About Running Free Manila (RFM)

Hi, I am Allan. Welcome to my personal journal, RunningFreeManila.com. I am RFM in the running community. When I do not run, I am the following: (1) a loyal and loving son to my parents, (2) a business analyst in an international investment bank, (3) a collaborator in running events, (4) I teach and conduct small talks about basics in running and circuit training, (5) a motivator and adviser to my team and runner friends, (6) a wanderlust whenever I can afford it (haha!), (7) a dancer (but I DO NOT FANCY Zumba, sorry I only do Les Mills Body Jam or HipHop), (8) a lover of books, and (9) a newbie in Crossfit and swimming (bike, hmm, maybe if I could afford it).

Running happened when I was doing night shift from my previous work in contact center operations. While I was preparing my reports and analyzing it, when I tried resting my arms on the table I was surprised I was actually resting on my tummy! So I started to be active.

After enduring 2 Body Combat marathons (a 4-hour intense workout of tae-bo and capoiera combos last 2009-2010) in Fitness First, I dared myself of joining the run.

I only had football as something that I can be proud of as my sport in Grade 3 where I played as a quarterback then tried volleyball and swimming as PE in my high school and college years. The 2005 carjack incident made me realize how amazing it is to be alive to keep it to myself that I decided to go out there and celebrate life as much as I can. Fortunately, thanks to Century Tuna Superbods Fun Run 2010 (first leg of the 2010 RunRio Trilogy) I started running in the 3k category!

Let me tell you about my team, six:30 running groupWe are based in University of the Philippines Diliman with about 30-50 active members of the group who enjoy both short and long distances: specialists, marathoner, ultramarathoners, triathletes and multisport athletes.

six:30 running group aka Barneys

Last February 2011, I finished my first marathon in The Bull Runner Dream Marathon (TBRDM). Last December 2011, I had my international marathon in the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon with my fellow six:30 teammates!

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Last March 2013, I finished the Bataan Death Marathon for 102 kilometers! This is the longest distance that I have covered so far.

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My blog aims to support and push the runner in everyone, because anyone can run. No matter how fast or how slow you are, as long as you believe in yourself because the only competition you have is you. If you have enough time to backtrack my entries, you will soon find out how I worked hard in achieving my goals. Like any determined warrior, we can always realize our dreams (like my dream of running in New York, Paris or even the Great Wall of China!).

Visit also my Facebook page, click here or click the image below:

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Photos courtesy of runner friends.

23 Responses

  1. rick passo says:

    RunningFree,

    Came across your website because of your link to Rags2Riches.ph :
    Tree Bag — Blogs, Pictures, and more on WordPress
    reesefernandez wrote 1 week ago : Rags2Riches have recently launched the RIIR by … Tags: Eco-Ethical Style, reese fernandez, rags2riches, rags to riches, …
    en.wordpress.com/tag/tree-bag/ … and stayed to look around…

    You have an interesting blog. Good luck with your MBA. [been there, done that…]

    Thanks for promoting Reese and Mark’s good and important work.

    Mabuhay,

    Rick

    • runningfree says:

      Thanks for dropping by. It’s my way of giving it back to them and believing in their advocacy. :)

  2. RunningAtom says:

    Hi RFM,

    Wow, this is the first time that I came across your ‘About’ page. I didn’t know that I’m specially mentioned here, hehehe. Thanks for the heads up Allan.

    And btw, I have an update with the contest rules regarding my birthday race giveaway. Hop on again on my blog for you to get more chances to win. ;)

  3. Tiff says:

    Hi! I’m melovesflying from Peyups, a graduating student from UP Manila. I was wondering if you could help me with my thesis by answering my survey about blogging. It will only take you a couple of minutes and everything will be confidential. Here’s the link:

    http://www.kwiksurveys.com/online-survey.php?surveyID=HLEKII_31745bbc

    Answering it will be very much appreciated. Thank you! :)

  4. Cablelink says:

    Cablelink, one of the fastest-growing CATV and Internet service companies is organizing Race It Up 2011, a Family Day Fun Run slated on October 22, 2011 at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City.

    This event features a three (3)- five (5)- ten (10)- Kilometer run and 300 Meter run for kids ages 5-12 years old.

  5. Joeyboy says:

    Cool and informative site..I just added you to one of my favorite sites about running in my blogroll.. :) Keep on blogging and running! :)

  6. Glaiza Porneso says:

    Hi Allan,

    I’m Glaiza Porneso from Agatep Associates Inc, PR agency of National Geographic Channel.
    I would like to invite you to run and cover this event as a media blogger.

    Hope hear from you soon.

    Thank you so much!

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    For more details, please call Glaiza Porneso at 635-9355-60 (loc 160); mobile no: 0906-577-8706;email: glaiza.agatep.com.

    WHAT : National Geographic Channel (NGC)
    Earth Day Run

    WHEN : Sunday, 22 April 2012, 5:00 AM

    WHERE : Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

    WHO : Jude Turcuato, Fox International Channels
    vice president and territory head, will be there to answer your questions

    Are you ready to run for Mother Nature? We are.

    In our never ending quest to encourage more Filipinos to go green and save Mother Earth, NGC is staging the 3rd Earth Day Run, the country’s premier race for the environment.

    This time, thousands more of students, professionals, athletes, health buffs and celebrities will run in the 3K, 5K, 10K and 21K races, to show Mother Earth we all care about its health in a fun and exciting way. At NGC, this is who we are.

    Get ready to hit the road, run and make a stand for the environment. Breakfast is on us and interviews with the winners will be held after the awarding ceremonies.

    See you there!

  7. Jomar says:

    Hi Allan!

    Sharing with you the video that I found on Youtube earlier this day. Baka gusto mo rin ishare sa readers mo. It’s about Coach Rio running against a plane. Interesting ang video! I really like it! Here’s the link so you can watch it: http://bit.ly/KAbEuh

    • runningfree says:

      Thanks for the link Jomar. I already posted this in my Facebook wall. Nice concept right? Coach Rio having fun racing against the plane.

  8. dyzalri says:

    paanu mag join sa group nyu po..tnx

    • runningfree says:

      Visit us in our trainings every Thursday nights and Saturday mornings sa UP Diliman. Visit our FB page: six:30 running group. Hope to see you there! :)

  9. Dindo Carayo says:

    Greetings to all cyclists, runners, and sports enthusiasts!

    Millions all over the world have felt the devastating effects of the earth’s degradation – increased occurrences of flash floods, super typhoons, severe drought, tornado outbreaks, and more. The earth is no longer the safe, beautiful, and nurturing home that it used to be because man simply kept on taking but failed to give back to Mother Nature.

    Sonshine Philippines Movement (SPM) together with concerned institutions, companies, organizations, and communities, is launching the “EarthFest 2012 and The Environmental Hero Awards” on November 18, 2012 at Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang. This grand sports event with the theme “Sports War Against Climate Change” aims to raise funds for SPM’s environmental programs and advocacies nationwide.

    SPM is a multi-awarded non-profit organization who continues to advocate positive change by empowering the youth and different community sectors to care for the environment. We actively implement nationwide clean-up drives, tree planting activities, recycling campaigns, marine resources development, environmental awareness and similar programs.

    In this light, we cordially invite your company/club/organization to be a part of this noble cause by participating in the “EarthFest 2012” sports events as follows:

    • Fun Run (3 km, 5 km, 10 km, 16 km, and 21 km)
    • Bicycle Wars (Criterium, BMX Park, and MTB)
    • Street Dance Battle (Hip-Hop, 18-25 yrs old)
    • Concert for a Cause
    • Grand Sports and Health Bazaar

    Prizes await the winners! Plus gadgets and souvenir items will be given away! Awards will also be given to the largest delegations.

    Now is the perfect time to heed Mother Nature’s call! Be an environmental hero! Support Sonshine Philippines Movement and help us work towards the restoration of the earth by participating in the “EarthFest 2012 and The Environmental Hero Awards”.

    Reserve your spot and log on to our website at http://www.earthfestphilippines.com. You may also call us at (02) 775 4144 / (02) 453 0589 or text us at 0915 508 2313 / 0915 810 9027 / 0920 969 3845. Discounted registration fees are given to early registrants.

    Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/earthfestphilippines
    Official EarthFest 2012 Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/375233625868673/

    Sincerely,
    Dindo Carayo
    EarthFest 2012 Event Staff

  10. Carla Millan says:

    Hi!

    We will be having a bloggers conference for an upcoming event that our company will host and we would like to invite you!

    May I please have your email address where we can discuss this further?

    Looking forward to working with you soon!

  11. Freidrich P.de Guzman says:

    Hello RFM,

    My name is Eric de Guzman from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Caloocan City. This summer, our group in the parish would like to provide a worthwhile summer to 20 underprivileged school children. We would provide them a weekly teaching on hygiene, lesson on savings, tips on becoming a good student, etc… and one of our goal also in to provide them a lesson on proper running. Perhaps we could invite your group six:30 running group to give these kids a talk and tips on proper running. What we’re after is to give them Hope and Aspire to become leaders someday … I hope that your group could inspire them and spend at least half day with these kids on May 2013 (inform us your most accessible day). This could be an extended outreach for your group. Thank you very much and I hope you can consider …

  12. GMA_events says:

    HI RFM, you might be interested in joining the upcoming Energizer Night Race Manila 2013. Details are as follows:

    Energizer Night Race
    May 4, 2013
    5K/10K
    Bonifacio Global City

    Registration Fees:
    5K – Php 700
    10K – Php 800

    Registration Venues:
    * Brooks – SM North Edsa
    * Runnr – Bonifacio High Street
    * Toby’s Sports – EDSA Shangrila
    * Toby’s Sports – Glorietta
    * Toby’s Sports – SM Mall of Asia

    Registration Period: April 3-30, 2013

    Inclusive of Energizer headlight, Energizer cap, Singlet, Neon Fabric Paint Pen, Race bib, Route map, Schick razor

    For a glimpse of what happened last 2011’s night race, you may watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V_hDvgbLRY&feature=player_embedded.

    Thanks!

  13. katrina says:

    HI..
    just want to ask where is the registration venue for the TAKBONIFACIO

    • runningfree says:

      Here it is Ms. Katrina: Toby’s Sports in Shangri-La Mall, Mall of Asia & Glorietta; Runnr in Ayala Alabang Town Center & Bonifacio High Street; and Brooks in SM North EDSA. Thanks. :)

  14. mackenray villarazo says:

    panu sumali dto

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