Runner’s World First Anniversary Issue

My favorite running magazine Runner’s World Philippines celebrates its first anniversary as a stand-alone publication by spotlighting the relationship between running and weight loss. On the cover is Coach Ani de Leon-Brown, who has managed to shed plenty of baby weight by running and training for triathlons.

Runners World Apr-Jun 2012 issue
Runners’ World April-June 2012

Runner’s World editor-in-chief Marie Calica says, “We hope to give you even more training information, nutrition, up-to-the-minute studies, and uplifting stories to keep you running stronger and longer.” I’m glad there’s a resource like Runner’s World to help fellow runners train smarter.

Skyathon Boracay 2012

I’ve been experiencing severe Boracay fatigue; after traveling to the island an average of three times a year for the last two years, it felt like I was doing just way too much partying and not enough relaxing and enjoying the beach.

So at the beginning of this year, I made a resolution not to go to Boracay at all…

…And then SkyCable got in touch offering a slot at Skyathon. I’m such a sucker for the beach, and races. Beach AND race? How could I say no? Ü

Skyathon 2012: VIP treatment

So after a year’s hiatus, I again found myself standing on the shoreline of the world’s second best beach at daybreak on one April morning (the 21st, to be exact) waiting to run another 5K on no sleep. Continue reading “Skyathon Boracay 2012”

Running in the Summer

I’ve been following conversations by runners on Twitter lately. The trending topic for runners (okay, I just made that up :P) is how to train in this heat. Yesterday Metro Manila temperature hit a whopping 34 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest day this year.

Road to SuBIT: Tempo Heat Run
Mmm, runners burnt to a crisp!

The cop-out is, of course, not to train at all. But I know runners, and we can’t go a few days of no running without going a little bonkers.

So here are a few tips from my personal experience and from browsing other running websites about how to continue running in the summer. Continue reading “Running in the Summer”

This Ridiculously Photogenic Guy is a Runner!

I appreciate when photographers (amateur or professional) take photos of runners during races. Still, I’m pretty picky and rarely find one that captures me going fast yet looking good while doing so. Chalk it up to me not training hard enough to make the run look effortless.

But have you heard of the Ridiculously Photogenic Guy? It’s a meme that went viral on the Internet this week.

Mr Ridiculously Photogenic Guy
Ridiculously Photogenic Guy (photo by Will King)

See that adorable guy on the left smiling at the camera and barely breaking a sweat? After the photographer Will King posted race day photos from the Cooper River Bridge Run, his friends dubbed the guy in the photo “Mr. Ridiculously Photogenic Guy”. King then posted the photo on Reddit, which spawned the meme where the photo is given humorous captions. Captions such as:

Ridiculously Photogenic Guy
Goes out for a run. Puts Kodak back in business.

Ridiculously Photogenic Guy
Gets made into a meme. So everyone can keep looking at him.

My personal favorite is this one:

Ridiculously Photogenic Guy
Runs a marathon and wins… my heart.

So let’s talk a little about the subject of the photograph, the actual Ridiculously Photogenic Guy. Thanks to the Charleston City Paper (also reported on by the International Business Times) for doing the stalkery stuff, we now know his name is Zeddie Little. He ran 10K (not a marathon) in 47 minutes and 16 seconds. He’s 25 years old and moved to New York City last year. He works in PR, and he’s the 4th in his family line to carry the name.

I did my own little search on the New York City Marathon website and didn’t find his name in the results, so I’m going to assume he didn’t run it. I wonder if, given his Internet fame, he might be given a slot for this year’s marathon. Or hopefully the luck of the draw will favor him so he can grace the race day photos. Hahaha! (UPDATE: Ridiculously Photogenic Guy confirms he will run NYC Marathon.)

In any case this meme brought a smile to my face and a skip to my step. Just thought I would share it with my fellow runners in the Philippines. Do you have your own ridiculously photogenic running photo?

The Hills Are Alive

It’s always interesting taking your running shoes out of town and making your way about on foot. The best part? The different terrain. Running about within Metro Manila, the routes start getting familiar and unexciting, and you start looking for a way to challenge yourself.

I was in Baguio last month on a family trip. We had just enough time on our second day there for a morning run at Camp John Hay. I ran with my brother-in-law Michael of The Red Runners and my mom. It was cold (summer hadn’t fully kicked in yet) and the air was thin, so we found ourselves struggling on the rolling terrain. Still, hill running is great for improving speed, and in the end I found myself enjoying the additional challenge.

Here are the benefits of hill running (from brianmac.co.uk):

  • helps develop power and muscle elasticity
  • improves stride frequency and length
  • develops co-ordination, encouraging the proper use of arm action during the driving phase and feet in the support phase
  • develops control and stabilisation as well as improved speed (downhill running)
  • promotes strength endurance
  • develops maximum speed and strength (short hills)
  • improves lactate tolerance (mixed hills)

The Kenyans and Ethiopians who race locally live in Rizal, where there are plenty of hills to run. I’ve been there with them once and they don’t flinch at all when faced with hills to climb. No wonder they’re such strong runners.

Baguio Hill Training

During my training at Pico de Loro for the Next Step Tri camps, I also found myself attempting to conquer steep hills one after another, some at a 14% gradient. There’s something about facing such intimidating terrain that makes past challenges seem trivial. I used to fear McKinley Hill and the flyovers along Roxas Boulevard. Now, I attack them with glee.

Hill running makes you a stronger, better runner. What hills have you run lately?