How to Enjoy a Destination Race

Although I did my first triathlon in a village that’s still in Metro Manila, almost all my other triathlons I’ve had to drive long distances or fly to. While that’s mostly a function of not having any viable open water swims in Manila (who wants to swim in polluted Manila Bay?!), part of the allure of a triathlon is tackling the swim, bike, and run in an exotic destination race.

I think it’s also the same with marathons; once you’ve done some of the big ones in the Philippines, you start to think about going the distance, but elsewhere in the world. It’s an addictive combo: doing the tourist bit while indulging in your sporting passion.

Bintan Triathlon + SG trip
Destination races should be memorable and fun!

International races are a bit trickier than if you’re racing just somewhere else in this beautiful country of ours. You’re in unfamiliar environs and the people don’t speak your native language, the currency is different, and the food foreign (naturally!). But I’d like to offer some tips from my own experience the past year to help you enjoy the race you’ve traveled so far to do.  Continue reading “How to Enjoy a Destination Race”

How Not to Set a New 10K Personal Best

I’ve had my own foibles in the past where races did not go according to plan (like the time I overslept — that was a heart attack in itself), but this last Sunday at the Rexona Run to Your Beat while pacing someone, I realized that many things need to go right to set a new personal record or personal best.

Rexona Run to Your Beat
photo from Running Photographers

Don’t get me wrong, it was still a good fun run especially for its target audience of youthful runners who enjoy music and good photo opportunities. But for someone like the athlete I paced who wanted to break his PR, we could have set up our attempt a lot better.

So here’s some really bad advice on how not to set a new 10K personal best! :P Continue reading “How Not to Set a New 10K Personal Best”

The First Takbo.PH 20-Miler is Coming

The Takbo.PH 20-Miler is set for January 18, 2015 at Bonifacio Global City.

I hate rendering measurements in terms of miles, or degrees Fahrenheit. (I don’t have the same objection to feet and inches, though. Hmmm…) There’s something about Fahrenheit boiling point not being at 100 degrees, or a mile being 1 and 3/5th of a kilometer long that makes my inner obsessive-compulsive rear its head.

But to me there’s something poetic about a 16-kilometer race being exactly 10 miles long. And I’ve always been slightly uncomfortable with the 32-kilometer race distance; it feels like an incomplete marathon. To call it a 10-miler or 20-miler allows the distance to stand on its own.

Takbo.PH’s venture into race organizing (LeadPack) began with its own anniversary RunFest some years ago, and their races have been growing by leaps and bounds. The Takbo.PH 20-Miler is their first foray into a distance longer than a half-marathon and I have to say, it’s about time!

Takbo.PH 20-Miler on January 18, 2015
Takbo.PH 20-Miler on January 18, 2015 at Bonifacio Global City

There’s a clamor for longer distances in all the major races, and the 20-miler is a great test of one’s endurance. It’s also well-situated on the race calendar if you’re preparing for a marathon in February (*coughcoughConduracoughcough*).

There are also shorter distances (5K/10K/16K); I’m doing the 10-miler in preparation for Challenge Philippines.

Early-bird registrants (like myself!) get customized race bibs, which is always awesome when running among thousands of people — you don’t feel like just another number in the crowd. For early registration, the race kits can either be delivered (option available only for online registration) or picked up from January 14-16 at 100 Miles Cafe.

Early Registration ( Online: October 1 – November 30, 2014)
Early Registration ( In-Store: October 10 – November 30, 2014)
5K – Php 700
10K – Php 800
10 Mile (16K) – Php 950
20 Mile (32K) – Php 1,100

During the regular registration period, race kits will be available in-store. However, race bibs will no longer be personalized.

Regular Registration (Online and In-store: December 1, 2014 – January 14, 2014)
5K – Php 700
10K – Php 800
10 Mile (16K) – Php 950
20 Mile (32K) – Php 1,100

All runners earn a medal when they cross the finish line. Finishers of the 10-mile and 20-mile distances are also entitled to a finisher’s shirt, sizes subject to availability. (Yes, you have to finish the race to earn these things!)

This will be a nice serious test race that I can get to run with my Takbo.PH buddies. Hope to see you there!

Race: Takbo.PH 20-Miler
Date: January 18, 2015
Venue: Bonifacio Global City
Reg Fee: P700 (5K); P800 (10K); P950 (16K); P1,100 (32K)
Registration Sites: Chris Sports (Market! Market!; SM Megamall; SM North EDSA; SM Mall of Asia; Glorietta; Festival Mall); 100 Miles Cafe (Fort Pointe Bldg., 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City); online registration via credit card
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BGC PassionFest 2014 on November 28 to 30

Bonifacio Global City, my favorite stomping ground, is throwing its annual party on November 28, 29, and 30. The BGC PassionFest will feature food, culture, art, fitness, and fun with activities based on this year’s theme “BONI-fide Urban Fiesta”.

BGC PassionFest on November 28 to 30

The festivities kick off with a Street Party on the evening of November 28 with colorful Filipino dances and a night parade. This also signals the start of the Supremo Sale with big discounts at participating stores in BGC — from Serendra to Bonifacio High Street, High Street Central, all the way to the Mind Museum.

On Saturday the 29th, Run BGC will be held as an Urban Adventure Race. Participants will explore BGC and its key features, tackling obstacles and challenges for mind and body along the way. More details on Run BGC below.

Boni-Fiesta from November 29 to 30 at Bonifacio High Street will feature favorite Filipino street food, local childhood games, art and musical performances, a Filipino science show by the Mind Museum, and more.

BGC PassionFest: ArtBGC PassionFest: Pinoy Games

On Sunday, November 30, the Parada de Kalesa will showcase big bands, street dancers, and kalesas (horse-drawn carriages) decked out according to the theme of Filipino folklore and heroes; these kalesas will be available throughout the day for rides around BGC.

BGC PassionFest: Kalesa

The party culminates with Bonifa-SHOW, a variety show featuring the best of Philippine entertainment on one stage.

Here’s more about Run BGC…


This year’s Run BGC is a team competition involving mind-boggling puzzles, exciting challenges, and amazing prizes. It’s set to be the largest scavenger hunt in the country. Participants will be released in batches of 10 people per team, given 10 clues and 10 tasks to be figured out and completed within three hours. Participants will perform tasks that promote different activities and features within BGC.

Registration opens on October 24 (today!) and ends on November 28 or until all slots are taken. Registration forms and run schedules are available on

Registration is at the following venues: Toby’s Sports (Glorietta; SM Mall of Asia; SM Megamall); RUNNR (Alabang Town Center; Bonifacio Global City); Brooks (SM North EDSA).

For P500 you get a fun urban adventure through BGC as well as freebies such as the Run BGC souvenir shirt, waterproof race bib, flag belt, and sponsor loot bag. Cash prizes await the best teams!


This is a great way to explore Bonifacio Global City and experience it in a different way. Put your group brains and dynamic to the test :) Although it’s not the normal fun run format, it’s still an enjoyable way to spend the day with friends, family, or co-workers.

For more details, log on to or check out the BGC Facebook Page.

Podcast #3: Training Tips, Interview w/ Filipino Kona Finisher

This is episode #3 of the Kikay Runner on the Go podcast. So many people now want to get serious with training, whether it’s for the early-season races next year or for a really big bucket-list race (maybe Kona?!).

How do you find time? How do you stay motivated? I have some tips for you, as well as a great interview with one of the Filipinos who finished the 2014 Ironman World Championships as his first ever iron distance! I hope this episode inspires and motivates you in this last quarter of the year.


Also on iTunes.

Gadric Chusenfu at the Ironman World Championships 2014
interview with Filipino Kona Finisher, Gadric Chusenfu

Show Notes:

How to find time for training: Finding the time to train, whether you’re a very busy person or someone coming back from hiatus, is about creating good habits and celebrating each step forward so you become more motivated to continue. Here are a few tips to help you get started training again.

New training playlist on Spotify: Use music as a motivator to get through some of your tougher training sessions.

I talk a bit about the Mizuno Wave Hitogami and what situations I will be using those shoes in.

Bataan International Triathlon: this is my last triathlon for 2014 and should be a fun way to end the year as well as start my preparation for Challenge Philippines.

Interview with Gadric Chusenfu: How he got his spot in Kona, how he trained, what race week was like. “I think it’s advisable for a triathlete to experience the pain and the joy of the ironman distance.”

And I announce the winner of the Spring Cleaning Swag Contest! View the draw protocol here.

Let me know what you think about the podcast by commenting below.

Kikay Runner’s Fitness Tips, Part 2 of 2

This is part 2 of the fitness tips video series I did with Xpert.PH last year.

Xpert.PH Fitness Questions Answered

This video is more about general health and fitness, so even if you don’t run, you can apply these fitness tips to any exercise, sport, or other physical activity you choose to help you get healthy and fit!

  • How do I know if I’m healthy?
  • 5 quick tips to stay fit and healthy: treat exercise like an important appointment, fuel properly, sleep, find a fitness buddy, focus on feeling good vs. looking good
  • What age should I start going to the gym?
  • I have a hectic schedule. What can I do with a few spare minutes each day?

Watch here:

Let me know if you have any other health and fitness questions (write a comment below). I’ll answer them in my next podcast!

Color Manila Run Comes Home to BGC

After staging editions in other cities across the country, Color Manila Run is coming home to where it all began — to Bonifacio Global City!

Color Manila Run returns to BGC

This is Color Manila Run’s 3rd anniversary and it happens on January 4, 2015. Yes, it’s yet again the first run on the calendar. I am so happy so many people are discovering (or rediscovering) the joys of a fun run at one of their events!

There are 3K, 5K, and 10K distance categories — but again since this is a non-timed event, feel free to take as little or as much time as you want on that color-covered course! Every kit includes a race bib, a Color Manila shirt, and foldable limited edition Color Manila sunglasses.

Color Manila Run shirtColor Manila Run sunnies

On event day, you’ll receive a finisher’s medal and a color packet so you can participate in the Color Festival.

This was last January’s color festival:

For further details, visit the official Color Manila website:

Race: Color Manila Run
Date: January 4, 2015
Venue: Bonifacio Global City
Reg Fee: P850 (3K/5K/10K)
Registration Site: online registration via credit card and prepaid card
Prepaid Card Purchase Sites: RUNNR (Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center); Toby’s (Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, Megamall, Glorietta); SM Tickets @ any SM Cinema
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