30 June 2009

Kenny's Open '09 Urbanite Run, Aug. 15

Imagine yourself glowing in the dark while running...

For years, Kenny Rogers Roasters has championed in promoting healthy lifestyle through food and nutrition by providing a variety of food choices in their menu. That is why this run is for those who proactively choose healthy living.

Mark your calendar and register in this one-of-a-kind run which will happen on August 15, 2009 at 8PM at Bonifacio Global City with 5k, 10k, and 15k events. Registration starts on July 15 and ends on August 11. Only 3,000 runners will be accommodated.

As a runner, you only not help promote running as a challenging sport but you also do charity work. Part of your registration will be donated to Hands On Manila Foundation. This is to support the foundation's feeding and sports and recreation projects for street children.

You can purchase your Urbanite Run Ticket for only Php 600 at any Kenny Roger's branch including the one at the Powerplant in Rockwell. Your ticket entitles you to:

Eat: Bearers are entitled to an Urbanite meal from Kenny Rogers. Simply present the Urbanite Run Ticket at any Kenny Rogers branch to claim the Urbanite meal. Redemption period from July 15 to Aug. 15, 2009.

Run: The Urbanite Run Ticket will serve as the runner’s registration voucher, to be attached to their registration form, if they register manually. See below for registration details.

Donate: Serve as runner’s donation to Hands On Manila Foundation. On the day of the run, bearers are to drop the “Donate” portion of their Urbanite Run Tickets at the designated box on-site.

Registration for the run can be done by either visiting designated registration sites like Nike Park and Runnr at Bonifacio High Street or doing the online registration process. Log on to Kenny's, click on the Events tab, follow the urbanite race link, and enter your details.

Teams Marc & Rovilson will be there to grace the event. At the end of the run, Tribo Manila will also hold a concert.

This event is organized by Finishline.

See you there!

23 June 2009

Nike Lunar Glide for Women : a Review

Here is my personal running review and evaluation of the Nike Lunar Glide for women.

Number of days tested: 5
June 9
June 16
June 14
June 19
June 21

Distance: 38.8 km during LSDs

Weather: under heavy rain and during good weather conditions


Nice color combination
Snug fit
Roomy toe box
Good cushioning
Offers stability
Very light
Does not get dirty easily
Good for speed work
Good for pronators like me
Good for cemented as well as asphalted pavements

The Story Behind

An e-mail that didn’t get through my inbox caught my attention. I thought it was just one of those spam e-mails that one normally gets. It was an invitation from Nike for a trial run. I replied immediately to confirm my participation.

Arrived at Bonifacio High Street seeing some Happy Feet friends, coaches, takbo.ph forum runners like i2runner and Runningninja, and fellow bloggers. Weather condition that day was cloudy and with 90-percent rain. It poured later. The test run was postponed. Then we were given the new pair of Nike Lunar Glide shoes. Great! Nothing is sweeter than to get them for free!

Tony Atayde of Nike then briefed us about their newest running shoes. With me located at the far side of the tent, I didn’t get much of what he said except when I heard him say, “Write about the shoes. Use it. Do your own review. We can give you some materials about it if you need them. It will be out in the market by July .”

First time to use Nike running shoes and I found them pretty good for me!

(Group Photo Courtesy of i2Runner and Bullrunner)

17 June 2009

Girl Power: Will Women Outpace Men?

Have any of your running friends approached and told you some of these things? “You’re strong and fast!” “PR?!” “Podium finish? Wow!” “You’re my target.” A good friend of mine even said this to me, “You’re my target. Beating you one of these days is my nirvana!”

Some male friends in the running world have said those either thru e-mail or straight to my face. And to hear one is like music to my ears. My heart sings with joy! I consider their comments as compliment. Not being humble here but just being realistic. I’m no fast runner. If ever I get to win for finishing strong ... call it pure luck ... a bonus. I know for a fact that in one of the races soon they or most them will eventually outpace me. Not because I did not train but the underlying reason is more scientific.

Are men faster than the women? My answer is YES. Hear me out fellow female runners. Those guy friends of yours who are doing either a 3k or a 5k run for-now-with-such-a-not-so-fast-race-time-and-a-not yet-so-serious-runner-for-the-time-being will eventually outpace both you and me.

A woman’s body, with its reproductive system and flexible hips, is designed to bear and nurture life. The truth of the matter not one single muscle cell in our body is discriminated just because of our gender.

Sway those hips of yours by just merely walking. Men, even if they’re running fast will stop, stare and admire. And you eventually outrun them! Now, that’s what I call “GIRL POWER”.

Hahaha! Just kidding!

On a serious note, men’s structure especially in the areas of the hips and pelvis are intended for strength and speed. All right. I can hear you saying to me, “Are you sure? I’m training and doing workout!” Well, I had training, too. What I’m saying is that, for example, even if we receive the same training, have the same ability and running background, men still have the advantage because muscle development and strength in their body are far greater than that of women.

In one of the 10k running events I joined in the past, the overall winner was a female runner. Does this mean that women will eventually outpace men? This one of the questions that has baffled the running community for years now and the answer is quite vague.

I’ve read from a leading article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine states that: “Although serious consideration does not indicate the slightest chance of a woman being the fastest human on the planet at distances of 100-200m, there are factors that may favour women over longer distances.”

A scientific evidence that put women at an advantage [in long or ultra distance race] is their natural ability to run aerobically at a higher percentage of maximal oxygen uptake, resistance to oxidative stress and a higher pain threshold. In addition, that amount of fats that most women wanted to get rid of is what helps women succeed in running a marathon or ultra distance event. I am not in the position to recommend this though. Any female runner who will excel in this area also opens herself for long term risk, injury, and burnout.

Some of my running buddies have tried, conquered the distance, and bravely reached the finish line with a pretty good time. So courageous! Admirable inner strength! I still have yet to try it [the full marathon]. And at the rate I am going, I think I am not yet prepared. It takes a lot of physical and mental training. Will get there eventually. Not just in a hurry. We'll get there ...

To the men running out there … celebrate! However, be on guard for any eventuality of being outpaced by female runners using their girl power.

(Photos Courtesy of PhotoVendo and Club EOS)

05 June 2009

Mizuno Running Clinic Graduates

Our last day or last Running Clinic session was spent inside Mizuno store for it rained that night. Graduation night, sans the marching and receiving of diplomas, was a huge success with just the photo ops with fellow runners and Coach Ige Lopez (in red shirt). To top it off, Leo Oracion (in white Mizuno shirt), dropped by. Leo is a runner, a multisport athlete, and was part of the 1st Philippine Everest team that planted the Philippine flag at the peak of Mt. everest last year.

Congratulations to all of us!
Super duper thanks to Dave and Lugs for sending me the featured photos here!
Many thanks to Mizuno Bonifacio High Street staff for a job well done!

(Photos courtesy of Dave and Lugs)