What Questions Would You Ask Scott Jurek During His Talk Here In Manila?

Scott Jurek is our sport’s towering living legend! He is one of running’s catalyst not only in the U.S. but all around the world and ultra running is what it is today because of him! He has been acclaimed as the best ultra runner of his time, won almost all of the prestigious ultramarathons in the world and changed the whole sport.

Jurek. (Photo from running.competitor.com)

As many of you are aware, Scott Jurek will be coming to Manila on December 10 and to Cebu City on the 12th, to give lectures about his rise in the sport of ultrarunning and about his famous vegan diet. His book, Eat and Run relays his experiences competing in 100-plus-mile ultra races and thriving on a plant-based nutrition where he shares the advantages of embracing this diet.

He is considered a pacesetter, an icon of distance running. His passion, brilliance and energy is the source of many an inspiration for ordinary runners to pursue the world of ultra running!

Meanwhile, i was pondering on what questions to ask him after he gives his lectures and this will be during the Q and A portion of his talk. I’m pretty sure that all sort of questions have been thrown his way about his vegan diet, training, ultra races, injuries, victories, running gear, nutrition, etc. so i’ll deviate a little and go for something off-base in my questions.

Here’s five (5) questions i would like to ask him:

1.  Who among the present crop of ultra runners impresses you most? What accomplishment did he/she do that made you really impressed?

2.  Who would you consider a “hero” in your life and why?

3.  Has your wife Jenny, or your mother-in-law Lee, cooked any Filipino vegetable dishes that you liked? Have you tried the Ilocano dishes “Pinakbet” and “Dinengdeng”? (Jenny is half-Filipina, half- Japanese. Her mother and grandfather are from Ilocos Sur.)

4.  If invited to run an ultra race here in the Philippines, would you oblige accepting running in one, let’s say a race organized by Frontrunner Magazine? How often do you accept offers when you race abroad?

5. What other sport would you have competed in, if you were not running ultra distances?

My “bonus” question:

6. Are you aware of boxing great, Manny Pacquiao? Do you think Manny can beat Floyd Mayweather if the latter accepts the challenge? 🙂

So, if you are attending his lectures, what questions are you going to ask him?

Please do share your questions on the comments section below and i just might include to ask these after his lecture.

From his Facebook page today, November 27, 2014.

And by the way, tickets for these lectures are still available. See poster and details at https://jazzrunner.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/scott-jurek-philippines-live-lecture-series/


Food Review: Museum Cafe at Greenbelt 4

When i run at the Ayala Triangle in the Makati area (which isn’t often), i usually see this large cafe just beside the Ayala Museum brimming with office workers, runners and triathletes sipping coffee with their food outside the front door, al fresco and i thought this should be a perfect way to have coffee and a light breakfast after a training run. I did get to visit the place and thought of writing something about it.

Museum Cafe or M Cafe:  Situated within the periphery of the Ayala Museum, this engaging three-in-one offering (bar, restaurant and café) owes its distinct pedigree from the Raintree Restaurant Group that also owns the Grand Cafe Chelsea, Momo Cafe, Stella and the Kabila Filipino Bistro, which is just situated beside M Cafe.

M Cafe’s interior

The interior is contemporary. The hanging crystal-like baloon lamps, rug decor, high ceilings and modern art works has its charms, but on a warm night, it’s the food and the ambiance inside that diners flock to. I was able to check out the place 3 weeks ago on a late lunch when we were invited by PR marketing giant Ogilvy & Mather to a product-service launching.

The all-day menu has built itself as an Asian Cuisine with a modern twist. It fuses Chinese, Filipino and other Asian flavors in innovative combinations resulting in inventive, flavorful dishes i wished i get to sample everyday.

After an appetizer of crispy shrimp ukoy, i had some delectable sharksfin dimsun, freshly steamed with its special light soy, chili and calamansi sauce. The Vietnamese spring rolls is similar to our Lumpia Shanghai but made a bit spicier because of fresh Asian herbs that was garnished into it. The sweetfire chicken wings was another winner as it had that buffallo wings thingy taste–juicy and spicy and it did well with the garlic yogurt dip.

I also had a slicing of the pizza which had bits of Spanish ham (jamon), garlic onions, olives and cilantro. Although uniquely their own, there was nothing eventful about it.  The Mpanada was filling, with generous ground meat and herbs to give it a stirring taste. New to me was the Asian Crab Cake and their special, the Pipino Ensalada which is shredded cucumbers with red and white radish.

Prices here are not cheap, but there’s no arguing that this is a quality dining experience. Note that M Cafe shares the menu of their sister restaurant, the Kabila Filipino Bistro which is immediately beside them at Greenbelt 4.

Here are the pics of my food sampling:

Shrimp Ukoy – P195.00

Fried Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Crispy Lumpia) P295.00

Sweetfire Chicken Wings – P325.00

Pizza Rustica Spanish – P495.00

Ensalada Pipino at Labanos- P95.00

Mpanada – P195.00

Sharksfin Cilantro Dumpling – P225.00

M’s Asian Crab Cakes – P425.00

Dalandan Iced Tea – P125.00

Trail Chronicles #24: The Other Side of Timberland

There are still so much to look at here at Timberland and explore. If you look past the former garbage dump when you’re on the trails past Shotgun Road, there’s a nice little chunk of woods at the other side of this dumpster that runners try to avoid because it’s either stinky running near it or they just don’t know how to get there.

But not any more. Dumping of trash has been controlled and the stench coming from this landfill has been reduced considerably as there is a landfill-to-energy project here that captures methane and converted into natural gas and energy resource.

There are a few runnable trails that connects the usual trails inside Timberland Heights and past this landfill with several smaller offshoot trails. Perennial trail running partner Jun and i went beyond our comfort zones and explored a few kilometers of random single track paths. You run through both wide open areas and under a lush treeline and can truly get the feeling of floating over a mountain ridge even though you know you’re only a few breaths from a landfill!

It’s been almost 6 months since i came last to this place. There were routes that are now barricaded with steel wires near the back entrance of Timberland as the land owners want to limit bikers and runners who frequent the area so be prepared to venture out for alternate routes.

Here’s a glimpse of our Timberland adventure:

Beeffalo Restaurant: Marikina’s Best Kept Secret

I was relieved to finally reach the Beeffalo By Hotrocks Restaurant at Sto. Nino, Marikina last night after the horrendous traffic along Aurora Boulevard which almost came to a standstill. What was supposed to be a 25 minuted drive took me about 2.5 hours to negotiate.

Beeffalo is located a kilometer away from the Marikina Sports Complex and it’s behind the Blue Wave at Marquinton Mall. With no directional signages nor even small billboards to direct diners to this food sanctuary,  the place has become a veritable best kept secret of Marikina. Their baby back ribs, porterhouse steak and delectable desserts are some of the reasons why people as far as Alabang, Bulacan and Laguna would suddenly appear at their doorsteps armed only with their google maps and memorized verbal instructions given to them by people they’ve asked along the route.

Arriving at the Beeffalo way past our appointed time for our scheduled dinner, i saw long lines of cars parked in front of this resto, with lights glistening from inside. And this place is serious! Originally intended as a small eatery, the edifice is actually made up of container vans refurbished in the style of the old american roadhouses and is filled with retro design features: vintage television set; an antique sewing machine, a rotary dial telephone, 50’s bicycles and an old original Vespa scooter, many of them donated or lent by friends.

The look is certainly distinctive but the effect is homey, where families and friends can gather together and enjoy watching their food being grilled in the barbecue pit located at one corner of the entrance. The smell of barbecue smoke was enticing while the sight of meats being grilled was mouth watering!

Omar at the bbque pit

The house-like ambiance was packed with customers and walking past peoples’ plates, i knew i was going to have another gastronomical experience.

The garden area

The indoor dining area

Roofed Al Fresco

The main attraction though is the menu, loosely styled on American cuisine with steaks (T-bone and Porterhouse with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetable salad added), baby back ribs, (tender and succulent) buffalo chicken wings (very hot or sweet n spicy) and even thin-crust biscuit pizzas (all fresh ingredients). Of course, there’s also the all-time Filipino favorite like “inihaw na liempo” and street food barbecue like isaw, tenga and bulaklak!

Our Porterhouse was exemplary, thin but soft. But be careful when ordering the buffalo wings– the original style is really, really hot! We particularly like the endlessly refilled cucumber lemonade but we were offered wine as well, carefully selected by co-owner and Executive Chef, Girlie Cosio-Abad who has them shipped from California.

The portions are large and generous so ideally, it is best to have 3 or more people as it’s more a “family style” dining and you get lots of extras.

Queues are common specially during week-ends. Fridays and Saturdays are almost full to the brim! They also accept bookings for special occasions.

Beeffalo’s facade

Adding to the delight of discovering this new digs is that Beeffalo’s General Manager and Chef Girlie’s husband, Louie Abad is a long distance runner and is currently training for his first ever 42k marathon under The Bull Runner’s TBR Dream Marathon this coming February, 2015.  He would walk from table to table or give instructions to his service staff then would sit again on our table asking tips on all things running. One unanimous advice we gave him— quit smoking!

Louie has been in the restaurant business for more than 8 years so he’s comfortable holding court specially if you want to talk with him about food but obviously, all he’s thinking now is how he would finish his first marathon with 3 months to go and with very little training!

I’ll now gloat on the food we had last night and trying to sample all had me so full and bloated!

Bon Appetit!

Roasted Pumpkin Soup — P65.00

Seafood and Corn Chowder — P90.00

Taco Bbq Salad (for two) — P275.00

Beeffalo Wings: Original Buffalo Style (with Blue Cheese Dip) Hot or Sweet — P195.00

Street Food Barbecue Platter

Porterhouse Steak (250g) — P385.00

Baby Back Ribs Single (with Java Rice) — P270.00

Baby Back Ribs Full (with Java Rice) — P740.00

Garlic Shrimp Pasta (Cream-based sauce with rich garlic flavor) — P195.00

Classic Baked Potato Mash — P65.00

Pepperoni Pizza — P140.00

Margherita (Fresh Tomato and Basil) Pizza — P145.00

Beeffalo Home-made Special Sauce (Red Chili, Green Chili and B-BQ Sauce)

Brazo De Mercedes — P125.00

Dulce De Leche Cheese Cake — P165.00

Charles Shaw Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)

Nachos (Salsa or Spinach Dip) — P135.00

Cucumber Lemonade — P60.00/95.00

The people behind Beeffalo by Hotrocks. L-R: Louie Abad, General Manager; Girlie Cosio-Abad, Executive Chef and Caren Diaz, Finance Manager

L-R: Girlie Abad, Ruth Floresca, Noy Floresca, me, Caren Diaz, Nana Nadal and Louie Abad





Rudy Project: Holiday Sale Starts Tomorrow

I love Rudy Project for their awesome sports glasses which are impressive for their unique styles and use of materials. I purchased my first pair about 2 years ago, wore it for a year until it got stolen together with other valuables that was placed in a shoulder bag. I got a replacement since and it’s currently on rotation with my other sports glasses i use during my trail runs.

I particularly liked the style and quality of the frame which was ahead of its other competitors in terms of design and functionality.

This brand has now branched into other products like road bike helmets, sports watches, sports bags and many more accessories. If you’re looking for the Rudy Project products, a grand sale is in the offing starting tomorrow at the Tektite Auditorium (PSE Building), Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Sale includes other brands but it’s the Rudy Project that has a wide selection to choose from. The sale will be from November 16 until November 22, 2014.

Check it out folks!


Holiday Treats from Rudy Project

Rudy Project brings you its much anticipated Annual Holiday Sale! Right in time for your Christmas Shopping run, get your hands on the latest in Technically Cool gear with ridiculously low prices and jaw dropping deals!

Mark your calendars for this huge sports blow out happening on November 16 to 21 at the Tektite Tower, Ortigas Center.

A few Holiday Treats you can look forward to are: Free Special Edition items; Additional 5% off for BDO Credit Card holders; Free Gift Wrapping; Buy 1 Take 1 deals on Rudy Project Rydon Eye Wear; Free Donuts from November 17 to 21; 40% off on all ORCA items; Special Promos on Rudy Projects Helmets and Bags; Buy 2 Get 1 offers on EFX bracelets; and a 20/20 Promo on Rudy Project Eyewear!

Enjoy Huge Discounts and get Big Savings in the best Holiday Sale in sports gear from a brand trusted by both athletes and sports enthusiasts. It’ll be a very Merry Christmas, indeed!

Rudy Project Technically Cool, for more information check out their website www.rudyproject.com.ph

2014 Run United HP Recovery Run


Run United HP Recovery Run in partnership with Enervon HP

Date: December 14, 2014
Venue: The Fort, BGC
Categories: 5k, 10k & 21k

The Run United HP Recovery Run is a non-competitive run designed to help progressive runners embrace the value of recovery and how its proper application can help them establish future personal records. It will be held on December 14, 2014 with 5km, 10km & 21km race categories. All categories will have a start and finish at the 34th St. The Fort, BGC.

All finishers will learn more about the proper application of various recovery regimens at the Enervon HP Recovery Village. Each activity has been developed in partnership with the University of Santo Tomas, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Science and Physical Therapy Departments



In-store purchase of the prepaid cards will be available at the following stores, from 12:00NN to 8:00PM Monday to Sunday starting November 17, 2014.

•B1 Bonifacio High St. The Fort, Taguig City
Toby’s Galleria
•3F Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Toby’s SM North
•SM North – The Block G/F, North Ave. cor. EDSA Quezon City
Toby’s MOA
•SM Mall of Asia, G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd, Manila





•  Should have at least joined one Run United trilogy race series this year (2014) regardless of the distance you ran.
• Limited slots only. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race slots may run out before November 30, 2014.
• Participants are encouraged to wear any of their 2014 RU singlet/finisher shirt, no singlet will be provided.
• Runner participants who register at the stores will receive their race bib with D-tag upon purchase. A Valid ID must be presented upon registration.
• Those who will be registering for their friends must buy a prepaid card. The race bib with d-tag will be delivered on or before December 7, 2014.
• Finishers’ shirt sample sizes will be available for fitting at the registration centers.
• All finishers will receive a limited edition HP Recovery Tech Shirt.
• D-Tag will be provided to every participant to get the runner’s accurate time result and must be surrendered to claim the finisher’s item after the race.

• Race results will be available within three (3) days after the race at http://www.unilabactivehealth.com website.
For online and in-store registration inquiries:
• Landline (+632) 703 1736 or (+632) 463 4814
• Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm only, except holidays.

At the launching of the HP Recovery Run 2014

Press Release:

Unilab Active Health will be holding the Run United HP Recovery Run, in partnership with Enervon HP recovery drink, a unique, non-competitive running event exclusive to 2014 Run United finishers that aim to consistently exceed themselves. Only 2014 Run United finishers will be allowed to participate in the event. All activities from gun start to finish aims to educate the running community on how proper recovery practices during and after an intense workout plays a vital role in enhancing race performances.

The participants of the 5km and 10km recovery run categories will be led by guest pacers such as top coach, Coach Ani De Leon Brown, and National Team Athletes like Claire Adorna and John Chicano in guiding them on the best recovery pace for a run. The 5km recovery run category will have 8, 9, and 10 minute per kilometer recovery paces while the 10km recovery run category will have 8, 9, 10 and 11 minute per kilometer recovery run paces.

The 21km category is intended for participants who wish to do an easy, long distance run to cap off a full season of long distance running for the year but still want to learn more from expert guests about proper recovery after the race.

“Through this event, our goal is to help progressive runners embrace the value of recovery programs and how its proper application can help establish future personal records. Progressive runners always desire to do a PR and UNILAB Active Health aims to provide them with different solutions in achieving this goal. Recovering as hard as your training can help them continuously become a better version of themselves,” says Lester P. Castillo, UNILAB Active Health Sports Events Executive.

After crossing the finish line, all participants gain access to the 1st Enervon HP Recovery Village where all activities have been developed with Sports Science experts from the University of Santo Tomas, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Science and Physical Therapy Departments. The village will be divided into key zones: physical recovery, sports nutrition recovery, and mental recovery. Some of the activities will feature hot and cold treatment, flexibility exercises, self myofascial release, and periodization counseling.

Participants will also get a chance to enjoy a cold glass of Enervon HP Recovery drink. Enervon HP Recovery is formulated with the ideal 3:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio that can help repair worn-out muscles and restore lost energy with carbohydrates, B-complex vitamins, and essential minerals. Enervon HP Recovery is best taken within 45 minutes after a workout for best nutrient absorption.

The Run United HP Recovery run in partnership with Enervon HP will be held on December 14, 2014 with 5-kilometer & 10-km Recovery Runs, as well as 21-km Easy Long Run categories, all starting and finishing at 34th St. in The Fort, Bonifacio Global City. Online registration is ongoing. For more details visit http://www.unilabactivehealth.com

Scott Jurek: Philippines Live Lecture Series


I am fascinated by Scott Jurek’s amazing feats as he is one of the most accomplished distance runners in the history of the sport. He is mostly described as legendary because of his awesome achievements at the peak of his running career. Lately, Jurek has turned his extreme gift of ultrarunning  into inspiring books and public speaking engagements.

On December 10 and 12, 2014, the man himself will be in the Philippines for a series of lectures as he’ll talk about maximizing your strength as a runner, his successful plant-based diet, nutrition, plus his successes and adversities in becoming one of the most successful ultra-marathoners in the world.

On one of his lectures in the US. (Photo from his FB Page)

I won’t belabor anymore superlatives about Scott Jurek as the bio on his website, http://scottjurek.com speaks for itself in his many unsurpassed achievements and are sketched in the annals of ultramarathon history.

“Scott Jurek’s outstanding competitive resume includes victories in nearly all of ultrarunning’s elite trail and road events, including the historic 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock 100, the Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon, the Miwok 100K, and—his signature race—the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, which he won a record seven straight times.

The Washington Times named him one of the top runners of the decade, Runner’s World awarded him a Hero of Running and Ultrarunning Magazine named him Ultra-Runner of the Year three times. In 2010, he set a new US all-surface record in the 24-Hour Run with 165.7 miles—6.5 marathons in one day—for which he was named USA Today’s Athlete of the Week.”


  • United States record for 24-hour distance on all surfaces(165.7 Miles/266.01 Kilometers)
  • Won the Spartathlon 152-mile (245km) race from Athens to Sparta, Greece three consecutive times (2006-2008)
  • Won the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run, and held the record time for one year until Kyle Skaggs set a new record in 2008
  • Won the Western States Endurance Run seven consecutive times (1999-2005), and held the record time (15:36:27 in 2004) until 2010
  • Won the Badwater Ultramarathon twice (2005, 2006), and held the course record for two years (2005)
  • Finished first three times (2002-2004) and second three times (2001, 2005, 2006) in the Miwok 100K Trail Race
  • Won the Leona Divide 50 Mile Run four times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004)
  • Won the Diez Vista 50K Trail Run twice (2000, 2003)
  • Won the montrail Ultra Cup series twice (2000, 2003)
  • Selected as UltraRunning Magazine’s North American Male Ultrarunner of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007


  • 100 Mile Trail: 15:36, Western States Endurance Run 2004
  • 100K Road: 7:28, GNC 100K 2001
  • 50 Mile Trail: 6:21, Ice Age 50 Mile 1999
  • 50 Mile Road: 5:50, GNC 2001
  • 50K Trail: 3:04, Bendistillery 50K 1999
  • 26.2 Mile Road Marathon: 2:38, Austin Marathon 2006

Aside from the above, he has been prominently featured in the New York Times bestseller, “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall.

Catch Scott Jurek’s Manila lectures at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Theater, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City on December 10, 2014 at 5:00PM then he flies to Cebu City on December 12, 2014 to give his talk at the Cebu Parklane International Hotel also at 5:00PM.

Tickets at P950.00 each. See posters for more details!