Archive for November, 2009

Race Review: 1st Jacinto Velez Memorial Run, November 22

This event marks my second to the last road race in Cebu. There’s a little story before I event to this event, actually… =P

The night before the event my office colleagues and I went out to a bar since it’s the last week for some of us temporarily based here. We went to the IT Park where we had ourselves a couple of rounds and practically danced all night long while holding bottles of alcohol on our hands. As a rule, a runner must not ingest any alcohol the night before the run as dehydration is highly likely to occur, causing him/her to weak for the most part. Even though the race was scheduled at 530AM, we still partied until 330AM Sunday morning. Being that it would be a stupid decision to get any more sleep, I decided to go shotgun – upon reaching home I immdiately got dressed, had myself half a liter of water to flush out any alcohol remaining in the bloodstream, and downed a bottle of Gatorade to get energy pumping into my system. Initially, I had that fear that something will go wrong while running, but what the hell – this was an important race so might as well gun it.

Upon reaching the starting line at 430AM, I immediately registered. Thankfully the folks there allow for onsite registration. I was starting to feel the morning chill while waiting for the starting gun so I had to keep myself moving. Good thing that the organizers pitched in a warm-up session – after that, I couldn’t feel any better. Suddenly I felt my blood rising. But even though I was pumped, I couldn’t risk getting heart failure after coming from a party without sleeping. Thus, I set the pace zones of the Garmin between 6:30 to 7:00 min/km.

The gun starts blasted around 615AM, with rainy skies hanging above our heads. This provided a cool start for all of us so it’s no wonder many runners gave it their all during the first few kilometers. It wasn’t that humid and their was a cool breeze blowing against us. I was surprised when I checked the splits during the first 3K – I went beyond the maximum pace zone, hahaha. On the next few kilometers I completed slowed down because it was an uphill course. Besides, I served as a pacer for a 10K first timer. We took the hills together gradually while keeping her company. I didn’t mind the slow splits we were having – it does feel good to be a pacer no matter how slow you might get. =) Upon reaching the apex of the course (and the halfway point as well), she thanked me for helping her conquer the hill, though she was panting heavily. From there I resumed my regular pace and sped on the downhill section of the race route, with rainshowers dissipating my body heat all the way until KM9.5. The approach to KM10 located at Mango Square was another uphill, steeper and tougher than the road to the halfway point of the course. It was also at this point that I realized that the course was going to be overshot, so I told myself to take it easy once the GF 305 reads its 10th lap. From then on I maximized the walk breaks I had until reaching the highest point of Mango Square. Once I was done I resumed running again back to the finish line, where I finished with a relatively good time of 1:18:54, covering a total distance of 11.39K.

Yup, it was indeed a good run. Though I had several amounts of contraband before this race and though I had no sleep at all, I still had the energy to run. In fact, after coming home from the race I couldn’t get sleep immediately, resulting to me being awake for more than 34 hours. =P My sleepiness only kicked on at sunset. But rest assured that I will never race after coming straight from a party. Although I have proven that my body can take it, what I did was quite risky. Don’t worry, it won’t happen again – for now. =P

Here’s my review of the race:

D (direction) – the route will take you to the following:
> from the starting line, right to F. Ramos
> right to Imus Avenue
> right to Osmena Boulevard
> upon reaching Puente Osmena, go right at Robinson’s leading to Maxilom
> left at Gorordo
> conquer the uphill route then go right at JY Square to Salinas Drive
> go straight downhill to access Juan Luna
> right at M. J. Cuenco upon reaching Mabolo Church
> right at Maxilom upon reaching Carreta Cemetery
> beat the uphill then left to F. Ramos again to access the finish line

Visual representation as follows:

It’s a brand new 10K route, but difficulty is placed at medium due to 4K worth of uphill stretch. Still, it’s a route worth taking when doing training runs.

R (registration) – take your pick: either register onsite or one of the allocated registration centers. Either way, there’s no chance you can miss this race.

U (uhaw) – lots of water on this race so no need for a hydration belt.

M (money) – 150 bucks gets you your usual race bib, map, and singlet. Though its a good offer, I wasn’t able to get my singlet because they ran out of it. Oh well. =)

S (safety) – volunteers/marshalls from the Cebu Road Runners Club (CRRC) assisted all runners along the way in terms of traffic control and race guidance. They’ll even let you run on the middle of the road. Just look for that yellow flag and you won’t get lost. =)

Here are the splits that I incurred…


Thanks again to Dr. Raymond Reel Bontol for organizing this race. Will see you soon (along with Atty. Haide) in the Cebu City Marathon next year.

Cebu Run Route # 13: “The Cathedral”

Another Cebu run route completed last night.


When looked at a map, the route is really aptly named for its shape. =P

Total distance of the route covers a flat 10K, traversing on national roads. Be warned though, this is no easy 10K course. There are lots of gradual uphill roads here, especially once you reach Gorordo Avenue. You’ll need that strength and spirit – but of course, if all else fails, you can always go for a walk break, which I did before and after reaching KM6 and 7. Thankfully it was raining last night so the remainder of the route proved to be easy (add to the fact that it was a downhill track). Like always, I ran this one without the help of a hydration belt, so weariness and exhaustion came in just before I reached the halfway point.

I chose to run this course because there are some parts of it that comprise the official 10K route for my final race in Cebu this Sunday. (Yes folks, come this Sunday, I’ll be participating in my last race here in Cebu – my second to the last one, to be exact – before I officially go back to Manila. The official last race is slated for 10 January 2010 – the Cebu City Marathon, of which I plan to do 21K.) So might as well familiarize an re-familizrize myself with the route so that I don’t get shocked come race day.

Memorize these if you want to take on the course:
> condominium
> left to F. Cabahug
> right at Hernan Cortes upon seeing Alpa City Suites
> right at Lopez Jaena upon reaching the wet market/flyover
> straight to Mabolo Church
> right at Maxilom, slightly slowing down before reaching the fork
> right at Gorordo to reach JY Square
> right to Salinas Drive all the way to Juan Luna
> left at F. Cabahug all the way back to the condominium

Here were my splits. Again, they were very uneven. The pace times in the middle of the route indicates slow-but-sure attacks on the uphill portion. But I sped up again once reaching the downhill portions. =)


This should be enough preparation for my 10K race this weekend. Hmmmm, maybe I can pitch up a 5K tempo run tonight. We’ll see.

RUNNR Cebu To Postpone Opening to December 2009

The original planned date for RUNNR Cebu’s opening was supposed to be today (or tonight, as the case may be). However, as shared by Nicole of Toby’s, there were problems with store construction.

Due to this, RUNNR Cebu’s opening will be slated to the first week of December 2009. Too bad I would have officially gone back to Manila by then… =(

Actively running Cebuanos can now look forward to the opening come December – and have for themselves a merry running Christmas, thanks to new running gear. Hehehehe! =)

Cebu Run Route # 12: “The Trailer”

It’s been a long time since I did Cebu running routes. I have to admit, for the most part, I have been using the same routes I have uploaded before or I do my runs on a treadmill. Sometimes I don’t even get to run at all because of the recent increase of intensity at work. Thankfully, last Monday, I was able to accomplish another long run in relatively good conditions. I apologize for posting this only now – I have a good excuse for it.

Here’s the route that I took…


This may well be one of the remaining run routes in Cebu that I will be posting in the next few days as my stay in here is about to come to a close. So I will do my best to make some more in my remaining days here so that other runners may try it out. The route has the shape of trailers that are connected together – hence, the route’s name. Like any of my previous run routes, this is quite carbon-loaded as 95% of it passes on major thoroughfares. There are also a few dark spots so be aware of where you’re going and what you’re stepping on. So if you wish to give this a shot, here’s a tip – BE CAREFUL.

Nevertheless, this is a relatively challenging route, providing an even mix of flatland and uphill. Don’t worry about getting dehydrated in this route since this one has my most hydration stops by far.

To take on this route, memorize the following course.
> condominium
> left to F. Cabahug
> right at Hernan Cortes upon seeing Alpa City Suites
> right at Lopez Jaena upon reaching the wet market/flyover
> right at the Hipodromo section to reach Samar Loop
> left at Archbishop Reyes
> left at Gorordo on the way to Maxilom
> right at Maxilom, just after Jollibee
> straight to Puente Osmena
> right at Osmena Boulevard on the way to the Capitol
> left at Escario
> right at the road leading to M. Velez
> left at M. Velez
> left at V. Rama
> left at B. Rodriguez
> left at Osmena Boulevard to reach the Capitol again
> right at Escario
> go straight until you reach Ayala
> left at Siquijor until you get back to Ayala
> left at Archbishop Reyes
> from here it’s a free-for-all – you can then take small roads leading back to the condominium to attain a 15K (like what is shown on the map)

All in all, this course totals 15K, good for a long run.

I’ll be posting another long run route soon – it will take us once again to the airport. =)

Here are my splits when I did this run.




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Run Against the Elements on 24 January 2010

Sourced from Ally Lim, Project Head, Run Against the Elements:

Ateneo’s Collegiate Society of Advertising (COSA) will be having its first-ever Fun Run on January 24, 2010 (Sunday) at the Ateneo campus grounds called, “RUN AGAINST THE ELEMENTS: Ateneo COSA Fun Run 2010″ (3/5/10K) with our slogan: Stand Up to Climate Change. We have partnered with social entrepreneur, Illac Diaz, who started “Design Against the Elements.” This is an international design competition that responds to the call for social and climate adaptation by building sustainable homes. This was launched to international architects last June 16, 2009 at the Institute of International Education (IIE) at the United Nations Plaza in New York with the support of the IIE, the Philippine Consulate, Gov. Lray Villafuerte, Gawad Kalinga, United Architects of the Philippines and My Shelter Foundation.

Cebu City Marathon Registration NOW OPEN!

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Make yourself part of this historic road race! =D