Archive for August, 2011

It seems like everywhere I look today there’s always some mention of barefoot or minimalist running. Most major sports brands have released their own shoe line that caters to this trend. I’ve seen several local Facebook pages selling sandals modeled after the Tarahumara’s. Recently, a barefoot running event was organized by Bald Runner with bigger sequels being planned for the near future.

Do you think it’s a fad or is it here to stay? Are you embracing barefoot running?

For the uninitiated, here’s the story the started it all:

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Milo Marathon 2011 on Video

Posted: August 18, 2011 in Reviews

I love how this shows a glimpse of the race day preparations. Even if it rained all day, everything still flowed smoothly and the runners enjoyed every minute. Hydration stations were well-stocked up to the very end. Thanks to Runrio for taking care of us while we were on the road.

The Anatomy of a Runner

Posted: August 12, 2011 in People

Michelle Estuar on the cover of frontRUNNER magazine

Next Step… Swimming!

Posted: August 7, 2011 in Personal

Nangangarap ng gising ^_^

Like I said before, I plan to incorporate swimming in my recovery and future training routines. Since I’m going on a vacation to CDO later this month, I thought it was the perfect time to buy some necessities. I went out and bought uber-cheap but nice tankinis, goggles, and a swimcap. The total cost is even less than the usual race entry fee!

As you can see, I had fun trying them on. It got me daydreaming for a bit there, LOL. By the way, I don’t think I’ll run in the Kagay-an festival anymore (goodbye, medal! *sniff*). Doing a 21K that early will only cause trouble for my knee. Instead, I’ll ask my friend to go white-water rafting or we can try to fly an ultralight plane in Bukidnon. Any running will have to be easy jogs and confined around the beach where we’re heading. Frankly, that doesn’t sound half bad. Let’s hope that the weather will cooperate with our plans.

One of My Proudest Moments

Posted: August 5, 2011 in Personal

Smiling outside, dying inside - Photo c/o Rod Runner

Battling an injured knee, mounting fatigue, and chaffing everywhere, I still made it to the finish line. I would’ve crawled all the way if I had to. It meant that much, and it has certainly been a long journey.

It’s been four days after the event. Most of the soreness have gone away. I can now go up the stairs like normal though I still can’t bend my right knee when going down. Yesterday, I went back to doing some upper body workouts and later I might do strengthening exercises for the injury. I haven’t gone out of the house yet because commuting at this state, in this city, is just out of the question. But perhaps tomorrow I can go to the mall with my family for my sister’s birthday.

I can’t believe I’m running another 21K in less than two weeks. That’s the Kagay-an Festival Run in Cagayan de Oro. The plane tickets have already been bought and it would be a shame not to participate. I don’t know, maybe I’ll just practice brisk walking, Alay-Lakad my way through the whole route, and sprint to the finish line to show some effort. This time, I need to prioritize my knee and give it time to heal.

I’m thinking about taking up swimming for cross-training. Two problems: 1) I only partially know how to swim, and 2) I don’t have a swimsuit. I can’t even recall the last time I actually swam. I must save up for that. Now that I found the pool inside the camp, making this a weekly thing is much easier.

I’m also looking into joining more trail running and mountaineering expeditions. However, since these activities necessarily mean inclines, I will have to let my knee injury heal completely before doing them. I’m excited to buy a tent and new trail shoes for added grip. I might even buy a pair for my dad so he can join me and my sister. Sandugo Helikon is just PhP1,995!

How about cycling to complete a triathlon? Hmmm… not in the near future. A decent bike will cost a lot, even the “cheaper” ones. Since I’ve accomplished my goal of running a full marathon, I’m now more interested in going back down in distance and increasing my speed. A sub-20min 5K would be awesome. Then I’ll work my way up again with PRs in mind. There’s just that one little matter of the Singapore Marathon which I already registered in. *chuckles* I’ll find a way. 😉

Lastly, I hope to meet more running buddies through joining A Running Circle’s regular Thursday fun runs and meeting up with the PF peeps. Sometimes we tend to talk about running like geeks, and races feel like big conventions. Running is no longer a hobby but a way of life.