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Run For Home – Race Results
July 23, 2009, 8:20 am
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Results are out!

Other than your official finish time, you can also know:

  1. How you placed overall
  2. How you placed in your gender category
  3. How you placed in your age category
  4. How many people you passed
  5. How many people passed you
  6. Birds Eye view of where you are relative to other runners
  7. Where you were when the winners crossed the finish line

Click on the image below to get your race results.

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Run For Home- Testing my Manong Pacer Skills
July 21, 2009, 2:38 pm
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I wanted to do something different so I volunteered to be a PACER for the GLOBE AYALA LAND RUN FOR HOME.

A pacer participates in a race to help a runner achieve his/her target time usually by maintaining a fast, demanding pace that may be too strenuous for the runner to achieve alone.  It’s the pacer’s responsibility to keep track of the km splits, and act as a positive motivator especially towards the end of the race to help the runner achieve his/her objective.  As a pacer, I had to run even splits, and for me to able to achieve that, logic dictates that I should run at a comfortable pace…. for this race, 5:30/km

But by being a competitive runner, one can’t help but get carried away at times and chase after people who pass you during the race.  So as not to end up racing, I would need to constantly remind myself to exercise restraint and run at my designated pace.



The 10k race started at 5:45 am, I was somewhere near the front of the pack when the starting gun went off.  Instead of clearing the start line swiftly, I encountered a traffic jam, as the lanes at the start line were narrowed to ensure that all runners passed through the timing mats.  When I cleared the start line, Garmin indicated that my average pace was @ 8:03/km.  I had to sprint to bring my pace up to 5:30/km.  I hit an average pace of 5:29/km as I turned to 26th street, I had to slow down and start cruising to maintain an even pace.

Soon enough, people started passing me, I was conscious enough to resist the urge to speed up, and to constantly check my Garmin to ensure that I’m maintaining my 5:30/km pace.  As everyone has settled into their respective paces at quarter distance, I started to notice things… things that I don’t usually notice when racing.  I started to notice what other runners were wearing, the type of shoes (too many people wearing NEWTONS these days), I also started observing other people’s running form.. then I started wondering what my running form is like so I started to visualize my own running form, my foot strike, and my arm swing.  As I reached the Kalayaan fly over, a quick pace check indicated that I was still on pace running at 5:27/km.  It is at this point I started seeing the fast 21k runners on their way back from Makati.


I clocked in an average pace of 5:25@ the 10k turn around, I started to catch up to the other runners who overtook me at the start.  As I passed them, I encouraged them to keep up with me, others would smile and wave me on, while others would pick up their pace and follow.

On my way back to the Fort, right by the Kalayaan fly over water station, I saw a lady runner who stopped at the water station for a drink.  I clearly remembered her because she was FAST at the race start.  I looked at her and said “run with me, we’ll finish in 55 minutes”  She agreed, I told her we had about 3 kilometers left, she nodded as we headed down the fly over to the final stretch of the race.


A quick pace check indicated that we were running at and average pace of 5:27/km.   I could sense that she was already experiencing fatigue.  With 3 kms to go and an average pace of 5:27/km, I knew we could afford to slow down to a pace of 5:45 to 6:00/km and still finish within 55 minutes.  She seemed fine and able to keep up at 5:45 to 6:00/km pace, so we maintained it until we turned into Serendra.  We crossed the finish line with a time of 54:50 with an average pace of 5:29…. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.


  1. It was a very relaxed run as I wasn’t gunning for a PR
  2. You notice a lot more things when running at a relaxed pace
  3. It felt good when Lady Runner said thank you after crossing the finish
  4. I think I want to sideline as a MANONG PACER when I retire from work in 30 years time.

The Flu
June 10, 2009, 5:00 pm
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I’ve got the flu, and it sucks, this screws my training routine

Mizuno Infinity Run 2009 Time Trials
June 8, 2009, 11:28 am
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The non stop rain in the week prior to race day made me assume that this wet and windy weather will spill over to Sunday’s race.  I was wrong!  The weather turned out to be warm and sunny… someone must have forgotten to do the rain dance….

They say that three’s a charm, and those who choose to ignore history are bound to repeat it.  This was Mizuno’s 3rd time to host a road race (1st was on March 30, 2008, 2nd was on June 29, 2008), and I expect that they have learned quite a few things from their past races and that this race should be close to, if not spot on perfect.  So did they do a good job?  Read on…..

The following were my observations / opinions:

  1. As expected of Mr Biscocho, his races never start on time… they always start AHEAD of time.  The gun time was 5:25 am.  Knowing that it was a Biscocho race, I was there at least 40 minutes before the scheduled start.
  2. Race corral areas for 15, 10, 5 kilometers were clearly marked.  Race marshals checking you in were easily identifiable (they were dressed like golf caddies).
  3. Race route was simple, and distance was accurate.
  4. Water and Gatorade stations were plentiful, they also had enough cups filled with either water or Gatorade as I ran past the stations.
  5. MAPSA did a good job with the traffic
  6. 1.10.10 is a clever idea, they’ve one upped Nike and Adidas this time around.

Pending the official race results (whether accurate or not), I don’t have any complaints about this race, it was perfectly managed (please keep it up Mr Biscocho and Mizuno).  The only constructive suggestion I could give would be for Mizuno to provide OFFICIAL PACERS in the future.  Running with a pacer can help a runner achieve their their race goals… be it a target time or target pace.


I ran my heart out this race, and just like any other race, my only goal was to beat my personal best time.  I am displeased with my race results as I only managed to shave a minute off my personal best time of 1:13:28.  I do have some theories as to why, but we have to wait and see in 2010.  For now, balik training for MILO….



Place No.  Name Age S 15k Pace
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38 624 Harry Tan Jr.  34 M 1:12:25 4:50

5K 10K 15K

May 15, 2009, 10:26 am
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I’ve been relatively nice about my post regarding the BOTAK Paa-Tibayan 42k, but after seeing the race results, I am OUTRAGED!

The results show that I was FASTER than my actual finish time!!!!

It’s normally acceptable to be off by a couple of seconds, but OFF by 31 minutes??? HOW COULD THAT BE????


Mr Organizer, if you can’t even record the proper finish times… THEN DON’T EVEN BOTHER ORGANIZING ANOTHER RACE

2009 Botak 42k
May 12, 2009, 1:41 am
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The ‘Evil Plan’ according to Bananarunning

I had my sights set on running this year’s Milo Marathon, but due to bananarunning’s ‘BardsBaliwText’ on doing a 42k ‘LONG RUN’ at the Botak Paa-Tibayan 42 race, several other T2 Runners (myself, V, E, myironshoes, runmd, K, Ate ni K) decided to either sign up with bananarunning, or run as bandits.

Race Planning

We decided to field our own support crew for this run because:

  1. We believe that it is not proper to be drinking off the water stations as some T2 Runners did not register for the race.
  2. Most road races in the Philippines are notorious for having too few water stations, or water sources that are suspect (you’d see floating stuff on the water drums)
  3. T2 runners are evolving… more than half of our runners are now capable of running full marathons. We are now working towards having our own support crew so we could be self sufficient in any Marathon race we join.
Botak 42k Race Route

Botak 42k Race Route

A copy of the map was downloaded from to mark the locations of the kilometer support points.

The Route Plan

The Route Plan

We also decided to put up T2 banners to distinguish our support station from the Botak water stations so as not to confuse the runners.

T2 Banner

T2 Banner

Race Start

This OBVIOUSLY was NOT a Biscocho race, the race started LATE, around 4:50 am.  I was concerned that it will be unbearably hot towards the latter part of the race.

KM 1 – 21, Keeping Up with the Hardcores

I was told that Team Baldrunner’s Hardcores will be running at a pace of 5:30 to 6:00 min/km, that was my target pace, so I decided to keep pace with them.  The first 21 kilometers of the run was relatively uneventful, I was quite familiar with the terrain as I’ve ran the route several times… there were no surprises.

KM 22 – 28, Steady lang…

As we crossed the Kalayaan Fly over, some of the Hardcores started to increase their pace and started to pull away.  At this point, I decided to just maintain my pace, so as not to burn myself out towards the end.  It was also at this point when some of the elite 42k runners were on their way back to the finish.

KM 29 – 35, Fatigue and the Cursing Runner

After reaching the Pasong Tamo / Buendia turnaround, instead of making a right in Ayala towards Makati, I was surprised that I was made to turn left towards Kalayaan by a road marshal.  At this point fatigue was starting to set in, my pace dropped from 5:30 to 6:00, the temperature has started to rise as the sun was directly on me.  The heat became so unbearable that I took my first walk break at Km 30, alongside was another runner who was cursing at the race officials for making him run a complicated race route.  I walked for 200 meters, then continued running till I reached Km 35 for my second walk break.

KM 36 to 38, Walk Run Walk Run

Kilometers 36 to 38 wasn’t very pleasant, my legs were becoming heavy and my 200m walk breaks are now at every kilometer, instead of every 3 to 5 kilometers.  I was tired, and was weary of my finish time.  I pushed myself to reach Km 38 where I knew that the T2 support van will be waiting with cold water, and Gatorade.  I took a two minute breather, downed some Roctane and Gatorade before going up the Kalayaan flyover.

KM 39 to 42, To Infinity and Beyond!

Having fueled myself with Gatorade and Roctane, I feared not the Kalayaan flyover and attempted to run it like a runner with fresh legs. 🙂  But just like a defective cellphone battery, I ran out of power after 60 seconds.  I had to settle for walking up the flyover, running on top of the flyover, and walking again on the downhill portion to save my quads.  When I reached the bottom of the flyover, Javy pulls over and encourages me to move on.  Just like Singapore, the last 3 kilometers felt like forever, but unlike Singapore, my body wasn’t totally wasted, I managed to cross the finish line at 4:27.

with RUNMD

with RUNMD

T2 and Friends

T2 and Friends

Thoughts About The Race

  1. I’m not sure if the distance was really 42.195, my polar registered 44.6
  2. Why did they change the route at race day?  I took time to understand the route so I could plan the logistics for support, the fact that they changed routes screwed up our support.  I understand that plans change, but the change should have been communicated, either through email, ROX (or wherever you signed up), or through the running blogs
  3. The route was complex, I had to cross reference the Botak map with a much more detailed map to figure out the turn points.  It didn’t help that THEY CHANGED IT LAST MINUTE.
  4. If understanding the route was already difficult, how much more confusing would it be to a runner who never had a chance to read it in detail?
  5. In fairness, there were marshals at every turn point, but the problem is they were not THAT VISIBLE, and PROPERLY TRAINED.  I had to keep a watchful eye for them at every turn point, and once I spot them, I always had to yell and say”42 ako, saan? diretso? kanan? kaliwa?”… c’mon Mr Race Organizer, men have trained sheep dogs to guide herds of sheep, I’m sure it’s so much simpler to train humans to guide humans.
  6. What was originally intended to be a long run turned out to be a redemption marathon for me.  The 4:27 finish time WAS my target finish time in Singapore (I finished the Singapore Marathon in 5:07).

Singapore SC Marathon vs Botak 42

The Botak 42 was tougher than the Singapore Marathon, it was hotter and the race route had more rolling hills.  How was I able to improve my time from from 5:07 to 4:27?

  1. I ran Botak 42 injury free, I had a bad case of untreated Post Tibial Tendonitis during the Singapore Marathon.
  2. Mileage mileage and mileage.  Last year, I was putting in 45 to 55 kms per week, this year it’s 66 to 75 kms
  3. I had 5 hours of sleep, sleeping in my own room was definitely better than sleeping in a hotel room.  I always have this problem of being unable to sleep the first night in a hotel.
  4. I wore the right pair of shoes.  The New Balance 903s that I wore in Singapore didn’t offer enough support, the Asics Gel Kayano 14s did a good job in Botak 42.  I highly recommend the Kayano 14s for those who require a good stability shoe.
  5. Home court advantage, we had support, I was able to hydrate myself properly
  6. Imodium (thanks br)

So what’s next?
… milo milo milo

Pakistan’s Tallest Man in RP
May 6, 2009, 3:25 pm
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I read this interesting article about the tallest Pakistani man coming to the Philippines to raise money (50,000 USD) for a foot operation.  I’m attaching the article from below……

Pakistan’s tallest man seeks help in RP

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 13:32:00 01/08/2009

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MANILA, Philippines — “My height is a gift from God,” said Ijaz Ahmed, a towering Pakistani who has come to the Philippines to raise funds for his right leg operation.

Ahmed claims to be 8 feet and four inches and weighs 287 pounds.

According to doctors, Ijaz, 26, is still expected to grow by three to four inches, giving him the chance of clinching the Guinness World title for world’s tallest living man.

Ijaz hails from Punjab and has worked as farmer before his injury, having been born to a family of farmers.

In 2002, Ijaz injured his foot in a car accident.

Doctors told him the operation would cost $50,000 and so in 2006, he embarked on a tour to raise money for his operation.

Over the past two years, Ijaz has raised a third of the total amount required for his operation.

Ijaz took a trip to the Philippines after he met Ann Sia of Clara International during a 2006 event in Malaysia.

Sia said Ijaz was a guest in her company’s event along with a three-foot man. Upon learning of Ijaz’s condition, she offered to host Ijaz after he visits Manila for his fund raising project.

“My friend Ann invited me to go to the Philippines to raise funds for my operation. She said the people here are friendly and very kind,” Ijaz said.

Sia said a Filipino pledged to help Ijaz on his leg injury and has scheduled him for a medical checkup at a Makati hospital.

When asked if he has a girlfriend, Ijaz smiled and said: “Right now, I don’t have a girlfriend because in Pakistan, we have arranged marriages. My parents will choose the girl for me.”

Ijaz, through the help of his caretaker and interpreter Jamil Ahmed, has submitted papers for application to the Guinness World Records.

Ijaz will go back to Pakistan in December so Guinness World Records can measure his height, said Jamil.

At present, Bao Xishun of China holds the Guinness World record because Ukrainian Leonid Stadnyk was stripped of the record in August 2008 when he refused Guinness representatives from getting his height.

“I have already submitted papers to Guinness but I do not really mind if I am hailed as second or third tallest living man in the world. I am happy I am here today,” said Ijaz.

Ijaz, who heads a non-profit organization for differently abled children in Pakistan, said he has dreams of peace, accessible healthcare and education for everyone.

Ijaz will stay in Manila for less than a month.