Run Reviews

A few days ago, I received an email from a visitor of this blog. She together with two of her friends have put up a site and is asking for help in getting the word around about it. 

RUNREVIEWS.COM, i gathered, was initially set-up to provide a site for treadmill tips and reviews. The site also has interactive pages of running tips – be it road or trail or marathon running. I said interactive because aside from the tips they already were able to share, they also encourage readers to also add/share whatever tips they have to improve the list.

Try to take a peek and check what it may have in store for everyone.  Personally for me, the site is more geared towards the newbie and wannabe runners since fairly most running topics were presented in a basic way. Click HERE to visit the site.

The Century Tuna Superbods Run 2010 21KM Finisher’s T-Shirt

This is the image of the T-Shirt that the 21km race participants will receive upon finishing the 21km run of the Century Tuna Superbods Run 2010 (Runrio Trilogy Leg 1).

the Century Tuna Superbods Run 2010 (The Runrio Trilogy leg 1) 21km Finisher's T-shirt

Condura Run 2010’s Detailed 42K Route

Yesterday, I received an SMS message from Pat Concepcion (the Running Shield) with the details of the full marathon route for the Condura Run for the Dolphins race on February 7. He also gave some additional race tidbits. Read on…

DETAILED 42KM Race Route:

Part 1: Fort Bonifacio
– UP on 28th Street
– LEFT towards 11th Avenue
– RIGHT 32nd Street
– LEFT into University Parkway (where the International School is)
– RIGHT Triangle Drive
– TURN AROUND back to University Parkway
– RIGHT 32nd Street
– LEFT 5th Avenue all the way to Lawton Avenue
– LEFT Bayani Road towards Libingan ng Mga Bayani
– LEFT towards Heritage Park BUT only up to the Philippine Army Officers’ Ladies Foundation School
– No going down the steep incline instead,
– U-TURN back to Bayani Road
– RIGHT Lawton Avenue into 5th Avenue
– LEFT 26th Street
– RIGHT Rizal Drive into 32nd Street
– LEFT into Kalayaan Flyover

Part 2: Buendia Avenue Area
– Buendia Avenue up to before railroad tracks
– LEFT Estacio Street
– RIGHT De La Rosa Street
– UP the Buendia Off Ramp Northbound

Part 3: Skyway
– Skyway all the way to Bicutan
– U-TURN at Bicutan
– HEAD BACK Northbound
– UP the NAIA 3 Off Ramp (aka the Condura Heartbreak Hill which is a 200m climb) into the NAIA 3 Toll Booth
– After 15 meters, TURN AROUND into NAIA 3 On Ramp into NorthBound
– BACK to Skyway NorthBound
– Off Ramp into Buendia Avenue into Kalayaan Avenue into 32nd Avenue
– RIGHT 5th Avenue
– LEFT into 29th Street


– there will be an exclusive 42km finish line
– 15 physical water stations will be passed twice by 42km race participants, resulting to 30 water stations available not more than 2km  (on the average it’s 1.4km apart)
– there will be ambulances stationed at the Fort, Buendia Avenue and Skyway
– aid station at Off Ramp of Buendia Avenue
– Portalets at the Fort, Buendia Avenue and Skyway
– 100 PLUS and Summit are the Hydration Sponsors

Whew! Just typing it makes me feel oh so tired already! Good Luck to all race participants! 🙂

Many Thanks to Pat C. for the heads-up! 😉

Pregnant and (NOT) Running

Running and pregnancy can very well go together provided that the running mom-to-be has been doing it regularly prior to becoming pregnant. In fact, running (though with some modifications) brings about some benefits for the pregnant runner:  

-helps alleviate morning sickness (which unfortunately happens not only in the mornings!)
-helps keep the weight gain at a healthy rate
-prepares the body for the toughest race that a mom has to run – labor and delivery

Oh and wouldn’t it be a cute sight seeing somebody who is pregnant and all, doing that early morning run? I remember hearing stories about Paula Radcliffe running until her 8th month of pregnancy. And girl friends who have comfortably continued with running and biking while they were pregnant. I do envy those who really can. But It’s really a NO for me…

You see, not all women can run while pregnant. I for one, unlike the “kulit runner” image depicted in my blog’s header (yes, she is carrying a bump too!), have not been running since confirming that I am carrying a baby. It is pretty hard to accept but then, there are some conditions that prevents one from running during pregnancy:

-heart disease
-lung disease
-severe anemia
-if carrying more than just one baby (i.e., mom is having twins, triplets,or more) – might experience preterm labor
-persistent second- or third-trimester bleeding
placenta previa after 26 weeks
-preterm labor
-ruptured membranes (your water has broken)
-preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure)
-chronic hypertension

If you have any of those, any form of aerobic exercises is off limits to you. Unfortunately, I have the last two. I have been diagnosed with “preeclampsia with super-imposed chronic hypertension”. Wicked isn’t it? But then again, instead of being bitter and wallow on sadness and self-pity on not being able to run, I just turn and look at the brighter side and focus on other things:

think, always think that this will just be for at least a year – nine months of being pregnant and a few months of recovery after. I always tell myself that I can always go back to running afterwards and it would be a great challenge to see how running can help me get back to my “pre-pregnancy me”.
get enough sleep – or lot’s of it! Since I don’t have to get-up very early for that morning runs, I would gladly welcome converting those times to get additional shut-eye time. It will be good for both me and the baby anyway.
walk routines – i may not have been able to run, but I can still do walking exercises. this is better than having no activity at all! hmmm, and i can even do so inside a mall, right? 😉
start eating right. Even while running some eating habits remain to be not that healthy. But now that I am pregnant, it will be the best time to start with the healthy eating habit. It will be good for the baby and also for me – I wouldn’t have to worry with unnecessary weight gain due to bad eating habits eh? 😉
look forward to a lot of pampering. Get a new hair style, have my hair treated and colored, have my skin treatments (oh, at least those that are still safe for pregnant women!). These are some of the things that most women take forgranted during running. Especially the hair since it always is comfortable worn tied instead or letting it down.
forget about weight gain. It will be an exciting challenge to lose it after giving birth anyway.
enjoy the smooth and sometimes rough ride to the pregnancy. Which I can do so still with the company of running friends. I may not be running, but then I still have them to join me in looking forward to being able to run again soon! 😉

Meanwhile, the very pregnant me will still try to attend exciting run events, blog about those and enjoy the pregnancy while being witness to whatever great things are to unfold this year. Hopefully, sometime soon, I’ll be able to get a nod from both my set of doctors and hubby to be able to just jog for a few minutes in a week. It will surely be a blast when that happens. 😉

 NOTE: oh no, no pictures this time… 😉

Countdown to the Condura Run 2010

Here’s a message from the people behind the Condura Run 2010. 😉

Hi everyone,

A few weeks into the year 2010 should have kickstarted brand new goals. When it comes to your running goals – of course, immensely driven by the aftermath of holiday feasting! — you should be getting into the rhythm by now!

Get that rhythm going when you join the Condura Run 2010: A Run For The Dolphins! Now on its third year, the premier running event in the country keeps on setting the bar higher to offer the growing running population more exciting things! Last year, we got you guys running a half-marathon along the Skyway. This year, we are stepping it up – we’re including the 42k category for the first time in our event!

Those who have ran in races abroad will definitely agree with us that running along the Skyway feels like running in an entirely different place. Because we are the only race in the country to offer this, everyone running the 42k, 21k, and the relay will get to experience a world-class running route!

Registration is still ONGOING! You still have ONE WEEK left for regular registration – everyone gets to have a medal (yes! even 3k, 5k, and 10k finishers) so everybody gets to become a winner for crossing the finish line. This is also the first time we are having two finish lines – we’re runners, so we’re a little nitpicky on this one, and we hate congested finish lines – so you could savor the moment of your finish once you cross.

Drop by RUNNR (BHS and Ayala Center Cebu), and Planet Sports (Trinoma and Rockwell) to register! Run a one-of-a-kind race route and finish the race as a winner, regardless of distance!

Will be giving you guys regular updates! See you all on February 7!


Visit the CONDURA RUN official website for more details. 🙂