Posts Tagged ‘Night Run

19
Apr
13

Energizer Night Race Manila 2013

It’s been quite a while since I last joined a night race so I’m quite excited with the upcoming Energizer Night Race Manila 2013 on May 04, 2013.  Here are the event particulars:

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21
Sep
12

Third Serving of adobo: The Return of adobo Run After Dark

One of the most fun races of last year is back, adobo Run After Dark, now on its third year.  Like last year, it is set to be a Halloween party with a run and, as the name implies, a night race.  Here are the details:

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09
Sep
11

The Return of the Halloween Night Run: adobo Run After Dark 2011

Do you miss Halloween night runs like I do?  Haven’t had one but wanting to experience joining one?  Our prayers are answered!  This Halloween weekend, a Halloween night run is back—adobo Run After Dark 2011.

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12
Apr
11

A Night to Remember: Takbo.ph Nightfest

It was one of those oh so rare Saturday night events that I dare not miss—I can have my long sleep after a Friday nightlife, be reunited once again with friends I missed for so long, and be able to run on a new place.  Nothing beats the charm of running in a new place, and I’ve always loved to run at night!  Those were enough reasons for me to travel all the way down to the southern end of the Metro—Alabang, to join takbo.ph’s first nightfest.

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02
Jan
10

2009: Year in Review (Part 1: Expense)

2009 was the year running went mainstream—a lot of people are doing it, even celebrities are endorsing it.  With its popularity explosion a lot of events were staged jumping into the bandwagon.  As with the law of supply and demand running became “in-demand” so naturally mean race fees skyrocketed to all-time highs.  Here are some of the net least and most expensive races for the year:

Most Expensive

3. Timex Run (21K)
Location: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Overhead: Standard
Race Fee: Expensive

The most expensive race of 2009 (only entry #1 was more expensive in terms of registration fee) in terms of value for money.  It set the bar higher, not in terms of innovation, but in terms of prices.

Value for money: Acceptable

2. The North Face Thrill of the Trail (Trail Run)
Location: Batulao, Batangas
Overhead: Travel to Batangas
Race Fee: Standard

Trail runs normally are second liners in terms of expense since it’s normally held out of town and target participants are normally limited.

Value for money: Excellent

1. The North Face 100 (100K Ultramarathon)
Location: Sacobia, Clark
Overhead: Accommodations (optional), Travel to Clark, In-Race Supplies
Race Fee: Expensive

This comes as a no surprise as ultra-marathons are naturally the most expensive among running events, particularly if it’s multi-day (more than 24 hours cutoff).  The fact that you need to have food, first aid, night gears, etc. adds to the normally out of town costs.

Value for money: Excellent

Least Expensive

3. Kenny’s Open Urbanite Run (Night Run)
Location: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Overhead: Standard
Race Fee: Expensive

Its price tag was one of the most expensive overall at P600 but P200 of which goes to charity, another P200 as food stub, netting just P200 for the race which utilized a disposable timing chip.

Value for money: Excellent

2. Mommy Milkshake (Fun Run)
Location: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Overhead: Standard
Race Fee: Free

The lone free race for 2009, it can’t get any cheaper than that!  The generous goodie bag adds more value to this race.

Value for money: Excellent

1. Globe Run for Home (21K)
Location: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Overhead: Standard
Race Fee: Standard

Standard race fees but in the form of prepaid mobile credits made this race practically free!  Disposable timing chips were also first introduced with this race making this the most value-packed race for the year!

Value for money: Excellent

15
May
09

Night Run with an Instant EB

Runners could sometimes be too predictable—you’d have some idea where you may find them.  Sometimes too predictable that you need not send each other messages to meet—just go where your feet takes you and chances are they are also there.  That’s exactly what happened last night at BHS after my usual night run.

The Night Run: Ortigas to BHS

It was the typical night run for me, from Ortigas to BHS without any “side trips.”  I’m currently on my taper period so I avoid strenuous long runs so this would be my last (promise) run during this period until my next race which would be TNF100 on May 23, 2009.

My route

My route

The majority of the route spans C5, Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave. from Pasig City’s perspective.  Although I’ve passed this route several times before I still find it difficult to run in these areas because of sidewalk obstructions—it seemed like pedestrians aren’t allowed to walk alongside C5 in Pasig.  I hope the proper authorities do something about this.

Obstructions!  I think this sidewalk was made for this plant.

Obstructions! I think this sidewalk was made for this plant conveniently placed right in the middle.

I’m really starting to hate Carlos P. Garcia Ave.—that’s the name of C5 with Taguig City.  For the second time I stepped again on dirt, this time around on some wet and still soft concrete conveniently dumped on a side walk (or what looks like it) near one of those unsightly elevated U-turn slots.  It seems that the only developed part of Taguig City really is just Bonifacio Global City—a private property.  Elsewhere you go (at least along C5) you can’t even ask the city for a decent walking space, which is a basic right of the people.  The city can only give you a gutter as a side walk—it may be too much to ask for more.

It’s always a pleasure to run on Global City because of its well designed urban plan (that’s the advantage of being a private property).  Since I’m on a taper, from Market! Market! I quickly headed off towards Bonifacio High Street finishing just a few meters off ROX, total distance of 7.51K.

Instant EB

Mizuno Running Clinic is held every Thursday nights around BHS and some of my acquaintances are members of this clinic.  It was inevitable of course that I’d bump into them along with some of my friends doing their LSDs or night runs in the area as well.  The result is an instant “eye-ball” or meeting including old friends I haven’t seen in a while, and new ones.  I think to some extent runners think alike.  And what’s a good thing to do after running?  Eating!

While waiting for the others...

While waiting for the others...

いただきます!

いただきます! Time to eat!

It was very nice to see you guys last night, it surely beats the boredom of finishing your run, alone.

22
Apr
09

Night Run: Ortigas to BHS

It was another rainy run for me last night.  Like with my previous night run I had only a few hours to spare so I wasn’t able to be much more creative with my run last night.  At first I was a bit worried that the downpour might be too strong to run into but thankfully the rain stopped before I started my run, although there were slight drizzles along the way.  Because I started later than planned I decided to make a repeat of my previous night run but alter the route slightly: instead of following Julia Vargas Ave. to C5 I took a detour via Lanuza Ave. and instead of going to McKinley Hill I just followed Lawton Ave. until I completed a 10K course for that part of the route and headed back to BHS.

My night run: same destination as the previous one but via different route

My night run: same destination as the previous one but via (slightly) different route

Like I mentioned in my past post about night running there would be more potential dangers and rain would add more to this list.  Cautious as I was I still had some “accidents” along the way.  First along C5, about 5K into my run, my right foot fell onto one of the puddles of water near the elevated U-turn.  There was neither sidewalk nor any lights there so when a jeepney passed nearby I only have a gutter as space.  Unfortunately I lost my balance so I was running with a soaking wet right foot henceforth.  Then “disaster” struck again on Lawton Ave. on my way back to BHS.  Both my feet stepped on a huge water puddle!  I was running on the sidewalk when I noticed that it was water I’m about to step on, too late!  There wasn’t enough time for me to stop so my right foot went in first, and then my momentum carried me forward so my left foot was next.  I thought to myself that time, “now it’s even!”

I really enjoyed this run despite being wet all over (because of the drizzle and sweat).  I don’t think there was a dry spot on me last night but that run in the rain (make that drizzle) and at night made it more interesting.  After all I think only running addicts would dare do such things.

Total run length: 15.3K




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