Hood To Coast: We Did It!

Sunday, 30 August 2009  |  Bullish Insights

I’m writing this from my hotel room in downtown Portland ready to finally get some shut-eye in a cozy bed after our two-day adventure race from Mt. Hood to Seaside: Hood to Coast Relay race (H2C).  So much has happened in the past few days, I don’t know where to begin: meeting all these great people from Nike, the Nike Campus Tour, running every single day I was here, shopping, and of course, Hood to Coast Relay, which was such an awesome experience!

I’ll be leaving Portland tomorrow and will be back home Monday evening.  I wish I could stay longer if only to run more, but I’m eager to see the kids and hubby again, too!  In the meantime, let me figure out how to share all the stories and photos with you all.  

For now, I’ll leave you with our team pic after the race.  This is Team Singapore Chili Crabs partying this afternoon at Seaside after we finished our grueling Hood To Coast relay.  Woohoo!


3 Days to Nike Hood to Coast Relay

Tuesday, 25 August 2009  |  Bullish Insights

Three days to race day.  I fly off to Portland, Oregon for the Nike Hood to Coast Relay tomorrow!  To say that I am excited would be an understatement.  Can you see me doing cartwheels?!

Last week, I received a detailed plan for our team: “Chili Crabs.”  I’m Runner No. 10 in a team of 12.  Each of us will be running three legs each.  I’ll be running Legs 10 (6.43 miles – moderate), 22 (6.81 miles – hard), and 34 (4.13 miles – moderate).  Click here for course map.  The distance is manageable, but the terrain, temperature, and my ability to run with little sleep in the dark will be a fun challenge.  Truth be told, I think I’m more concerned about how to change clothes in a van full of people or if there’ll be a restroom at all in the mountains!

Today, I read through a more detailed itinerary of the entire 6-day trip, which had me raising my arms in the air yelling as if I’d won the lottery.  Aside from the race, I was looking forward to touring Nike Campus.  I thought we would roam about, go shopping, and perhaps look for Lance in the area (oh, I think that’s just me!)  But, I was overjoyed to see this on our schedule: CAMPUS JOG. Woohoo, we’re even going to run in there a couple of days before the race!  And, it doesn’t stop there.  We also have a WILDWOOD TRAIL RUN pencilled into the sched!  This is truly a runner’s adventure and, to be honest with you, I couldn’t have thought of a better trip for the runaholic that I am.  I cannot wait!

As of this writing, I’ve just finished most of my work deadlines, which clears the rest of the day for the following important activities before I leave for Oregon tomorrow:

  1. Run 10k
  2. Meet with iamNinoy Runner Group steercom
  3. Shop for toiletries and snacks
  4. Pack!
  5. Bond with the kiddos
  6. Figure out how to use Twitter on my cell so I can update you (and the hubby who will be missing me lots!)

The Science of Running

Friday, 21 August 2009  |  News + Promos

RUNNRPolar Poster_low

This is going to be one interesting and informative talk. The topics are well-chosen and very technical. And, the speakers are both great athletes; they’ve both done the Ironman six times!

Too bad I’ll be abroad on the 26th. I highly recommend you register already as there are only 50 slots open.


RUNNR Academy

“The Science of Running”

Aug 26, 2009, Wednesday
RUNNR, Bldg. B3, Bonifacio High Street

Heart Rate Training for Running – 6:00pm
· running at the right intensity to improve performance
· pairing training goals with the right target heart rate zone

Speaker: Adrian Mok
Singapore representative, Ironman World Championship (2004, Hawaii)

Optimal Running Technique – 7:00pm
· Common running errors in recreational runners
· Attributes of Elite Runners
· Running Posture; landing/foot strike and push off
· Running Tools, drills and skills
· Formula for Speed

Speaker: Arland Macasieb
Exercise Physiologist, M.A. in Exercise Science Montclair State University
Two-time Southeast Asian Games Bronze Medalist – Triathlon (2005, 2007)
Three-time Philippine National Triathlon Champion (2001, 2005, 2006)
Six-time Ironman Finisher

To register:

  • Send your details (full name, bday, mobile no.) to lawrence.navarro@runnr.com.ph
  • wait for the confirmation of your registration
  • open to 50 slots only
  • first come, first serve
  • come in running attire to participate in some drills demo

For inquiries:
Call Lawrence Navarro
642-4414 to 15
628-1282 to 83 loc 225

This running clinic is presented by RUNNR, in partnership with Polar and Newton Running.

Levi’s Fun Run Details

Friday, 21 August 2009  |  Race Announcements

funrun01 postercopy

Levi’s Fun run is still accepting registrants until tomorrow.  Registration was closed a few days ago, but organizers increased maximum number of participants to accomodate those who are still interested.  UPDATE: I was just informed that registration is now closed.

I had a few questions regarding the race.  Here are answers from Ronnie of Levi’s:

Q: Do runners have to wear Levi’s? Or any brand will do?
A: If they will wear jeans, they should be in Levi’s.

Q: Any type of jeans will do? e.g. shorts, capri, skirt?
A: Yes, any will do. Even a Levi’s tee, a Levi’s cap or any accessory will do.

Q: Will you be giving anything to those who wear jeans (aside from prize for winner in jeans)
A: As a token, runners in whatever Levi’s (top or bottom) will be given a freebie when they cross the finish line.

Mizuno Run Club Starts Sept. 10

Thursday, 20 August 2009  |  Race Announcements

This was sent by Marianne of Mizuno…

The Mizuno Run Club is back!

Led by Coach Ige Lopez, a favorite running trainer and excellent triathlete, these specialized training programs will definitely buff up your running and prepare you for the races that you want to conquer this year.

Having its first go in 2007, the Mizuno Run Club is making its comeback this cool “ber” season with more perks and even more exciting freebies. Plus with the assistance of the Mizuno Running Team, the Mizuno Run Club members will be provided with customized running programs for beginners and intermediate runners. There will also be exclusive lectures and open forums to equip participants with the techniques every running enthusiast should know.

The best part of it all, MEMBERSHIP IS FREE! There will be on-site registration, wherein the only membership requirement is to come in Mizuno running shoes. Those without Mizuno shoes could still attend but could go green with envy as only registered members can avail of the very exclusive perks.

Starting Date: September 10 (thereafter every Thursday for twelve sessions)
Trainer: Mr. Miguel “Ige” Lopez
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Meeting Point: Mizuno Store in Bonifacio High Street
Freebies: Mizuno Run Club uniforms, GC’s, sports drinks and other surprise gifts!

For more information please visit www.mizuno.ph
Or e-mail runclub@mizuno.ph