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Running from Santa Cruz, Laguna to Lucban, Quezon

June 20, 2013 Leave a comment

I admit, I’m a hard head. Case in point, I have a torn ACL and I’ve ran this years BDM 102 (DNF’d at KM76, if I’m not mistaken). I try to always push myself beyond what I should be doing. No, I’m not a fast runner. I just compete with myself, period.

After my DNF at BDM 102, I have no plans in joining an Ultra-marathon this year. I almost collapsed during a 21K race last May. But as fate would have it, my friend Boo offered me a race kit for the L2Q 50KM Ultra-marathon.

It was sort of my “comeback” ultra run. Thoughts running through my mind, envisioning what I should and what I shouldn’t do during the race. I tell myself to just slow down and enjoy the scenery and not be pulled or tempted to run or sprint.

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with Mar (forefootrunner) at the starting line
(photo by Ceres of Team HOB)

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with my teammates (L-R, Bong, Mar, Rej, Me, Boo, Ronald, Thei)
(Photo by Ceres of Team HOB)

The weather in Sta Cruz Laguna was humid for me, and after covering 7KM  I took my shirt off. My 1st time to run half-naked & it was fun!

As expected, there were a lot of uphills and it really forced me to walk. Buti na lang! There were many times I got tempted to run.

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With Boo… Uphill yan, di lang halata.. :p
(Photo by Master Cindy)

Surprisingly, I finished the race without any pain. 🙂

Thank you Boo Toledo & Vivian Cerrer-Toledo for the race kit, accommodation & support. Good times with Tatay too! Master Cindz Sevilla, thanks sa support. Iba talaga ang support ng mother hen. hehe! Ang dami nyo natulungan sa route and to think konti lang ang supplies.

Ultramarathon Prince, boy tsinelas!!! Salamat bro sa pagsama sa amin. 23KM in tsinelas! hehehe

Good job sa L2Q organizer! panalo ang ice cream & GU! overflowing food sa aid stations! Roving ambulance na hindi nakaka-nerbiyos!

Congrats sa lahat ng L2Q finishers!

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ALASKA World Milk Day Run

June 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Running a 10K at the ALASKA World Milk Day Run was sort of refreshing. I’ve ran a handful of 10K’s, but I think this is the first 10K race I ran that started early at 5AM. It benefited the runners as the weather usually turns humid at 6AM.

The organizers also included the McKinley Parkway for the 10K. I think it was the first time that the area was used for a race.

The water stations needs improvement though, as it was a bit small of an area for me. If there were 10 runners who will get water simultaneously, that area will get clogged.

When I finished my race, I was able to get my loot bags without any hassle. The challenge I saw was on the shorter distance participants as they have to fall in line just to get Gatorade after finishing.

Photo-ops was on hand to take great pictures of the event. They were practically in every corner of the event. You can check out great photos at photo-ops.com.ph

Although the weather got hot after the race, many still braved the sun and watched the awarding ceremony. It also helped that TV’s and Airfare’s were to be raffled off. 🙂

*** PRESS RELEASE ***

ALASKA CELEBRATES FIRST EVER WORLD MILK DAY IN THE PHILIPPINES

June 1 is World Milk Day! As the leading milk company in the Philippines that provides Filipino families superior and affordable nutrition, Alaska Milk Corporation spearheads the first ever celebration of World Milk Day in the country.

The Alaska World Milk Day provides a great opportunity to reinforce importance of drinking milk and healthy lifestyle and bring it at the forefront of consumer awareness. And with the series of exciting activities lined up for the World Milk Day, Alaska Milk encourages children and adults alike to get into the habit of drinking milk and engage into sports activities to achieve optimum health.

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Allow us to share with you some alarming health problems. Nutrition disorders such as malnutrition and obesity are particularly rampant with children. They interfere with the child’s growth and development which could lead to serious health problems. Based on a 2008 survey of the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one in ten adults are obese. Obesity and being overweight are the fifth leading risk for global deaths. And what is alarming is that even children are experiencing overweight issues as nearly 43 million children are overweight based 2010 WHO data.

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In another study conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), a survey was initially conducted among Pre-school children, adolescents, adults, pregnant and lactating mothers. The objectives were to assess the nutritional status of 0-10 years old children, 11-19 years olds, pregnant and lactating women, and other adults 20 years and over using anthropometric indicators of growth and to compare results from previous surveys. Again, results show that there is a problem on malnutrition which is a condition resulting from lack of or excess of one or more essential nutrients.

Common nutritional problems of Filipino children include protein-energy malnutrition, iron deficiency anemia, vitamin A deficiency disorders and iodine deficiency disorders. Side by side with these forms of undernutrition is overnutrition.

So how can we assure that our children are well-nourished? One must never skip breakfast and a good breakfast is one that provides about 1/3 of the total energy and nutrient requirements of the child. Children should be encouraged to drink milk with a well-balanced breakfast combined with physical activities like walking, running, dancing, swimming, housework and sports in and out of school.

June 2013 marks the milestone of the first-ever Alaska World Milk Day. Various exciting activities were lined-up to celebrate and promote good health! The celebration kicked off last June 1 with the Alaska IronKids Run Race in SM Mall Of Asia (IMAX Parking Area) and the Alaska World Milk Day Sampling in Glorietta Malls. June 9 witnessed Alaska World Milk Day Family Run where more than 3,000 participants raced at 3k, 5k, 10k. As early as 4am, families gathered at the Bonifacio Global City in preparation for the run.Families ran and crossed the finish line together making the event a great family bonding opportunity! Aside from the race, children also had fun in the booths and activity area such as the inflatable, trampoline and joust. The 10k category proved to be more challenging as the race course included the Buendia flyover.More than 3,000 participated in the fun run which translated to a donation of more than 3,000 packs of Alaska Powdered Milk Drink to the Children’s Hour which was represented by Ms. Mikki Montenegro, Marketing and Communications Associateof Children’s Hour. As in previous events, there was also the Alaska milk moustache photo shoot where everyone eagerly participated in.

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The success of the Alaska World Milk Day celebrations were made possible with the support ofAyala Malls, Solar Sports, Basketball TV, Solar News, Akari nxled, Glorietta, Gatorade, Downy, BGC, Walter Bread, and Maynilad and Children’s Hour as the beneficiary.

For more information about Alaska World Milk Day, visit www.alaskamilk.com, www.alaskaworldmilkday.com. For live tweets and updates follow us at @ALASKAsportshub

Alaska IronKids Run Event

June 8, 2013 Leave a comment

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It’s good to be a kid!  Better if you are an active kid! And best if you are an Alaska IronKid!

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Alaska IronKids Run Race Thropies

Last June 1, I watched young kids aged 6 to 14 years old compete in the Alaska IronKids Run Race event that happened at the SM Mall Of Asia grounds. I saw kids who have the makings of an elite athlete.

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At the starting line of the 8-10 age category

I was also fortunate to talk to Coach “Ringo” Borlain, father of elite kid Tara Borlain (poster kid of Alaska IronKids).

Coach Borlain was my P.E. professor back in college. (Don’t ask the year, baka ipitin ako ng biceps ni Coach… hehehe.) We had a long talk (I’ll ask permission if I can write most of it), but in essence Coach Borlain said that it’s great that Alaska came up with these kind of events only for kids.

Coach Borlain also said not to put pressure on kids and let them enjoy. Although Tara, I think is in another level. I even heard her say that she wasn’t able to beat her target time. And this coming from the first placer on her age category! I can see from her face that she was disappointed. But when Coach Borlain hugged and told her that she did great, Tara beamed with a smile (sayang di ko nakunan ng picture).

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Tara, before crossing the finish line

Next event for Alaska IronKids will be on June 30 (Aquathlon), Aug 3 (Triathlon) and Oct 20 (Triathlon). For more information please check out http://ironkidsphil.com/2013/

And now, more pictures from the event!

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