Milo Marathon 2013

Yes! I DID IT! 2:25 baby! Woot!

It’s been two weeks since my long run (Takbo Ph Half Marathon) and since then I ran only once, a measly 5km run. But on that two weeks I practiced Bikram Yoga for six times. I know its not enoughy but I think it helps me on todays run ๐Ÿ™‚

Days before this run, I was hesitating to race since:

1. The Milo Marathon is one of the prestigious running event here in the Philippines because its a qualifier race for the Paris Marathon, one word: PRESSURE;

2. The 21km has a cut off of 2:30. If you didn’t reach the cut off and you’re still on your last 3kms, a van will get you and you’re disqualified. Yes, humiliation + overly fatigue + NO medal = SUICIDE! LO!

3. It has the most number of attendees ever!!! Since Milo has been organizing this event for their corporate social responsibility for the last 37 years, registration fees are cheap and most schools require their students to join in the 5km and 3km race.

4. PEER PRESSURE! Because I am pretty sure all of the runners in my category are “fast” runners since no one in their right mind would succumb to that humiliation if you won’t beat the cut off hahahaha!

It’s my first time to join the Milo Marathon. I started training last late March and I firmly believe that its not the week before or two weeks before the race that would change your performance on your race day. Okay, I stole this one on my boss who do marathons LOL. She told me this when last week I tried to cram again on my running since I haven’t had a long run since my Half Marathon 2 weeks ago. And then she told me that, to just rest. DO NOT DO ANYTHING so my legs will feel “excited” to run this morning.

IT DID. The Bikram and my training paid off. Upon reaching the starting line, I started looking for a portalet! I wanted to pee and saw one after 2kms! I started good on my first 10kms, hitting a 6.3-6.6km/hr. My legs were strong, no injury pending LOL. I just stopped to hydrate after 6km and after that every 2kms. On the 11th-15th km, I started to wear off hehe but still I didn’t stop, I never stopped on the first fly over and I was still strong on the 2nd flyover. ๐Ÿ™‚

After passing the 2nd flyover which is not as bad as those in Kalayaan (this still gave me nightmares LOL), I ate my GU Orange Vanilla Energy Gel and drank two cups of water. I don’t care if it will feel heavy, I just drank the whole thing! The energy gel was so concentrated! ๐Ÿ™‚ I grabbed one banana and sticked it to my Nike Top hehe.

The 16th km- 19km stretch was the real deal breaker. It was a progress for me coz the last half marathon I started struggling on th 12km until the last one but on this particular race, I just felt my legs wanted to give up on that specific stretch. When I started on the 16km I was the only one running, I can see all the rabbits whom I saw at the start at a blistering pace who started to walk already. I was able to passed the “rabbits”! ๐Ÿ™‚

The 17km-19km stretch was the hardest, I can see runners having cramps and seeing how painful it was I tried to look away while they are being assisted by volunteers and medic. It was then when I can feel my thighs and legs started to hurt a little and I was like “OH NO!” you see, I haven’t experienced cramps in my entire life so I don’t know what it feels like. I then started to slow down a little but I refused to walk. We passed again at the 2 flyovers on our way back and I didn’t stop! I ran on the way up and down! I was sooooo happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

The last 3kms on the way to the finish line I tried to get to an “uncomfortable” pace from my “comfortable” pace. I thought it will hurt but was so surprised that my body hold on to that! Checked my phone and saw that I have only 20 minutes to reached a safe 2:25 on my time.

I approached the finish line with gratitude! It was a dramatic moment haha! Since it was a good timing that I was the only one approaching the finish line! I approached it while thanking my beautiful God for giving me the strength until I finish, a good heart, legs free from injuries, great lungs who didn’t give my pain the entire race and a very supportive husband whom I saw trying to take pictures of me at the finish line! ๐Ÿ™‚

To my fellow Milo runners, whether you beat the cut off or not, let’s all congratulate ourselves for being there at the starting line and finishing the race with so much strength and courage! Kudos to us! ๐Ÿ™‚

My next half marathon will be on October and 10km runs on between! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll be resting for a long while haha! Easy run and Bikram for me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Benefits of Bikram Yoga to Running

Hello everyone! I haven’t updated for days because I have been resting from my last weeks half marathon. My resting means I’m doing Bikram Yoga for my legs to recover! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I did Bikram Yoga at Greenhills 3x a week last week, I did try to run a few kilometers last Sunday with my husband but I ended up giving up on the 2km mark because of my cramps ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hate being a girl (sometimes!) So I waited for the husband to do another round at the UP Oval, so thats another 2km while I waited for him at one of the benches worrying if my one week rest affected my running! LOL

So yesterday I did a suicide workout haha! I practiced Bikram Yoga at 6pm then hit the gym after for a 5.5km speed run and did 50 crunches! SUICIDE! My husband asked me if I’m trying to kill myself haha!

But you know what? After Bikram, I actually felt good going to the gym which is so unlikely of me being a lazy ass! LOL So I took the vacant treadmill and just run!

So here’s my little observation of what 4x a week of Bikram did to my running. Disclaimer: I’m a beginner in Bikram and stopped practicing a year ago so please so don’t fully rely on this. I’ll tell you about more after a month’s practice.:)

1. I noticed I was breathing on my stomach during the last 3kms. It wasnt intentional but I saw myself in the mirrow and was amazed.

2. My strides were longer! Have you ever felt that you’re strides were short? Especially on a race! Mine was like mini strides! Haha! I’m asian so I have short legs hehe. My strides now were much more longer and I feel comfortable!

3. Fish Oil + Bikram Yoga= Good Proper breathing and goodbye chest pains!

4. My legs were more stable! In Bikram, we do 26 postures and almost all of it were stretching and legs based so my legs were sore always haha! So when I ran last night I felt my legs were not that wobbly and no injuries because of my super stretching from Bikram haha!

Well, that’s it for now! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll add more as I go through my running while incorporating Bikram Yoga into it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you had a good run + your crosstraining pretty people! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Run United Philippine Marathon 2013

It’s finally here!!! Okay, I promised I will rest from running starting October but I can’t miss this one and not run on it’s Half Marathon. I wanted badly before to run on the Run United 2 but I wasn’t well trained enough so I ran the 10km category instead. But now, I can do this!!! =) What is the perfect way to end you half-marathon for the year? Run the Run United Philippines!

It will be held on October 6 with 500m, 10k, 21k and 42k race categories. ย All categories except for 42K will have start and finish lines at the SM Mall of Asia. While theย 42K ย runners will start at Bonifacio Global City and finish at SM Mall of Asia, gosh. The main reason why I really can’t imagine running a Marathon, I will completely go insane.

EVENT DISTANCES

500m, 10K, 21K and 42K

Gun Start:
500m โ€“ 7:00AM
10K โ€“ 5:30AM
21K โ€“ 4:00AM
42K โ€“ 3:00AM

REGISTRATION FEES

500m โ€“ PHP 350 (fee includes Ceelin Lootbag, Drinks & Race Analysis)
10K โ€“ PHP 800 (fee includes RUPM Ventilation Bag, Drinks & Race Analysis)
21K โ€“ PHP 900 (fee includes RUPM Ventilation Bag, Finisherโ€™s Medal, Finisherโ€™s Shirt, Drinks & Race Analysis)
42K โ€“ PHP 1,300 (fee includes RUPM Ventilation Bag, Finisherโ€™s Medal, Finisherโ€™s Shirt, Drinks & Race Analysis)

All Categories will have Singlet, Race Bib, D-Tag, and a Raffle Stub

YOU MAY REGISTER AT THE FF:

Online Registration (Open): July 15 to September 15, 2013. Clickย HEREย to register online.

In-Store Registration:
Priority In-Store Registration (2013 RU2 21k and 32k participants): August 3 to 9 only
In-Store Registration (Open): August 10 to September 22, 2013
RIOVANA
– BGC โ€“ 28th Street corner 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City โ€“ Monday to Sunday, 12NN to 8PM
– KATIPUNAN โ€“ 3rd Floor Regis Center, Katipunan, QC (infront of ADMU) โ€“ Tuesday to Sunday, 12NN to 8PM
TOBYโ€™S
– SM Mall of Asia โ€“ Monday to Sunday, 12PM to 8PM
– SM North The Block โ€“ Monday to Sunday, 12PM to 8PM

(grabbed from Takbo.Ph)
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Check out the beautiful Singlets, Medals and Finisher Shirts:
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Bikram Yoga: My Perfect Cross Training from Running

It was my second night last night to do Bikram! It was hooooot but so good after the practice! ๐Ÿ™‚

Last night was a major deal for me whether to decide of Bikram Yoga will be the good cross train for me in Running. The first night was good, instructor Isabel was kind and generous enough to open the door once in a while and a little window for us so the first night was like “YEAH! I can do this!”. Remember my bragging post? LOL

But last night we had a different instructor, Charles. He greeted me since I was an early bird and he qas so accomodating and nice enough to chat with me as a new student. Okay, so now I know why he is so nice coz he’s bad ass at the hot room! I was like cursing him while I was holding on to my last breath LOL! Okay no, that’s why it’s Bikram, its supposed to be a hot room hehe. I was like a little kid there whining and thinking “why the heck I was doing this again?!” Then after the class, I remembered. The practice was sooo good that you anticipate going back the next day and signing up for an unlimited one month class ๐Ÿ™‚

I still have a week and a half but I’m going to rest today and have dinner with my girls. Ill going back to running tomorrow until Sunday then Bikram Yoga again for the first half of the week next week ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I understand why we runnera needs to cross train. It will make you not get “sick” of running and it will keep your other muscles moving ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m so happy I found the perfect cross training for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bikram Yoga + Running

Finally! After so many promises I attended my Bikram Yoga!

It felt sooooo good! Why did I ever stopped practicing a year ago? Oh okay, now I remember, it’s expensive! The timing of a groupon from Bikram Yoga Greenhills is a heaven sent! I’ve been looking for an opportunity to enroll myself to a one-month unlimited class and good thing I was so lazy to do it so I got the groupon! Yay!

I arrived at the class 30 minutes before 6pm and registered for the class. The instructor was Isabel and she’s soooo nice! I know all the poses but forgot the proper form of some and Isabel was nice enough to assist me in some poses ๐Ÿ™‚

I practice Bikram Yoga on and off for the past 3 years and everytime I try to go back, it’s so painful and I was always having a hard time breathing inside the hot room. But this time, the practice was a bliss! I didn’t have a hard time doing the poses, I was breathing properly the entire class and didn’t feel dizzy the rest of the class! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I thank running for that!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Since my body is used to running and all that fatigue, the poses I did was not as hard as before.

After 90 minutes, we finally did the final breathing and NAMASTE! Will definitely go back tomorrow!

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