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Endurance Run: A True Test on Patience and Perseverance

Here’s a thought:  How many 3.2KM loops can you do in 12 hours?  If you can do 42KMs in 5 hours, can you finish 84KMs in 12 hours or around (26) 3.2KM loops?  Can you still have the patience to maintain almost the same pace from 6 am to 6 pm?  Will it be by foot or by bike?  Welcome to the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2013 Race…

Come September 14 (Sat.), participants will course will run through the hills, trails and paved roads of Filinvest City – a 3.2-km route.  The next day (September 15), participants for the bike category will pedal through the same route, again, from 6 am to 6 pm.


Check this out…

The Race : 12 hr Trail Run

When: September 14, 6am to 6pm

Expected number of racers: 300-500 pax



16-19 years old

20-29 years old

30-39 years old

40-49 years old

50 years old and above


16-19 years old

20-29 years old

30-39 years old

40-49 years old

50 years old and above


The Race : 12 hr MTB Race

When: September 15, 6am to 6pm

Expected number of racers: max of 300


All-Men Category – Each team will have three (all men) racers (for amateur and novice racers only)

Mixed Category – Each team will have three (men and women) racers (for amateur and novice racers only)

Solo – Individual category, MEN ONLY (open for professional, amateur and novice racers)

•16-19 years old

•20-29 years old

•30-39 years old

•40-49 years old

•50 years old and above

* A team shall consist of three racers; for the mixed category, at least one member should be female


Registration Fee (RUN)

Early Registration

(Aug 3-17)

Regular Registration

(Aug 18-31)

Late Registration

(Sept 1-8)

P750 P900 P1,200

Registration Fee (BIKE)

Early Registration

(Aug 3-17)

Regular Registration

(Aug 18-31)

Late Registration

(Sept 1-8)

Solo: P800

Team: P2,500

Solo: 1,200

Team: 3,000

Solo: 1,800

Team: 4,000

Registration Sites

The Starting Line Multisport Store

402B Autocluster Bldg. A, Westgate Center, Filinvest City Muntinlupa

Tel No: 828-7679

Cycling Zone

Shell Pacific Gas Station, Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa


Velocipede Bike Shop

Unit B, Royale Place Arcade (Beside Ever Gotesco Commonwealth)

Tel No: 351-8488

Bike King

Bonifacio High Street ,

Tel. No: 856-3362

Secondwind Running Store

88 Malingap Street, Teachers Village QC;

Tel No: 238-4005

Unit 3A, Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas, Pasig City;

Tel No: 914-0283

Unit GS 107 G-Strip Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan

Tel No: 945-7850

Awards and Prizes


•Top 3 in Overall Men and Women shall be awarded with cash prizes and medals;

•Top 3 per age group shall be awarded with receive medals


•Top 3 in All-Men, Mixed, and Overall Solo categories shall be awarded with cash prizes and medals;

•Top 3 per age group in Solo category shall be awarded with receive medals

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RUNdom Notes


with Van, Tina & Dennis by the finish line…

10K PR.  Last Saturday (Aug. 10), I was able to finish a good 10-km race at the Buddy Run which was postponed last July due to heavy rains.  At 48:40, it’s my fastest official time for a 10K.  I was quite lucky to have Van, a Milo Apex friend as my pacer (or pusher/puller/motivator) for without his encouraging words (“you’re not pushing yourself hard enough” or “ why are you complaining too much?”), I would have easily walked into the finish line.  I was already struggling with my breathing rhythm at midway and slowing down longer than I should at the water stations.  So I guess a little push was what I needed since I  hardly had any difficulty on my legs.  With a glorious finish and caboodles of goodies, it’s one of my most memorable runs in recent memory.

fun, fun, fun at the fit & fun run...

fun, fun, fun at the fit & fun run…

A few weeks before this was another 10K run (the MC Cool Run, I know – very creative) and I forgot the meaning of pacing.  With so many participants hiking up from the starting line, I easily pushed hard and fast at the outset of the race.  I thought I was strong and was destined for a new PR but Katipunan was ascending towards UP and Tandang Sora so by the time I made the turn around, I was wasted and just sustaining whatever energy I still have left.  I finished at 54 minutes and I knew it’s time to change my game plan.


rush, rush…

MILO, finally.  The Milo Marathon is one of the highlights in my running calendar every year so after being sidelined 2 days before the big day in 2012(due to dengue), it was some kind of triumph to find myself at the starting line, minus the lashing winds and rains from 2 years ago.  Instead, I had a renewed vigor and excitement, perhaps from my recent strong finish in Stockholm.  The weather was perfect, though some rain drops would have helped cool down my overheating body.  Again, it was Van who took me along the darkened boulevard of Roxas with its hilly overpasses into Buendia Avenue.  21KMs registered at 1:56 which was minutes far from a 4:05 target for me to qualify in my age group.


Imagine you’re in space, floating like a leaf…concentrate, child!

But we continued to trudge on with wisps of 2nd winds to push me through the Fort area.  At this point, mild slivers of cramping were already getting evident as I tried to ward them off with sprays of liniment along the route.  By the time the monster brought out its sheer power, I was already doing my walk breaks along Buendia.  I had to let go of Van at KM34 since I was already weighing him down (actually since KM10 when my pace started slowing down bit by bit).  I just kept remembering how long I trained for this day to come so I let the heart/mind, in place of my fatigued and cramping legs, take over.


when the cramping gets tough, the tough gets going…

So it was a walk/run routine as we finally entered the reclamation area with the sun already starting to get piercingly hot.  At the final meters, where all the photographers were strewn all over, I mustered enough strength to keep the running in countinuous motion with bouts of cramping in between.  It was a valiant attempt in looking strong but the pictures told another thing.  I was really aiming to breaking my PR on this (after dashing my hopes for a qualifying time) but I’m not complaining with 4:25:10.  It’s my 13th full marathon and to survive it in one piece is a triumphant moment in my running history.  I have to for the next week, I was at the…


Cebu warriors…from the House Martell

Ironman, 70.3.  That’s in Cebu and it’s my first time to be part of a Triathlon team.  In this case, it’s Team Sunspear (though the initial name was ‘Miko and dentist friends’ – very smart, Miko).  Our dictum – Unbowed. Unbent. Unbroken.  (that’s from Game of Thrones’ House Martell).  Anyway, Miko did the bike portion (at 1.5KM) while Doc Minnie was our biker, doing the 90KM route.  We stayed in Cebu at a dentist friend’s (Dr. Florante Labitan) guest house so accomodations was a breeze.  At 2:04, my 21KM run was quite slow since the sky was unexpectedly overcast and the route had great views all around.  But I had fun running and witnessing how participants who have gone through the swim and bike parts can still slug it out on the road.ImageImage

At P4,800, this is probably my most expensive 21KM run but it’s all worth it.  Let me count the ways:

  1.  It was a nice chance to bond with old running/ultrarunning friends and team mates from Boring & Kulit.
  2. It was a great showcase of how Cebuanos (and Filipinos in general) would stage an international competition.  Tag words:  over-the-top, hospitality to the max,  genuine fondness/support for triathlon, impressive route
  3. If only for the freebies & facilities before, during and after the race, Ironman Philippines is something I would recommend runner/sports enthusiasts to experience in their lifetime.   Noteworthy are the all-out carbo-loading meals in Shangri-la Mactan, 3 cold pools and showers post-race and more food and full meals at the finish line as demigods of showbiz/politics/sports hobnob with lowly Juans like us.
  4. Showbiz touch.  Anne, Piolo, Georgina, Kuya Kim, Matteo, Erwan, Pia – the list just keeps going…not everyone would be seen battling out during the race but it’s enough eye-candy to keep me interested and to try hard to approximate their looks/build, to no avail, of course.
  5. The mild mannered tri-athlete.  Now these are words which I never thought would come together in my vocabulary.  With the level of skills and endurance triathletes have, I thought they would be the smug and arrogant lot but they’re the complete opposite, save for a few.  I sat next to elite Arland Macasieb during the race briefing and he was just there sitting modestly by the floor.  Plus, the apologies I got during my minor collisions in the race was enough to tell me that these are decent people (though, I did notice some athletes blocking the narrow transition area a number of times).  I wished it was the same during the last Milo marathon.
  6. Respect.  Whether you did not finish, barely made the cut or finished strong, triathletes have my utmost respect (and maybe envy).  I mean, for you to show up at the starting area with the stormy waves before you takes a lot of nerve and chutzpah.  Now where can I order gumption, courage and grit?  I’m sorry, I have the thesaurus by my side.



done, mommy….

So do I plan to TRI it soon?  Not really.  I’m too scared of figuring into a bike accident and lose my daytime job but I’m not closing my book.  Besides, I have trail running to keep me busy when the road becomes wearisome.  Last Sunday, though, I survived an open water mini-race with running friends and I seemed to have enjoyed it.  So, who knows?


Ready for my crucifixion pose…

Training.   So how do I survive many of my road races?  Blame it to my almost daily runs during the weekdays with my Voltes Team where we run regularly our 13-km route.  I’ve reduced it to 2-3 days to make up for my 7-8 hours of sleeping.   For conditioning and strengthening, it’s the drills and routines we do twice a week at the Milo Apex with Coach Jim Saret at QC Circle (up to July, resuming in September) that really pushes me to my limits, especially during our speed runs.  For some flexibility, I visit my gym (Slimmer’s World) for yoga and some weight training.  A new Gold’s gym just opened near the clinic so I’m spending more time for some Pilates and less hardcore but equally effective gym routine.  So there.  Of course, all of these will change once the trails come a-calling.  And that starts some time in September…can’t wait.

Photography by Les Lestsky Photography, WAFU Photography, Running Photographers & Tina Cunanan

Tina, Toto, Dennis, Chris & Bon, volting in!

Tina, Toto, Dennis, Chris & Bon, volting in!

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Snippets of my Stockholm Tour/Marathon


Last June 1, 2013, I did my 12th Full Marathon, and it was a windy, freezing finish at the Stockholm Olympic Stadion.  It marks a lot of firsts not only in my running but also travel history. 153250-846159-381530

P1030462a.  It’s my first time to travel alone and stay in a hostel.  Inside some old non-descript neo-classical building at Skeppsborn (the old city in an island) in Stockholm, Best Hostel was reached after a series of winding stairs reminiscent of some old French film.  I was deposited inside a large room filled with IKEA double beds along with 11 my co-hostel occupants, both of the male and female of species.  I never imagined I would be able to get a good sleep, especially before the marathon but I did – no irritating phone/electronic gadgets in the middle of the night, none of the sudden blinding light inside the room and hardly any human sounds like snoring or farting.  It was a polite, civilized and safe 3 days for me, which perhaps helped me in my run.  I never imagined of travelling Europe on a bargain but it can be with a little imagination, fewer expectations and some creative research.

new friends from Spain, Colombia and Mexico...ole!

new friends from Spain, Colombia and Mexico…ole!

a short walk from the hostel...

a short walk from the hostel…

b.  Europe on the Cheap.  Food, travel and shopping in the Swedish capital can really burn a hole in one’s pockets so I found some nifty ways to maintain my Stockholm budget on check.   Subway and Falafel are sandwiches of western & eastern origins, respectively but they were my go-to meals for they were both filling, yummy, healthy and inexpensive.  I did one boat tour on the city’s many islands and islets and was able to visit the Vasa Museum (an old ship ressurected to its titanic glory), the Stockholm Museum of Modern Art, Djurgarden and the various design/furniture stores– all impressive and worthy sites. P1030608


sign o' the times

sign o’ the times


one verdant shot…

But for most of my time roaming the city, I relied on my two feet to take me from one destination to another.  The old city (Gamla Stan) with its winding streets was just a few meters away from my hotel and the city center was only a 15-minute walk.  But what I enjoyed the most was getting lost in Stockholm and finding quaint surprises at every turn – the seaside street going up the hill with its panoramic view of the city and the quiet streets near downtown with its small shops of lighting and furniture merchandise,  come to mind.



c.  Running 42.5KM at 12 noon.

recon walk...a day before the race.

recon walk…a day before the race.

Pluses:  Ample sleep in normal cycle (10 pm to 7 am) – now try that in  Milo/Condura Marathon

Normal Schedule in the bathroom and the dining table

Cool, cloudy weather, at least at the first 10 kms.

Awesome sights and exuberant cheering Swedes in every street corner

Well stocked hydration/food stations with well-manned medical teams


Cold, rainy weather from KM20 onwards, thus, the gloomy atmosphere

Cold, cold, cold especially after crossing the finish line and the body started cooling downasm2

More details  of this on the September issue of Frontrunner.

d.  Finishing a Personal Best in the face of inclement weather conditionsasm6

4:14:25 – it’s unexpected, surprising and bewildering since I battled cramping and did a lot of walking during the race.

tack så mycket, Sweden!

Do watch this video for a close view of my struggles in the streets of Stockholm.  Music is ‘Alive’ by Empire of the Sun (yup from the movie title by Steven Spielberg featuring a young Christian Slater, pre-American Psycho).

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Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2013


ImageA few days before going to Cebu (July 31), I was invited to the Bloggers’ Launch of the Men’s Health Urbanathlon.  The venue was the 100 Miles Cafe, owned and operated by fellow BDM 160 finisher Jael Wencelao.  More than the loot bags, giveaways and the yummy servings of pasta and breadsticks, it was a fine time to meet up and rekindle bonds with fellow bloggers.   The short program was hosted by the wacky Arlo with Men’s Health editor-in-chief Peejo Pilar in the sidelines.  The forum outlined the new obstacles included, the race route and the various distances.  I will be doing the 21, so help me God.

For me, the Men’s Health Urbanathlon is one of the most exciting and anticipated road races in Metro’s run calendar since it would surely be testing the participants’ endurance and perseverance not only in running but hurdling the 10 (!) obstacles – this time longer, higher and definitely more testy.  So good luck to all participants!  Registration started last August 1 and two Bootcamps on Aug 7 & 14 are scheduled at the Mercato Central BGC for those who would want a feel of the obstacles.

For those registered already, we have a month and a half to strengthen and condition not only our legs but our shoulders and arms for the big battle on September 29 at the Mall of Asia.  Good luck to everyone and May the Odds be Ever in our Favor!!!

Bloggers donning their funky Urbanathlon bandanas...

Bloggers donning their funky Urbanathlon bandanas…

Check out the race details below:

Bigger obstacles and a tougher course for this year’s Men’s Health Urbanathlon

The country’s first obstacle-laden race is back promising an even tougher course this 2013. The Men’s Health Urbanathlon is happening on September 29 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds. This unique event combines the rigors of a run with the tough nature of traversing numerous obstacles in an urban setting.

Participants can choose to join either the 5, 10, or 21 KM categories.  This year’s set of obstacles promises to challenge racers even more.  Aside from the 8-foot wall, scaffolding maze, and monkey bars, you’ll have to go over an 8-foot container van, climb a 12-feet high rope, and conquer a 50-foot net stretched over a bus on your way to the finish line.

Registration for the event opens on August 1 and ends on September 25 at the following places: 360 Fitness Club Ortigas, Makati, and Quezon City, ROX at Bonifacio High Street, and Gold’s Gym in Alabang. To help prepare racers for this tough event, Men’s Health is also holding an Urbanathlon Boot Camp on August 7 and 14 at Mercato Centrale, Bonifacio Global City. Here you get to try the obstacles as well as get tips and sample workouts to help strengthen your resolve in time for race day.

ImageAre you ready to become an Urbanathlete?

For more information and updates, grab a copy of the August 2013 issue of Men’s Health available in all leading bookstores and newsstands nationwide. Like Men’s Health Philippines on Facebook via or follow us on twitter @menshealthph. You may also visit to subscribe.

By the way, Finishers will be rewarded with the following goodies:

Snacks from Century Tuna

Hydration from Gatorade

Finishers shirts from Bo’ Athletics

Finishers medals

Certificate of completion

Urbanathlon 21k Finishers Caps (21k only)