Monday, March 7, 2011

Nike +

How does the sensor work?

Recently I stumbled across a FAQ by Apple that explains a few things:
How does the sensor know how fast I am going?

A sensitive piezoelectric accelerometer monitors your footstrike when you walk or run and determines the amount of time your foot spent on the ground. This contact time is directly related to your pace.
With my seldom-used electrical engineering background, I have to agree that Apple made a great choice for a sensor for three reasons:
  1. Price - Piezoelectric sensors are very inexpensive and simple devices. For example, a basic piezo shock sensor costs less than a dollar from Digi-Key.
  2. Battery Life - Piezo sensors can be integrated into a very low-power design. Battery life of the sensor has been a main concern of users. It looks like Apple has done their work and the sensor's battery should outlast five pairs of running shoes.
  3. Accuracy - By measuring the pressure of each step, the sensor should be able to measure the approximate pace of the runner. Apple claims that the sensor will be accurate for most users out of the box, with no calibration.
Previously many people, myself included, speculated that it might be possible to simply strap the sensor onto the laces of an existing pair of running shoes. This was based on the idea that the sensor would use a motion-based accelerometer to measure steps. However by using a shock-based accelerometer, the sensor must be placed underneath the foot so that it will feel the shock of each step. There have already been reports of hobbyists cutting holes in their existing running shoes for the sensor. So far, it seems that they've succeeded!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

NATGEO Run 2011

If you’re planning to join the NATGEO Run 2011, there’s a registration booth at Greenbelt 3 until April 3, 2o11
Details of the NATGEO Run 2011 below:
National Geographic Channel Run 2011
April 10, 2011
Bonifacio Global City
Registration Fees:
3KM - Php 600
5KM - Php 700
10KM - Php 950
21KM - Php 1150

Registration fees are surely getting expensive these days :)

The dri-fit shirts.

Check out the NATGEO Run 2011 official website where you can also register online.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Route - Baguio 21k Feel the Hill

1. The race is open to all male and female runners.
2. Runners below 18 years old must have their entry form signed by parent or guardian
3. Registration period: January 15 – March 10, 2011
4. Only the official race and medical vehicles will be allowed on the course. Security and volunteers will be on alert during the entire race.
5. No need for runners to check in but will be disqualified from winning if they start before the gun time because of electronic timing system.
6. Bib number is not transferable and must be worn during the race.
7. Participants may run, walk or rest upon their discretion, provided they do not leave the route of the race nor ride in vehicle to avoid disqualification.
8. Hydrating stations are provided, so don’t miss it.
9. All runners must pass on the provided electronic mat to power their electronic shoe tag and record their official time. Official result will be posted on
10. The organizer reserves the right to reject any entrant or disqualify if found to have misrepresented him/herself.
11. Protest related results must be made in writing and submitted within one hour after the end of the race with non-refundable fee of Php 5,000.00. No verbal protest will be entertained.
12. The organizer reserves the right to alter any of the rules deemed necessary for the success of the event.
13. The organizer’s decision is final.

Registration Centers:

A. 89.5 STAR FM RADIO, 87 Lourdes Subdivision, Dominican Hill
Daily from 9 am to 5 pm
B. Hotel Henrico, Baguio City, Legarda Road
Open from Monday to Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm

SECONDWIND RUNNING STORE, Unit 03A, Ortigas Home Depot,
Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig

A registration fee must accompany each individual official entry form.
21K category = Php 600 5K/10K category = Php 500

For early birds, joining the race becomes more exciting because of the personalized bib number.


Out-of-town races like this one provide a breather from the usual routes in Metro Manila races. The race route is shown below:

Friday, January 14, 2011

Mt. Daguldul

San Juan, Batangas
Jump-off: Brgy. Hugom, San Juan
Latitude, Longitude, Altitude: 13°40.380N 121°19.160E, 672 Meters Above Sea Level (+ 672 m)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3

A nice trek in southern Batangas is the coastal mountain of San Juan, Mt. Daguldul. The name 'Daguldul' or 'Daguldol' has been used since olden days. It has an onomatopoeic feeling – that of suspense and grandness. Maybe it describes the grandeur of the range and the abrupt rolling of its slopes.

Actually a small mountain range, Mt. Daguldul has several 'gems' to offer. First, there is the unique seascape that greets the hiker on the intial beach trail. Then, there is trail, moderate in difficulty, passing by woodlands and light forests. In some parts, the greenery is total. Of course there is the peak, which, although not really spectacular in terms of views, has a refreshing feel. Finally, there are excellent sidetrip choices such as the unique Naambon Falls and the acclaimed Laiya beach.

A good thing about Mt. Daguldul is that the guides are organized under the Hugom Environmental Guides Association (HEGA). This means that fees are fixed and they are reasonsable - guides for P400/day and a climbing fee of P30 (as of 2006; update needed). After meeting with the guides or registering, you can start trekking. The trail starts off at the beach - here is where you can see the good rock formations. Afterwards, you will enter the forest. After around 1.5-2 hrs, halfway through the trail, you will see Mang Lizardo's place; in this area are stores offering basic foodstuffs and softdrinks. Buco juice and even fresh, pure honey can be bought here. Another 1.5-2 hrs and you will reach the peak/campsite areas. Long Henson (2001-2002) was the first to report the names of these campsites, namely Campsite 1 (Gulugod-Baboy); Campsite 2 (Niyugan - lots of cocount trees); and Campsite 3 (Anahawan). Usually, the determining factor in camping is the one you reach before nightfall, but these campsites are all within the area which you can explore anyway.

The summit area is windy, as expected from a coastal mountain. Grasslands make for a 'picnic ground' feel; there are some rock formations also. In one viewpoint, called Biliran ng Limatik (20 minutes from Niyugan campsite), the nearby mountains such as Maculot (NW), Malipunyo (NNW), and more distant Mt. Banahaw (NE) can be seen; and also Mindoro (and perhaps Verde Island, SE), Tayabas Bay (SW) and a faint island, Marinduque (SSW). Visible also is Naguiling Peak in the same range - a pristine, promising destination.

On the way back, in between Mang Lizardo's place and the beach, there is a marker that leads to Naambon Falls, just 5 minutes away from the trail. The 25 meters cascade of water falling down a rock face is a must-visit on a trek to Mt. Daguldul. Finally, after the climb, you can unwind in the cool waters of Laiya beach before heading back to Manila.


Monday, January 10, 2011

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Thursday, December 2, 2010


What do the Afroman, Cinderella, and the country’s top social entrepreneur have in common? December 19 holds the answer. On that date, the three notable personalities from equally exciting yet distinct fields will head to one destination: Corregidor. And they will not just do a tour of the island, but will do more than that. They, together with close to 400 gritty and elite running aficionados, will rock the island and run in the inaugural Corregidor International Half-Marathon (CIHM).

Top race organizer and running coach par-excellance Rio dela Cruz, also known as the Afroman of the Philippine running community, has confirmed his participation in the CIHM, billed the last major race of the year. Rio, fresh from his blistering finish at the New York Marathon, is eyeing the top spot in the CIHM to become its first ever champion.

Gwen Zamorra , GMA Talent Center’s newest and fast-rising sweetheart, who’s endearing a throng of fans with her role as Cinderella in the top-rating telefantasia Grazilda, will see action in CIHM. Unknown to many, Gwen has been into running for almost two years to date, with a 15k and a half-marathon under her belt already. But in CIHM, she is out to prove that she is not a frail damsel in distress. On the contrary, she may just unwittingly cause distress to male participants whom she might outrun in the race.

Then, there’s the country’s prime social entrepreneur Illac Diaz who is deadset to bring one of his advocacies to the running community and at the same time prove that his mountaineering stamina is no fluke. Illac is excited to be part of CIHM as he sees the race’s design akin to his ecological advocacy and a perfect venue to measure his remarkable fitness level.

With the participation of these three interesting personalities, the anticipation for the first Corregidor International Half-Marathon is fast approaching its fever-pitch climax. Close to 400 runners, and still counting, are rushing to register for this historic footrace on the hallowed grounds of Corregidor, known as The Rock. The composition of participants is nothing but out of the ordinary. From age to professional background the race looks remarkable. The youngest participant is 18 while the oldest, so far, is 67 years old. The professions of registered participants paint an interesting picture. Participants vary from lawyers, physicians, dentists, IT specialists, human resource practitioners, engineers, and even band artists. Likewise, a huge number of runner bloggers will see action in the race, with no less than Jinoe Gavan, the top honcho and moderator of the country’s biggest running forum and blogsite will make his mark on the race course of CIHM. Surprisingly, the number of female contenders almost approximates the number of their male counterparts. Definitely, it will be interesting to find out how the gender war will be played out in the race.

And to further escalate the excitement of CIHM, Session Road, one of the country’s sought after bands, will rock it out for the Victory Party of CIHM, in the evening of December 19 at the island. During the party itself, exciting prizes will be raffled off for participants. Lucky participants stand the chance to run away with a gift certificate for a 2-night & 3-day stay at Two Seasons Hotel Boracay, Holster Jelly Sandals, trendy running shoes, Sun Cruises gift certificates, and cool items from Coleman.

Registration has been extended to December 4 and will run daily from 4pm to 8pm (beginning Monday, November 29) at ROX in Bonifacio High Street. For more race details, visit

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

about your name

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Here are the results that i got.

You entered: Mark Ian S. San Pedro
There are 16 letters in your name.
Those 16 letters total to 70
There are 6 vowels and 10 consonants in your name.

What your first name means:

ShakespeareanMale'Antony and Cleopatra' and 'The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.' Mark Antony, roman triumvir and Cleopatra's lover.
EnglishMaleDerived from Latin 'Marcus': Mars (Roman god of war). St. Mark was the author of the second Gospel. Famous Bearer: Mark Twain (1835-1910). Mark Twain's real name was Samuel Clemens.
BiblicalMalePolite; shining
Arthurian LegendMaleTristan's uncIe.

Your number is: 7
The characteristics of #7 are: Analysis, understanding, knowledge, awareness, studious, meditating.
The expression or destiny for #7:
Thought, analysis, introspection, and seclusiveness are all characteristics of the expression number 7. The hallmark of the number 7 is a good mind, and especially good at searching out and finding the truth. You are so very capable of analyzing, judging and discriminating, that very little ever escapes your observation and deep understanding. You are the type of person that can really get involved in a search for wisdom or hidden truths, often becoming an authority on whatever it is your are focusing on. This can easily be of a technical or scientific nature, or it may be religious or occult, it matters very little, you pursue knowledge with the same sort of vigor. You can make a very fine teacher, or because of a natural inclination toward the spiritual, you may become deeply emerged in religious affairs or even psychic explorations. You tend to operate on a rather different wavelength, and many of your friends may not really know you very well. The positive aspects of the 7 expression are that you can be a true perfectionist in a very positive sense of the word. You are very logical, and usually employ a quite rational approach to most things you do. You can be so rational at times that you almost seem to lack emotion, and when you are faced with an emotional situation, you may have a bit of a problem coping with it. You have excellent capabilities to study and learn really deep and difficult subjects, and to search for hidden fundamentals. At full maturity you are likely to be a very peaceful and poised individual.

If there is an over supply of the number 7 in your makeup, the negative aspects of the number may be apparent. The chief negative of 7 relates to the limited degree of trust that you may have in people. A tendency to be highly introverted can make you a bit on the self-centered side, certainly very much self-contained . Because of this, you are not very adaptable, and you may tend to be overly critical and intolerant. You really like to work alone, at your own pace and in your own way. You neither show or understand emotions very well.
Your Soul Urge number is: 5
A Soul Urge number of 5 means:
The 5 soul urge or motivation would like to follow a life of freedom, excitement, adventure and unexpected happening. The idea of travel and freedom to roam intrigues you. You are very much the adventurer at heart. Not particularly concerned about your future or about getting ahead, you can seem superficial and unmotivated.

In a positive sense, the energies of the number 5 make you very adaptable and versatile. You have a natural resourcefulness and enthusiasm that may mark you as a progressive with a good mind and active imagination. You seem to have a natural inclination to be a pace-setter. You are attracted to the unusual and the fast paced.
You may be overly restless and impatient at times. You may dislike the routine work that you are engaged in, and tend to jump from activity to activity, without ever finishing anything. You may have difficulty with responsibility. You don't want to be tied down to a relationship, and it may be hard to commit to one person.
Your Inner Dream number is: 11
An Inner Dream number of 11 means:
You dream of casting the light of illumination; of being the true idealist. You secretly believe there is more to life than we can know or prove, and you would like to be provider of the 'word' from on high.