Hey! I’m back… The goal is simple– to beat current PR’s, leaner, healthier and STRONGER than the old version!!!
Current FFS— 10k @ 46:16
Current PR— 10k @ 44:06
Hey! I’m back… The goal is simple– to beat current PR’s, leaner, healthier and STRONGER than the old version!!!
Current FFS— 10k @ 46:16
Current PR— 10k @ 44:06
Hey there! Yeah, I know… it has been three quarters (since my last post) and it’s only now that I found the time to write updates on what has happened in my running life. Seeing that I’m still on the road to regaining my running prowess (ehem) while improving whatever’s left of my speed and endurance, let’s call this an installment to my bounce back year anecdote. Shall we?
Well, the past months have been about labor. I started doing my old routines though not as intensive as I would wish, or how it was before. My goal this year is to beat my current 5k and 10k PRs, so my training revolves on these two distances. That being said, I daringly ran a few short distance trial races, and here’s a quick recap…
World Vision Run 06/22, 5k at 24:55 (5.8km)
This was my first running event for the year. The funny thing about this race was I got lost, though I still somehow managed to get back on track. My Garmin registered at 5.8km. Kath, on the other hand, finished 3rd place in the women’s category and was also awarded as Celebrity Mom (and got her freebies as my consolation :P).
Energen Run 07/20, 5k at 22:36 (5.2km)
After a month, I have to test my 5k again. I was able to hit sub 22min at 5km mark on my Garmin. It was a great event I thought. But then, Kath got her 4th podium finish and bagged her first 1st place in the women’s division, and so I mused great was an understatement🙂
Magdalo Run 07/26, 10k at 49:31
This was my 1st attempt at 10k for the year and was happy with my result. Kath, as well, finished strong as she raced to the top 10 women’s 5k. She seems to be doing better in bouncing back than me lol.
HP run 10/19, 10k at 44:23 (9km)
HP runs for the past years have had very good reviews for being well organized. Sad to say, this year’s was a miss. Unfortunately, there was an issue with the 10k route that cut short the distance by over a kilometer. Anyway, Kath finished strong at 55:05 while I registered 44:23. Still deserving of a tap on the back!
I’m happy to say that I’m starting to regain my strength and speed, my body fat also went down, and my overall fitness has improved. And while my current 5k and 10k PRs still stand, I know I still have a few months remaining of my bounce back year. I should be anxious, yes, but if there’s one lesson I learned from this slow, hard work…it’s patience, and it counts. So let’s see how it goes…🙂
‘Til the next race!
Bachelor NO more
Just recently, I moved past yet another milestone in my life as yours truly tied the knot. You read that right, I’m a bachelor no more. And though marrying in this generation and era may have gotten more nays than yays (insert practicality here), it seems to be the trend at least in my age bracket as some of my friends and a handful of familiar faces are either engaged or just gotten married. Nevertheless, I know I’ve been blessed because I “got tied” to a wonderful woman, my wife.🙂
You know that a runner will always be a runner, right? Well I guess that explains (literally) why I had been wearing my Alpha 1 race top the entire wedding –call it ‘giving a touch of “runner” appeal’ hehe.
Year in Recap
Alright, 2013 had been a very challenging year. Indeed, I had encountered a lot of road blocks in meeting my goals in running. It was tough yet I managed to get up and move forward even with just small step at a time…while shouting at the back of my mind, “NEVER GIVE UP.” Maintaining my focus somehow helped me to keep moving forward. Let me share to you my fave video where I got that mantra.
My daily music
Back to running
I have little to no mileage as I focus more on reducing weight, lowering body fat and strengthening by building muscles. It doesn’t look like I gained weight but YES I DID! Still shredding some fats and putting on some more muscles. Lately, I’ve been doing a few easy runs, some swim for cardio and stationary bike, sometimes. Looking forward for this year as I bounce back!
Can’t wait to run a race but I think it will be very very soon… Game on,
BOUNCE BACK YEAR!
TRIALS AND CHALLENGES
It’s been a while since I last updated this site, and in the same sense, updated myself in running. I was put into a lot of challenges lately that took its toll on me. I was literally on the verge of giving up, but thanks to my fiancée (yep, I’m engaged…and she’s the best support system in all aspects of my life) who keeps reminding me that “giving up” is NOT an option.
With Mrs. FFS
Amidst the trials we’ve been going through, she remains strong especially at my weakest. Thankfully, we’re blessed with an angel, my baby girl “Andi” (yep, I’m now a dad…yey!!). That serves double purpose; she’s my inspiration and my protégé, in case I plan to retire from this sport lol.
So there I was… gaining pounds of fats during the pregnancy period (I ended up eating all leftovers). Plainly, those were months of no running, including physical activities (gym, basketball, etc) and then there’s my knee injury from Milo marathon race (Dec 2012). My body fats have risen from 12% to 19%, muscle mass lessen and overall fitness level depleted which affected my strength, speed and flexibility big time. Not good news for me and my running goals…
Do I still have it and the drive to do it all over again?
Just before thinking of going back to running, I sought medical advice for my supposed “knee problem” I got from my last year’s race. Fortunately, it was only caused by some tight muscles especially on my quads and hamstrings…nothing serious. I went for 6 sessions of physical therapy and felt renewed again.
Hot warm compress to begin the therapy
Thank God… just recently I was able to break away from this inactive lifestyle and finally do my first training run after ages. My running shoes were literally packed in a big plastic and were placed in a cabinet which I needed to clean as molds started to form (haha). I also finally opened my running box (wherein I piled up my running stuffs) and felt happy to see my old gears—which brought back memories of a lot of things.
My running box all dusty
One thing that made my day and helped me boost up my motivation was when I found my 3-year old Garmin Forerunner 405 GPS watch. All this time I thought that it was dead already since a Garmin’s lifespan, based from other users, is only good for 2 years. I just tried charging it to confirm my inkling, but I was surprised seeing that “charging…” notification popped at the screen. So there I got my cue…definitely a good sign.
I started out my first training run and to make the long-embarrassing-story short, I managed to consistently jog for 1.3kms before I started gasping for air (loser). I guess the first run is always the toughest. I consistently did training runs for almost 3 weeks and finally got myself into registering on my first event, Botak at Kadla ni Pidol… 16k! What was I thinking???. lol.
Pic1: PF pic (TBP)
Setting my foot at the event. c/o Jeff Lo (Pinoyfitness)
Of course… being part of a race event got me all pumped up. From the moment I got from the event location, I was already enjoying the feeling of it. From pinning my race bib, warming up for a short run, waiting for the gun start and even lining up for the portalets. lol.
c/o D’ Fabulous Running Divas
With only 3 weeks since I started running again, I was able to finish my 16k (1:39:14 unofficial time). This was already an achievement for me compared to when I can barely manage to finish a kilometer. I think I still have it, the drive to get back and do it all over again. Thank you Lord for this gift. It would be a fresh start for me.
“It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward… how much you can take and KEEP MOVING FORWARD!” – Rocky Balboa
I guess it ain’t over yet…
Merry Christmas (2012) and Happy New Year (2013)!
No doubt that my favorite road distance is 21k. When I was just starting to run, I envy those who can run a 21k and can’t wait then to finish one. After 2 months, finally finished my 1st 21k at KOTR 2009 with time of 2:05:36 and officially a half-marathoner. How greatful I was then achieving a feat and even brags it to friends. Lol. After doing several 5ks upto 42ks, I knew 21k was the distance I love most!
3 years have passed and here I was, trying to get back in my top running condition once again after half a year of bumness. I have this thought on my mind that a new 21k pr would be achievable and that would start my year strong. I plotted series of 21k races below and hoping to lower my time before the year ends.
After achieving 2 consecutive sub 1:50 21k, I have this hope of doing a 1:45 or even a new 21k pr before the year ends. Target race was Milo Finals on December 9, 2012! In less than a month to prepare, I need to stay focus and consistent with my training runs. I was able to have consistent good mileage per week and been looking forward to race day but unfortunately, a slight pain occurred on my left knee a week before race day. I think it’s because of the sudden increase in mileage and speed trainings, increase in body mass and the weekly basketball trainings that I’ve been doing. I applied R.I.C.E for 5 days and hoping that the pain will go away.
MILO FINALS came and I felt good and I thought that my left knee injury was alright. My plan was to sustain a 5 pace and will speed up on the latter part of the race. I was able to maintain it until 8km then I felt the same pain on my left knee. I tried to push myself and ignore it but I felt a blistering pain on my lower leg afterwards. I tried to check what was causing it and found out lately that its my old calf ompression tights.
I think our greatest opponent is Mental Weakness. And for me, it’s my kryptonite!!! With the blister on my leg and pain on my left knee, somewhere around km14 I told myself “I quit!”…. and cry (haha, joke).
I walked literally for the last 3kms. I was strucked so hard mentally… I guess it wasn’t for me yet. 2013 will be very very hard for me as I’m expecting a lot of challenges along the way that can hinder in achieving my goals in running.
Please God, give me Strength and Guidance. Thank You!
PATAFA-Philippine Road Racing Leg 2
July 1, 2012
I was then torn whether to sign up for a 21k or 10k distance. I knew I needed the mileage for base building but I also wanted to test my current speed for 10k. I haven’t done a 10k race pace for a long time so decided to register on that category instead.
It was a very simple event with few runners and with comedian-runner Bearwin on the side as a host telling jokes while motivating people to run(nice). The last time I did my 10k best was on a training run during ARC race where we hit sub46mins. I was really “wasak” that time and Martian was there to pace me. Now, I was really thinking of only hitting a sub 46 min and that would still give me a new 10k pr.
To be able to hit a sub 46min was to maintain a 4:36 pace. I was really trying to maintain it on my first km but I really felt strong and light. So I decided to keep a sub 4:30 pace and hoping to hit that sub 45min 10k. I knew I wasn’t prepared for this yet thinking sooner or later I would feel tired and probably would slow down on the last kms. My plan was to do sub4:30 pace and would just slow down if fatigue hits me.
I have maintained my sub4:30 pace and the u-turn slot was on site with still a lot of energy left. I was really hyped knowing that I’m still alright despite of the feeling I would bunk out any moment. But it never happened! Counting the male runners ahead of me, I was on 4th place and 3rd place runner was just few meters ahead of me. By the time we reached the u-turn area, I was just trailing behind him. Checking my garmin and we’re on a sub4:30 pace so it was safe tagging myself to him. I never intended to finish 3rd but hearing his breath getting louder and his running form changing, the 3rd place spot is at reach. But I still maintained my 4:30 pace and sticked to my main goal. As we passed by the flyover nearing the 8th km mark, he finally slowed down and 3rd place spot is at hand.🙂
3rd place at 8th km
I’m on 3rd place now. Yey! But too early to celebrate, I still have 2kms to cover and podium finish for the 2nd time. I was excited thinking I might able to finish 3rd and at the same time setting a new 10k pr and/or better yet, breaking the sub45min barrier. On the other side of my mind, I was also cautious thinking I might get cramps, bunk out or get mental fatigue then might not even achieved either of the 3.
Last 2 kms
35mins and 30secs have past with 2kms left! If I maintain a 4:45 pace, I would hit sub 45. If I maintain a 4:30 pace, I would finish sub 44mins 30secs. What should I do??? I’m really computing my finish time, what pace should I maintain and checking my physical state at that moment. It felt like I was on a slow motion picture but I knew it all happened few seconds on my normal state of mind. What the heck, I want to enjoy this race so I speed up! I really felt stronger and lighter and I knew I was doing faster than 4:30pace. I didn’t look at my garmin on those last kms as I was getting goosebumps. Nyahaha!
By the time I crossed the arc I knew I finished 3rd. I looked at my Garmin and it was 44mins and 6secs at 10.04kms! I did a 4:15 pace on my last 2kms, negative split! I was really ecstatic and accidentally almost ignored Bearwin and coach host calling my name. I hit sub 44mins crossing the 10km mark on my garmin. The route was a little bit more than 40meters but who cares, I’ve achieved 3 goals in 1 race event! Yebah!
Due to technical error, the supposedly 2nd place runner was disqualified so I moved to 2nd place. Ayos! It was my first time to podium finish at 2nd place but feeling sorry to that runner. Overall it was a great experience! Thanks Sir Jeff Lo and PINOYFITNESS for the pics and the warm welcome at your booth.
That day opened my competitiveness once again and gave me more hope in achieving my goals.
I’m now 1 step closer…
Thank you Lord!
I can’t remember the last time I updated my running file. Yeah, I kept a file on my past races and the details of upcoming races. Mejo nerdy lng pagdating sa running… lol!
I usually update this every after race. This time, I will definitely open it and update it again! I have registered to ValueCare run and Run United 2. A back to back event where I could test my current running fitness level on speed and endurance.
ValueCare Run 5k
June 16, 2012 (Saturday)
I registered for this event to test my current speed. And to do that, a 5km run would be nice. This would also be the first time to use my Mizuno wave universe 4 race flats. Sweet.
The plan was to maintain a good pace until km3 and to all out on the last 2kms. I just wished then that I may able to pull off a time not exceeding 25min.
I finished way ahead my target time and had a new 5k pr. Maybe because of the hype and excitement of returning to road races that I was able to pull of a sub 22min 5k!
Funny thing… I was awarded as fittest male runner! (What were they thinking???!). I was given a box of free yogurt! haha.
So much for today’s speed test, tomorrow would be test of endurance…
Run United 2, 21k
June 17, 2012 (Sunday)
As always, Runrio events are the most anticipated road races all year round. This time, there would be 5000 runners… that’s 21k runners alone! It was very very crowded area, heat and smell coming from everywhere(lol), drizzling rain and standing/waiting for an hour for the gunstart… the things I missed the most. Soon, I’ll be running my 1st 21k after almost half year of bum mode! The plan was to finish without injuries and to test my current endurance level.
I missed the people I used to “nod” or say “hi” during U-turn areas. And most of them this time, they are all ahead of me. I finished it sub2(1:59:52) chiptime without injuries/pain and was happy with the result.
Thank you Lord for this chance of getting back to road races… I miss everything about it!
Speed and endurance tested… Now to get back to my old self! Yebah!