Archive for July, 2010

The Rexona Run 2010

Have you registered for the Rexona Run on Aug. 1, 2010 to be held at a fresh route at MOA?

Runners numbering 6,300 already did so don’t be left behind with yet another big race by RunRio.   This is one innovative race indeed with many firsts.

1)  E-Registration

The new paperless e-registration makes use of the Apple Ipads. No more writing on paper forms.  With just presses and finger flips on the screen, you can get your details in.

2) Run Rio Membership Card

With the many races Runrio is dishing out, registration will not be repetitive from now on.  If you register for the Rexona Run, you will automatically be given a RunRio membership card.  For  future  Runrio races, registration would be a breeze.  One would need only to encode the member’s no. , distance and shirt size and you’re good to go.

Wait, this membership card will be evolving into something bigger.  Work is in the offing so watch out for further announcements.

For those who registered early and did not receive their cards yet,  it’s  now available for pick up where you registered.

3) D-Tag Timing Device

Another new thing in this race is that we will be using a new timing device.  The D-tag timing has been used in some of the more prominent  international running events such as NY Marathon and KL marathon.

So, don’t be left out. Only a few more days left to register.

Until July 19 :   All Timex outlets in SM Malls

Until July 26 :   Timex, SM MOA only and ROX, Bonifacio High Street



See you all at the starting line!



Yes, I’m still thinking pink in this season of green.  Gotta publish this post of an enjoyable all-women’s run albeit late so Jun  can proceed to the Milo green zone…

I was tensed going into the  Team Woman Run.  No, I wasn’t tensed about the relay.  I wasn’t participating in it.  No, I wasn’t tensed about running 5k either.  The tension is coming from coordinating redemption of my friends and family’s race packets.   I was constantly texting upon waking up on race day.  I was texting while at home, while eating,  in the car,  in the restroom, while warming up and texting still just before crossing the starting line.  HAHAHA  For the love of my family and friends who I really want to share this running fever with. 🙂

It was a race full of tutus.  Fairies and clowns graced the events. Yes,  race participants seemingly catching the Tessa Prieto-Valdez fever were apleanty.  Of course, the one and only Tessa, did not disappoint.  She was in a shocking pink tutu over compression tights, with normal running shirt and cap.

Our group were in normal running clothes.  I didn’t want to unnecessarily add pressure to my newbie friends and family members by asking them to wear a costume.  We were around 30 with ages ranging from 11 to 60 years old, would you believe?  My mission for this race was to just invite as many of my friends and family as possible to run and join the race.  I planned to run with each one at least part of the route just to make them feel they’re not alone.  I managed to do this at the first 2 kilometers as I went back to see how other friends are running along, taking their running pics and running on ahead to catch-up with the others again.

At the 3rd kilometer, I just ran-walked-ran with my 11-year old daughter Sofia who was already tired by then as she escaped my net and  ran full-blast early tackling the hills in haste.  She and my 15-year old Bea are both running their first 5k.

Our group broke into natural groupings according to their own paces.  My sister Jen and Bea ran together;  Jun’s sisters, Ate Raquel and Baby, paced each other; Lisa and Sonia formed yet another  group while Marge, Debbie and Rizza each found their own pace.  The others we found only after the race while a couple of them later on texted they failed to wake up.   HAHAHA

Yet, I am very much satisfied. Everyone who got to run was one in saying that they enjoyed and many said they’d be back for more.    It’s a good feeling being able to share this passion called running…

I hope they continue running on…   Till the next race…

Now for the pics…


me with daughters bea and sofia

jenny, debbie, jen, me, marge, baby, lisa, sofia and bea

first time 5kers sofia and bea w/ first time runners tita baby & tita raquel

good friends jen & marge, first timers no more!


... and we're off!!!

debbie enjoying her first run without kids in tow while jenny drinking in the sights and sounds of her first race ever!



jun's sisters baby and ate raquel, first time 5k'ers

my good friend lisa and her friend sonia enjoying the walk... errr run. 😉

sofia's milestones as she passed km 3

... and then km 4

Jun's cam caught some celebrities, too-Jamie Rivera

…  Rovilson Fernandez  and Illac Diaz

jen and bea


me with 11 year old sofia at the finish line

Bea, the reluctant runner, finished her first 5k strong and w energy to spare! Woohoo! Congrats Beii!!!

bea, rizza, marge, me, debbie and jenny -- Yey, you did it ladies!

tanya lara who just finished her 10k leg of the relay and me. Good run Tans, Congrats!

at the piazza -- a very nice after-race venue. Like!

my fave girl clowns. aren't they a cute bunch?

with Team U.P. Mandaragat -- Ria Marifosque, Shiela Albasin, Pach Cordero, Jen Anggangan, me and Marianne Camoying

with Mel and her staff


Everyone enjoyed the experience and seem to want more.

LISA …  is all set and has registered for her 2nd 5k run.  Woohoohoo!

RIZZA and JEN …  first time to join a race; reminded me to invite them again next time I race. Yey!!!

MARGE … a veteran 5k’er is being urged to level-up to 10k.  Go go go Marge!

JEN … has leveled-up to 10k and raring for some more. Go sis!

BABY … still nursing a lower leg discomfort we hope will disappear with a good massage.

ATE RAQUEL … veteran treadmill user seems to be okay.  Will she run another race?  Only time can tell…

UP Mandaragat Runners … a happy and excited bunch of runners who will definitely be back for more!

ACER Staff… excited for the next run!

SOFIA…  after grabbing a Big Breakfast at McDo is raring to run again.

BEA …  a dancer at heart but wouldn’t mind joining the family for family runs.

The SOLE MATES … raring for some serious training again …  See you on the road! 🙂

34th Milo Marathon Advisory

For the warriors of the road who will run at the 34th Milo Eliminations this Sunday, may you be running the full marathon or half or 10k or 5k and even 3k, whether you’re  doing it for the first time or to break your PR, to qualify for the finals,  to support this worthy cause, or for just plain fun, we wish you  all the best.

Just got in from my inbox requesting us to post this latest advisory:

In line with the thrust of MILO® Phils. to continually raise the standards of road races and provide all runners with an exceptional running experience, we would like to issue this advisory in connection with the staging of the 34th National MILO® Marathon on Sunday, July 4, 2010:

  • All unregistered runners or “bandit runners” will not be allowed to run along the designated race course throughout the duration of the race. The same will also apply for pacers of registered runners who have not officially registered as participants.
  • Except for sanctioned lead/trailing automobiles no other vehicles (to serve as pacer or support or otherwise to a particular participant) will be allowed on and along the race course throughout the race.
  • Aid stations other than the designated aid/hydration stations will be allowed set-up along the race course provided assistance will be open to ALL REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS and do not pose any form of obstruction to the runners.

We will deploy a round-the-clock roving race support team to monitor the observance of these vital race policies. We are hoping for the full support of the running community.

Andrew Neri                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nestle Philippines, Inc.

Mission Done at Rock and Run

The Rock and Run was not to be just another race event for us.  It was destined to be something special.  Afterall, it was to be my younger sister, Jen’s  first 10k event , and I promised to pace her.  (See previous post on this mission.)

We were not disappointed.  What promised to be a special race turned out to be an amazing one!!!  Oh, forget about the concept being totally ruined with the bands unable to play throughout the route.  The atmosphere was festive enough with runners enjoying playing … err running in the rain!

Now, our story…

We were in the race venue an hour before gunstart.  More than enough time to meet up with friends, have some photo-ops,  chat, have a restroom break and even grab a doughnut at nearby Krispy Kreme.  All that done in the hour before gunstart when we saw the  cloudy sky turn dark and drops of rain came falling, immediately turning to a hard downpour.

sis, jen and our good friend Anne

me with friend valee in matching tops

the solemates who else? ;

Jun with good friend Vince delRos

Eric & Valee and me

Jen, Anne and me

Our party of 3, Jun, my sister Jen and myself, were with couple  friends Vince & Anne and Hans & Dang (also running her first 10k).  Jen, Anne and myself left the group and went to grab a krispy kreme when I realized I didn’t eat any snacks and was already feeling hungry. Got to go to the restroom one last time and after that was total chaos as I went looking for Jun and then my sister and the rest of the group as I realized the 10k event was starting.  Good thing got my cellphone with me was able to find them in time to run towards the starting line and catch-up with 10k’ers.

raining cats and dogs

that had runners take cover before race start

Run powered by Krispy Kreme? 😉

We ran laughing trying not to slip on the soaked grass and road. Whew, made it pass the 5k’ers  just in time when the last of the 10k pack was leaving.  So, our planned relaxed pace didn’t happen.  We were huffing and puffing…  and laughing as we started the race!  HAHAHA     We were dripping wet,  our shoes soaked even before we reached the starting line.   What a way to start!!!

We slowed down and relaxed even when the rain was beating hard on us.  We felt the drops stinging our skin with accompanying wind that blew my cap away.  Have not ran any race like this.  The Eco Dash Run last year which I thoroughly enjoyed paled in comparison.  I was also loving the scene — runners happily chatting and laughing.  There was even a girl walking with friends under  her pink umbrella!

Jen running her first 10k under pouring rain

umbrella anyone? 😉

Jen at this time was running at her regular pace while I ran alongside her providing the stories that would take her mind off the distance.  At one time, I felt cold as I wasn’t exerting much effort running.  With Jen shooing me away with a reminder to go back for her, I sped on for a couple of minutes to heat up and went back to pace her again.

Mercifully, the rain let-up at around 4k and we ran on with short rest breaks.  At the 6km marker, I pointed out to  her, ” 4k nalang” and got a reply, “Ha? 4k pa?” and we laughed out loud MWAAHAHAHAHAHA !!!

Jen running at around 7k

The next 2kms had me giving her targets to overtake and the last 2kms  had me digging deep into my reserves of kwentos and encouraging words.  “Almost there” , ” Konti na lang”,  “You’re running more than your longest distance na!”, ” Galing-galing!”, “Come on, come on”, “Strong Finish”, “Let’s go!”, Wow, 10k ka na!”

She had a good run and we had a  great  time!  Jen conquered her first 10k  at 1.22.28.  WOOHOO!!!  So proud of you sis!!!

The pouring rain did make this event memorable and exciting.  I just enjoyed the scene and running in the rain.  Though the event didn’t turn out the way the organizers planned it, we still commend them for staging a fun race.  Better marshalling effort and route traffic management  next time would be in order though to ensure safety of the runners (rain or shine!).

More important for us that day though was that  Jen finished her first 10k!!! Congrats Jen! YOOHOO!  Pa-cheeseburger ka naman!!!

You did it Sis! Good Job!

Mom and Dad at the finishline. Feeling marathon ah! haha


first time 10k finishers Jen and Dang

Jun, Jen, Mom, Dad and me

Jun, me, Dang, Jen, Anne, Vince and Hans -- good ol' friends!

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