Training and Me

I am having the time of my life doing running training and joining short distance races that produces good results. All these I am able to do together with office work and home duties (many thanks to Art for providing the unselfish support).

running training is something that i always look forward to

running training is something that i always look forward to

But then there are some aspects in my training which i have been neglecting.  First is the need to update my training log. You see, sometime during our second month into training, Coach Rio asked us to maintain a training log. In this log, we are to write down our everyday activities – from waking up, to the food that we eat and the time we did, the physical activities we had for the whole day – may it be running training, running races or even cross-training (uh-oh, “hanky-pankies” not included mikey and vince, hehe!) and up to the time we signed-off for the day. All these i have deligently recorded everyday until this month of November when all hell broke loose! Yep! I have been remiss with this duty for a whole damn month now that what I only have for recording are the running trainings and races i have participated in.  The food intake i can’t seem to cmfortably remember (hehe, and that was a damn lot!).

But as the merry season of December unfolds before everyone of us, I am jolted to the reality that i have to continue with this log. Why? Not because Coach Rio is asking for our notebooks for checking already but because when I was up-to-date with the log, I was also conscious of everything I do – from the time i sleep to the food that I eat. Boy, I even have my food planned ahead so that I can stay within my self-imposed diet. So I will definitely resume with the training log activities not because somebody tells me to but because i want to. 😉

my training log/notebook

my training log/notebook

Next, I have been out of the gym for a long time now. I have been having enough cardio activities/exercises but then almost zero for the strength training. The coaches have stressed to us that we need strength training too. Being the good girl that I am, I have already asked my gym PT (hello Chinggoy!) for the program I am about to follow for the first two weeks. Since I have yet to set a fixed gym schedule, I will be doing this gym program by myself first and hopefully agree with my PT on a fixed schedule for what is to be my serious gym comeback. As advised, I will be doing these whole body workout for a period of two weeks : lat pull-down, chest press, hip adduction, hip abduction, shoulder press, biceps curl, triceps pushdown – all to be done in two sets of 12 reps and to be partnered with two sets of abs workouts of 20 reps each. Hmm, for sure this will result to another bout with muscle soreness. lol!

back to the gym i should be

back to the gym i should be

Third, I really want to be able to do some cross-training activities especially being able to resume with my mtbiking activities. With Art’s and friend Roland’s bikes both unavailable, I am left with but a few choices. Hmmm… I will be able to figure it out, i know i will!

hopefully, i will also be able to awaken the biker in me

hopefully, i will also be able to awaken the biker in me

Lastly, I will be scheduling a consult for my shin problems. I realized that I really have to see a medical expert to determine my real problem. Are these shin splints or just mere muscles that hardened? I will know soon enough.

Seems like an early new year’s resolution right? Well, a resolution it is maybe. But isn’t it great to aim for goals and look forward to achieving it? Wish me luck please! 😉

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Meet the Running Coaches

Tomorrow will be Day 4 of the Nike Running Clinic and maybe, just maybe some of the attendees are not yet that familiar with the names of the people comprising Coach Rio’s coaching staff.  Since most of them are our coaches in training too, let me help in attaching names to these friendly faces in time for everybody to be able to smile and greet them by their names tomorrow. 😉

Coach Rio with his assistant coaches

Coach Rio with his assistant coaches

In the photo above, Coach Rio poses with his assistant coaches namely (from left to right) : Coaches Roel Ano, Jo-Ar Calvadores, Coach Rio, John Lozada, Jordan (Jords) Oberez and Jessie Ano. Coaches Sardeña and Obet are not included in this photo as they are camera-shy – hehe, just kidding – they were not around when this was taken.

during Nike Running Clinic Training Day 1 @ UTLRA

during Nike Running Clinic Training Day 1 @ ULTRA

In this second photo, see the coaches having fun with “student” Marga (The Changeling Child) during Day 1 of the ULTRA training.  The two men in between Coaches Jords and John are also assistant coaches who are from the UP Track and Field Team. The man at the rightmost is Coach Sardeña.

Sorry, no available picture of Coach Obet but you will know who he is if and when you see him in training because he is the biggest in the whole staff. 😉

I am proud of them (di ba halata, hehe!) because all of them are bemedaled coaches. Listing their achievements here isn’t super necessary anymore, I just encourage all to talk with them, ask and learn a lot from what they have to share.

Happy training!

Philippine Intl Marathon for the Pasig River in Feb 2009?

I received an SMS message earlier today saying that the “Philippine International Marathon for the Pasig River is confirmed to push through on the last Sunday of February 2009 as per Ms. Gay Maddela”.  Another text message says that an official announcement will be made via ABS-CBN by December.

Now if this information is really, really true (not that I don’t trust the person who sent me the info, of course i do!), then the running fairy may have been smiling to all runners here in the Philippines who are originally looking forward to run their first marathon on the then scheduled QC Marathon. Since the postponement of the QC Marathon have been announced and left most with few options, the Pasig River Marathon being held on Feb is one great, welcome news.

Anyone care to confirm this? 😉

P.S. Confirmation have been given by both Ms. Gay Maddela (race organizer) and Mr. Patrick Concepcion – RunningShield himself (who received the original info from Ms. Gay) – after this post have been published.

UNICEF 10k and 5k Race Results

As if the UNICEF run/walk event being a super well-organized race isn’t enough, Coach Rio’s team is at it again, making the official race results available for everyone to see.

When i checked the 5k results, I was really happy to see that it is indeed a PR for me with a time of 37.18 mins (my VSO 5k PR was a 38.41).  A slow time for others but for one who just recently got into formal running training, this means a lot. Evidence that training brings about good results. 😀

Starting this month, all races organized by Coach Rio had its official results released the same day of the race. If these are previews of good things to come, I think we will be seeing a Runrio-organized race which makes use of the much-awaited “Runrio timing chip”. Will it really be this December ha Coach? 😉

Check out the UNICEF race results at the runrio website

UNICEF Walk on the Child’s Side – My Family’s 2k Experience

As early as seeing their UNICEF 2km kits, my kids have excitedly looked forward to joining this event. So on the night prior to the this, my kids were obedient children who helped in preparing the things we needed to bring, the clothes they will be wearing and have slept early to be able to wake up very early the next day.

We arrived at the event area a few minutes before 6am, enough time to make some small talk with my running friends and classmates Wilbert – who we bumped into doing his warm-up run and Aljo, Mayen, Bobby, Joy and Carmen who were on their way to the 10k check-in. Before I did check-in for my own 5k run, I sent them off to one of the available tents and saw to it that they will be well-settled.

playing while waiting for the walk to start

playing while waiting for the walk to start

While I was doing my 5k, Art and the kids busied themselves with the available kiddie entertainment available in the area which were the two giant inflatable slides. Our little boy Adam, giddy enough with just being able to walk in the spacious grass-covered ground.
adam doing his warm-up walk

adam doing his warm-up walk

The 2km walk was just a simple playtime which was full of a lot of photo-ops, even one with the “Star Wars” costumed “walkers”.  Simple as it is, the organizers did not disappoint because markers were also present to guide the people. We met JunC along the way who nicely took photos of us, Miguel and Jaymie Pizarro with their kids also doing the 2km walk, Jay who is doing his recovery run after doing his 10K and Dindo (DATC) who was not able to run his 10k but still went and took photos of the event. We aso met couple Mark and Tiffin on our way to the finish. Thanks Tiffin, JunC and Dindo for taking photos of me and my family. 😉

at the start of the walk

at the start of the walk

with the start wars gang

with the star wars gang

by the finish line

by the finish line

After the walk, all were treated with lots of freebies – Rush Fitness Water, Hidden Spring Mineral Water, Starbucks Cofee. Finisher’s shirts were also given to 2km registrants. Photovendo on the other hand has a photo booth for everybody to have their post-race photos taken. If you were lucky to have a hold of a Photovendo stub, your photo will be printed on the spot and given to you for free. Boy, was there a very long line of people in this booth. 😉

UNICEF Freebies all!

UNICEF Freebies all!

We stayed in the area long enough for my two daughters to be able to have their picture taken all the while being able to chat with friend Mikey whose family was there to participate too.

The whole UNICEF event was one great experience for the family. What makes it an even greater experience is that we were able to help UNICEF raise funds for their objective in the process. Congratulations to UNICEF and to organizer Coach Rio for a well-thought-off event. 😉

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family pic by the stage

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adam, art and trish with coach rio

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my girls with my coach 😉

After the event, Art, me and the kids walked to McDonald’s McKinley for breakfast. We met the Happy Feet folks there who have just finished and was having a post-breakfast chikahan. We also learned that it was Mon’s bday and he was really nice to have insisted in treating the whole family for breakfast. Thank you Mon and Happy Birthday. 🙂

 

breakfast at McDo

breakfast at McDo

gutom na!

gutom na!

More pictures can be found here.

UNICEF Walk on the Child’s Side – My 5k Experience

Vanity was one of my favorite sin. Until i fell in love with the outdoors. Vanity and I have been keeping an on again, off again relationship. It is such a vicious cycle. And i bitterly found out that whatever sin it is, you still have to pay for it. And I almost did hugely!

You see, I paid a visit to a Makati Salon yesterday after reporting at the office and thought of having a foot spa. Yep, this is an offshoot to the dead toenails and ugly feet topic going around various runner’s blogs. I said to myself, hey its been awhile since i had a foot spa. And so went to the spa I did and had a foot spa. What a supposedly blissfule epxerience turned-out to be a nightmare because I had a blister from the over-eager piling of my heel. Shoot! I will be running tomorrow and a blister is one of the last things i want to have!

Fast forward to 4 am this morning – The blister is painful but I have to find away to prevent it from hurting much and annoying me during my 5k run. I covered the blisters (yep, that’s two blisters!) with cotton and bandage after taking a shower and said a prayer that it wont affect me much. Luckily, the pain became bearable after that.

We arrived in the race area just in time to see our running friends take off for their 10k run. I was initially worried about not being able to run 5k anymore because the announcement (Bianca Gonzales was not there!) said that each runs and the 2k walk will only be five minutes apart. So, if i am targetting to participate in both the 5k run and 2k walk, i will have to finish 5k within five minutes. Impossible! Good thing this announcement was corrected before the 5k run started. the 2k walk starts after an hour of the 5k run. Whew!

the race start/finish area

the race start/finish area

I started the run on a fast pace only to find myself exhausted even before reaching the first turn-around point at Essensa. I scolded myself for not being able to stick to my own self-imposed slow start. I don’t know what it is with me today but i felt that I easily get tired. I tried to maintain my slow pace throughout the entire course thinking that Mckinley Hill is a real killer. Hopefully someday i will be able to settle a score with it (May araw ka rin McKinley, huhuhu!). Btw, i finally saw Smith, the lonerunner. Aba, aba, aba Papa PEPE really was there to run at UNICEF!

art was able to get a snapshot of me running to the finish

art was able to get a snapshot of me running to the finish

By the third kilometer, i tried to increase my pace and maintained it until deciding to do the sprint downhill going back to Mckinley. At the corner before the last 100 meters to the finish line, I saw Coaches Jo-Ar and Sardeña. Coach Jo-ar shouted, asking me what my last 5k PR was. With a gasp, i told him that it was a 38.41 (ambagal!, hehe). He squinted to the timer and seeing that it was a little over 36 minutes, he excitedly told me to go for it – “Go, go, go Vim 37 ka nyan. Go!”. The ever obedient student that I am, I tried to make a dash to the finish line hoping to get the “icing to my cake”. With my sprint, I was unconsciously able to overtake some runners approaching the finish. I was honestly unmindful of them because I was thinking myself crazy, sprinting despite feeling that my chest is about to burst. Then suddenly, this guy elbows me! Not that it hurt but then i thought – is this a race or am i suddenly playing basketball with a rough player? Well honey, whoever you are, it’s ok if you maybe did not realize that I am a woman for you to have elbowed me. What matters is that I got my PR of 37.11. Life is good and training is great. With the shin injury that I have been nursing, this running month of November have been a great one for me. Each of the three runs i have participated in – the 5k at VSO, the 10k at NB Power Race and this 5k at UNICEF were all runs resulting to a new PR.  

pose, pose!

pose, pose!

I could not have done those if not for the patient efforts of the good coaches we have in training. And of course because of the inspiration they have instilled in us. Thanks Coaches Rio, Jo-Ar, John, Jessie, Ruel, Jords and Sardeña. Your efforts were not put to waste. 😉

a pose with Coach Rio

a pose with Coach Rio

Congratulations also to classmate and good friend Aljo who also got a PR for his 10k run. Yey!

Lastly, kudos to Coach Rio and his group for putting up another well-organized race. Visible markers, enough water stations, lots of marshalls, a challenging course, freebies and lots of fun. Even the drizzle did not dampen the festive spirit of of everyone around.

Next story, my family’s UNICEF 2km experience. 😉

UNICEF 5k and 10k Running Slots

Good news all! Aside from the 2k walk slots being available, the 5k and 10k running slots, I was told, is now again available for registration.

So for those who haven’t registered but interested to join either the 5k or 10k run, you can drop by at the ROX at Quadrant 1 of Bonifacio High Street for this. Registration area is at the 3rd floor. ROX’s contact number is 856-4638 to 39. 😉