Signed up for the Merrell Adventure Run

I signed up for this one, which will be my very first trail run.  I am excited for this.  It’s something new and different.  Running around Bonifacio Global City and MOA is becoming a bore.

Registration for this event is up to May 16, 2012. For more information, go to the Facebook page of Merrell Adventure Run.

Finishing a race

“If the word quit is part of your vocabulary, then the word finish is likely not.”  – B.G. Jett

“If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won your race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance, or just to finish the race – it’s up to you.” – Dave Scott

Then, of course, there is the story of the the greatest last place finish ever.  Lori Mitchell of author of SPEED Manifesting, wrote:

“It was almost 7pm in Mexico City, 1968. One hour earlier the winners of the 26 mile Olympic marathon had crossed the finish line. It had been a grueling hot day as the high altitude affected all the athletes. The sky was beginning to darken and most of the stadium was empty. As the last few spectators were preparing to leave, police sirens and flashing lights caught their attention. A lone runner, wearing the colours of Tanzania had just emerged through the stadium gate. Limping, with his leg bandaged he found the last of his endurance to step up his pace and finish the race. His name was John Stephen Akhwari.”

When he was interviewed after the race and asked why he continued running, Akhwari answered: “My country did not send me 10,000 miles just to start the race; they sent me to finish the race.”

Milo Marathon 2012 (Pangasinan)

When I saw this post from takbo.ph, my hopes are high that the Milo Marathon will follow the schedule as I had seen over at kulitrunner.  Since there was still no official word from Milo, I was worried that all these posts about the Milo Marathon schedule were just rumors!

National Milo Marathon Dagupan 2012
July 8, 2012
Dagupan City, Pangasinan

EVENT DISTANCES

3k Kiddie Run, 5k Fun Run, 10k and 21k

REGISTRATION FEE

3k = P50.00 With Race Bib And Milo Singlet
5k = P100.00 For Adult/P50.00 For Students With Race Bib And Singlet
10k= P500.00 With Race Bib And Singlet
21k= P500.00 With Race Bib And Singlet

All With Corresponding Prizes

WHERE TO REGISTER

World Adventure Tours And Travel @ Csi Mall Small Atrium, Lucao District Dagupan City & Robinsons Place Pangasinan, Calasiao, Pangasinan

CONTACT

Contact Persons: Tes Bernardino – Contact Number 0920-557-9488;0922-879-8343; 0917-565-5214;075-523-4165
Tessbernardino68@Yahoo.Com

ORGANIZER

Tes Bernardino

Blaming the runners for that Natgeo Earth Day fiasco

I’ve been scouring several blogs about that fiasco of an event called Natgeo Earth Day. A number of bloggers and commentors are attacking runners for their irresponsible behavior of discarding their water cups onto the streets. A couple of examples:

  • “You know regardless of the cause, are the runners really that dumb to throw their trash along the streets? c’mon! these runners are even professionals! throwing trash is taught at home and in kindergarten to begin with” (Source)
  • “How heavy or cumbersome is a paper cup anyway that you can’t hold it (or tuck in your waistband maybe?) while you finish your run? Does it really get in the way? Does this practically weightless cup weigh you down? Are those precious few seconds that will add to your time to decently throw that cup/plastic bottle in the waste bin, far outweigh the cause that you are running for?” (Source)
  • “As for the participants, let me ask you these: (1) How friggin’ hard is it to hold on to an almost weightless paper cup/plastic bottle while you are running up until the finish line?; and (2) Would it really be a such a big deal if you add just around 5 seconds to your running time in order to throw away that paper cup/plastic bottle properly in any litter bin along the way? You were running in an event that promoted Earth awareness. Couldn’t you have at least suspended this usual messy practice of runners worldwide? Being too concerned about your running time to the exclusion of everything else around you does not show your dedication and neither does it make you a model runner. What it makes you is a douche.” (Source)

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Caveat Emptor

Over at Pinoyfitness and Takbo.ph, Natgeo Earth Run was lambasted for its ill-organized run.  That hydration stations were few and far apart is, for me, inexcusable, but it seems that a number of runners are lamenting on the absence of freebies.  With such a high price, they argued, why are there no freebies and no loot bags?

Caveat emptor, I say.  Let the buyer beware.

Remember the times when you bought a toy and it clearly said “Batteries Not Included?” If you didn’t pay attention and impulsively ran home hoping you could play with that toy and brag about it with your friends, then you will definitely be disappointed.  But is it the shop’s fault?

Caveat emptor.

In fairness to Natgeo, they made no claim that there were freebies and loot bags.  All they mentioned was a free shirt.  So I knew and expected that there would be nothing else.  In fact, the reason why I joined the Natgeo run was not for the freebies but for the route itself.

So I am a bit dismayed when runners start complaining because of the lack of freebies.  Do you run just for the freebies?

I admit that it feels good to receive a loot bag full of goodies, but that’s not the reason I run.  I signed up for a run because I want to run that distance and run that route.  Whether or not the organizers give a loot bag is just an added bonus.  As long as the race is accurately timed, accurately measured, properly marshaled, and with adequate hydration and medical facilities, then they get a thumbs-up.

And if you know that the race costs P5000 with no added goodies, and you sign up anyway, then why complain?

Caveat emptor.

Now if the organizers screw up with the run results, then that’s a different story . . .

Littering during Earth Day run

To add to Natgeo’s woes, the above picture went “viral,” that is according to Interaksyon.

The picture was posted in Francis Xavier Pasion’s Facebook, with the following caption:

Early this morning, I ran my first marathon. It is dubbed as the NATGEO EARTH DAY RUN. I ran for 3 reasons: 1. I liked the shirt (i would have settled for the 3k, but I liked the 5k gray shirt so i would not mind running an additional 3k); 2. I had no taping yesterday; 3. I wanna lose some calories. I did not run to save the earth. That was clear. I was just wondering why the others ran? I was so amused to see most runners scatter their used paper cups and bottled waters on the street. Oh, Mother Earth would be very proud of them…and the organizers. I hope the organizers did not place plastic bottled waters or paper cups in the various stops of the race. I hope they reiterated upon registration that the runner must bring his/her own container and that water fonts will be stationed instead. That could have saved them some money, and yes, some trees. Next time, let us be clear about our intentions in initiating these events. I may have ran for the wrong reasons, but I certainly did not throw away that paper cup on the street. Happy Earth Day Everyone, whatever that means to you.

Not to defend Natgeo in this, but I honestly don’t see the point of Francis’s rant. There are people who are tasked to clean up the paper cups, so the net result is that it would have all ended up in the garbage bin. If the runner tosses the cup inside the garbage bin, he is not actually saving Mother Earth; he is just making the job easier for the guy collecting the cups. The fact that the organizers used paper cups is a good thing; other organizers who had claimed to be environment-conscious were using plastic cups!

Now if only runners would properly dispose of their empty energy gel sachets . . .

Oh and by the way, dear Francis, I may be nit-picking but a marathon is 42 kilometers. A 5k run is hardly a marathon.

What do you think? Is it so wrong for runners to toss their empty cups onto the street? I’d love to hear your comments.

Update: A satirical blog post seems to be gaining speed.  It cites a supposed “apology” by Juardencio Turcuatico, Territory Director for Fox International Channels.  It’s a funny read, and I bet the blog author must be doing a “LMFAO” over the reactions of various runners.  Good job,  @SoWhatsNews!   I wonder though how the folks over at Fox International are taking this.

Cutoff times

There’s been some discussion about the cutoff times for the Milo Marathon. If this year’s event is the same as last year’s, then the cutoff time for the 42K is 6 hours.  That’s 6 hours after the official start of the race.  Which means that if you are somewhere in the back of the pack, you will have to finish the run in something like 5:45.  Gulp!  Given that I ran the Condura Skyway Marathon—my first ever marathon—in 6 hours does give me pause.  Can I shave 15 minutes off my time?  It would indeed be a frustration—not to mention a humiliation—to go through the effort of running 42K only to have no recorded time!

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Exercise to strengthen your body, not to show off what you can do

A friend of mine who is a fitness junkie recommends against using any sort of performance-enhancing gear.  If you frequent the popular gyms, I am sure you notice people using all sorts of accessories to help life weights—e.g., gloves to avoid chafing, wrist straps to help grip barbells, huge leather belts to supposedly support the back.  My friend, a lean but strong guy, does not use any of those accessories.

His logic is sound:  You are there to strengthen your body, not to show off how much you can carry.  He scoffs at people who rely on gear and accessories.  “Why use wrist straps?” he says.  “If your grip is your weakest link, then strengthen your grip.”  In a life-or-death worst-case scenario, you won’t have any time to look for wrist straps.

He is a firm believer on what he calls functional exercises—multi-joint exercises that mimic important body movements.  He is fond of bench presses, dips, pull-ups, shoulder presses, squats, and deadlifts.  In an emergency, he says, these are the exercises you need.  You lift things.  You carry things.  You need pull-ups to scale a wall, or bench presses if something has you pinned down.  In many exercises, he uses his own bodyweight instead of barbells and dumbells.  He sneers at isolation exercises—“What good are tricep extensions in an emergency?”  He also does running and swimming.  The latter, he mentions, is extremely important.  There is always the possibility of being on a capsized boat.

I have to say his logic makes sense.