Feb 21, 2013

PhilHealth: Post Run Update

Philhealth run is my first 5K organized run this year. I must say that after taking a long break from running, I'm not really in my top running condition. I was aiming for a less than 35 minutes run but having had not much practice, I finished at 45 minutes and 37 seconds. Still a slow runner. The time may not have improved but I must say I am still a better runner than my first 5K run. I was out of breath back then and experienced the beginnings of cramps and aching bunion, but not this time. I have better stamina, lungs and heart took the exertion well, and my legs and knees were not groaning in pain during the run. I also paid better attention to my running form, always checking if I am still running at the correct posture and proper foot landing. I also practiced deep breathing even while running, and I guess that helped to sustain me. 



5K runners at gun start (top left) and after the U-turn (bottom left)
After the run (photos on right)


Next step would be to work up on my speed.  Aside from setting a personal best by beating my own record, running faster would also be beneficial.  I'd be able to get some freebies too lol!  Seems like the faster runners were able to snag free shirts, medicines, loot bags and what have-you's in the various sponsors' booths.  What did I get?  Just a cup of black coffee and old issue of Health Beat magazine.  Woops!  The coffee was probably a bad idea after a long run but I just couldn't resist the aroma wafting towards my nostrils.  Anyway, no harm done, I guess.  I've had taho before that, since I was already hungry.  We thought there were free food and loot bags for ALL runners.  We read that somewhere in the website.  It turns out that it's only while supplies last, so it's like a hunter's thing years ago when you have to run fast or you won't have anything for dinner.  I still wish they had something left for us slow runners.  I hope race organizers would toss us some bananas next time hahaha!

Oh well, after our refreshing cups of taho and coffee, here we are, all smiles for the photos.  We don't look that hungry or tired, do we?


Us girls in our OVERSIZED singlets (I had to sew my singlet for a better fit)


Walking along the many booths, something caught my attention...err not the daydreaming guy but the FAME Inc. booth.  I was actually excited to go see what's in the booth that I hurriedly went there, leaving my companions behind. 


Booths!


I was also hoping that I might chance upon seeing a good friend there, a writer whom I met online, but she wasn't there.  It could have been our first meet up had she been there, but anyway, I just bought the latest issue of ZenHealth magazine.  It sells for PhP 100 but I got it at a discounted price of PhP 80.  I thought that was already quite a steal but to my surprise, they handed me 3 more copies of various magazines from the same publishing company.  They were back issues, but not too old copies and I was just so thrilled I had to text my friend to tell her about my loot!  She was supposed to be at the booth but for some reasons she wasn't able to come.  Too bad, but I suppose I also don't look quite presentable what with all those sweat still dripping from my hair hahaha!  

Latest issue of ZenHealth magazine that I got for a discounted price


My freebies!


Okay, so I didn't go home totally empty-handed after all.  Our next stop?  Probably the Run United on March 17 or the OFW run on March 24. See you there!


P.S.  To the PhilHealth race organizers, I have a little suggestion regarding the singlets.  The design is awesome, BUT they are way, way too oversized.  We ordered small sizes but to our  BIG surprise, the small size is actually equivalent to XL size.  Pinoys are not that big, right?  Just an after thought for you to consider on your next events.  Hopefully too, you would also consider giving food and loot bag stubs so all runners will get something, if indeed food and freebies is for everyone.  Thank you.


20 comments:

  1. Congratulations for finishing the run.

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  2. Hope you do not mind me asking A but do you still control what you eat after finishing a Fun Run or okay lang mag extra rice ? Will that be an enough excuse lol ?

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  3. Yay! Clap clap!!! Galing-galing naman! :)


    Will try to post my experience soon. ♥

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  4. That would be a good excuse hehehe. Personally, whether I run or just laze around, I eat almost the same portion, although there are times the body craves for more. Sometimes, I give in just a little. Truthfully, even if I want to eat more, the capacity to ingest more has gone smaller.(lumiit ang bodega in our vernacular hehe) I used to be able to eat at eat-all-you-can buffets but now I fail in that miserably.


    Remembering what my Taiji coach always say to us, after our Taiji workout or any form of workout, we need to eat after that, at least within 30 minutes after. Protein daw dapat, pwede rin naman a few carbs. Okay lang naman siguro mag-extra rice once in a while after a long run hehehe.


    I guess fitness coaches could answer that much better. If you're not really into very strict diet, just listen to your body. :-)

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  5. Thanks! I hope you can run with Mommy Maye soon :-)

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  6. Oo nga pala you ran too. Looking forward to reading your experience running in the City of Pines...(inggit mode hehehe)

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  7. Waaahhh....mali sorry po! I mixed you up with the other Marie hahahah! You're not from the City of Pines...you live in the south pala hahahah sorry for the mistake. :-)

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  8. This was the run that a friend was inviting me to join in. Sayang I wasn't able to participate due to a conflict in schedule. :(

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  9. i'm impressed by runners like you. running is something i have never engaged in because of fear of repeated trauma to the knees and internal organs. the only physical activity or workout i could handle is yoga. goodluck to you on your next run and may you set another personal record. :)

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  10. Naku ang tagal palang takbo nyan sis. Hindi ko yan keri for sure. I will do cardio-exercise muna at home.


    Mommy Maye2

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  11. Sis, I'm just slow hehehe...others can finish that distance in 25 min. or less. I'm still in the turtle category lol!

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  12. Yoga is great! Just that I have lost flexibility in my limbs. I can't contort my body anymore lol!

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  13. There's always another time. :-)

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  14. I also jog with friends either sa Luneta or CCP :-) Might bump into you one of those days hehehe. Congrats on your first fun run! Hope you enjoyed it.

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  15. I wonder if it's fun to join these stuff. Maybe if you're with friends. But sadly, I am not physically fit to run. D:

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  16. nice experince! :) i hope i can join fun runs soon.. :)

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  17. Well said... they should provide incentives for everyone... Best wishes on the next run. ;-)

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  18. Wow I wanted to join this as my first ever fun run. Unfortunately things happened. Maybe next time. :)

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  19. I agree with the singlet,or kahit sa ibang fun runs. Anyway, it's good that you have joined and finished this event

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  20. If I remember it right, my husband was here. I was supposed to join him kaso tinamad ako gumising. Sayang, we could have bump each other.

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