Running Lecture @ METROBANK Technology, Inc.

21 04 2010

MBTC Technology, Inc (MTI) or METROBANK Technology is the IT arm of the METROBANK Group.

Randy San Miguel and Jerry Adriano of METROBANK Technology, Inc. had been training with the BR’s “Speed” Training Sessions at the ULTRA Oval Track for almost two years already and they are very dedicated in their training every week. It was only two months ago that Randy invited me to conduct a Running Lecture and Clinic to the office/corporate institution where he is working as he had to make some planning and coordination with the administration and getting a good crowd of his officemates who are interested to know the “basics” of running.

Randy and Jerry are inseparable during our training workouts at the ULTRA Oval Track as they belong with the same office. They are dedicated runners and had been joing competitive races from 10K distance to the full Marathon distance. I also observed that they always run together in their competitive road races. I can say that they are already veteran runners! So, when they asked and invited me to conduct a running lecture, I immediately approved their request.

METROBANK Running Lecture Participants

 So far, this could be the biggest group of corporate personnel who attended the BR’s Running Lecture & Clinic. Almost 70 personnel were present at the Training Room of the METROBANK Technology, Inc. in Makati City. I am confident that these participants will form the core of the company’s running club in the future.

The "Basics" of Running & "Tips" To Enjoy Running

 This activity was conducted a day before my team left for Jeju, South Korea last March 23, 2010. The lecture started at 5:30 PM and finished at 7:00 PM. Coach Titus Salazar had his turn to demonstrate technical matters and “tips” on running. The lecture hall immediately turned into a jogging hall when all the participants were requested to imitate what Coach Titus was demonstrating to them.

Hoping That All The Participants Will Start To Enjoy Running

Coach Titus Demonstrating Some Techniques In Running

Participants Were Made To Do Actual Stretching Exercises

 All the participants were made to stand up and were made to do the “must do” stretching exercises before and after their running workouts. They were made to “jog in place” and experience the feeling of running with midfoot footstrike as compared to “heel strike” running.

Another View of the Participants Doing Their Stretching

Post-Run Stretching Routine Demonstration

 The members of the Elite Team Bald Runner were made to demonstrate the proper running form and running “drills” after the stretching exercise demonstration made by the participants. The practical portion of the running lecture and clinic was fun as the group enjoyed doing their “jogging in place” and stretching exercises.

Before the lecture was concluded, there was an Open Forum where Coach Titus Salazar and I answered some questions and clarifications from the participants ranging from injuries, treatment, nutrition, running shoes, and training programs. After a group picture with the Officers and Staff of the said office, the activity concluded at 9:00 PM.

Group Picture With METROBANK's Electronics Division's Officers & Staff

 Let me take this opportunity to thank the following officers of the said company—Francis Carandang, the First Vice-President of Consulting Division, who is a runner who joins weekend races in Metro Manila; Marijo Caronongan, Vice-President for Human Resources; and Nikki Oxales, First Vice-President for Quality Assurance. Their concern for the welfare and healthy lifestyle of their employees through this running lecture is exemplary and commendable. I hope more corporate heads will follow in this endeavor.

Lastly, thanks for supporting the Elite Team Bald Runner!


1st Corporate Running Clinic

9 01 2009

 The idea of conducting a Running Clinic was conceptualized during a brief visit of the Coaches of Team Bald Runner and myself at the office of the Reinier Pacific last month. Amado Castro, Jr, the President of the Company who is a runner and race walker, requested us to visit his office for final “tips” and suggestions for his participation to a 12-Hour Race Walk Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was in this meeting that Mr Castro suggested the idea of conducting a Running Clinic to all of his staff and personnel. Due to the holiday season, the running clinic was finally set on the afternoon of January 8, 2009.


So, this plan was realized yesterday afternoon at the training room of Reinier Pacific. The running clinic started at 2:00 PM with a brief introduction from Mr Castro as to the background and purpose of the said running clinic. The lecture was divided into two parts.  I presented a lecture on the WHY? part of running while the two coaches of Team Bald Runner, Major Ferdie Espejo Jr and Coach Saturnino Salazar, presented a lecture on the HOW? part of running with the proper training aids. 


About 30 staff and personnel of the company attended the running clinic. The running clinic lasted for about 3 hours to include the time for open forum and additional information about running. The second part of the running clinic will be the ACTUAL RUNNING demonstration and practical exercises at the ULTRA Oval Track on Thursday next week. The second part of the clinic will consist of conducting proper warm-up and stretching exercises before and after the run; and the running proper.

The overall objective of this running clinic is to offer to everybody to engage in physical activity and exercise, through running/jogging/walking in order for the company to be more productive by having a healthy mind and body among its personnel. On the side of the Team Bald Runner, it is our advocacy to encourage more people to embrace a healthy lifestyle through walking/jogging and ultimately to running and be competitive to oneself. 

Ladies and gentlemen, this running clinic is FREE! If you are a part of a group or a community intending to form a running club, we can schedule a 2-part running clinic (2-3 hours of lecture and another 2 hours actual demonstration on the oval or on the ground). If you are interested, just leave a comment to this post or send an e-mail to

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