Pilipinas Trail Running Camp

Sunday, 12 February 2017  |  Running + Triathlon

For the longest time now, I’ve been wanting to get into trail running.  I’ve joined trail runs in the past and I have always loved it.  For someone busy like me and with kids to spend time with on weekends though, I can’t seem to bring myself to take off for half a day to run outside of the city.  I guess I’ll have to wait until the little ones are a bit older.  If you’re one of the lucky ones who can escape to the mountains to run in the great outdoors, here’s a trail running camp you can join:

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Pilipinas Trail Running Camp provides an experience that helps ignite one’s passion for trail running or running off-road. It’s a series of trail-running learning weekends that aims to introduce new and aspiring runners to the sport and also for the seasoned veterans to get equipped in their approach to training and preparing for races, local and international. Runners will learn from and run with the trail champions and veterans together with sports experts and specialists. It’s a five-month program which includes two stay-in weekends of training and a culminating intimate race. It’s the perfect time to take advantage learning from the best and the brightest in the community – trail running techniques, uphill/downhill running, nutrition, training plans, heat/hydration management, yoga, etc. (more…)

What To Do When You Miss a Run in Your Marathon Program

Sunday, 6 November 2016  |  Running + Triathlon

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I’m 3 weeks away from Florence Marathon and I’ve missed more runs than I ever have in any other marathon training program I’ve done the past decade.  To say that I’m worried about how I’ll fare in the marathon is an understatement.

Why did I miss them? My training program got attacked by the common cold.  Yup, such an evil menace that cold!  I had the sniffles last month, lost my voice and had fever a couple of weeks ago, and I have sore throat and congestion again now.  I have never been sick as often as this in the entire past decade of my running life! (more…)

The Inaugural TBR Certified Running Coach Program

Saturday, 3 September 2016  |  Running + Triathlon

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Since I started running in 2006, one of the biggest frustrations I’ve had over the years was witnessing how some runners who had a few years of experience of running under their belt and perhaps a medal here and there transformed themselves into “running coaches” practically overnight. I saw how some sports companies created running clinics and pinpointed runners as team leads and gave them the title of “coach” which was enough to fool a newbie runner into thinking that they were receiving sound advice from experts. I felt that the word “Coach” should never be used too freely so I made it a point to inform people that I love running and I do run a lot, but nope I am certainly not a “Coach.”

For years now, worried and disheartened, I raised this concern with friends in the running community, but I never knew what to do about it. I didn’t want to point fingers at anyone nor rant. After all, often times, most of these runners who turn themselves into coaches have good intentions because they love the sport; it’s just that they don’t have the means to receive proper training or certification to officially become coaches. I felt that we needed a body to ensure that running coaches were imparting the right training and knowledge to individuals who wanted to learn more about our sport.

Fortunately, my partners for TBR Dream Marathon, co-founder Coach Jim Lafferty, and our new head coach, Coach Francis Diano, shared the same concerns and Francis had the solution for it. After a couple of months planning and meeting, we are now ready to launch: TBR Certified Running Coach Program.

Initially, the new coaches under TBR will guide our Dream Marathoners into running their first marathon, but in time we hope they can be coaches who can help others beyond the reach of TBR so that even more people can learn to love running.

WHAT IS TBR CERTIFIED RUNNING COACH PROGRAM?

The Bull Runner (TBR) launches its inaugural TBR Running Coach Certification Program with partners, Coach Francis Diano, PT, MCMT, COMT and Coach James Michael Lafferty. It is the first running coach certification program endorsed by the U.S.-based Medical Wellness Association.

IMG_5794– with Carol and Coach Jim Lafferty, Dr. Christopher Breleux, President of the Medical Wellness Association, and Coach Francis Diano –

GOAL OF TBR CERTIFIED RUNNING COACH PROGRAM

The goal of the program is to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills to individuals who wish to train other runners for a marathon or shorter road races. The program also aims to create a high standard of knowledgeable, effective, and ethical coaches to the running community.

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Wanna Run? Here are 6 Tips to Get You Started

Wednesday, 31 August 2016  |  Running + Triathlon

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Running at Fitness First before work. Do you know that I started running on a treadmill before I tried road?

In my years of running, the most common question I get from people I’ve just met is this: How do I start running? Truth be told, despite all the information in books, magazines, or online, it’s not as complicated as you think. Here are simple and practical steps to take on how to get started running: (more…)

Pre-Race: Ironman Cebu 70.3 (Part 1 of 2)

Thursday, 25 August 2016  |  Running + Triathlon

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– So happy to be a member of Sun Life Tri Team –

Has it really been 3 weeks since Ironman 70.3 Cebu? For the past weeks I’ve been telling friends I need to physically and mentally recover from the experience as if it was yesterday and now I realize I’ve had more than enough time! Worse, I hadn’t even posted all the great photos we took during that fun weekend!

So, even if I’m weeks late, I hope you enjoy these pre-race pics. Next post will be photos from race day. (more…)