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The 53 Runner’s Commandments
by Joe Kelly
1. Don’t be a whiner. Nobody likes a whiner, not even other whiners.
2. Walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run.
3. Don’t make running your life. Make it part of your life.
4. During group training runs, don’t let anyone run alone.
5. Keep promises, especially ones made to yourself.
6. When doing group runs, start on time no matter who’s missing.
7. The faster you are the less you should talk about your times.
8. Keep a quarter in your pocket. One day you’ll need to call for a ride.
9. Don’t compare yourself to other runners.
10. All runners are equal, some are just faster than others.
11. Keep in mind that the later in the day it gets, the more likely it is that you won’t run.
12. For a change of pace, get driven out and then run back.
13. If it was easy, everybody would be a runner.
14. When standing in starting lines, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be there.
15. Getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape.
16. A bad day of running still beats a good day at work.
17. Talk like a runner. “Singlets” are worn on warm days. “Tank tops” are worn to the beach.
18. Don’t talk about your running injuries. People don’t want to hear about your sore knee or black toe.
19. Don’t always run alone.
20. Don’t always run with people.
21. Approach running as if the quality of your life depended on it.
22. No matter how slow you run it is still faster than someone sitting on a couch.
23. Keep in mind that the harder you run during training, the luckier you’ll get during racing.
24. Races aren’t just for those who can run fast.
25. There are no shortcuts to running excellence.
26. The best runs sometimes come on days when you didn’t feel like running.
27. Be modest after a race, especially if you have reason to brag.
28. If you say, “Let’s run this race together,” then you must stay with that person no matter how slow.
29. Think twice before agreeing to run with someone during a race.
30. There is nothing boring about running. There are, however, boring people who run.
31. Look at hills as opportunities to pass people.
32. Distance running is like cod liver oil. At first it makes you feel awful, then it makes you feel better.
33. Never throw away the instructions to your running watch.
34. Don’t try to outrun dogs.
35. Don’t trust runners who show up at races claiming to be tired, out of share, or not feeling well.
36. Don’t wait for perfect weather. If you do, you won’t run very often.
37. When tempted to stop being a runner, make a list of the reasons you started.
38. Never run alongside very old or very young racers. They get all of the applause.
39. Without goals, training has no purpose.
40. During training runs, let the slowest runner in the group set the pace.
41. The first year in a new age group offers the best opportunity for trophies.
42. Go for broke, but be prepared to be broken.
43. Spend more time running on the roads than sitting on the couch.
44. Make progress in your training, but progress at your own rate.
45. “Winning” means different things to different people.
46. Unless you make your living as a runner, don’t take running too seriously.
47. Runners who never fail are runners who never try anything great.
48. Never tell a runner that he or she doesn’t look good in tights.
49. Never confuse the Ben-Gay tube with the toothpaste tube.
50. Never apologize for doing the best you can.
51. Preventing running injuries is easier than curing them.
52. Running is simple. Don’t make it complicated.
53. Running is always enjoyable. Sometimes, though, the joy doesn’t come until the end of the run.
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Categories : Jogging, Runners' Training, Running, Sports Program
Tuesday/December 9 @ Roosevelt National Park:
Time Of Start: 4:30 PM
Distance: 6.8 Miles
Time/Duration: 2:24+ Hours
Average Speed: 2.4 Miles Per Hour
Total Ascent: 1,323 Feet
Highest Elevation: 1,170 Feet
1. Started late in the afternoon and it became dark where I had to use my headlight on the 2nd half of the run. My run became slower when it was dark already.
2. It was slightly raining and I had to use my Eddie Bauer Waterproof Jacket with Hood during the duration of the run.
3. Brought two (2) bottles of 20 oz. each capacity; 4 pieces of GU Gels; 3 pieces of Power Bars; one piece of Honey Stinger Chews; Pocket Camera; iPhone; and Thermal Blanket. I purposely brought all these items in my pack to put more weight and have my body accustomed to the food/nutrition needs and required/mandatory items that I will carry with me during the race.
4. I used my INOV-8 X-Talon Trail Shoe and it was responsive on the wet condition of the trail and rocks along the route.
5. How I wished I could go higher in elevation in the mountain but due to the thick growth of grasses along the trail which need to be cleaned and cut, I decided to turn-around at 1,150 feet elevation.
6. The Eddie Bauer Jacket which I bought 5 years ago was very effective in preventing the rain from getting inside my body. However, my body sweat made the lining of the jacket to be damp and wet which made the Jacket to be heavier as I finished my run.
7. My legs and knees started to become painful as I descended on the downhill portions of the route as I went back to where I started. I have observed that my leg muscles became tighter as I went downhill but I persevered by taking shorter strides and lighter with my footing along the trail.
8. I had a “deep-tissue” massage after my dinner and the soreness and pain disappeared as I went to bed.
Rest. I am scheduled to have a 6-mile run but I decided to have a rest after being late to my place of training after a trip to another venue of one of my races where I am the Race Organizer/Race Director.
Instead, I did some body squats and lunges to find out if I still have pain and soreness to my legs. The “deep-tissue” massage the night before “fixed” my issues about my legs. I slept early in the night…eight hours of sleep!
Thursday/December 11 @ Roosevelt National Park:
Time Of Start: 8:00 AM
Distance: 7.37 Miles
Time/Duration: 2:24+ Hours
Average Speed: 3.1 Miles Per Hour
Total Ascent: 1,670 Feet
Highest Elevation: 1,575 Feet
1. The run was done in the morning and the weather was with clear sky and slightly cold weather in the mountain. My water/hydration system was the same with that of the Tuesday Run, consuming 40 oz. of water during the run. I added two (2) pieces of VFuel Gels in my pack and I was able to ingest one piece of Gel on my second half of the run.
2. I felt lighter without the Jacket and I was comfortable with my pack with the same content that I had during the Tuesday Run.
3. I used my ALTRA Lone Peak 1.5 Shoes and they are responsive to the trail and rocks.
4. The highest elevation of 1,575 feet was reached at 3.1 Mile but I decided to have my turn-around at this point due to the thick bushes and grasses along the unused trail towards the peak of the mountain. In my estimate there is a need to clean the trail for a distance of about 2 miles until I reach the peak of the mountain. If the highest elevation of this mountain will reach 2,100+ feet in less than 6-Mile distance, this could be my ideal training ground for my TransLantau 100 Race.
5. The massage that I got last Tuesday evening and Full Rest Day on Wednesday gave me a better performance for today. I did not feel any pain or soreness or tightness on my leg muscles and knees on my downhill runs back to Starting Area. It resulted to a faster Average Speed in my workout.
Rest. I had a trip to Fort Magsaysay to attend a Coordinating Conference regarding my race thereat to be held on the weekend.
Saturday/December 13 @ Hill Taklang Damulag, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City:
Time Of Start: 7:23 AM
Distance: 10.30 Miles
Time: 3:32:52 Hours
Average Pace: 20:41 minutes per mile
Average Speed: 3.1 miles per hour
Elevation Gain: 2,800 Feet
Highest Elevation: 1,255 Feet
1. While supervising my race as the Race Director, I thought of running the course from Fernandez Hill View Deck to the Peak of Taklang Damulag (Hill) trying to find out how many “hill repeats” that I can do until I am tired. However, my training program called for a 10-mile run and any distance after that would be a bonus.
2. The weather was cooler in the early part of the morning but it became hotter on my third climb to the peak. I was carrying my TNF Hand-held Bottle which is just enough for my hydration need for one trip.
3. I had to rest for about 2-3 minutes just enough to make refill on my water bottle and eat something, most specially before I started my third climb.
4. I used my ALTRA Lone Peak 1.5 which was very responsive on the slippery trail and rocks along the route. However, the shoes became heavier as it became wet/damp from the sweat going to my socks and full body.
5. I did not have any problems or soreness on my legs during the duration of the run. If only not for the heat of the sun, I could have attempted a 4th climb to the peak.
6. I will make a point to visit Fort Magsaysay at least once a month and try to break my personal record on how many times I could climb the peak of Taklang Damulag in one day or 12 hours!
7. I was averaging 1:11+ hours per “hill repeat” which is a big improvement on my performance in climbing the hill two years ago.
Sunday/December 14 @ Hill Taklang Damulag, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City
Time Of Start: 6:56 AM
Distance: 6.69 Miles
Time: 2:20:57 Hours
Average Pace: 21:04 minutes per mile
Average Speed: 2.9 miles per hour
Elevation Gain: 1,814 Feet
Highest Peak: 1,255 Feet
1. I felt I was not wasted from yesterday’s triple trip to Taklang Damulag. For today, I did two “hill repeats” which I expected to have a distance of 7 miles but my running effort was satisfactory.
2. I used my INOV-8 X-Talon Trail Shoes and they were very light and was able to have a very nice leg turn-over during the duration of the workout. I might be slower this time but I feel strong to finish another repeat after completing my scheduled distance for the day.
3. Just the same with yesterday’s run, I was using my TNF Hand-held bottle. I had my breakfast before I started the run and it gave me the energy throughout the workout.
Total Distance: 31.16 Miles or 49.85 Kilometers
Total Time: 10:30 Hours
Total Ascent: 7,607 Feet (152.14 Feet Elevation Gain Per Kilometer)
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4th Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Run
5:00 AM December 13, 2014 To 3:00 PM December 14, 2014
Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Headquarters, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City (Nueva Ecija)
Number Of Starters: 16
Number Of Finishers: 9
Percentage Rate Of Finish: 56%
RANK NAME TIME (Hours)
1. Lao Ogerio (Champion, Overall)——30:47:32
2. Milbert Cabral (1st Runner-Up, Overall—–31:07:38
3. Alfred Delos Reyes (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—–32:38:52
4. Tess Leono (Champion, Female, Course Record)—-33:23:01
5. Ariel Briones —————————————–33:35:34
6. Dindo Diaz——————————————–33:37:31
7. Bong Dizon——————————————–33:38:58
8. Simon Pavel Miranda ——————————–33:40:21
9. Myk Dauz ———————————————-33:40:58
4th Taklang Damulag 50-Mile Endurance Run
5:00 AM December 13, 2014
SOCOM Headquarters, Philippine Army, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City
Number of Starters: 12
Number Of Finishers: 12
Percentage Rate Of Finish: 100%
RANK NAME TIME (Hours)
1. Raul Ragaodao (Champion, Overall/Course Record)—–12:39:30
2. Luc Hapers (1st Runner-Up, Overall/Course Record)————–12:50:31
3. Mark Raon (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)———————13:31:27
4. Von Rayan Martinez————————————–14:51:53
5. Romhel Biscarra —————————————15:33:40
6. Loradel Hanopol (Champion, Female)—————-16:18:31
7. Jobert Inclan———————————————16:37:45
8. Emma Libunao (1st Runner-Up, Female)—————18:35:19
9. Katherine Villaflor (2nd Runner-Up, Female)———18:53:37
10. Cleo Gevero (Female)———————————-18:53:38
11. Efren Monzon——————————————-19:32:33
12. Roland Pagaduan ————————————–19:32:33
Congratulations To Everybody!
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Categories : Insights, Jogging, Pictures, Race Results, Races, Running, Sports Program, Trail Running, Travel, Ultramarathon
It’s been seven years that I’ve been blogging and I am still running in the mountains at the age of 62. And I am still happy doing this kind of ritual, telling my stories about my runs and hikes, and sharing such stories to everybody.
As I enter my eight year of blogging, there are more things to share to everybody with regards to running, hiking, and anything about adventures in the outdoors, whether within the country or abroad. As long as I am healthy and able, I will be running on the trails and hiking to the peak of mountains if time and schedule would allow me.
For the year 2015, I will pursue my plan to hike the Historic General Aguinaldo Trail across the island of Luzon; hike the Historic General Funston Trail; and experience again, at least, one adventure run (multi-day stage) for the year. I am also thinking of doing some “segment hike” through Fastpacking on some portions of the Pacific Crest Trail in California, USA and this activity will be posted on this blog.
Starting this week, I have resumed my training after two weeks of rest and recovery (no running!) in preparation to my participation in the Trans Lantau 100K Trail Run in Hongkong on March 13-14, 2015. I will post my daily training in this blog so that I can have a journal/diary for my weekly runs. I have plans also of joining selected mountain ultra trail races to be held abroad which will be dependent on the result of my preparatory races and training.
In addition as the Race Director of Ultra Road and Trail Events scheduled for the year 2015, I will conduct some weekend Trail Running Clinics for those new runners who would like to shift on trail running and/or trail hiking. Announcement and publication of this plan will be made on this blog and on Facebook. These Running Clinics will have limited slots.
Lastly, I would like to express my personal thanks and appreciation to the 5,027 subscribers of this blog.
Keep on running!
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Categories : Hiking, Insights, Jogging, Pictures, Places to Run, Runners' Training, Running, Sports Program, Trail Running, Travel, Ultramarathon
I am featured in one of the articles of the Runner’s World Philippines Magazine, October-December 2014 Issue. The article is entitled, “Heroes Of Running: Pinoy Olympians and Trailblazers to Inspire You”. The story is written by Ria Macasaet.
I have asked the writer and the photographer that I will be wearing something different from my running attire and they approved to it. Thus, I was wearing my “meeting/conference” attire for the interview and photo-ops.
If this issue is not available in the popular bookstores, more copies of this RW Philippines are available in one of the Magazine Stores at the Ground Floor of Powerplant Mall in Makati City.
Thank you, RW Philippines for featuring my story and my future endeavor in the outdoors.
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8th Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Race
4:00 AM To 1:00 PM December 7, 2014
Starting Area: Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City
Finish Line: PETRON Gas Station, Nasugbu, Batangas
Number Of Starters: 63
Number Of Finishers: 63
Cut-Off Time: 9 Hours
RANK N A M E T I M E (Hrs)
1. Alen Bautista (Champion, Overall)————-4:54:47
2. Arnel Renato (1st Runner-Up, Overall)———5:19:22
3. Lao Ogerio (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)———5:22:12
4. Rhina Sison (Champion, Female)————–5:22:26
5. Carlo Contemplacion—————————-5:25:01
6. Annaliza Marsan (1st Runner-Up, Female)—5:38:52
7. Jess Evangelista———————————-5:42:53
8. Antonio Delos Reyes—————————–5:45:56
9. Elpidio Berja————————————–5:46:42
10. Mark Anthony Rodica—————————5:46:54
11. Jerdie Jurado————————————-5:52:36
12. Aljim Gacad————————————–5:53:22
13. Rasette Hao Pesuelo (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—5:53:51
14. Madison Trinidad——————————–6:02:24
15. Loradel Hanopol (Female)———————-6:03:15
16. Myk Dauz—————————————–6:05:28
17. Ma. Rowena Madrid (Female)——————6:06:54
18. Kathleen Pinero (Female)———————–6:07:00
19. Ruben Veran————————————-6:17:17
20. Cecile Lalisan (Female)————————6:18:40
21. Ronald Robles———————————–6:24:57
22. Efren Olpindo———————————–6:30:17
23. Jaime Patricio———————————–6:31:09
24. Allan Pablo————————————–6:31:23
25. Ma. Teresa Villa Abrille (Female)————-6:31:24
26. Aleli Gloria Delos Santos (Female)———–6:38:29
27. Romhel Biscarra——————————–6:38:38
28. Eduardo Gelindon——————————6:41:11
29. Jake Nelson Cheng—————————-6:41:47
30. Richard Allan Mangalip———————-6:43:25
31. Maria Celeste Layug (Female)—————6:43:41
32. Myla Go (Female)—————————-6:43:42
33. Wilnar Iglesia———————————6:43:43
34. Floriemay Ragas (Female)——————6:43:51
35. Fraulein Mariano (Female)—————–6:46:35
36. Abby Aliwalas (Female)———————6:46:36
37. Edwin Cruz———————————–6:53:03
38. Renato Grande——————————-6:55:56
39. Eda Maningat (Female)———————6:56:18
40. Gerson Yuzon——————————–6:58:46
41. Ramil Lomboy——————————-7:02:35
42. Emma Libunao (Female)——————7:04:03
43. Marlon Santos——————————7:04:04
44. Mar Marilag——————————–7:05:50
45. Stephen Avanzado————————-7:10:20
46. Severino Khita—————————–7:15:43
47. Arnel Fajardo——————————7:17:40
48. Adrian Aquino—————————-7:19:08
49. Allenstein Co——————————7:20:19
50. Rommel Ayuson————————–7:34:03
51. Ma. Corazon Ramos (Female)———–7:34:50
52. Alberto Cruz, Jr—————————7:35:15
53. Joan Pardo Arevalo (Female)———–7:45:51
54. Edna Yao Lim (Female)—————–7:45:54
55. Joey Genecera—————————-7:50:42
56. Fernando Torres————————-7:52:34
57. Eliza Laureles (Female)—————–8:02:51
58. J. Cip Lim——————————–8:21:39
59. Quennie Lynne Aceveda (Female)—-8:26:06
60. Amor Gabriel, Jr————————8:26:07
61. Julius Danas—————————–8:41:35
62. Richard Toledo————————-8:43:28
63. Rosita Dino (Female)——————8:57:36
Congratulations To All The Runners & Support Crew!
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