Posts Tagged ‘NB

23
Jun
10

Comeback Race at the Trails: New Balance Trail Adventure Run

After a very long hiatus I’m finally glad to be back at the races, and fittingly it was at the trails which were always a favorite of mine.  For the first time I was able to run the trails of Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna and I could probably say we have another “playground” to explore, albeit a little distant from the Metro.

Last weekend the New Balance Trail Adventure Run was held in the trails of Nuvali with the 15K starting at Evoliving while the rest of us started at Solenad (I signed up for the 10K, the other event was the 5K Duo).  It was one of those few races outside Metro Manila with a free round trip shuttle service to and from the venue.

The Starting line (even if it says “Finish”)

Days before the event I received an invite from New Balance courtesy of Planet Sports to join this trail run.  As much as I really wanted to race I was reluctant to join at first because of my long absence from running.  When I finally figured I can still run the distance I was tempted to join the Rock and Run event a day prior to the trail run because my body was no longer used to waking up early during Sundays.  Add to that that it was really early if I were to catch the shuttle service.  Obviously the charm of the trail prevailed, but not until the last day I had to RSVP (how typical Pinoy, confirming on the last day!).

NB Trail Adventure Run 10K Route

Excellent GPS reception

Because of the shuttle service I was able to arrive in Nuvali relatively early.  I didn’t even realize that I was sharing the bus with some familiar faces I’ve not seen in a while (and I was sad when I got my seat because I didn’t see outright anyone I know!).  I was trying to catch some shuteyes during the short trip but wasn’t able to get any (due to some technical difficulties we had on the bus).

Queuing at the baggage counter

There I was in Nuvali, feeling like a stranger, like those early days of running when I didn’t know anyone from the sea of people.  Fortunately it didn’t take long for me to see running friends so I was back in my comfort zone.  After some time the 15K runners were called to their starting line a few kilometers away, and a few minutes later it was our turn.

Entering the trails

What's the hold up?!

Jinoe (of takbo.ph) was initially with me and the Logans (Craig and Michelle) during the early part of the race.  As usual it’s quite futile to set any records on trails so I’m not in any hurry, and since I’m still not quite 100% yet enjoying the race was my goal.  Having some good company to share the trail makes it more fun so it was quite pleasant that I wasn’t alone exploring the trails.

Ooohhh... a “tunnel” 🙂

Who said you can't take a panning shot with a point-and-shoot?

That's Craig of Team Logan (see how tall these grasses are!)

The trails of Nuvali was mixed natural and man-made and for a lot of areas wide enough for three runners.  It also features running riverside (or in the river itself if you prefer) with some really interesting features.  It’s a very enjoyable area which is why it’s no surprise that a lot of running and biking events were held here.  I sure was glad that I picked this race for the weekend.

Going down...

Care for a dip?

Running under a bridge

More water

Natural water station 🙂

All legs end in Solenad which is quite an ideal place to do so as it is not only picturesque, there are also shops there for the hungry runner and located nearby a place where runners can take their showers.  After finishing runners were treated to a loot bag and a bottle of a sports drink from the sponsors.  Unfortunately though not all runners were able to receive their finisher’s shirt (including myself) as they quickly ran out of sizes except for the large ones, but New Balance promised to deliver so our contact numbers and shirt sizes were taken as to when we may claim our token.

Photo-op while waiting (thanks Craig for taking this one!)

Trails...

...more trails...

Homestretch!

The New Balance Trail Adventure Run was a very well organized race, particularly for a trail run, as the route was strategically marked so there was little chance of getting lost; there were lots of marshals en route to assist runners; water stations were sufficient; trail route and features were excellent; and the distance was pretty accurate!  Once again New Balance didn’t disappoint in delivering a very good race.

Final bridge crossing

Almost there...

Approaching the finish line

10K comeback race complete!

I would like to thank Planet Sports and New Balance for inviting me to join this event.  I really enjoyed the experience a lot and I hope there’d be more races to come!

Race results courtesy New Balance Philippines:

20
Jun
10

Nuvali But You!

This runner just had a great comeback race at the trails of Nuvali.

This runner had just been reunited with running friends.

This runner had to wake up extra early to catch his bus.

And this runner had a lot of mud in his recently washed trail running shoes!

But this runner was more than glad he did!

Special thanks to New Balance Philippines and Planet Sports for making this happen!

For the mean time this runner has got to catch some sleep

Watch out for the photos and stories soon… zzzz

31
May
10

Last Call: NB ChiRunning for Trail

Today is the last day of submission of entries to get that privileged slot for the New Balance ChiRunning for Trail.  See the details below:

This session is a sneak peek at the 10K route for the forthcoming New Balance Trail Adventure Run at Nuvali on June 20, 2010 which would be headed by the country’s only Certified ChiRunning® Instructor Lit Onrubia.  Best of all is that it’s free.

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?

26
Sep
09

NB Power Run is Postponed

According to Desi Arana of Smart Sports Marketing (one of the race sponsors) the NB Power Run to be held on Sunday will be postponed.   This is due to tropical storm “Ondoy” which is battering Metro Manila (under storm signal #1 as of press time).  According to another source from Smart the new date for the race would be on November 29, 2009.  For questions, call their office at 898-1933 or all NB and Planet Sports registration stores only.

As of 26 Sep 2009 05:13 GMT

As of 26 Sep 2009 05:13 GMT




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