Archive for June, 2011

Sleep CAN’T Wait!

Posted: June 28, 2011 in Events, Random

The official tagline of the Singapore Sundown 100K Ultramarathon is “Beat the sunrise… Sleep can wait!”

After running all those grueling miles, some of the participants were so tired that they lied down and went right to sleep near the finish line. This time, sleep can’t wait! I love this pic! ^_^


UP TikTakbo Four

Posted: June 24, 2011 in Events

Now on its fourth year, the UP-JPIA presents Tiktakbo – Taking a step Fourward to the Longterm Educational Assistance Program. The Tiktakbo 2011 will be held on September 4, 2011.

Tiktakbo 4
September 4, 2011
UP Diliman, Metro Manila


500M for kids 6 years old and below, 2K, 5K, 5K buddy run, 15K


500M – P200
2K – P300
5K – P400
5K buddy run – P690
15K – P500


to be announced


Jasmine Umali – 0905.369.9264
Nikki Aquino – 0915.556.8880
Jek Ladrillano – 0917.832.8375


UP Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants

Here’s another race I’m considering for December. Last year, I was there at the finish line to cheer for and assist my friend who ran the 42K. This time around I might race with him. At least one other friend from high school is also running in this event so it’ll be a fun reunion of sorts. Registration starts today, June 23 at 11am. I should start sniffing around for bargain airfares. Hmmm…


I’m in! I’ve officially registered for the 42K, which will probably be my first marathon by the looks of it. I am so out of (race) shape for Milo and the injury plus the weather aren’t helping. Still, let’s see. I haven’t felt the ITB pain for a while and my hips are a bit stronger. This weekend’s walk/run will be crucial.

Kaya ko nga ba ‘to?

Posted: June 22, 2011 in Personal

Special delivery from Air21: Milo Marathon bib & singlet. Argh, injury begone!

WEEK 11 – June 6-12

The pain on my right knee has gotten progressively worse. By the end of the week, I could barely run. I didn’t feel it while I walked so I completed my target distances by brisk walking. I was still able to log 35K though at a very slow pace.

I did some research on what I was feeling and all signs point to Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS). Perhaps it was overtraining. I also tend to lean ever so slightly to the right based on the soles of my shoes – that couldn’t have helped. This injury takes weeks to heal through a mixture of stretching, strengthening exercises, deep tissue massage, a long break from running, and a whole lot more.

What a thing to happen during the crucial stage of my preparation. I should be doing the really long runs by now to build endurance, and yet I’m sidelined. Does this mean I should just call the whole Milo Marathon thing off? After so much work…

WEEK 12 – June 13-19

I’m trying to balance the treatment for my ITBS with keeping myself in shape. No more running for 3-4 weeks while I do my brisk walking instead. I’m letting the knee heal while developing the core muscles that would prevent its recurrence. Rest days are for core strengthening exercises (Youtube has lots of them).

I managed to do a decent total of 25K this week in just 2 days – Wednesday (10K) and Saturday (15K+). Walking has its own challenges. Since it’s slower, it takes quite a while to reach my target distances. 10K used to be over in an hour and now it takes me 1:40+. 18K needs around 3hrs. My work schedule suffers a bit as a result.

For now, I’m going ahead with Milo, even if I have to walk all the way to the finish line. Did you know that top racewalkers can finish 42K in 3hrs? That’s insanely fast. The cut-off for Milo is 6hrs so my average pace should not go over 8:30. My brisk walking pace used to be 12:00 but I’ve lowered it down to sub-10:00. Just a little more. I’m hoping my knees will get well enough for me to run a bit during the actual race.

As a back-up plan, I’m thinking of joining the 21K of Rexona Run on July 24. That’s a week prior to Milo and the course is the same. It seems like the best gauge as to whether I can hack it or not. There’s no time limit and a medal awaits the finishers. It should soften the blow if I really can’t make it to the Milo 42K. Otherwise, I think I might cry.

Eyes on the Prize

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Events, Personal