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Friday, October 31, 2014

Need a Mileage Picker Upper for Your Next Full Mary 2015?

Anyone greeting 2015 with a marathon? I'm signed up for one (and if all things go as planned, quite possibly two! Crossing fingers!). 

One of the hardest parts in training for a full mary is the required long run. The long run, usually anything over 20 miles (or approx. 30K up) is a marathon pre-requisite if you want to be able to finish your race strong and injury-free. For neophyte marathoners, this is especially integral to lessen the shock your muscles will encounter after running longer than you're used to. (I cannot stress enough how important this is! Trust my legs. They learned the hard way.)

Personally, I find training for long runs by your lonesome hard. Most of the time, I really need that external push (like supportive runner friends, the spirit of competition, or that pride thing. haha) to complete a long run with as little walk breaks as much as possible). It's good that more organizers are tuning into these needs, and giving the runners longer distances to train to. So, if you're signed up for a marathon in the first quarter of the year (Condura Marathon, anyone?), then the Takbo.ph 20 miler (32K) is perfectly timed for you! Or for anyone who just wants to run (there are multiple distances to choose from) and just have a plain good time!

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Takbo.ph 20 MILER 2015

Distance: 5K/10K/16K/32K
Date: January 18, 2015
Venue: Bonifacio Global City
Time: TBA
Registration:

5K – Php 700
10K – Php 800
10 Mile (16K) – Php 950
20 Mile (32K) – Php 1,100

Early Registration* ( Online Registration: October 1 – November 30, 2014)
Early Registration* ( In-Store: October 10 – November 30, 2014)

* Personalized Race Bibs are available during the early registration period only. Race kit are NOT given yet when you register.

There will be a race kit claiming from January 14-16 at 100 Miles Cafe.

Regular Registration** (Online and In-store: December 1, 2014 – January 14, 2014)

** Race kits will be available upon registration. NO NEED TO CLAIM during the race kit claiming schedule. Race bibs will no longer be personalized.

Details:
- ALL 5K/10K/21K Runners get a Finisher’s Medal when they cross the finish line.
- 10 Mile and 20 Mile Runners get a Finisher’s Shirt after the race. Sizes are subject to availability.
- Personalized Race Bibs are available during the early registration period only.

NOTE: Race kit delivery is optional and available through online registration only.

Registration Venues:

Online Registration (click here)

Chris Sports Branches (during mall hours)
– Chris Sports (Market Market)
– Chris Sports (SM Megamall)
– Chris Sports (SM North EDSA)
– Chris Sports (SM Mall of Asia)
– Chris Sports (Glorietta)
– Chris Sports (Festival)

100 Miles Cafe (Mondays to Saturdays only. Closed on Sundays)
2/F Fort Pointe II
28th St., Fort Bonifacio
Taguig City, Taguig
Mon-Fri: 10AM – 9PM
Sat: 9AM-8PM
Sun: Closed

Monday, October 13, 2014

Why Rest? Just Run.


Spotted on the interweb.

Clever piece of outdoor advertising.

A public service from your friendly neighborhood, Nike. ;)

(Credits?)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Look Who Made It To Runner's World Magazine...

Look who made it to Runner's World Magazine (Philippines)! It's my running buddies Dennis (A.K.A. Running Fatboy) and Per! 

They ran the Disney Marathon in Florida, USA. That's one of my dream marathons to run. Dear Universe, now that I've crossed the Angkor Wat marathon off my list (Thank you!), can I start planning my next destination run? *wink, wink* ;)

Wreck It Ralph with Running Fatboy & Wife

Runner's World PH July-Sept 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Postcards from the Temple Run (1st Angkor Empire Marathon 2014)

Siem Reap, Cambodia-- I couldn't help but take photos during the race (so distracting though. haha). Saying that I've immortalized this run would be an understatement. You simply cannot capture the full majesty of Angkor, but I hope that you enjoy "running with me" as you sit back and mentally plan for your (future) Temple Run. 

Enjoy! ;)

Disclaimer: Trigger happy runner. Bandwidths, please bear with me.

Philippines... Present!
L-R; April, Joel, Jinoe (of Takbo.ph), Roselle (Running Diva), and me. 

At the 42K starting line.

The city of Siem Reap at dawn.

En route to Angkor.

Cows to keep us company.

Evenly spaced out water stations.

Sweet green bananas at the fueling station.

First of the many temple sightings.

Photo op courtesy of a friendly runner from Hong Kong.

The heat is on in Angkor.

The Bayon Temple is awesome.

Right on.

Coffee break at the half way mark.

Jinoe (of Takbo.ph) running strong.

They say marathoners are crazy, border lining basket case. I agree.
(Now, where's that basket case badge of mine?)

At around this point, don't mind if I do!

Photo op here.

Welcome to the countryside.

Smiles and cheers from the kids of Cambodia.

Much needed cookie rush.

It's getting hot...

You can't help but slow down before you pass these entryways.

Long, dusty... takes your breath away.

The Elephant Terrace perimeter.

The Bayon Temple. A must. 

Elephants and runners crossing.

Almost there. Traffic!
Angkor Run Finishers! Hooray!
L-R: Joel, April, Roselle, Jinoe, me, and my sister, Jeanne (10K).

L-R: Me, Jinoe (Takbo.ph), and Roselle (Running Diva)

Saucony babies.

Read about my Temple Run race experience here. (BLOG POST TO FOLLOW)
Read about my Temple Run race kit redemption here

Temple Run Race Kit Redemption (1st Angkor Empire Marathon 2014)

At the EXPO in Apsara Angkor Resort & Conference
Siem Reap, Cambodia- The day after we got in (red eye flight), we quickly went about claiming our race kits to cross that errand out of our itinerary. The EXPO was held at the Apsara Angkor Resort & Conference Hotel. We knew how to get there, as we had seen it the night before on the way from the airport. It was around 20 minutes away from Firefly Guesthouse, where we stayed at. We then decided to just ride bikes going there instead of hiring a tuktuk. Our rental bikes were only USD $2.00, which you can use the whole day. The proceeds from The White Bicycles go to charity too. I haven't ridden a bike for years, so I had a lot of getting used to to get used to! Aside from the sun beating down on us (it was almost noon), getting to the venue was pretty much a smooth ride all the way. 

Since this was my first international marathon experience, I was looking forward to seeing how the EXPO would be. I was mentally setting aside a budget for race souvenir stuff like shirts or mugs. The EXPO, however, was just a straightforward race kit redemption area. No frills, not even a sponsor booth was in sight. The EXPO was held at a separate event center beside the hotel. It was a cozy area with intricate architecture. 


Our mode of transportation for the day.
$2/day for The White Bicycles bike rentals for charity.
Early Bird, No Lines.
This is it!

Chip Check.
Yup, it works. Now if only we can do the same for our feet on race day! ;) 

My Sister & I.
Temple Run Runners. 42K and 10K, respectively.

Angkor, all mapped out.

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