My last triathlon was Ironman 70.3 Cebu way back in 2013. Needless to say, I’ve been semi-retired from triathlon. I use the word “semi” for two reasons: 1) I haven’t stopped training like a triathlete. I swim, bike, and run weekly since 2013 but with much less focus on swim and bike and more on my first love, running. 2) Never say never. I don’t know if I’ll ever make a comeback into triathlon. Who knows, right? (more…)
After Vancouver Marathon, I was quite happy to goal-less for a couple of months until marathon training resumed for the next goal: Florence Marathon in November. But, before I could even utter the words “off season,” I was invited to join the Sun Life relay team for Cebu Ironman 70.3.
I realized I had less than 2 months to build my speed up again. Panic mode! Oh, and I had to heat train! Double panic! (more…)
Last week, I finally learned what the fuss was about over the Nike+ Run Club (NRC) every 7:34PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Nike Park in Bonifacio Global City.
After a quick sign in with the NRC Pacers (some of whom were familiar faces in the running/ triathlon community), we wasted no time in breaking into groups and getting started. There was a 3k, 5k, and 10k group at various paces. I joined the 5:30 min/km pace group for the 3k run because I had already run that morning. (more…)
Marathons are such a big part of me that I can’t imagine going through life without running one or two in a new city every year. It’s what keeps me motivated to train even through the hot or tough days; it’s what gets me excited for the months ahead; and, last but not the least, it’s what makes me absolutely happy… next to my kids, of course.
For this year, I’ve finally set my race calendar. Just thinking about it (especially Florence…aaah!) makes me giddy like a school girl. Here’s my race calendar for 2017 (excluding local races I’ll run for training):
May 1: Vancouver Marathon (Photo courtesy of www.runvan.org)
June 12: VIP Swim Challenge 2.5k (Photo courtesy of Betsy Medalla, Swim Junkie)
November 27: Florence Marathon
How about you? Where will you be running this year?
The half marathon is a favored distance among many. For experienced runners, it provides enough of a physical and mental challenge without wearing one down during training or on race day like a marathon. For newer runners, it is the distance that takes one from being a recreational runner into an endurance athlete. A half distance is by no means half of just anything; it’s a full on challenge that should be taken seriously with proper training and preparation.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you may have heard that Gatorade will be having its Gatorade Run with 11k and 22k. I hear Gatorade is preparing a lot of surprises for us runners in the last kilometer of the run. Now, if you truly want to be alive enough to experience all that as you run towards the finish line, you may want to read my tips on how to prepare for your first 21k: (more…)