Strike a Pose Fun Run

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Strike a Pose! Share your blessings!

Running Photographers will hold a fun run on December 10, 2017 at the CCP Complex, Pasay City to celebrate the art of sharing, touching lives and making a difference. As a prelude to the Christmas Season, the event aims to raise funds for the benefit of Senden Home Foundation, a “home for homeless boys” in Binganonan, Rizal.

Aptly called Strike a Pose Fun Run, the event will feature different photo stations along the route. Runners will have the opportunity to have their “running moments” captured by our photographers at every station.

To add more fun to the run, the organizer and its sponsors will be raffling off a pair of Hoka shoes during the event. There will also be a mini-competition for best photos showing the runners’ best poses during the event. The mechanics will be posted at the Running Photographers’ Facebook page (www.facebook.com/runningphotographers). Team Soleus Philippines will also be leading the Zumba Reggaeton.

The fun run, sponsored by Lightwater, Vitamin Boost, Toby’s Sports, and Soleus, and powered by RG Events, will have three distance categories – 3kms, 5kms, and 10kms. The registration fees and gun start times are as follows:

 

Distance        Fee                             Gun start

3kms               P450.00                      5:50AM

5kms               P550.00                      5:40AM

10kms             P750.00                      5:30AM

The registration fee entitles each runner-registrant to a race bib and an event shirt. Likewise, finishers will also get a finisher’s medal and an assortment of freebies from the event sponsors.

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Online registration opened on October 20, 2017. To register online, participants can visit https://reg.goorahna.com/#/event/strike-a-pose-fun-run-2017. On the other hand in-store registration will open on November 9 at Toby’s Sports branches in Trinoma, Glorietta, SM Mall of Asia, and Runnr Alabang Town Center.

With the fun run, Running Photographers aims to encourage running enthusiasts to keep an active lifestyle while at the same time share their blessings to the less fortunate. It wants to focus more on instilling into the consciousness of the participants how they can help in their own little way. As such, there will be no cash prizes but top finishers for each category will receive gift packs and giveaways from our sponsors.

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My little adventure at Li-Ning Manila Run

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Last Sunday, June 28, was Li-Ning Manila Run.  I am always excited to join the race but not this time.  Wait, it’s not about the race itself but rather it’s me.  I have been weak for the past few weeks.  I’m having a hard time training.  At first, I thought maybe it’s due to hot weather which is absolutely is, as my weakness is heat.  And then I thought, maybe I reached what they call the “runner’s plateau”.  I felt my enthusiasm dwindles.  I was so lazy waking up and getting up that day but nonetheless, I got up and told to myself, I will deal with my runner’s plateau after this race (watch out for my adventure dealing with this).

On race day

We, together with my FRD friends, Red Ginger, Fern and Jet came early at the event site.  We still have time to mingle with other runners.  We saw familiar faces and mingle with Blue Zapanta at Soleus tent, Alyna and Juvy at the finisher’s booth, we also saw Saul Navarro (one of the race organizer/RG events).  At past 4am, the 21K runners were called to be ready and go to the starting line.  At the starting line, several Running Photographers are there to take pictures and also some marshals to usher the runners.  At that time, there are some thoughts in my mind… “antok pa ako… gusto ko ng umuwi”… “sige na nga, tapusin ko na lang ito”… hahaha

at the starting line with Fern and Red

at the starting line with Fern and Red… thank you Running Photographers for the photo

And there we go

The race started late at 4:45am.  We turn first towards SM Arena and got back to the Seaside Bay area.  Along the route, my mind is still battling (Oh my! am I bipolar?… hahaha).  I told to myself to just enjoy the route and think that I’m doing an LSD.  What I did is turn the volume of my playlist high and just sing with it.  While I’m running and singing, some runners are looking at me not because I’m gorgeous or beautiful, but maybe because I’m mumbling, singing and swaying my hips… Wait, I’m not crazy, I’m just weird… hahaha

Okay, let me explain.

The swaying of the hips.  This is what my diva friends called “kembot run”.  It is where you sway your hips side by side while running when you are tired.  In this way, the pressure to your running muscles will be diverted to other muscles, helping your running muscle relax for awhile.  You can get back to your running position after awhile or when you feel you need speed.  Kembot run is more effective during uphill, it has less stress to your knees.  I will tackle more about kembot run together with runner’s plateau.

Mumbling and singing.  In this way, my mind is diverted from thinking “i’m tired” to “I’m having fun singing”.  I always run with music in my ears.  I picked a playlist that will encourage me and make me feeling like Ironman.  Yes, I have the “Ironman theme song” in my playlist and whenever it was playing while I’m running, I felt invincible, I am Ironman and unknowingly, I was running faster than my usual pace (See?.. I’m only weird!.. hahaha).

at this time, I'm starting to enjoy the run... thank you Running Photographers/Manong RJ for the pics

at this time, I’m starting to enjoy the run… thank you Running Photographers/Manong RJ for the pics

Okay, back to Li-Ning Run.

While I was singing and swaying my hips while running, I noticed along the Roxas Blvd Luneta area, lots of bikers along the route.  Carelessly driving their bikes in between runners.  Yes! in between runners.  They even make fun and races between runners.  How rude!  While I was running along with two female runners from kilometer zero towards CCP area, I heard a bike tire screeching sound in between us girls, on my right side.  A biker is trying to squeeze himself in between of us girls that he almost hit me.  Take note, there’s a huge space at the side of the road and we’re just three, we can’t occupy the whole lane.  I told him “kaloka ka kuya, ang laki ng space sa gilid oh… kaylangan sa gitna pa namin?”  He didn’t look and just ignore me just like nothing just happened.

That was one of my misadventure during the race but nonetheless, I had fun.  My laziness was turned into fondness as I met new runner friends, wave to my old runner friends, talk to other runners, had pictures with my FRD family.  All in all, despite of other flaws, let’s give them the benefit as it is their first race, I had fun.  And who will complain with the fabulous Li-Ning race shirt and a nice Li-Ning Finisher shirt that is worth almost thrice your registration fee.  Congrats to the organizers, Li-Ning and RG events.  Hope to see you next year.

with the queen diva, madder Rikki Suarez.. thank you Alyna Bejoc for the fab photo

with the queen diva, madder Rikki Suarez.. thank you Alyna Bejoc for the fab photo

With my FRD family.

With my FRD family.

Special Thanks to:

Running Photographers

Alyna Bejoc

Saul Navarro

RG Events

Li-Ning Philippines

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