Running Tip: Have a Massage

WARNING:  This is not for the faint hearted and ticklish.  🙂

Not everyone appreciates massage like I do.  I also have friends who loves to have a massage every now and then especially after a very stressful day at work.  I used to have a massage every month just to release all the tension from work too.  I remembered developing a very tight trapezius muscle and that is a clear indication of stress.  Massage made wonders and relieved the tension.  Since then I made sure to have a massage at least once a month.

I’ve tried having a massage the day before the race and I’ve tried it also after the race.  I like it better after the race.  Why?  Because it relieves sore muscles after a tiring event.  But if you’re the type that would like to have fresh legs on a race day and resting just wouldn’t do, try having a massage before the race day.

There are different types of massage.  Some of the most popular are:

  • Swedish. Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.
  • Aromatherapy massage. The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender.
  • Hot stone massage. Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body.  The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. The warmth is comforting. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage.
  • Deep tissue massage. Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle.
  • Shiatsu. Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians.
  • Thai massage. Like shiatsu, Thai massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. Thai massage also includes compressions and stretches.  You don’t just lie there–the therapist moves and stretches you into a sequence of postures. It’s like yoga without doing any work. Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It is also reduces stress and improves flexibility and range of motion.
  • Reflexology. Although reflexology is sometimes called foot massage, it is more than simple foot massage. Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet.
  • Sports massage. Specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one-it’s also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn’t on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance.  A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.
  • Back massage. Some massage clinics and spas offer 30-minute back massages. If a back massage is not expressly advertised, you can also book a 30- or 40-minute massage and ask that the massage therapist to focus on your back.

What are the benefits of massage:

  • Improved circulation. Massage usually involves manipulation of the muscles and joints. This helps the blood to flow more freely through the body. Massage also aids in the flow of lymphatic fluids since these require muscular movements to flow through the body.
  • Stress relief. This is one of the most important benefits of massage. Physical manipulation of muscles can be very pleasing and relaxing. This can lead to an overall feeling of relaxation and release from the physical stresses of everyday living.
  • Pain reduction. Some types of massage focus on reducing pain from injury or athletic activities. Some techniques are also designed to reduce pain from surgery, accidents, or other medical conditions.
  • Alertness. After massage, one usually feels more alert and energetic. This is especially appreciated by professionals who take quick massage sessions during their workday.

When not to have a massage:

  • Fever: When you have a fever, your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Massage increases overall circulation and could therefore work against your body’s natural defenses.
  • Inflammation: Massage can further irritate an area of inflammation, so you should not administer it. Inflamed conditions include anything that ends in –itis, such as phlebitis (inflammation of a vein), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), arthritis (inflammation of the joints), and so on. In the case of localized problems, you can still massage around them, however, avoiding the inflammation itself.
  • High blood pressure: High blood pressure means excessive pressure against blood vessel walls. Massage affects the blood vessels, and so people with high blood pressure or a heart condition should receive light, sedating massages, if at all.
  • Infectious diseases: Massage is not a good idea for someone coming down with the flu or diphtheria, for example, and to make matters worse, you expose yourself to the virus as well.
  • Hernia: Hernias are protrusions of part of an organ (such as the intestines) through a muscular wall. It’s not a good idea to try to push these organs back inside. Surgery works better.
  • Osteoporosis: Elderly people with a severe stoop to the shoulders often have this condition, in which bones become porous, brittle, and fragile. Massage may be too intense for this condition.
  • Varicose veins: Massage directly over varicose veins can worsen the problem. However, if you apply a very light massage next to the problem, always in a direction toward the heart, it can be very beneficial.
  • Broken bones: Stay away from an area of mending bones. A little light massage to the surrounding areas, though, can improve circulation and be quite helpful.
  • Skin problems: You should avoid anything that looks like it shouldn’t be there, such as rashes, wounds, bruises, burns, boils, and blisters, for example. Usually these problems are local, so you can still massage in other areas.
  • Cancer: Cancer can spread through the lymphatic system, and because massage increases lymphatic circulation, it may potentially spread the disease as well. Simple, caring touch is fine, but massage strokes that stimulate circulation are not. Always check with a doctor first.
  • Other conditions and diseases: Diabetes, asthma, and other serious conditions each has its own precautions, and you should seek a doctor’s opinion before administering massage.

* You must also be aware that no pounding or pressure should be applied directly over your vertebra/spine; only to paraspinal muscles.

If you’re going to ask my favorite type of massage, I just prefer having a massage with the visually impaired; those who have stalls or units inside the malls.  They’re good and not to mention cheaper than others.

So what are you waiting for?  Go out and get a massage!  Runners like us need pampering too.   🙂

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In Motion Series : Road X Trail by Finishline

To all sports enthusiasts – cyclists, runners, and duathletes, here’s FINISHLINE’s schedule for December 2010:


Venue: Nuvali, Sta. Rosa Laguna
Race Date: December 11, 2010
Contact Number: 570-8330.

Registration Details:

  • CYCLING – November 15 to December 8, 2010


  • Redeem your race kit at your designated site December 6-10, 2010

Registration Sites:

  • PASIG CITY – All-Terra Bike Shop and Second Wind, GNC Megamall
  • QUEZON CITY – GNC Ayala Tinoma Mall, All Terra Libis
  • TAGUIG CITY – RUNNR Fort Bonifacio Global City
  • MAKATI CITY – GNC Glorietta 4
  • ALABANG – Grandtrail Bike Shop, GNC Alabang Town Center 2
  • STA. ROSA CITY– SABAK Bike Shop & NUVALI Evoliving Center (Weekends only)
  • SAN PABLO CITY – Green Planet Bike Shop


Venue: Nuvali, Sta. Rosa Laguna
Race Date: December 19, 2010
Contact Number: 570-8330.

Registration Details:

  • RUNNING – November 15 to DECEMBER 15, 2010

Registration Sites:

  • PASIG CITY – All-Terra Bike Shop and Second Wind, GNC Megamall
  • QUEZON CITY – GNC Ayala Tinoma Mall, All Terra Libis
  • TAGUIG CITY – RUNNR Fort Bonifacio Global City
  • MAKATI CITY – GNC Glorietta 4
  • ALABANG – Grandtrail Bike Shop, GNC Alabang Town Center 2
  • STA. ROSA CITY– SABAK Bike Shop & NUVALI Evoliving Center (Weekends only)
  • SAN PABLO CITY – Green Planet Bike Shop


Venue: Nuvali, Sta. Rosa Laguna
Race Date: December 19, 2010
Contact Number: 570-8330.

Registration Details:

  • DUATHLON – November 15 to December 15, 2010


  • Redeem your race kit at your designated registration site on December 6-10, 2010

Registration Sites:

  • PASIG CITY – All-Terra Bike Shop and Second Wind, GNC Megamall
  • QUEZON CITY – GNC Ayala Tinoma Mall, All Terra Libis
  • TAGUIG CITY – RUNNR Fort Bonifacio Global City
  • MAKATI CITY – GNC Glorietta 4
  • ALABANG – Grandtrail Bike Shop, GNC Alabang Town Center 2
  • STA. ROSA CITY– SABAK Bike Shop & NUVALI Evoliving Center (Weekends only)
  • SAN PABLO CITY – Green Planet Bike Shop

For more information, please check out the website or like them on Facebook.

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Oh, when blessings come: Grand Fiesta Run

There were a lot of run events lined up for the month of November and I can’t seem to choose where to join.  So I decided not to join any and the fact that registration fees are sky rocketing.

Saturday lunchtime, while I was checking out my FB page I saw Jojo posted something on our group page.  When I opened it, I saw his invite for Resorts World Grand Fiesta Run and that he was offering it for free!!!  I grabbed the chance to have one and to be able to join one race for November.  He forwarded my interest to James and got my slot (instantly).  We decided then to meet the next day at the Resorts World.

Got really excited so I tried to sleep early but the party near our home (probably around 50 meters) is nowhere lower than 85 decibels!  I was able to sleep around 12 midnight.

I arrived at Resorts World at 5:10AM and was able to do initial warm ups and claimed my race bib. 🙂  There were a few runners participating so I got a little nervous.  I don’t want to end last for the 10K category!

Saw many peeps around and most of them are marshals.  Jinoe and Que were there too.

Here’s my review:

Start time

We all started on time!  Though gunstarts were pegged at 6AM, good thing the weather was cloudy and delayed the sun from bringing it’s raging heat on us (oh, as of this writing, the sun is still nowhere to be found and it’s already 2PM).

Water stations

Runners were pampered and I say really pampered with hydration stations.  Imagine a few meters away the Pocari station you will now be given cups of water.  Was that to wash the sweetness of Pocari? lol!  I even passed some station because I already feel bloated.  At the finish line, they gave another cold bottle of water.  Good job on the water stations.


Marshals were everywhere!  You will never get lost.  Some did cheer for us (mostly runners too) and some did not.  But I didn’t care much, they are marshals in the first place.  lol!


Hmmm.  This is kinda difficult to give a comment about.  This is the first time that I tried running in this area.  So I find it exciting and challenging.  Mostly flat.  One major problem I noticed is the traffic.  The organizers wasn’t able to anticipate the volume of vehicles passing through the main road in front of Terminal 3 and on the circle.  Heard some drivers being impatient, some amazed that there is a running event in the area.  There was a time that we had to stop.  I think if the race have started at an earlier time, runners could have ran easily through traffic.  But that was just a small detail.


Well the freebies may not be as generous as the other run in BHS, but still freebies are freebies.  No expectations.  There were overflowing coffee, iced tea, and bread on booths around.  So I guess that suffices the craving for more.  And the loot bag stations were not crowded at all.  I didn’t have to wait for my turn.

Overall, I had fun with the Fiesta Run.  Who wouldn’t be happy having a free race kit?  🙂  Kidding aside the Fiesta Run just was as fun as Run Fest.  Wait, Fiesta Run, Run Fest… 🙂  And thank goodness I didn’t finish last in the 10K category!!!  hahahahaha.  Finished 1:11, no PR.  Kudos to the organizers!  Special thanks to Jojo and James. 🙂

Click HERE for the results.

Some pictures:

Argo, James, Jojo

with Vicky, Argo, and James

with jojo

team logan with mark nelson and rovilson

mark nelson and rovilson

photos courtesy of Jojo.

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ING Running20

Let us help build 20 homes by running!

As ING Bank celebrates 20 years here in the Philippines, they are organizing a fund raising event together with Habitat for Humanity and proceeds of which will be used to build 20 homes in Laguna.  Future residents are informal settlers from Pasig River.

More details below:

When: December 11, 2010; 5AM
Where: Bonifacio Global City. Taguig
Distances: 3K, 5K, 10K, 20K
Registration is from November 15 to December 8, 2010 or until slots have been filled up.

Registration Sites:

  • R.O.X. BHS, Taguig
  • Royal Sporting House, Robinson’s Place Ermita
  • Reebok, Trinoma, EDSA, QC
  • Reebok, Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong
  • Royal Sporting House, Glorietta 4, Makati
  • Reebok, Festival Mall, Alabang

Or you may also register online (November 15-30, 2010).

For non ING Employees or Clients, please pay the Entry Fee + P100 Delivery Charge
Account Name: Pep Squad Events and Marketing Services Inc.
Bank/Branch: BPI Otis
Account No: 8053-0027-07

Race kits will be delivered on or before December 5, 2010.

A guaranteed entry to the ING-NY Marathon 2011 will be raffled exclusively to the 20K participants

Singlet Design

20K Finisher Shirt

Let’s make this goal a reality and help build homes and new lives for our brothers and sisters.

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Patricia: Keep the Faith!

I failed to attend today’s run for a cause after weeks of promoting it. 😦  I apologize for that my dear friends.  I had this left-sided headache and deemed it necessary to take a rest.  I’m supposed to volunteer as a Medic and it seemed like I’m be the one that needs medical attention.  How weird is that?  lol!

I hope everything went well today and that no one got hurt or injured.  I wish everyone had fun.

I would like to thank all those whom I invited personally and was able to attend and give their support.

Patricia, get well and we are all here to support you.  I believe graces and mercies will continue to pour in even after the event.  Keep the faith young girl!

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RUNNING20 (via Titanium Runner)

Join the first ING Run in the Philippines and get a chance to win a slot at the New York City Marathon 2011!!!

Finally, it is here! The first ever ING run! They are celebrating 20 years and this race is happening on December 11 at the Bonfiacio Global City! And believe it or not, this is just a teaser. Watch out for additional details in the next two days on why you should join this event and what you can get by watching out the announcements for this race!

oin the first ING run in the Philippines and get a chance to win a slot at the New York City Marathon 2011!
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Second Quezon City International Marathon

Only 9 days left ’til the Second Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM).  I will run my second Pikermi and a chance to revisit the City where I originally came from.

Quezon City (QC) brings a lot of childhood memories.  We live somewhere in Quezon Avenue and Santo Domingo Church is just a street away.  Spent my preschool days in Angelicum College (School then) which is adjacent to the church.  Everytime there is a special Eucharistic celebration, students from Angelicum use a “secret” passage that leads directly to the church even without going out of the gates.  Well…that wasn’t a secret passage.  I just coined it as such. 🙂  Since school is just a street away, me and my cousin can leave our home 15 mins before the flag ceremony.  On one fateful day, as we were crossing the street, my plastic lunchbox’s latch got loose and all my food were all over Quezon Avenue and jeepneys are fast approaching!!!  Thanks to the driver who was kind enough to stop and patiently waited for my cousin to pick everything.  Remembering it always make me smile and laugh.

We live in a compound, so me and my two other friends play freely around the lawn without our parents being worried about us being hit by a vehicle.  We enjoyed playing under the sun and pretend that we’re pirates looking for a lost treasure; we love sneaking out of our houses/rooms at night to play with flashlights ala lightsaber (Star Wars inspired).  We did all the kid stuff that you can think of.  Our parents on the other hand always dress us up with the same shirt like we’re triplets.  We have a picture wearing a shirt with Ghostbusters print in front. lol! 🙂

On a personal note, I always relate QC to one memory of my dad.  I can vividly remember the way he would carry me, and let me sit on his shoulders and roam around the compound.  That memory always reminds me how safe I was whenever he’s carrying me and the feeling that I’m taller than anybody else.

I also remember one mall in QC…SM North.  That’s where we always go on weekends.  When I was 6, we do our groceries there on a Sunday and travel to Paranaque in the afternoon.  Imagine taking a bus from QC to Paranaque?!  MRT wasn’t available yet in 1986.

Does Fiesta Carnival ring a bell?  I’m one avid fan of the carnival.  My mom brings me there with my cousins.  Sadly, the carnival is no longer there.

In college, I do trips to QC for internships at St. Luke’s hospital, Philippine Orthopedic Center, and in Antipolo this time taking the MRT and traveling faster and more convenient.

Quezon City Memories

This December 5, 2010, I will re-live all these and will serve as inspiration to finish the race and making a new imprint of happy memory that will last for a lifetime.

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