Wednesday, June 26, 2013

On Marathon Training and More

trail running on Sinawal
I am helping fellow runners prepare for their first half and full marathon.  While I am not the most eligible runner to coach them about running faster and injury - free, I can only make use of my actual marathon experience and make sure that my training lapses and some strengths can be of good use.

We now follow the Runner's World Run Fast, Run Less programs and will have to see if indeed it can work wonders.  We make use of the city's sports tracks and stairs for speed works and good thing though that with some upbeat music, the training becomes less draining.

On alternate days, we do tempo run and long runs with cross  trains in swimming and core workouts.  A change of lifestyle, diet and vices, is enforced too.

Somehow, we need to log our progress to see how we are doing. So, come race day, it shall be judgment day for all of us.

Cool Triathlon Suits On the Wait

our Tri - Generals Team official tri suits
 My passion for running has finally leveled up as I decided to raise the ante by pursuing triathlon.  So, come December 2013, I shall soon be joining the 1st novice triathlon.
And, I am more than happy that the triathlon athletes have allowed even the wannabes to apply for the suit. 

The triathlon is a 3 - event activity covering swimming. biking and running.  And, this has gained popularity even among Filipino celebrities including Kim Atienza and  Matthew Guidicelli.

So, as soon as I can fully recover from my broken hand, I shall resume to triathlon training.

Spartan Fashion in Remote Community Service

We had the chance to help a T'boli community in Barangay Gasi, Kiamba. We were gracious that friends were able to help me raised more than 250 sets of school supplies to elementary students.

However, the route to the community was  never easy as the day was pouring making the road unpassable to vehicles. We have to cross a river to get to the road and since it was all  muddy, going barefoot was the way.

We had to wrap our stuffs in plastic bags and secure them from rain. Good thing though that we were comfy clothes but we were caught off - guard of the rain, so, we end up recycling big plastics as our rain coats.

We reached the community after an hour of walk and we were glad that the community had welcomed as warmly. We didn't waste time anymore and started giving the supplies. My kid was more than proud that he was able to help.

We can only hope that we can provide more for the community including medical supplies and services, arts and crafts and learning gadgets among others.

The T'boli culture is rich with their culture and this is as colorful as their woven clothes and music.

Go For Waterproof Fashion

Now that rainy season has finally kicked in the Philippines and since schools have started as well early this June, we can't help but be anxious of how we should stay dry from the flood or pouring rain.

You can try the following practical tips:

  1. Go for waterproof shoes. If these aren't possible because of budget or access to these kind of shoes, you can practically bring with you your slippers or boots.
  2. Keep your fancy umbrella handy. There are bendable umbrellas that you can just sack in your bag.
  3. Bring a raincoat if possible. If this is bulky, there are disposable lightweight raincoats for emergency.
  4. Wrap your electronics and important papers in waterproof plastic.
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  5. Regularly check weather forecast. Be updated from local or national news or check online weather forecasts.
  6. Lastly, wear waterproof make-up for all - weather beauty everyday.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Getting a New Beautiful Home

My sister has finally managed to have our old structure rebuilt and now that she has her own family with two kids now, having her own comfortable place is a good idea.

We make sure that she has two rooms, one for the couple and another for the kids. Also, enough spaces for kitchen, dining area, and living room with discount appliances among others.

At least, having them in our family lot  makes it easier for us to bond with them especially the kids.

The idea of getting your own house to make out a home is simply heartwarming.

Biking Apparel 101 and Safety Tips

my fellow runners who are into biking for triathlon
I have been biking on and off and I  say I am always afraid of downhill and unsteady road.  But, as my friends began  pursue triathlon, marathon seems a remote goal already.

My fear only took its toll when a supposedly short fun trail bike gone worst as I biked through a winding rocky off - road with poor brakes and too scared for the unstoppable speed until I lost my grip and hit the ground bruising all my body including my face and  hurting my fingers bad that I cant move them. Good thing though that I didnt hurt my head.  Thanks to my helmet.

So, I am writing article to warn newbie bikers not to commit my same mistakes.  The following are basic safety gears and tips which I believe are essential.

  1. Biking is a skill and with that it requires regular practice. One must get used to biking and be familiar with the gears like front and bike brakes and when to use them. I never use my front bike except for almost to stationary halt.
  2. Invest on good bikes and safety gears including quality helmets (full - faced),  spine guard, elbow and knee pads and safety hand gloves.  While they seem to be expensive, they are worth your money and life. Make sure you will check reviews of what you should buy.
  3. Never bike instantly on the the road with  traffic. I get at ease if I bike on empty road with my fingers steady on the brakes. I gradually bike on busy roads but I let my partner head the way especially if I have to traverse on intersections.
  4. While courage is a thing in biking, safety should not be compromised. So, check your brakes, the trails, your safety gear before you hit the road.
  5. It is important that you bring first aid kit too with your cellphone. And, make sure that you inform your loved ones of where you shall be heading. In the event of accident, apply first aid right away or seek immediate help. 
I shall see my doctor tomorrow and pray that his medications and rest can make me up and biking soon.