Wednesday, October 12, 2016

My First 21K Run Experience

Last October 2, I crossed off another item from my bucket list-to run my first 21K.  I already run several 10Ks and have even placed on the Top 3 in one of them, so I felt I was already ready for the next step. And I am happy that I did!
My preparation included running at the gym, and running in QC Memorial circle for 2 consecutive Sundays and doing circuit and core exercises at the gym.  I thought that I did a good training, but I never ran more than 5K during that time.  And that was my mistake.  During the run itself, I injured my right knee at 11K and had to do a run-walk for the next 10K.  My left knee was painful during the previous month and I concentrated on stretching and foam-rolling it while training.  Unfortunately, that meant compensating for it on my right leg, hence, the pain. I finished the run a 3:30.  Its bad by my personal goals, but I know I can easily beat it next time.

It was a good thing that my first 21K run was with Run United.  It was indeed a well-organized run, with properly-spaced hydration stations, with banana and foams as well as sprays for pain (don't know what they are called) at some areas. I have a carbgel, but haven't tried before so I opted not to use it.  I also have Cloud9, but only had to take a bite on one since I felt that my energy was okay.  Save for the pain on my knee, I thought that I did okay. 

But it was a success nonetheless and I am going to do all three Run United runs next year, and train for it properly next time.!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Seven Corners Buffet

Every quarter, and when there are credit card promos, we eat at Seven Corners in Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila for lunch. The hotel is just beside our office, and a few minutes walk after, we are ready to partake of the seven interactive stations from a variety of international cuisines! For the promo price (Citibank) of P940, we were able to enjoy a truly delightful meal! 
These are the food that I usually get when dining here. My first plate is always from the Japanese station, followed by a salad, then the steak and lamb, then usually back for some more Japanese, then some pasta or Chinese soup, then some desserts, usually ice cream. 

I can't remember how many times I have eaten here at Seven Corners, but I will still keep coming back because I really get value for my money (especially during promos!).

Seven Corners
3F, Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila in Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Helmet Diving in Boracay: What to Expect

One of the more popular activities to do in Boracay is Helmet Diving. For local tourists, this activity costs P500 per person, inclusive of 1 cd with pictures and videos.  For foreigners, this could go up as high as P2,500 each.  These prices were in May 2016, and they can go up or down depending on the season.

This activity is best done in the morning when the water is not yet murky. So, the process: