Runners World Magazine Philippines: A Special Beginner’s Guide

From the streets of Metro Manila to the Ilocos region all the way down to the southern Philippines, running has now reached a dizzying peak. In a movement described as the third running boom, the sport has reached a wider base of participants in various distances, from the 5k to ultra-marathons and with varying reasons for getting involved.

Apart from the sheer enjoyment and satisfaction you gain from running, just about every aspect of a person’s physical and mental health benefits from it. For a beginner, it will take time for your body to adapt to the unique stress of this sport, so you need to ease in gently, build your fitness gradually and learn the basics to build on a foundation for more advance running later on.

Runner’s World Philippines latest (July-September 2012) issue has come out with a special beginner’s issue and provides practical advice from clothing and equipment, warm-up routines, nutrition, exercises to build up strength to training plans for the marathon as well as mental strategies.

It’s the perfect introduction to running for newbies, full of tips to help one stay motivated and keep running. It also features a crop of elite runners, past and present including Triathlete king Arland Macasieb, Lydia De Vega, Olympians Eduardo Buenavista and Rene Herrera.

Here’s the gist to this issue (Summit Media’s press release):


Runner’s World Philippines recognizes how perfectly normal it is for a dedicated runner to eventually switch to a path completely unrelated to running – returning to old sports, taking a break due to heavy workloads or injuries, or even raising a new pet. The July-September issue of Runner’s World Philippines will serve as a guide for both newbie runners and running returnees.

The latest edition of Runner’s World Philippines dubbed as the Special Beginner’s Guide features a head-to-toe manual to answer FAQs and provide other essential information to gear you up for your first marathon. Plus, get tips from leading experts and running legends on how to be race-ready, achieve longer distances, and find out the details and intricacies about CrossFit training, ultrarunning, and high altitude trainings.

As the London Olympics is coming up, Runner’s World Philippines gives credit to the Philippine running legend Lydia de Vega in an exclusive feature as she recalls how hard work and dedication pushed her to the top. In the interview, Lydia shares a truly inspiring advice for running athletes: “There are days when you just can’t give your all. There’s always tomorrow. Take this day as a lesson, a stepping stone for something better. Then next time, work harder to give your 100%. We’re humans, not machines.”

Also in this issue is a feature on our very own Olympians like Eduardo Buenavista, David Nepomuceno, Miguel White, Isidro del Prado, Hector Begeo, and this year’s London Olympics representative for the 5,000 meters event Rene Herrera.

Triathlon King Arland Macasieb headlines the cover of the July-September issue of Runner’s World  Philippines , now available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide for P150.00. For more of Runner’s World online, become a fan on Facebook via and on Twitter via


Runners World Philippines: A Feature Inside

Triathletes Noy and Amale Jopson graces the latest issue

I’ve been a reader of this magazine since the 80s when this was being sold out at small magazine stands along Rizal Avenue near C.M. Recto and can be had for about P40.00 to P50.00 for the new issues. Of course, the only available edition then was the U.S. edition and getting a subscription to it was still new during that time.

Runners World (RW) is probably the premier source of running news, shoe reviews, training tips and an all go-to source of information for all levels of runners. It’s a very well-rounded magazine that touches on all bases including personal stories that inspires you to keep up with the sport and the tons of gear reviews which i can only drool and dream of having it in my closet.

Due to running’s popularity here in the country, Runners World has now opened a Philippine edition, one of 16 international editions available worldwide and is the very first in Asia. This is one great additional welcome for the local running community which complements the locally publicized Frontrunner and The Bullrunner Magazines.

The latest issue of RW-Philippines (Jan.-Mar 2012 issue) is well-packed with information that includes a training program for first time marathoners and a feature of the top running bloggers in the country which includes…ehem (clears throat), me! Cover photo are top triathlete couple, Noy and Amale Jopson.

Other bloggers featured are all friends in the running community and includes, Jaymie Pizarro (The Bullrunner), Dennis Ravanzo (Runningpinoy), Raul Patrick Concepcion (Runningshield), Noelle De Guzman (Kikayrunner), Vima Mendoza (Kulitrunner), Ginoe and Que Gavan ( and Cheryl Golangco (littlerunningteacher). The photo shoot was done by Photo-Journalist Monica Barretto and make-up by Kats Del Rosario.

I was a bit nervous and apprehensive doing the photo-shoot as this would be the first time i’d be doing one. The presence of Bernice and Lorraine of Skechers (i wore their Skechers shoes) didn’t do much help to ease my tension but once i talked with Monica who was most re-assuring, it made things very smooth and relaxed.

Kats Del Rosario

Monica Baretto

At the end of this experience, i was a bit overwhelmed but grateful nevertheless to Monica, Kats and Team Runners World for the opportunity in gracing their pages. Thanks to Bernice also for the Skechers Liv and to all my partners in Rundezvous!

So buy your copies now!:-)

Giving an autograph to one of my friends.