Happy New Year! Happy Running!

Closing the year 2012 with much peace and welcoming 2013 with a blast! 

Powered up post-run photo from my last run in 2012
My message is simple - SPREAD LOVE NOT WAR  
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We walk different paths in life and sometimes along the way we stumble and fall.  Don’t give up, crawl if you must and when you can - stand up.  Start walking again.  And when you gain your steady pace try to run, and keep on running!

Happy New Year everyone!

Sunday Running Motivation: Top 15 Reasons to Run

It’s a top calorie-burning exercise

It revs metabolism even while you aren’t doing it

Expensive equipment isn’t required

It’s awesome for your social life

Solo runs provide time for self-discovery

It lifts your mood

It boosts creativity

It provides an opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature

It increases self-esteem

It reduces stress

It fights depression and anxiety

It gives you energy

It lengthens your life span

It invigorates your sex life

It gives you goals to work toward

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Costume runners traversing the C-5 ramp during “Rescue Run” two days before Christmas day (December 23, 2012)


Credits: Runiverse.com

From Our Running Feet to Yours… Happy Christmas!

From our running feet to yours, we want to greet you all!

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And just some friendly reminder during the holiday,

Thou shalt not eat too much

Thou shalt not drink and smoke too much

Thou shalt not stress from senseless holiday stuff.

And if thou shalt violate these friendly reminders,

Thou shalt Run! and Keep on Running!

Happy Christmas everyone!

Sunday Running Motivation: Kick off that Party Shoes and Run!

Toxic schedule, unfinished shopping, unwrapped gifts, crazy party invites
holiday stress?
Kick off the party shoes and Run for Rescue -
Count Me In!
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RESCUE RUN 2012
(for the benefit of typhoon Pablo flash flood victims)
December 23, 2012
Bonifacio Global City

36th Milo Marathon National Finals: Official Results

With Eduardo Buenavista at the forefront, about 21,388 runners marked a milestone in MILO Marathon history, as organizers report that they surpassed the initial 200,000 collective target by over 10,000 runners, shattering last year’s 200,000 headcount.

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After an excellent display of athletic prowess, last year’s MILO Marathon champions James Tallam and Mary Grace de los Santos made a swift comeback and reclaimed their second consecutive title in the 42K Open category run. Tallam posted a remarkable finishing time of 2:26:34 and led fellow Kenyans Josphat Too (2:28:52) and Alex Melly (2:29:06) towards a 1-2-3 finish. In the women’s division, 25-year-old de los Santos dismissed a strong line of contenders to bag the MILO Marathon race title and lead two-time MILO

Marathon Queen Jho-an Banayag (2:55:56) and Kenyan Everline Atancha (3:03:39) towards an easy finish.
With the guidance of six-time MILO Marathon champion Roy Vence, de los Santos developed the high-level performance that won her the coveted crown. The Sibugay native shattered her personal best mark with a 2:49:29 finish, but fell short to beat Jho-An Banayag’s outstanding record in MILO history.

Mary Grace De los Santos heads for a perfect finish at the 42-K Women's Open Category of the 36th National MILO Marathon Manila Finals Sunday.
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“Maintaining focus and consistently setting the pace in every turn were key to my victory today. I pulled away in the 18-km mark, and that guaranteed a solid distance from the other runners.”.
“I will come back next year not only to challenge Jho-An’s time, but to help the Filipino athletic community develop the sport further and nurture the next generation of powerful athletes.” ~ Mary Grace delos Santos~

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Current men’s event record-holder and three-time MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista returned for a stellar win in the 42K Local category race and posted an impressive time of 2:29:45. Completing the top 3 cast behind Buenavista were early favorites Eric Panique (2:32:08) and last year’s fifth placer Jason Agravante (2:34:58).

“The Kenyan line-up presented a massive challenge to all the local bets in today’s race, but the amount of agility and endurance that resulted from a year’s worth of preparation forced me towards the finish line,”
“I may have been unable to break Tallam’s control on the road, but I believe that the Filipino spirit exhibited during the race did not fail to inspire young runners to build their potential and set a great future for sports in the country.” ~ Eduardo Buenavista ~

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Maintaining a swift stride in the women’s division 42K Local category race was 23-year-old trackster Mary Joy Tabal who posted an impressive 3:05:12. She adds this victory to several others in her career, including her victory in the 2011 Adidas King of the Road Southeast Asia meet and her record-breaking feat in the Singapore Sundown Marathon. Behind Tabal, four-time MILO Marathon Queen Christabel Martes (3:10:46) and Jennilyn Nobleza (3:22:03) settled for second and third place, respectively.
Tallam and de los Santos each received P 300,000 from the 42K Open category run, while Buenavista and Tabal took home P 150,000 from the 42K Local category run.

Kenyans led Filipino runners in the 21K Open category races and took home the P 15,000 top purse. David Kipsang took the lead in the men’s division race at 1:12:23, while Jackline Nzivo conquered the distaff division at 1:26:48. Trailing behind Kipsang and Nzivo were Rafael Poliquit (1:12:58) and Denis Isika (1:13:43) for the men’s category race, and Manila eliminations 21K winner Nhea Ann Barcena (1:30:55) and Janet Lumidao (1:33:28) for the women’s category race.

Dominating the men’s 21K Local category run was Immuel Camino (1:15:25), who posted an early lead against Roldan Verano (1:18:15) and Eligiran Nelson (1:18:45). In the women’s 21K Local category run, Jocelyn Elijeran finished swiftly at 1:43:03, followed by Marychiel Morales (1:43:54) and Librada Tamson (1:45:02). Camino and Elijeran each received P 8,000 for their efforts in the 21K Local category run.
In the special awards category, Fort Bonifacio High School copped the ‘Biggest Delegation’ award with a total of 1,575 runners, while Karuhatan National High School nabbed the ‘Fastest Delegation’ award with an aggregate time of 23:27.93.

Through its advocacy program called ‘Help Give Shoes’, which is now on its third year of staging, MILO donated a total of 1,000 shoes to public schools in Metro Manila as an ongoing commitment to develop the Filipino sports community. Students of CAA Main High School, Kapitbahayan Elementary School, Tipas National High School, Makati Science High School, Hulo Elementary School, Fort Bonifacio Elementary School, A. Villegas High School, Ramon Magsaysay High School, San Diego Elementary School and Pitogo High School were among the campaign’s most recent beneficiaries. Since the campaign’s conception, MILO has donated 24,200 shoes nationwide.

“We have seen a year of great talent, stirring victories, and humbling defeat in the National MILO Marathon. MILO has motivated Filipino athletes to run towards a brighter era of sports, and it will continue to provide opportunities for the youth,”

“We are working to launch the next phase of developing Philippine sports, and we are looking to do that with the support of our marathon runners and partners who share the same vision as ours.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive ~

A woman enjoys the 10-K track as the weather shifts at the 36th National MILO Marathon Manila Finals.

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10-K category marathoners run for fitness and fun at the 36th National MILO Marathon Sunday in Pasay City.
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Official race results here.

36th MILO Marathon National Finals: Advance Results and Top Placers

I am supposed to be posting under “Sunday Sports Motivation” about my run earlier today at the 36th MILO Marathon Finals.  But like the majority of Filipinos, I excitedly watched the Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight and I was ready  to post something about it instead about my run. But… I now belong to the 94M heartbroken Filipinos.  But don’t worry Manny, you’re still our hero. 

Good thing though the very efficient people behind the 36th Milo Marathon National Finals sent out the advance results of the 36th MILO Marathon National Finals.  I am delighted to see that two Filipina runners led the 42K Open Women’s category.  Here’s sharing you the list.

Summary of 42K Open – Men and Women

42K Open

Summary of 42K Local - Men
42K Men Open

Summary of 42K Local – Women
42K Local Women

Summary of 21K Open category
21K Open Men n Women

Summary of 21K Local Category – Men
21K Local Cat Men

Summary of 21K Local Category – Women
21K Local Women
Summary of 10K – Men
10K Men

Summary of 10K – Women
10K Women
Summary of 5K – Men
5K - Men

Summary of 5K – Women
5K Women

Summary of 3K – Boys
3K Boys

Summary of 3K – Girls
3K Girls

School Delegation
School Delegation

How I wish I could run as fast as these people!

Info Source: Strategic Edge

36th Milo Marathon National Finals: MILO Marathon Kings and Queens return to reclaim their throne

A sea of green will sweep the streets of Manila once again, as over 19,909 runners are expected to join the 36th MILO Marathon National Finals on December 9. Organizers report that they reached the 200,000 target headcount set at the start of the season, providing a thrilling conclusion to a successful nationwide marathon event.

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Rivalries will run deep among the country’s top qualifiers as they race against competitive foreign talent in the men’s and women’s division races. Last year, MILO Marathon Queen Mary Grace de los Santos crashed foreign competition and led a cast of Filipina runners towards a 1-2-3 finish, while MILO Marathon King James Tallam led Kenyan and Ethiopian runners to a massive 1-2-3-4 finish in the men’s division race, sparking a heated rivalry among local veterans.


This year, former MILO Marathon Kings and Queens return to reassert their dominance on their home soil. MILO Marathon Kings Julius Sermona (1:13:02, Angeles), Cresenciano Sabal (1:13:55, Cagayan de Oro) and Eduardo Buenavista (1:13:29, Tarlac) are among strong contenders in the 42K men’s division race.


According to three-time champion Sabal, winning the National Finals will go beyond the coveted crown and offer a sense of nationalistic pride. “Local runners are not the only ones running for the title. Foreign runners who have already made their mark in Philippine races will make a tremendous effort to win. This poses a big challenge for the Filipino athletic community. The National Finals will be a venue through which we can extend the Filipino reign in our own soil,” he said.


The 42K women’s division race will also see a thrilling battle as former MILO Marathon Queens Cristabel Martes (1:34:46, Baguio), Jho-An Banayag (3:02:20, Manila 42K) and Flordilisa Donos (1:26:52, Davao) pursue their fifth, third and second MILO Marathon crown, respectively.


Among formidable foreign forces in the men’s category run are Albert Omboga (2:46:04, Manila 42K), Willy Rotich (2:51:36, Manila 42K) and Jackson Chirchir (2:45:09, Manila 42K). Last year’s fifth placer and fastest Filipino runner Jeson Agravante (2:39:59, Manila 42K) and Eric Panique (Bacolod) are also determined to make a comeback at this year’s finale.


To accommodate the growing support of foreign runners, the MILO Marathon National Finals will have two race categories for the 42K and 21K runners. Overseas and local participants can compete and win in the Open category run, and the awards will be given to the top 3 finishers. Only the top 10 Filipino runners will be recognized and awarded in the Local category run. Male and female division champions will each receive P 300,000 from the Open category run, and P 150,000 from the Local category run.


Bonus prizes will also be given to local runners, with P 50,000 for the first runner who breaks the 2:15:00 invisible time barrier, P 20,000 for the first male runner who breaks the 2:18:53 course record set by Eduardo Buenavista, and P 20,000 for the first female runner who breaks the 2:48:16 record set by Jho-An Banayag.

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“The roster of qualifiers for the National Finals presents a truly engaging and action-packed race on Sunday. MILO will continue to discover true champions across the nation and inspire Filipinos to imbibe the values of remarkable athletes. We are moving towards a new era of Philippine sports, and we are en route to realizing our vision of developing promising athletes through the MILO Marathon.” ` Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive
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The 36th MILO Marathon National Finals is slated on December 9 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds in Pasay City. The 36th MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, SM Mall of Asia and Reebok, along with partnerships with the Department of Education and the Philippine Olympic Committee. The race is organized by RunRio, Inc.


About the National MILO Marathon
The National MILO Marathon is an annual marathon event open to amateur and professional runners. From its humble beginnings in 1974 as a single marathon race in Metro Manila attended by 747 participants, the National MILO Marathon has grown to be the biggest, longest, grandest national running event in the country attracting more than hundreds of thousands of runners across the country.

Post Race Piece: New Balance Power Run 2012

This is by far one of the most organized running event that I attended. And how it couldn’t be if the main man himself is very much hands on during the race.

Coach Rio dela Cruz of Runrio manning the START line just before the gun start of the the 25K runners.  He was on a bike riding back and forth, radioing his people if the running route is clear and if everything is ok. He was also personally calling the runners and hurrying them to be at the assembly line.  What more motivation could you ask for?

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The event has three distance categories which are 5K, 10K and 25K.  I’ve running buddies running for each categories as well as celebrities who seriously joined the run. 

Among the 25K runners is my hubby and gracing the START line is TV personality Kim Atienza.
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Among the 10K runners is my running buddy Dada and gracing the START line is beauty queen Miriam Quiambao and her friends.
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Among the 5K runners are my running buddies Mac and Jen and gracing the START line are celebrities Anne Curtis, Karylle and Bianca King.
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There were other more celebrities who joined but I’m not too familiar with them.  I did not join the race along with my buddies because I’m not yet gaining back my normal pace.  I’m still trying to run as much as I can in spite of my tough schedule.  But I’m not ready to join race again just yet.

Gun is fired according to schedule and of course there’s proper warm-up before each gun start.  The running route  is so secured that you can’t see spectators roaming around the runners track.  Even the runners themselves can not cross/jump the security fence.  The marshals were very much at their guards and maintained the ordinance of the event from start to finish in spite of the presence of celebrities.

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Most runners who joined the 25K category are familiar faces from the 21K race tracks.  An excellently designed medal is awarded to the 25K finishers.  As expected with RunRio events, hydration is ample.  Runners also appreciated the Dole brand bananas.

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Post race program is provided including some raffles.  The loot bag contents are not much – 2 pcs of Bath Soap and a 2g tube of an antifungal cream (don’t ask me what’s with the combination – I have no idea! lol).  As for the race kit, it comes with a great looking running shirt and a PhP1,000 + PhP250.00 vouchers from the main sponsor New Balance. 
my running buddies


But who cares about the race kit and loot bags if you enjoyed your run right?  Kudos RunRio and to all the people behind this event.  Till next run!

Some photos during the event here

Race results here.

Sunday Sports Motivation: Yes This is Philippine Football!

Five days shalt thou labor, as the Bible says

The seventh day is the Lord Thy God’s,

The sixth day is for football.

~Anthony Burgess~

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Photo taken during one of the semifinal games at United Football League Philippines (UFL Cup) held at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium during the match between Green Archers United and Stallion.  Stallion won this game and advanced to the championship games (more stories coming soon).

The stadium is filled with wild happy crowd -  football fanatics!

Post Race Piece: PUP Alumni Fun Run 2012

Panis! (Stale!)

That’s how we feel after waiting for 1.5 hours for a gun start. This is also the same reason why the posting of this post race piece is quite late compared to my other post race piece entries.  I don’t want to be sounding so negative with any post race piece because I do understand that organizing a running event is not an easy task.  But to wait for a gun start for 1.5 hours for me is…. haist!

We are luckier though because the distance that we joined was 10K which is also the longest distance on this event so we were the first batch to go.  Runners on 5K and 3K waited longer than us = almost two hours.  The sad thing is that, there were foreign runners - Kenyans.  I bet they were as impatient as we were and I think they would prefer running that whole 1.5 hours rather than waiting there for the race to start. They could have run 30 kilometers for that time spent waiting.  Me and my friends, we’re  already out of the mood to run when the race finally start.

The call time says 4:00 AM but there was no printed information on the gun start.  But still we came on time.  One of my team mates came from Adobo Run the previous night but she still came on time.  That’s how disciplined we are when it comes to running.  Upon arrival we noticed that there’s no timer at the START/FINISH Line.  So we expect that a delay would be possible.  Then we saw a signage that the gun start will be at 4:30 = ok.  But jeez! After waiting for more than an hour, we were expecting for the announcement that the event is cancelled rather than the gun start (I’m trying to humor here).

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Race organizers should always consider that runners have certain preparations before racing.  Sleep, eating/liquid intake, toilet and travel time are being considered.  Runners adjust their habits in doing these things according to the distance that they will be running and the time of their gun start.  The more annoying thing while we were waiting for the gun start was that, no one is announcing when the run would really start.  So we don’t know if it’s still ok to have a quick toilet trip or whatever.

There are more minor lapses on this event but it’s ok and we don’t mind them very much.
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  • We don’t mind if we got lost because the signage are sometimes confusing.
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  • We don’t mind if you set-up the water station wherever you wish .
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  • We don’t mind if the post race drinks were distributed to the 3K runners and there was nothing left for the longer distance runners when they finished.
  • We don’t mind if it was announced that medals will be awarded to the first 100 finishers so we waited and yet we did not hear anymore about it until we left the venue.
We don’t mind all the other lapses but we do mind the very late gun start.  We are aware that this is a “fun run” but it’s still a run. Organizers should remember that running is a sports and DISCIPLINE is a must  in sports

We appreciate the nice singlet design, the other freebies including the free registration with Resorts World Manila, the Free Body Fat Monitor, the free Sustagen Premium for runners who are above 25 years old and all the other freebies and the post race entertainment. 

We attended this event through the sponsorship of our running mate Mac who is a PUP Alumni. THANKS Mac!  I love you my friend but the next time you invite me here... hmn I've got one year to think about it right?

... or else let me handle the gun so I can fire it when it's about time! (again, trying to humor here).

Sunday Running Motivation: Anne Curtis Running (If she can why can’t you?)

We run, not because we think it is doing us good,

but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…

The more restricted our society and work become,

the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom.

No one can say “You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.”

The human spirit is indomitable.

~Sir Roger Bannister~

Actress Anne Curtis with Bianca King and Karylle (in pink tops partly hidden in this photo)  sprinting after the 5K gun start at dawn time of November 11, 2012

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On her way back heading to the finish line.  She has good stride and you can see in her face that unique runner's look of determination.  And she looks extra cute with that delightful smile upon seeing the finish line.

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Here’s some closer photo taken from Running Photographer’s page (credits).
They were taken before the gun start.

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Celebrity runners sparkle during the New Balance Power Run 2012.  Gracing the 5K START line are Anne Curtis, Bianca King and Karylle.  Also spotted on this run are super fit-looking Kim Atienza who ran in the 25K category and awesome fit and sexy Miriam Quiambao who ran in the 10K category.  There are other more personalities but the five names I've mentioned are the ones that I saw personally.  (Sorry naman hindi ako masyadong familiar sa mga showbiz personalities lol)  

If these celebrities can take some time out of their super busy schedule, why can’t you? 

Nike We Run MNL 10K 2012

Nike’s We Run race returns to Manila for a second year, to inspire, motivate and connect runners around the world on December 2, 2012. The Nike We Run race series this year will be across 34 cities with an expected participation of 395,500 runners globally. In Southeast Asia, runners in Malaysia and Singapore have conquered their cities on 14 October and 22 October respectively. The We Run torch will be passed to the Philippines from Guadalajara, before making its next stop in Buenos Aires.


Participants of this year’s We Run MNL 10K can also look forward to receiving a We Run race tee. Adapting the global We Run design, and customized for the Philippines, runners are identified globally with the black Nike Dri-Fit race tee with a distinct volt green piping on the collar and a striking graphic in volt green. Runners who complete the run will also receive a finisher’s tee to proudly wear their achievement.


Registration for Nike’s We Run race is now open through www.facebook.com/NikeRunningPH and also on-ground at selected retail stores. Registration details are as follows:

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PRICE/PHILIPPINES
UNDER 25 YO (24 years old & below as of race day) PhP   800
25 YO & ABOVE (25 years old & above as of race day)       1,200
BUDDY 1+1 UNDER 25 (24 years old & below as of race day)       1,400

In-store registration has been extended until November 15, while online registration is until November 25.

Categories:
  1. Women’s Under 25 – For women aged 24 years and below on the race day
  2. Men’s Under 25 – For men aged 24 years and below on the race day
  3. Women’s Open – Open to women of all ages
  4. Men’s Open – Open to men of all ages
On-ground registrations will also be held at the following Nike stores:
  • Swoosh Park Fort
  • Swoosh Park Trinoma
  • Swoosh Park MOA
  • Swoosh Stadium ATC
  • Swoosh Park Ermita
  • Swoosh Park Galleria
  • Swoosh Forum Robinsons Magnolia
  • Swoosh Park Glorietta 4
  • Riovana Katipunan
  • Swoosh Stadium Rockwell

Nike’s We Run Manila 10K race will energize the streets of Pasay City with the 13,000 high-octane runners expected to make tracks all over the SM Mall of Asia’s grounds. Set against the remarkable view of Manila Bay, the initial stretch of the race will let runners pass through the commercialized area of the Mall of Asia with the SMX Convention Center and the latest icon of the area, the eye-shaped SM Bay City Arena. Runners are set to leave urban commercial scenery and head towards the fields along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard. Closing in on the halfway point of the race, runners will then pass the upcoming Belle Casino, a gold complex glistening in the morning sun. As they take a turn on Pacific Avenue and race past the same landmarks, runners will come upon the iconic Ferris Wheel along Seaside Boulevard that marks the final kilometer to the finish line. The panoramic run would not be complete without an engaging en route entertainment featuring some of Manila’s top musical acts. Runners can expect to relax and recharge from their run with the array of services such as massage booths at the race village.

“Nike’s We Run race is the celebration of running across the world, the culmination of every runner’s dedication and commitment to train harder, defy expectations and push their bodies’ limits. Nike aims to revolutionize the running experience, by allowing runners to inspire, motivate and connect with other runners globally through the Nike+ Technology”, shared Sanjay Gangopadhyay, Marketing Director of Nike South East Asia. “With the second edition of the We Run race in Manila, Nike envisions Filipinos, the youth in particular, to further move the local running scene forward by leading the active lifestyle movement.”

This year, Nike is taking inspiration to a new level as runners will be able to follow one of Philippines most popular lifestyle bloggers, Lissa Kahayon of lissakahayon.com, who will be embarking on her first We Run race. Follow her We Run journey as she takes on the challenge of preparing for Nike’s We Run MNL 10K race, blogging at each step of the journey, and witness how Nike elevates her everyday running experience with the various product offerings including the Nike+ ecosystem.

To get race-ready, Nike will organize training sessions focusing on proper running techniques and tips. Runners will also be able to test out the Nike+ Running app (available on iOS and Android), and try out the season’s latest running products.

For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/NikeRunningPH.

Source: RunRio











Sunday Running Motivation: Run 316 – Time to Level Up!

Believe that you can run farther or faster.

Believe that you’re young enough,

old enough, strong enough, and so on

to accomplish everything you want to do.

Don’t let worn beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.

By: John Bingham

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Breaking his half marathon’s PR via the 36th Milo Marathon Manila Eliminations last July 2012, hubby goes LEVEL UP!
25K its is!
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New Balance Power Run 2012
November 11, 2012
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Philippines

Happy Halloween!

You see me run…

You see me finish…

But… have you seen the real me?

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Run! and Keep on Running!

or I’ll chase you even in your dreams …

Milo Little Olympics 2012 National Finals

A whopping 30,000 athletes, sports enthusiasts, and spectators from NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao filled the Marikina Sports Complex over the weekend to witness the electrifying youth games.

To kick start the three-day sporting event, a grand opening ceremony initiated by a series of serenades performed by the FEU Chorale, inspired the capacity crowd in attendance inside Marikina Sports complex. DepEd National Capital Region BPESS Director Dr. Noeme Bellosillo, Marikina City Mayor Hon. Del. R. De Guzman, and Nestle Philippines President and CEO Mr. John Martin Miller were among those who attended.

A colorful parade of athletic delegations, an action packed performance from the Philippine Taekwondo Association Demo Team as well as high flying stunts by the 2012 UAAP cheer dance competition winners UP Pep Squad kicked off the grand affair.

Athletic Contingents Parade at the 2012 MILO Little Olympics National Finals
Athletic contingents parade at the 2012 MILO Little Olympics National Finals.

Chito Duavis Jr., Reigning MILO Little Olympics Sipa Elementary Champion delivers the oath of sportsmanship during the National Finals Opening
Chito Duavis, Jr., Reigning MILO Little Olympics Sipa Elementary Champion delivers the oath of sportsmanship at the 2012 MILO Little Olympics National Finals Opening Ceremonies

Little champions battle for the top ranks
Little champions battle for the top ranks at the 2012 MILO Little Olympics National Finals

Young athletes display form and prowess
Young athletes display form and prowess at the 2012 MILO Little Olympics National Finals Sunday at the Marikina Sports Park

Team NCR dominated the country’s most prestigious interschool junior sports competition and took home the MILO Little Olympics Perpetual Trophy for the first time.  Team NCR dethroned Team Visayas, who was aiming for a four-peat performance this year, and bested competing regions in a series of exciting matches.

Team NCR delivered waves of action-packed bouts and finished with a massive overall score of 614 points. The Visayas region’s athletes trailed closely behind the newly crowned champs and scored 575 points, while Mindanao and Luzon placed third (383.5 points) and fourth (357.5 points), respectively. Athletes and coaches of the National Capital Region expressed that this victory will spark a new winning streak to beat Team Visayas’ 3-peat record.

The elementary division rivalries bred thrill as NCR and Visayas went neck and neck in individual sports, namely Athletics, Gymnastics, Table Tennis, and Swimming. NCR’s elementary squad prevailed and contributed an impressive 294 points to their overall success. Team Visayas followed closely with 283 points while Mindanao placed third with 212.5 points and Luzon in fourth with 175.5 points.

In the secondary division, NCR elevated the action against its competitive opponents by touting high marks in Athletics, Sepak Takraw, Gymnastics, Swimming, and Volleyball. The winning region also shined in team sports, raking up a total of 320 points, while Team Visayas settled for second in this year’s secondary division games with 292 points. Team Luzon is a distant third with 182 points, while Team Mindanao ranked fourth with 171 points.

Team NCR ends 3-year championship drought on home soil
Team NCR ends 3-year championship drought on home soil at the 25th MILO Little Olympics

The MILO Little Olympics has reached about 22,000 student-athletes from over 900 schools nationwide throughout its entire campaign this year alone.  It is set to take off once again next year to launch another quality youth competition. The next host region Team Visayas seeks to bring the title back home to re-establish their dominance in the annual playoffs.

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“The accomplishments and endeavors of our little champions continue to ignite the fire of the MILO Little Olympics. Truly, the competition has come a long way. MILO believes that the dignity of a true champion lies not in possessing the most honors, but in earning them by competing with passion, determination and a true sense of sportsmanship. In this light, the MILO Little Olympics extends MILO’s commitment to pursue its mission of building champions,” ~ Mr. John Martin Miller, Nestle Philippines President and CEO

“We are beyond ecstatic about Team NCR’s big win, but MILO’s commitment to youth sports development does not end here. We will continue to initiate and advance existing programs that will help them cultivate their knowledge, skills, sense of leadership, and drive to succeed.” ~ Dr. Robert Milton Calo, MILO Little Olympics NCR Regional Organizer

“The admirable character that our athletes exemplified in this year’s finale proves that the Philippine sports community has a bright future ahead. This year’s athletes did not only display a great amount of courage in overcoming challenges in their respective sports but also the eagerness to share their triumphs with their team and opponents,” ~ Mr. Robbie De Vera, MILO Sports Executive












Registration Schedule Update: 36th Milo Marathon National Finals

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Here’s an update from Runrio regarding the registration schedule for the 36th Milo Marathon National Finals:
  1. On-Line : Monday, October 22, 2012
  2. In-Store (4 stores): Monday, October 29, 2012
It will be worthy to note that slots for the 42km race category will only be available to those who qualified via the 36th MILO Marathon Elimination Legs and that the slots for the lower distance categories: 5km, 10km and 21km are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Save the dates and register early to assure you get a slot to your preferred race category!


Source: Runrio
Note: Name of stores will be provided as soon as available.


Sunday Running Motivation: Runner’s Rainbow

Somewhere,

over the rainbow,

way up tall,

there’s a land where they’ve never heard of cholesterol

By: Allan Sherman

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This photograph is taken today during the PUP Alumni Fun Run 2012 – Takbo sa Karunungan at Kalikasan at CCP Grounds.

Sunday Running Motivation: Running is a Mental Sport


“Running is a mental sport
and we’re all insane!”

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Halloween Fun Run 2011 hosted by a running gear store in Manila. 
Costume clad runners traversed through the stretch of  Roxas Boulevard, Manila - FUN!

Versatile Blogger Award and the 7 Random Things About The BloggerRunner.

versatile_thumbThis will be my third installments for my “zero back tag” campaign and my THIRD Versatile Blogger Award (BVA).  Feel free to click on my first and second BVA.  Oh boy I feel so loved!

Again, here are the rules:
  • Thank the blogger who gave you this award. Don’t forget to link her blog.
  • Post seven random things about you
  • Give the award to 15 other bloggers you love and let them know you gave them this award.
 Rule #1:
THANK YOU CheekeeGirl of Sound of Life for giving me a headache tagging me back ha ha.  I was really surprised when you tagged me back but I sincerely appreciate it.  I also apologize for the delay of this post but as the saying goes, it's better late than never!

Rule #2:
I posted a detailed random things about me here. But to make it more apt for this blog, here's the seven random things about this BloggerRunner.
  1. I created this blog to continuously motivate me in running.
  2. To date I have been running  for one year and ten months.  The longest race distance that I finished is 16K
  3. I’m not a competitive runner.  I'm more of a motivational runner.  I run for my health and endurance. I race against myself and not against anybody else.
  4. I always get excited in every race and I can’t sleep the night before any race. The longest sleep that I had before a morning race is THREE hours only :(
  5. I love to support run/race events for a cause and I love the Milo Marathon.
  6. I have motivated quite a number of people to start running and to keep on running.
  7. My ultimate runner’s dream is to finish a full marathon before I die.
Rule #3:
Since this is just a back tag, I am parking the tagging here.  Anyway, I've tagged a lot of fellow bloggers from the same award and tag-related posts.

Thanks for reading lovely people.   Gotta go and run Winking smile

Nike We Run Manila: December 2, 2012

I was about to make a post about my experience with Nike We Run Manila 2011 particularly with the things I love most from that event when I coincidentally stumbled upon the announcement from Nike Running PH.

Registration starts in three days! Yey!

Nike We Run Manila 2012 3 days

Here are some of my posts regarding my Nike We Run Manila 2011 experience and some photos that I haven’t shared yet before:
Posts:
Photos:
  • Race Pick Up Day ala-Red Carpet (photos were taken from my low batt mobile phone). Runners experienced VIP treatment with registration procedure using modern gadgets, great music and a super cozy place!
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  • My Nike Dri-fit race shirt wherein the race number is printed on the shirt.  Look no bib!
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  • Great pre-race and post-race venue.  But I’m still disappointed with the actual running route.
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  • Exclusive venue for runners.  Non-runners can not enter the START line and the whole vicinity especially during the post race entertainment.
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  • When the streets and avenues of Bonifacio Global City turned into a pool of tomatoes. What a beholding sight!
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  • Post race entertainment includes Parokya ni Edgar, Sandwich and Chicosci!
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  • Photo opps
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  • and the finisher’s item (that I don’t mind receiving some months later)
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I bet a lot will be racing in three days for the registration!  See you there!

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