Friday, July 30, 2010

Strathletes Running Group

After our Men's health Miracle Run 2009 Event, I stopped joining running events for a while. I became busy in my payroll system project and I also joined our company basketball league.I focused on weight training that time and build a massive 190 lbs body.

Alfred and Madelin (There were no MinnieRunner and RunningAtom yet) invites us again to join  the GMA Kapuso Tatakbo ka ba fun run.  I Ran 5K without practice and I finished the race at 57mins.

Tatakbo Ka Ba Fun Run

That was the start of our running career. The goal of just finishing the race was replaced by beating our personal record. We start listing our time and aiming to beat sub40 in 5K category. That was the time
when RunningAtom and MinnieRunner were Born. They created a blogsite named Strathletes that came from the word Stradcom Athletes (A group of health conscious Stradcom employees). The site was created to give information  Running event schedule, Running tips, Post event reviews, Race results, Photo Gallery and PR List of members.

Strathletes Photo ops

Takbo Para Sa Ilog Pasig
Mchappy Day Fun Run
MH Urbanathlon 2009
Adida KOTR 2009
NB Power run 2009
Runrio Leg1: Century Superbods Run
Minzuno Infinity Run 2010
Globe Run for Home 2010
PSE Bullrun 2010
Nutrogena Chase The Sun
Mighty Run 2009

My very first running group

It was august 2008 when I started to join running events and my first event was Men's Health Miracle Run.
Running Atom, Carlo, Cris, Dexter and I decided to run just for experience. We just want to try and have fun and to burn more calories. That time, we are in the middle of our Appdev Biggest Looser Challenge .
Way back 2008, Running was not as expensive like today. The registration fee was only Php300 and it includes a race bib, Singlet and Loot bag that contains chocolate bars, supplements, MH Magazine and Gatorade. I ran 5K and I cannot recall my exact time anymore but I think its more than an hour.

Men's health Miracle Run 2008

A few months after, We joined the MH Urbanathlon 2008. The event is not just running but also includes hurdles, obstacle course and wall climbing.  We have recruited Cherry Calleja, Jem Estrella, and Mac Pastrana. It was a very challenging and fun event.

Men's Health Ubanathlon 2008

March 2009,  We joined the Men's Health Miracle Run 2009. This time, the group was starting to grow.
We have recruited Shai, Manny, Zen and Roger.
MH Miracle Run 2009
When I started running, my goal was to loose a lot of fats for me to win the weight loss challenge and to have a lean body for summer outing. I have a difficulty in running during those times. I was not able to run continuously, I have to walk after a few kilometers because I was experiencing shin splints and side stitches. I do not even know what PR means and my only concern was to finish the race.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

ANr Ortigas 21K LSD

It was a rainy a Wednesday night, when RunningAtom and I decided to attend Adination ortigas 16th week session. After arriving in Mcdonald's Pearl Drive we saw the ANr Runners taking group pictures so we ran
as fast as we can to join them. There were new faces in ANr Ortigas but they were not strangers to me anymore. Most of them were my running mates in Six:30 running group (UP Based) like Igy,Cyril, and Jonj.

Adination Ortigas Running Group

Every month, Adination Ortigas set a long slow distance or LSD. It was a training routine that helps a runner to build muscles and cardiovascular endurance for longer distance runs. Kowts Luis set a route that will cover 21K run and he also told us where are the stop-over. We started at exactly 8PM.

Our first station was Tiendecitas.

         2nd station: St. Paul

3rd station : St. Martin
  4th Station:  Convenience Store along C5

5th station: The Grove Rockwell
Mcdonald's Libis
Boundary of Katipunan and Marikina 

It was a great night for us because the weather give way to our LSD. The temperature was just fine.I  was able to ran smoothly, I did not experience any shin splints and chaffing but feel a little bit bloated because I consumed 3 Gatorade and 1 mineral water during the run.  After Kilometer 17,  we stop over in Jollibee Green  Meadows for a while.Some of us bought some fries while the other runners refilled their hydration bottles.

The remaining 4 kilometers seems like it was the longest 4K I ever ran. 11:30PM and we are still running in Green Meadows going back to Pearl drive.  Some of us are first timers in 21K Long runs.

Gutom + Antok + Pagod = My 21K Career High in running
We  finished the LSD for 4 hours Road time and 2:43:00 Actual time.  I will never get scared of running half marathon anymore. After ANr Ortigas LSD, I have decided to join my first half marathon race (Camsur Marathon) and I also realized that running long distance is hard but not impossible to finish.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Lets run to build libraries for school children!

A child’s ability to read and learn is by far the most important skill that will get him or her through life. Unfortunately, children all over the country suffer from having little access to books that can feed their minds and broaden their knowledge on various subjects. Public libraries supposed to be their means to learn more are ill equipped, under-funded, unmanned and simply in bad physical condition, therefore failing on their function.

The Philippines only has about 688 public libraries, less than 40% of the required minimum 1,851 libraries to serve 220 congressional districts, 136 cities and 1,495 municipalities. This affects some 40% of the population or nearly 40 million Filipinos as it unacceptably deprives our children of a resource that could spell a difference for their future. Together with National Bookstore’s Buklat Aklat program, the Run to Read fun run was created to raise funds to build Leave-Behind public libraries in rural and less fortunate urban areas to offer hope for our youth’s future.


3k | 5k |10k |15k | 500m for kids

July 1 – August 8, 2010


PHP 500 for 500m for kids (tandem with 1 parent)
PHP 300 for 3k
PHP 350 for 5k
PHP 400 for 10k
PHP 450 for 15k

(Inclusive of singlet, race number and certificate)

Runners and interested participants who’d like to take a step in contributing to this cause can register at:

Secondwind Store QC, 88 Maginhawa St. Teachers Village, Diliman Quezon City
Secondwind Store Ortigas, Ortigas Home Depot, 1 Dona Julia Vargas Ave, Ortigas
All Terra Cyclery, Club 650 Libis, Quezon City
BrandWorX Inc Head Office, Penthouse Eurovilla 2 Bldg., V.A. Rufino St. Makati City
Runnr Store B3 Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City, Philippines
Reebok Festival Supermall, SM Megamall and TriNoma
Royal Sporting House, AliMall, Glorietta 4 and Robinsons Place Ermita

Registration may also be done online thru And if the early bird catches the worm, registrants from July 1- 15, 2010 get P50 off the registration fee. Registration for Run to Read Fun Run is from July 1 to August 8. Fees to participate in the run are from  P350 to P500 depending on the distance.

Be up to date with Run To Read, visit,  for inquiries email