Watsons Sun Up to Sun Down

Tuesday, 25 March 2014  |  News + Promos

Women’s Health Philippines in partnership with Watsons is inviting women to join a full day of activities on April 9.

The schedule of the classes are as follows:

1. 11:30 – 12:30 Sunrise Flow (yoga)
2. 1:30 – 2:30 Zumba
3. 3:00 – 4:00 African Jam (upbeat dance class)
4. 4:00 – 5:00 Hot Hula (hula upbeat dance class)

Here’s the mechanics:

I’ve signed up for the Sunrise Flow. Woohoo! Hope to see you there!

Adobo Run After Dark on 20 October 2012. Win a Race Kit!

Friday, 14 September 2012  |  Race Announcements




Gear up in your neons and reflectors as adobo Magazine, the country’s premier advertising and brand communications publication presents its third edition of adobo Run After Dark, the magazine’s trademark Halloween-themed night run and flagship event of the year.

This year’s incarnation sets the stage for an estimated 5,000 runners on October 20, 2012 at the SM Mall of Asia complex with assembly time scheduled after sundown. Runners are encouraged to add to the spectacle by donning their creepiest and craziest Halloween costumes, with cash prizes at stake for best in costume, aside from the top runners of the 5K, 10K and 15K race categories.

Unlike the usual day runs, adobo Run After Dark promises a unique experience for participants as they are treated to all-night festivities after completing their feat, with live music, fireworks displays, and free flowing beer!

Run, party and light up a home as part of the proceeds from registrations will benefit the My Shelter Foundation, headed by social entrepreneur Illac Diaz. Their pet project, ‘Isang Litrong Liwanag’ was also launched at last year’s adobo Run After Dark and has since gained worldwide recognition and support from the United Nations for the grassroots lighting program. Visit www.aliteroflight.org for more information.

Organizing this year’s race is Princess Galura of Event King who is behind other popular and successful running events such as the Condura Skyway Marathon, NatGeo Run, and Alaska’s Iron Man competition, among others. Event King’s participation promises to raise the bar further on technical aspects of the run, while ensuring a fun time to be had by all.

Telco heavyweight Smart Communications leads the pack of newcomers supporting as event partners this year, along with SM Mall of Asia, Greenlite Banner, Timex and hydration partners Summit Water and 100 Plus. Returning partners Meralco, McDonald’s, St Luke’s Medical Center and Videosonic complete the roster of sponsors. Media partners include Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inquirer.net, The Bull Runner, Multisport Magazine, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runnersworld, WheninManila, Mellow 94.7 and 99.5RT.

Interested parties can register online at www.adobomagazine.com/adoborun. In-store registration is also available at R.O.X. and Runnr, both in Bonifacio Global City, Second Wind at 45, Malingap St., Teacher’s Village, Q.C. and at the adobo magazine office at OPVI Center, 2295 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati.

For inquiries, please email adoborun@gmail.com or call/text 0917 432 8479.



1)  Answer this question: WHAT COSTUME WOULD YOU WEAR TO ADOBO RUN AFTER DARK?  Post your answer by commenting on this post.

2) Include the following info:

  • Your complete name
  • Your preferred distance for the race


1) TBR will choose the 3 best answers and each will win 1 race kit each.  Distance of your choice.
2) Contest is open to Metro Manila residents only.
3) Winner will be notified via email on how to claim the prize.
4) Contest closes on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM.
5) No, the winners don’t have to wear the costumes they suggest on actual race day!

Join Rexona Run to Win a Great Wall of China Adventure

Tuesday, 14 June 2011  |  Race Announcements

Way back in July 2007, I wrote about my desire to visit The Great Wall of China if only to run in The Great Wall of China Marathon, one of the top 10 must run races according to Runners World (Jan 2007).  Who would’ve thought I would get the chance to win an all expense paid trip to China just by signing up for a race?!

Rexona Run registrations now_02

Rexona Run, the 4th Leg of the RunRio series, on July 24, 2011 at the SM Mall of Asia will be raffling off three all expense paid adventures to the Great Wall of China.  Of course, it will also have the usual cash prizes, medals and bragging rights for the winners in the 21K, 10K, 5K and 3K.  12,000 runners are expected to join the race.


REGISTRATION is ongoing until July 3, 2011 at RUNNR and R.O.X. stores in Bonifacio High Street, Toby’s SM Mall of Asia, Planet Sports Glorietta and Trinoma, The Athlete’s Foot Alabang Town Center and Robinsons Galleria and Stoked in Greenhills, Rockwell and Gateway.  You may also register at www.runrio.com or at the Rexona Philippines Facebook page from now until 12 midnight of July 3, 2011.  Late registrants may proceed to R.O.X. in Bonifacio High Street, Toby’s SM Mall of Asia and The Athlete’s Foot Robinson’s Galleria from July 4 – 10, 2011.

RACE FEE is P750 for the 21K leg, P600 for the 10K and 5K leg and P500 for the 3K division.

– Rexona Run 2011 Singlet –

Non-runners can also join the fun at the Rexona Run in the Rexona Adventure Hub happening on July 23-24.  Just buy or bring any proof of purchase of a Rexona Men Adventure stick, spray or roll on and get free access to a wide variety of activities and challenges that’s guaranteed to give the thrill of adventure. What’s more, a raffle will give participants a chance to go an amazing all-expense-paid adventure package with their barkada to awesome local destinations like Banaue, Bohol or Cagayan de Oro.

For more details, call the race hotline at 703-1736 or visit www.runrio.com or visit the Rexona Philippines Facebook page.

See you in China, er, I mean at the Rexona Run on July 24!

Del Monte Fit ‘n Right

Thursday, 26 November 2009  |  Race Reports

Race: Del Monte Fit ‘N Right

Organizer: CEMG

Overall rating (10 highest): 3


  • Use of RFID for timing
  • Fairly simple and incident-free run
  • Organized race pack in bag with free samples
  • Pre-race briefing from race organizer
  • Directional signs lining the route
  • Samples and freebies provided after the race
  • Booths after the race


  • Messy race packet redemption. (I redeemed mine at Bonifacio High Street only to find out it wasn’t available yet. I was told to return Friday evening.  Fortunately, it arrived earlier so I returned shortly and got to claim on Thursday.)
  • Assembly time of 4 a.m. too early for a 6 a.m. race start
  • Traffic!  Long lines to enter the area. Parking lots were closed so runners were forced to parallel park on the roads.
  • Late race start. Race start was scheduled for 6 a.m. but it was the pre-race “show” that began at this time. With runners crowded at the starting line, hosts were chatting away and a warm-up was introduced while runners were impatiently waiting to run (hence the heckling from the angry crowd.)
  • Late pre-race briefing began after 6 a.m.  After 6 a.m., while runners of all distances were already crowded at the assembly area, it was only then that the organizer announced different start times for distances and requested 3k and 5k runners to make way for 10k runners.  (I cannot count how many eyeballs rolled during this time.)
  • Surprise gun start. In the middle of the warm-up, the gun was suddenly fired and the race started with many runners unaware of what was going on.
  • Lack of marshals in a major intersection in front of SM Mall of Asia. Runners crossed the intersection and stopped vehicles on their own.
  • Converging of slower 3k/5k walkers with 10k runners.  By the 2nd loop, 10k runners had to weave through the traffic of walkers.
  • No kilometer markers.
  • Extremely long gift ribbons used for turnaround markers for runners (at least in perfect timing with the Holiday season)
  • Limited water at stations.
  • Long lines to claim freebies. Freebies were limited so not all runners were given.
  • Low-quality singlets that smelled of paint. (My 8-year old was the one who complained about the stench, not me!)

This race could’ve been called the Del Monte Late ‘n Wait race. For the almost 5,000 runners who registered for this race, there was a lot of waiting: one had to wait for the race packet to be delivered, wait to find parking, and worst of all, wait for the race to start amidst a tight crowd of eager runners. If you were parched after the race, you had to wait behind a long line of thirsty runners to grab a cup of water, too.

Thankfully, despite these mishaps, the course itself allowed for an enjoyable, flat and fast run, which allowed runners to grab great times.  The atmosphere was festive and fun, especially for beginners who didn’t have high expectations on the technicalities of the race.

I heard this will be an annual event for Del Monte. Hopefully, the race organizer will improve on the flaws and make the race “right” with runners next year.  Congratulations is still in order for Del Monte which campaigns for a healthier lifestyle for Filipinos!


26k Plan

My plan:

5 to 6 a.m.: Pre-race – 10k, easy

6 to 7 a.m.: Race – 10k, 5:30 min/km

7 a.m. onwards: Post-race – 6k, 6 min/km

Hubby and I arrived at the SM Mall of Asia at 5:10 a.m. and, when I saw the long line of cars entering the area, I knew there was no way I could squeeze in a pre-race 10k.  As soon as we found parking, I jumped out the car, bid hubby goodbye, and ran easy.  I only hit 2k when I made the wrong decision to enter the starting area at 5:50 a.m. in preparation for the race to start.  I wasted 30 mins. waiting, which gave me enough time to think of Plan B…

Plan B

5 to 6 a.m.: Pre-race – 2k, easy

6 to 7 a.m.: Race – 10k, 5:30 min/km

7 a.m. onwards: Post-race – 14k, 6 min/km

The gun went off during the warm up, but I couldn’t complain; I was all psyched for a fast race. I switched my iPod shuffle on and went on full race mode through the flat roads of SM Mall of Asia course.

Race Mode

The nice thing about this race is that I wasn’t competing with anyone but myself. In the past, I would target other runners and cross them off my mental list one by one. Now, Singapore was on my mind (as it always is while training the past months) and I was focused solely on my own pace.  I would take a peek at my Garmin (yes, I’m back to Garmin) and manage a tiny grin as my pace ranged from 5:00 to 5:15 min/km without me feeling completely drained.  Fine, I didn’t stick to my Plan B pace, but I felt great and I couldn’t slow down.


– Going for my 2nd 5k loop. Thanks to Bald Runner for the photo! –

Strong, Happy Finish

I finished with an unofficial time of 51:20 mins with a pace of 5:08 min/km for my 10k run. Not a PR but a great time considering it’s been so long since I raced a 10k without worrying about injury.


After chatting with Coach Jim Saret, meeting up with the hubby at the finish line, refueling with a Hammer Espresso gel, and refilling my amphipod with Gatorade, I took off on my own to run the balance 14k of my program.

Long, Slow Run

Since I was going to run the last 14k on my own around SM MOA, I searched for a safe, secure course within the area. I found a 1.2k loop and ran that over and over and over again.  The first 10km were serene and enjoyable; my introverted self found it completely invigorating.  But the last 4km were the opposite; it was painfully slow and challenging.

By the last kilometer, the sun decided to strengthen its rays over the entire street so I had to take cover as I started to feel like a sunbathing shrimp with my face burning up.  I changed my course and ran only under the shade.  Unfortunately, this passed the row of restaurants around SM where all the other runners, including Jinoe and the rest of the takbo.ph peeps, were savoring their meals while my empty stomach growled with each step.

Despite the temptation to give in and quit (something that was quite easy to do as the car was parked in the loop I ran), I managed to complete the 14km for a total of 26km that Sunday.  Surprisingly, I was more pleased with myself for finishing the last 14k than grabbing a great time during the race.  Truly, the tougher the challenge, the more rewarding it feels in the end.