2011: I’m Here to Stay

Charles Dickens began his famous novel A Tale of Two Cities with these words: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” The year 2011 has felt that way for me. There’s a clear demarcation between my peak performance period in the first half of the year, and the slump that followed after my harrowing elbow dislocation.

But I’m not going away any time soon. I’m still head-over-heels nuts about running, even returning to action at the Takbo.ph Runfest barely two weeks after getting my arm out of its sling. Two weeks after that, I decided to take on the run leg of the Camsur Ironman 70.3 without any training, which was stupid, I know, but people in love can be foolhardy.

Though this slow body has been frustrating at times, I know I’m getting back into shape. The speed is coming back, culminating in my first 10K in six months to be run within 50 minutes at the Sunpiology Run. Endurance has taken a hit and I won’t be ready for a marathon soon (yup, I’m backing out of Condura this year), but just like how I began in 2009 and continued in 2010, it will all come again eventually.

I’m glad I was able to participate in so many races nonetheless, especially those for a cause. I ran two destination races, the Greenfields Clean Air Run and the Camsur Marathon, which both benefited environmental efforts. The TAKBO.ph NightfestAvon Race to 125,000 Kisses, and 500-Smile Run raised funds for physically challenged children, breast cancer patients, and cleft palate surgery candidates, respectively.

Then there were those races I joined just because they seemed like fun. I always have a blast at the events Summit Media mounts, and the Women’s Health Athena Run and Men’s Health All-Terrain Race didn’t disappoint. Since I had missed the first Run BGC last year, I made it a point to do this year’s Run BGC. The Adobo Run After Dark gave me opportunity to run in costume for the first time!

I was able to experience the entire Run United/RunRio Trilogy (RU1RU2RU3) although I didn’t get to do the Afroman distance this year. The biggest surprise for me this year came at Run United 3, when I took home my first (and will probably be my only) 21K race podium medal. So despite RU3 being one tough race to run, it’s my favorite of the year.

Last year I said I wanted to do more triathlon events with Team Endure, and I did: the Speedo NAGT Subic mini-sprint, the Subic Bay International Triathlon sprint, and the Animo Sprint Triathlon. Leveling up to longer distances had to wait ’til next year, though (the elbow dislocation sent me into triathlon offseason early). But I’m not in a hurry; just like joining my first marathon, I’ll take my time.

This year’s experiences showed me you can never plan everything down to the smallest detail. The unexpected happens and you’ve just got to roll with it. So it can be the best of times and the worst of times; what matters is how you respond to it. I’m really thankful that by God’s grace I was able to “count it all joy”.

For 2012, I want to run another marathon (perhaps the Run United Philippine Marathon that Unilab and Coach Rio are planning), finally accomplish being the biker in a long distance triathlon relay, win first place in a 10K, and do a race overseas. Hey, if you’re going to dream, dream big, right?

One thing’s for sure about next year though: I’ll still be around, running my heart out.

Athena All-Women's Run: On and On

End/Start Your Year with Charity Races

I’m really super thankful for the year of running that I’ve had, and I’m happy that even with the commercialization of most big races, there are still those races that have a great causes to support at a reasonable price. So I highly recommend the following races taking place within the next two weeks.

Rescue Run 2011, December 31

This is a no-frills race for the benefit of the victims of Typhoon Sendong. For a minimum P150 donation, you can run a 5K loop however many times you want at McKinley Hill. Bring your own hydration and support, though. No singlet, no timing chip, no freebies. Just a simple year-end run.

Registration is at R.O.X., A Runner’s Circle, and Secondwind Running Stores. You can find more information on Takbo.ph.

Run For Pinoy Glory, January 7

Did you know that we are sending a really small delegation to the London Olympics and Paralympics this 2012? And that though the country is paying for our delegates’ trip, they barely have enough to cover the training and living expenses leading up to it? The proceeds from Run for Pinoy Glory will provide supplementary funding for qualifying athletes.

There are 3K (P450), 5K (P550), 10K (P700), and 21K (P750) categories, and special categories for wheelchair (5K at P550) and executives (10K at P700). Registration is until December 30 at R.O.X. Registration ends earlier on December 29 at Chris Sports Megamall, and December 28 for Chris Sports Glorietta, Market Market, SM North The Annex, Robinsons Place Ermita, Festival Mall Alabang. Takbo.ph has all the details.

Kikay Runner goes to the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards

Every so often, this Kikay Runner needs to pack up her bags, put on her traveling boots, and get out of town. Thanks to Nuffnang Philippines, I joined about 30 other Filipino bloggers on a trip to Malaysia to attend the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

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The closest to a red carpet I’ve gotten this year.

This awards night is held every two years to celebrate the best bloggers in the Asia Pacific region, and Filipinos were nominated in seven categories! I’ve been blogging since 1999 and one of my old blogs was once nominated for the Philippine Blog Awards (under the Travel category), but this event is international in scope; it was a completely novel experience for me.

We arrived in Malaysia on the day of the awards night itself. There were about 500 bloggers in attendance, packing the Marriott Putrajaya ballroom to the rafters. Continue reading “Kikay Runner goes to the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards”

Ask Kikay Runner: Tampons

This is a new section on my blog where I answer questions people ask me. If you have any questions for future Ask Kikay Runner entries, contact me!

It’s that time of the month again for me. I feel sluggish, have weird and wonderful cravings, and if I’m not careful I can be inexplicably irritable. Yes, kids, I’m about to have my period. But I’m also right in the middle of my seventh week of training for a marathon.

In a previous post, I got a question about using tampons on those red-letter days. RunsNRoses said, “Does using a tampon make any difference? I’ve never tried using one and I do avoid running on red-letter days. I can only imagine maybe its less uncomfy using a tampon rather than sanitary napkin?”

Ever since I learned how to use tampons, it’s been so much easier for me to continue training right through even the heaviest of days. Yes, tampons are more comfortable than sanitary napkins when it comes to running (or doing anything athletic) on those days. And they are definitely more convenient. Let me explain why.

Beauty & the Beach: Om Shanti Om
I look so happy! But I had my period here!

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Sendong Relief Efforts: How to Help

I’ve already sent out a call for relief efforts on my other blog, but I wanted to add that SwimBikeRun.ph has a list of drop-off points where people can donate singlets and clothes for victims of Typhoon Sendong. I know I’ve got a bunch of singlets and other clothes I no longer use, so they’ll definitely go to this cause. You may also donate old but useable shorts, pants, and t-shirts.

RACE FOR SENDONG SINGLETS & CLOTHES DRIVE Drop-Off Points:

  • The Brick Multisport Store: McKinley Hill.
  • Dan’s Bike Shop: 13B La Fuerza Plaza Compound 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave. Makati City 1231
  • Bike King: Bonifacio High Street.
  • Trinity Cycle Shop: 41 Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City
  • The Starting Line Multisport Store: Westgate, Alabang
  • All Terra Bike Shop: Ortigas Home Depot, Ortigas Q.C.
  • Second Wind Running Store Ortigas: Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas, Ortigas, Pasig City / tel # 914-0283
  • Second Wind Running Store QC: 45 Malingap st., teachers village QC / tel # 238-4005
  • G-Stop: Alabang Town Center

Donations will be collected this Wednesday (December 21) for sending to the victims by Thursday (December 22). For any questions or clarifications regarding the drive or any of the drop off points, please don’t hesitate to contact Carlos de Guzman at 0917-2554111 or admin@swimbikerun.ph. After donating, please send an SMS/email to the contact info above so that they will know how many boxes to bring for each shop.

In case you miss the deadline, all LBC branches nationwide are also accepting donations in kind for victims of Typhoon Sendong. And if you’d like to support the Philippine Red Cross relief efforts, visit http://www.redcross.org.ph/donatenow.php.

Sunpiology: The Day I Ran with Piolo

December 10, the day of the Sunpiology Run, was an extremely long day for me. Way before sunset, I was already at BGC waiting for the first of the Sunpiology events to begin. You see, it wasn’t just a simple footrace: to benefit the Hebreo 12:1 Foundation, there were three events. The first was the opening of an exhibit of paintings and photos by Piolo Pascual at the Sun Life Center; items would be auctioned online to generate funds for the foundation. Then the vertical run would start, taking participants up through the Sun Life Center’s stairwells. The 10K race I would be participating in was at the tail end of these festivities. And I had dance practice for work right after that.

Sunpiology: Exhibit Opening
Piolo at the Sun Life Center with Hebreo Foundation scholars

Right after the exhibit opened, I had to get back home to retrieve my bib; after trying to pack my car that morning with everything I needed for the day, I had forgotten the one important thing! So, after slogging through holiday traffic, I finally got to the race venue at 4pm, 30 minutes before the race start. Continue reading “Sunpiology: The Day I Ran with Piolo”

Riovana Up Close

I’ve been inside Riovana a number of times in the weeks since its soft opening, even getting a drink of free cold water on one of my long run nights in BHS. Last week though, some bloggers and I were given a tour of the store and its concept, plus a sneak peek at a very special section in the store.

Riovana Up Close: bloggers on a tour
some of the tourists :D

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