Posts Tagged ‘Ortigas

04
Nov
13

Running with “Walkers” at St. Peter Midnight Run

Halloween.  For the first time, I’m doing a Halloween race on a Halloween night itself.  And for the first time, I’ve attended a Halloween race where practically everyone is in costume.  It’s going to be a “thrilling” night.

Start/Finish line of St. Peter Midnight Run, taken as finishers arrive

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27
Sep
13

St. Peter Midnight Run

Halloween is just around the corner and for runners it’s time to bring out those costumes and join a Halloween run.  Unlike previous years’ Halloween races, this year by St. Peter is set on the day of Halloween itself (October 31st), just before midnight.  Here are the details of St. Peter Midnight Run.

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27
May
12

Troika

Since my GF405 and I are no longer in good standing, it’s time for me to explore other options.  And I didn’t just found one—I found three at my disposal!

From the good old days… 😦

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03
Oct
10

Support Knowledge through Running

Knowledge is power, and through running we can empower less privileged ones with knowledge through education.  We all know that not everyone has access to high quality education, particularly in remote rural areas where schools are scarce, not to mention not easily accessible.  Through Knowledge Channel a wide range of curriculum-based and curriculum-relevant programs for elementary and secondary level students, as well as instructional shows for adults, are within their reach through media, for free.  As of now, Knowledge Channel is viewed by 3 million school children in more than 2,000 public schools in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

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18
Mar
10

adiNation Philippines (Ortigas Group) Pilot Run

The adiNation of Runners (aNR) Philippines is a running club with a goal to provide members with value-added training and special privileges to train and motivate them to achieve new fitness levels.  Here in Metro Manila aNR is staged initially in four locations: Ayala, Alabang, Ortigas, and Bonifacio High Street.  This program co-presented by takbo.ph.

Exclusive privileges:

  • aNR adidas specials
  • aNR running clinics
  • Coaching advice from the running clubs
  • adidas product highlights

The pilot run of the Ortigas Group was held last night in Pearl Drive in front of the University of Asia and the Pacific, headed by Luis (The Gingerbread Report).  Although there wasn’t much publicity about the event there was a good set of runners that joined the event.

Some of the participants of the pilot run with group head Luis (white visor)

Some orientation

The Ortigas Group runs every Wednesday nights (headed by Luis, 7PM onwards) in front of UAP, and Saturday mornings (headed by Rodel “The Argonaut,” 6AM onwards) in front of Tiendesitas and would cover various routes around Ortigas Center.

aNR Ortigas Group in action...

Joining the Group Run is free and you don’t need to be adidas gears to do so.  Just drop by the assembly area before the run starts, fill up the form, and you’re done!  You also get a “passport” that your group head would sign afterwards which you should keep for future runs.  Only one signature per week thought is allowed.

You can sign-up before the start of the run

More pictures from last night’s run can be viewed here via takbo.ph on Facebook.  For more information about aNR Philippines visit http://adination.takbo.ph/ or for the regional site visit http://www.adination.com/.

29
Jul
09

Yet Another Round of Road Trip: Ortigas – BHS via EDSA

Last night was supposedly my speed run session at Ultra, but the urge to meet my running buddies got the best of me and just decided to do an easy run.  I was also a bit concerned with my calves aching a little (most likely due to the cramps I got from swimming last Sunday) and my still present plantar fasciitis so a long easy run should be good for recovery.

With the typical rush hour comes heavy traffic.  Still having a runner’s high from my weekend road run I decided to just run from the office all the way to BHS, this time via EDSA since there’s a much higher probability that I’d get there faster via foot than via any vehicle.

Running on roads does have its sets of perils.  Aside from the obvious, what I didn’t plan for was the really muddy road en route to BGC.  It was raining periodically throughout the day and as a result, thick, heavy, mud!  I was really sorry to see my Kayano looking like it went through some heavy trails, but then again this experience adds spice to an otherwise “regular” run.

Arriving at BHS I soon saw the Running Diva already doing her laps and soon after some of my running buddies along with some new “recruits.”  BHS is just a little over 5K from Ortigas so I was a little short of target.  I decided to join my friends in their laps around BHS to complete my target right after being spared of my backpack (thanks Rico for accommodating my load!).  I was carrying my office backpack all throughout this run and being able shed of a few kilograms weight was a relief!  Carrying extra weight while running can be thought of as training, but then this was just circumstantial and given the choice of course I would’ve preferred otherwise.

My weeknight run route: Ortigas - BHS via EDSA

My weeknight run route: Ortigas - BHS via EDSA

In the end I was able to do my training and “socialize” with my friends at the same time.  It really is just a matter of prioritizing and time management (a.k.a. how addicted you are to running).  Total distance for a weeknight run: 12.91K.

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.




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