Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gone Na'vi

Na'vi what?

From the movie AVATAR, The Na'vi are a race of sentient extraterrestrial humanoids who inhabit the lush jungle moon of Pandora. Humans are known to refer to them as "Blues", "Savages" or "the locals".

About an hour ago I have no idea what a Na'vi is if it wasn't for Tim. Thanks bro!

But let's not talk about the movie... I haven't seen it yet.

Here's why the name Na'vi came up.

hello... my name is Na'vi
orig price: P5,495.00

I bought the shoe... err, Na'vi yesterday. While lurking at shoutbox, I followed a conversation regarding a shoe store in Makati selling Nike Lunarglide+ for 3K+.

As I'm not a fan of overpriced shoes, I thought "wow, 40% off!!!". I searched for the shoe store's number and gave them a call. I inquired about the shoe and the sales lady told me that it's their last pair for men's. I asked about the size... lo and behold it's 10.5!!! woot!!! My size!!!

I used my afternoon break time to check out the shoe. Reached the store, immediately tried them on, paid for it, then zoom back to the office.

Haven't break in Na'vi yet. But checking on reviews by Vener, Sam and Natz, I know I made a steal. =D

Now, where can I get a compression tights that has the same colors...

Watch out for the G!!!

A little birdie told me that early next year, "G" will finally land on the PI. And they'll be putting up service centers. Woot!!! =D

Monday, December 21, 2009

Celebrity Run?

I can't rant about this race as I got my 10K race bib for free. So, I'll just write here what I overheard from other runners during the race.

21K runner 1: "What time ba ang start?"
21K runner 2: "Gun start is 5:00AM. But knowing the race director, it's going to start late."
R: "ehem..."

lady runner: "WORST RACE EVER!!!"
R: "hindi naman, almost lang..."

manong 3K runner: "Dun ako napatakbo sa ruta ng 21K. Walang marshall!"
R: "ayos! times 7! apir!"

21K runner 3: "Sobra ng 1.2 yung ruta!!!"
R: "manong, plus 1.2K ka pa pala."

10K runner 1: "ang gulo nun route papasok sa McKinley!!! nagbabanggaan mga runners!!!"
10K runner 2: "marshalls at the bottom of McKinley are just making kwento with themselves, you know!!!"
R: "errrrr..."

R: "I got a new PB for 10K. according to my Garmin, I finished in 54:44 for a 9.71Km route. Short, I know. But even if it was an exact 10K distance, I'd still get a new PB."

21K virgin runner: "walang certificate?"
R: "wala eh... meron ata birth certificate."

Friday, December 18, 2009

Traffic Sucks!!!

Earlier, I planned to use my lunch break to go to Glorietta to check and possibly buy a shoe to replace my worn out leather shoes.

At exactly 12PM, I went out of the office and rode a jeepney going towards Glorietta. But as luck would have it, there was traffic on the entire 2.5km route. And I wasted 40mins of my lunch break in traffic!!! Grrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!

Alas, I wasn't able to buy a shoe. Instead I made a quick dash to the grocery and bought chocolates to calm me down.

Only 10mins before 1PM and I thought that if I again take a jeepney going back the office I might be charged with over-break.

My solution... Walk and take the short cut back. Besides, I can include this as part of my heat training.

But how short was it? 1.3Kms and it only took me 13mins to walk back to the office.


Monday, December 14, 2009

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

56 + 46 = 102

Training for next year's BDM 102?

Game?!? =D

Monday, December 7, 2009

Conquering KM0-KM56... at last...

Sunday, December 6, 2009 @ 1AM

While some of our friends were in Baguio, Corregidor and Singapore either sleeping or preparing for their respective races that day. A dozen running souls were at the KM0 in front of Dr Rizal’s monument getting ready to start the much anticipated repeat of the Luneta to Tagaytay LSD.

This LSD repeat was a test for me as I did not finish the distance on my first try.

1:07AM, after the pep talk and prayer led by Mar aka Pojie we started the run.

We ran at the right side of BayWalk up to the CCP where we decided to transfer to the left side of Roxas Blvd since it was safer and well lighted.

Upon reaching the corner of EDSA, the group again transferred to the right side of Roxas Blvd until we reached the Uniwide Coastal Mall footbridge.

More than an hour of running. We took our 1st break at 7-11 NAIA Road. After a few minutes, we continued our run now in Quirino Ave positioning at the left side of the road where it was safer.

Passed Paranaque River Bridge, St. Andrew’s School, St. Paul’s College and San Dionisio Chruch then making a quick pit stop at 7-11 Kabihasnan. After which we ran again in Quirino Ave.

Passed St Joseph Parish (Bamboo Organ Church) in Las-Pinas City then the boundary of Las-Pinas / Cavite. Took a break at Jolibee Zapote Kabila branch where Pojie and I ate breakfast.

No sign of ITB yet. So far, so good.

After a 10min break we continued our run. I was surprised to see that the Bacoor to Imus road was well lighted and was freshly asphalted. Thumbs-up to the Senator from Cavite and DPWH for the good work. Last time we ran here it was pitch dark and very unsafe. And blinkers from my fellow runners ahead of me gave me a head ache.


el capitana: power nap

el capitana: power nap pa din!!!

We made two more stops before reaching KM31, WALTERMART DASMA.


Paul, Angel, Eric and Raff stopped at this point. This is where my ITBS showed up the last time. And I was assessing myself if I should continue or make a u-turn at KM35 and run back home just to complete the 56K.

After passing the KM35 marker and ITBS nowhere in sight, I decided to move forward going to Tagaytay.

After Doc T and I bought noodles and pinipig ice cream at 7-11 Dasma we were greeted by the cool and fresh air of nearby Silang.

DOC T: are we there yet?!?
Along KM45 we were greeted by a familiar face.

Hardcore runner Jerry Karundeng saw us and gave me, Tere, Sam and Jun, Gatorade Tiger drinks. Jerry just came back from a mountain run in Mt. Batulao that morning and saw us runners invading his playground. Hehehe! Thanks Jerry!!!

KM48 was our last pit stop. I removed my Camelbak hydration and relied on a bottle of Gatorade. The buses there was a nightmare as they were really driving dangerously fast.

At this point I was like in cruise control. Speed walking more than running.


may gaaaaaadddddd.... ang laaaayyyooooo....

The last 2K of the run was the real killer for me. Good thing Gab was with me as we psyched and pushed each other to finish the last stretch. It felt like there were metal balls chained in my legs.

Mark's inspiration... next to Bea of course... =p

But when I saw the rest of the guys waiting for us, cheering at KM56, I know I have won this battle.

the group @ KM56

KM0 - KM56 finishers(Gab, Mark, Me, Doc T, Sam)
(glenn not in pic... tumakbo pabalik ng manila =p)

The route according from GF305

Till the next…

thanks Doc T for the pics


Somewhere in KM48 from a Buko Vendor (BV)

BV: Nag-jo-jogging pa kayo? Tanghali na ah.
Gab: Oho... papunta kami Tagaytay... galing pa kami ng Luneta...
BV: (Imagine Tito, Vic & Joey) HAAAAAAA?!??

gusto nyo tumakbo ng mabilis?!?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

X-Mas Wish

dear santa,

if it's not too much to ask, i would love to own a new pair of ASICS GEL-KINSEI 3 this Christmas. you see, i've been using my NB 825 and ASICS 2130 alternately this year. and i'm planning to let go of my NB 825's as it has given me more pains than mileage.

please... please... please...

look at her... she's calling me...

ain't she a beauty... *sigh*

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What's in the box??? (The Opening)

The "box" arrived last friday, 11.27.2009.

Excited and nervous at the same time. I think I heard the angels sing when I opened the box.


I already used it last Saturday, 11.28.2009 and at the NB race last 11.29.2009. And boy do I like it!!!

A running buddy (RuBu) saw the new toy...
RuBu: I thought, TIMEX was a sister company?
Rod : Yup... eh may mabait na nag-abot ng GARMIN eh. Hindi ko tinanggihan. =D

Wait... parang may laman pa yun box... hmnnn....

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Your Garmin just died... Now what?!?

Bummer... I've been searching the net for authorized service centers here in Manila. No such luck... =(

But for the MacGyver in us, there's always hope.
And I found a site on how to dismantle a Garmin. Eeekkk!!!
And hopefully help in knowing its components. =)

Here's the link:

Dismantle the Garmin Forerunner 205

I've never tried it as I have no Garmin to dismantle.
So... use at your own risk!!!

Do take note that the battery is soldered. If you plan to replace the battery, it needs to be de-soldered first.

Btw... MacGyver just called. He said, If you happen to own a messed up Garmin, give him a holler. I think he has some hope for you.


Monday, November 23, 2009

What's in the box???

A new pair of running shoes? A GPS watch? A CWX or SKINS??? World peace?!? End to hunger?!?

Can't wait!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Targeting 1000Kms for 2009

See the ticker above? I only need 218.2Kms to reach 1000Km for 2009.

If only I logged all the runs that I did, I know I have reached 1000Kms already.

But.. what the heck. What's 200+Kms more.

I plan to accomplish my 1000K on Sir Jovie's RIZAL DAY RUN on Dec 30.

I'm doing this post to remind me of the distances I have to run and days when I will run.

20K 21-Nov SAT (Pojie's bday Run?)
10K 22-Nov SUN
10K 24-Nov TUE
10K 26-Nov THU
10K 28-Nov SAT
3K 30-Nov MON (McDonalds Run)
5K 2-Dec WED
5K 4-Dec FRI
56K 6-Dec SUN (Km0 to Km56)
5K 9-Dec WED
5K 11-Dec FRI
5K 13-Dec SUN
5K 15-Dec TUE
5K 17-Dec THU
20K 20-Dec SUN
5K 22-Dec TUE
5K 24-Dec THU
5K 27-Dec SUN
30K 30-Dec WED (Rizal Day Run)

Not really your typical running / training schedule. But I think that will do...

Good luck sa akin...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

2 Seconds on TV at PIM + 2 uleettttt...

Well... I actually saw this in the news. My wife and I waited for it. And waited... and waited... and waited.... zzZZZzzz.... *NgOrk*

Then it was flashed.

My wife asked... "San ka dun???"

I answered... "Malay ko..."

I know I saw me, but that's for only 2 sec or less...

When I searched for the same video in YouTube, this is what I captured:


And another...

ME & CHIZCAKE (lady in pink)

Here's the complete video:

Don't blink... =P

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

TIMEX RUN Photo Contest

Here's a challenge to all running and photography enthusiasts...


I. Eligibility

1) The contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers.

2) All entries must be taken during the competition period and must be published. Participants may use any digital or film-based camera. Entries must be printed in full color on any brand of photo paper in 8R size (8 inches x 10 inches).

3) Manually retouched and/or painted over print outputs are not allowed. Digital retouching on density, contrast adjustments, minor cropping, burning, and dodging may be tolerated, although major manipulation of main images through adding or subtracting are not allowed

4) Creative effects done within the camera at the time of exposure e.g. multiple exposures, flash fill, lighting, filtration, etc. are allowed.

5) Multiple entries are allowed. Participant may only win once and will take the higher prize.

II. Criteria for Judging

25% Impact
• The photo clearly captures the attention of the viewer

25% Creativity
• Originality, freshness of approach

25% Composition
• A pleasing balance exists among all components of the composition

25% Print quality
• The absence of blemishes, scratches, overly enlarged and pixilation

Total 100%

III. Breakdown of prizes

1st – P 5,000 + Timex Watch

2nd – P 3,000 + Timex Watch

3rd – P 2,000 + Timex Watch

4th and 5th – Timex Watch consolation Prizes

IV. Deadline of Submission of Entries: November 25, 2009

Entries must be submitted in the following format:

• Published Photo mounted on illustration board ( black side up)
• At the back of the entry ( white side), write name of photographer, address, mobile number and entry title.
• Submit your entries at:

Newtrends International Corporation
2254 Kampri Bldg
Pasong Tamo Street
Makati City, Philippines

Attention: Timex Run Photo Contest

Paging Doc Marvs, Argo, Ace, Pio, Patrick... madami kayo eh... sali na!!! =D

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Running Thoughts To Ponder: TRAFFIC

Have you ever run a race that passes through a stretch of road that is almost vehicle-free? That's a rare sight to behold. Well, at least for us running the race. That's what might we think.

But have you ever wondered how road races affect many non-runners lives?

I got a glimpse of that reality when I took part Takbo.Ph's / Reinier Pacific support group for the MILO National Finals.

The group was stationed near the Gil Puyat Ave.(Buendia) / Pasong Tamo crossing. I was trying to check where I can be of help to the support group. And since there was a lot of us who volunteered that day, Que and I tried to control the support group because some of us were blocking the race path already.

literal na nakaharang sa daan

After that, I glanced at the intersection and saw that there was only 1 Police and 1 MILO personnel controlling the traffic. Where were the other MILO peeps in the area? Uhmnnn... nevermind...

So, I tried to help.

That's when I realized that races are not only a hazard to the runners but also a nuisance to the non-running public, especially those who work even on Sundays.

trapik na buhol-buhol, oras mo'y magagahol...

Even the recent QCIM was a traffic nightmare. A co-employee even got her very first late during this race. She has to walk from INC Commonwealth to TriNoma. Talk about bummer.

sing with me!!! all single ladies!!!

Why is it a hazard to the runners?

If vehicular traffic is not properly controlled, this could cause injuries to the runners as they may get bumped by vehicles.

I was a volunteer during the MILO National Finals, but I almost got bumped by a jeepney when I tried to block its path to have a pack of runners pass through that intersection.

Hoy!!! Muntik na ako ha!!! Ninerbiyos tuloy ako!!!

Why is it a nuisance?

It causes traffic problems. It affects all non-running peoples time. It affects businesses.

Imagine... being late for work or an important appointment because a race is being held?

Can this be controlled?

Of course this can be controlled. Organizer should post an advisory about the race at least 7 days before race day. Post traffic advisory daily for 7 days especially on the race route itself. Post traffic advisory for 7 days on newspapers and tabloids. Especially tabloids... as these are being read more by drivers. Put the advisory on the front page or back page, not on some page number, column number and row number. Put it where it can be seen! Easier said than done? Yes, I know. But the organizer should step up and do something about it.

Now, this coming 11.08.2009. It's Philippine International Marathon time. And based on the 42K race route detail, it's going to pass a lot of bridges and major roads. Hopefully, traffic will be controlled.

I don't know if traffic advisory was released... I haven't seen any.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Running Sick?

It seems like it's the season for flu again. I'm still recuperating from one. I'll miss running the SIM 42K because of it.

No, I'm not making up an excuse. I'm just listening to my body... and my wife...

Saturday, October 17
I was already feeling that I might have a cold. Being a hard-head, I told myself. "Kung ano man sakit ka, tanggal ka pag tinakbo kita bukas". As that is what I usually do.

I slept early... around 7pm, only to be awaken at 9pm by voices of Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in Notting Hill. After that, lutang na ako. I wasn't able to sleep straight. And it didn't help that I had an LSS of "When you say nothing at all"...

Sunday, October 18 @ 2AM
As I have prepared all the things I need the day before. I just took a quick shower, dressed up then headed to our meeting place.

I met Gab in Paranaque, then we fetched Cindy from her apartment in Makati. And before 4am we were already waiting for our gun start in front of QC City Hall.

I positioned myself with the 2:45 pacers Neil & Carina. As I only intend to finish the race and if an improved PR comes then good.

When the race started, I felt strong that I was able to surge ahead from the 2:45 pacers. I was running on my comfortable pace.

Up until the turn-around point of the 21k runners. My energy suddenly went down. It didn't help that my ITB showed up. So I walked-jogged-ran-walk the whole stretch of Commonwealth going back to the QC Circle.

Reaching the QC Circle, I thought that I was near the finish line. Only to be reminded that there's the stretch of North Edsa to conquer too.

After finishing the race, I was already hobbling. The pain from the ITB is far more greater than the pain from my throat.

When I reached home, my wife was already preparing lunch. Strange, but I wasn't really hungry. I knew I need to eat something. I just felt weak.

Then my wife told me, "bakit parang ayaw mo ng pagkain mo? umiiling ka pa?".

Actually I liked the food, and I wasn't shaking my head. She just saw me wincing because my throat hurts whenever I swallow.

Then my wife told me, "subukan mo pa tumakbo sa isang linggo ha?"

I told her... "I will not run next sunday"...

Then I told myself... "Saturday naman yun SIM eh.."

Wehehehehehe.... Naahhh... won't happen. I'll skip the SIM too. =(

My next race will be the PIM. Hopefully run the 42K. If not, then I'll just join the relay for Team Logan.

Will I ever try to run sick again? Probably... If the pain is from the neck up, kaya pa siguro. But if the pain is from the neck down... that's a different story.

Friday, October 9, 2009


It's was a crazy work load handed to me about a month ago. So crazy that I wasn't able to join the peeps on their LSD's and "secret training". But boy, how time flies... and I need to de-stress.

It's October and there's a lot of quality races to join. Here's when and where you'll see me. Running and/or Volunteering.

Let's start with...

The RESCUE RUN ( on 10/10 ... it's actually not a race. But it's a benefit run for the victims of typhoon Ondoy. Might run 10K. =D

Next is the MILO National Finals on 10/11. I'll be volunteering this time. Good luck to all runners!

Then there's Quezon City International Marathon on 10/18. I'll be running 21K. Woot!

And the 2nd Subic International Marathon on 10/24 to 10/25. I'll be running 42K here. Ehurm...

And Shake, Rattle & Run on 10/30. Haven't listed for this race though. But it sure looks like a lot of fun.

Octoberfest talaga! Parang gusto ko tuloy ng beer. San Mig below zero please!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Comics Are Serious Runners Too...

I saw this in the news the other night...

Eddie Izzard
47 year old Eddie Izzard, a British stand-up comic completed a charity run of 43 marathons across Britain in 7 weeks and with only 5 weeks of training.

Now, if only our stand-up comic politicians can do the same...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Timing Chips + MILO National Finals = Perfect!!!

It's about time!!!

The National MILO Marathon Finals this coming October 11 will use the ChampionChip timing system!!!

Woot!!! Woot!!! And I hope this will be a regular on MILO's future races!!!

09.13.09 LSD aftermath

It was supposed to be an LSD from ATC-BFLP-NAGA RD-C5 Ext-Loop-Daang Hari-Filinvest-ATC. But due to weather, traffic and time constraints it became an LSD or Langoy-Swim-Dive (talagang ipinilit... wehehehe) from ATC-Daang Hari-Loop-Filinvest-Daang Hari and beyond...

The pictures...

hindi halatang mga adik...

doc t: wahahaha... nasan ako?!? ano ginagawa natin?!?!
jet: hindi ko din alam...

dapat natutulog pa tayo!!! nyahahaha!!!

ganyan katuyo ang kalsada...

iamninoy runners for tita cory's 42nd day

isa lang masasabi ko... ang kyut ni nao. =D

Also, you can check Kenkoy Runner's thoughts about the LSD here -->