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Fun at Palarong Nuffies Sportsfest

As I’ve slowly and gently begun my taper towards Challenge Roth, I find this has freed up my schedule for a lot more activity outside triathlon training. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the Palarong Nuffies, a sportsfest for Nuffnang’s blogger talents, employees, and executives.

It wasn’t a hardcore workout for sure, but it was a lot of good fun and I got to hang out with my blogger buddies whom I haven’t seen in a while due to the amount of time I’ve spent training.

I was assigned to the purple team, which also included Jinoe Gavan from Takbo.PH, Jeff Lo from Pinoy Fitness, Jane Chua of Between Bites, and musician, activist, and professor Jim Paredes as well as our Nuffie friends MC and Celine.

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photo by Tippy Go of Googly Gooeys

The first game was an impromptu cheering competition, and it was definitely an advantage having a talented lyricist on our side (thanks Jim!). He came up with our chant, and then he and I worked on the choreography. We ended up with this:

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Twerking it!

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Big finish

The next games were anybody’s to take, and all my endurance work didn’t count toward anything because they were about strategy, flexibility, and being nimble.

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calamansi relay

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sack race

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limbo rock

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egg toss

We also had patintero, “The Boat Cannot Sink”, and this game we had to dig through a mountain of flour with our mouths to get at chocolate gold coins. That made for some very interesting photos!

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*cough* *cough* *spit* *sputter*

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I’m ready for my close-up.

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“foundation” day

Even though my team didn’t end up winning overall, I enjoyed myself immensely and it was a good mental break to do something other than swimming, biking, or running on a weekend. Heaven knows I’m going to get my fill of that in a little less than two weeks’ time.

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We won the cheering competition!

This was a welcome break in all the “serious training” I’d been doing, and it was nice to have a social life even for just a day. ;)

Thanks to Nuffnang for organizing this sportsfest and bringing bloggers from different genres together. Despite our varied interests, a common thread runs through us all. We love to have fun, and we love writing about it! Check out the Nuffnang wrap-up post about the Palarong Nuffies and see what the other teams got up to.

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hooray for blogging and social media!

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Cordillera Great Traverse 2015: Longest Trail Expedition in PH

I’ve got a number of runner friends who are heavily involved in ultramarathons and trail running, so I don’t often see them at road or tri events. It came as a very pleasant surprise to find out they have a huge expedition brewing for 2015!

Cordillera Great Traverse 2015
The Cordillera Great Traverse 2015

It began as one Facebook post inquiring whether there were connecting trails or natural pathways for the 6 provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region to make it the ultimate venue for the longest trail expedition in the Philippines. The idea, both being novel and challenging, stoked the interest of almost everyone especially those who are nature lovers and have solid athletic background.

The Cordillera Great Traverse (CGT) 2015 is an expedition aiming to establish the longest and the most scenic hiking/trekking destination in the Philippines by connecting the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Philippines. read more »

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Just Running Around on Independence Day

(This is a rambling post about just running. FREEDOM!)

The Philippines celebrated its Independence Day last Thursday, June 12.

philippine flag photo: Philippine flag
photo credit: Jasmin Abad

Since it was a holiday I decided to give myself a break from my usual run session of 1-mile fartleks (check out the Accordion from the online triathlon coaching system I use — MaccaX).

Instead, I decided to run as far as I wanted, going only as fast as I wanted. I would have my GPS watch on, but wouldn’t check it for pace. I’d leave my other gadgets, such as my Globe Samsung Galaxy S5, in the car. It would be a run just for the heck of it with no other distractions.

I usually run around the flattish sections of Bonifacio Global City, but that day I decided to take a more scenic route through Lawton Avenue and Bayani Road — the real Fort Bonifacio, where the military grandstand and facilities are located.

I thought I’d see more runners out on the road, but I probably came upon less than 20 on my meandering route — counting the casual joggers as well as the more dedicated ones training for Milo Marathon. It’s probably because most people took the liberty of sleeping in that morning instead! :)

When I’m running like this with no set time or pace or intervals, I have so much more time to observe everything around me and let my brain run as well. I watch the world go past me, notice the race singlets and tech shirts runners are wearing, think about the route they possibly took and will take, wonder about what races or events they’re preparing for… I’ve missed this. At this point in my training, running’s been about trying to get faster or go for longer. I haven’t run in a long time just for the enjoyment of getting my body to move, or to see where my feet can take me.

Independence Day run
Mizuno tank top and shorts, Mizuno Wave Precision 12 shoes, Cobra Ironman 70.3 Camsur visor

I headed down McKinley Hill, eager to run back up the hill again. I ran past the new commercial establishments at Tuscany, taking note of the restaurants there I want to try. I was salivating at the thought when I realized two men were running on the other side of the road. It was almost like they were chasing me down. We were going downhill and they hit the bottom of the hill earlier than I did, because I was coasting and preparing myself for a really hard return slog up that 4% incline. The competitor’s instinct in me clicked on and I charged back up the hill hard. I got on their heels. But I didn’t really want to get into a pissing contest, so I peeled away and turned to go another direction, while they continued onward.

My feet took me to Emperador Stadium in the McKinley Hill complex. I had never been there before, but it’s an artificial turf stadium with a seating capacity of 2,000 (!!!). Who knew futbol would be that big? Emperador stadium is home to the United Football League Philippines and is also used by futbol and Ultimate teams for games and practice sessions. It’s pretty impressive. I would have taken a selfie if I hadn’t left my Samsung Galaxy S5, but this run was a great exercise in just experiencing and remembering. You don’t always need to take a photo to prove you were there. :)

As I ran out of McKinley Hill back onto Lawton Avenue, I saw that soldiers had lined the sidewalks near the grandstand. It was about 7am and I realized that they would probably have a grand flag-raising ceremony and commemorate Independence Day in grand style. I didn’t want to be in the way, so I quickly ran past them and down Bayani Road, where I encountered some more runners including my friend Bong, whose shoe had suddenly given out on him on his run. The sole had nearly come off completely, so he was walking slowly back to where he had left his car. He must really have been putting a solid number of miles into those shoes for them to fall apart that way! After checking to see if he needed any help, I decided to head back as well.

In the end, I ran 12 kilometers at a 6-minute/km average pace, so it was a symmetric 6/12 on 6/12. There’s a beautiful simplicity to running just because you want to, and not because you have to. That’s freedom.

What did you do on Independence Day? :)

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Good News in Pinoy Sports (a round-up)

There’s not much exciting stuff happening to me right now; training for ironman is monotonous and it’s really just more of the same.

But I do get excited when it comes to good things happening for Philippine sports. Allow me to highlight some of the good news I’ve come across this week.

Pinoy triathlete qualifies for Youth Olympic Games

Victorija Deldio will be the first-ever triathlete from the Philippines to qualify in Olympic triathlon, whether in the Summer Games or in the YOG. read more »

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Etiquette for the Filipino Runner

A few years ago I posted “Don’t Be a Running Ruffian” as a call for good etiquette on the part of my fellow runners during races. Running still continues to grow and organizers pull in more newbies at every race weekend, so at the largest races you have quite a mix of experienced and newbie runners who may clash.


A Facebook status posted by my friend Bea Hernandez kicked off a nice discussion on race etiquette (excerpts below).

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I’ve come across runners who stop suddenly on a course, and it is quite rude not to consider there’s a whole mass of runners behind you who don’t know that you intend to stop (humans have no rear brake lights, you know). My typical response is a barked command “One side!” with a gentle hand pushing them off to the side away from other oncoming traffic. It can still be considered harsh especially for non-confrontational Filipinos, so is there a way we can prevent incidents like that from occurring?

Andrew Neri, one of the men responsible for the yearly Milo Marathon, chimed in.

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running etiquette

I suggested that organizers insert a simple race etiquette leaflet into each of the race kits they distribute. This is something I’ve told them in the past, but I suppose most of them felt no real urgency for it. When Andrew suggested Bea and I write up the leaflet, I said it might be better to “crowdsource” what such a leaflet would contain.

Trail and ultramarathon race organizer Jonel Mendoza said he always briefs his participants before every race on what they can and cannot do on the course. And Bea added that educating runners could be done several different ways. Some great stuff surfaced in this discussion.

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running etiquette

Now with the Philippines designated as the selfie capital of the world, the issue of runners pausing to take selfies needed to be taken up.

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running etiquette

And of course the issue of topless running also came up.

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In triathlon, it’s already a rule that topless cycling and running is disallowed. While costumes can be fun for running, some people would prefer others to cover up. This particular issue is still very much up for discussion, especially in a tropical country such as ours!

I’m looking forward to discussing and drafting some guidelines for good behavior for our local races. From my earlier post and the suggestions above, here are my suggested race etiquette pointers:

  • Observe proper hygiene and attire.
  • Position yourself at the starting area according to ability and expected finish time.
  • Respect the race marshals.
  • Move to one side if you plan to slow down or stop (especially to take selfies).
  • Avoid running more than two abreast.
  • Look before you spit and blow.
  • Throw your used cups into trash bins, or aim for the gutter.
  • Keep the finish area clear.
  • Line up properly for post-race giveaways or activities.

Any other suggestions on race etiquette for Filipinos? What rules for good running behavior at a race do you wish newbies knew? Put it in the comments below!

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