Posts Tagged ‘University of the Philippines

29
Aug
14

A Quick Afternoon in UP Diliman

The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman campus in Quezon City is what I consider to be one of the best places to run in Metro Manila—but I have not been here in ages so I decided to do a quick visit and see how much has changed.

The main entrance to UP

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14
Aug
13

Santé Barley’s Domination Run and the Santé-RUNNEX Running Clinic

In a media conference held last August 09, 2013, Santé Barley launched the Santé Barley Domination Run and also promoted the Santé-RUNNEX Running Clinic.  The launch was headed by their CEO, Mr. Joey Marcelo, and their celebrity endorser Mr. Kim Atienza.

Mr. Kim Atienza, a Santé Barley user, speaking at the launch of the Domination Run

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29
Apr
13

Mornings with Active Health (Behind the Scenes of 2013 Run United 2 Launch)

I seldom do blog posts about event launches (since my intention is to focus on the event itself, not the launch) but every so often an event launch comes along worthy of one, and that “one” being the recent launch of this year’s second leg of Run United.

An event launch like no other…

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29
Oct
09

QCIM Chronicles: A Pacer’s Story (Part 2)

Six hours was a pretty long time to run, and to run it at a consistent pace makes it more difficult.  This would be one of the longest races I’d have done, surpassed only by ultramarathons.

UP Diliman Campus

The good thing about running on major roads was that as long as there’s electricity there’s light so even if it was still dark when the marathon started you’re not running blind, especially with competitive and casual runners running side by side on very wide roads.  From Elliptical Road the road got considerably narrower entering University of the Philippines Diliman Campus but since the fast runners were already way ahead of us it was very spacious for us laggards.  Before we were able to leave UP for Commonwealth Ave. the leaders of the 21K leg were already entering the campus.  It’s always exciting to see the leaders of races—at that time we were simply “spectators.”

Competition

While running along Commonwealth Ave. I was startled by a very fast female runner that dashed very close on my right side, followed by another—they were the female leading pack of 21K, a Kenyan was leading chased closely by a Filipina.  Amazing!  It was competition happening right in front of my eyes!  Yet another spectator moment.  All we can do was just enjoy the show as our ordeal had barely just begun.

By the time we reached Commonwealth Market the leading pack for the marathon was already on their way back!  Of course this was the most exciting pack to see so us “spectators” can’t help but stop and just watch like we were in front of our TVs, only this was happening live in front of us.  A world-class level competition and we got front row seats.  Who says being slow at races meant being last?

World-class competition at the QCIM

Community

All along the route the community was also made aware and got involved with QCIM.  This actually made the race more festive and interesting which I thought was very nice.  By doing this QCIM successfully brought the sport closer to the masses and hopefully create more interest.  On the other hand I also do hope that the local government would provide the facilities for the sport.

The involvement of the community makes for a more lively race

Water(less)

Before we knew it we were back on my favorite part of the QCIM route, La Mesa Eco Park.  Not only because that the view here was spectacular, the cleanest air in the Metro is here.  The exciting part was that we finally got to pass through areas that were usually restricted to the public.  Ironically, there were no water station for the entirety of this section.  Luckily I was able to grab a bottle of water from a water station back in Fairview, but due to the rising temperature and the distance already covered it was also running out.  The water station at the Quirino Highway exit seemed promising, but alas, still no water.  Now we can really feel the heat.

Entering La Mesa Eco Park

Dangerous

From Quirino Highway the race passes in front of SM City Fairview, through Mindanao Ave. and eventually back to Commonwealth Ave.  By this time the roads were partially opened so it meant a slightly dangerous run for us at the back pack, not to mention unhealthy.  We were suddenly running side by side with buses and trucks, among others inhaling their fumes as they pass us by.  Thankfully conditions improved by the time we were in Commonwealth Ave. as there was a wide space between us and passing vehicles.

Courageous

I was virtually alone along Commonweath Ave. maintaining my pace for the six-hour finish and while I was cruising-along I stumbled upon a celebrity—Nene from the reality show Pinoy Big Brother.  Since it was practically just the two of us might as well have some conversation to help pass the time.  To my surprise she was actually very nice and I was very amazed at her feat—she’s never done any shorter races but instead just jumped off into a full marathon!  That for some could be considered “suicide” but for me I find it “courageous”—doing a marathon is not a walk in the park.  As much as I had wanted to stay, eventually I had run ahead of her to maintain my pace.  Duty calls.

The vastness of Commonwealth Ave.

Five hours into the race, around six kilometers to go

Grim Reaper

The downside of being a pacer near the end of the spectrum was the heartaches it causes.  Being an official race pacer I was virtually “married” to the time I signed up for.  The worst feeling I had during this duty was whenever I pass a runner—somehow it gives me a feeling of a heart break.  I am like the Grim Reaper of QCIM—whenever I pass by a runner somehow I felt like I killed his aspiration to finish within six hours.  Because of that I usually hold back to avoid overtaking runners but whenever I am a few minutes behind schedule, I had no choice but to keep up.  I was practically the personification of a six hour finish—if you spot me the six hours finish is near.  I had hoped that I’d be able to pull runners near the last parts of the races but sadly the most I see were already walkers.  On the good side though I was able to push those that are slacking—if I catch them they’d finish in more than six hours.  For the last 10 or so kilometers it was countless heartache for me, but it was a feeling that I had to endure if I was to reach my target time.

Finish

I was again alone at the last two kilometers of the race.  I kept looking at my GF405 to maintain my pace, and then I realized that I had assumed that the race would only be 42.195 kilometers long—what if the actual course was slightly longer? With this in mind I started to increase my pace and when I saw the digital clock on the finish line it was already a few seconds after six hours!  It was much faster than my GF405’s time which was based on gun time.  Naturally I’ve no choice but to haste and cross the line as soon as possible.

Final two kilometers along North Ave.

Since it was six hours after the race you won’t expect a lot of people at the finish line.  This was a new experience for me because the only time this had happened to me was during my finish at TNF100 (at 30 hours).  Fortunately there were some familiar faces there so I had a feeling of relief.  Vener (run unld.) was there to take my finish line picture and to my surprise the clock face facing the other side reads only six hours and nine seconds!  My GF405 was right after all!  Too bad, I was actually aiming to finish in 5:59:59 but due to the wrong clock face up front display that didn’t happen.  My actual finish time (gun time) was 5:59:48.

My finish line picture, courtesy Vener

The area near the finish line six hours into the race

Conclusion

In the end I had mixed feelings with being a pacer.  It was good because never before had I exercised so much control over my pace and patience for a very long time run.  It was bad that I felt awful passing several runners.  I didn’t know either if my decision to stick to the target pace and time regardless of other runners was right.  All I know was that it was easier to pace with specific persons than to be a pacer on a race.  I’m still willing to do it all over again though, and not just to get a free race.  Being a pacer is doing a public service to fellow runners, should they view me as the Grim Reaper or a chance to reach their target remains with their perspective.  As for me, it was a task successfully completed.  I sure hope though that that those that saw me beforehand were “pushed” into finishing their goals.  This has been the Grim Reaper, I mean, six-hour pacer, QCIM thank you for the opportunity.  Congratulations to all finishers!

Takbo.ph meets Nene of PBB

My proud QCIM finisher’s medal

05
Oct
09

Quasi Course of an International Marathon (QCIM)

Despite the threat that Parma (“Pepeng”) imposes upon the Metro several days of ruined runs made runners more enthusiastic about completing a long run that partially simulates the race route of the forthcoming Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM). This long run (LSD for some) started 4:30AM within the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Campus unlike the actual race that starts in front of Quezon City Hall.

runningpinoy’s Perspective

The lack of mileage for the past few weeks really made it difficult for me to get out of bed so early on a Sunday, but the idea of finally breaking the vicious cycle and finally increase my miles for the month eventually snapped me back to reality. Since the long run route passes several hundred meters away from home I decided to simply meet the other runners along the route saving me money and time for travel (at the expense of distance of course). I was supposed to meet the group near St. Peter Parish but due to early morning sluggishness I was actually able to meet them at the pedestrian overpass near Sandiganbayan.

First “Pic-stop” across Fairview Market

Entering La Mesa EcoPark

Entering La Mesa EcoPark

This way please

This way please

At that time I was unaware how big the group was—it wasn’t exclusively made of takbo.ph runners. Eventually as we meet other group I realized that we were also with runners from Runnex and Fairview Running Club which really made the run more interesting. We were all able to meet at La Mesa EcoPark where we all got stuck—we weren’t allowed to pass through the water processing area of La Mesa so we had to revert back to Commonwealth Ave.

As we merge with the other runners

As we merge with the other runners

Can you count how many we were?

Can you count how many we were?

Oooopppsss…

Oooopppsss…

Very high water level at La Mesa Dam

Very high water level at La Mesa Dam

Going back to Commonwealth Ave.

Going back to Commonwealth Ave.

Back at the hills

Back at the hills

We headed towards SM Fairview via Regalado Ave. after leaving La Mesa EcoPark. As we got near SM Fairview strong rains poured down on us but nobody was deterred. This was where many of us went our own ways, but for the takbo.ph runners it’s back to UP!

Running around SM Fairview compound

Running around SM Fairview compound

Did I mention that running on the road IS dangerous?

Did I mention that running on the road IS dangerous?

After some time we were back on Commonwealth Ave. (approaching Litex area)

After some time we were back on Commonwealth Ave. (approaching Litex area)

By the time we were heading back the sun was high in the sky which was peeping through the clouds. It was cloudy but at the same time it was very hot. To avoid sunburns, dehydration, or any heat-related illness we had to change routes once again and redirect the course back to UP via Ylanan Gate. From there we headed towards the Academic Oval, ending in front of the Runnex office where Arroz Caldo and Tofu and Pork were served.

Since I had less mileage than I planned I did another loop around the Academic Oval to end at 28.8K. I wanted to do more but my rumbling stomach was telling me to do otherwise and in the end, it prevailed so I joined what remained of the group for some “emergency carbo loading.”

Academic Oval is always pleasant to run onto even late in the morning

Academic Oval is always pleasant to run onto even late in the morning

I would like to thank first and foremost Sir Rene (Jazzrunner) for making this long run possible. Thank you as well to James for the banana, Running Diva for the “taho,” Runnex for the food, all the runners that I ran beside with , and all the running groups that joined us during this run (I hope I didn’t left out anyone). To the people that I met for the first time, it was nice meeting you all and hope to see you in more runs!

04
Sep
09

QC I M: The Marathon Route

This October Quezon City would be the proud host to the staging of an international race: the first Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM).  Already I am very excited with this race, especially when I saw the marathon route, courtesy of Sir Rene (Jazzrunner):

QCIM Marathon Route

QCIM Marathon Route

Being born and a resident of Quezon City for most of my life I can’t help but be proud that a race such as this is finally in our turf—and it’s about time!  If there’s one word I can use to describe this route it would be, excellent!  I’m quite familiar with the route as I’ve already ran more than half of this route and been to most part of it—in fact the only section of the route I haven’t been to is the La Mesa Eco Park area.  Indeed this route showcases what Quezon City has to offer and some of it can only be found in our city.  Some of the notable places found along the route were the Quezon Memorial Circle, University of the Philippines Diliman Campus, Batasang Pambansa Complex, La Mesa Eco Park, UP AyalaLand Technohub, SM City North EDSA, and Trinoma.

For more information about this race and registration process visit QCIM’s website at http://www.runnex.org/qcim2009/.

14
Jul
09

Top 5 Best Places to Run in Metro Manila

Running is very inexpensive but very addicting but sometimes running on the same area over and over again could be very tiresome.  Do we have to go far to run in some interesting locations?  Runners fear not!  I’ve compiled a list of the best places to run within Metro Manila based on its walk-ability, safety, accessibility, and post run amenities.  Best of all, all these places are free!

Best Places: 5 4 3 2 1

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