Posts Tagged ‘Gatorade

10
Jun
13

EXPLORAC: Run, Explore, and Experience Earth Like Never Before

(Press Release) Beyond progress and technological breakthroughs enclosed within the urban landscape is a rich and diverse outdoor geography, most often unexplored.  As AyalaLand and ROX, the country’s premier outdoor provider, aims to encourage people to discover the magnificent glory of nature.

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24
May
10

Ten Running Essentials 2010 Edition

My first post about the ten running essentials served as my shopping guide when I was just starting with the sport.  Back then I had no experience to rely on so I was dependent on guides like these.  Now, more than a year hence I can say I’ve gained some knowledge to finally update the list based on my own experiences.  And here are my 2010 updates to the list:

  1. The right running shoe
    Your shoe is your best friend whenever you run so picking the right solemates is vital.  “Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are” as they say and so with picking your pair.  If you know your feet you’ll know which is the best pair for you.

    K-Swiss K-Ona, my ultra-long distance racer

  2. Racing or Training Shoes?
    Racing shoes (“racers”) are the pairs you use during races and as such are usually your most expensive pairs.  Training shoes (“trainers”) are the ones that you use regularly when training or not racing and are usually your cheaper pairs.  Racers are usually your lightest pairs (lighter usually means faster) while trainers are usually heavier (and they should be) because it offers more protection for your feet.  Since racers are expensive you may want to extend its lifespan by using it only during races and for everything else in between, use the cheaper trainers.  If your budget permits it, have both.

    New Balance 681, my trainers

  3. A Watch with a Lap Memory (Updated)
    The purpose of having a watch is for you to monitor your progress both in training and in races.  Just about any digital watch is good for monitoring single laps but for more laps you should consider getting a watch that saves laps.  Expensive GPS watches are the most accurate distance-wise and convenient but are still optional.  Add to that the optional Heart Rate monitoring.  In case you have one you may want to turn on the Auto Lap feature to save your time per lap.

    Bench Pedometer and Garmin Forerunner 405

  4. Technical Shirts
    Technical shirts are just generic terms for shirts made of synthetic fabrics commercially branded as Lycra, Climacool, Dri-Fit, Coolmax, Supplex, Clima360, Spandex, Supplex, etc.  After joining a couple of races chances are you’d have a collection of these (normally in the form of singlets), but if haven’t done so, or those free shirts don’t fit you well, or it gives you a rash it’s better to invest in one.  Avoid anything that absorbs and retain water like cotton.

    adidas King of the Road 2009 singlets

  5. Hydration Equipment (Updated)
    If you run exclusively on well-organized races this is optional, but for those long runs this is a must.  For relatively short distances you may just opt to hand-carry that bottle of sports drink you have, but for convenience consider different hydration solutions (handheld, belt, or bag) that would fit your lifestyle.

    Deuter Nordic Lite, my hydration belt for relatively short runs

  6. Sports Drinks (Updated)
    Sports drinks are generally better than water during water because of its rate of absorption, minerals, etc. but it’s not the exclusive formula that works with the sport.  Note that sports drinks are different than energy drinks and which one works best varies by individual.  Even Oral Rehydration Salts (Oresol) and sodas (softdrinks) are acceptable drinks!

    Just a matter of which one works for you best

  7. Petroleum Jelly and Sun Block
    If you’d be running for a significant distance or time it’s best to apply these beforehand.  Petroleum Jelly reduces chaffing and sun block protects your exposed skin from burning.  You may need to reapply as necessary.
  8. Running ID (Updated)
    For emergency and identification purposes, this item is a must but it need not be those expensive road IDs.  The practical solution is to simply write your name and emergency contact information behind your bibs during races, and for non-races and long runs carry an ID (another reason to get a hydration belt/bag).
  9. Running Socks (Updated)
    By my experience socks are the primary reason for having blisters and not shoes as commonly perceived.  Having socks that don’t fit well is the primary reason and you can only tell if the socks fit you well when you’re already using it so it’s a game of chance.  Aside from blister issues, try to avoid cotton socks (same reasons with technical shirts).  Your feet will most likely be sweating a lot, and cotton tends to keep your feet wet.  Look for synthetic blends which are best at wicking away moisture.

    Nike Run Fast for sprints and medium distances

  10. Ice Bag
    If you’re running long distances chances of injuries are higher so you may want to consider having one not just for your own but also for your group.

To summarize the updates:

  • GPS watches are optional but if you have the means it’s a great motivator to running.
  • Hydration equipment is optional depending on the situation but more likely you’d need one sooner or later, it’s just a matter of which one you’d use more.
  • Sports drinks are a necessity but aren’t the exclusive drinks for the sport.
  • Running IDs are highly recommended but practical solutions abound that won’t break the bank.
  • Finally, running socks are more import than anticipated but you can’t really tell if it’s good beforehand (applying petroleum jelly beforehand may help).

I hope that this list along with my updates gave some added guide to runners out there.  As a final tip, don’t be conscious with looks or brand, stick with what really works for you.  You can’t look good if you don’t feel good, right?

21
Oct
09

The Yins and Yangs of adidas KOTR

When adidas decided to release the race kit during its running expo it was a “make or break” situation—it was the first time that a race event held a running expo (similar to races abroad) giving a chance to the company to “make” a good impression, but at the same time being a first there was a lot of chance to “break” their reputation.

Day One, “Yin:” Last Saturday’s distribution of race kits by adidas during the first day of its running expo at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall 2 drew a lot of bad remarks from runners, and that was putting it lightly.  It was an utter mess!  Runners have to be on queue much longer than they would run their races with turn-around time of four to six hours!  Other race organizers also had problems like these during distribution but none of them can compare with what happened with adidas.  I was there personally to claim my kit and for the 20 minutes I was on line it only moved about a foot.   Call me impatient but my time is important so I had to walk out without having my kit (I still had my claim stub anyways).  It was literally hours before QCIM so I don’t have the luxury of time and just went home empty handed—I can’t imagine how people who waited six hours must’ve felt.

The queues of day one

Day Two, “Yang:” Sunday, the last day of the expo.  After my six-hour-full-marathon-pacer-duty at the QCIM (to be posted later) I prepared myself to be standing in line for two hours.  After all the post run regimens I headed off to the expo and was delightfully surprised on how organized it was—far-fetched from the day before!  Everything was easy, smooth, and fast, although the food stub issue seemed to persist—thankfully they made it easy to fix.  In just a few minutes I was able to get my kit and food, and was seating conveniently near the stage for the program while eating (too bad I wasn’t able to connect to the mall’s WiFi for a “live” blogcast).  I even got to join the contest and won some prizes from Gatorade.  It was a complete turn-around and made me feel pity for those who endured the previous day’s chaos.

The much smoother process of day two

...with hardly any queues

...with hardly any queues

Coach Ani de Leon for Running 101

All in the name of adidas KOTR singlets?!

Because every runner is different

Because every runner is different

It’s highly likely that there were more exasperated runners than those who are not judging by the volume of runners during the first day so it’s only natural that adidas receive a lot of condemnation from the community in general.  As such the organizers issued a public apology to those concerned and in fairness to them they did acknowledge the problem and acted aptly to fix the problem.  With the problems that the organizers encountered with the distribution all of us can only hope that they’ve learned their lessons and it would translate into a better race.  Until then we can only wait and hope for the best.

06
Jul
09

Race Review: 33rd Milo Marathon Manila Eliminations

Last Sunday showcased how a long-established race could be improved—and Milo did it with flying colors.  I am of course referring to the Manila Eliminations leg of the Marathon, now on its 33rd year, still being under the supervision of RACE.  These reviews were based from a marathon runner’s perspective so it may differ that running another event.

Before coming to this race I’ve heard of a lot of not so good stories about Milo Marathon, particularly the lack of water stations.  This would be my second Milo Marathon experience, the first of which were last year’s Finals where I only ran the 10K event so I don’t have the perspective to comment how last year’s marathon were staged.   Coming into my first full marathon via this Milo Eliminations I naturally was a bit concerned.  Fortunately I had a reliable support group I can count on as a fall back which brings the concern to those who can’t afford to have their own.

Baggage Counter

Like last year the baggage counter was still placed at the Quirino Grandstand, hundreds of meters away from the Start line making it still very inconvenient but reasonable enough since it is near the Finish line.  To those who are unfamiliar with the route of Milo Marathon, the Start line is in front of Km 0 (across Rizal Monument) and the Finish line is in front of Quirino Grandstand.  And like last year the people manning the counter were snob.  I experienced this first hand when I asked if I could get my bag to fetch some money in case for some reason I needed it.  They told me I can get it but nobody was lifting a muscle to fetch it so I had to walk my way around the fence to get my bag myself—such a hassle!  One guy who was brave enough to risk his feet even climbed up their fence to get his bag.

Toilets

Like last year everyone I asked that I assume were with the organizers do not know where the portable toilets (portalets) were or if they even had one!  It was really a blessing that Quirino Grandstand has its own toilets which were really clean but it’s not free, so once again for the second time around thank you to the people manning the toilets for not charging me.  Eventually I found out that they do have some portalets which probably arrived much later than the gunstart of the 42K event.  Ironically it was placed just across the people I asked where their portalets would be.

People

And also like last year the people I asked wearing the organizers shirt were still ill-informed or uninformed about the event making them not really very helpful to runners.  If you’re new to Milo Marathon you’d really feel like on your own (like I did last year) so it’s probably better to ask fellow runners.  I almost started without being “checked-in” because of one of these clueless guys told me to proceed.  I know there had to be some process for them to acknowledge that I started on the Start line so I as a runner had to ask around (imagine all the time I wasted) and fortunately somebody noticed and marked my race number so I can finally start.

Total toll for the not-so-accommodating support: about 30 minutes; more than 4 minutes of which I lost from the race time, which unfortunately started much earlier than the time furnished.

The Race Proper

The race course was still the same with the fast few or so years so if you did your homework, you can’t get lost.  I think Milo Marathon organizers had this notion all along that they didn’t bother putting up directional signs.  What about first time runners for the marathon?  Race maps weren’t included with the race packet so again the responsibility to know the race course fell entirely on the runner’s shoulder.  Since the route was “reusable” I wonder why the organizers didn’t invest on reusable directional markers which would be a long-term and useful investment.  Thankfully in this day and age it’s pretty easy to get this information; I wonder how they did it decades ago.

On the other hand kilometer markers were placed all along the route.  Unfortunately these markers were way off (1 kilometer off) of the way back from Kalayaan flyover giving runners unaware of the actual distance they covered false information.

Milo Marathon Route

Milo Marathon Route

The best thing I liked on this race was the well placed and plenty of water and Gatorade stations.  I’ve never seen in any race before that had so many free-flowing water and Gatorade, and in two locations even sliced bananas were served.  If there was one thing that Milo Marathon could be proud, this would be it.  This was the most-improved element of this race that all runners welcome.  With these changes support groups could be considered “optional” since the race can provide runners with basic needs.  The only undesirable thing I observed were that some of the people manning these station (particularly the one serving bananas along Buendia) were late in their post (which was just preparing to open when I passed it the first time, and I wasn’t anywhere near the leading pack).

Finally, runners who were able to finish with the curfew time of 5 hours (and a few minutes henceforth) were awarded their much deserved finisher’s medal, along with a certificate, a banana, a bottle of Gatorade, and a loot bag with Nestlé products.  With a measly fee of P200 for a marathon what you got was much more!  Truly this was a perfect example of how a race could be great without asking for preposterous fees.

Conclusion

I am proud to have staged my marathon debut on the best Milo Marathon so far!  It would have been one of the best races in the country had not it been for the people manning their stations not really doing their best for the job assigned to them, but still the standards that they set with this race really placed a challenge on other races to place the bar higher.  Milo may not have those disposable timing chips (yet) but surely they could be proud to say that they are “the country’s premiere running event.”

Pros:

  • Excellent route
  • The best water and Gatorade stations so far
  • Traffic enforcers were also utilized as road marshals en route
  • Possibly the cheapest race fee but with generous freebies

Cons:

  • No directional markers
  • Misplaced kilometer markers
  • Not-so-helpful people manning their stations at the Finish and Start areas
  • Race didn’t start on time furnished (it started minutes earlier)

Verdict: Good




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