Dare to be Fit ‘n Right: The Truth about Marathons

Being a blogger does have its benefits and one of it is being invited to product launches.  Last Friday night at Taste Asia in SM Mall of Asia bloggers of all sorts were gathered to the launch of Del Monte’s Fit ‘n Right, the juice drink with L-Carnitine, and also the fun run.

Bloggers were treated to sumptuous but calorie-filled food…
…no worries I’m a runner remember?

As runners we have an upper hand when it comes to burning calories because running, particularly long distance ones, burn a lot of calories as compared with other sports—it is cheaper and easier too!  Of course this doesn’t come as easy as it sounds as you have to do it regularly and the results aren’t instant.  Not many of us though are able to run for prolonged periods of time (or are too lazy to do it).  How much calories does running burn?

The Marathon

I recently completed first back-to-back marathon: QCIM and SIM, my second and third marathon, respectively, and based on my Garmin Forerunner 405’s data, I burned 2,146 calories during QCIM for a six-hour run and 2,512 during SIM for about four and a half-hour run.  That’s about 558 calories per hour and less than 10 calories per minute (based on the latter).  And depending upon the intensity it can burn as little as 40 calories per kilometer run (note: running is NOT brisk walking).  Of course these figures are based on my biometrics and would vary between individuals based on age, gender, weight, etc.  If you don’t believe me here are my per kilometer splits for QCIM and SIM (the last entry on the lists would of course be less than one kilometer thus the little calorie burned).  Isn’t it amazing how efficient our bodies are? At that rate, could you imagine how long you need to run to burn that 143kcal can of soda?

How to get FIT

Coach Jim Saret, MSAT, PES, SAQ, CAPT, Fitness Consultant of the Philippine Olympic Committee and RP Smart Gilas among others, presented to bloggers a brief sample of the Fast Intense Training (FIT) workout which is characterized by fast bursts of intensive exercise that enables one to burn at least 400 calories in a span of only four minutes, and continues to do so even after the workout.  What’s interesting about this workout was that it doesn’t require much space and equipment, oftentimes using only your body weight, and you don’t even have to do it in a gym!

Coach Jim Saret introducing FIT workout
Coach Saret demonstrates some of the routines of the FIT workout

Coach Saret also gave very useful FIT workout for us runners.  Volunteering for this demo was Rodel “The Argonaut.”

As you can see in the video the workout was intense but fast!  In fact the entire workout only lasted 90 seconds to complete!  Now there’s no excuse that you don’t have time or can’t run long.  And you don’t even have to go to the gym.

But Wait!  There’s More!

The FIT workout demonstrates that it is possible to burn calories in a short amount of time with seemingly less effort, but for those who would like to maximize their calorie-burning potential science may have the answer.  It is popularly known these days as L-Carnitine, but what is it?

According to Del Monte, L-Carnitine is a natural substance that is occurring in the body but can be supplemented for optimal health.   It transports the fatty acids into the mitochondria, the “cell’s powerhouse” where they are burned into energy needed for a healthy heart, important body functions and physical activities.  Supplementary L-Carnitine contributes to optimal fat oxidation, and along with a proper diet and regular exercise, promotes healthy body weight.  Together with B Vitamins 1, 6, and 12, it can optimize metabolization of carbohydrates, protein, and fat into energy.  Simply put it allows your workout to burn more calories than the usual.  Could you imagine combining it with running? If you can, Del Monte provides you a venue for just that.

The Fun Run

Del Monte Fit ‘n Right continues its commitment in promoting a healthy lifestyle with the Dare to be Fit ‘n Right culmination fun run on November 22, 2009 in SM Mall of Asia.  The 3K/5K/10K Men and Women Open will benefit the victims of typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng, among others, through the SM Foundation.  Here are some race updates.

For a registration fee of P300, runners can get their race packet with the Dare to Fit ‘n Right Fun Run singlet, race bib, Fit ‘n Right products, etc.  Interested participants can register at the following areas:

  • Dare to be Fit ‘n Right booths in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
  • CEMG Office – 3A Vernida I Bldg., 120 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
  • Selected SM Hypermarkets: Mall of Asia, Sucat, Pasig, and North EDSA

You may also register online via www.runningmate.ph/del_monte.

Registration will be from October 21 to November 16, 2009.  After successful registration, tear off and keep the RUNNER’S COPY of the form.  You will find your Runner’s Copy with two (2) stubs: RAFFLE TICKET and Race Packet CLAIM STUB.  Race packets can be claimed from November 16-20, 2009 at Bonifacio High Street or at CEMG.  Those who registered after November 16, 2009 can claim their race packets on November 20, 2009 only at CEMG.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place runners from each division will win P10,000, P5,000 and P3,000, respectively.  All registered runners will also automatically qualify for the raffle, where they can win a Lenovo laptop.

With all these advancements with science it’s much easier to be fit and Del Monte is pointing those who need it to the right direction.  Now the question is, would you take the challenge and Dare to be Fit ‘n Right?

63 Comments Add yours

  1. Marvin says:

    nice article dennis! 🙂 naipakita mo ang pagka-powerhouse ni argow! bihira mo siyang makitang speechless kapag ininterview! hehehe… siguro napagod talaga sa workout na pinagawa sa kanya! 🙂

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Thanks Marvs! Nakakahingal talaga pero parang masayang gawin di ba? Maglolong run ka pa ba kung pwede naman palang ganyan lang hahaha 😀

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  2. wahahaha! salamat sa video mo dennis! the event really gave me a blast.

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    1. dhenztm says:

      You’re welcome as always 🙂

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  3. ziggy says:

    yup! nice post denz! galing naman ng training nila. iba pa rin ata ang LSD with takbo peeps. hehehe!

    sarap naman ng food nyo sa event. next time sama mo naman ako(mkikain lang).hehehe! i also like the numbers you did on the amount of calories you burn from running. ingats!

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Thanks Zig! Wala pa dyan yung dessert 😀

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  4. art says:

    great blog! teka, pag si argo ang subject, di ba dapat well-rounded n right ang product?? haha

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Haha nice one Doc Art!

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  5. i2runner says:

    Wow, sayang ang sarap pala ng food, at ang dami! Sayang di ako makapunta. Nice post dennis! I’ll be joining that 5K race in MOA.

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  6. mike says:

    Nice training routine! This event looks exciting and its for a good cause!

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  7. raff says:

    naks, very informative article. nabalitaan ko na star daw si argo dito? isdattru?

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Totoong totoo kita mo naman may video pa! 😀

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  8. Neil says:

    You’re more than fit na ata Dens. Kaya mo rin mag dunk ba?

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Haha… marami akong kailangan habulin para pumasa sa pagiging fit hehe. Mukhang mababa na ang talon ko. I haven’t practiced any sport with jumping since high school 🙂

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  9. rachel says:

    Hey Dhenzzzz, I really love reading your blogs, they’re easy to comprehend, straightforward and very informative. Really L-carnitine can do that to your body? ( I love their Watermelon flavor).

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  10. Edu says:

    Nice article Dhenz! Mukhang wala ka na namang kailangan i-burn! Fit na Fit na! Next LSD wag ka tumakbo..talon lng ng talon sa boung route. hehe!

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  11. mpp650 says:

    nice article bud. i’ll try to be there on the 22nd!

    keep running.

    mel

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  12. holi says:

    Ayos ung training routine!
    Especially for busy people who still want to be fit.

    I like the “Bah Whey! Thehs Moh!” section =)

    Keep it up pre!

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  13. dhenztm says:

    Thank you very much everyone!

    @Rach: Apparently, it does! It is best taken two hours before your workout.

    @Edu: LSD with L-Carnitine juice drink should do wonders for those trying to lose weight. 😀

    @Mel: Long time no see! You may even win a laptop with the raffle, nice.

    @Jei: This is a nice alternative for you since you’re always busy. I’m actually figuring out how to incorporate FIT workout into my routine. 🙂

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  14. Running Diva says:

    Let’s go get the Lenovo! Way to go Dhenz! I like your writing style.

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Coming from the Running Diva I am honored! Thank you! (I’m not so lucky with raffles, hehe) 😀

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  15. Carinz says:

    Sarap ng food!! Pero who says that running is cheaper? 😛 but nevertheless, nice entry denz 🙂

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  16. Nice one Denz! Good writeup I enjoyed it Sayang di ako nakapunta dito, layo kasi ng MOA sakin and wala ako car ngayon. Nakita ko sana si Argow bbwahaha 😛

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Di bale may video naman eh hehe 😀

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  17. Funky says:

    ayos to ah nice argow lakas talaga

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  18. Timmy says:

    can the technique of coach jim help us runners build endurance AND speed at the same time? based on the video, i can see the mowdel, what’s his name again? panting already! and i thought he’s fit! but if he’s not fit, then how come he can finish a full marathon? hahaha

    nice article dens, sayang i wasn’t able to attend too 😦 sana may next time pa! 🙂

    at sayang din kasi sabay sha sa Men’s Health Urbanathlon 🙂

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Oo nga Tim eh di ko tuloy alam kung saan sasali!

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  19. jayrulezzz says:

    very informative dhenz!

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  20. Chris says:

    Daming perks! Parang gusto ko na din mag blog. Nice post.

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  21. Cess says:

    Good read! I definitely agree we runners have an upper hand at burning calories. haha. star si Argo!

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Thanks Cess! And yes we have the upperhand, especially young ones like you! 😀

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  22. gailcons says:

    nice blog dhenz! very informative. so this means that i just have to run at home. wow….pano na liempo runs? LSDs? hahaha! i’ll still attend those of course 🙂 will just do the 90sec drill and burn more cals!

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Eto eh kung nagmamadali ka lang o kaya eh di makalabas hehe… masarap mag liempo run lalo na pag may kasabay kumain 😀

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  23. cindz says:

    great read dhenz 🙂 pwde bang mag-take na lang ng pure L-carnitine para mas mabilis ang burn ng calories? hahaha!
    bida pala nun si argow hehe 😀

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Thanks Cindz!

      hmmm… baka naman malusaw ka na lang bigla pag ganun hehe 😛

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  24. backpacker says:

    hi!

    i ran subic 42k last sat too, i had asked the organizers for the elevation profile of the sctex route to know what to expect & help with my race pace/strategy, pero wala daw.

    then i saw ur garmin data for the qc and subic marathons with the “elevation gain/loss” numbers. what unit are the numbers, meters? feet? … and can i ask for an elevation profile graphic of the sctex route, if thats ok? 🙂

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    1. dhenztm says:

      The units are in statute (miles, feet) by default unless you click View in Metric. All data are there on the link just click through the tabs 🙂

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  25. forefoot says:

    Nice blog, Dennis…Im amazed at the Calories you burned for a run. This writing should make it to the top of the leading magazines!

    And you have just made Rodel an instant celebrity! Very Nice! Keep it up!

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Thank you very much Mr. Forefoot Runner for the very kind words! I agree our bodies our amazing when it comes to efficiency.

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  26. dyule says:

    nice article dennis… i think i need to drink 1L of fit n’ right to attain my weight lost goal hehehe

    sali ako sa fit n’ right run!!

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Good news because they actually have 1L bottles now! Hmmm bagong laman ng hydration belt? 😀

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      1. dyule says:

        alryt! sana meron freebies na ganyan sa fun run hehehe… hmm tama bagong laman ng hydrabelt haha =D

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        1. dhenztm says:

          Bloggers’ Night pa lang panalo na ang loot bag, lalo na ‘yan sa race day! Malamang grocery bag ang loot bag (mura pa ang race)! 😀

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  27. decipher says:

    good read idol!!!

    Fit n’ Right will now be part daily workout!!

    back-to-back marathon?!! dhenz, you rock!! \m/

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  28. Margalicious says:

    Cool, Dhentz! As always, I’m aliw with your posts. Pero totoo ba ito? The L-Carnitine and all? 🙂

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Thanks Marga! Well that’s what manufacturers are claiming based on their studies. 🙂

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  29. Jan says:

    Very informative article Dhenz. So, ito pala yung event where you were very active in FB posting status messages. Hehe! I like the FIT workout. Somehow I find it similar to the high intensity interval training (HIIT). But the best thing about the FIT workout is that pwade sa bahay — very useful especially on a bad weather when one can’t go home.

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Exactly Jan! I kept promoting this one not only because I want your comments but because I too believe in FIT workout and thinks that it could be helpful to a lot of people. Thanks Jan for the comment 🙂

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  30. Bryan says:

    i might consider… 🙂 thanks for the post, dude.

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  31. aleth says:

    very informative! im goin to be there with friends, hope to see n run with takbo.ph guys n gals!

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  32. Israel says:

    Simple yet very inspiring blog, it just show how you disciplined yourself in a lot of things.

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  33. bhang says:

    mukang masarap un food ah!! san yan???

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  34. Jayson Mejos says:

    ill be joining this event….go go go

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Way to go Jayson! 😀

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  35. Lorie says:

    Wow, information overload.. its like a carbo load ! so I feel like running already to this Fit N Right Event’ *smiles*

    But you know what, I think running not only help you loose weight but also helps remove your excess “baggage”…
    Running keeps you Fit N helps you think Right , wow parang commercial 🙂

    Run safe and sweat good runners 🙂

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    1. dhenztm says:

      Hahaha nice one Lorie! You’re already fit N you’re right!

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  36. natz says:

    If that L-Carnitine is really true, then this is great news for all marathoners. This means more of our fat (which is already the case with runs exceeding 30minutes) would be burned during running the marathon race, sparing our glycogen reserves and thus would help us overcome the wall.

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  37. kelcy33 says:

    great post,dhenz.thanks for sharing.might join this race.i’m a fan of fit n’right (sp. four seasons and watermelon)

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  38. carmen says:

    Congratulations Dhentz! Your blog is an easy read yet packed with information. Sarap ng food ah!! LOL. Keep up the good work! Translation: don’t stop running! Cheers!

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  39. dar says:

    denz! keep it up! 🙂

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  40. ocho says:

    nice one denz! congrats! keep it up! 😉

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  41. boknoy says:

    Great post! Thanks for sharing. Keep it up pre! Takbo hanggang me lupa.

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