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Challenge Philippines Contest Winners

The day is here when we all find out who’s coming with me to Challenge Philippines 2015! Thank you all for participating in the contest. I used RandomPicker to choose the winners (one male, one female) to ensure impartiality of results.

RandomPicker

As part of the mechanics I asked participants to post on my Facebook Page wall answering the question, “Why do I want to join Challenge Philippines?” There’s actually no right or wrong answer, but they were all nonetheless entertaining and inspiring. Here are some of my favorite responses:
Enrique Lorenzo San Agustin wrote: “I want to join the best half ironman race to date… I race all year and Challenge Philippines is indeed the toughest and most fulfilling accomplishment yet.”

Miko Sabado wrote: “Why do I want to join Challenge Philippines 2015?” “To serve as a model for others, show what is truly possible in life and to rak en rol.”

Matthew Velmonte wrote: “Why do I want to join Challenge Philippines? To embrace the suck! Macca style.”

Tim Ford wrote: “I want to race Challenge Phillipines because I love Challenge events. I love riding and the challenging course sounds incredible. And I want to crush Noelle De Guzman.”

Oh, Tim. You know you can crush me in all three disciplines. ;)

Drum roll, please! Announcing the winners of complimentary entry to Challenge Philippines 2015: Read more »

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Can Running Make Your Life Shorter?

Yesterday someone gave me a heads-up on a News 5 story that aired on Saturday. In this clip, reporter (and head of TV5′s news and public affairs) Luchi Cruz-Valdes reveals the shocker that couch potatoes and high-mileage runners had shorter life expectancies than those who ran moderately. OK guys, time to throw away my running shoes!

…Of course I’m kidding. The problem with television is that airtime is expensive, and so unless the show is really meant to delve into all sides of a story, coverage will be shallow just like in the clip. Read more »

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CONTEST: Join Me at Challenge Philippines 2015!

The moment I crossed the finish line at Challenge Philippines, I asked myself whether I wanted to do it all again: that swim against two currents, the hilly bike course that left even the pros cussing, the unexpectedly gruelling run. At the finish line, the answer was “Ask me in a week.”

Challenge Philippines on 21 February 2015
Challenge Philippines on 21 February 2015

Triathletes have a short memory, it seems — yes we remember that we had a tough time, but we quickly forget how physically demanding races are and the depth of the pain. Well we forget it just in time to register, which is what I did this morning.

registration complete
Here we go again!

One of the things I was very thankful for at Challenge Philippines was the massive support not just from the event and the cities involved and my Team Endure and my parents, but also from my fellow participants. Shared suffering (hahaha!) bonds people together, and the encouragement we got from and gave to each other pushed many of us across that finish line.

Come do Challenge Philippines with me! The early bird fee is $225 for individual and $275 for relay until April 23, 2014. (If you’re a participant from this year’s edition, you get a discount.) There’s also a Buy 10, Get 1 Free group registration: when you register as individual participants in groups of 11, the 11th person is free of charge or you can simply share the savings among the group. Register now by clicking here.

Challenge Philippines 2015

As part of my plan to get as many people to join me at Challenge Philippines 2015 as possible, I have COMPLIMENTARY ENTRIES to the race which I am raffling away to lucky contestants (one male, one female)! Check out the mechanics: Read more »

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A Scar is a Badge of Honor

I learned to ride a bicycle when I was about six years old, much to my mom’s concern. She was always scared I might crash, wound my legs, and end any potential career as a model. (I’m kidding about the modeling thing, of course.) So I would always ride beach cruiser-type bikes, which were low and I could quite easily put my foot on the ground if I started to fall over. I was only allowed to ride to the end of our street until I was 9 years old, when I was finally allowed to go explore the rest of the neighborhood on two wheels.

Well, my modeling career never really took off. ;) I’m also one of the more clumsy people I know and I’ve racked up my fair share of scars even without riding a bike. I once tripped during a race (the first Takbo.PH Runfest), got it bandaged up, and strutted on the stage during a post-race contest.

Takbo.ph Runfest 2010
May I direct your attention to the bandage on my knee?

But riding bikes is really more risky than just running because you do go at faster speeds, and my mom’s fears were confirmed when I started doing triathlon and began racking up “souvenirs”. Read more »

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What If Everybody Ran? The Potential Impact of Running

I’m very blessed to have discovered running when I did, and I’m surrounded by communities that love running — whether marathon, ultramarathon, fun run, or triathlon.

But every training run or weekend race also reminds me that I don’t live in a city of runners. When I take my runs out of the relatively safe confines of Bonifacio Global City and onto the highways, I get cars swerving into my path, construction workers leering at me and making catcalls, street kids mimicking my running, and the occasional demoralizing comment — “malayo ka pa” or “nahuhuli ka na!” (you’ve still got so far to go, you’re way behind).

Only runners understand the impetus to run, how it not only makes us look good, but more importantly feel good. My initial goal when I took up running was to lose weight (those last five pounds are tough to drop!), but I got hooked on the feeling of powering my own body along the road. It also became a way to switch off from the worries of the week and lock onto the present moment.

What if everybody ran? That’s the question Mizuno asked MBA students at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School to answer. Here’s the white paper and statistical analysis they did investigating the potential impact of a national running movement in the US.

What If Everybody Ran? infographic
INFOGRAPHIC: What if everybody ran?

Running (and other forms of aerobic activity) has many benefits. Among other things, it aids weight loss, boosts productivity, is linked to formation of healthier habits, and makes you live longer and healthier. It’s pretty awesome what lacing up and moving your legs can do.

For me in particular, running has become a way of life and it’s part of who I am. I love seeing how running has grown in the country and how it’s also fed interest in a healthy lifestyle and other sports and forms of exercise.

I’ve also seen how running has made a positive impact on myself and the people I know. I trained with a friend just this weekend, and he said that training helped him release stress from the workplace. Finishing tough races also made him more patient and enduring elsewhere in life. He said he would think back and remember that he got through them no matter how dark and difficult finishing seemed at the time, so at work he also took that attitude: it will get better, and he would get through it.

I hope people continue picking up the sport and find for themselves what keeps them running.

Now, if you’re concerned about getting the right gear for running, get a chance to buy the Mizuno Wave Rider at the extremely discounted price of P999! For the month of April, Mizuno Philippines is picking 15 lucky winners every week (5 for Rider 17, 5 for Rider 16, and 5 for Rider 15). Check out the Mizuno Run Club Facebook page for the contest mechanics.

The Wave Rider 17 is a seriously good shoe. I will be using them on long training runs when my body appreciates a cushy ride.

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