Extraordinary Cavinti

A few weeks ago, this little known place in Laguna called Cavinti held its first organized trail race.  Until this race, I’ve never heard of this place.  And after this race, Cavinti is a place I won’t soon forget.

Product Review: Unilab Active Health Sports Gel

(Update: This product has been discontinued) To those running long distances (usually half marathons or longer) energy gels serve as a very convenient source of nutrition: they don’t spoil easily, comes in a minimal packaging, and provide an energy boost without needing to chew.  All brands available in the local market is imported, until now,…

Top Five Most Recommended Races in the Philippines

The Philippines, particularly Metro Manila, is just a haven for races as there’s always at least one practically every weekend.  But amongst all of these races, there are some that stood out, and here are five that I highly recommend. #5: Corregidor Marathon A race set on the historic island fortress of Corregidor, Corregidor Marathon…

Top Five Dream Destination Races

I consider myself a “recreational runner” in the sense that I incorporate running into my lifestyle because aside from its health benefits, it’s fun!  I don’t do it as a profession, for prestige or bragging rights, or anything remotely in that direction.  As such, I do have a very long list of dream destination races…

Top Five Most Interesting Races in Metro Manila

Races come and go and with the number of races happening in Metro Manila it’s quite difficult for one to stand out.  But every once in a while there are those that goes beyond the norm and gives us that extra mile sort of speak.  Here are my top five picks of the most interesting…

Mythical Five: Five Years of Running

August 17, 2008—five years ago when yours truly got introduced to running, and the rest as they say, is history.  And instead of my usual nostalgic thoughts about that milestone, I thought of sharing some information that may be useful to other runners out there.  And because it’s my fifth running anniversary, I didn’t just thought of sharing a list of five items I liked—I’m sharing five lists of five items each!

Marathons: More Fun in the Philippines

Running had become the “it” sport in urban centers in the Philippines these past few years with races achieving “world-class” levels, and if I were to pick three amongst the best in the country, the list would look something like this…

Dried Mango Chronicles: Cebu City Marathon 2012

Cebu City Marathon 2011 holds my record for my fastest marathon so breaking my course record would also mean a new personal best—what a pressure!  On a lighter note, merely completing CCM will finally take me across my first 3,000 kilometers.  Will I be able to break my previous record, or will I just break…