good enough for this race. Contemplating that I could break my PR, I pushed for more, but the scorching heat was a factor. The sun's ray is blinding, unfortunately I did not wear my usual getto of cap and shades. I intended not to because the route was short but to my mistake. Next time dapat talaga pag aralan ang ruta. Only the path beside the Serendra that I found comfort and gave my all. After 43.29 mins I was finally at the finish line, gasping for air and looking for cold water. I immediately proceeded to the high street and have a cool down jog to relax my legs and back. And that was it. Nakatapos na naman ng isang hot speed session. Mabuti na lang there are lots of freebies na available. Water, sports drink, they're everywhere. Job well done, Botak people.

After the race I have a brief chat with Jonel (BugoBugo), Joe (Loonyrunner), Wilbert (Mind of a Traveller) and met Nico. As I roamed around I saw Taki (TechSpec), Dennis (Running Fatboy), Bro. J (J Running), Manny (Ice-One) and their companions. Got to meet Janine+ too and Bards (Banana Running). Had a talk also with Jun, Doc and Ralph, great runners indeed.

Next speed session? Wala pa. I will be out of the Start of a New Life Race. See you again, and happy running. Run well, run safe. 

Ice-one, run unltd., J running, TechSpec, Tolits & Running fatboy

with Janine+ (creative's pace to a creative space)

with some Amoranto Runners

October 15, 2008

Adidas runs, what's the difference?

Last Saturday's KOTR was my 4th Adidas run. Why is it that this race is now gaining popularity and more and more people are running this event? Was it attributed to the bloggers invites and race forums in the net? Or to the countless running afficionados who look for every weekend races?

Here are some of the reasons I compiled for a year:

Adidas KOTR
March 11, 2007
Fort Bonifacio-Buendia-Kalayaan
10k - 58 mins.
Baptism of fire, first 10k run.

Adidas KOTR
July 1, 2007
Quirino Grandstand-
Roxas Blvd.
10k - 51 mins.
Good run, gauged myself.

Adidas Run for Love
October 27, 2007
Mall of Asia
10k - 49 mins.
PR then.

Adidas KOTR
October 11, 2008
Fort Bonifacio-Buendia-
21k - 1:40 mins.
Big leap!
Great accomplishment.
5,000+ runners

What do you think? Personally, I had my answers...