Getting Physical on VD

Fitness First RSC

Who knew that the gym would still have a considerable number of people on a Valentines night? As my “consultant” (new marketing speak for Account Manager) quipped, belong na belong tayo! 

Even after a number of years of not going out on Valentines, flexing one’s muscles and burning calories at a nearby fitness club is a novelty, and that’s a welcome thought. I have just renewed my personal fitness package, thankful that I could use my rebate as discount for the next round of sessions with my trainer. So far, I have lost roughly 4% of body fat and increased muscle mass; am running at a faster pace; lifting weights that would have injured me before I started on the regimen; dancing 20 minutes monstop;  started on BodyCombat; and best of all, trimmed 3 inches off my waistline. 
I totally fit into my old jeans and skirts again. No Spanx needed, haha! And i’m just getting started.
Happy VD. 

Nike We Run Manila 10K 2011

I ran my first 10K last Saturday at the Nike Run Manila 10K event held at Bonifacio Global City. I didn’t have as much fun as I had in the previous two runs that I joined, and it wasn’t due to the longer distance that I had to finish. I wish it was as organized as both Rexona and Unilab since all running events were staged by Run Rio.

For one, there should have been lighting fixtures installed along the race route, as there were few stretches that were in nearly total darkness and one had to use a torch or a phone’s flashlight app to see the track. Claiming baggage was a total mess, and it took me nearly an hour after the race to get back my bag, afraid that it might end up with someone else and along with it some precious possessions.

 On the plus side, I like the running shirt that Nike provided. I wish, however, that the finisher’s kit would be really distributed by the sponsor. Joining the event wasn’t cheap, so to make fees really sulit, getting the finisher’s kit would be really nice.

Nike We Run Manila 10K

A mini-rock concert was held after the race, featuring Parokya ni Edgar, Chicosci, and some other band, but  we were all too tired, aching and famished, so instead of watching, we proceeded to Seafood Island at nearby Market! Market! for a huge meal.

Nike We Run Manila 10K

UPDATE: More than two weeks after the run, I still have to receive my finisher’s kit from either Nike or its organizer.  

Scenes from Run United 2 2011

I joined my second 5k run with the Unilab-sponsored Run United 2 at the Bonifacio Global City last Sunday.  The event was grander than the recently held Rexona Adventure Run, with more runners participating and lots of fun games and loot stalls set up at the venue, I believe. Our gun time was 5:50 AM, and I guess I managed to finish earlier this time.

Here are some photos that I took of us lining up at the many booths that were set up around the venue. Suffice it to say, our P650 joining fee was well worth the fun, singlet, and loot bags that contained medicine samples, vitamins, energy drinks, supplements, tumblers, juice and chocolate powder, Globe Tattoo sun visor, and a tube of Myra-e tinted moisturizer.

Run United 2 2011
Lining up at a game booth with Sandra.

Run United 2 2011
Awww… how cute!

Run United 2 2011
Event grounds at BGC

Run United 2011
He looked so out of place 🙁

Run United 2


The best way to end a fun Sunday morning: pigging out on seafood and loads of rice.

Unilab Run United 2011 Leg 2 loot bag
What’s in the loot bag.

Rexona Adventure Run 2011

Running is exercise. Exercise creates endorphins. Endorphins make you happy! Smiling for the official photog with running buddies, Kris and Sandy

After months of on-and-off running, I finally joined my first 5K race. Thanks to Sandra who invited me to join the Rexona (Men) Adventure Run, and much thanks to the heavens for giving us two weeks of nearly rain-free weather, which allowed me to prepare for the race. We had a great morning of fun marathon, games, freebies, and lots of photo-ops 🙂

DJ Chingggay Andrada hosted the event
I’m sure these two clocked in much more quickly than I did.

Thank you, trustworthy runners!

I was a bit disappointed with my run, on the other hand, as I already managed a faster pace the previous week. Oh well, I’ll try to make 5k in under 30 minutes next time. I’m just happy to finally strike another item off my “35 before 35″ list.

After running 5k and two hours of hanging about at the MOA concert grounds for freebies and picture taking, we trooped to the first decent open restaurant for heavy breakfast: Ya Kun Kaya Toast (“Uniquely Singapore”).

What’s in the loot bag: Pain reliever, Rexona products good for a year, hair care stuff, discount cards and stickers to Victoria Court. I’m not sure I’d be able to use the last two items.