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August 25, 2009 8 comments

LSD DATE: 09.13.2009

Please click the link for the route map:

Please don’t forget to bring lsd essentials (hydration/food/extra socks/extra shirt/headlights).


For more info’s about LSDs click this link -> LONG SLOW DISTANCE

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ITBS vs Me

August 17, 2009 25 comments

ITBS (Iliotibial Band Syndrome) has been plaguing me for weeks. But looking back, I think it started when I joined my first LSD with Takbo.Ph last March 2009. Although I felt the ITBS pain after the run, I was more concerned then with my shin splints. Maybe its because I don’t know what ITBS was back then, I just ignored it.

But after hearing ITBS from fellow runners , , and . And having searched the Net for what it was. I suddenly had this understanding of what not to do to avoid ITBS.

Then came our Km0 to Km56 LSD last August 2, 2009. Now for me, the consequence of doing an LSD is that it will give you more pain than running an official race or even doing a bandit. Why so? Because in an LSD, your running space is limited to the sides of the road which is most of the time uneven.

What I didn’t expect that night was the symptoms of ITBS around KM30. I tried to walk/jog it off upto the next pit stop at WalterMart Dasmarinas, Cavite. But when we started running again, the pain was so unbearable I have to tap-out around KM33-KM34.

ITBS – 1, RodRunn3r – 0

After that LSD, I was already thinking of downgrading my KROUR from 15K to 5K. You know, just to not aggravate the injury. But then again, I already promised to pace some Takbo.Ph peeps specifically , , & . And since it’s chikka pace and ‘s 15K target is 2hrs30mins, bahala na si Lord.

KROUR raceday… I was at the race site around 5:30pm. No, it’s not the excitement. It just so happens that I have work that day and the office closed at around 4:30pm. Since I have my running gear with me, I just decided to go to the race site early to mingle with my friends and to have my gait analyzed at as well.

5mins before the 15K gunstart. , and was with me at the starting pen. But soon after the gunstart was fired, was the only one I was pacing. As soon as we made our first turn, I checked out on . then told me that was pacing her and she said she will be alright.

And so I concentrated on being ‘s pacer, for this was her first 15K. was also pacing with me upto Bayani Road near Heritage park. Somewhere along the way, suddenly upped his pace. I don’t know why… but it seems like he saw . Ehurm…

Once inside the Heritage Park Cemetery, there was this eerie kind of feeling as almost all suddenly went silent. And what a good place and timing for my ITBS symptoms to re-appear.

And so there I was, running on the most flat surface area of the route. Trying to avoid the banks and gutters. It was ME against the ITBS once again. And I’m not going to let it stop me from finishing this race.

I tried everything to keep my mind off from the pain. From playing with my bracelet, to pushing , to saying “Hi” to every I know, to dousing myself with , everything…

Nearing the last 1K was already telling me that she can’t run anymore. Adik?!? Konti na lang eh, ngayon pa nag-inarte??? And so I pushed her some more. From targeting , to targeting the last station, to targeting the 3 intersections, to the last corner, to the last corner, to the finish line…

As we turned towards the finish line, I saw the timer at 2 hrs 00 mins 42 secs. So I pushed even more… I told her, “Wag na natin paabutin ng 2:01 yun timer”. And with all what was left on ‘s strength, she raced with me towards the finish line. And we crossed it under 2:01…

After making sure that was okay. I ran back to check on . And was able to join/pace her together with , , , , , at the last hydration station (Essensa).

Approximately 500M to the finish line, I chanced upon a runner hobbling near the sidewalk. I slowed down a bit and checked to see if she was okay. I never got the chance to introduce myself to her… baka sabihin gumagamit ako ng pick-up line… Instead, I tried talking to her about the race, about looking for an even surface to run on, about the stupid who keeps on at our back. When made a sign at the last turn, I ran towards to join/pace her with the group upto the finish.

We formed a shape nearing the finish line and let cross the line on her own because it was her FINISH…

ITBS – 1, RodRunn3r – 1

Categories: Race, Takbo.Ph, Timex

3 Days of Carbo Loading…

August 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Tonight is the KR Urbanite Run.

Day 1
Some Takbo.Ph peeps had their CLP last thursday, 08.13.2009 at Joey Peppe’s (The Fort). I wasn’t able to join them as it was my sister’s bday. I just thought that since my sister will be making bake mac, I’d rather have a CLP with the family and eat at home na lang.

Downed 3 plates of Bake Mac + 2 slices of Cake + 1 liter of Iced Tea.

Day 2
08.14.2009, it’s my eldest son’s birthday. My wife bought pancit bilao and pork barbeque at Amber’s and cake at Goldilocks.

Downed 2 cups of rice + 2 servings of pancit + 2 pork barbeque + 2 slices of Cake + 1 liter of H2O.

Day 3
08.15.2009, no birthdays. Had lunch at the newly opened AlphaLand “mall”, which is near to where I work. We ate at the Mang Inasal restaurant.

Downed 3.5 cups of rice + 1/2 chicken + Iced Tea.

Carbo loaded…. *burp*

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An Early Halloween Treat from Mang Kenny!

August 10, 2009 9 comments

The maps for the Kenny’s Open ’09 Urbanite Run are finally out!!! Woot-Woot!!!

But what sets this apart from the other races this year? Aside from it will be held at night. The 15K route will pass through the Heritage Park Cemetery. Wehehehe…

Those who will run the 15K will probably have their fastest pace once inside the Heritage Park.

Do I see PBs on August 15? =D

Categories: Race

How To Clean Your Running Shoes

August 8, 2009 8 comments

I was never really a fan of clean rubber shoes.

It started way back when I was in grade school. Whenever I get a new pair, I mask the new shoes by intentionally wiping some dirt on it. You know… just to avoid the schoolmates from noticing it, because if they do they’d be stepping on it every chance they get.

Currently, I have 4 running shoes. 3 pairs are dirty as I don’t wash or clean them except for the soles. 1 pair is new and very very clean.

When I saw my daughter’s dirty rubber shoes I told her, “Why don’t you clean your shoes?”. She answered, “Dad, I only have 1 dirty rubber shoes. You already have 3 and I don’t even see you cleaning them”. Ehurm….

So after a futile attempt from me to tell my daughter to be responsible backfired. Like a grade school student, I began to search the net on how to clean them running shoes.

And here’s what I got:

1. If possible, remove the sock-liner or insole and wash it separately. This will help make the inside of your shoe fresher. Laces can be washed or replaced.

2. Surface dirt such as mud and grit can be cleaned off with an old toothbrush or nail brush, a little warm water and a gentle, anti-grease soap. This should take care of the dirt, and is fine to do once in a while.

3. To dry your shoes, don’t place them near a heating device such as a radiator. Direct heat will alter the shape of the shoe. Open out the shoe and then stuff the inside with kitchen paper or newspaper. The paper will absorb the dampness inside the shoe. A shoe takes about twelve hours to dry out.

Alrighty then… It’s time to put those words into action…

Be right back, I have 4 dirty rubber shoes to clean.

3 is mine, 1 is my daughter’s. Ehurm…

Categories: Shoes, Tips

Paalam Tita Cory

August 1, 2009 Leave a comment
you fought a good fight with the big c
but the Lord has other plans for you now
i was saddened when i heard the news of your passing
but was also happy… for you will no longer be in pain

tonight, i with a handful of runners will run from kmO to km56
and we dedicate this run to you our Tita Cory

paalam at maraming salamat po. =)
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