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...

Battle of the bottles :) Jun03

Battle of the bottles :)...

Hydration is an important part of training.  So at any given point in your runs, you should have access to  your fluids. Carrying them with you is a must, but it should be done in a manner that would be convenient to you. So as far as water bottles go, I’d prefer the handheld ones on my regular runs and a bladder based system on the longer ones. I have just been given an Ultimate Direction Fastdraw Plus water bottle and since it is new , I decided to  use it for my  last 4 short runs – the average distance of each run is around 23.5 kms.         While I was using it, I couldn’t help but compare it with my existing Amphipod Hydraform Handheld bottle – I use two versions: the 20 oz and the 12 oz. I know a lot about this has been previously posted on the web. So let me give you the short version:     •    They both can carry the same volume of fluids (20 oz) •    They both have wide enough  “mouths” for  ice to fit in •    The pouches that come with them can accommodate almost the same items (keys / phone / cash, etc) •    Ultimate Direction has a big finger loop : you can attach it to a carabiner , just like you would do on Nalgene sports bottles. •    Physically, I like the way Ultimate Direction looks like and also how it fits my hand, not to mention  how easy it is to adjust the strap; the thing is – I find it difficult to sip fluids from the nozzle and everytime I squeeze it, it doesn’t return to its original shape: I have to open the entire...

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...

Bound Sep01

Bound

The 4 day weekend was contaminated. It was laced with laziness – so no long weekend runs for me, It was just carbo-loading all the way. I was lucky enough tho, to squeeze in a 7 km run last Sunday and a 26km run last Tuesday. This morning i ran around 23km and yes – still lazy; i started my run at 7 am and finished at around 10 am. Let the pictures speak for the laziness at hand …. Damage brought about by the storm. Endless bludgeoning … now the same culprit lay still, timeless and bound. As I’ve said … Lazy. Maybe I should buy a bike...