Sunday, April 3, 2011


After finishing the fun run last Saturday and a quick breakfast, the team (well at least 4 of us + a potential member) decided to drop by at this specialty running store.

It was our first time to go there. And we decided not to tell that we are part of Team Boring, as we don't want any special treatment (as if meron ganon).

So after looking at the gears, a conversation with the person manning (PM) the store and one of the core (C) ensued. And it goes a little something like this... (parang rap lang ah).


C: boss, parehas lang ba yung racer shoes ng BROOKS and ASICS?
PM: (angas mode) parehas lang. new model lang yung BROOKS. pero di ko suggest yung ASICS lalo na kung di ka pa efficient runner.
RR: ???
C: ano'ng ibig sabihin ng efficient?
RR: (good follow-up question)
PM: efficient, yung naka 42 na. matagal na natakbo.
RR: (sobrang efficient pala kami? ayos!)


And all along I thought that to be an efficient runner, one should have good:
(taken from

1. Stride length and stride rate
The most common inefficiency in the average runner is over striding. This is typically visible by a heavy heel strike and a low stride rate. The target stride rate for most age group runners is between 88-90 foot strikes per minute (how many times one foot hits the ground per minute). By targeting this rate, (or higher) athletes will often shorten their stride to become more efficient and lessen strain on their joints.

2. Foot strike
Foot strike is very closely related to stride length and rate. The optimal foot strike is mid foot or in some cases forefoot. A heel strike is the runner’s way of putting on the brakes. This is also very hard on hip and knee joints.

3. Arm movement
Arms are an essential part of running. They provide balance and often, additional power. Keep arms close to the body, elbows bent about 90 degrees, and do not cross the center line of the body. Keep movements “quit” and relaxed.

4. Body position
Forward lean or lack thereof can play a major part in efficiency. The best general thought to have while focusing on body position is: "run tall.” This means run with your head high, looking 15-30 feet in front of you. Run erect with your shoulders back and arms at your side. (remember #3) A slight forward lean of about 5-6 degrees is often optimal to assist in proper foot strike and cadence.

5. Shoes
Yes, shoes! This is one of the most often overlooked yet essential aspects of running well. Many foot shapes, gait types, and stride techniques require many different types of shoes. Buy your shoes from a reputable running specific store that will analyze your foot along with your run technique to offer an optimum shoe.


Okay... now let's talk about in being an efficient sales person.

I have been exposed in sales for almost all my life. At isa sa mga natutunan ko ay...

"Hindi ka dapat mas maangas sa taong gusto mo bentahan."

o-ha! ang angas!

Master: e baka naman ayaw ni kuya mag benta?
RR: oo nga naman... x_X


  1. Have to agree... Although the owner/s are quite friendly, some of the staff aren't that knowledgeable about running in general and running shoes in particular. Very unfortunate. Now if there only were a few other stores in the vicinity for competition....

  2. experienced the same thing. they were not accommodating to customers. but i must agree that the owner is nice.

  3. one time a friend and i paid a visit. (effort na ang bumisita kasi napaka-off ng location nila). we entered and left the shop with any of the staff talking to us.

  4. may kwento din ako regarding sa.... hehehe.. nevermind... ^_^

  5. "Rod.Runn3r said...
    may kwento din ako regarding sa.... hehehe.. nevermind... ^_^"

    hahahaha uli! alam ko yan!

  6. Master
    nakowww... wag mo ko pilitin! madali ako bumigay! ahahahay... x_X

  7. sa aming tindahan ok ang staff haha pero ok din sa tindahan ng kaibigan ko sa ortigas at sa may up hahahaha

    ang efficiency ba nadadaan sa dami ng 42? doubly efficient na pala ako! paano kaya ang team boring? hahaha

  8. Timmy
    ewan ko ba dun... di ata alam pinagsasabi eh. hehehe.

    mas gusto ko dun sa kaibigan natin sa ortigas at up. ibang level ang pag-asikaso.

  9. babalikan ko. . . UUPAKAN ko yun! (nges hu)