Despite the lack of sleep and looming work deadline, I found myself at R.O.X. last night to attend the 4th Running Aid organized by the Pinoy Ultra Runners.
– The place was packed! –
The success of the Running Aid series never fails to amaze me. Each session is bigger than the last with over 150 people present last night vs. the first talk’s 15 attendees. The entire floor area was filled with people, so I found my own balcony seat on the 2nd floor stairway along with a few other runners. (TBR idea: Maybe they should do Running Aid 5 in a movie house next time complete with popcorn, cotton candy, and of course, Cheetos Jalapeno. What say you, Neville?)
– Special balcony seats –
The first speaker, Dr. Paolo Punsalan, gave a comprehensive talk on training programs, which was very informative even for a voracious running reader like me. He discussed the different types of workouts (LSD, intervals, tempo runs, etc.), training using your heart rate, and even showed a sample marathon training program. Great job, Doc Pao.
The next speakers were husband and wife team, Al and Joie Viado, Pinoy Ultra Runners and fitness instructors. Actually, it was Joie who did all the talking while Al demonstrated the exercises for core strengthening. It was a dynamic talk, a lot of laughing, movement, and sweat (well, at least for Al who followed every single order of Joie—now that’s a husband for you!)
Once again, congratulations to the Pinoy Ultra Runners for another successful event. Looking forward to the next one!
WHAT: RUNNING AID 4
WHERE: R.O.X., BONIFACIO HIGH STREET
WHEN: APRIL 29, 2009, WEDNESDAY, 7 P.M.
HOW MUCH: FREE
The 4th Running Aid will be structured into modules. First speaker will be Dr. Paolo Punsalan, orthopedic doctor and Pinoy Ultra Runner, who will discuss the basics of running. He will also talk about how to train and structuring your program. Second speaker will be the Pinoy Ultra Runner’s fitness instructor tandem, Al and Joie Ligaya Viado, to cover core training for runners. They will focus on different exercise routines to strengthen runners. This will also involve warm up, cool down, core and gym exercise.
See you there!
Mark your calendars: November 13, Thursday, 7 p.m. is the next date for Running Aid 3 at ROX, Bonifacio High Street. This time, however, it will be for the ladies! Guys are welcome to attend as long as they behave and pretend to be interested in girl talk.
Speakers will be: Elizabeth Siojo, founding member of Pinoy Ultra Runners, and The Bull Runner (who the hell is that?!) Seriously, I will try to my best to give a comprehensive guide on everything women need for running and attempt to answer questions that I myself was afraid (or embarrassed) to ask a male running friend or coach.
It should be yet another informative and entertaining talk. If not, let’s all just go out to BHS and run…tsk tsk. See you there!