I keep coming back …...

It has been a while since I ran the streets of Metro Manila. It brought about a sense of nostalgia – training again where you learned that you can actually run long distances; and of course, nothing beats the scent of Manila Bay plus the polluted air A lot has changed since then – new structures that have improved the landscape and the not so good ones as well. The development in the MOA area is really good, when I last ran this route , the Solaire Casino wasn’t there yet. I enjoyed the 26km run I did last Saturday since I was more interested in exploring what has changed in my “play ground” so much that I forgot that I was already tired. I personally think that Roxas Blvd looks better without the restaurants in the Bay Walk area – better for the environment too. It is good tho, that the air in the province is still fresh, thereby making our day hike to Mt. Batulao a refreshing break....

LSD, anyone ? Oct28

LSD, anyone ?

  According to Wikipedia, “Long slow distance (LSD) is a form of aerobic endurance training in running and cycling. Physiological adaptations to LSD training include improved cardiovascular function, improved thermoregulatory function, improved mitochondrial energy production, increased oxidative capacity of skeletal muscle, and increased utilization of fat for fuel. Ernst van Aaken, a German physician and coach, is generally recognized as the founder of the long slow distance method of endurance training.” The same article also mentions that “a typical 5k runner might consider 8 to 10 miles of LSD, while a marathoner might run 20 or more miles. LSD runs are typically done at an easy pace, 1–3 minutes per mile slower than a runner’s 10k pace.” I chose this topic because I have been running for a while now but haven’t actually realized how long should a run must be for it to be considered an LSD. I remembered last year when having breakfast with ultra runner friends (I mean running friends who are way stronger than me) when comments were made about some people bragging in social media that they just did a long 15k run. They said that they just don’t get it , because 15k isn’t really that long. In their opinion a long run should at least have a minimum distance of around 26 to 30km. I would like to think that distance is relative to one’s fitness level – some may consider 15k long , some people may consider it short. Whatever the distance maybe, as long as you are reasonably tired after it , then that maybe long enough for you.    We call this our “easy” loop – not because the terrain is easy (actually the terrain is more difficult) but because it is easier for...

Black Dog Oct20

Black Dog

Yesterday, I got this in the mail ….   I wasn’t supposed to buy it yet but it went on sale – and since my 405 is on its way to GPS heaven, well … I decided to treat myself. So this morning,  we tested it and ran a short and easy 22km run in my new favorite running path – from Meadowbank to Sydney Olympic park. Nothing really special about this run – it was just to test  the new GPS device. I also used my old heart rate monitor and paired it with the new watch.  It was warm this morning, it reminded me of the weather back home – I miss those moments when I could run long distances even on the weekdays. It seems that my heart rate isn’t as high as I  expected it to be – which is a good sign. One of the advantages of this unit is that it has a large screen – you can see everything you want without waiting for the screen to refresh. Running distances of 20km and above is exhilarating – it makes you realize that life is good – I don’t know if it’s the endorphins – or runner’s high or whatever you call it.   My friend Ian told me that it is called Sculling – something I would never have learned if I didn’t run today. See – running can be educational too   Keep on running fellas !      ...

a Musing Oct23

a Musing

This morning was the 2011 edition of the Adidias King of the Road  and I realized that about 2 hours ago. I remember when the registration fee for this 21k event was still reasonable… For my 30k run this morning, I spent 20 bucks for a 300 ML bottle of Pocari Sweat  and 15 bucks for a 500 ML bottle of water. Hmmm...

Mileage Nov22

Mileage

As usual, work has been more hectic : an audit here, a deadline there , another deadline over there …. ok, I know you get the picture It really is difficult squeezing in runs at 4 in the morning on a weekday, considering that you have slept at 11:30 pm the day before. So this is the best schedule that I came up with last week : Monday – Rest Tuesday – 21 KM Wednesday – 8 KM Thursday – 20 KM Friday – Rest Saturday – 21 KM Sunday – 23 KM I was able to do only 93 KMs for last week and my knees are sore – my weekend runs couldn’t even be considered “long” runs. I hope I could sustain this mileage for this week before increasing it next week. Wish me...