Category Archives: trail running

Haribon Foundation tree planting was Super Fun. Forest Bathing is Bliss. Future planting dates detailed here.

Waking Early to Go Tree Planting with Haribon Foundation was So Worth It

Planting site is in Mts Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape, Laguna.

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Our first beautiful site after leaving the City of San Pablo on our way Rizal

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We made our way to the planting site which is in Mts Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape, Laguna.

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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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TOP 10 BENEFITS OF TRAIL RUNNING

(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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What Motivates You To Perform?

Tri Friendly Rivalries

Our motivation to race in triathlons is because we enjoy competing, having fun and meeting great new friends. Sometimes those friends started as rivals: friendly rivals, but rivals non-the-less. It is fun to be a little competitive as we would all rather finish one spot higher if we could (unless you came first).

One of my friendly rivals is Jualyn. We have been friends since our running days and have run many races together such as Quezon City Marathon, Condura Marathon and a few Milo Marathons.

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I had not beaten Jualyn in triathlons since he did his very first triathlon at Tri-United 1 way back on March 10th, 2013. He had beaten me in at least 4 triathlons since then and was getting a bit cocky. One of our last races was Tri-United 1 in March 2014, and he beat me then by 1 minute and 52 seconds.

I recently beat Jualyn by 1 minute and 14 seconds at SubiT triathlon on April 27th, 2014. My time was 2:31:03 and Jualyn’s 2:32:17.

Facebook Posts to Inflame the Rivalry

• Chad Davis – Hey Jualyn, How are you mate? Having sleepless nights thinking about how I beat you by 1 minute and 14 seconds? It is nice to get you back after you beat me in every triathlon we did together since Tri-U 1 in March 2013. Haha. I am enjoying this very much. See you for some training soon my friend.

• Jualyn – you got me Chad Davis, but no worries in Tu2 prepare for new battle hehe

• Criselle (Jualyn’s wife) – Haha, he’s having a hard time to believe it Chad , congratulations!

One of our next races together after Tri-United 2 on July 6th will be a 21km trail run on October 12 in the beautiful Sierra Madre mountainous region of Tanay Rizal. To join us visit http://www.pimcosportingevents.net/ or https://www.facebook.com/PimcoSportsEvents.


Please see one of our most popular posts on the benefits of trail running: https://primedforyourlife.com/2014/06/06/top-10-benefits-of-trail-running/#more-403

Another Friendly Rival, RJ Lorenzo

My other friendly rival is RJ Lorenzo. I still remember the 23rd of June, 2013 when I beat him at the 5150 standard distance triathlon and he was telling me that he couldn’t believe it! At first I did not know who he was but when I saw the RJ on his race bib I knew it was the RJ who had always previously beaten me!

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Since April 2013 RJ and I have raced 6 times with us winning 3 times each and a difference of just 17 seconds combined after almost 20 hours of racing! Who is the better triathlete? RJ was 17 seconds faster over the 6 triathlons but I won the last race in March 2014 so I am the better triathlete in my humble opinion. For now!

Amazing Co-incidence

Here is a cool and amazing co-incidence. In 2 triathlon races (Tri-United 1 and Melbourne Ironman) Natasha and Weng have raced over 277km for a combined time of exactly 18:33:21 each. Great racing ladies!

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So, who is your friendly rival? Do they motivate you to keep training and inspire you to do your best. Competition is healthy and should be fun. Good luck to Jualyn and RJ Lorenzo, but not too much.