Back to Basics : The NBA Fit Run

It was seemingly a “back to basics” run for participants of the recently held NBA Fit Run at the SM MOA grounds. With just barely a week of preparation and manual registration, runners found themselves signing-up for a limited 2,000 slots-only race at the MOA for the amount of P300 for any of the available 3k, 5k and 10k distances. There were no timing chips and no promise of loot bags or any other exciting amenities such as race pictures, after-race services or give-aways.

So what made runners decide to join this race in a heart beat? I could only surmise that it maybe because of the following:

– the cool-looking NBA Fit singlet which is free from sponsor logos (it’s as if you bought an official NBA Fit singlet!)
– curiosity : the desire to see what happens to a race which is said to have only barely a week of preparation
– affordability : the race fee is only P300 pesos across all distances- a far cry from the current going-rate for races
– track-record : it is after all a Runrio-organized race and people are curious on how a P300-Runrio race will fare against previous races organized by the same group but costs more than this race.

And the verdict? Satisfaction achieved. Though it was said to be a laid back race with few participants, Runrio did not disappoint. After all it looks like the event was merely just a “walk in the park” for them. The race started and ended without much funfare but it still showed the common signature of Runrio-organized races:

– ample hydration stations with separate tables for overflowing water and sports drink (Gatorade was a sponsor)
– marshalls abound all-throughout the race route
– kilometer markers were strategically placed on various locations and visible
– wide event venue with various tents for first aid, claiming of finisher’s kits and other sponsored-activities
– finisher’s kit was provided which contain a finisher’s certificate and an NBA Fit poster
– race results were made available after a couple of days (click HERE to download the race results)

this stage served as the runners' backdrop for their photo-ops

on-site singlet claiming and race registration was available in this booth

the spacious event area encouraged runners to stay post-race and loaf around

Coach Rio was hands-on in overseeing the conduct of this race

Generally, I can really say that the event was a success with runners still going home happy and satisfied despite the absence especially of those common give-aways. This race is one perfect example that low-cost races can still be successfully staged given that runners will be interested in participating in it.

Congratulations is in order for NBA Fit organizers and Runrio and most especially to all participants! 🙂


The NBA Fit Run is a “back-to-basics” thing for me too. This was my first ever run eversince I discovered that I am pregnant with my fourth child and exactly eight weeks after my C-section delivery. This was also a test-of-sorts for me – on whether I could slowly start easing back to my usual running routine or not. Hubby was initially skeptical since an abdominal operation is something to be really sensitive about when doing physical activities are concerned. But he eventually gave in and consented that we join, with the condition that we sign-up only to the shortest race distance available, 3k and that we should resort to a “jog-walk-jog” activity or a totally “walk” activity once I feel any signs of discomfort. Of course, I agreed to all the conditions, it was after all my only ticket to doing what I miss doing most – running.

On race day morning, I decided to wear my CW-X Stabilyx tights. This may seem to be pretty ridiculous since I will only be doing a 3k run. But then again, I was supposed to wear abdominal binders considering that I am just barely two months from my C-Section operation. I decided to forego of the binder since it might cause my skin to chafe and used the tights instead since this model has abdominal support. I also decided to wear my CW-X sports bra together with a pair of nursing pads – which I am counting on giving me optimal support and comfort – I was still on the nursing stage after all. Most importantly, I made sure to have my garmin – initially because I missed using it and also it will be best that I am guided all-throughout my 3k run – from my pace, my heart rate and how many distances I have already completed and how many more I need to run in order to reach the finish.

I relied on my favorite running gears to provide me support on my comeback 🙂

It all proved to be a very wise decision. The tights and sports bra truly provided the needed support in the areas where I needed it and the Garmin did serve as my guide all thoughout the run.

But run I did not on race day. With my current fitness level way, way, way FAR from my pre-pregnancy fitness level, what I did on race day can be considered more of a CRAWL. Crawl I did all throughout the race course. I started the first few meters on a 6min/km pace but had to eventually slow down to 9min/km and at times even to a frustrating 10min/km pace because I can’t help but get tired easily.  Ah, it was as if it’s my first time. To make matters worst, it proved to be difficult to run with my 130-lb body.  I felt heavy, SO HEAVY that I sometimes feel like my tummy will fall to the ground! I finished the 3k with a dismal 28:36 time – a time good for a 5k finish for others. Frustrating eh?

ngwek! i look like a WHALE beside my runner friends Jun, Dindo and Mariel

Well sort of. Hmmm, honestly it was really VERY frustrating. But then again after giving it much thought, I just gave birth didn’t I? And it wasn’t just easy to have an abdominal operation and just lace-up eight weeks after and find myself running one PR after another. So in the end, I really felt glad that at least I was back running, errr crawling! I am glad that during and after the run, I did not feel any problems on my midsection. A good sign that I can now really go back, slowly but surely, into running training. With that, I look forward to beign able to achieve the following:

– start losing weight
– go back to my regular balanced-diet
– train at least thrice a week (consist of a mixture of running, mtbiking and hopefully soon, swimming!)
– go back to serious strength training
– draw up a serious running goal to keep me in-line with my training

Hopefully, this won’t be a “New Year’s resolution” type of thing. I am so hell bent on making this the real thing. And without much thought, I have this kulit feeling that it will be. After all, difficult can be done at once, while impossible takes only a while longer.

With the item “running comeback” stamped with a check on my post-pregnant me checklist, can riding the trails with my mountain bike be far enough? I hope not. Hmmm, time for my mtbike to have its much-needed tune-up.

i so look forward to bonding with my mtbike soon! 😉

Hello outdoors, i am so back! 😉

7 Responses

  1. ey vimz, welcome back! congratulations on your first run after a long hiatus. nice seeing you at the race! – Mariel 🙂

  2. congratulations! what a great determination to be back on the road again, just take it easy.

  3. congrats kr on your return of the comeback. kung kasama ako sa pic siguro mukha ka lang dolphin wehehehe…

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