Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sugod Silang post event run

Since the event venue is just in our town and we arrived early, we got the chance to join the warm-up exercise and run briefing. There are only two division category which are the 1K and 5K. I joined the 5K, the route as I said on my pre-race blog on this event was simple as you can see but half of it going back to the finish line was the hardest. I must admit it really challenged me. The cold weather helped but strong winds are difficult to handle. Did not expect much from this small and simple event but I definitely enjoyed every part of it. I was surprised that missionary couple/runner Team Logan was there. Hubby and I went to meet them personally since they are one of those who touched our lives. Even Elite runners came to join the run. I got teary eyed when students from the SPED class did a special number, I'm so bless to see them perform. Will definitely look forward for the next run to happen next year. I even got a bonus for winning a cellphone that they are giving away! How lucky is that? :) @

Here are some of my snap shots from the said event:

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sugod Silang!

For the first time I will be running in my home town for the benefit of Children with special needs. This is a project organized by Cavite Institute Alumni Dekada 80.  I'm not an Alumni but I share the same Advocacy. :)
The route seems to be simple but half way back to the finish line will all be uphill, that is 2.5K uphill run to the finish line. I am not into uphill running but this will be a challenge for I am about to run the longest uphill in my life.

There will be an onsite registration on the event day itself starting 4am, December 18, 2010. I just wish no dogs are out in the streets of Silang town Plaza to chase runners joining the event.@

- Picture courtesy of Sugod Silang FB page

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Run for the Dolphins

The Condura Skyway Marathon
The Premiere running event in the Philippines
Sunday, February 6, 2011
10km, 16km and 21km : Ayala Triangle Start and Finish at Bonifacio Global City
3km, 5km and 42k : Bonifacio Global City Start and Finish
3K PHP 550 / 5K PHP750 / 10K PHP950 / 16K PHP1,050 / 21K PHP1,150 / 42K PHP 1,250
It is now officially announced that registration for Condura Skyway Marathon 2011 is now open until January 31, 2011. However, each race category has a limited number of slots available and may close earlier than the deadline if the limit is reached. 

"For the Condura Skyway Marathon 2011, the advocacy toward dolphin protection remains. Initiatives this time will be focused on scientific research, which results can be used as framework for sound programs and policies on dolphin watching at par with international standards. Aiming to exceed funds generated in the previous years, this follow-through aims to yield more opportunities in making Bohol a notable example of world-class eco-tourism destination." -THE CONDURA RUN ADVOCACY

Refer to this site for more details:
-Photos courtesy of Condura Skyway Marathon 2011

Monday, December 13, 2010

ING Running 20, my second and last 10K for this year...

I could not have courage if I won’t give 10K another try. So, I signed up again for my 2nd 10K run, still assisted by my patient husband who’s trying to make me run faster than my last PR. Aside from achieving another personal record the run we joined supported Habitat for Humanity which will build 20 homes in celebration of their 20 years of banking here in the Philippines using the proceeds collected from the event. 
Route map courtesy of ING
The route was not as hard compared from my 1st 10K. There was no major uphill/downhill along the way so it was quite manageable. The only thing that slowed me down is a side stitch which happened 14 minutes after the gun start. I got carried away to start fast since there are only a few runners that I might end up last amongst the pack. So to relive the pain I slowed down to reduce the intensity of the activity and took deep breaths. Good thing the pain didn’t last that long or worst make me quit at all.

I haven't experienced any problems aside from my side stitch which made this run comfortable for me. No blisters anymore, thanks to my new socks that did the trick and I also bought Kinesio Tex Gold for support. Ofcourse I wouldn't run without my Pocari Sweat although there are enough water stations that gives water and 100 plus.

The only thing I don't like about the route is where you are running side by side with vehicles. I even run my best just to cross stop lights. There was also an instance that confused me which road to take since there are not enough markers for me to follow. Glitches are always a part of any event, as long as the runners are safe and nothing bad had happened. At the end of the run what's important is you have finished the race and you have been part of the event's cause to help build 20 homes. @

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Running my First 10K

Photo courtesy of KaRUNungan 2010
Running my first 10k is really one of my memorable runs. At first I was so hesitant to join in the 10K distance but in the end my fellow running mates convinced me to try it. Before race day came I had sore leg muscles during my midweek training so I thought of resting it until Saturday. I wasn't confident knowing I'm doing nothing to prepare myself thats why I decided to walk it off around the oval using my fitflops for about 7 loops Friday afternoon. Race day came the weather was cool and we thought it was going to rain, luckily it did not. Feeling I had the stamina to last and with my husband pacing me, it felt like we're just in Tagaytay Oval doing our training. I wasn't pressured but I guess deep inside I'm nervous. Aside from running my first 10K it was also our first time to run in Ortigas. It was really a pleasurable run for me. The race was not crowded at all, there was a lot of water stations offering tap water and "cold" Pocari (which by the way is my fave drink). The route was so challenging, I really enjoyed the downhills although I was struggling with so many uphills along the way. Let me show you my first overpass which I dread but Ms. Tessa Prieto-Valdes made it entertaining for me to pass through. 

And on our way back crossing the overpass again there was Dyan Castillejo and her crew. Hubby and I tried to keep up with them but they are just to fast for us.
I was so greatful that my husband decided to run side by side with me, it really made running my first 10K easy and enjoying. He is also the one who navigates our way across the streets, constantly reminding me to slow down and take it easy when zooming downhill. :)
Unbelievably after more than an hour of running I'm still ok. Before reaching my last 1K I felt a discomfort on my left foot, I remember asking one of the first aid people beside the water station if they have something for blisters. Just curious again, silly me! :D Never the less, this is the longest distance I have conquered for now. But as always, being a runner at heart I will never stop dreaming and aiming to reach as far as doing a marathon in the future.@

Note: For more pictures from this run please check TheCurious Runner's FB page.

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