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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Facebook Memories & Mark Zuckerberg's "A Year of Running" Challenge

I like how Facebook has this "Share a Memory" feature which takes you back to the posts of yesteryears. This morning, this photo popped up in my news feed...

This was from the Condura Run way back in 2010(?), I think. It's a nice memory, especially since it kinda bummed me out that I didn't get to join this year (because I'd like to think I'm such a Condura loyalist. haha). It was my cousin's wedding the night before, and we stayed up merrymaking until the wee hours of the morning. So, family (and sleep!) trumped running.


On that note, have you heard about Mark Zuckerberg's, yes, the founder of Facebook, running challenge? It's 365 miles in 1 year, or basically a mile a day. 

Add yourself to the group "A Year of Running" on Facebook. This is a pretty attainable goal for newbies and a fun community to take part in for seasoned runners. Check it out!

A Year of Running

Are you up for the challenge?
I love seeing the different places people run in on different countries. From a leisurely run around a mundane neighborhood, from urban jungles to the real ones, it's just cool to see how people from all around the world are connected via running. Everyone has good and bad running days. Everyone needs a push every now and then. Everyone is just out on a run. How fun. ;)

Oh my, now that's an awesome running backdrop!
I feel ya! It's like you're running in UK too.
From running in urban jungles to trail running in jungle jungles... Just wow. 

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Happy 2016 High

Breakfast Break
Happy New Year, dear readers! Hope 2016 has been treating you well so far. 

Just sharing a snapshot of my breakfast date in between staying fit.

6:00 A.M.- Went out for a 5K run. (I actually did 6K, so yay! for the additional kilometer. haha. I could have run more, but the sun was out, and I forgot to put on sunscreen.)
7:00 A.M.- Enjoyed the cool, post-Christmas air while (im)patiently waiting for Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to open for breakfast (I'm staaaarving!!!)
8:01 A.M.- I'm the first customer! ;) Managed to squeeze in a bit of work while waiting for my yoga class to start too!
9:00 A.M.- Sweaty vinyasa session. Oh, how my bones creaked, but, oh, so invigorating! 

I am loving this abundance of endorphins!

In fact, I'm in such a freakishly good mood that I wanna spread this fitness-high. I think I'll come up with a blog giveaway to kick-start someone else's 2016 too. Whaddya think? ;) Stay tuned! 

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Sprint in Stripes (McDonald's Stripes Run 2015)

This year's McDonald's Stripes Run 2015 was held in Fort Bonifacio. I didn't register for the run, but I wouldn't have missed this for the world since this would be my inaanak's (god daughter) first "official" run. Technically, Dani's first official run would have been the Pet Express Doggie Run back in 2013. But since she was still in a stroller then, then this would be her first run-run. ;)

At the starting line.
Can you spot Ronald McDonald, Hamburglar, and Birdie? 

See McDo Run.
Run, run, run.

Kerwin & daughter, Kate, just after the 1K gun start.

Dennis & daughter/birthday girl, Alex, at her first run (in a stroller)!
Leading the pack. Team RFB (Running Fatboy)

Per & my inaanak, Dani ,catching up at the 3K category.
Go, Dani! Go, Team RFB!!!

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Sunsets With Piolo (Sunpiology Run 2015)

Ahhh, a sunset run with Piolo... 

Hey, a girl can hope, right? ;) 

Kidding aside, it was my first time to join a Sunpiology Run (it's an annual thing), and I'm happy to say that a Piolo Pascual sighting was a success. haha. I kinda got a clue that Piolo was nearby when we (Per and me) had to move aside and let squealing girls overtake us to get closer to Piolo. We only got a glimpse of him, but it was enough to concur that THAT MAN-GOD DOES NOT SWEAT. How embarassing for us grape-faced girls!

Aside from our first time running alongside Piolo, it was also our first time running a race in McKinley Park. We've passed through it during a training session there once last year just before our Tokyo trip, so we knew how the lack of trees at the height of summer was nothing short of grueling. ~ugh~ Thank goodness they held the run at sundown, because these supposedly -ber months are not brr-ful at all. It was also nice that we didn't have to compete with the cars on the road, though going outside McKinley and onto Lawton is a different story. (I'm sure the drivers stuck on the road were more annoyed. hehe)

This year's Sunpiology theme by Sun Life Insurance is a fight against diabetes. The race was part run and part obstacle course. Per and I joined the 5K category, while Dennis ran the 10K. There were about 2 obstacles included at the 5K route, one portion is to avoid barrels of "sodas" and other sugary drinks (FYI, that's how you actually prevent diabetes), and the other we had to crawl through strings with sponges scattered about (The symbolism for the second obstacle was lost on me). 

All in all, it was a pretty good event and a great way to spend a Saturday PM. 

With Dennis (Running Fat Boy) and Per at McKinley Park

Monday, November 23, 2015

Gotta Get, Gotta Run (Gatorade Run 2015)

Gatorade has always been a friendly face in most road races. He's always been a welcome sight at drinking stations and finisher loot bags. ;) haha. But this time, no longer satisfied sitting on the sidelines, Gatorade finally takes center stage and hosts its very own run!

Last Sunday's Gatorade Run 2015 was 8,000 runners strong. Not a bad turn out at all for their first run. The race, organized by Run Rio, was very organized. From the time I got to the venue to collect my race kit, until I crossed the finish line and got my finisher treats, everything went down smoothly.

Oh, and did you notice that something clever went down too? The Gatorade Run was hashtagged #Gatorade1122 because it was held on November 22 and only had (the odd) categories of 11 and 22 kilometers. It's things like that shows how Gatorade/organizers/agency tried to make every little thing special, I think. An Easter egg at the run, if you will. haha.

I did the 11K run which ran past MOA's Sunset Blvd. to Roxas Blvd. and just looped back. Though not a chilly morning for a November, it was cloudy, which was good enough for me. A relaxed, easy run, just the way Sundays should be. :) 

Runners in traffic cone orange singlets. You can't miss 'em.

Unlimited supply of Gatorade at the Drinking Stations.

The arch before the finish line arch was a nice touch for that last push.

Perky cheerleaders were a welcome sight!

The Gatorade Recovery Tent at the end of the race route.

Shoe off.

This cold bath is exclusively for the coconut drinks only.
No runners allowed to jump in. ;)

The hosts: Susie and Jinno (heehee)
(Okay, did I just reveal my era?)

Finisher Loot bag includes:
Gatorade, Tropicana coconut water drinks, Premier water, and an Adidas finisher shirt.
Taho not included.

Congratulations, Gatorade, for a job well done! Thank you for an enjoyable, stress-free race. Looking forward to next year's run!

P.S. Oh, and thank you for the race kit too! :)


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