"…i am not a religious man… but my body is my temple… the pavement is my church… every step, a grace from God… every breath, a silent prayer … every distance, a holy blessing… every run, a fervent worship…" ;-P

Just as I was bouncing back from a holiday of all eat no run, I caught a bug that sidelined me another month which meant more added poundage to my already expanding gut.

I figured a nice comeback would be a return to the hills of Sierra Madre. A rolling, weaving stretch of hilly highway my running friends and I used to pass through years ago during our heyday of long distance running. With zero training for a whole month, my body has basically gone back to zero too, both in physical ability and shape. But here went nothing.

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With my running gear fitting tighter than usual, there’s no hiding my weight gain but years of running has conditioned me enough to jump into a 21K race without fear of DNF.

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Hands down to the organizers for a race brimming with uphills and more uphills. I’ve run these roads many times before but I don’t remember it being this tough. I coasted through the downhills but the climbs up took so much of me all I could do was practically drag myself. I almost passed out at the last water station. Good thing there was a store a hundred meters away. My body needed solid food and a shot of sugary drink,just enough to get me to the finish.


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The climb up to finish took it’s toll on me. It’s not easy beating your body by running a half-mary without any preparation whatsoever. I do not recommend it.

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But having Lori award me a finisher’s medal…

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…and seeing the Kamote girls at the finish line was award in itself.

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The race took a lot from me and it took a long time to finish but it was worth all the pain. It’s always great to be back running again!


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What I went through was definitely considered survival!

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I got a cool medal for my efforts!

The event site maybe a little lout of the way but for those tired of the usual routes, it’s a perfect location to test your legs especially if you’re used to flat surfaces. The inclines will give your thighs and glutes so much workout you’ll scream.

Ten Cents to Heaven was a good base to hold the start and finish with enough amenities to cater to the relatively intimate-sized crowd.

Because the area is a favorite of motorbikers and sports car drivers, it felt safe knowing there were plenty of marshalls managing both sides of the road.

Great job to Rundevouz, Itracc & Maxxed for organizing of the toughest races I’ve joined.

Thank you to Running Atom and Running Free Manila for making it possible for me and my friend Jing Guerrero to participate.

Congratulations to every one who finished!

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Photos courtesy of Running Photographers

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The 2-day regional selection camp in Puerto Princesa, Palawan concluded with 3 boys and 1 girl as the first batch of Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA hopefuls. Mary Nicole Carlos- 11 years old; Gerald Dagot- 13 years old; Jam Patrick Tinbancaya- 13 years old; and Jahzeel Jared Trinidad- 13 years old will join the 50 boys and 24 girls during the National Training Camp on April 24 to 26 at PICC Forum Tent and SM Mall of Asia.

 Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska Regional Selection Camp will also be held on February 28-March 1 in Biñan, Laguna at Alonte Sports Arena; Iloilo City on March 7-8 at Ateneo de Iloilo; Baguio on March 14-15 at St. Louis University; Bacolod on March 21-22 at St. John’s Institute; Davao on March 28-29 and Manila on April 11-12 at the PICC Forum.

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Alaska continues their partnership with Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA this year to nurture young boys and girls become better individuals by encouraging them to embrace a healthy lifestyle, not just by drinking milk but also by leading an active lifestyle through sports.

 Become an inspiring athlete too and join Alaska’s sports programs now! NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION. For general information about Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines, please visit www.jrnba.asia/philippines; Alaska Milk Corporation visit www.alaskamilk.com; Alaska Basketball Power Camp visit www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball and for live Twitter updates follow @ALASKAsportshub #JrNBAPH #JrWNBAPH

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL’S EARTH DAY RUN 2015 EXPECTS LARGEST PARTICIPATION OF 20,000 RUNNERS

 Earth Day Run 2015, powered by National Geographic Channel (NGC), will be introducing new and exciting changes to mark its sixth year as one of the biggest running events in the Philippines. With RunRio at the helm, Earth Day Run 2015 is expecting 20,000 runners to participate on April 26, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Open Grounds, with the addition of 5,000 runners for its Baguio leg. Support from the registration of all participants will help raise money for portable solar powered lighting kits that will be sent to communities in Mindoro, a project of NGC’s environmental partner, World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

Fast Facts

Event: Nat Geo Earth Day Run

Date: April 26 2015

Venue: SM MOA

Time: 2AM to 10AM

Race Owner:Fox International Channels

Organizer: RunRio Inc

Charity: World Wildlife Fund for Nature

Target:20,000 Registered Runners

Start and End: Seaside Boulevard

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Herzogenaurach, February 2015 – adidas brings its passion for sport to life with the roll-out of a series of films – Sport 15. All films are based on the insight that sport happens in moments. adidas celebrates the fact that every moment in sport is a chance to redefine yourself and create something new for you or your team.

 In sport, no one owns today – every minute of every game is up for grabs and yours for taking.

Starring in this first wave of Sport 15 are adidas NBA stars Damian Lillard, Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, John Wall and adidas football icons Gareth Bale, Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez and Luis Suarez.

 Follow youtube.com/adidas and join the conversation on Twitter or Instagram @adidasph or on facebook.com/adidasph.

 Videos, pictures and press material are also available for download on: news.adidas.com.

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In its Global Climate Risk Index 2015, Germanwatch listed the Philippines as one of the countries most affected by extreme weather events in 2013.

It also reconfirmed that “less developed countries are generally more affected [by extreme weather] than industrialized countries, and forewarned that “if mitigation efforts are not immediately taken, the world will continue heading down the path towards dangerous climate change.”

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Is it a downward spiral from here? Prayerfully, NO.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” said Chinese Philosopher Lao-tzu. So is the race to protect, respect, and oversee care for Mother Earth.

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To increase awareness on environmental responsibility and raise funds for Earth Day Network Philippines’ continuing projects and programs, do join the PRO Earth Run on 25 April 2015, 4:30AM, Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City. To register, simply click the link below:

http://tackthis.com.ph/proearthrun2015#/home/

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Let’s all run the race for Mother Earth!

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