Official Result: 1st BDM 160K Ultra Marathon Race

28 02 2011

Rank Name Time
1 Wilnar Iglesia (CR) 17:35:48
2 Jonnifer Lacanlale 20:52:18
3 Gene Olvis 20:54:08
4 Say Huat Tan 21:07:42
5 Wee Tech Hian 21:44:06
6 Graciano Santos 22:07:30
7 Seah Hong Soon 22:30:11
8 Armand Fernando 22:30:16
9 Francisco Lapira 23:21:10
10 Gilbert Gray 23:21:25
11 Ariel Cortez 24:49:39
12 Jael Wenceslao 25:49:33
13 Paulina Tanoto (F) 25:56:37
14 Carlo Bacalla 26:08:30
15 Gregorio Ocampo 26:11:59
16 Albert Salazar 26:42:14
17 Don Ubaldo 27:28:10
18 Rodel Cuaton 27:41:42
19 Julius Giron  27:43:30
20 Rico Cabusao 27:44:20
21 Mel Severino 27:53:20
22 Ed Yonzon 28:08:10
23 Junrox Roque 28:12:50
24 Jose Ma. Galauran 28:15:15
25 Red Samar 28:26:50
26 Aniceto Grimaldo 28:36:38
27 George Dolores 28:44:54
28 Ralph Salvador 28:45:22
29 Kelly Lim (F) 28:54:38
30 Chito Carreon 28:58:18
31 Samuel Narcise 29:18:20
32 Arturo Virata 29:29:15
33 Luis Arcangel 29:30:18
34 Ronaldo Sulapas 29:40:20

Final Briefing For BDM 102 & 160

24 02 2011

 To those who will be participating in the BDM 160 and 102, please check this out. This will serve as your last briefing before the start of the race. We will have a simple ceremony at the Starting Area without any “frills and distractions”. The earlier we start the race, the better for everybody!


Good luck to everybody!

Weekly Summary (Feb 14-20, 2011)

22 02 2011

February 14, 2011: REST DAY. No runs. Did a brief & light strengthening exercises and leg stretching.


February 15, 2011 (AM): Philippine Army Grandstand 1-Km Loop & PRT Room, PA Gymnasium

Time of Start: 8:00 AM

Weather: Sunny but Slightly Cold

Distance: 6 loops + 200 meters = 6.2 kilometers

Time: 40:00 minutes (Hand-held Stopwatch)

Average Pace: 6:27 minutes per kilometer

Shoes: TNF Single-Track

Comments: Very slow jog on the first loop thinking for a short warm-up before going to the PA Gymnasium for Strengthening Exercises/Workout. It ended with a 6-loop run. I’ve changed to dry upper clothes and went to the PRT Room inside the PA Gym. Did a lot of leg lifts with light weights and upper body workouts with lighter weights. This is my first time to do strengthening exercises for the year.


February 15, 2011 (PM): Camp Aguinaldo 7K-Loop

Time of Start: 5:30 PM

Weather: Cooler and the Sun was about to Set

Distance: 2 loops = 14K

Time: 1:27:12 hours (Hand-held Stopwatch)

Average Pace: 6:13 minutes per kilometer

Shoes: Adidas Adizero Mana

Comments: I was able to log in a total of 20 kilometers for the day and I felt great. My run in the afternoon was faster on the second loop due to a runner whom I was trying to catch up but the darkness on the roads of the camp prevented me to stay closer to him. However, he stopped with 2.5 kilometers remaining for the 2nd loop as he reached his quarters. I drank lots of cold water and Gatorade for my runs in the morning and in the late afternoon. I did not eat any solid foods during the runs.


February 16, 2011: REST DAY


February 17, 2011 (AM): Camp Aguinaldo 7K-Loop & Parade Ground Loop

Time of Start: 8:30 AM

Weather: Hot & sunny

Distance: 2 X 7K-loop + 2 X 650-meter loop = 15.3 kilometers

Time: 1:47:15 hours

Average Pace: 6:41 minutes per kilometer

Shoes: TNF Arnuva 50 BOA

Comments: It was scheduled to be a “heat training” and easy slow run after a day rest. Started with the 1st loop on the counter clockwise (usual) direction and added one loop at the Parade Ground-loop and then went to my 2nd loop on the clockwise direction. It was more challenging to run on the 2nd loop because of the heat of the sun and the terrain seems to be a harder one due to the fact that it was my first time to run on a clockwise direction. On the last 3.5K, I was accompanied by another “first-time” BDM 102 runner who is a retired Master Sgt with the age of 54 years old. He is strong and did not drink any water while running for 2 loops (14K). It was more comfortable with my calf muscles when I used the Adidas Soccer Socks, my inexpensive version of a compression socks/calf sleeves, rather than using the more expensive compression socks available in running specialty stores. The Soccer Socks is only less than Five Hundred Pesos! I started using my hand-held water bottle for the duration of the whole workout. I was able to consume one liter of water and one glass of Coke after my workout.


February 18, 2011 (AM): Remy Field Oval Track, Subic Freeport

Time of Start: 8:15 AM

Weather: Sunny & Very Hot

Distance: 21 laps = 8.4 kilometers

Time: 52:45 minutes

Average Pace: 6:17 minutes per kilometer

Shoes: Adidas Adizero Rocket

Comments: It was hot. I stayed at the outer lane of the oval track as there was an activity for an school’s athletics. I started at a very slow pace covering one mile in 11:20 minutes but started to increase my pace until I was running at 2:20 minutes per lap. It was my 2nd time to use my Adidas Adizero Rocket which I think the most “minimalist” running shoes for the shoe brand. I felt I was running on barefoot. I finally increased my pace on the last 4 laps for my mile run for the day. I finished in 9:00 minutes for the mile.


February 19, 2011 (AM): Subic Freeport Roads & Argonaut Highway

Time of Start: 8:20 AM

Weather: Sunny & Hot but there is a Wind coming from the South

Distance: 23.5 Kilometers

Time: 2:46:30 hours

Average Pace: 7:04 minutes per kilometer

Shoes: ASICS Gel-LyteRacer

Comments: It was another hot & sunny day inside the former naval base. Instead of running along the Oval Track, I started my run on the flat streets/roads of the base where hotels and restaurants are lined up on the seashore. It took me at least one hour to run around the shaded sidewalks and roads of this place. I was using my hand-held hydration bottle on my left hand which I am using in my long runs just to be able to train with it and be natural in using it. After refilling it with cold water from my ice chest in my parked vehicle, I continued my run along Rizal Road going to the Binictican Area until I reached the Argonaut Highway. I watched the on-going Bike Race while resting before taking my turn-around back to the Remy Field. I have to buy one bottle of PoweAde in one of the convenience stores along the way. It was already 12:15 noon when I finally reached back at Remy Field where I parked my vehicle.


February 20, 2011 (AM): Remy Field Oval Track, Subic Freeport

Time of Start: 9:12 AM

Weather: Sunny & Very Hot with Slight Winds coming from the South

Distance: 60 laps at Lane #1 = 24 kilometers (1st 26 laps on counter clockwise; 2nd 26 laps on clockwise; and the remaining 8 laps were on counter clockwise)

Time: 2:27:23 hours

Average Pace: 6:09 minutes per kilometer

Shoes: ASICS Gel-LyteRacer

Comments: Of course, I was the only one running at the said time. But there was a Football Team playing on the side of the oval track. It is annoying that players and their ball usually pass in front of me whenever I reached the portion where they are playing. It seems I was a “magnet” to their ball. For the 60 laps that I ran through along the oval, at least, 20 times that their players just sit at Lane #1, walked across my path when I am near their area and their ball just cross my path for so many times. I had to talk to their Coach in a polite manner about my observation after I finished 52 laps. He apologized about the actuations of his players. Going back to my run, I feel I am becoming stronger and have easily adapted to the heat for my 2nd “back-to-back” long run. Don’t be surprised if you see me with a darker complexion. I had my 5-8 minutes “pit stops” every time I finished 25 laps. Obviously, my average pace is faster as compared with my long run on the road because of the flat terrain of the oval track. I am happy with the result of my LSD long run at the track as my feet and legs were not exposed to a harder surface this time.


Total Distance For the Week: 91.4 Kilometers or 57.12 Miles

Total Time: 10 Hours & 1 Minute & 12 Seconds

Total Average Pace: 6:35 Minutes Per Kilometer

Total Elevation: Undetermined

Comment: I have increased my total mileage but I decreased the total time which means that I am getting stronger and faster on my 2nd week of training. I hope I can sustain the momentum.

CLP & Briefing For BDM 102 & 160

21 02 2011

7:00 PM February 22, 2011 @ AFP Officers’ Clubhouse, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo

Registered runners for the BDM 102 & 160 are encouraged to attend the Briefing & Carbo Loading Party (CLP) at 7:00 PM on February 22, 2011 at the AFP Officers’ Clubhouse in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Registered runners are FREE for the food to be served. Additional guests have to pay P 150.00 (each person) if they intend to join the CLP.

A Briefing will be presented as a reminder to the Rules and Regulations of the Races. Other details of the races will also be presented.

Race packets and Support Vehicle Tarpaulin will be distributed to the runners who will attend. For those who could not attend this event, they will receive their race packets & tarps on Race Day before Start Time.

For those who have reserved slots, this event will be your last chance to pay your registration fees. And for those who have not yet submitted their medical clearance/doctor’s certificate, please submit them to our staff during the Briefing.

See you tomorrow evening!

ASICS Gel-LyteRacer

21 02 2011

ASICS Gel-LyteRacer

Catalog Picture of ASICS Gel-LyteRacer

It is too bad that what is available in our Sports Stores, Running Stores and even ASICS Store for models on ASICS running shoes are those which have thick soles and heels. These ASICS shoes are in the category of stability and cushioning shoes which are too heavy for training and for racing.

I am not a runner-blogger who is being sponsored by ASICS to review and/or use their products. I simply love and feel comfortable using ASICS and I buy every pair of ASICS shoes that I use. Since I started running in the early 80s, ASICS had been Number #1 for me. This is what I call LOYALTY.

During my trip to Taipeh, Taiwan, I was not able to look for a specific ASICS Store but it was inside the SOGO Department Store where I was able to discover the latest products of ASICS direct and made from Japan. The SOGO Department Store is like our Rustan’s Department Store except that the lady attendants are lined up in front of the store’s gate/main door to greet you and simultaneously bow their heads as you enter the SOGO Department Store. These ladies are well-groomed with their uniform & fashionable hat! I bought my ASICS Gel-LyteRacer on the 10th Floor of the said Department Store located in one of the financial districts in Taipeh.

Nice color combination of Red & White

The first time that I used this model was during the 2011 Condura Skyway Marathon without any break-ins. Since I did not train for this Marathon Race, I thought of using the shoes for a long run as its break-in. The shoes provided me with a comfortable pace and without any problems on my feet and legs. I finished the race with a slow time but I did not have any injuries whatsoever. The LyteRacer is considered as a Racing Shoes with Stabilizers on the Heel and Forefoot areas. The shoes are light but a little heavier than my ASICS Gel-HyperSpeed 3. It is fully-cushioned considering that the shoes are racing shoes. It is highly recommended for neutral runners.

I will not mention those technical data about the name of the materials being used for this shoes but the bottom line is that ASICS has the highest quality in terms of comfort and durability of its products. The price in Taiwan Dollar when converted to Peso is very cheap as it sums up to less than Five Thousand Pesos only!

Heel Portion & LyteRacer Name on the Shoes

As of now, I have just breached 100 kilometers as the total distance of usage for these shoes. This is now my preferred shoes whenever I have my LSD workouts.

(Note: This particular model is not available in the USA and in the local market)

Once A Runner: A Novel

18 02 2011

“Once A Runner” by John L. Parker, Jr.

The author has written for Outside, Runner’s World, and numerous other publications. He was the Southeastern Conference Mile Champion three times, and the United States Track and Field Federation National Champion in the Steeplechase, and was teammate of Olympians Frank Shorter, Jack Bacheler, and Jeff Galloway on several championship cross-country teams. He is a journalist, practicing lawyer, and had been the Editorial Director of Running Times Magazine. (Note: The author should be as old as Jeff Galloway!)

This book was first published in 1978, at least one year after the “Complete Book On Running” by Jim Fixx was published, and it was written as a novel about a mile-runner, Quenton Cassidy while he was studying to earn a College Degree with a time setting in the mid-70s. It was mentioned that the author had sold copies of this book on the back compartment of his car every time he attended road races during weekends and copies of this novel had been circulating from one runner’s hand to another.

Looking at the profile and background of the author, this novel could be easily analyzed as the author’s personal account of his life as a college student and a passionate runner who would like to cross the barrier of sub-4-minute mile during those times.

Elite runners, ultra trail runners, and runner-authors/writers have considered this book as the best book ever written about running. I’ve read this book’s title being mentioned by most of the runner-authors who considered this novel as the best story being written about a runner. They say it’s a “classic”. Others would say that you are not a full-blooded runner if you don’t have a copy or have read this book. It is also being mentioned as part of the Runner’s Etiquette/Rules for a runner to have read this book if he is really a true runner. It is for this reason why I had to buy this book when I had a chance to see one at the Zombie Runner Store in Stanford, California.

I was not frustrated when I found out that the book speaks for itself. It is really the best book for a runner and every runner should be able to read it.

I’ve repeatedly read this novel for three times already. This is always my companion whenever I travel from Manila to other parts of the country when I board the local flights.

Cover Page of Older Publication of the Book (Photo From Wikipedia)

Result: 52K BDM Test Run (Km 50-102)

17 02 2011

7:00 AM February 12, 2011/From BDM Km Post #50 to BDM Km Post #102

There were 77 runners who started the Test Run from Abucay, Bataan but only 60 runners crossed the Finish Line in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Before the briefing of the run, we had a picture pose taken at the BDM Km Post #50. This run is again dedicated to the memory of our friend and BDM 102 “warrior”, Jay L Cu-Unjieng.

@ BDM Km Post #50 in Abucay, Bataan

1 Benedict Balaba 5:19:55
2 Moses Moreno 5:22:18
3 Mac Milan 5:34:38
4 Gene Olvis 5:47:56
5 Nolan Llanora 5:48:40
6 Bobby Go 5:53:10
7 Oliver Templo 6:00:45
8 Camilla Brooks (F) 6:05:10
9 Alfred Delos Reyes 6:05:11
10 Roberto Delos Santos 6:06:06
11 Bong Patrimonio 6:09:03
12 Bob Patrimonio 6:09:03
13 Rayman Delos Angeles 6:09:03
14 Romy Doctolero 6:10:25
15 Tin Ferrera (F) 6:12:14
16 Carlito Buenaventura 6:21:25
17 Jerry Adriano 6:22:20
18 Goerge Dolores 6:23:57
19 Bob Castilla 6:29:06
20 Mark Rodica 6:35:25
21 Christian Oting 6:35:25
22 Simon Miranda 6:35:58
23 Mark Hernandez 6:38:50
24 Fernando Cunanan 6:40:27
25 Francis Velasquez 6:42:30
26 Lito Lopez 6:42:30
27 Mel John Tezon 6:43:12
28 Julian Confesor 6:43:12
29 Ronnel Go 6:45:52
30 Samuel Narcise 6:51:58
31 Yob Red 6:53:00
32 Benedict Meneses 6:56:04
33 Tere Ybanez (F) 6:57:06
34 Emil Hulipas 6:59:10
35 Marlo Guloy 7:00:04
36 Julius Cervantes 7:00:18
37 Nelson Mallillin 7:01:08
38 Allen Gaspar 7:05:20
39 Carl Ocampo 7:06:10
40 Abell Jim Ngo 7:10:10
41 Laarni De Guzman (F) 7:12:04
42 Ferdie Cabiling 7:18:40
43 Paul Pajo 7:28:32
44 Junn Besana 7:28:32
45 Chito Carrion 7:37:02
46 Bong Bernadez 7:37:18
47 Wap Forbes 7:37:19
48 David Buban 7:37:20
49 Rene Miranda 7:44:39
50 Alden Meneses 7:45:00
51 Ramos Christopher Etable 7:46:34
52 Dennis Pacis 7:55:14
53 Ronald Perez 8:09:38
54 Jayson Masayon 8:09:38
55 Leo Tugade 8:10:20
56 Fernando Cabanero 8:10:20
57 Mark Fer Castillo 8:22:50
58 Ed Escalante 9:02:18
59 Ley Gripal 9:08:36
60 Edwin Rara 9:40:48

Good luck to everybody. See you at the Briefing & CLP at the Main Restaurant, AFP Officers’ Clubhouse, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City at 7:00 PM of February 22, 2011.

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