|RIZAL DAY 32K RUN|
|9||Ralp Jerome G. Salvador||4||2:23:12|
|17||Jose Martin Paiso||280||2:32:01|
|18||Mark Anthony Rodica||89||2:32:42|
|26||Aliston Rayos Del Sol||307||2:39:19|
|28||Jose B. Duenas||38||2:40:32|
|39||Robert Delos Santos||48||2:43:27|
|46||Rudy George Ilustre||191||2:46:02|
|64||Alfred delos Reyes||128||2:50:51|
|66||Roberto dela Cruz||259||2:51:01|
|72||Rex Bryan Rivera||147||2:51:54|
|75||John Paul Dancel||312||2:53:44|
|86||Jaypee delos Santos||49||2:55:44|
|92||Jose Amang Cando||222||2:57:20|
|94||Jeffrey dela Cruz||175||2:57:35|
|95||Rey Jun Cayaba||310||2:58:24|
|100||Henry dela Cruz||359||2:59:17|
|106||Maria Cristina Narvaez||24||3:01:13|
|108||Jason dela Rama||303||3:01:40|
|115||Rolando San Miguel||58||3:03:04|
|132||Junofer Mark Salazar||274||3:08:54|
|133||Lloyd La Torre||187||3:09:31|
|170||Mark Matthew Parco||61||3:17:48|
|180||Fenando de Lara||322||3:20:05|
|181||Juan Carlos Buenaventura||152||3:20:08|
|183||Emeline Carmela Guinid||97||3:20:17|
|186||Juan Carlos Buenaventura||152||3:21:14|
|188||Teodoro de Castro Jr.||265||3:21:22|
|204||John Allan Maigue||151||3:26:30|
|205||Ricardo Cabusao, Jr||78||3:26:59|
|213||Adonis Rey Luardo||314||3:29:19|
|218||Florencio de Mesa||206||3:31:19|
|219||Eugene Marie Tariaga||196||3:31:21|
|225||Benjamin Roy Susalo||313||3:32:58|
|237||Earl romulo Quero||110||3:36:04|
|240||John Jeffrey Avellanosa||287||3:36:27|
|246||Antonio Oro, Jr||40||3:37:11|
|256||Martin Loo Balasoto||64||3:44:31|
|260||John Joseph Sanchez||232||3:45:53|
|265||Marian San Juan||197||3:49:18|
|267||Mark Joseph Pacat||289||3:49:59|
|269||Jose Arturo Virata||6||3:50:31|
|286||Kim Vanessa Yma||347||3:57:46|
|288||Benedicto III Isaac Pinga||135||4:00:19|
|295||Ronald Rey Declarador||254||4:03:51|
|299||Mark Fer Castillo||96||4:05:28|
|303||Jose Abelardo Manoto||234||4:10:35|
|306||Immanuel Carlo Serrano||28||4:13:23|
|308||Marco Christopher Montaos||69||4:15:50|
|314||Edgar de Jesus||90||4:28:21|
|320||Loren Lois Venida||302||4:38:02|
My sincerest thanks to the HINGS Running Club who have consistently provided the ICE, BEER, ICE CREAM/POPSICLE & LECHON in every Bald Runner’s Events.
To Jonel aka Bugobugo85 for the ASSORTED BEER & LOTS OF BEER IN CANS.
To my friend Tin F. aka Timothy for the Water Supply & Del Monte’s “Fit & Rite” Fresh Fruits.
To the group of Carrey, Isko & Eugene for the Free First 100 Finisher’s T-Shirts.
To the Commanding General of GHQ & HSC, Brig Gen Felipe Tabas, Jr and his personnel & staff under his command.
To Lt Col Fely Andaya & Major Rod Turno & the Post Chaplain of St Ignatius Cathedral.
To Reinier Pacific, Jinoe, Quennie, Tere aka El Capitana and the takbo.ph peeps.
To the members of the Elite Team Bald Runner and staff of BR’s Events.
And most of all, thanks to all the runners who joined us to commemorate the 113th Death Anniversary of our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
1. Assembly Time is 5:00 AM and the Gun Start is 5:30 AM. Assembly Area is at the Grandstand of Camp Aguinaldo.
2. There will be two Aid Stations along the 7K-loop, at the vicinity 3K & 6K. Aid Stations will serve Water & Gatorade. Bite Foods like Cookies, Crackers, Choco Bites, and Fresh Fruits will be served starting on the 3rd Loop. Please do not throw your litter along the route. There will be trash bags/cans placed within the vicinity of each Water Station.
3. Members of the Elite Team Bald Runner will act as PACERS for the leading runner/s. Elmer Sabal will be the PACER for the leading Male Runner/s while Reynaldo De Los Reyes will be the PACER for the leading Female Runner/s.
3. There will be marshals/BR elite athletes who will be giving wrist bands to every runner along the route. Every finisher must have four (4) wrist bands visibly seen or worn on their arm as he/she crosses the finish line. Any runner with the lacking number of wrist bands will not be entitled to be given a Finisher’s Medal & Certificate.
4. Parking Areas are available at the sides of the Grandstand; infront & vicinity of the AFPCOC (Officers Club); and at the St Ignatius Cathedral. Make sure that your valuables are not displayed in your car. Secure your things and make sure that your car is locked. There had been no reports of “bukas-kotse” inside Camp Aguinaldo in the past but there is always the possibility of “first time”! Remember that suspects in “bukas-kotse” in past races are also runners!
5. If you are arriving at Camp Aguinaldo before 5:00 AM, you must enter at Gate #1 along Santolan/Boni Serrano Avenue as it is the only gate open 24 hours. Gate #3 along EDSA and other gates open at 5:00 AM. Just tell the MP Guards that you are participating the RIZAL DAY Run organized by General Narcise (Retired). (Note: The MP guards do not know the Bald Runner!!!)
6. Comfort Rooms are available at the back of the Grandstand and at the Daza Park, in-between Km #3 & Km #4.
7. The 32K route will entail 4 loops of the course (7K-loop) plus 2/3 of the 5th loop. Road Marshals will be positioned on critical crossroads to make sure that each runner will not get lost on the 5th loop. It is guaranteed that the distance will entail 32K + 500-600 meters. I personally measured the whole course with my GF 305.
8. Baggage Counter will be available at the Public Address System Booth located at the Grandstand.
9. Be vigilant during your run as the road is shared with vehicles. Although the traffic of vehicles inside the camp early in the morning and during holidays is very light, always look on your sides before crossing the road. Stay away from dogs at the EMs Barrio!
10. My staff, athletes and I are overwhelmed with the support and attendance of runners to this race. This race was intended for serious runners left behind in Manila during the Holiday vacation and who will be joining the Cebu Marathon, Condura Marathon and the 2nd BDM 102 as we planned for a maximum of 150 runners. As of this writing, we have already accepted 350 runner-participants. Thanks to all those who registered for this run.
11. There are only 168 Finisher’s Medals made by “Bernal Engravers” before their workers went on vacation for the holidays. So, for those who will not get their Finisher’s Medal after the race, they will get their respective medal during the first road race of January 2010.
12. If I will not have any chance to thank those “runners & friends” who supported this race, let me take this opportunity to thank the following: Bugobugo85 & Team Hardcore; HINGS Running Club; Reinier Pacific; Tintin aka Timothy/Right Sources; Carrey; Eugene & Isko; Jinoe, Quennie & takbo.ph peeps; Brig Gen Felipe Tabas Jr & GHQ & HSC/Camp Aguinaldo; volunteers; and the members of the Elite Team Bald Runner.
13. See you at the Starting Line. Take it easy and have fun! Happy New Year to Everybody!
1. This is my second week of my training cycle. I am still with my base training after slowly recovering from a chronic muscle tear injury on my peroneus-calf muscle (left leg).
2. After experimenting on using Adidas’ Climacool & Adizero Racing Shoes in my past Marathon Races (MILO Finals, SIM, & Pasig River), I am going back to my dependable and more stable ASICS Gel Shoes. Since I started this training cycle, I’ve been using my ASICS Kayano-14 and Kanbarra-4. For my light and recovery runs at the oval track, I use my NIKE Lunaracer. The ASICS provide me with better stability and comfort during my base training.
3. I was able to run a total of 61 kilometers for the week. The following was my daily workout for the 2nd week:
There are so many variants of this exercise. However, the steps I’ve mentioned (squat thrust + push-up) is the basic “burpee” exercise. You can jump upwards or leap forward once you bring your body back to the starting position for a higher intensity drill.
Lesson #3: Rule of Thumb In Increasing Mileage—10% of your previous week’s total mileage. Abruptly increasing your weekly mileage to more than 10% of your previous week’s mileage will result to overtraining and/or the possibility of a running-related injury.
Note: If you are a beginner or serious runner, you have to maintain a Runner’s Diary or Log where you can write your distance, time, heart’s pulse rate, weight, and other data related to your running workout. I suggest also that you try to sign in with www.dailymile.com and try to be motivated with your friends who have registered in the said site.
10. Commemorate the 113th Death Anniversary of our National Hero, Dr Jose Rizal. He was 35 years old when he was executed.
9. Recall the life of our National Her and the story/plot of Rizal’s famous novels, “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo”
8. Nothing had changed from the attitudes of the characters in the novels from what we see today in our society. You can see these “characters” also in our weekend Road Races!
7. Rizal was never a runner, but he could had been a “runner-blogger” if he is alive today.
6. In the 70s & 80s, there was a RIZAL DAY Run with a distance of 30K every Dec 30 of the year. The race was organized by the government.
5. Bald Runner is the Race Organizer & Race Director. He is not fond of “distractions” or “frills” in road races, he wants everybody to simply run and have fun!
4. It is the first 32K Road Run in the country. The second Road Race done during a declared Public Holiday. The first Road Race to be held on Wednesday or middle of the week. A Road Race without the support/endorsement from any private corporation or from the national government.
3. Running inside Camp Aguinaldo for almost 5X will test the mental toughness of runners.
2. The 32K distance is a perfect LSD run for Cebu Marathon, Condura Marathon & 2010 BDM 102. There is no cut-off time for this run!
1. Burn those calories accumulated for attending Christmas Parties and a reason to eat & drink some more on New Year’s Eve!!!
M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S & H A P P Y N E W Y E A R ! ! !
In last Sunday’s edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Dec 20, 2009), the runner-participants in the 1st Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race who posed in a picture taken before the race were featured in a picture posted at the “Sportswatch” section of the said newspaper.
The picture below consists of the 82 “new brave warriors” who started the race from Km #0 in Mariveles, Bataan last April 5, 2009 and finished at Km #102 in San Fernando, Pampanga. Out of the 82 starters (with 8 foreign runners), 63 runners finished the race within the cut-off time of 18 hours.
As of today, there are 167 runner-applicants for the 2nd edition of the BDM 102 which will be held on 6-7 March 2010. In addition, I have reserved 40 slots for the AFP-PNP runners who will join the race.
For the details of registration and rules & regulations for the 2nd edition, please visit www.bataan102.blogspot.com. Applicants for this race should leave a comment at the Bataan 102 Page of this blog by stating their name, age, date of birth, e-mail address, contact number, and last marathon race finished. Last day of application is January 5, 2010.
To the runner-applicants, good luck on your training!
GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS !!!
1. “Back To The Slope” simply means “Back To Basics”. After a forced rest & recovery due to a chronic muscle tear on my Peronues muscle for six (6) weeks, I am starting from base training again. This “Back To Slope” thing will be a series of “tips and lessons” for beginners as well as competitive runners.
2. For the 1st week of my training cycle, I was able to run a total of 55 kilometers as seen on the following log of my runs:
14 Dec (Monday)—10K in 1:09+ hours at an average pace of 6:55 mins per km
15 Dec (Tuesday)—6K in 45+ minutes at an average pace of 7:04 mins per km
16 Dec (Wednesday)—8K in 48+ minutes at an average pace of 5:57 mins per km
17 Dec (Thursday)—8K in 1:00+ hours at an average pace of 7:29 mins per km
18 Dec (Friday)—10K in 1:02+ hours at an average pace of 6:13 mins per km
19 Dec (Saturday)—13K in 1:35+ hours at an average pace of 7:27 mins per km
20 Dec (Sunday)—Rest/30-min Active Recovery Run
3. As gleaned from my log workout for this week, I’ve been strictly following the 2nd training principle which I want my readers to know and follow. It is the principle of “hard-easy” method. If the workout intensity is hard for today, the following day’s workout should be easy. By following this principle, the body would be able to rest and recover for the following day’s workout. This is one way of preventing a running-related injury.
4. There will be no road races on Sundays for my base training phase. I am giving a day for my body to rest & recover for the week’s running workouts after doing a 30-minute slow active recovery run (at 7:30-8:00 mpk pace). However, I strictly made more stretching and selected Pilates exercises before and after my daily workouts.
5. The following are the suggested “drills” and stretching/Pilates workouts for core strengthening:
Lunge one foot forward as far as you can and bring the body down while bringing both arms up in the air. Do 10 lunges per foot/leg.
I always try to do 20 repetitions of push-up properly after my workouts. Be sure that your upper arms are aligned with your back when you are on “down” position. Your palms’/hands’ distance should be your shoulders’ width.
Try to keep your feet together and the whole body should form a straight line while doing your repetitions. Inhale as you push your body up and exhale while you put your body down.
Try to hold your body in this position from 30 seconds to one minute while maintaining your regular breathing. You will be surprised what part of the body will be strenghtened!
They call this as “The Hundred” because you have to pump your arms 100X while maintaining this pose and regualr breathing.
This rolling exercise will strengthen your spine and your back muscles.
Lift your legs and upper torso with arms straigthen forward and hold this position for 10 seconds. Repeat 4X. Maintain regular breathing.
Lesson #2: Follow the “Hard-Easy” method of training.
1. In a few hours today, Joy Rojas’ “Takbong Pangarap” Run Across USA will hold a Press Conference at the Hotel Intercontinental in Makati City about her 3,000-Mile Run Across USA which she completed on the middle of November 2009.
2. I knew this Press Con event from a Race Organizer who is close with Joy Rojas and Mat Macabe last week. I asked from the Race Organizer if I can attend the said event since I know that such event needs an invitation letter of e-mail. However, since Monday, I was given a lot of reasons and “alibis” for me not to be able to contact a certain Leila Caringal, the event organizer. And the Race Organizer who informed me about the event is no longer answering my text messages if there is a possibility that I could attend the Press Con. And what is worst, I know that Mat Macabe has my cellphone number.
3. It is on record in my blog that I tried to locate the location of Joy Rojas after a month or two from the time she started her run from Eagle Rock, California on the 2nd week of May of this year. From the e-mails I received from my ultra running friends and comments in my blog, some problems emerged from the team of “Takbong Pangarap” where one of the members left the team and returned to the Philippines due to some “complaints” and “misunderstanding” with Joy and Mat. Aside from the said “misunderstanding”, one of my readers questioned the integrity of the running event. I tried to get the side of Joy and Mat about such “issues” and it was an opportunity to exchange e-mails with Joy and she was able to send me some of her pictures of which were “grabbed” by other websites. Joy tried to evade to answer the “issues” but she told me that her run will go on. As Joy reached Idaho, I stopped monitoring her running event and since then, I never heard about her whereabouts.
4. After reading the book of Brian Stark on his experiences of running across the USA through the American Discovery Trail and Trail Roads without any support; watching the DVD film on Dean Karnazes’ 50/50 and Running The Sahara; and browsing the different blogsites and websites of runners who ran the Transcontinental USA for the past years ( pls refer to www.seejohnrun.com), I have my personal doubts about the feat and accomplishment of Joy Rojas. These ultra runners prepared their plans for years and collected at least 500 maps to trace and plan for their routes; they have journals and documents to prove their feat through their websites and blogs, complete with pictures; and they take advantage of the gadgets and devices that the high-technology world has to offer in order to track and recors their runs.
5. An ultra runner friend of mine, Tess Geddes, a Filipina who finished two editions of the Marathon Des Sable in the Sahara Desert had recommended me to track one of his ultra running friends, Ray Zahab, who was running across Canada with the use of a GPS tracker. By clicking his website at www.impossible2possible.com, I was able to locate him on real-time on what part of Canada he was running! Ray Zahab is the Canadian runner who is one of the team members who was featured in the film “Running The Sahara”.
5. If you think that this is one of my “crab mentality” stories and insights, this is not so! We are dealing here with the truth and integrity of a runner’s accomplishment and purpose. If I was not invited for this presscon because of the thought that I might “ruin” or question the integrity of Joy Rojas accomplishment, then they are wrong. I will let this blog speaks for itself. You will be the judge.
(P.S. I never met Joy Rojas in person! The PressCon would have been a nice venue to meet and congratulate her personally)
Yesterday morning, I had a chance to talk to sports executives working in a multinational company which is a major sponsor in Sports Events in the country and even in Asia. It was a casual meeting and we had a brief conversation about running in the country, the Standard Charter’s Singapore Marathon and other running related activities.
Our conversation led to our present standing in the 25th SEA Games of which two of the executives openly told me that they just arrived from Vientiane, Laos to observe the preparation, opening ceremony, and initial conduct of the Games. I asked if it is true that our National Athletes arrived in two groups, in two separate “chartered” planes—one group of athletes was supported by POC and the other group of athletes was supported by PSC. POC is the Philippinje Olympic Committee which is headed by Jose “Peping” Cojuangco while the PSC is the Philippine Sports Commission which is headed by Harry Angping.
If you have been reading the Sports Pages of our national dailies for the past months, you would know that there is an animosity between these two sports institutions in the country. The PSC is a government entity which is responsible for our national sports excellence by providing the necessary funds to the Sports Federations and to our elite athletes; while the POC is the country’s representative organization of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which is responsible in sending our National Athletes to International Games under the auspices of the IOC. SEA Games and ASIAN Games are the only International Games under the auspices of the IOC. In short, funding for training & incentives for medalists is the responsibilities of PSC; while the expenses for the travel of athletes to IOC’s International Games is the responsibility of the POC. I might be wrong but this is my impression about their arrangements when sending our National Athletes to such IOC meets/games.
Anyway, it is true that our athletes arrived in Laos in two separate “chartered” flights direct from Manila. My source of information could not determine if it is really true that one plane was boarded by PSC-supported athletes while the other plane was boarded by additional athletes recommended by POC and POC Officials. I also confirmed that there were no officials from the PSC who joined the delegation & party. However, by knowing that the delegation of our country nearly reached 400, there is a need for two planes to ferry our athletes and officials.
You might be wondering why our delegation was able to get a chartered flight from the Philippine Air Lines. It is because the release of the funds to buy for the tickets for our athletes and officials were delayed and in turn it would be expensive to buy them with few days before the scheduled departure. The other reason for the chartered flight is that, there is no direct flight from Manila to Laos and our delagation has to change plane from Bangkok/Saigon/Hongkong and this will entail additional expenses and more hours for the trip.
And now this is the worst part, the executives who were present during the 25th SEA Games Opening Ceremonies almost cried when they saw our Philippine Delegation marching at the Oval Track in “Athletic Attire” (Athletic Jacket; jogging pants & rubber shoes) while the other Country Delegations were wearing Suits & Leather Shoes. I was told that the Vietnam delegation wore a Barong Tagalog- look alike with “crumpled” look (“Gusot Mayaman Barong”). And the best part among the worst news is that, the uniform that our delegation wore during the Opening Ceremony was given on the day before the delegation left Manila. (Note: If you want to see a picture of our delegation during the Opening Ceremony, browse at www.laoseagames2009.com and click at the Photo Gallery on the left side of the site. Look for picture #38 and click it).
I am not making a post showing a “crab mentality” attitude in our sports excellence program but I am trying to show the prevailing situation in our sports, moreso, with the “message” we are showing to our neighboring countries and to our people. We always talk and read about “unity in purpose” and “unity among us” but for us, as a nation competitng with other nations in an international sports meet, we should show our best.
The good news is that Ed “Vertek” Buenavista and Jo-An Banayag won the Gold Medals in the Men’s & Ladies’ Marathon Race in this morning’s 25th SEA Games Athletics events. Their finish times at 2:21+ and 2:46+ hours, respectively are good enough to win the gold medal with a cash incentive of P 300,000 each, but it is still far from the ASIAN and OLYMPIC Games’ standards. Nevertheless, what is important is that we got the GOLD in the most important running event for us who are long distance runners!
Whatever will be the final results of the 25th SEA Games, I hope there will be no “finger pointing” as to who should be blamed for our dismal performance and lowest output in the history of the SEA Games. However, I am still sure of the following assessment: (1) that “politics” and “sports” do not mix, and (2) for the government and the private sector to help in the funding and support to our athletes.
Let us see what will happen to our National Team in the next ASIAN Games which will be held in 2010, next year!