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....

Magic Number 3 Sep23

Magic Number 3

  I took a picture of the medals I have accumulated since I started training again here in Sydney. It’s not a lot but it inspired me nonetheless as I am reminded of the hard work I’ve put in and my accomplishments in running in the form of these medals. I hope that this will inspire runners out there to keep on hitting the tarmac despite the difficulties of moving out of your comfort zones and traveling to new lands to brave a greener pasture.  ...

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2014 Sep22

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2014...

  I have not posted anything on this blog in a long time BUT I will try to update you with my latest run, The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival last Sunday.     This is the first time for me to run without proper training, not to mention getting a bit tipsy a couple of nights before this event from a dinner-party I attended. I followed the 4:45 pacer for awhile but finished at 5:19:18 instead.       I personally think that I could have done better had there been less elevation during the race. Just when you think you were done with running up and down the several bridges you passed, there’s still this one LAST bridge you have to traverse before arriving at the finish line.   The 37km mark screenshot from Blackmores Sydney Running Festival App by ASICS for iPhone. Click here to download from iTunes.   Well, I am not sure if I would attempt this again [without proper training] but I definitely loved the challenge of a good run on an early Sunday morning.     There never seems to be enough time for anything, but there will always be that perfect day of the year to run a marathon at The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival...

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 !      ...

King of the Mountain 42K...

Last Sunday, I joined this 42km event in Nueva Vizcaya, the highlight of which was to summit Mt. Ugo. It was a refreshing change of pace from the usual weekend spent in Metro Manila. If you would ask me, the 9 hour trip was worth it : everything is clean- the trails especially.  It’s as if the farther you are from the Metro, the nearer you are to paradise. Course Map This is the first time I have seen a tree like this in Luzon This is the view from the starting line. Can you imagine how cold it is in the summit ? Let’s get ready to rumble. View from the trail at sunrise What else can I say ? Henry having a hard time accepting we have to pass this route twice. This is where we got lost earlier The summit, finally! For a brief moment, the sun decided to show itself. Finished! … Excited for my next trail   This one is perfect. The route wasn’t so difficult, the trails are 90% runnable even when wet. For the aid stations, they contain exactly what a trail runner needs : softdrinks, natural spring water from the mountain itself, bread, chocolate, biscuits and electrolyte drinks.   Well, too bad .. bandits aren’t allowed in this race. Maybe next time, they should register early. As with any adrenaline related activity, equipment and apparel are important. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the run as much if i had used any other shoe. This is my first time to use lightweight shoes in an actual race – and the thing is ,  I haven’t actually ran in this pair before.  So imagine how happy I am when instead of giving me problems , it...