Archive for July, 2010



What were you doing back in 1991?  Some of you may not even be born yet at that time.  Back then I was in my elementary school days and if you ask me I don’t really remember things that happened aside from schooling.  Looking up the major events that transpired the year via Wikipedia, here are some of the results I found:

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DNS 101: Registered, Plate Unavailable

How does a running community celebrate its anniversary?  By running of course! held its first Runfest to celebrate the occasion last Sunday.  It was the last race I signed up for before I got injured, one of the rare few that charged below P500 as registration fee, and definitely one of my most anticipated races for the year!  Unfortunately, the gods of running had other plans for me.


Since registration fees became ridiculously expensive for my budget and my knee was injured signing up for races had been the last thing on my mind, and as such became out of habit.  Running still is, but racing?  I’m not going to set new PRs with my knee anyway so there hardly any motivation to race.  And since it was no longer a habit there’s a natural tendency to overlook something.

Ten hours before the race I realized something—I had completely forgotten to bring home my race kit from the office!  There were three options then on my mind: (a) get my kit from the office, (b) run without a race bib, or (c) none of the above!


It seems anomalous to be in the office on a Saturday night, not to mention all the time I’d lose in the process, so it’s not very inciting.  Running without a race bib, a.k.a. “bandit” seems to be the more convenient option.  I’m registered anyway so I’m “eligible” to participate but people won’t know that since I won’t be wearing my race bib.  I don’t want to encourage anyone to run “bandit” on any race, particularly on a race celebrating running, so leading by example I discarded that idea.  So what’s plan C?  Sleep it off :(.  Sure I can still join the celebration as a volunteer but I knew I’d just be envious of those running that I might be tempted to run “bandit.”  Besides the temptation of a good, long sleep was too difficult to resist.

Tantrum Run

I missed the chance of running at “race pace” (which I haven’t done this year) but a resourceful runner always find ways.  So that the weekend will not be wasted I settled to just doing my regular easy run whenever I’m not racing—from home to SM Fairview (via Commonwealth Ave. and Regalado Ave.), slightly more than 6K.  This is actually longer than the 5K race I signed up for. 🙂

I actually started doing this run from a crazy “green” idea of saving money and carbon emission from the commute each time I needed to do the groceries or go to the gym. You helped save the environment and you got your run!  Too bad there’s little chance of me setting new PRs with this route either since each time I do it I always carry a bag with at least 1.5kg weight (700g netbook for surfing via Wi-Fi, 500mL of sports drink, change clothes, etc.) and the route is practically uphill.  And yes, that 6K run serves as my “warm-up” before pumping some iron. 🙂

Celebrate Running

Congratulations to Mr. Jinoe Gavan for a successful Runfest and thank you for your brainchild,  Congratulations also to everyone that made this event a success!  To my family whom I miss dearly I hope to see you soon!

DNS is my name removing the repeating letters and vowels.  In the internet it could pertain to the Domain Name System.  In racing it is a term for a competitor failing to start the race (Did Not Start).  In this context however it may as well refer to Did Not Show. 🙂


The North Face Thrill of the Trail Bohol

The North Face Thrill of the Trail series is back with a vengeance, and this time around it landed on the island of Bohol:

Event poster

Traverse 12 chocolate hills and cross 2 rivers as you experience the Thrill of the Trail in Bohol (Source)

As the name implies this is a trail running event with two distances to choose from: 11K and 22K.  Because of its impact on the trails slots are limited to a combined total of 20 slots per branch for all distances.  Registration is until August 20, 2010 or until the slots are filled up (whichever comes first) and costs P500 (Metro Manila, P350 Provincial) for all distances.  You may register at the following sites:

The North Face
SM City Cebu; SM City Cagayan De Oro; SM City Davao; SM City North EDSA; SM Mall of Asia; Shangri-La Mall; Glorietta 4; SM Megamall

Bonifacio High Street; Ayala Center Cebu

Res Toe Run
Dumaguete; Ayala Center Cebu

See preview photos here

The race is on September 12, 2010 which starts at Danao Municipal Hall and ends in the vicinity of E.A.T. Danao.  Race kits can be claimed from September 1 to 11, 2010 on your respective points of registration (make sure to keep your registration receipt).

For more information on this event visit  Photos courtesy of The North Face Philippines.


Two Flights, Zero Races

As of this afternoon I have officially two flights to two opposite points in the country (north and south) but no registered races!  Well, only official registration is not in attendance but the intent is 100% there as these flights were sparked by two races, an ultramarathon in the north and a trail run in the south.  Honestly, this is the first time that I got more excited with a trail run than an ultramarathon (which grew to be a favorite for me for some reason).  For which races I’m referring to, you’ll find out soon enough (watch out for my next post).  But first I have to secure my place with those races by registering. 🙂


In-Action at Action & Fitness (A&F) Magazine

If you happen to have the July 2010 issue of Action & Fitness (A&F) Magazine our Mt. Maculot adventure is featured on the Travel & Adventure section, page 92, courtesy of our climb muse Vicky Ras.  This is my first time to appear with A&F and first time to be featured not running!  Thank you Vicky for sharing our adventure with everyone!

(Had I known you’d share our pictures I would’ve stuck with you more! 🙂 )

Aside from the aforementioned article Vicky has another one about Eating Healthy.  Noelle “KIKAYRUNNER” too has an article  in this issue about Shoulder Stretches (nice flexibility Noelle!).


Biodiversity Run 2010

Greetings from the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)!

This year 2010 marks the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) with the theme “Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life.”  The Year aims to raise public awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the consequences of its loss to human survival.  The Philippine Government, in support to the IYB celebration, has proclaimed 2010 through Proclamation No. 2003 as the National Year of Biodiversity where everyone is enjoined to initiate activities to support the celebration.

In support of the celebration, ACB is organizing the Biodiversity Run 2010 with the theme “Run for Biodiversity, Biodiversity is Life, Run for Life”.  The race is scheduled on 4 September 2010, 6:00AM at the Forestry Campus, UP Los Baños, College, Laguna.

The Biodiversity Run 2010 is an advocacy race aimed at promoting the rich biodiversity of Mt. Makiling Forest and nearby ecosystems.  The race promotes road running as an affordable avenue to physical fitness, mental well-being, ecological awareness, and enhancement of local tourism.  Proceeds from this event will go to the ASEAN Biodiversity Fund (ABF), an endowment fund developed and established to support the implementation of biodiversity-related programs in the ASEAN region. Contributions to the ABF are open to governments, the private sector, organizations, foundations, and individuals.

In this connection, we are pleased to invite you to be our partner/sponsor for the Biodiversity Run 2010.  Your support of any kind will raise funds for biodiversity programs and serve as your participation in the global celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity.  It will also be your response to the national proclamation of the Philippine Government, enjoining everyone to initiate and involve in activities to support the celebration.

As a partner/sponsor, your organization name will be announced throughout the event, where you can also display your organization name, products and services. We will also include your organization in publicity through our website and media network in the ASEAN region.

Should you have any inquiries about the event, please do not hesitate to contact us through the following ACB staff: Ms. Angie Metin at or 09276973094; Ms. Grace Rodulfo at or 09174775308.

Thank you and we hope for your usual support and cooperation.


Summoned by the gods of running…

Last Wednesday, amidst the ruckus and chaos known as office work, a mysterious package arrived from the gods of running…

I was nestled deep within the realms of programming when all of a sudden I was informed of such package:

Guard: Sir, you have a delivery

RP: Who, me?  Really?  (Dumbfounded, still processing scripts in his mind) 🙄

Then there it was!  His messenger disguised as a delivery boy handing the package over to me in exchange for blood, I mean signature.  The gods of running has pulled me out of the pits of labor and reminded me of my calling!

Gods of running to RP: you have been summoned!  Celebrate our feast!  Celebrate running!

RP: Yes master (in a “hypnotized” emotionless tone)… will celebrate run fest… 😯

To all who have been summoned, I’ll see you on the 25th! 😈

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