Powerade Presents TAKBO.PH Runfest 2011

I thought that I wouldn’t be able to join this year’s TAKBO.PH Runfest, which was the second edition after last year’s successful event. Right after my injury I was demoralized and couldn’t even consider running any sort of distance. But when the cast came off and I started rehabbing my elbow, I felt that familiar itch, and after running about during Tri United I was positive I could handle a 5K run.

Unfortunately, I hadn’t registered for the Runfest, so I was thankful and delighted that Powerade sponsored my race kit.

TAKBO.PH Runfest: Favoring the Arm
I’m back!

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Tri United at Matabungkay

Even though I wouldn’t be able to compete as part of Endure’s relay team for Tri United at Matabungkay, I wanted to be there to support my teammates. Plus, it’s always good to get out of town; I was getting stir-crazy being cooped up at home for nearly two weeks.

So last Saturday we all checked into a small resort, which became Endure’s home for the weekend.

Tri United: Our Home
Our official residence

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Suunto Power Zone

During my dislocated elbow’s recovery period I won’t be able to ride my bike, but when I do get back I’ll have to train more purposefully. Each workout session has to be aimed at making me stronger, or faster.

As measures of performance and effort for running we usually look to heart rate compared with pace per kilometer. For cycling, there’s another measure: power.

Last month, I was invited to the Suunto Power Zone clinic run by Alpha Training Systems.

Suunto Power Zone: Andy Leuterio of Alpha Training Systems
Andy Leuterio of Alpha Training Systems

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The Importance of Being Hydrated

A few months ago a fellow blogger conducted an informal poll of the brand of sports drink runners liked having at races. Though I’m not very particular about this, there are some runners who experience stomach upset or simply don’t like the taste or feeling they get from certain sports drinks.

During my two Milo marathons last year, I was fortunate to have ice-cold Gatorade served on the race course.

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Kikay’s Birthday Giveaway!

Since I can’t run any races for the next few weeks, I’ve decided to give away some complimentary race kits in my birthday contest giveaway!

The kind organizers for Race It Up (happening on July 30 at BGC) have given me two race kits for either 3K, 5K, or 10K. I’m awarding one each to the winning man and woman who can submit their most kikay running photo, and what makes it kikay.

Contest Mechanics:

  1. Like the Kikay Runner Facebook page.
  2. Upload your most kikay running photo on the page’s wall, and explain what makes it kikay.
  3. Ask your friends to like your photo. (They must like the page to be able to like your photo.) The top male and female photo with the most number of likes wins one race kit each!
  4. Contest period runs from July 11 to 23. Winners will be announced by July 25.

So what are you waiting for? The sooner you post, the more Likes you may earn and the higher your chance of winning!

Arms of Clay

When you’re young and athletic, it feels like anything and everything is possible. You target bigger races and more difficult challenges, and you never think anything else could spoil your plans. You never think those horrible season-ending accidents could happen to you — until they do.

Freak Accident: LV cloth cover
Uh-oh. *

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