Kenyan Sets World Marathon Record This Morning @ 2:03:38!

No, it wasn’t broken at today’s Camsur International Marathon and definitely not at this morning’s controversial Manila International Marathon at Roxas Blvd.

The record-setting run was staged at the 38th Berlin Marathon 2011 which was also held this morning by Kenyan Patrick Makau who recorded a world best time of  2 hours 3 minutes 38 seconds (2:03:38).

Here’s the article from the New York Times published today, September 25, 2011:

Makau of Kenya breaking the tape to win the 38th Berlin Marathon this morning with a record-breaking time of 2 hours 3 minutes 38 seconds.

BERLIN — Patrick Makau of Kenya set a world record on Sunday by winning the Berlin Marathon on a flat, searing course in 2 hours 3 minutes 38 seconds.

Kenya swept the day with Florence Kiplagat winning the women’s race in 2:19:44. Paula Radcliffe of England, the women’s world record holder, ran her first marathon in nearly 23 months after giving birth to her second child and easily qualified for the 2012 London Games with a third-place finish in 2:23:46.

Makau, 26, won the Berlin race for the second consecutive year and became the second man to run 26.2 miles under 2:04. The previous record of 2:03:59 was set by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia on this same Berlin course in 2008.

“A new generation is coming that is running very well,” said Makau, who shaved 70 seconds off his previous best of 2:04:48, which was the 2010 Rotterdam Marathon.

In a dramatic moment Sunday, Gebrselassie stopped running for about a minute just before 17 miles, after Makau made a break. Gebrselassie bent over and appearing ill or exhausted. He rejoined the race after about a minute but stopped running before the finish.

At 38, Gebrselassie’s chances of making the Ethiopian marathon team for the 2012 London Games appear to be over. He has now dropped out of his last two marathons, stopping in New York at 16 miles in November with a knee injury; he then retired from running for a brief time.

He is considered by many the greatest distance runner of all time, and has two Olympic gold medals at 10,000 meters (1996 and 2000), but another, more permanent retirement might follow Sunday’s disappointment.

Meanwhile, Makau is on the rise. Last year, in the rain, his socks bunching in his shoes, Makau won in Berlin in 2:05:48. But Sunday, the weather conditions were more accommodating — sunny and 53 degrees — and Makau’s victory , orchestrated by a phalanx of pacesetters, became inevitable after a breakaway at 16.7 miles (27 kilometers).

He might have run a second or two faster, but he had to jump over a small advertising placard in his final strides to align himself with the tape at the finish line.

“This has been the greatest day of my running life,” he said. “When I woke up, my body didn’t feel very good. As the race went on, I felt better. At 25 kilometers, I felt I could break the world record. It’s a great thing to beat Haile, one of my heroes.”

In winning Sunday’s race, Makau established himself as an early favorite at the London Olympics, especially after the reigning Olympic champion, Sammy Wanjiru, a fellow Kenyan, died in a mysterious fall in May.

At the Boston Marathon in April, Kenyans Geoffrey Mutai (2:03:02) and Moses Mosop (2:03:06) ran faster than Makau’s Berlin time, but the Boston course does not qualify for a world record because of its elevation drop and its failure to meet international requirements for a loop course.

There was some consolation for Mosop, his wife, Kiplagat, won the women’s race. Irina Miktenko of Germany, the Berlin winner in 2007 and 2008, finished second Sunday in 2:22:18.

Kiplagat completed her first marathon since dropping out in Boston. She was the 2009 world cross-country champion and the 2010 world half-marathon champion.

The men’s race had six pacemakers in a v-shaped formation, leading a pack of five elite runners. By 16.7 miles, the pacemakers were down to two, paving the way for the remaining contenders, Makau and Gebrselassie.

Makau then moved from one side of the road to another and made a decisive break. Gebrselassie slipped behind and then stepped off the course, put his hand over his stomach and bent over, as if he were going to throw up.

But 51 seconds later, desperately needing a fast time to preserve his shot at making the Ethiopian Olympic marathon team, Gebrselassie jumped back into the race. One pacemaker, then another, eventually drifted back to assist him, but he could not complete the course.

By 18.5 miles, Makau had dropped his final pacemaker and was on his own. In April, he had fallen at the London Marathon but recovered to finish third in 2:05:45. That did not happen on Sunday as Makau ran unimpeded, arms swinging wide, drawing away with a muscular style that made him the fastest marathoner in history.

Meanwhile Radcliffe, 37, had mixed feelings about finishing third, a placement that came after a difficult year of a thyroid illness and back problems.

“I’m some ways, I’m happy; in other ways, I’m disappointed with third place,” Radcliffe said. “It’s been a tough year. With everything I had to go through, I should accept this. At least I have an Olympic qualifying time. Now I have to build on that for London.”

–Jere Longman

This is the link to the article http://www.nytimes.com/

500 Smile Run: Different Miles For Different Smiles

500 Miles Run: November 6, 2011 Race

Run held last Sunday, September 18

Different Race, different organizers but both for the same cause! The Miles For Smiles Run, organized by the Noordhoff  Craniofacial Foundation Philippines held a very successful race last Sunday with proceeds going for the treatment of cleft lip and palate, and other craniofacial abnormalities of Pinoy children.

This time, the Operation Smile Philippines is organizing their own race, the 500 Smile Run (with main sponsors, Smart and PLDT) on November 6, 2011 to provide reconstructive surgery to at least 1,500 Filipino children and young adults in 10 days through 8 simultaneous surgical missions in various parts of the country, namely, Bacolod, Cavite, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, South Cotabato, Makati, Naga and Pampanga.

Like the Miles For Smiles Run, the 500 Smiles Run hopes to create a positive difference in the lives of many Filipinos with cleft lip or palate, including other facial deformities.   It means making possible quality medical treatment and care reach the less-priveleged ones, including advocating for them in the long-run, their social acceptance and respect due to them from their families and the public as well.

I was able to attend the 500 Smiles Run launch last night and was able to hear the Doctors and medical volunteers relay their experiences who desire to give their knowledge, expertise, and sacrifice–all for free to their countrymen, especially the children.

If you weren’t able to support and run last Sunday’s Miles For Smiles-Run For Cleft Care, now is the chance for you to give your help and support for these children with facial deformities and create smiles, change lives and turn a life around!

Here are the details of the race:

Event name:

The 500 Smile Run

Main Presenter: PLDT & SMART

Objectives:

  • Generate funds for Operation Smile’s 30th Anniversary Missions in 8 sites around the country
  • Promote awareness for Operation Smile
  • Create a venue for direct public involvement and support for Operation Smile’s cause      

Event dates and venue:

  • November 6, 2011 at the Quirino Grandstand, RizalPark, Manila
  • November 27, 2011 at the Rizal Park, in Davao City

Minimum Target number of runners for the event:

  • 6,000 (Manila)
  • 2,000 (Davao)

Race Categories & Fees (Manila):

  • 500meter dash for children    = Php300
  • 3 kilometer run                      = Php500
  • 5 kilometer run                      = Php500
  • 10 kilometer run                    = Php650
  • 16 kilometer run                    = Php800

Race Categories & Fees (Davao):

  • 3 KM, 5 KM and 10KM          = Php350
  • 16 kilometer run                    = Php650
REGISTRATION CENTERS:

Chris Sports (Registration Period: September 23 – November 3, 2011):
SM Fairview
SM Manila
Robinsons Place Ermita

Puma Stores (Registration Period: October 7- November 3, 2011)
Bonifacio High Steet
Trinoma
Greenbelt 5
Cash N’ Carry (Buendia)

Smart Business Centers (Registration Period: October 7- November 3, 2011)
Ayala Avenue Head Office
Megamall

Pictures from last night’s launch:

Jay Em (standing left) Asst. Race Director with one of the Doctors from Operation Smile

That's Dr. Zena, one of the medical volunteers

Bloggers Rain, Amanda, Eman and his friend

Jet Paiso, giving out the boring sign...

Pretty runners at our table

Team Heartbreakers: Jixee, Glo and Beth

With Carina and Noelle

Blogapalooza: Odds and Ends

Last Saturday afternoon at the Fully Booked store,  Bonifacio High Street, I met up with some of my runner-blogger friends to attend the first ever blogapalooza, a by invitation-only event for selected Pinoy bloggers to interact with the business community who are promoting their products and services through the medium of blogging.

Not since the yearly iblog summit have I seen so many bloggers under one roof and it was nice to interact with them more loosely and in one very friendly atmosphere. One thing to be expected when these businesses promote their goods and services is being given samples of their products.

The products presented were wide and varied. I’m talking hotel rooms for 50% off, Phiten accessories, personal care products, a week’s worth of free pass in a fitness health club and as many Gift Certificates in restaurants and spas as you can have.

Here’s what I managed to get:

Bagfull of sample products

There were interesting odds and ends that gave color to this event and it was such a marathon gathering, listening to the different presentations of sponsors and it took me a long while to get all the info processed and sorted but in all, it was a worthwhile endeavor. There was very little or none that i can remember on sports and running apparel so I wish they’d invite these companies to present next time;-)

Here are some of the highlights which I found very interesting:

Part of the crowd at the event as more people were standing at the back. That's DJ Vince Golangco on stage, one of the main organizers of the event

That's a photo printer, worn as a back pack. The guy tugging it takes a picture of you and the print comes out of that machine in a few seconds. Real cool, huh? Here's their site: http://kameraman.ph/

From that machine comes this picture of Carinz, Amanda and myself

No, we're not being shot at. That's Lazerxtreme's state of the art tag game system that's great for team games. You can visit their site at http://www.lazerxtreme.com.ph

That's blogger Earth Rullan showing us how to eat hot dogs no matter what size it is. That's from Size Matters Sausages Burgers along Tomas Morato. You can check their website here. http://www.munchpunch.com. Earth, thanks for giving me a slice of that Doggie you ate.:-)

It was my favorite part of the event! A Polecat member showing her wares! Her group, the Polecats Manila offers pole dance class and if you're interested i have 1 complimentary pole dance session, good for 1 day. You can check them out at: http://www.polecatsmanila.com

Great looking gluteus maximus!

They wrote all our blog names on a board. Nice!

In a nutshell, the Blogapalooza event was a huge success! I met some amazing people, and saw and old friend way back from our days in Hongkong! I have to give a shout out to DJ Vince Golangco for doing a wonderful job in organizing this event and on top of the swags that i got, we even got to hitch a ride on that plushy China-made van, Chana that took us from the Fort to Ayala Avenue on my way to another meeting in Makati.

Till the next Blogapalooza..See you all!

Skechers Pro Speed: A True Running Shoe

There’s a new running shoe on the block! And this is more of the real McCoy than their previous version, the Skechers Resistance Runner (SRR) which I reviewed months ago here. The new Skechers is called Pro Speed and is much lighter, agile and looks more of a running shoe. I was able to test run the shoe for a few minutes on the treadmill and the performance and feel seems promising. I cant give a comprehensive review right now as, I’ve said, I just got to try it for a few minutes to get its feel.

The Pro Speed was launched last night at its main store at the Market! Market! Mall in Taguig and it had as a special guest, Miss Chinggay Andrada, a certified professional Fitness Trainer and co-host to the popular local reality tv series, The Biggest Loser. Chinggay is one gregarious host, very friendly, far from the stern personality she has with the show’s contestants.

Also met the pretty Katrina Ong, Marketing Communications Officer of Skechers and their efficient service staff.

A short description of the shoe:

  • The ProSpeed SRR features the patented Smart Shoe™ Technology, the rocker-bottom that guides runners into mid-foot strike position. This mid-foot strike design transforms the energy of impact, through the Kinetic Return System, into forward motion with every stride.
  • The shoes literally give runners a spring in their step as they feel a distinctive bounce forward upon toe-off or push off,”
  • The Skechers ProSpeed SRR is also lightweight due to the Resalyte™ cushioning with memory retention that reduces impact for a supported, comfortable ride during runs. Each ProSpeed comes in just under 10 oz. per shoe depending on the size.

Here are some pictures of the event last night:

Bloggers waiting in front of the Skechers store at Market! Market!.

With the lovely Katrina Ong, Skechers Marketing Communications Officer

With Chinggay Andrada, trainer/co-host of The Biggest Loser Philippines

The guys with Chinggay

With blogger/writer/ultra-marathoner Vicky Ras

With another ultra-runner, Mitz Estuar

Bloggers group picture

The Rolling Hills of Tanay

One stretch of the zigzag road in Tanay, Rizal

This wasn’t my idea of a “break” I sorely needed. After 14 consecutive days of running (took the whole day off on the 15th), the thought of doing another 3-4 hour LSD yesterday, Sunday, was not going to be a pleasant one. Then along came Tanay, Rizal, a running haven which my group had finally agreed upon after some “vicious” deliberations on where to run this time, tired of the Ortigas-Ultra cycle we had been doing regularly.

The winding highway inside Tanay, its rolling hills, clean air, magnificent mountain vistas and the relative absence of traffic made us want to come back again to explore its charms at a leisurely pace. I was with Betty, Tonet and first-timers to Tanay, Leo, Sylvia, Alex and Elaine. For me, this was just going to be a leisurely, picture-taking pace and for the others, a hill training session (the hills here are treacherous!) but no matter what you call it, it’s going to be a sight-seeing run!

We all met at Masinag, near the entrance to Antipolo at about 4:00am and after buying some provisions of water and food, we headed off to Tanay for the one-hour drive. The early fog was breaking through the roads and we had to slow down until we reached the Sierra Madre Resort, our starting point which by then was still closed to customers. It was pretty cold outside so some of the ladies had to wear light jackets initially and just strip them off at our vehicle support once they were fully warmed-up.

After running for a few hundred meters, I had forgotten to switch on my garmin so I spent the next few minutes fumbling with the dials in pitch darkness to get it to initialize and finding the satellite signal that I had to resort to walking to sort things out. Our target distance, a 30 kms out and back route, starting at the Sierra Madre Resort and turn back after the 15km mark, the same route we did early last year with the Takbo.ph runners.

As always, the fastest among us, Sylvia was raging in front followed by hubby Leo, Elaine, Alex then Betty. Tonet and I were at the tail-end, content with our 7:30 snail pace while taking pictures of the view.

Along the route, I found no less than 4 running groups, most of whom I had the pleasure of running together in different long runs. And like myself, they were coming to grips with the steep hills and getting those mileages up in their own training.

Below are some of the pictures that we took.

Barring any storms or typhoons, this is a great time of year to be running the hills of Tanay. It was cool and overcast (perfect running weather), the roads were dry and the trees and flowers were in full bloom after some rains we had the past few days. I would highly recommend Tanay to anyone looking for a different venue with that rustic, scenic view.

There was just one thing that marred this particular Sunday run and that was the pollution. Not air pollution by any means but the noise polluted by those thundering motor bikes that zigzagged the course and there were hundreds of them! Those powerful BMWs, Ducatis, Harleys, Kawasakis and other smaller bikes were ringing in my ears for several hours. Happens that there was this new motor bike track being inaugurated at the outskirts of the main highway and many groups and clubs of riders were on hand to witness the event.

We ran a total of 30.45 kms in close to 5 hours, including picture stops, eating and walking breaks (there goes my “break”!) It’s a tough but satisfying trot through the mountain ranges, a perfect venue to venture outside of the neighborhood and conquer those steely hills.

Starting on the right foot: A low mountain looms during the early part of the run

Foggy crest right along our course

One trail leading to the inner mountains of the Sierra Madre

That's Tonet running along the road signs

Facing a mountain wall

Tonet poses at the middle. No riders yet this early

About to pass two runners, one wearing a run united shirt

As green as it can get

Large boulders to sit by

One odd view along the highway

It's all downhill from here

A view from the other side, starring Tonet

A small waterfall along the road

Meeting Dyep and Danica along the road

Then there's Aileen and Glo

Team aNR UP-Heartbreakers!

Finally, we see Alex and Sylvia on their way back

Elaine and Leo were not far behind

The lady in (dark) pink?

"Thelma" look-alike? That's Betty who should have played the role of "Thelma's" mom:-)

Meeting Mila and her friend who were doing a 40k run

One of the route's breath-taking view

Riders begin to arrive in droves

A view at the 27th km mark

Finally back at the Sierra Madre Resort with Team CB and Team KTT

Rey, runner at left seems to have ran non-stop all his life

Stressed!

I admit it and I’m going to be honest about it.  I am SPENT! Really EXHAUSTED to the point of collapse! And I need to stop all this running that I’ve been doing!

This has been an overwrought 2 weeks from a training perspective. Since the 2nd Avenue Earth Run 21k two Sundays ago, I have been running almost every day, 7 days a week and twice on some days if I’m not too busy at work. I follow a sort of hard-easy day schedule but the short, easy days become a somewhat “active recovery” run that can get my heartbeat on double time.

I’ve been kind of obsessed in getting in those mileages and I think I’m falling into the mental trap of thinking—if a little is good, a lot is better. And if I did “OK” running the Earth Run half-marathon just running 60 kilometers a week, maybe I should be doing better with 80 or 90kms/week?

The last 3 days have been a struggle that I observed my energy levels sagging a bit specially in mid-afternoon when there’s still more to do at work and at home. Also, I’ve noticed some muscle soreness in my lower back, calf muscles and feet and I’m just hoping that the dreaded Plantar Fasciitis doesn’t come back. Signs of over-training, I guess.

So, I didn’t do any running today, absolutely no running! Still, I went to the gym instead and met-up with Betty, Leo, Sylvia and Elaine to do what was supposed to be a relaxing spinning session and some mild stretching which I thought would give my aching muscles and the rest of my body some respite from the rigors of pounding the roads every day.

Leo, Betty and Sylvia doing their medicine ball thing

And yet, I know the relaxation thing didn’t happen as I’m finding myself nodding my head as i’m typing right now. This is what we did at the gym:

  • 20 mins of of core exercises with the medicine ball
  • 30 mins of spinning
  • 15 minutes of floor exercises and
  • 30 minutes of circuit/resistance training with nautilus machines

I completely goofed the floor exercises as I couldn’t even sustain the plank movements for more than 3 seconds! I got to be one of the most inflexible person on earth! Betty is a pro when it comes to core exercises as she instructs like a licensed personal instructor! Leo, who is 67 years old but who has the strong, agile frame of a 35 year-old triathlete got me through the resistance machines, as I lowered the weights following his routine.

Failed big time on this one:-(

I was totally washed-out after doing these work-outs that I could barely stand while waiting for the elevator at the lobby.

I really don’t want to put much energy into cross-training activities specially those that are hard to perform. However, I know that these exercises strengthen different muscle groups and add variety to your training but doing an additional work-out to an already stressed body doesn’t help if it only contributes to over-training.

Seems easier just to run!

NIKE We Run Manila 10K

Mizuno, Brooks, Reebok, Adidas, New Balance, Merrell, to name some of the more popular running shoes, have all successfully staged their own races here in the country and have been a regular fixture in the local race calendar which runners highly anticipate joining in.

Nike, which has been mostly silent on the racing scene for the past two years, is now coming up with a race of its own dubbed the NIKE-We Run Manila 10k, one of a series of 10k runs conducted in 15 major cities around the world which will be conducted until the end of this year.

This is going to be a night run, to start at about 6:30pm on October 15, 2011 and will be held on a revised route at the Fort Bonifacio Global City. This race is going to be directed by Coach Rio dela Cruz himself, one of the country’s Nike ambassadors. Right after the race, there will be a party of sorts with booze and live bands entertaining the runners.

I was able to attend Nike’s launching of this race at the Fully Booked Store at Bonifacio High Street and we were briefed by no less than Nike’s Country Manager, Ms. Mae Dichupa as she discussed the concept and details of the Nike We Run Manila 10k.

Ms. Mae Dichupa of Nike

Here’s a tip. If you are to register for this race, register for two as you get a big discount if you register in twos as detailed in the following press release below:

Running bloggers

Manila, September 2011 – Witness the fusion of running, music and Manila’s night urbanscape come to life as Nike Philippines launches We Run Manila 10K. We Run Manila 10k pays homage to runners and aims to connect Manila’s running community even further by celebrating the concept of We Run – where runners connect, motivate and inspire each other. Furthermore, We Run Manila 10K takes pride by being the first-of-its-kind run that invites Filipino runners to gather and celebrate their love for the sport, music and the country.

“If you have a body, you are an athlete,” Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, defining how he viewed the endless possibilities for human potential. In the same tone, we pay tribute to our runners who routinely push themselves and motivate others to achieve that extra step, pace or mile and ultimately be the best runner they can be.

The race is part of the Nike We Run City 10k races happening in multiple cities such as Seoul (South Korea), Monterrey (Mexico) and Santiago (Chile) that promises a unique run experience combining running and music. The 8,000 runners from Manila will be part of the 150,000 runners from cities across continents to run in this year’s Nike We Run City 10k runs. Manila is the 3rd city in Southeast Asia and one of the 15 cities around the world participating in the Nike City 10k races from now until the end of the year.

This night run will happen on October 15 and will take the runners traversing the heart of the city’s rising business and lifestyle district – Fort Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. At the end of the race the runners will be treated with performances by Chicosci, Parokya ni Edgar.

“With Nike’s very first 10k run in Manila, we want to harness the energy of runners and celebrate their individual and cumulative achievements and motivations as we usher in a new season of running,” shared Nike Philippines Marketing Manager Mae Dichupa. “We all have experienced coming to that point in our run when that extra step or mile is a little harder but we feel that adrenaline kick in when we visually register another runner keep pace or pass us on our running route and once conquered, we feel better motivated and more in tuned with ourselves and other runners. We Run Manila 10k is all about just that – it’s the best avenue for runners to relinquish their love for the sport and place it a notch higher by appreciating it against the vibrant culture of urban Manila.”

The registration for Nike We Run Manila 10k race will commence on September 5 (Monday) at Nike Park Fort, RunnR Bonifacio High Street and Shangri-la Plaza, online through www.facebook.com/NikeRunningPH and in select universities. Registration fees and categories as follows:

Age Entry for 1 person Entry for 2 people
Under 25 yrs old PhP 750.00 PhP 1,300.00
25 yrs old & above PhP 1,000.00 PhP 1,300.00

A special discount for registered runners will also be available at select Nike stores.

Categories:

Individual

  1. Women’s Under 25 – For women aged 24 years and below on the race day
  2. Men’s Under 25 – For men age 24 years and below on the race day
  3. Women’s Open – Open to women of all ages
  4. Men’s Open – Open to men of all ages

School Challenge – School Team Category – Colleges and Universities

In the spirit of WE RUN, Nike will launch the Run Buddy Run Nike+ Challenge to celebrate the motivational aspect of running with a buddy! Running has long been referred to as a personal endeavour, but despite the individual nature of the sport, running is an intensely communal pursuit too. The Run Buddy Run Nike+ Challenge takes on the idea of run clubs, training groups and community to broaden the appeal of physical running into the virtual world. Driven through Nike Running Philippines Facebook page and the Nike+ platform, the challenge will see pairs of run buddies race it out to win a VIP Race Day Experience at the We Run Manila 10K, and other Nike prizes.

Challenge mechanics below:

  1. Visit Nike Running Philippines Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NikeRunningPH and check out the WE RUN MANILA 10K tab.
  2. Click on RUN BUDDY RUN and sign up with your run buddy.
  3. Once you’ve joined the challenge with your run buddy, lace up your running shoes and hit the road!
  4. Sync your KMs to Nike+ and follow the daily leader board updates on the Nike Running Philippines Facebook page.

Join us at the Nike We Run Manila 10K race to run for yourselves, for buddies, for fitness and for fun and when it’s all done, join us at the Race Village for a host of music and entertainment to celebrate being a runner.

Here’s the latest registration site update (as of September 08, 2011)

SITE DAY TIME START DATE START TIME
NIKE STADIUM ATC DAILY 11:00AM – 8:00PM SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 3:30PM
NIKE PARK GREENBELT 3 DAILY 11:00AM – 8:00PM SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 2:30PM
NIKE FORUM GREENHILLS DAILY 11:00AM – 8:00PM SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 12:00NN
TOBY’S ARENA SHANGRI-LA DAILY 11:00AM – 8:00PM SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 11:00AM
NIKE STADIUM POWERPLANT MALL DAILY 11:00AM – 8:00PM SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 2:00PM

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NikeRunningPH or follow us on twitter via @NikePH.