Thursday, September 18, 2014

Egg Power Run Half Marathon

January 11, 2015
Bonifacio Global City

It’s time to change your mind about the often misunderstood egg!

The Philippine Egg Board Association invites everyone to join the first ever Egg Power Run Half Marathon on January 11, 2015 in Bonifacio Global City with 3km, 5km, 10km, and 21km categories.

This event aims to promote the goodness of egg and its benefits being high in protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

Egg Power Run Half Marathon is open to all – from fun runners to serious runners preparing for the prestigious local marathons Condura Skyway Marathon and The Bull Runner Dream Marathon.  

As a challenge, all runners will be given raw egg at the Start Line. Each runner must keep their egg from breaking. Upon reaching the Finish Line, runners with whole egg will get more eggs to take home!  Additional 3 eggs for 3km finishers, 6 eggs for 5km, 9 eggs for 10km, and a dozen for the half marathoners will be given.  Runners who opt not to bring their eggs to the Finish Line may leave the eggs at the nearest water stations.  No whole egg at the finish line, no additional eggs will be given.

Finishers medals will be given to 10km and 21km Finishers, while finisher shirts will be given to 21km category.




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Good Vibes everyone and Sweet Running! ^_^

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Filipina Ironwoman to Compete at Challenge Roth Triathlon in Germany. Philippine Ironman record-holder Ani De Leon-Brown aims to be first Filipina finisher

Ironwoman Ani De Leon-Brown will make a bid to be the first Filipina to finish DATEV Challenge Roth—the world’s biggest long-distance triathlon event, in Germany on July 20. Brown joins around 3,500 individual starters and 650 relay teams from over 60 countries.
“I am so excited to join Challenge Roth. This race will be quite historic for me as it has some parallels with my quest in 2008 to be the First Filipina to finish in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, on the race’s 30th anniversary. It is the 30thyear anniversary of Challenge Roth this year also,” said Brown, who has completed at least 10 Ironman distance races here and abroad.
Prior to the upcoming Challenge Roth, Brown competed at the Ironman Melbourne in March this year, where she set the Philippine Ironman Record with a time of 11:08.
"My record-setting finish at Ironman Melbourne was a great way to mark my 20th year as a triathlete. I am hoping and praying that I will be able to pull off a sub-11 finish at DATEV Challenge Roth. That would really be a feat for me!" said Brown, who is a member of Unilab Active Health Triathlon Team.
From her days as a member of the swim team of the University of the Philippines (UP) to her joining her first Ironman Distance Race in Matabungkay in 2002, Brown has become popular in the local triathlon scene as a coach and athlete. Thus, her bid at DATEV Challenge Roth interests both her supporters as well as fellow triathletes.
“I am thankful for all the encouragement that I am getting from my family, friends and fellow triathletes. My supporters and sponsors have also been very generous. I am blessed and honored to represent our country at DATEV Challenge Roth,” said Brown.
Since its first race in September 1984, DATEV Challenge Roth is considered as the “heart of the triathlon” and is expected to attract over 220,000 spectators this year. The competition will start with a 3.8 kilometers swim in the Main-Donau-Canal, followed by a 180 kilometers bike race and a final marathon of 42 kilometers.
Maximum finish time is 15 hours for single starters and 13.45 hours for relay teams. The current world record, which was actually established in Roth, is 7:41:33 by Andreas Raelert in 2011.              

Monday, May 5, 2014

Sweet Life On Modified Paleo Diet

I know this is long overdue but as I promised from my last blog post, I'm gonna share with you how I do my Paleo Diet. I would just like to reiterate first that I went into this diet not because I am for weight loss. My main goal is to gain mass and control my blood sugar for overall well being.

That being said, lets get to our topic straight. I first learned about this diet from bodybuilders at the gym. I heard them say that it is good for building muscles and losing the fat. Ofcourse I got so interested I researched on it.

What is Paleo Diet? According to Wikipedia, “The paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritionalplan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years which ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture and grain-based diets. In common usage, the term "paleolithic diet" can also refer to actual ancestral human diets, insofar as these can be reconstructed.

Centered on commonly available modern foods, the contemporary "Paleolithic diet" consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils. “

Since this diet is made by the westerns, the food samples that are available online are only those in line with their food choices.  Tried searching for Paleo recipes meant for Filipino diet but there’s none available. So what I did is study the components of this diet, the nature of the food we have here and tweak them for my benefit.

Paleo is really easy. It’s mainly “Low carb, high fiber, high fat and high protein”. Here’s a simple chart I follow to determine if the food is Paleo or not:

Before I went Paleo, I did a Ketogenic Diet to reset my system from “Carb burning” to a ‘Fat burning” machine. To enter the Ketogenic Phase, you need to eat food without any form of carbohydrates for a certain amount of days. I did this for about 5 days while continuously monitoring my blood sugar for lows and surprisingly I was in the normal range the whole time.

After the reset I shifted to Paleo and it has been 6 months since. I tried my best to stick to the diet that it has become a lifestyle. I do not follow Strict Paleo Diet. I still eat peanuts and soy based products because it is cheap and locally available everywhere.

I know what you’re thinking and yes, I haven’t had rice since. For a typical Filipino, I know it will be so hard to completely eliminate rice from the diet because it is our staple food. What I did is replace rice with lots and lots of vegetables until I am full to the extent that I would have to skip it. It’s so hard at first and it takes a lot to get used to, but it can be done.

I do Modified Paleo Diet, I do not restrict myself to some dairy, soy and legumes based food. I just stay away from starches and processed food. It's really blood sugar that I regulate that's why I made a diet shift to this. To give you an idea on what I eat, here are some samples of what I eat in different times of the day: (I use Coconut Oil in my food)

Sample Breakfast: 1 Chicken leg, 2 Fried Eggs and Stir Fried String Beans and Tofu.

Sample Lunch 1: Pork Sauteed in Vinegar and Sigarilyas in Coconut Milk

Sample Lunch 2: Fried Fish and Sauteed Beans and Carrots.

Sample Lunch 3: Tortang Talong and Fried Fish

Sample Lunch 4: Fried Milkfish and Fried Eggplant

Sample Dinner 1: Fried Sweet Potato and Barbeque Sticks

Sample Dinner 2: Chicken Adobo and Stir Fried Kangkong.

I love food, so much that you will always see me munching something, and until now I still do. Some of my favorite snacks are as follows:

1. Boiled Banana Plantain
2. Fried Sweet Potato Chips (seldom)
3. Happy Peanuts (Blue, retails around 26-30 pesos) This is not Paleo, but is locally available.
4. Tong Garden Pumpkin Seed (Available at The Landmark and Market! Market! Grocery, around 22-25 pesos per pack)
5. Oishi Baked Porky Pops (This is air popped chicharon. Small pack is 15 pesos, big pack is 29 pesos)
6. Lapid's Chicharon (seldom)
7. Banana Chips
8. Hard Boiled Egg (Frequent, as in my replacement if there's no breakfast)
9. MACAROONS (with a double "o")

Diet is not suppose to restrict you from eating, it's about making food choices that is in line of what you want to achieve. Especially in my case that I am so used to eating frequently, it would be so hard to stop. The technique is eating a small portion in frequent times. This will strengthen the metabolism of the body and digest food better than eating a huge meal in one sitting and fast for long periods of time.

From 8.3 down to 5.7. Passing score but aiming a number lower than 5.5

After 3 months on this diet I already lost 4 pounds, I know it's a slow weight loss but I already lost 2 inches off my waist. From HbA1c of 8.3 points down to 5.7 points! This is not by mere diet alone, I also incorporate exercise regimen as well. Again, the goal is not weight loss, but blood sugar control and overall health.

Now that I'm on my 6th month, I am now on waistline size 30-31. I look leaner now compared to how I used to before I started. But not much physical change but I tell you I never felt healthier all my life than what I am right now, and I know by just sticking to the goal of normalizing my blood sugar I can be better in doing sports like swim, bike, run and weightlifting!

Questions? Don't hesitate to send me a message. I'll be happy to answer them.

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You can also Tweet me: @sweetliferunner

Good Vibes Everyone and Sweet Running! ^_^

Monday, April 28, 2014

Run United 2 2014

2014 Run United 2 will be held on June 1, 2014 with 500m, 10k, 21k and 32k race categories. All categories will have a start and finish at the Zero Kilometer, Roxas Blvd.



You may purchase the prepaid cards at the following stores: from 12:00NN to 8:00PM Monday to Sunday starting April 28, 2014.

  • ROX (Recreational Outdoor Exchange) BGC
  • B1 Bonifacio High St. The Fort, Taguig City
  • Toby’s
  • 3F Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
  • Toby’s
  • SM North – The Block G/F, North Ave. cor. EDSA Quezon City
  • Toby’s
  • SM Mall of Asia, G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd, Manila


Note: Additional P200 will be charged for race kit delivery: P150 delivery fee & P50 web admin fee.

For online (credit card) registrants: complete race kit will be delivered, sizes will be available online on a first-come, first-served basis. Delivery of race kit will be on or before May 16, 2014 for those who will register from April 21 to April 30 and May 25 for those registering from May 1 to 16, 2014.

For pre-paid card registrants: the singlet shall be given upon purchasing the prepaid card, sizes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The rest of the race kit will be delivered. Delivery of race kit will be on or before May 16, 2014 for those who will register from April 21 to April 30 and May 25 for those registering from May 1 to 16, 2014.

For in-store registrants: complete race kit will be given upon registration for actual runners. Singlet sizes will be on a first-come, first-served basis.




-To follow-

RACE MEDAL: (For 32K Finishers)


The race pack is an exclusive event pack, which consists of:

  • Active Health Limited Edition ALTIVS - H Singlet
  • 3 pieces Enervon Activ
  • Race Bib with D-Tag Timing Device & Raffle Stub
  • Active Health Sun Visor
  • Active Health Ventilation Bag & drinks (available at the Finisher’s Kit Claiming area)




  • Registration is on a first-come, first served basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race slots may run out before May 16, 2014.
  • Actual runners who register at the stores will receive their complete race kit upon purchase. A Valid ID must be presented upon registration.
  • Those who will be registering for their friends must buy a prepaid card. The singlet will be given upon purchase of the prepaid card. The rest of the race kit shall be delivered.
  • Singlet and finisher’s shirt size availability will be on first-come, first-served basis.
  • Singlet and finishers shirt sample sizes will be available for fitting at the registration centers.
  • D-Tag will be provided to every participant to get the runner’s accurate time result and must be surrendered to claim the finisher’s item after the race.
  • No BIB, No D-TAG, NO RACE.


Race results will be available within three (3) days after the race at the following websites: and
Timing and Race Results:

For online and in-store registration inquiries:
Landline (+632) 463 4813 or (+632) 463 4814
Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm only, except holidays.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Soleus Valley Trail Challenge 2014

June 29, 2014
Nuvali Trail, Sta. Rosa Laguna
Organizer: FrontRUNNER


Nagsawa na ba kayo sa paulit-ulit na tinatakbuhan ninyo dito sa Metro Manila at kung saan-saan pa? Batung-bato na ba kayo sa tigas ng sementong kalsada? Dibat panahon na para subukan ninyo ang ibang klaseng kalsada, ruta at mga bagong tanawin?

For those who have done the marathon, don’t you think it’s time to test your feet for an ultra marathon? And for those who simply love the outdoors, a 15- and 30-kilometer category awaits you.

And for all those who had their trail or ultra marathon baptism of fire in the same event last year, you are all once again cordially invited by frontRUNNER Magazine, Ang Pambansang Babasahin ng Mananakbong Pilipino, to the 2014 Soleus Valley Trail Challenge that will be held on June 29, 2014 at Nuvali, Sta Rosa, Laguna.

The route is generally runner-friendly, having a rolling but mostly flat terrain (single and double track dirt roads), and only around 5% will consist of concrete roads. This route offers reprieve from constant pounding on hard surfaces. It is an out and back course with the start and finish lines situated in the vicinity of The Fields Clubhouse. The course will bring runners to the peripheries of the NUVALI complex which will offer participants majestic views that only nature and NUVALI can offer.

And in the true tradition of trail and ultra running, this race will be a no frills, all thrills event where runners, despite the presence of aid stations, are strongly advised to be self-contained and sufficient, meaning, runners are strongly advised to carry their own headlamps/flashlights, hydration kits and nutrition supplies.
Additionally, it is also recommended that they bring their own first aid kit (cotton balls, antiseptic solution, band aid strips and anti-biotic ointment).

Experience the peace and serenity of your run without the distractions of the usual pre- and post-race noise and fanfare.

Registration Fees:
15k (300 slots) – 750.00 pesos
30k (400 slots) – 1000.00 pesos
50k (300 slots) – 1500.00 pesos



Swag: Event shirt, Sling bag and Finisher’s Medal, Post-race meal and drinks
(Part of registration fees will go the HERO FOUNDATION).


Registration starts NOW and ends June 1, 2014. Limited slots only. Registration may end earlier if all slots are filled up.
This means there will be NO onsite registration/extension. Please do not call the Race Director to request for an extension.

15k Start: 5:00 AM, Cutoff time THREE hours, 3:00:00 (RFID Timing)
30k Start: 4:30 AM, Cut-off time SIX hours, 6:00:00 (RFID Timing)
50k Start: 4:00 AM, Cut-off time TEN hours, 10:00:00 (25-Kilometer Cutoff, 5:00:00 Hours.

Runners not able to meet this deadline will be declared as DNF and be brought back to the finish line.) (RFID Timing)


1. Bank Deposit: HARDCORE PUBLISHING HOUSE, INC. BPI 2371 0034 71
2. Print your name, shirt size and distance on the deposit slip together with your signed and duly accomplished registration form and waiver (see form below)
3. Scan and email to You will receive an acknowledgement thereafter. Please do NOT post on facebook.
4. Incomplete details on deposit slip will not be honored.
5. For inquiries please email

June 6, 7 & 8 (Fri-Sun) from 10am to 7pm
100 Miles Cafe / Gallilea Events Place
Forte Pointe Bldg., 28th Street
Bonifacio Global City

June 6 F(Fri) at 6pm
June 7 & 8 (Sat & Sun) at 2pm
100 Miles Cafe / Gallilea Events Place
Forte Pointe Bldg., 28th Street
Bonifacio Global City

For mor informtaion, please visit their Facebook Page:

See you all on June 29!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

2014 Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas

2014 Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas
April 12, 2014 - Saturday
Hamilo Coast, Batangas
6K/12K Road To Trail, 24K/32K Mountain Run

On April 12, 2014-- Salomon, the #1 brand in trail running, will once again have the SALOMON X-TRAIL PILIPINAS 2014. With Hamilo Coast as race venue, it will once again be a big trail running event with 2 race categories: Road to Trail Runs &  Mountain Runs. Race distances  are 6km & 12km Road to Trail, and 24km & 32km Mountain Run. This race will bethe 4th  Annual Race for Salomon in the Philippines, one of the most-awaited trail run races in the country.

The Salomon X-Trail has been present in the Southeast Asia Region since 2008 – in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia & the Philippines.  The Global ‘X-Trail’ branding is reputed to be a technical trail running race, with mixture of different terrain surfaces including dirt, rocks, sand & concrete paths. In the 12Philippines, this is our first time to introduce the Mountain Run Category, which simulates the vertical ascents of skyrunning—the turf where Salomon dominates in.


Salomon Xtrail 6K Road to Trail
Gunstart 7:00 AM; Cutoff time: 1.5 hours
Hydration bag/belt - Mandatory
Basic registration fee includes: race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey, Post race meal
Registration Fee: Php850

Salomon Xtrail 12K Road to Trail
Gunstart 6:30 AM; Cutoff time: 2.5 hours
Hydration bag/belt - Mandatory
Basic registration fee includes: race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey, Post race meal
Registration Fee: Php1,100

Salomon Xtrail 24K Mountain Run
Gunstart 5:30 AM; Cutoff time: 5 hours
Headlamp, whistle, hydration bag/belt mandatory
Basic registration fee includes: race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey, Salomon Racing Belt, Finisher's medal for runners who make it to the cut-off time for their distance, Post race meal
Registration Fee: Php1,400

Salomon Xtrail 32K Mountain Run
Gunstart 5:00 AM; Cutoff time: 7 hours
Headlamp, whistle, hydration bag/belt mandatory
Basic registration fee includes: race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey, Salomon Racing Belt, Finisher's medal for runners who make it to the cut-off time for their distance, Post race meal
Registration Fee: Php1,600



  • Salomon SM Aura
  • Salomon SM Megamall
  • Salomon Glorietta 3
  • R.O.X. BGC

*Kit release will start on March 17 at SM Aura

For more information, please check out their website at

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Camarines Norte Challenge

Camarines Norte Challenge
April 19, 2014 - Saturday
Bagasbas Beach Resort, Daet, Camarines Norte

Registration fees as Follows:
50K – Php 1,500.00 (inclusions bib and race regulations)
21K - Php 1,000.00 (inclusions,race bib and race regulations)
5K - Php 500.00 (singlet and race bib)

All Ultramarathon finishers will receive Tech Finisher shirts,with a back print of I Survived Camarines Norte!, exclusive design of Finishers medal and can take part to join after race party to be held at the Bagasbas beach which is also the event venue and the dinner buffet party!

All 21k finishers will receive Tech finisher shirt, Finishers medal and can also join the beach party and enjoy the dinner buffet!

The top3 5km finisher will receive top prizes and Singlets to all participants, hence they would like to join the after party, they will be paying a corresponding fee of P300.00 to join the festivities.

Register by depositing to this account:
Bank Deposit : BDO Bank
Savings acct #:6430041513
Acct. Name: Libya V. Lovendino
Please send a copy of your Bank Deposit Slip with the inclusions of your finisher shirt size.
send it to

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Soleus Go! Fitness Band Coming To The Philippines

With the hype of fitness in this country, Soleus has answered by coming up with a watch that best match the needs of those who wants to keep track of their activities... The Soleus Go! Fitness Band.

SOLEUS, the premiere sports watch and GPS Company in the performance and fitness markets, is thrilled to announce the debut of the Soleus GO! the most comprehensive fitness tracker currently on the market. The Soleus GO! tracks more than just your everyday activities with a real time crisp, organic OLED display. It is with you all the time to motivate, keep you on track and inform you of all activities, even during sleep. Included with the Soleus GO! Platform is a robust mobile app that allows you to sync all of your activities directly to your IOS supported device. This feature will allow you to log your daily activity so all of your data is easily accessible. The wireless sync will also help you to never miss a text message or phone call with automatic caller ID and text messaging notification via Bluetooth connectivity directly to your Soleus GO! Band.

The Soleus GO! measures, tracks and informs you on the most important aspects of your daily life with immediate, clear precision. The Daily Activity Tracking allows you to set a goal and track your progress by measuring steps taken and calories burned. It also allows you to set a move time notification with a vibration alert if you want to incorporate activity after a certain amount of time. Inspired from Soleus’ leadership position in the performance and fitness markets, a feature unique to Soleus is a built-in Exercise Mode to track your speed, distance and pace separate from the Daily Activity Tracking. The Real Time Smart Wearable Technology feature keeps you informed of the temperature and weather alerts along with incoming calls and text messages. Even as you sleep, Soleus GO! is tracking your sleep pattern including how many times you were awake and recording both your REM and light sleep. This feedback is invaluable to understanding how much REM sleep you need to feel well throughout the day and for exercise recovery. The auto and manual sleep timer will also awake you through a vibration alert if you set the silent wake-up alarm.

The Soleus GO! Application is customizable and saves your user data: gender, age, height and weight and constantly synced through your Bluetooth device. All of your customized goals will be recorded, stored and displayed for you at real time. The summary of these details can be viewed daily, weekly or monthly through bar graphs that display your recorded activity.

“At Soleus, we started the company around meeting the needs of the athlete with quality performance and style at an affordable cost, said David Arnold, Founder and CEO of Soleus. Our core values are attributed to supplying athletes the most advanced tools they need to achieve their goals. At the same time, we want to help people everywhere enhance their life with activity. We spent a lot of time and research to develop the most comprehensive activity tracker that monitors and records the most important aspects of daily life while incorporating the wearable technology features for everyone on the ‘go’.”

The Soleus Go! Fitness Band is boasting a power packed features:
  • Time/ Date Organic LED (OLED) Display
  • 3D Accelerometer
  • Distance Travelled (Miles/KMs)
  • Average Pace/Speed
  • Step Counter
  • Calories Burned
  • Sleep Pattern Tracking
  • Fitness Goal Tracking
  • Vibration Alerts
  • Wake up Alerts
  • Incoming call/ text alerts
  • Move Time
  • Weather/ Temperature
  • Silicone Band
  • Popper Plate Closure
  • Rechargeable Battery

The Soleus Go! will be available for selling at L TIMESTUDIO and TIMEGEAR boutiques by March 15, 2014. SRP is P7450.00 and includes the Soleus GO! Band, USB Charging Cable, and Dedicated Mobile App

To learn more about Soleus, and their full range of products, please visit, friend them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @soleusrunning

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pro Earth Run 2014

This 12 April 2014, 4:30AM, at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Earth Day Network Philippines stages its first-ever fun run, PRO-EARTH RUN 2014. An advocacy run to encourage people to Protect, Respect, and Oversee the sensible and sustainable care for Mother Earth, it is presented by Malungai Life Oil – an organic and all-natural highly concentrated extract obtained from Malunggay leaves and seeds ( and UPS – United Parcel Service (

A 3K, 5K, 10K race category event, PRO EARTH RUN is also supported by PCSO, First Gen, Merrell, Globe, The Body Shop, Holcim, Free Food Co. Coco Dolce, Business Mirror, Malaya Business Insight, Business World, Manila Times, Circuit Magazine, 106.7 Energy FM, 107.5 Win Radio, SM Tickets, SM Cinema, Digi Post, and Mother Earth advocates and runners.

Earth Day Network Philippines is the local counterpart of the global Earth Day Network International. It is a network organization that campaigns for environmental citizenship, spearheading the annual April 22nd Earth Day Celebration by partnering with government agencies, non-government organizations, private corporations, academic institutions, religious groups, and environmental advocates (

10K                                       P500               5:30AM            Singlet | Bib | Freebies*
5K                                         P500               5:45AM            Singlet | Bib | Freebies*
3K                                         P500                 6AM               Singlet | Bib | Freebies*

*Sponsors’ goodwill freebies good while supplies last


Sizes: XS | S | M | L | XL | XXL

1) Top 3 Male and Female Finisher’s Medal, per race category + sponsors’ prizes
2) Sponsors’ goodwill freebies and product sampling
3) Raffle prizes & surprises!

Call (02) 571.3448  | (02) 904.2304 | (02) 904.9826
Visit Official FB Page: and

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Financial Fitness Run - A Race Review

After I started on Paleo Lifestyle Eating, I noticed that I lost a significant amount of energy during runs. I should also admit I lack training, so when I did an LSD (Long Slow Distance) two weeks ago as expected, I did 18K in 3 hours and I am so dead tired already.

It's been a while since I joined a "Fun Run". I am mostly doing Strength Conditioning, Core Training and Boot Camps, which changed my body from fat forming to now starting on muscle forming. I now know how to properly take on nutritionals for these exercises but not to running.

Since Paleo won't allow Carbo-loading, which is crucial to storing glycogen in the muscle in preparation for races, how do I make sure I can last long distance races without dying like a battery draining it's power? So time to experiment by joining a race, and the earliest is Financial Fitness Run that happened last February 23, 2014.

To be honest, I am not fully prepared for this race since I lost track of my schedule and realized just a day before the event that it's already on the next day. I don't do competitive racing so this is not a big deal for me, I'll just enjoy the race, the route and the company of fellow runners and friends along the way.

The race was held in BGC, which is just a few minutes from my house so it's pretty convenient. It began with a few stretching exercises and at exactly 4:30AM, the gun was fired and the 21K race has started. Silly me I forgot to link my GPS before it began so my registered distance on the Soleus 3.0 is not accurate. I just used it to track my pace and to estimate the distance I acquired.

BGC is my home turf so I think it's an advantage since my legs already knew how to adjust from flats to uphills to false flats in this area. I am lazy to run so I was just walking at the start of the race and just run a few meters and walk again. I am waiting for my legs to get the rhythm and finally when we got to Buendia the legs started to cooperate so I made it run!

Photo by Manghusi Photography (Jose Ramizares)

Photo by: We Run For Good Health

Photo by GASMA Xfinity Runners

I finished the race injury free with an unofficial time of 2:53. For a run that did not took out all my energy, almost walking and even injury and pain free, it's decent enough for me. I am happy with it. Also met runner friends along the way which I haven't seen in a long time. It was nice to see them all again after a long hiatus from races.

I am a keen observer, not to find flaws but find strengths and room for improvements so while at the race I list down some of my observations.

What I like about this race:
1. It started on time.
2. Route is not congested with runners.
3. Whoever thought of putting Peanut Bars (Hany) in one of the Water Stations is a genius!
4. Bananas served at around 5K before finishline is superb!
5. Water stations serve cold water.
6. Portalets!
7. Photographers everywhere.
8. Getting of finishers shirt, loot bags and trophies is a breeze!
9. Traffic management is commendable!
10. Nice singlet and finisher shirt.
11. Courteous and friendly runner volunteers!

Some room for improvement:
1. Onsite registration should have lights. People had a hard time signing up and claiming race kits.
2. No safety pins attached on the race bib.
3. Some signage are not visible, especially in the 10K turnarounds where 21K runners should go straight.
4. Some small parts of the route is dark.
5. Iced Tea served in the Water Station is not a good idea. It's a diuretic, it'll make runners pee!
6. The route is less than 21K. I'm so sure I didn't make any short cuts.
7. Some critical points in the race lack presence of marshals.
8. I think trophy is too much for a reward in finishing a 21K race. It should just be for podium finishers.

Overall, this race is a thumbs up despite the minor flaws I observed. Well, the important thing is that the crucials are well executed, no casualties and everyone had fun!

Congratulations to all finishers of Financial Fitness Run, and congratulations to all the staff and volunteers of Greentennial Run. Thank you Mr. Rovic Canono for giving me an opportunity to experience this race. Looking forward to more fun races like these in the future!

Good Vibes everyone and Sweet Running! ^_^

Friday, February 21, 2014

My 6th Months without Rice! Sweet Life On Paleo Diet

After I joined Cobra Ironman 70.3 in Cebu last August 2013, and pigged out there (How can you not when you're in Lechon haven?), I noticed I added a significant amount of weight, which I wanted to lose so badly. Knowing me I'm good at crash dieting. It does work but it takes its toll on my strength and my health, and the result is not really a great loss at all. Most of all, my blood sugar went ballistic at that time, my HbA1c result is depressing, scored 9 in the test and that is too high (Normal should be around 6 or lower). So then I started on Paleo, and life has never been the same again.

Now I realized that it has already been 6 months since I broke up my long term relationship with Carbs (Wow! Time flies so fast, did I had fun? Lol!). We Filipinos grew up eating rice as a staple food in the household so imagine what I have to go through just to get this far. So this half year mark needs to be celebrated! I am rewarding myself with a half roll of cake!

Why did I chose Brazo De Mercedes even though my favorite in the world is a Chocolate Cake? First of all, Chocolate Cake is made up of flour so I also broke up with it. It does hurt but I have moved on already. Going back to Brazo De Mercedes, though it's not purely Paleo, this cake is "grain and flour free". It's mostly made of eggs, butter, milk and cream. If you can make your own and replace butter and milk with something Paleo approved like Sunflower Butter and Soya Milk, and even use natural sweeteners like Stevia or Blue Agave to make it diabetic-friendly, it can pass the Paleo standards.

I know what you're thinking, What is Paleo Diet? How can I do it? What does it do to a person's health? Will I lose weight? Will it regulate my blood sugar? What can I eat and what should be avoided? and the frequently asked question of all: "How did you make it for 6 months without Rice, Noodle, Pasta, Bread, Starch and Flour?" Well, I'm gonna answer all those questions on my next blog post!

For now, let me enjoy the sweet reward I truly deserve!

Good Vibes everyone and Sweet Running! ^_^

Friday, February 14, 2014

Women's Self Defense and Real Life Combat Training - Register NOW!

I was once a victim of hold up which I almost lost my life on about 3 years ago. I did not lose much valuable things but I lost confidence in going out alone, especially in dark places and wee hours of the day. The trauma never left me since, it just subsided.

Mostly the target of thieves and criminals are women because they think we are weak. In this perilous times, let us not be helpless! We need to learn to fight back and defend ourselves!

Women's Self Defense and Real Life Combat Training - Register NOW!

As our introductory offer to launch BRAVE. We will be having an EXCLUSIVE self-defense class specializing for women this Feb. 22, 2014 conveniently located at Studio M Makati (rehearsal studio for the stars). Taught by a female instructor in an all-female class so it would be very comfortable for everyone.

If you are a woman who has ever had to walk down a dark street by yourself, had a tire blowout while traveling alone, or been surprised by an unexpected knock on your front door, then you know what it feels like to suddenly be aware of your vulnerability. This awareness sparks a need for protection, and who can you count on to always be there to protect you? You.

Violence against women is steadily increasing. Source:

  • Effective striking
  • Releasing from various grabs (hair, hand, arms, neck, etc.)
  • Dealing effectively with distance
  • How to anticipate certain types of attacks giving you advantage
  • Disarming and stopping an armed assailant.
  • Effective counter attacking
  • Defending from any line of attack (front, back, and sides)
  • Immobilizing an attacker
  • Taking down an attacker
  • Self-awareness and reflexes
  • Combat training applicable to real-life situations

Why Take Self-Defense Classes?

Women may not realize just how much they need to take self-defense courses to keep themselves safe. It is one of the most important things that she can do for herself though. Protecting yourself from violent crimes should be on the top of every woman's list of things to do today. Don't let yourself be caught in an attack without knowing how to defend yourself. Here's a number of reasons why enrolling in a self-defense class makes all the difference.

Statistics show that 90% of attackers will back down and search for a softer, easier target.

What Will I Learn in BRAVE?

Registering for a BRAVE Self-defense program would equip you with essential skills that will heighten your awareness in an assault and enable you to protect yourself and your loved ones in times of danger. Registering yourself for a self-defense immediately increases your safety by 90%, guaranteed!

Here are some of the things you will learn:

Count me in! How Can I Join?

Simply text/email us at 0927 659 97 18 / 0936 330 36 50
Payment Options: BPI Bank Deposit / Paypal
Confirmation of payment/deposit will be sent via text/email
See you on Saturday! :)

You can RESERVE your slot in this exclusive training for only 500PHP and pay the remaining balance on Feb. 22, 2014 (Saturday) or you may opt to pay the amount in full.

Come as a pair and avail a special discount. Text us to avail this promo.

What: Women's Self -defense and Real Life Combat Training 
When: Saturday, February 22nd, 9:00am - 4:00pm 
Where: Studio M Makati (rehearsal studio for the stars) 

You have no excuse not to enroll for the next self defense course you can - as soon as possible. That's because you never know when the worst might happen, and you owe it to yourself to be prepared.