Nike Run Clinic: Day 3

Wednesday, 26 November 2008  |  Bullish Insights


– with Jay (who looks like a firefly here), Coach Rio, friend, Vimz, Wilbert, Mark, and Jun.  (Chris, never leave before the photo op!) –

Silly me for thinking I could do an easy 10k during Day 3 of Nike Run Clinic.  My training at Ultra last night was quite the opposite. 

After the usual warm up and stretching, Coach Rio asked the group two questions: 1) who had injuries, and 2) who was going to run at Singapore; both times I raised my hand.  We were then divided into groups during which my bullheaded self requested permission to cross over to the uninjured group instead.  Coach Rio and Jo-Ar obliged telling me to simply stop should I encounter any pain.

I found myself with Jun and Mark under the supervision of Coach John. Jay and Chris joined the group several minutes later.  We were to run 3 x 200m with 100m walks for recovery.  My goal time was 40 sec.  Phew.  Just thinking about it made my heart rate skyrocket but, at the same time, I was looking forward to doing intervals again which I hadn’t done since summer.  (Ssssh, don’t tell anyone.)

In a few words, that workout was lung-busting, vomit-inducing, and really tiring, but it was a lot of fun. I also picked up a few tips from Coach Rio and Coach John who took note of my “lazy wrists” and helped me correct my form. I ended the run without injury but Coach Rio advised me to continue with the ice—not in my drink, Mark—but on my knee. 

I must say that I don’t enjoy intervals as much as long runs, but I always end track workouts feeling proud of myself for merely being able to walk back to my car alive and well.  I’m so looking forward to Nike Run Clinic Day 4. Tempo Workout, here I come!

Thank you to the wonderful coaches: Rio, John, Jo-Ar and Roel and the rest of the team.

Reminder: Nike Run Clinic Orientation Tonight

Friday, 14 November 2008  |  Race Announcements

The Nike Running Training Clinic officially kicks off today with its first meeting: 


WHERE: The Brent Gym, Ultra, Pasig

WHEN: Nov. 14, 2008, Friday, 7pm till around 930pm

SPEAKERS: Professor Dave Bercades, U.P. Diliman & Dean Callanta, College of Human Kinetics


– Principles of Training

– Hydration

– Injury Prevention

– Biomechanics

– Proper Running Form

ATTIRE: Come in comfortable attire, no need for running gear

FEES: Free of charge (even Ultra’s P29 fee will be covered by Nike)

If there is one session you have to attend, it has to be this one. I’ve seen the resumes of the speakers for this evening and let me tell you that their years of experience and education in running is impressive. These guys have a lot to share!

To add, Nike is pulling out all stops to make this running clinic one of the best ever. Be there to learn about the big benefits of being part of the clinics such as free registration fees for races, Fitness First equipment during clinics, free Nike outfit for significant improvements after graduation, and more.

So far, close to 300 participants have signed up but you can still register here.  See you there!