2013: Above and Beyond

When I planned my 2013 racing season, I knew that I would have a big focus on triathlon because I wanted to finish my first half-ironman at the Ironman 70.3 Philippines in Cebu. I had no idea where else that simple goal to do well at one race would take me.

I had to step up everything I’d been doing to work on my weaknesses and play to my strengths. I met and trained with amazing people, and found the right tools to help me structure my training. I appreciated the friends who saw what I was capable of, and helped me believe I could achieve it.

The shorter races were the little stepping stones on the way: Aquaman and SuBIT that showed me how much work I still needed to do, Triman and 5150 that affirmed I was on the right track physically. However I think it was at Adidas King of the Road where the mental and physical came together and I understood the role of mental fortitude in keeping the body going. When Ironman 70.3 Philippines rolled around, I had this sense of calm and certainty that I could finish it. And I finished above and beyond my own expectations.

But that wasn’t the end of my year, nor was that all that 2013 had to offer. After Cebu, I set new PR’s in 10K as well as in standard-distance triathlon. Aside from continuing with Mizuno and Lightwater, I also started working with Ceepo, which was awesome for my development as a triathlete.

Also, in my 2012 yearender I mentioned that I hadn’t achieved some goals, but knew I had the next year to achieve them. In 2013 I finally got that elusive first-place finish at a 10K, and was able to race overseas. I still haven’t run another marathon, but there’s always next year… ;)

One thing that happened this year has certainly put an exclamation point to it and set up my 2014 to be an even bigger year. I met the people bringing Challenge Family to the Philippines and raced twice with them: at the Subic Invitational Triathlon and at Laguna Phuket Triathlon. I’m looking forward to more triathlons with the Challenge Family even after Challenge Philippines.

I’ve been very blessed this year not only with the things I’ve been able to do, but with the people who surround me. My family, friends, Team Endure, Kassy, Raymund, Nonoy, Chris… Thank you.

What’s in store for next year? I’ve got some long-distance goals that will challenge what I’m made of. I really enjoyed traveling in the latter part of this year, so I hope I can do some destination races and tell you about how people run in other parts of the world. But of course, I always want to come home to the Philippines and continue to experience the vibrant running community here.

Next year, will you go above and beyond what you think is possible?

adidas King of the Road 2013 PH

Kikay Reviews: Foot Massage Lounge

For all the hard work I put them through, I don’t take care of my feet very well. Apart from scrubbing them in the shower and the occasional pedicure, they don’t get much attention.

After a tough season of training and racing, I was happy to give my feet a treat at the Foot Massage Lounge at Forum South Global in Bonifacio Global City. It’s beside the helipad.

Foot Massage Lounge Foot Massage Lounge
Foot Massage Lounge at Forum South Global, BGC

Foot Massage Lounge
I parked right beside it. ;)

Thanks to Marcie Linao, the publicist for Foot Massage Lounge, for inviting me and a few other bloggers to check out the place and receive some services on the house. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Foot Massage Lounge”

MultiSport Magazine RUNNING 101 Special Issue

Two weeks ago I attended the media launch of MultiSport Magazine’s latest special issue, Running 101. While MultiSport Magazine is a freezine devoted mostly to triathlon and the people who would rather suck at three sports instead of excelling at one (heeheehee), it has always had a presence at runs and recognizes that the growth of running in the country lends itself to the growth of multisport.

MultiSport Magazine RUNNING 101 Special Issue
MultiSport Magazine RUNNING 101 Special Issue

The cover is none other than Patrick Concepcion, one of the two brothers instrumental in bringing the Condura Skyway Marathon to life. Pat is also one of the people I look up to in the running community; he writes his own blog Running Shield and is an absolute adik when it comes to running. You can read the story of how he came to start running inside the issue.

Running 101 is also full of great tips for all kinds of runners. Newbies get a word of encouragement from The Bull Runner Jaymie Pizarro. Coach Raoul Floresca gives tips on stepping up to 10K. Would-be half-marathoners get excellent preparation advice from Coach Jay Valencia. Coach Vinny Tongson shares some things you ought to know before running a full marathon. Coach Ige Lopez, an adventure racer and off-road triathlete, writes about trail running. Celebrity barefoot runner Gerard Pizarras gives the down-low on how to transition into barefoot running. A nutrition guide from Harvie de Baron and injury prevention and treatment advice from Dr. Gar Eufemio make Running 101 a well-rounded resource.

You can pick up a copy of Running 101 at select major races. For more information, check out the MultiSport Philippines Facebook page.

Here’s a little video of what happened at the media launch. Guess who gets interviewed at the very end? ;)

CONTEST: Win a Color Manila Run 2 Race Entry!

The last day of registration for Color Manila Run 2 is on December 23. Have you registered yet? If not, join my contest and you could win a free race entry!

Color Manila Run 2 on January 5, 2014 at Bonifacio Global City
Color Manila Run 2 on January 5, 2014 at Bonifacio Global City

Color Manila Run 2 Contest Mechanics

  1. Leave a comment on this post answering the question: “What is your favorite color and why does it fit your personality?”
  2. One comment per person only.
  3. The two most heartfelt and creative comments each win a registration code which can be used to register for Color Manila Run 2.
  4. Contest period starts on December 21 at 11pm and ends on December 22 at 12nn. Contest winners will be contacted via email and announced on the Kikay Runner Facebook Page and Twitter.

Color Manila Run 2 happens on January 5, 2014 at Bonifacio Global City. Join the explosion of happiness and color!

Aerotropolis Half-Marathon on January 19

I’ve grown to appreciate half-marathons because they are a serious test for your running fitness, but don’t incapacitate you too much for the rest of the day. (Well, that depends on how hard you went and how fit you are…) Given that next year I have some serious long-distance goals, it’s time to start racking up the mileage.

My first long-distance race will be the Aerotropolis Half-Marathon SCTEX Challenge happening on January 19, 2014 at Clark Field, Pampanga.

Aerotropolis Half-Marathon SCTEX Challenge on January 19
Aerotropolis Half-Marathon SCTEX Challenge on January 19

There are also 3K, 5K, and 10K categories, but since it’s an hour’s travel time to Clark I figure I might as well maximize the trip and go whole-hog with the distance.

Registration has started online at clarkisit.com/aerotropolishalfmarathon. You can also register at New Balance branches in Marquee Mall (in Angeles City, Pampanga), Trinoma, and Glorietta 4.

If you register on or before December 31, 2013, the 21K is P1,000, 10K is P700, 5K is P600, and 3K is P450. Beyond January 1, 2014, 21K is P1,100, 10K is P750, 5K is P650, and 3K is P500.

Along with your registration to the race you will receive a technical race shirt, race bib, loot bag, and disposable timing chip. 21K finishers will receive a medal. Check it out!

Aerotropolis Half-Marathon finisher's medal
Aerotropolis Half-Marathon finisher’s medal

Race kit claiming for early registrants (those who registered on or before January 5) is on January 12, 3-7pm at Planet Sports BGC. You may also claim your kit on January 16-17 from 1-8pm at Marquee Mall Activity Center, or on January 18 from 2-4pm at the Global Gateway Logistics City grounds in Clark.

For more information, you may visit the official website, call 0919-4891055, or email hubblemultisport@gmail.com.

Race: Aerotropolis Half-Marathon SCTEX Challenge
Date: January 19, 2014
Venue: Global Gateway Logistics City, Clark Field, Pampanga
Reg Fee (before January 1): P1,000 (21K); P700 (10K); P600 (5K); P450 (3K)
Reg Fee (January 1 onwards): P1,100 (21K); P750 (10K); P650 (5K); P500 (3K)
Registration Sites: online at clarkisit.com/aerotropolishalfmarathon; in-store at New Balance (Marquee Mall, Trinoma, Glorietta 4)
Registration Dates: ongoing
More Information: official website, call 0919-4891055, email hubblemultisport@gmail.com

I’m Nominated for SBR.ph Women’s Age Group Triathlete of the Year

Well, after a full training day today, I found out I’ve been nominated as Women’s Age Group Triathlete of the Year at the SWIMBIKERUN.ph Awards! This is pretty amazing and the athletes I’ve been nominated with are excellent in their own right. The winner will be determined by votes from our peers — this means YOU decide who gets the award!

Why should I be the Women’s Age Group Triathlete of the Year? Good question. Well, I’ve had a pretty full year of racing multisport events. Here are my results for the year:

  • SBR.ph Aquaman Aquathlon – 1st in AG
  • Subic International Triathlon – 4th in AG
  • Century Tuna 5150 – 4th in AG
  • SBR.ph Triman Triathlon – 3rd Overall
  • Ironman 70.3 Philippines – 11th in AG with a time of 5:59:47
  • Tri United 3 – 2nd in AG
  • Subic Invitational Triathlon – 1st Overall
  • Laguna Phuket Triathlon – Finisher
  • Ironman 70.3 Ranking – 1051st worldwide, 5th in the Philippines

I moved up an age group this year from 25-29 to 30-34, considered a tougher group, and I’ve tried my hardest to improve on all three disciplines and shave minutes off my overall times. This was the year I did my first half-ironman, and finally accomplished a sub 3-hour Olympic distance triathlon. It’s been wonderful, and winning Women’s Age Group Triathlete of the Year would be the exclamation point.

You can vote here: http://www.swimbikerun.ph/2013/12/3rd-annual-sbr-ph-awards-voting-form/. Remember, vote for “Noelle De Guzman” (yes, that’s Kikay Runner’s real name) under Women’s Age Group Triathlete of the Year.

I’d also like to recommend Drew Arellano for Men’s Age Group Triathlete of the Year, Raymond Racaza for Rookie of the Year, Miguel “Ige Lopez” for Coach of the Year, and M@ for SBR.ph Forum Poster of the Year. ;)

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Challenge Philippines Bike Course Recon

Last Saturday I took the opportunity to ride the Challenge Philippines bike course with a few tri teams. It would be a great long ride, and from reports I’ve heard about the course, a recon ride is a definite must-do.

I almost always try to ride on the bike route of any triathlon I do. It’s a sound strategy because you learn the gears you should be in at certain points, you can practice technical descents and corners, and spot potential hazards you should avoid on race day.

Challenge Philippines recon ride
with Mayan and Nino of FitPlus

Challenge Philippines recon ride
my hydration strategy (thanks Lightwater!)

We had a sizeable group of about 19 people departing from Camayan Beach Resort. Continue reading “Challenge Philippines Bike Course Recon”