Category Archives: trail running

Soleus Cross Country Challenge Safety Tips

With trail running becoming more and more popular I wanted to share some tips to ensure you have fun and are safe during this spectacularly fun activity. No point getting some wonderfully Primed fresh air and then going to hospital with an injury. We will be competing at the Soleus Cross Country Challenge at Mt. Sinai this Sunday.

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Trail Running Safety Tips

With trail running becoming more and more popular I wanted to share some tips to ensure you have fun and are safe during this spectacularly fun activity. No point getting some wonderful fresh air and then going to hospital with an injury. We will be competing at Tanay Rizal this Sunday starting at 5am.

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Preparation is the Key – Pick the Right Race and Distance

It all starts with picking the right race and run category for you. My last race was a 21km trail where we were pre-warned by the organizers that “THIS IS TRAIL RUNNING! THIS IS EXTREME SPORT!” Indeed, it was so tough that only 23 out of 150 starters made it within the 7 hour cut-off time! I was very delighted to finish 2nd in that grueling race in a time just short of 6 hours.

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Upper-body Strength

We all know that regular running is about your legs. Well, trail running is also about upper body strength so I recommend that you try some gym routines to build upper body strength. I love using my eccentric gym routines and this helped me on the trail as I climbed up and down the rocks, held onto vines and trees and even when I slipped and had to brace my fall.

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Check-List

Make sure you arrive at the race venue prepared and bring the following:

(1) Gloves to save your hands from rock cuts, plants stings etc.;
(2) Head-lamp and/or flash light as the races start in the dark of morning;
(3) Home-made energy gel for your trail fuel;
(4) A good sized water bottle with your water bottle holder;
(5) Your cell phone just in case you get into trouble on the trail and need to ring a friend (have a bum bag with plastic zip lock bag if it is wet);
(6) Bring a hat because once the sun rises it can get very hot;
(7) A good breakfast like 3 boiled eggs or even a nice Omelette before the race;
(8) Some post-race snacks like bananas, nuts and even an iced coffee made with coconut milk;
(9) Some people use trail running poles but I think it depends on the trail and how many rock climbs are included.

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Beautiful Tanay Trail Run on November 22nd – Top 10 Benefits of Joining

I will joining the Novemeber 22nd Tanay Trail run for a Primed dose of blissful nature, sunshine, fresh air, beautiful scenery, excitement and pure joy. See here for more details: November 22nd Tanay Trail Run.

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Registration: (In-store): September 1 – October 8
Race Date: November 22, 2015
Gun Start: 6:00AM
Website: http://Facebook.com/amazingtanaytrailrace

I am delighted that the cool team from Mt. Labo Exploration and Development Corp. will be joining too. Yippie. It will be an unbelievably memorable and special occasion for them.

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The Mt. Labo team will see the greatest benefit of joining is the camaraderie on the trail. The atmosphere is special. Friendships will be forged and existing ones made even stronger.

Top 10 Benefits of Joining – Just Join It, It’s Fantastic

(1) The scenery. If you love to run then what better than getting to see the beautiful sights that rural Philippines has to offer? It is fun running through local villages and talk to the friendly locals, if only politely to ask for directions;

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(2) The fresh air. Well, if you have ever run along Edsa then you know what I mean. Besides the great scenery you get to breathe fresh, clean air;

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Elite Athletes are Saying Hi Fat Bye Carbs

Say Hi To Good Saturated Fats and Bye To Cheap Processed Carbs for better performance in your Sport, Work and Life

Cheap processed carbs can be extremely harmful for your body but complex carbohydrates are an excellent source of nutrition.

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Saturated fats like Coconut Oil are an ideal fuel for your mind and body.  Remember, your brain is 60% fat and mother’s milk is 50% fat.

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Watch and listen to former high carb proponent Professor Tim Noakes give his mea culpa on youtube here.
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Confessions of a trail Running Virgin – Chef Cyrille

A great race is like a great meal: you never forget it, you relive it in your mind even years later, and it leaves you looking forward to the next one.

I am delighted to share my unforgettable experience as I lost my trail running virginity along the beautiful Sierra Madre mountains.  Just like a great meal it left fabulous memories and an excitement for the next one.

Chad had already told me about the Top 10 Reasons to Try Trail Running  but I wanted to experience it for myself.

My First Ever Trail Run!

2:00 am on Sunday 12th October is the time that I met Chad before we drove to Tanay, Rizal for my first 21k trail run. Yes 2:00am, that is insane, especially when you finish late the night before with a busy service at Impressions Restaurant of Resorts World Manila.

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Six month earlier Chad finished 2nd in his Love A Tree International Trail Running 34km race and was talking about it like crazy.  Saying it’s very good and a fantastic experience for him. I remember he could barely walk the next 2 days after the race.  Despite that, he convinced me to sign up for the next Pimco Sporting Event 21km trail run.

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Marathon Friend’s Running Tips – Alvin Balderama and Eugene Yasay

The first two parts of our series of Marathon Friend’s Running Tips highlighted the power of positivity, home-made gels and toilet strategies! Now we hear from our trail running pal Alvin from Pimco Sporting Events and Eugene.

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The Best Energy Gel in the World is Home-made

If you have excellent nutrition that truly fuels your body optimally every day then you don’t need to use gels very often. With good nutrition you don’t really need them for short distance events but might use them for a long-distance running races or triathlons to give you a boost along when feeling tired. It is best to use real foods to fuel your performance such as bananas, nuts, beef jerky and dried fruits.

There is definitely a time and place for energy gels so why not save some money and make your own?

Here is a simple to prepare home-made energy gel that is relatively inexpensive, full of Primed ingredients that will give you a boost but wont give you the roller-coaster ride of energy fluctuations common with some sugar laden “energy” gels that can have as many as 24 ingredients (including fructose and chemical preservatives).

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