Monday, January 31, 2011

Unilab Run United 1 2011: Registration Details

Race Results are OUT!
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TODAY is TEH day!  Go out and sign-up!  The registration for the RunRio Trilogy Leg 1: Run United I 2011 kicks-off today.  With that, run to a registration venue nearest you


Regular In-store registration period is from January 31, 2011 to February 13, 2011

Registration Venues:
• RUNNR – G/F Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City (12nn - 8pm,Tel # 4031787)
• R.O.X. – Level 2 R.O.X. Bldg. Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City (12nn–8pm, Tel # 8564638)
• Toby’s SM Mall of Asia – G/F Entertainment Mall, Roxas Blvd., Manila (12nn–8pm, Tel # 556-0445)
• Planet Sports Glorietta – 2F Glorietta 3, Makati City (12nn – 8pm, Tel # 8177896)
• Planet Sports Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City (12nn – 8pm, Tel# 8422886)
• Planet Sports Trinoma – 2nd level, Trinoma cor. North EDSA, Quezon City(12nn – 8pm, Tel# 9167451)
• The Athlete’s Foot Robinsons Galleria – 3F Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Pasig City (12nn – 8pm, Tel# 6363162)

Online registration period is from January 31, 2011 to February 21, 2011 only
Delivery of race kits will start on February 5, 2011.

Late registration period is from February 14 – 26, 2011 at the following venues:
RUNNR, Bonifacio High Street, Toby’s SM Mall of Asia and The Athletes foot, Robinsons Galleria

Registration Fees
P250 - 500-meter dash
P600 - 5K
P600 - 10K
P750 - 21K
Note: No changes on the registration fees.  They are the same like last year.  Cool!

Singlet Design
See it here

Finisher's Medal (21km)
please come back for updates

Finisher's Shirt (21km)

What do you get after signing up?
D-tag, Bib Number, Unilab ActiveHealth Kit
15% Off Coupon from Planet Sports & Athlete’s Foot Stores
10% Off Coupon from Toby’s / Runnr Stores
Singlet (for 5k, 10k, 21k only)
Photovendo (Free Download)
Race Analysis (for 5k, 10k, 21k only)
Finisher’s Kit
Finisher's Medal (for 21k only)
Post Event Pack (Personalized Certificate, Unilab ActiveHealth RunRio Baller ID)

Race Map / Route

Assembly Time and Gun Start
   21k - 4:00am - 5:10am
   10k - 4:00am - 5:25am
     5k - 4:00am - 5:45am
500m - 6:30am - 7:00am

Important Reminders
• 500M is open to 5-12 years old. Parent/Guardian must be present during registration
• Registration may end earlier than announced deadline therefore, race kits may run out before February 26,2011
• A valid ID must be presented upon registration. For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID must be presented by the representative.
• Singlet will be given to the first 10,000 registrants.
• Singlet size availability will be on a first come first served basis.
• A disposable timing device called a “D-tag” will be used by all participants during the race.
• Medals will be given to all 21km finishers only.
• Finisher’s kits will be given upon finishing the race.
• Post Event packs will be delivered to the address you have specified during registration and will be delivered after the event. Registrants with incomplete addresses will not be delivered.
• For questions, please contact the secretariat at (02) 703 1736.

FAQ
1 Is singlet available for pickup?  Yes, during in-store registration
2 Where will the event be held?  Same as last year's RU1 and RU2.  Bonifacio Global City
3 Are there 3k and 15k categories?  None.  Only 500m, 5k, 10k, and 21k distances
4 Will I get a finisher's shirt?  None as of this posting
5 Will kids/500-meter also get a singlet?  None as of this posting
6 Is this a 1-day event only?  Yes.  Run United 1 2011 will be held on March 6
7 What is the cut-off time for 21k runners?  None as of this posting

(source: Unilab ActiveHealth, RunRio)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Condura Skyway Marathon 2011: Newsletter Volume 1


Condura Skyway Marathon just released their 1st electronic newsletter. This contains updated information about the upcoming event and also answers some of our inquiries on how to go about especially on both pre- and post-race activities.

Here's a quick summary of its contents
1 Dolphin Wall
2 Assembly Time and Gun Start
3 Wave Starting System for 10k, 16k, and 21k participants
4 Clustered Starts for 5k
5 Transport Services for 10k. 16k, and 21k runners
6 Parking Advisory at Ayala Triangle
7 Chronotag D-tag Instructions
8 Baggage Services
Additional information can be found here

Click on the images for a bigger resolution

And here are the finishers medals

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Unilab Run United 1 2011: Singlet Design is Out!


We get a sneak peek on how the singlet will look like for the upcoming and much awaited RunRio Leg 1: Unilab Run United slated on March 6

Singlet Sizing.  Is the singlet comes with the same sizing dimension compared to last year? NO. You may want to check out the sizing differences in the table below.  This means that if you fit on a size L(arge) previously, it may not be the same this time. You have to make sure that the singlet fits you by registering on-site

Sorry no 3km. The race categories for the first installment of RunRio Trilogy are 500m, 5km, 10km, and 21km

Please do check back for more updates

(source runrio.com)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Review: 3rd Subic International Marathon

As I've mentioned before, one of the reasons why I wanted to join the Subic International Marathon was the idea of running at SCTEX.  I was initially disappointed when I learned that the race route will be inside SBMA  Saw my dream running along SCTEX being flushed down the drain.  Even with that fact, I still decided to pursue SIM 2011 even though it is a bit far - about 144 kilometers away from Manila
Pre Race.  Friday night, I went to my friend who resides at Binan for their house blessing. Stayed there until 1AM before heading home. Woke up past 9AM (Saturday) and started to pack my bag with all the stuff that I needed for the race and the sleepover. It was past lunchtime when I hit the road.  Since I was in for a long drive, I decided to have a pit stop at SM Pampanga.  After a quick break, continued my journey and took the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx)

While in SM Pampanga, I was constantly checking the TAKBO.PH forums for any updates coming from fellow participants.  I learned that the venue for claiming the race packet has changed from Venezia Hotel to Remy Field.  Good thing it was mentioned that it was near Jollibee Subic.  After I exited Tipo, I traversed along Rizal Highway looking for the fast-food restaurant chain.  After a few minutes, I spotted my landmark.  Asked the guard for directions, Remy field was just across the street

I went straight to the track and field area and asked where I can claim my race packet.  I was directed to go to Subic International Hotel.  I went away scratching my head, luckily I saw two guys wearing the event's shirt and asked them where they got it.  They instructed me to go to a building which turned out to be the SBMA gym
It was already past 4PM when I got my race packet. There were only a handful of runners claiming theirs as well.  The race kit included the race bib, singlet, timing chip, rules and regulations, and a map of the starting line.  Next in my agenda was to find my hotel (Subic Park).  Asked the traffic enforcer for directions and he happily (and courteously) gave me instructions on how to go about.
Checked-in to my hotel, unloaded my stuff, turned the television on and made myself comfortable.  Jumped out of bed and remembered that I have to prepare for my race, stuff like pinning my race bib on my shirt, race strategy and even where to park.  One of my pre-race ritual (the day before) is to make sure that everything is ready before 6PM.  Why?  I do not want to stir up my sympathetic nervous system and make sleeping difficult.  I need a shut eye for at least 5-6 hours so I'd have a better chance of setting a new personal best on race day

Race Day.  Because the 2 parking lots near the starting line was inaccessible, I parked at Jollibee.  Thinking that after the race I can have my breakfast there.  By the time I arrived at the assembly area, the marathon runners has been flagged off already.  Since I still had time, I did some jogging around the area.  I find this helpful not only to steer away the jitters but also allows my abdominal muscles to be ready for the race.  So far, warming up through jogging has helped me minimize stomach cramps

Where in the world is the portalet?  Based from the information inside the race kit, the portalets were inside Remy field.  Since I am not familiar with the place I wasn't able to use one.  I bet other runners had the same dilemma.  The organizers could have done a better job by placing it nearer the starting line and in plain sight
It was now down to 2 minutes before our gun start and everyone's getting excited. The emcee then announced that they'd be delaying the 21k runners by 2 minutes. And when the count down reached zero, they changed their mind and told us that we will be released from the pen in 15 seconds. Huh?!? What a great way to start a race - lets confuse the runners!
Upon hearing the horn, the runners sped off like herds of cattle eagerly waiting to be released from the corral.  First thing I looked for was the kilometer markers.  Upon hitting the first water station, I did not see any.  I immediately concluded that perhaps we won't have one.  Right there and then, I decided to rely on the location of the water stations as my markers to be able to know my overall pace.  Crossing my fingers that the organizers placed them as accurate as possible - every 1.5 kms.  After a few hundred meters from the first hydration station, I saw a kilometer marker on the right side of the road.  Later on I realized that there were distance markers placed every 2 kilometers.

Before I signed up, I've been getting horror stories about water shortage based from last year's edition.  For this year, I did not encounter any problems regarding hydration.  Even the water stations where all the runners from all categories has to share was sufficient.  The staff manning it was even kind enough to hand us the cups so we don't have to get it from the table
The first few kilometers was a breeze.  The route was relatively flat and the ascent was very minimal and forgiving.  Not until I've hit the 6th kilometer.  The climb wasn't an issue at all.  It was the road itself or the lack of it.  You can't literally see the road, it was pitch black, and you have to keep up with the runner in front of you so you'd know you are running in the right direction.  It was so dark that it almost felt I was running with my eyes closed.  The torch on the side of the road did not help at all.  I even thought it was a firefly.  That's how bad it was

Another problem, the road was jagged.  Running through it felt someone's stabbing my feet.  Now that's what we call ground feedback.  I had to re-adjust my stride so I'd land even softer and would make the pain less.  Good thing it only lasted for a few hundred meters.  If there's a Heartbreak Hill in Boston Marathon, I will christen this part of the route as the "barefoot"-break hill

It was pleasant to see that bananas and biscuits was available along the route (before the 9KM mark)  I think the placement of the banana couldn't be better, in my opinion.  It replenished my strength and made it easier for me to tackle the steep climb from 9KM until the turnaround at 10.5KM.  Coming back to the banana station, all were gone except for the biscuits.  I guess it only came in limited quantities.  Quite disappointing, if you'd ask me

On my way back to the finish line, a roadblock has appeared in front of me.  My feet are already tender and I have to overcome the "barefoot"-break hill once more.  I tried to run through the pain but it's not just possible.  The pain was just unbearable and hard to ignore.  I even tried running over the painted portion of the road to alleviate the pain but that didn't help.  I had no choice but to walk the whole stretch

Fifteen kilometers down and six more to go, and overall I still feel good.  That was a good sign considering I had an erratic practice schedule weeks before the event.  I suspect that it was all because of the cool weather, and the scenery of our race route was truly a breath of fresh air.  On top of that, the remaining distance was flat again so it was going to be easy on the body

Mental toughness.  One and half kilometer left, my mind started to tell me to stop running and take another walk break.  I told myself that I only need to run for another 8 or 9 minutes then I can have that well-deserved rest after crossing the finish line.  Besides this is the part where most runner slows down and the time for me to pick up the pace
Good thing I endured because before I realized it I was now on the last stretch of the race and about to make the final turn to Canal Road.  Brought forth all the remaining strength in me and did a mad dash to the finish line.  And the good news, I was able to set a new personal record.  Yey!
Post Race.  After grabbing a bottle of 100Plus, I went back to Jollibee's parking lot for a quick change of dry clothes.  Was already half-way eating my breakfast when I remembered about the finisher's medal.  I distinctively remember the emcee talking about it during the pre-race program.  I was trying to recall but none of the 21k runners I saw was wearing any medal nor was someone handing them over after I crossed the finish line.  Went back to the starting/finish line area to check it out.  Again, saw a handful of half-marathon finishers but still no sign of the finishers medal.  Luckily I saw one, he motioned me to go inside the track and field to get mine
When I got there the line was already long and to top it off, only one person was distributing the medals. What a bummer! With a stroke of luck, a new line was formed and I got my medal in less than 2 minutes

Verdict. Not everyone goes home with a smile on their faces after each running event.  Sometimes even the big guns like RunRio slips up every now and then.  This event is no exception.  It has its own flaws and such can be remedied in its next installment.  But if you want a no frills fun run with green and lush scenery, Subic International Marathon is the one for you. It may be a bit far from Manila but for me all the trouble was worth it. A great start for the year and a wonderful out-of-town run

(event images courtesy of subic shutter club)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho: Marathon Fever in the Philippines

Last Saturday, a news and public affairs television show featured a segment about marathon fever in the Philippines.  It talked about the exponential growth of running events last year, the reasons why Pinoys join, gadgets related to running, history of marathon, and a lot more about running as a sport

The segment also gave a 9-second exposure about barefoot running and minimalist shoes (starts at 5:10)

If you are like me, who forgot and missed the show, here's the said segment for your viewing pleasure

Friday, January 14, 2011

The EDSA Run: February 27, 2011

Got any plans on February 27?  Why not join a fun run?  I bumped into this 30-second promotional video posted by IAmNinoy Runners.
EDSA RUN 2011. A people powered run to build classrooms

On the 25th Anniversary of our People Power, we re-live and redefine People Power for our time. By making personal decisions to make a difference, on February 27, 2011 each step all 5,000 of us take will help build needed classrooms nationwide. This is the spirit of People Power-- ordinary citizens making a difference for our country

Race Results
Check it out here

When: February 27, 2011
Where: People Power Monument (corner EDSA and White Plains)

Registration Fees
P550 - 10km
P400 - 5km

In-store Registration
Rudy Project Store
Bonifacio High Street, Taguig and Trinoma
Planet Sports
Alabang Town Center, Rockwell, Glorietta and Virra Mall
Jose Cojuangco Bldg
4/F De La Rosa cor Castro Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati

Register online here

Race Packet Redemption: R.O.X, Bonifacio High Street, Feb. 23-25, 2011

Singlet / Shirt Design

Race Map / Route

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Runner's World Running Clinic - January 2011

On my way to Subic last Saturday, I decided to have my pit stop and lunch at SM Pampanga.  Ordered grilled bangus and 2 sticks of chicken ass at Chicken Inasal.  Before heading out, I dropped by at Watsons to grab some multivitamins.  I glanced at their magazine rack and realized that the January 2011 issue of Runner's World Philippines was already available.  Immediately grabbed a copy

After checking in to my hotel, I flipped through the pages and saw something interesting - the January 2011 schedule of RW's Running Clinic

If you are interested, there are 3 ways to register
- Partner stores. Club 360 Ortigas, New Balance Shangri-la, Planet Sports Rockwell, ROX, The Athlete's Foot Glorietta 4
- On-site. You may also register onsite, on the the day of the event.  However, slots are on a first come, first serve basis.  Clinic is open to first 50 participants only
- Email. Send an email to smeap@summitmedia.com.ph with subject: Runner's World Running Clinic January 2011.  Include you name, address, age, birthdate, occupation, and date of running clinic you want to attend

Please include the following details as well: How you learned about this event (email blast, magazine ad, poster, though barefootdaves.com, etc).  Farthest distance you have ran (none yet, beginner, 5k, 15k, etc)

You will receive an email to confirm your registration

Clinic Schedule for January 2011
January 18 & 25 (Tuesdays) 7PM-9PM @ ULTRA
January 20 & 27 (Thursdays) 6PM-8PM @ ROX BHS
January 22 & 23 (Weekends) 6AM-8AM @ SM MOA

Friday, January 7, 2011

How To Prevent Barefoot Running Injuries


When I posted about the study made by Daniel Lieberman, an interesting question was asked - "why are all the running injury clinics seeing so many barefoot runners with injuiries?"  And with barefoot running getting more popular, a lot of people will try it out and more often than not they get sidelined because of injuries.  And you'd start to wonder that if barefoot running is "better" in preventing injuries then why get one from doing so?

With the recently concluded barefoot clinic, I know a handful of people are curious and trying it out for the first time.  As a proof that barefoot running is getting traction, there's even a huarache sandal proudly made in the Philippines

What are the common injuries and how to prevent them?  Here's an article written by Jason Robillard --

As more people ditch their shoes (or move to a true minimalist shoe), we’re seeing a positive correlation in barefoot running-related injuries.  New barefoot/minimalist shoe runners (BFR/MRs) generally fall into two camps:
1. Early adopters- this group does a lot of research prior to beginning.  This group is the most likely to be reading this right now.  This group educates themselves of the potential dangers of barefoot running.  Generally, this group does not experience significant problems becasue they do their homework and prepare accordingly
2. Trend followers- This group is likely to try barefoot running after hearing a story on the news, reading an article online, reading Born to Run, or purchasing a pair of minimalists shoes like Vibrams.  This group generally will not do prior research.  This group will typically try BFR/MR first, experience problems, then seek advice

One of the dangers of beginning BFR/MR is doing too much too soon.  Your feet have likely spent most of their active life confined in shoes. Shoes weaken the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons of your feet. The skin on the soles of your feet will not be used to the sensory input of the ground.  In order to prevent injuries, it is important to begin barefoot running cautiously.   Barefoot running feels wonderful!  The urge to do too much before your feet are ready is very powerful.  As such, it is important to follow a conservative plan even if you feel great in the beginning.

Going too fast or running too far may result in a myriad of injuries, including tendon and ligament damage, excessive blisters, stress fractures, and other over-use type injuries.   If at any time you experience pain, STOP! Add a second day of rest, and then try again. Continue until you are pain-free.  Do not give in to the temptation to “run through the pain.” The soft-tissue injuries that can occur during the foot-strengthening process can set your progress back by weeks or even months. TOO MUCH TOO SOON (TMTS) injuries are the greatest obstacle to successfully transitioning to barefoot running.

A fairly universal complaint is often referred to as the “top of the foot pain” (TOFP); it feels like a dull ache on the top side of your foot.  This seems to be a function of your foot anatomy adapting to the different stresses of using new muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It could also be caused by the stress placed on the metatarsal bones (metatarsalgia).

Regardless of the cause, the solution is RICE (rest, ice, compress, and elevation).  Minor TOFP should not inhibit running.  If the pain reaches a moderate level or you experience sharp, shooting pains, stop running until the pain subsides.  If you continue to press through the pain, you run the risk of developing a stress fracture of the metatarsal bones.  This injury could sideline you for months, so exercise caution.

Achilles tendon and calf muscle soreness and tightness is a common issue.  This develops from the lengthening of the calf and Achilles when going from a raised heel shoe to a zero drop (heel and forefoot are the same height) shoe.  Also, the natural running form BFR/MR use requires the calf muscles to actually work.  It is important to let your heel touch the ground with each stride as it unloads some of the energy from the calf and Achilles.  “Running on your toes” and preventing your heels from touching the ground is a very common mistake many new barefoot and minimalist shoe runners make.

To prevent injury to the Achilles/ calf muscles, it is a good idea to stop running if pain develops.  I use the weightlifting analogy.  If you experience soreness similar to the feeling you get a day or two after weightlifting for the first time, it is okay to continue running.  If you experience sharp, shooting pains, stop and do not run again until the pain subsides.

Blisters are a fairly common issue for the new BFRs. Generally, blisters result from some combination of heat, friction, and moisture. If all three are present, blisters tend to form quickly.  In the absence of one variable, blisters may still form if the other two conditions are fairly extreme. For the new barefoot runner, friction is usually the main culprit.  Moisture is a non-issue unless you are running in mud or rain. Heat can be an issue if running on a hot surface such as asphalt on a sunny day or some treadmills. If blisters do develop, they can be an indicator that your form is not quite as good as it could be. Where blisters develop can be very informative. If blisters develop on the heel, that is usually an indicator that you are heel striking or over-striding.  If they develop on your toes or the ball of your foot at the base of your toes, that can be an indicator that you are “pushing off” with each stride.

If you develop blisters, you probably should take a few days off.  Personally, I take two or three days off, then tape the blister and wear minimalist shoes for a few weeks.  That protects the affected area and allows me to run in comfort.

Another potential area of concern is puncture wounds.  When running barefoot, you have little or no protection against glass, nails, thorns, or other such debris.  It is absolutely critical to develop your skill at analyzing the terrain immediately in front of you. This is necessary to avoid potential dangers.  With practice, this skill will become automatic.  However, until that occurs, ALWAYS watch your path.  If you encounter an area that contains hazards, it is best to avoid that area.

One final area of concern is tripping or stubbing your toes on objects. My only two barefoot injuries came about because of this. I tripped on a root when running a 50-mile ultramarathon barefoot, and tripped on a speed bump while on a training run.  In both cases, my falls could have been prevented had I not been distracted. Again, it is critically important to watch your path to identify potential hazards. Also, it is vitally important to pick your feet up enough to avoid tripping over hazards.

Barefoot and minimalist shoe running does not have to be dangerous.  Knowing the common injuries, what they feel like, how to prevent them, and how to treat them will result in a MUCH more enjoyable experience.  All of us can play a role in educating others to help prevent these problems

(source: barefootrunninguniversity.com)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

STEM Footwear: Primitive Performance Technology

No arch support.  No heel cushioning.  No stability or motion control.  No cramped toe box.  These are the things that Stem Footwear believes in.  Exactly what I want from a pair of shoes

More and more are coming out with minimalist footwear and another company is joining the bandwagon. That means good news for us consumers as we will have more options to choose from.  The product lineup is expected to come out by 3rd quarter of this year.  Hope its not too late as Merrell's barefoot collection and Minimus from New Balance will be coming out on the 1st quarter.  Not unless they have a unique value proposition for minimalist/barefoot runners wants

What can we expect?
- Minimalist design
- Lightweight (6.3 oz)
- Toe splay roominess (dubbed as STEM fit)
- Enhanced ground feel
- 6mm thin sole

Now onto the shoes (SRP: $89.99)
(Mens)

(Womens)

Personal Note:  I am bit skeptical about their product especially with a 6mm sole that claims an enhanced ground feel.  Six millimeters isn't exactly what you'd call "thin".  In addition, there's not much information going on in their website so we'll just have to keep our eyes peeled for a 3rd party review
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