Christmas is just around the corner. As you look around, Christmas bazaars and sales can be found almost everywhere. And merrily, the Second Wind Running Store has jumped into the Christmas bandwagon by offering us runners a Christmas Gift Registry. Yes you read correctly folks, a RUNNING Christmas Registry. Read on for the press release regarding this offer. 😉

Want to get the perfect ‘running’ gift this Christmas?
Introducing CHRISTMAS REGISTRY at the Secondwind Running Store!
Sign up now and you may choose from our wide selection of running shoes, apparels and accessories!
Go to your nearest Secondwind branch and choose from our running products.
Provide a list of gift choices, as well as the name and contact information of the people (Santa) you expect to receive the gifts from.
Team Secondwind will notify your chosen Santa and present them with your Christmas list
Your Santa can now visit any of our stores to view and purchase the items in your Christmas list
This will help your loved ones pick out the perfect Christmas gift for current and would-be runners like you. Visit any of our two stores and start making your Christmas list now!
Happy Holidays!!
Secondwind. Running Starts Here.
Registration starts on November 23, 2009 at our two branches.
Secondwind Quezon City
 88 Maginhawa St., Teachers Village. Q.C,
Telephone: 7992089
Secondwind Pasig City
E-Prime Area, Unit03A,  Ortigas Home Depot,
#1Dona Julia Vargas Ave., Barangay Ugong. Pasig City
Telephone: 9140283
Contact us at:

Conquer Corregidor Official Website

Interested participants can now have easy mouse-click access to detailed event information on the much-awaited Conquer Corregidor 2009. The event’s official website is finally available! The site not just gives detailed race information, it also has a gallery of trail shots that will make everyone gidy with anticipation. 🙂

Just click on the image above to access the site. See you all at Corregidor on December 6! 😉

Timex Run 2009 Race Results and Photos Out Now

Kindly check the new RUNRIO website for the 2009 Timex Run race results (both consolidated list and the RunPix Analysis) and photos by Photovendo. 😉  Yey!

The 2009 Timex Run

For Coach Rio Dela Cruz, this race is the sum-total of all of the best features he wants to see in a race. Simply put, it was to be his “showcase”… And what a showcase runners did get. For most, this was the best organized race that they have participated in so far. It is a bummer if one wasn’t able to experience running it. I should know, I was one of them. *SIGH*

Weeks before this race, I have already set my eyes on running my third half marathon in this prelude to the Runrio Trilogy of races. What’s more, my excitement rises a notch higher everytime race updates or advance race event information gets to us from organizers, making me really look forward into participating in it. Lastly, of course I wouldn’t let the chance to see Piolo Pascual run his first road race ever, I had to be there to see him off and finish his 10k!

But then, certain personal developments wouldn’t let me run. I was honestly sad but then whatever it is that prevented me to be doing this one thing I love, I have in a short while accepted it. And of course, no matter what, I knew that I will still be there, running or not. I will be there come race day and take part in the happenings even as a mere expectator.

So there I was, running gear and race kit tucked in my bag (just in case I felt like I can do even a short 5k run) with hubby at the race activity area a few minutes before 5am. As i have told friends, I proceeded to go near the stage area and wait for them there. My wait was to be worth it for I was to chance upon Piolo before he and Coach Rio goes up the stage and open the event with a prayer. Thanks super to Gemma, Timex Marketing Manager, who called me to join them, I got my first photo of the day – my picture with Piolo, a chance to animatedly chat with him and kiss him good luck. Sheer luck? Hmm no, as Gemma would love to put it, it is a mere case of “The early bird catches the early Piolo”  lol! Can I just say that the kiss and the chance to be “feeling close” with Piolo erased the bitter feeling of not beeing able to run the said race? Oh, shallow as it may seem, it did. I just really like the guy and I don’t care if others don’t. Hmmm and by the way, Piolo went on to finish a sub-50 – he clocked in at 47:54 together with Coach Rio. Making true his reply to me when I told/chided him on finishing with a sub-60 – “Kaya yan!”.

when Gemma said, "Where's your camera?", I knew then that i'll have my first pic of the day - with PJ! 😉

Coach keeps on saying to people around him - "Kinakabahan ako!" to which we just said, daanin na lang yan sa picture! And both he and piolo obliged with a smile

Tired but happy, Gemma and Vince 😉

Coach Rio and Piolo's strong finish

As expected, a lot of my running friends participated in this race. Hubby went on to run and finish a 5k, setting a new personal best. Tanya, Mark, Tiffin, Aljo, Cristy, Jaimie, Doray and Mariel each had a good 10k run. Raymund, Bobby, Mayen, JunC, Jay, Jaymie and Miguel took on the half marathon. Marga, Vener and Joms were there too but did not run and were satisfied with being merely expectators, photogs and supporters just like me. 😉 Each one of us truly had fun, whether we ran or not. 😉 As usual, we especially had fun meeting-up post race for the expectated photo-ops.

hubby, proud of his 5k PR 😉

marga, karla and GTalker "Sophitia" who ran her first 3k, Congrats sis!

was that RIA, Rio's sis with me and marga? Nope, that's Lara, Women's Health EIC wearing an afro wig. aliw!

aljo, marga, joms, me and jaimie

marga, mari, kaye, me, art, tanya's ofcmate, tanya, mariel and cristy

So why was this race the best organized race ever? Why was it to be considered the race showcase that it went on to be? Here folks are some of my observations together with the feedback I got from friends who were able to run and tackle the route:

•Fuss-free race registration, may it be during the regular registration or the extended period.
•Race kit consists of a race bib and a timing chip, conspicuously packed in clear plastic and a race singlet (for those who registered within the regular registration)
•Visible labels and timers at the Start/Finish arc together with an animated race route display
•Cheering squad from David’s Salon along the start and finish area
•Marshalls and Race staff are sufficient in numbers and easily identifiable with their uniform and IDs
•Wide screen at the main stage showing the goings-on at the Start/Finish area
•Properly-labeled booths along the activity area especially those for the claiming of give-aways
•Portalets are a damn lot resulting to almost no queues if and when you need to use it
•Massage booth for runners to avail of post-race (sarap!)
•Timex Race Backdrops and Piolo and Coach Rio standees for photo-ops (just in case you weren’t able to catch them in person!)
•No long queues at the finish line
•No long queues/waiting for runners to be able to claim their give-aways
•Finisher’s medal and dri-fit shirt for 21k finishers
•Loot bag give-aways after the race
•Fast and accurate race results (check the initial results here at the brand new RUNRIO site)
•Souvenir on-the spot finisher photo print from Photo Vendo (it shows you finishing with Coach Rio and Piolo, yun oh!)
•Detailed RunPix performance analysis complete with graphic illustrations and comparative results (click HERE to view results)
•Professional action shots by PhotoVendo to capture those precious winning moments (click HERE to view the photos)
•Free viewing of the Pacquiao-Cotto fight in two areas: one at the main stage screen and another at the Cignal booth
•Paul Calvin’s Brunch buffet and Pacquiao-Cotto fight inside a tent for only PHP500

animated race route at the starting arc

the free massage area c/o David's Salon

the stage area with free viewing of the Pacquiao-Cotto fight

brunch buffet and pacquiao-cotto fight at the tent for PHP500

And according to my friends who ran, there were:

•Long line of hydration tables with more than enough water and 100 Plus drinks in cups strategically and conveniently located at the middle of the race route making it easier for runners who are on either side of the route to get hydrated
•Bananas along the route were provided to those who ran the 21k
•Enough kilometer markers and directional signs along the race route

And for all those, I would agree 100% if people say that this was the best race ever organized so far in the Philippine running history. I would even go on to say that the money each runner paid for registering in this race was all worth it. The race was best and friendly for all runners – wannabes, newbies and elites alike. If this is a preview of things to come, I would be really eager to see how the Runrio trilogy would turn out.

Congratulations to Gemma and the Timex People, the Finishline staff especially to Vince, Cristel and Kaye and of course to Rio who got his dream race to become a reality. Kudos guys, this is one testament that hard-work and good planning really pays-off. 😉

vince, dra doray, me and ben

all smiles although it is SOOOO hot

Girltalkers All - rina, marj, apple, me and marga

bobby, doray, me, christine, marga and mayen

inside the tent with marga, vince, raymund and miguel

As for me, I know that running will eventually take me back when I am ready to get back to it. For this race, I was just too happy to still be there and enjoy the pre and post-race activities. I was more of an expectator and photog but then again, it’s as if I PRed too.

Check out more Timex Run photos HERE.

Conquer Corregidor Race Registration Updates


Hello folks! As advised by the race organizer, as of this post, roughly about 150 slots remain open for registration for the Conquer Corregidor Race which happens on December 6, 2009 at Corregidor Island, Bataan. In addition, please take note of the following updates so that you can avoid getting inconvenienced if and when you go to the centers for registration. 😉


  Nov 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26 and 29 ; 6pm to 10pm



Ortigas Branch – Nov 17, 19, 24, and 26 ; 2pm to 5pm


So folks, if you have the intention of joining this race, I suggest you visit any of the registration centers soon. 150 open slots are too easy to fill!

Second Wind Store No. 2 NOW OPEN

Second Wind, that dream running store for runners by runners, have already gone a long way. You see, from that first cozy little store along Maginhawa St. at Teacher’s Village in Q.C., a bigger and improved second store is now open to serve runners – wannabes, newbies and elites alike.


running from store 1 to store 2

Store No. 2 had its grand opening yesterday which was started with a “ceremonial run” from the first store up to the new one and was participated in by Second Wind owners and Pinoy Ultra Runners and Triathletes and their runner friends. The “grand unveiling” was capped by a delicious breakfast shared with everyone present and oh, there was even a special pick-a-prize (which I unfortunately lost, bummer! lol!) wherein lucky runners got the chance to score nice tokens/prizes.


The Second Wind Ortigas Branch...


... is now OPEN!


and in we go

We were lucky to have been invited to attend the opening and based on my observation, the following are some of the reasons why this is a store that is worth the visit:

1. It is bigger and better. From the first store which can’t fit ten people at a time, this second store can and mind you, not just ten, huh!
2. It has more stocks, meaning more shopping options!
3. It is very near the ULTRA, so for those of you who like me usually run/train at the ULTRA, going to the store can even be your warm-down run or walk.
4. It’s conveniently located along the Ortigas Center area, particularly at the Ortigas Home Depot, making it easier to find and travel to.
5. Parking is not a problem since the Ortigas Home Depot Area provides ample space for parking best of all, it’s FREE.
6. It is directly infront of the “Seafood Paluto” restaurants of the Ortigas Home Depot and a whole lot of other dining options. Hmm, I have to mentally take note of the Bread Bag store which sells pugon baked bread (Hector says its sarap! takaw ko ‘no?)
7. A number of good running routes can be found along the area and in fact the store has available map of these routes for everyone to check out and try.
8. As in the first store, runners are welcome to stay and hang out. One can choose to hang out inside and even outside, take your pick. Space here is not a problem.
9. All Terra, the bike shop will be opening beside the store in a few weeks, making it a one-stop area for runners who are also into biking.
10. Don’t you just love going to running stores for no special reason?


THE Jeremy at the counter


jay makes for a good endorser, yes?


Jaymie ( checks out the products


the stairs leading to the second floor which houses the meeting/stock room


the running route maps


the runners' wall

Now folks, take your pick from two Second Wind Stores to visit:

Unit 03A, Ortigas Home Depot, Dona Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig City
Telephone number 914-02-83

88 Maginhawa St.Teachers Village, QC
Telephone number 799-20-89


Best wishes and congratulations to the people behind Second Wind  Running Store. Here’s to more Second Winds in the future! 😉

Click HERE to view more store opening pix.

The Men’s Health Philippines Urbanathlon and Festival

Are you getting tired and bored of the oh so common foot race routes here in the metro? Are you looking for some additonal challenge that will not test you running skills but your physical strength as well? Then the Men’s Health Philippines Urbanathlon and Festival is just the right race for you. 😉


The said race happening on November 22, is the local counterpart of the famous race event that happens in New York every year. It puts a big twist in running. Here, participants are pitted against a series of urban obstacles making runners scramble up walls, fling over hurdles and even do a vertical run wherein 6 flights of floors will have to be climbed twice over. Definitely not for the faint of heart!


the military hurdle


the wall

Last night, blogging runners where invited by the organizers to see and try a mock setup of two of the obstacles that is to be expected from the race. And from what I saw from Coach Titus’ demo of the military hurdle, one really has that certain amount of spunk to be able to go through it. It is kinda challenging (oh and difficult even!) but is surely fun too! And from the event title itself, a festival is to happen after the race. 😉


the coaches showing how to tackle the wall


coach titus doing the hurdle


the bloggers with finishline's vince

I would have loved to try it out but I only came as far as this:


mock pose for a mock setup, lol!

Chicken right? Not really, I just am not in the perfect condition to be engaging in such strenous activity. Hmm, maybe next year? 😉

For those of you who marvels on challenges and overcoming physical obstacles, this race is for you. Centralized registration is now on-going at the RUNNR store at Bonifacio High Street and online via


Be Race-Ready for the Men’s Health Urbanathlon
An all-new race course awaits Urbanathletes this November

Are you tired of running your usual 10k races? Challenge yourself this November by running the Men’s Health Urbanathlon, a race unlike any other! Hit the concrete, do a skyscraper vertical run, scramble through urban obstacles and never, ever forget it.

The Men’s Health Urbanathlon, a city-based, multi-disciplinary race that integrates various urban structures as part of the race course, will be held on November 22, 2009, Sunday, 5:00 A.M. at McKinley Hill, Taguig City. Download the registration forms now by visiting, or The registration fee of Php 450.00 includes a race kit, a finisher shirt , free breakfast at the event, and a copy of the November issue of Men’s Health. Registration period is from October 29 to November 18, 2009 only.

Make sure you are race-ready for the Men’s Health Urbanathlon! Visit to get the first part of an exclusive training plan that will turn you into the ultimate Men’s Health Urbanathlete. Grab a copy of the November issue of Men’s Health featuring actor Gerard Butler on the cover to get the complete training workout guide for the Men’s Health Urbanathlon.

The 2009 Men’s Health Urbanathlon is brought to you by official sports drink Gatorade, Cecon, Frenzy, official festival sponsor Kenny Rogers Roasters, and the home of the 2009 Men’s Health Urbanathlon McKinley Hill. Special thanks to Timex, Fitness First, and St. Luke’s.