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Elite Team BR “Back-To-Back” Wins

20 04 2009

The following were the winners of the Slimmerun 16K held last Saturday:

Overall Men’s Category

1. Alley Quisay—Team Bald Runner—-49:36 minutes

2. Mendel Lopez—Cebu Runner—49:43 minutes

3. Elmer Sabal—Team Bald Runner—50:00 minutes

Overall Women’s Category

1. Marecil Maquilan—Team Bald Runner

2. Ailene Tolentino—Team Bald Runner

3. Janet Lumidao—Fairview Running Club

Elmer Sabal of Team BR

Elmer Sabal of Team BR

Marecil Maquilan of Team BR

Marecil Maquilan of Team BR

The following were the winners of the Greenfield City 21K Run held yesterday:

Overall Men’s Category

1. Alley Quisay—Team Bald Runner—1:14:34 hours

2. Bernanrdo Desamito, Jr—Team Bald Runner—1:14:35 hours

3. Cresenciano Sabal—Team Bald Runner—1:14:39 hours

Desamito, Quisay, & Cris Sabal

Desamito, Quisay, & Cris Sabal

Overall Women’s Category

1. Marecil Maquilan—Team Bald Runner—1:29:56 hours

2. Ellen Tolentino—Team Bald Runner—1:40:11 hours

3. Belle Grandinetti—None—1:46:57 hours

Tolentino, Maquilan, & Lumidao

Tolentino, Maquilan, & Grandinetti

The following were the winners of the Greenfield City 10K run held yesterday:

Overall Men’s Category

1. Elmer Sabal—Team Bald Runner—33:00 minutes

2. Gerald Sabal—Team Bald Runner—33:01 minutes

3. Alquin Bolivar—Philippine Army—33:58 minutes

Gerald, Elmer, & Bolivar

Gerald, Elmer, & Bolivar

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Latest Donors: Project Donate A Shoe

20 04 2009

Two weeks ago, I received a Balikbayan Box (BB) full of slightly used running shoes from Joe Matias aka A Running Shoe Guru, the owner of the A Runners Circle Sports Store in Los Angeles, California. The BB contained twenty-six (26) pairs of running shoes. These shoes were received by Joe from the runner-customers of his store located near Griffith Park, Los Angeles.

Balikbayan Box From Joe Matias aka "A Running Shoe Guru"

Balikbayan Box From Joe Matias aka "A Running Shoe Guru"

A View of the Well-Packed Shoes

A View of the Well-Packed Shoes

ASICS-18; Brooks-4; New Balance-2; Saucony-1; Nike-1

ASICS-18; Brooks-4; New Balance-2; Saucony-1; Nike-1

Last week, Mark Robinson from Nottinghamshire, England arrived in Manila and he brought with him sixteen (16) pairs of running shoes for the Project Donate A Shoe donated by his running mates at the Southwell Running Club of the same city where he resides. These shoes were handed to me when he had his running workout at the Mall of Asia last 12 April 2009.

Mark Robinson of Nottinghamshire, England With The Bags Of Shoes

Mark Robinson of Nottinghamshire, England With The Bags Of Shoes

Displayed Running Shoes From Mark Robinson

Displayed Running Shoes From Mark Robinson

To Joe and Mark, thank you very much! These slightly used running shoes will be handed over to our runners in the neighboring provinces of Metro Manila.





Greenfield City 21K Run & Water Station “Tips”

19 04 2009

5:00 AM 19 April 2009 @ Greenfield City, Santa Rosa, Laguna

I have the following impressions when I was running the Greenfield City 21K Run this morning:

1) I thought I was transported to Venice Beach or Costa Mesa, California when I saw the business establishments at the Paseo, Greenfield City

2) A 21K Run seems to be a “speed run” if you consider yourself as an ultramarathon runner. Thus, making a Marathon Race as your “Tempo Run” workout.

3) Runners would congratulate you for organizing and finishing the 1st Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race and they “idolize” you as a “hardcore” runner. Others who could not believe what we have done two weeks ago think that we are “crazy”. That’s the reason why our favorite song is “CRAZY” by Patsy Cline (a Willie Nelson song in 1961).

4) Runners would think that this run was a LSD workout and part of our recovery from the BDM ultramarathon race.

5) Running “Back-to-Back” (Saturday & Sunday) road races is really a “Hardcore” Runners’ Event ( 10-miler & 21K races). 

After running a 16K race yesterday morning, I had to rest the whole day in preparation in today’s 21K race at Greenfield City in Santa Rosa, Laguna. I slept early last night and was already preparing and doing my pre-race ritual at 3:00 AM. At 3:45 AM, I was already on the road to Sta. Rosa and reached the Starting Area at 4:20 AM.

While I was doing my warm-up run around the parking area, I saw the members of the Hardcore Group of Team Bald Runner (those who finished the BDM 102K Ultra Race) who were also doing their stretching exercises. After few minutes of stretching exercises while sharing stories about the race yesterday, we finally proceeded to the Starting Area.

The Hardcore Runners-Team Bald Runner Before The Race

The Hardcore Runners-Team Bald Runner Before The Race

Group Calisthenics Before The Race/ I was in Black!

Group Calisthenics Before The Race/ I was in Black!

There were lots of runners already at the Starting Area and the program started with some Group Exercises and Calisthenics. I did join the exercises and there was a festive mood in the air. The exercises were brief and I immediately positioned myself a few meters from the elite runners and I was in the company of Jonel aka Bugobugo, Lester, Mari, and Michelle. In the true tradition of Coach Rio’s races, the 21K race started very early. It started at 5:00 AM and it was still dark. The 10K and 5K runners would start 30 minutes later.

The Race Started At 5:00 AM For The 21K Runners

The Race Started At 5:00 AM For The 21K Runners

As the place was still dark, I tried to be conservative on my average pace on the first 5 kilometers of the route but the slight downhill terrain would push me to run faster. Nevertheless, I really controlled my pace and I knew that this race is a long one with no uphills on the first half of the race. After running for about 30-40 minutes along a combination of cemented and asphalted roads and entering to other newly-developed subdivisions, the sun started to rise on the horizon and the whole place became clearer…and hotter!

There were lots of water stations along the route but I was pissed off on the first water station when I picked up a water cup without any water in it. I had to pick up another one with water in it while I was still trying to maintain my forward momentum. Sometimes, Murphy’s Law comes into play when the personnel in the water stations thought he/she filled all the water cups with water placed on top of the table but he/she could have missed some. Well, I could not blame them and could not blame myself because it was still too dark when I reached the first water station. There was no way for me to see if the cup was filled with water or not.

Anyway, let me talk about “tips” on how to get a cup of water from the water stations if they are taken/picked up from the table. Due to the positive reponses of Race Organizers about the observations of runner-bloggers on the lack and location/presence of water stations during the races, I could say that the races have improved a lot with regards to water stations up to the point that water cups are already handed by the water station personnel to the runners. This is the reason why I don’t have to bring and wear my Nathan Hydration Belt in road races up to the Marathon Race. The following “tips” are just suggestions if you want to improve your finish time—(1) If you are intending to get water in a water station, try to move to the edge of the road, 10-15 meters before reaching the water station. (2) While maintaining your pace, at a distance of 3-5 meters from the table, fix your eyes to the particular cup of water you intend to pick up, it could be at the near, middle or far edge of the table. (3) Focus your sight to the water cup you intend to pick-up as you get nearer to the table. (4) Extend your arms and pick-up the water cup withour stopping and drink the water, one gulp at a time, as you move away from the table. (5) Never stop  infront of the table as the incoming runners would be prevented from getting their cups while they are in motion. (6) If water cups are being handed by water station personnel, keep on moving forward as you receive your water cup. Don’t stop infront of the water personnel once you receive your cup of water. (7) Before throwing a cup with water in it, be sure that there is no runner on the side where you want to throw it. It would be better to drink all the water in the cup before throwing the cup. (8) Learn & Practice to drink water from the cup while running. 

I was glad the succeeding water stations did not give me any problems. The first 10 kilometers was a breeze as I was able to overtake some of the runners and later picked up my pace from Km #11 up to Km #13.5, the last turn-around point. From that point, I was already on the “speed mode” and wanted to finish hard on this race. But the uphill climb on the last 2 kilometers slowed me down as I joined more runners from the 5K and 10K distance races.

Mari Javier of Team BR-Professional Group Finishing The Race

Mari Javier of Team BR-Professional Group Finishing The Race

At The Finish Line!

At The Finish Line!

I finished the 21K race in 1:48:03 hours with an average pace of 5:08 minutes per kilometer. My GF 305 registered an accurate distance of 21.01K. It is not a PR time for 21K  but I consider it as a “speed workout” for the TNF 100 or for the 2nd BDM 102K Ultramarathon Race! Ha! Ha! Ha! I enjoyed the race as it was a change of road racing/road environment away from the usual race routes in Metro Manila. I also shared nice stories with the Hardcore-Team Bald Runner after the race and I was able to meet new “fans” and friends while waiting for the Awarding Ceremony.

Lastly, I am happy that the members of the Elite Team Bald Runner won almost all the top awards in the 21K (Men’s & Ladies) and 10K (Men’s) Races.

Guys, keep on running and see you soon in the future road races!





SlimmeRun 16K: “Recovery or Speed” Run?

18 04 2009

6:02 AM 18 April 2009 @ The Fort, Global City

Almost two weeks after finishing the Bataan 102 Ultramarathon Race, I did not have any plans of running shorter distance (10K to Half-Marathon) races for the next weeks. I had my recovery runs last Sunday at the MOA which lasted for one hour and another one hour run at the ULTRA Oval Track last Wednesday. During these two runs, I felt that my legs had become stronger but my heart monitor had registered a higher beats per minute which is a sign that I have not yet recovered from the heat exhaustion I’ve experienced during the BDM (Bataan Death March) 102K Race. All my runs were within the 85% effort and I have adapted a certain comfort zone running under the heat of the sun.

Knowing that the members of the Elite Team Bald Runner will be running in the Slimmerun, I decided to join them for the registration last Wednesday morning. I opted to run the longer distance which is 16K or 10-Mile Run.

Marecil Maquilan of my Elite Team After Our Warm-Up Run

Marecil Maquilan of my Elite Team After Our Warm-Up Run

Jan Imperio of Team BR-Professional Group At The Starting Area

Jan Imperio of Team BR-Professional Group At The Starting Area

T2 Runners But I Call Them Team BR's "Muses & Concerns"

T2 Runners But I Call Them Team BR's "Muses & Concerns"

I was already at The Fort at 5:00 AM this morning with enough time to do my warm-up and stretching exercises. Marecil Maquilan of TEam Bald Runner-Elite joined me in a warm-up run jus to be able to perspire and then had my sretching exercises. I walked towards the starting area for the scheduled 5:30 AM start of the race but it was announced that the race start will be delayed and for the other races (6K & 3K) to start at the same time with the 16K race. During this lull time, I was able to meet the usual “faces” of runners, runner-bloggers and some of them are members of the Team Bald Runner-Professional Group. I was in the company of Jan Imperio, one of the Team BR-Professional Group, who had improved with his PR time in the Half-marathon and 10K races with only 2 1/2 months of training with our Coaches at Team BR.

Finally, the race started at 6:02 AM, a delay of 32 minutes, and I expected a hot morning for everybody. The first 2-3 kilometers were within the Global City streets and Jan Imperio told me that he will just tag along with me during the race. I thought I was running conservatively, as what I’ve planned for the whole race, but after I got the data from my GF 305 I was surprised to see that I was running at an average pace of 4:50 minutes per kilometer. Jan Imperio and I just maintained the said pace until we reached the ATU Concessionaire area along Lawton Avenue, after coming from the first turn-around at the vicinity of the Headquarters Philipine Marines, when suddenly Jan told me that he is going to “DNF” the race of blisters bothering his feet. I tried to encourage him to finish the race. However, as we reached Bayani Road, he finally “threw the towel” and opted to go directly to the Finish Line without going to the C-5 turn-around.

Jai Ho Stretching/Aerobics By Yen Lopena. The Team BR-Hardcore Group Missed This One!

Jai Ho Stretching/Aerobics By Yen Lopena With The Candidates of Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines 2009. The Team BR-Hardcore Group Missed This One!

Mari Javier Ran With Us For the 1st 3 Kms

Mari Javier Ran With Us For the 1st 3 Kms

Running Along Lawton Avenue

Running Along Lawton Avenue

A Closer Look During The Race

A Closer Look During The Race

The Closest Look During The Race

The Closest Look During The Race

As I turned right at Bayani Road from Lawton, I was already running alone and my pace slowed down as I felt the heat of the sun. My pace turned to an average speed of 5:10 minutes per kilometer while running towards the C-5 turn-around. While I was running at the commercial area of Bayani Road, MSgt Illut of the Philippine Army joined me and paced me. I tried to increase my pace but the rolling terrain of the road prevented me from doing so. As I passed the last turn-around near C-5, the hardest part of the route was the last 4 kilometers back to the Finish Line. At this point, the distance in between runners have stretched as far as 80-90 meters and I just maintained my pace and try to save my energy for the next road race tomorrow.

MSgt Illut of the Philippine Army

MSgt Illut of the Philippine Army

On the Last Stretch of The Race

On the Last Stretch of The Race

Turning right to Lawton Avenue was already a familiar sight for almost all the runners as it signifies the last 2.5 kilometers of the race. I was smiling when I saw the sun infront of me with its heat being felt by my face and arms. I said to myself, the heat of the sun on the early morning is nothing compared to  the heat on mid day during the Bataan 102 Race. I am beginning to like running with the heat of the sun as long as there are enough water stations along the way. The Race Organizers were perfect on this one as the route was covered with enough water stations. I just hope that the water would be colder next time.

At The Finish Line...

At The Finish Line...

I finished the 16K (10-mile) run in 1:16:30 hours with an average pace of 5:00 minutes per kilometer! My GF 305 registered a distance of 15.10 kms. But, who cares? I enjoyed the race and the company of the other runners. I am not sure if I can consider this as a “recovery run” or a “speed run” after finishing the BDM 102K Ultramarathon Race two weeks ago. Breaking a PR time was not my objective in this race. I knew I could have run faster but I knew also that it takes time for the body to recover before forcing the body for a faster pace. There is always another road race in the coming days.

I had fun in this race  and I was able to meet new friends. I was able to wait until the awards were given to the top runners. I am glad that most of the top awards in the different distances of this 1st Slimmerun were awarded to my Elite Team Bald Runner members.

See you tomorrow at the Greenfield City Half-Marathon Race!





A Night To Remember: Bataan 102 Party

17 04 2009

Bataan 102K Ultramarathon Race is a unique and special race and I deemed it proper to hold a Get Together and Awarding Ceremony Party to all the 82 “Brave New Warriors” of Bataan Death March after 10 days of rest & recovery. I also invited the sponsors who helped us made this dream into a reality. I will let the runner-bloggers describe what really happened during the party. Let me post the following pictures taken during the said dinner party.

Buffet Dinner Party For Everybody

Buffet Dinner Party For Everybody

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Kim & Other Runners

Top 3 Winners (Jessie Ano, Ed Villanueva, & Mamerto Corpuz) With Their Trophy & Cash Prize

Top 3 Winners (Jessie Ano, Ed Villanueva, & Mamerto Corpuz) With Their Trophies & Cash Prizes

Short Closing Remarks

Short Closing Remarks

One of the Group Pictures

One of the Group Pictures

Start Training Now & See You On the Next Edition

Start Training Now & See You On the Next Edition





Comment From A “Cavalier”

16 04 2009

The following is a comment posted in our PMA Alumni E-Forum by one of its Members re-1st Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race:

“This is just to extend my personal appreciation and probably to create awareness among fellow cavaliers about this feat of a fellow cavalier, MGEN Jovenal NARCISE AFP (Ret), of organizing the first ever ultramarathon race in the country and timed to commemorate the infamous Death March in 1942. As it traces the route forced upon to the USAFFE forces by the invading Japanese Army, the distance covered 102 km.

I do not know who participated and if there are cavaliers other than MGEN Narcise himself. I guess that’s how it worked for Cav NARCISE, he just spearheaded the event without much fanfare or rethorics, uncharacteristic of some present day Filipinos who try to advocate some good or not-so-good things, especially our politicians, with all the media interviews, artistas, and even libreng pakain para lang may pumunta at masabing successful, hehehe! I believe ganon naman talaga dapat, if it is something good for mankind, you just have to do it and awareness will follow. For that my snappy salute to him!!!

I believe joining this bandwagon is good for all of us in terms of appreciating history and at the same time having a good lifestyle… running 102 kms could be very tough and gruelling indeed and it needs a lot of preparations.

So to all interested cavaliers, let’s try to be there next year and support this advocacy, kung hindi man makatakbo, probably we could lend support in some other ways!!! Sa mga nasa field, probably magandang talent ito para makapagpaalam umuwi sa Luzon and have a gruelling break from combat duties, hehehe!!!”

This was posted by a certain coblanks91 of the PnC Forum@yahoo.com.





Donate A Shoe @ Payatas Dumpsite

15 04 2009

Instead of throwing away those “old, tattered, and worn-out” running shoes which were replaced with those slightly used donated shoes, the members of the Elite Team Bald Runner deemed it wise to wash and repair them to be donated (and recycled) to the garbage personnel or “scavengers” at the Payatas Garbage Dumpsite. So, after weeks of washing and repairing those old, tattered, and worn-out running shoes, we finally visited the Payatas Dumpsite this morning with Coach Titus Salazar and the personnel of the Philippine Army’s Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Battalion under the leadership of Colonel Buenaventura Pascual.

At the Dumpsite, I was entertained by Jameel RM Jaymalin, Head of the Quezon City Controlled Disposal Facility (Official Name of the Payatas Dumpsite) and Payatas Operations Group, who is also a retired Colonel from the Philippine Army. He gave me a tour of the facility and assisted me in the distribution of the shoes to his personnel and the “scavengers”. The following are the pictures of the said activity.

Briefing With Col. Jameel Jaymalin (Ret.), Head, Payatas Dumpsite

Briefing With Col. Jameel Jaymalin (Ret.), Head, Payatas Dumpsite

Tour of the Garbage Facility

Tour of the Garbage Facility

Pointing at The Dumpsite

Pointing at The Dumpsite

Dumpsite Proper

Dumpsite Proper

Another View of the Dumpsite

Another View of the Dumpsite

A Talk With The Representatives of the "Scavengers"

A Talk With The Representatives of the "Scavengers"

"Scavengers" Are Using Rubber Sandals

"Scavengers" Are Using Rubber Sandals

Sixty (60) Pairs of Shoes Were Given @ Payatas

Sixty (60) Pairs of Shoes Were Given @ Payatas

Even the Guards & Staff of the Facility Got Their Share

Even the Guards & Staff of the Facility Got Their Share

Even the PNP Personnel Was Included!

Even the PNP Personnel Was Included!

More Shoes!

More Shoes!

Barangay Hall Staff of Brgy. Lupang Pangako With Their Shoes For Their Husbands & Children

Barangay Hall Staff of Brgy. Lupang Pangako With Their Shoes For Their Husbands & Children

Whatever You Read On My Shirt Is NOT True!!!

Whatever You Read On My Shirt Is NOT True!!!








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