Friday, July 25, 2014

UltraMarathon Fashion 101

Running a marathon is quite tough but running an ultramarathon is even tougher and crazy but for some who simply fell in love with running and with distance, they can only laugh about their ordeal and take pride of their accomplishments.

My crazy penchant for running is due to people I run with. With the challenge to just go farther every after race motivates me to go beyond my comfort zone and just try longer distances.

My first  60km ultra marathon was two years ago and I could only scorn that run as injury consumed me after lack of training, bad weather, poor logistics support and game plan. From then, I wanted to run smart.

67km ultramarathon around Camiguin Island landing 10th place

So, my first learning applies to wearing the right stuff for the distance.


  • Head gear. While this may be cumbersome to others, I find this necessary especially when weather is unpredictable. Ultra marathons take hours and hours and natural elements including dust, sun, insects and rain could wear you down. Make sure though that this gear is easy to dry off.
  • Running shirt and shorts. Some would wear compression suit and these too are good but the bottomline is simply to wear stuffs you are used to running and that you are comfortable with. Since I have to wear  my hydration bag that irritates my neck, I have to wear turtleneck max - cool top. 
  • Compression socks. These may be non - essential to short - distance runners but they are quite helpful to marathons and ultramarathoners as they help suppress muscle inflammation. Make sure though that you get the right sizes.You normally do this by getting the circumference of your calf.
  • Running socks. Bad socks can give you disaster. I had my own share of blisters when non - running socks were worn during my first half - marathon. Feeling pain while running is disturbing and one may resort to giving up if pain tolerance is not high. 
    more than 200 ultramarthoners filled the Camiguin road just after gunstart.
    I had to look for my running buddy lost in  the crowd.
  • Running shoes. While we are tempted to try what marketers advertise, the thing is buy shoes that suit your feet's natural arch and gait. Since I am semi - flat footed, I have to look for stability shoes and since I want to stick with midfoot running, midfoot - based shoes like Sketchers help. I love as well Adidas for its bigger toe box that is essential when feet become swollen from long running. Sports stores like Toby's provide running analysis to aid you with your shoe selection. Also, do remember that shoes normally last about 6 months for heavy trainings, so, invest on new shoes especially if you have impending races. I had to endure 5 hours of running my first marathon from heavily blistered feet from a pair of dilapidated  one - year old shoes.
  • Hydration bag / belts.While races do provide hydration points, it is smarter if you bring your own hydration bag / belts to house your hydration essentials. Estimate what you can consume for a given distance interval and simply replenish from hydration points. Make sure too that you have extra money and phone if necessary for emergencies. 
  • Safety essentials. Safety is relative and personal to a runner. While races may assure of marshals and security units,  runners must  only be conscious of their personal safety from incoming vehicle and natural elements. I had to swerve from running on dim roads of Camiguin, a heavily - forested island,  when a two - foot snake crossed the roads. Focus and presence of mind may be far - fetching when you are all tired from running the distances but all these  are inclusive of a race. 
Running an ultramarathon requires strategic planning and hard work. Great ultramarothers don't just cross the finish lines ahead of others without proper training and preparation. So, enjoy the distance, the toil, and the entire experience of ultra marathon because it is indeed life changing. For one, the long hours can make you reflect about life and appreciate your blessings whether scarce or abundant.

Good luck!

STI College General Santos on Rodeo Party

Every year, schools including my STI holds an acquaintance party to welcome the freshmen and to celebrate another school year with teachers and the entire studentry. But, STI GenSan is simply different as each year is pumped up with various themes.

This year, we shall be jazzing up a local mall as STI Gensan in rodeo. With all the pretty prizes that await the best rodeo outfit, door giveaways and various dance and song numbers from the student organizations and faculty will sure fire up the night. But, who will miss the accoustic music competition while the rest enjoys the dinner? With students on their drums, guitars and elixir strings bulk,along with their music piece, the  night indeed shall be fun - filled.

I haven't picked out yet what to wear. Perhaps, these fashion options I got from www.pinterest.com would help.



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cool Race Singlets To Boot

Fun runs are up again in General Santos City. Thanks to private enterprises who hold fitness activities like the dance - bound zumba, triathlons and runs.

I had run my half - marathon again, 21km that is, just this June right after we had our outreach activity in the remote areas of Kiahe, Malapatan. 

It was frustrating but I had fun knowing that I could now beat my old 10km PR. More than that, it was nice seeing runners wearing the same singlet as they crowd the streets. I landed 4th in the women's category in spite of the rain and fatigue.

Wheels of Hope Run  for Wheel Chairs 

My newest race was this run by the CBAGs in a 10km with my fastest time so far. But, with the neon orange for a singlet, it was just super cool to watch everyone.


Come July 19, another fun run will crowd the street with a green tee to celebrate the anniversary of a local hotel. We, the SOCCSKSARGEN bloggers, could only be prouder should we run 3km, 5km or 10km.  As for my case, I guess I just have to forego the race since exam and school functions are up.

SOCCSKSARGEN BLOGGERS for Sun CIty Night Run



Monday, March 17, 2014

Music + Fashion, Are They for Real?

I always wondered if fashion can be inspired by music too as fashion may be inspired by nature among others, and my search ain't vain as indeed fashion  artists have used music ranging from music equipment and gadget  to music genre and generations  to create magnificent masterpieces.

We won't miss of course, the fashion style of music artists like Madonna or Lady Gaga. And, for music fanatics, they just adore their artists genre and style along with their fashion taste.

Are there clear rules about fashion? I guess none!


Xterra 2014 Triathlon Hype

Just recently, my fellow triathletes from Tri-Generals hailed mainly from General Santos City had joined the much coveted trail triathlon from Vaseline Xterra recently concluded from Liloan, Cebu.  I can't help but just be proud of all the participants as they hurdled a very technical terrain.

General Santos City's Tri-Generals Xterra Warriors - Winners

Last year, a fellow comrade who joined the Xterra Lite of shorter distance had a bike mishap cutting his knee and endured it until the end of the race.
Vaseline Xterra 2014; photo source: Xterra Philippines

This year, my lady comrade had her bike steer cut in two while another fellow had a bike trouble too along the trail. But, all ended well as some of my teammates even made it to the podium and won!  Now, that is something to brag out!

Triathlon is a multi - sport event covering swimming, biking and running done successively. This is a highly strenuous event that requires strong discipline, budget and training programs that cover practically the entire week.

The Xterra Triathlon has long started late 1990's in Hawaii and has gained so much popularity that it conquered other parts of the globe including New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, and Philippines among others.

This year, Dan Hugo of South Africa and Renata Bucher head the Xterra Philippines 2014. For race results, click here.

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