Bull Circle: Marathon Must Haves on 7 APR @ ROX

Wednesday, 31 March 2010  |  News + Promos


This is the third in our series of talks for BULL CIRCLE: Running Talks for TBR Dream Marathon in Nuvali on May 22, 2010.



  • The Shoe Guide by the Shoe Guy. Hector Yuzon of Secondwind Running Store will discuss the most important gear that can make or break your marathon experience: your running shoe.  He’ll cover various foot types, how to choose the right shoe for your foot, and answer all your shoe queries. 30 mins.
  • Marathon Gear for Men & Women. Neville Manaois of Pinoy Ultra Runners and Jaymie Pizarro of The Bull Runner will discuss essential gear for men and women who are gearing up (no pun intended) for their first marathon. 30 mins.
  • Race Day Nutrition and Supplements.  Harvie de Baron of Hammer Nutrition Phils. will discuss proper nutrition for race day, specifically when and how to take your gels and other supplements. 30 mins.

DATE: Wednesday, 7 April 2010
TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE: 1/f R.O.X., Bonifacio High Street
HOW MUCH: free of charge, no pre-registration required
WHO CAN COME: Open to all

* First 150 registrants will receive a lootbag from Hammer Nutrition Phils.

2nd Bull Circle with Coach Jim Saret

Friday, 12 March 2010  |  Bullish Insights

Our 2nd Bull Circle packed the corner of R.O.X. again last March 10 as over 150 runners arrived for Coach Jim Saret’s talk on “Getting the Body Marathon Ready.”

– One leg up! Coach Jim teaches runners some balance exercises –

– We were honored to have one armed super runner Isidro Vildosola… –

– Wonder tri mom Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan… –

– and Jun Bisnar, GM of Nuvali who celebrated his birthday that evening, and his wife Ofel in the audience –

Our 1-hour session extended to over 2 hours as Coach Jim caught the runners’ interest with his interactive discussion and demonstration on balance and core training for runners.

What I learned in this session:

  • BALANCE is important for runners!  With each step, one foot is on the ground and another in the air. One leg is at work to carry your body weight and keep you balanced. If you lack balance, one leg will have to work harder just to keep you balanced.
  • HOW TO DEVELOP BALANCE: single leg stabilization drills

  • – Why is balance important for runners? Click on the video to find out –

  • Runners should focus on strengthening the CORE. Focus on doing more core training rather than crunches, weight training, or plyometrics.
  • HOW TO ACTIVATE THE CORE: suck your belly button in!
  • HOW TO STRENGTHEN THE CORE: stability ball exercises, balance disc, planks

– with Coach Jim Saret –

– with Sid and Coach Jim –

* Thanks to Armie for some of the photos!

For those who missed the very informative talk, we have more videos coming up on youtube. Search for The Bull Runner.


Tuesday, 9 March 2010  |  News + Promos



We’re lucky to have booked Coach Jim Saret, my favorite speaker, for tomorrow’s Bull Circle.  He’s usually flying all over the world with the Smart Gilas RP National Basketball team, but he made the time for us to talk about enhancing our running performance.  Hope to see you tomorrow!

  • Wednesday, 10 March 2010, 7 PM
  • R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street
  • Topic: “Getting the Body Marathon Ready”
  • Coverage: injury prevention, neuromuscular stabilization, strength and conditioning for runners.
  • Speaker: Coach Jim Saret, Phil. Olympic Committee’s Sports Training and Fitness Consultant for all national teams.
  • Open to the public
  • Free of charge

Bull Circle 1: The Marathon Dream

Friday, 19 February 2010  |  Bullish Insights


It was the first Bull Circle session, a series of talks leading up to The Bull Runner Dream Marathon, last Wednesday, Feb. 17 at R.O.X. in Bonifacio High Street.  Over 160 runners (wow!) showed up to listen to speakers Neville Manaois, Susan Lafferty, Anton Diaz and myself talk about THE MARATHON DREAM, our own marathon experiences that we hoped would inspire and motivate everyone to go for their own marathon goals.

Click HERE to read Anton’s Marathon Story.


  • BULL SESSION (RUN CLINIC): Saturday, 6 March 2010, 6 AM, 80 min. slow and easy run. Guest: Coach Rio de la Cruz to briefly discuss basic running form and technique before we run. Paced by Team Secondwind.  Meet at R.O.X., Bonifacio High Street.  Open to everyone who wants to run, talk about running, and make new running friends!
  • BULL CIRCLE (TALK): Wednesday, 10 March 2010, 7 PM, R.O.X. “Getting the Body Marathon Ready” by Coach Jim Saret, Phil. Olympic Committee’s Sports Training and Fitness Consultant for all national teams.  Coverage: injury prevention, neuromuscular stabilization, strength and conditioning for runners.

* Bull Circles (talks) and Bull Sessions (run clinics) are free of charge and open to the public. Full schedule will be posted here next week.

– Susan Lafferty, Kim O’Connell, Neville Manaois, myself, Anton Diaz –

– The real stars of the show: the future marathoners –

– The view from above –

– All lined up –

– Neville talks about the marathon and why runners are so enamored with it –

– Susan once a sedentary housewife has run the grueling Comrades Marathon twic
e –

– Anton shares his first marathon story followed by Q&A-

– TBR Dream Team, the team behind TBR Dream Marathon: Edward Kho (course director), myself, Atty. Raymund Martelino (legal and special concerns), Neville Manaois (technical consultant).  Not in photo: Coach Jim Lafferty (race director and coach) and Creative Juice (logistics and production) –

* Photos courtesy of Raymund Martelino (The Rain Man)

Bull Circle: The Marathon Dream on 17 FEB @ ROX

Friday, 12 February 2010  |  News + Promos

This is the first in our series of talks for BULL CIRCLE: Running Talks for TBR Dream Marathon in Nuvali on May 22, 2010.  The first BULL CIRCLE TALK:

What is a marathon? Why do runners dream of conquering it? We gather a team of marathoners with various backgrounds—a Boston-finisher, an ultramarathoner, a one-time marathoner hoping for a 2nd attempt—to impart their wisdom and practical tips to guide you on training for a marathon. They will also talk about their various marathon experiences, whether it was in Pasig or Paris, to inspire and motivate you.

For TBR Dream Marathoners, we will also talk about the TBR Dream Marathon.  We introduce you to the TBR Dream Team, the organizing committee behind the marathon and faces you’ll see regularly from now until marathon day.  Plus, you’ll get to meet other TBR Dream Marathoners who will take on the journey with you.

We hope to share the message that you don’t have to be a super athlete nor do you have to devote your entire life to running just to finish a marathon.  Proper training, plus dedication and hard work, can get you to reach your marathon goal.

DATE: Wednesday, 17 February 2010
TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE: 3/f R.O.X., Bonifacio High Street
HOW MUCH: free of charge, no pre-registration required

WHO CAN COME: Open to the public but TBR Dream Marathoners will be given priority seating.

* TO TBR DREAM MARATHONERS: Upon signing in at ROX, pls. inform us if you are a confirmed TBR Dream Marathoner so we can assist you.  We will also give you your 1 BOX OF CECON TABLETS (100PCS) so you can start taking it during training.


  • Susan Lafferty – Susan has spoken at numerous first timer events and panels around the world.  She has run 25 marathons, including Boston (PR of 3:47) and 2 Comrades Marathon, one of the world’s top ultramarathons which covers 89km in South Africa.  She is a 44 year old mother of 5 and is the wife of TBR Dream Marathon Race Director, Jim Lafferty.
  • Neville Manaois – Neville is the team principal of Pinoy Ultra Runners and co-owner of Secondwind Running Store. He brings with him years of experience as a long distance runner.
  • Anton Diaz – Anton has been running since 2007. His first marathon-for-a-cause was in July 2007 guided by the P&G Runner’s Circle and its coach then, Coach Jim Lafferty.  Anton hopes to run his second marathon this year. He is behind one of the Philippines’ top blogs: Our Awesome Planet.

6:30 PM – Sign In
7:00 to 7:20 – TBR Dream Marathon (Jaymie Pizarro)
7:20 to 7:40 – Susan Lafferty
7:40 to 8:00 – Neville Manaois
8:00 to 8:20 – Anton Diaz
8:20 to 8:45 – Q&A (Panel)
8:45 to 9:00 – Meet fellow TBR Dream Marathoners