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Running Clinic: AZEUS Runners Group

5 05 2009

It simply started with a SMS or text message from a certain “Jaydee/JD” requesting me to conduct a running clinic to a group of his officemates few weeks ago. After some exhanges of SMS, the running clinic lecture was scheduled on the 23rd of April 2009.

I found out later from JD that his group is composed of employees working for an office called “AZEUS”, an IT serice provider and IT software developer whose main headquarters is located in Hongkong. Their office is located within the Ortigas Complex and they wanted to have their running lecture clinic within the area and for their practical running demonsration to be done at the ULTRA Oval Track.

Finally, this group of running enthusiasts and beginners arranged a lecture room at the PowerTips at The Podium as the venue of the lecture. These guys really spent for the rent of the said lecture room which could fit a group of 30-40 participants. I was surprised to see such venue at the 5th Floor of The Podium which is a venue complete with white board which serves as the white screen, fully air-conditioned, with LCD projector and computer. It has also chairs and tables and it was a comfortable and silent place for a lecture presentation.

Lecture Started at 7:30 PM at The PowerTips @ The Podium

Lecture Started at 7:30 PM at The PowerTips @ The Podium

Participants Are Young & Interested To Learn About Running

Participants Are Young & Interested To Learn About Running

Another View of the Lecture (Note: I was recovering from a Flu During the Lecture)

Another View of the Lecture (Note: I was recovering from a Flu During the Lecture)

The group consisted of about 35 participants who are beginners and interested to learn the scientific way of training for running. All of the participants are single and in their mid and late 20’s. The lecture started at 7:30 PM as most of them came directly from their office. The lecture went well and an open forum was conducted for the Q & A portion. The lecture was concluded at 9:30 PM with a request from me and Coach Salazar that an actual practical demonstration must be done in order to apply what we had lectured to them.

I found out later that the participants of the lecture is the core group of the AZEUS Runners Group/Team whose members would like to join weekend road races in Metro Manila. JD, as one of the prime movers of the group, had just started running last November of 2008 and he is a regular visitor of this blog.

Due to the rains last week, the actual practical demonstration and application was finally scheduled last night at the ULTRA Oval Track. A group of 17 employees from AZEUS finally showed up at 7:30 PM and Coach Salazar taught them on how to warm-up properlyby jogging around the oval, did stretching exercises, did some “jumping and foot” drills, and a relay run to the group. All the “basics” in running were properly explained by Coach Salazar through demonstration and application by each of the participant. The demonstration covered running form, running strides, midfoot vs heel-strike running, stride frequency, and arms swinging. The actual running demonstration and practical exercises were finished at 9:30 PM with full satisfaction from the participants.

Coach Titus Led The Group To a 4-Lap Warm-Up Jog

Coach Titus Led The Group To a 4-Lap Warm-Up Jog

Nice "Jump" & Jogging Shot!

Nice "Jump" & Jogging Shot!

Stretching Exercises!

Stretching Exercises!

Speed Drills & Correct Running Form Practical Demonstration

Speed Drills & Correct Running Form Practical Demonstration

As an extra and bonus part of the practical instructions, we taught each of the participant on how to pick-up a water cup from a water station and for them to drink the water while running. We also taught them the courtesy and etiquette in using the oval track.

Before it rained and before the group finally left the Oval Track, the group presented Certificates of Appreciation to Coach Salazar and to myself. Thanks, Jaydee and to your group. I hope  you have learned a lot from our lecture and practical demonstrations on running.

Very Nice Laminated Certificate of Appreciation

Very Nice Laminated Certificate of Appreciation

Good luck to the AZEUS Runners Club and Congratulations for joining and finishing the Southern Race 5K & 10K Runs at the Ayala Town Center last Sunday.

This running clinic program of Team Bald Runner will continue to be conducted to interested groups and it is FREE. It is the objective of the Bald Runner and Team Bald Runner to spread its advocacy to let everybody appreciates the benefits of running through scientific approach in training in order to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.

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5 responses

5 05 2009
therunningninja

Hi Sir Jovie,

This is great. I didn’t know that you’re providing free running clinic. You’re definitely living up your purpose in life. More power!

Regards,
Sam the Running Ninja
http://www.therunningninja.com

5 05 2009
riaosorio

Hi Sir! I admire your commitment/contribution to running in the Philippines 🙂 Hope to attend one of your clinics soon!

6 05 2009
tintinperez

thanks again BR and Coach Titus for the running clinic…we hope to see you in the future road races…you have really made us appreciate running more and for that, thank you so much!!! =)

6 05 2009
runnerforchrist

Nice job Sir…If there’s one person capable of being a “Speaker” in regards to running, then there’s no doubt the Man MUST be You! Your credentials speak for yourself and none of us can equal or level those things that you have already accomplished!

I’ll pray for your continuous success not only in this field but in all areas as well.

God bless you.

6 05 2009
m8parco

Hi BR,

Someone from our office may contact you. There are people interested in taking up running.

Thanks and regards Mark

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