Heard From The Grapevine #2

Intriguing news comes in droves lately and there are just a few which are too controversial not to share… 

What’s this I have heard that apart from the Condura Skyway Marathon, there is another “BIG RACE” which will not happen this year?

Hmm, this is unofficial, unconfirmed news BUT most likely. Let us just wait and see.

As respect for the race owner, news on the reason and clues on what event this is will be withheld at this time.

TIMEX Philippines Ambassadors Goes to New York for the ING New York Marathon 2013

On November 3, 2013 the streets of New York City will again be filled with cheer as about 47,000 participants, 2 Million spectators and a worldwide television audience of 315 million focus on what is said to be the largest one-day live sporting event in the world. the ING New York Marathon.

During the 26.2-mile journey through the five boroughs of New York City, some 47,000 runners will experience the sights and sounds of the city, cheered on by more than two million spectators, entertained by hundreds of bands, and be inspired every step of the way. 

It is in regard that TIMEX Philippines held, a few days ago, a very-special “Timex Delegates send-off” for their Brand Ambassadors who will try to make history by participating in this special event.

Present in the send-off together with select members of the media were TIMEX Marketing team headed by Ms. Ivy Palencia,  and TIMEX Ambassadors Coach Rio dela Cruz and celebrity-couple and triathletes – Anthony and Maricel Pangilinan. All three are the TIMEX Philippines delegates to the said marathon event in New York except that Coach Rio’s entry will have to be withdrawn at the last minute due to some urgent concerns.

It was a fruitful and happy lunch time for everyone with all of us engaged in interesting talk about the New York Marathon – with both Coach Rio and Anthony sharing their past NYC Marathon experiences and Maricel sharing to us her feelings and thoughts for her upcoming first NYCM.

Here are some of the things that the 3 revealed to us:

1. Coach Rio


  • The New York City Marathon is considered to be the biggest marathon in the world as it only has the full marathon distance as its event. 
  • He says that for NYCM participants, clothing is very important and layered clothing is a must. Top layers should be the clothes that one is willing to just throw away as these level of clothing are being discarded along the route during the run.
  • Participants should be there early (at least 1.5 or 2 hours before) the race as one should find where his wave should start,
  • For marathon and in any other races, he doesn’t follow any special diet. He just follows his diet during training. 
  • He eats BIG the night before the race because he do not eat breakfast on race day morning
  • 70 or 80% of the participants to the NYCM are non-New Yorkers
  • The NYCM route is more difficult than the Boston Marathon

2. Anthony Pangilinan


  • Training and running for a marathon gives him license to eat anything he wants
  • Hydration and Nutrition can make or break one’s race
  • one should stick to their hydration and nutrition schedule
  • 2 Million people who are not runners are all lined-up along the route of the NYCM to cheer for participants
  • the NYCM is a very special day for New York, it is a whole day of celebration – streets are closed, bars all have bands playing and give free drinks for finishers, churches are open with their choirs singing
  • The discarded the clothes of the participants are being donated to charity making the NYCM one of the biggest charity event also.
  • Suggestion to participants:
    • draw energy from the crowd and let it take you half-way the race
    • write your name on the bib as the crowd will shout out your name as they cheer for you

3.  Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan


  • is a vegetarian and believes that ever since she became one she doesn’t have any more problems with regards a diet
  • being a vegetarian though is not for everyone 
  • There is a science which can effectively tell how many calories you should eat 2 hours before a race. formula is one’s weight in lbs x 2.2 = calories 
  • Nutrition and timing when to hydrate is important as lack of any or both can deplete your energy
  • The NYCM is in every serious runner’s bucket list, to be included one has to be either a part of a charity or one has to join the lottery and pray to get picked
  • For the TIMEX ambassadors, slots where given by Timex US who is the official timing sponsor of the NYCM.
  • The NYCM is more newbie-friendly than the Boston Marathon which is for qualifiers. Some run for personal records, for a touring experience.

It was truly a noon well-spent with good conversation with good people. It left me to thinking, “I better get back to training soon and hopefully in the future get a chance to add the NYCM in my running bucket list too!

Here’s wishing Anthony and Maricel Pangilinan the best of luck and a wonderful time in the New York City Marathon. We look forward to hearing again wonderful NYCM stories from both of you when you get back!

Meanwhile, here is a treat to everyone of us from TIMEX. Read on!


The ING New York City Marathon is one of the most anticipated and sought after races in the world.

This November 03, 2013, three Filipino athletes will represent the country in this prestigious event. Timex is proud to support Anthony Pangilinan, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and Coach Rio .

There is no other feeling than crossing the finish line in the New York Marathon along with other runners from all around the world.

Want to own a Timex Ironman Sleek 50 Lap watch? All you have to do is to join the Timex’s ING New York City Marathon Facebook Contest! Follow the mechanics below and you can win in no time! The contest is from October 18, 2013, 5:00pm to November 4, 2013, 12mn.


  • All you have to do is “like”, “share” and give a motivational cheer (as your caption for your post) for our Filipino contingents. 
  • On your post, please mention us on Facebook (Timex Sports Philippines), Instagram (timexph), or on Twitter (timexph). Don’t forget to tag our Filipino contingents at their respective social media accounts as seen below.

Coach Rio:

    • @coach_rio316 (Instagram and Twitter)

Anthony Pangilinan:

    • @anthonypangilinan (Instagram)
    • @apangilinan(Twitter)

Maricel Panglinan:

    • @mommymaricel (Instagram and Twitter)
  • The best motivational and catchy cheer will be declared as the winner. 
  • Submission of entries will be until November 04, 2013, 12 midnight. 
  • Winners will be announced on November 08, 2013 at 5:00pm. 
  • Remember, management decision is final



MultiSport Magazine’s IBERET ACTIVE 101 SWIM, BIKE, RUN – The Multisport Series

As the sport of running continues to gain popularity as a health and lifestyle activity for almost everybody, there is another type of sport that is slowly gaining support from the public. A sport which in the past have just been regarded as only for those who are well-off is beginning to gain a wider participant-base. We all came to know this sport as TRIATHLON or MULTISPORT.

The Triathlon or Multisport for that matter, combines three sports disciplines into one – Running, Swimming and Biking. Unfortunately, not all who can run can easily make it into the world of multisport. This is because, to swim and to ride a bike is not natural or in-born to every person unlike running is. One has to learn, practice andmaster these two other disciplines to be able to have a shot into participating into a triathlon event.

But don’t fret now. As if reading everyone’s mind, Multisport Magazine comes to the rescue and presents to us a series of lectures to give us a chance to get acquainted to Multisport. Dubbed as the “Iberet Active 101 Swim, Bike, Run”, this multisport series presents individual lectures each for running, swimming and biking. It is also said that a completion of this three sessions gives a person a broader understanding about correct technique, injury prevention, proper nutrition, heart rate training and more.

Lectures will be presented by the country’s respectable coaches – all experts on the subject-matter. What is really good is that several schedules are available for each type of lecture which will be handled by the different coaches – making it possible for everyone to choose a session which is either comfortable for him/her in terms of the date and timing OR in terms of the coach he/she prefer most to listen to.

Here folks are the schedule of activities. Please do note that each attendee can only sign-up for one session for each type of lecture (meaning, one only for running, one for swimming and one for biking).

Care to know more about the details of this series? Get to know how you can participate and register for a lecture session and more importantly, get to know the people behind each lectures. Do that by downloading the official details HERE as provided by MultiSport Philippines.

*Thank you to Multisport Philippines and to Hinge Inquirer Philippines for the invitation to the launch of this event and for providing the details.

The RUNNR Academy

Two Wednesdays ago, on March 23, I was invited to attend the launch of the RUNNR Academy. This, it seems, is RUNNR Store’s way of giving back to the running community as they were awarded “Store of the Year”  at the 2010 Ayala Mall’s Merchants Awards event.

The RUNNR Academy is an upcoming series of lectures in running for both beginner and advanced runners. The lectures will also be complemented by group runs wherein participants can learn to apply the things they learned from the lectures.

During the launch, attendees got the privilege of hearing talks from The Bull Runner – Ms. Jaymie Pizarro and RUNNR owner and then Birthday Boy, Mr. Toby Claudio.

See here the topic outline of the succeeding lectures:

    Natural Running Edsel Vengco
    Common Running Injuries Dr. Gar Eufemio
    Conditioning for running Prof. Jim Saret
    Nutrition for runners Edward Kho
    Strength and Conditioning Edsel Vengco
    Running Form and Techniques Arland Macasieb
    Chi Running Lit Onrubia
    Myths and Facts about Running Andy Leuterio
    Gearing Up TBA


RUNNR Academy to share running tips and benefits

An upcoming weekly series of lectures on running will fire up the interests of both beginners and advanced runners as they will get to know innovative health and training tips, strength and conditioning techniques, and other important strategies that will take them further into their sport.

The RUNNR Academy, sponsored by the innovative and highly defined sports store RUNNR in partnership with Run BGC (Bonifacio Global City) and Newton Running, will be launched on March 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm.

The evening lectures will be conducted by well-known runners and coaches like Jaymie Pizarro, Jim Saret, Andy Leuterio, Lit Ornubia, Edsel Vengco, Edward Kho, and others experts.

Some of the topics they will be discussed include the application of the correct method of running; the importance of having a strong physical framework; techniques to acclimatize, avoid dehydration and run with the sun; determining the ideal weight, right nutrition, heart rate, and other health concerns.

The lectures will be held subsequently every Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. until May 25, 2011. Lecture is free for all. Lectures will be followed by Group Runs at 8:00 p.m. Lecture Participants will be divided into two groups of Basic and Advanced runners, each limited to 30 individuals and to be led by two couches along a predetermined route inside the Bonifacio Global City. Group stretching and other drills will ensure that the participants will get the most benefits out of each session. If a runner misses the group runs for 2 consecutive Wednesdays, his/her slot will be opened to new interested runners.

RUNNR founder Toby P. Claudio explained that the RUNNR Academy intends to not just encourage interest in the sport but also share in-depth knowledge that can maximize one’s health and enjoyment.

“The RUNNR Academy showcases our commitment to propagate the sport and all its many benefits to everyone,” he said. “Running is taking off literally, both as a sport and as a hobby. It’s about time that people realize and learn the many aspects about running, because these can impact on one’s endurance, physical safety, cardiovascular health and other areas.”

The RUNNR Academy running clinics is on a first come, first served basis. There will be no pre-registration. Interested runners must register on the spot during the clinics. For more information visit RUNNR at building B3 of Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City, call tel. no. 403-1787, search RUNNR on Facebook or log on to www.runnr.com.ph

Free Running Talks at Robinson’s Galleria

One of the running races that I look forward to every year is Robinson’s Supermarket’s Fit and Fun Buddy Run. In this race, you get to run and finish the race with a buddy. And I will forever look back to the first ever Fit and Fun Buddy Run as the main reason why I was able to get hubby to run. And he never looked back to the couch ever since! 😉

Fast forward to today, Robinson’s Galleria is now holding a series of events related to running. As if organizing the F&F Buddy Run isn’t enough, the Galleria branch chose to hold three separate events that aims to encourage mallgoers to try running and practice a healthier lifestyle.

The events or running talks for that matter will happen on three separate dates and will feature three running celebrities – Jaymie Pizarro, The Bull Runner, Hector Yuzon – Mr. Shoe Guru and Owner of the Second Wind Running Store and last but not the least, Triathlete and Iron Woman Ani De Leon.

Personally for me, this is a very good opportunity to everyone especially to those who are just starting to get interested to running as a sport or recreational activity. The talks will be held at the recently opened Sports Loop at the 3rd Level of the Robinson’s Galleria. Admission if FREE.

Refer to the poster above folks for schedules and contact information in case you have questions regarding the event.



This year, three stripes decides to get a major makeover  by having some curls but without applying any “cold wave lotion”!

Find out more about it soon! Yey! 😉

On Running and Our Kidneys

Is there any connection? Oh yes there are!

That was what I have learned (and a whole lot of facts) when me and friends gathered together for the Amazing Kidneys talk that was put up by race organizer Edward Kho with friend, runner, blogger and most of all doctor Dingdong Biruar (runmd) over breakfast at the Paul Calvin’s Deli last Sunday right after the Century Tuna Superbods race.

from l-r: jolon, raymund, miguel, jaymie, bobby, me, edward,cristy, jay, dingdong, mariel, jun and vener

The talk centered mainly on topics about the kidneys and how we should take care of them. The most important part of the talk though was during the presentation of the FAQs which directly connects kidneys to running. These items are what I would really want to share with you. Here goes:

The Kidneys and Athletic Performance

Dingdong was able to share with us many interesting facts about our kidneys and how we should take care of it

Q: Why do some runners reach the point of urinating blood during intense and prolonged physical activity such as running?

A: This is because of the condition called Haematuria. This is characterized by the presence of reddish tints to the urine which usually happens when a person/runner increases the duration or intensity of his training in an abrupt manner. In most cases, the red cells and haemoglobin are being filtered into the blood via the kidneys, but the bladder may also be letting blood ease into the urine.

Haematuria usually happens to:
– males more than females
– to people whose age is beyond 50 (their risk is higher)
– to those who perform strenuous exercise more than those who do only light exertion
– people after running more than after biking

Possible causes of Haematuria:
– foot-strike haemolysis (breaking down of red blood cells as a result of the impacts of the feet with the ground during sporting activity)
– renal ischaemia (lack of adequate blood flow to the kidneys)
– hypoxic damage, the release of a haemolyzing factor during exercise
– bladder and/or kidney trauma associated with exertion
– the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
– peroxidation of red blood cells
– dehydration

Q: How much should we drink prior to, during, and after maximal prolonged exercise like long distance races?

A: No single formula fits everyone.
– The length of exercise/activity, heat, humidity and the amount of sweat are all major considerations for keeping the body’s proper fluid balance.
– During long bouts of intense exercise, it’s best to use a sports drink that contains sodium because it reduces chances of hyponatremia.
– It’s generally not a good idea to use thirst alone as a guide for when to drink.
– For maximum efficiency and well-being, drink about one-quarter liter of water every 10 to 15 minutes during periods of intense exercise
– Cool water gets absorbed faster than warm water
– In some conditions you will lose water faster than you can replace it. Hence, rest breaks, during which fluid is consumed, become important.

* Tests indicate that a drink of six to eight percent sugar–specifically glucose, maltodextrin, or sucrose–gets absorbed as fast as plain water during periods of hard exercise with the added benefit of supplying energy for improved physical performance.

Q: Is it advisable to use salt tablets during long, intense workouts or runs/races?

A: NO.
-It increases the chances of disrupting the optimum electrolyte balance in the body.
Premise: Salt helps you retain water during exercise and, for another, salt stimulates the need to drink.
Fact: A balanced diet meets even the most active person’s requirements for electrolytes.
-Actually, most sports drinks are low in salt.

Q: Is it alright to consume alcohol and/or fatty foods immediately after an intense and prolonged physical activity?

A: NO.
– Fats decrease the body’s rate of absorption of nutrients.
-Alcohol is a toxin that draws water out of your cells to “water down” increasing blood toxicity.”
* You must drink eight ounces of plain water just to balance one ounce of alcohol.  
– Studies show: small amounts of alcohol increase muscular endurance and strength output, but, these benefits are very short lived.

* Reduction of strength, endurance, recovery capabilities, aerobic capacity, ability to metabolize fat and muscle growth
– prompts more muscle soreness after exercise making recuperation periods longer
– increases heat loss which causes muscles to get cold thus becoming slower and weaker during contractions which leads to reduction of endurance capacities
– increases metabolism of glycogen, thereby  sparing fat making fat loss more difficult.


March 7, 2010 UP Diliman Campus

The talk was held in connection with the celebration of the World Kidney Day 2010 and is to be concluded with a foot race entitled, “The Amazing Kidney Race”. The said race will be held on March 7, 2010 at the UP Diliman Campus.

To learn more about the race, you can check my previous post about it by clicking HERE and view the updates HERE.