AffiniTea Brown Race 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last Sunday, December 14, the AffiniTea Brown Race 2014 was held at CCP Complex in Pasay City. AffiniTea Brown Race is a charity concert fun run with an advocacy to deepen one's faith, identity and love for the country.

I signed up for the 16k category. My sister, Sam, joined the 5k category. And can I just say that I was so happy when she decided to join because I never had her pegged as someone who would be interested in running. She hates physical activities, you see. Anyhoo, the gun start for the 16k category was at 5am. Before that, I did my usual prepping but I also tried something new. I tried Chamois Butt'r for my chafing problems and I will write a review about that for my next blog post. So, when 5am came, we were off.
Running OOTD (because I'm maarte like that):
Team aRUNkada tech shirt
Nike running shorts
Asics Gel-Kayano 20 running shoes
New Balance visor
Timex Ironman watch
 big thanks to my favourite photographer, JC, for capturing these photos of my 
less-than-glamorous-yet-nonetheless-proud moments

I did my usual 4:1 run-walk interval throughout the race while maintaining a pace of around 6:44/km. I brought my own hydration so I did not have to stop at hydration stations during the first half. However when my drink was all out, I had to stop very quickly at every other hydration station. I felt good throughout the whole run and did not even feel tired towards the end. I finished the race with a time of 1:47:xx, breaking my 16k personal best by twelve minutes. There was no timing chip on the bib so I just based this on the finish line timer. So you can imagine how happy I looked when I crossed the finish line. Ngiting tagumpay talaga. Haha.

Overall, the AffiniTea Brown Race was a good event. There was ample hydration but I noticed that there was a bit of queueing at some stations. It could be that there were not enough volunteers there. The venue was just okay, although it felt crowded as the venue seemed small for the number of people who joined. On the upside, I am totally loving the singlet and the finishers shirt. The fabric was nice and comfy, and the design was good too. There were lots of other freebies given but I did not have the patience to wait in long lines just to claim them, so there. Also, I liked that they gave medals to lower categories like 5k and 10k. In a way, it is a good motivation for newbies to pursue running. With that said, that's about it for this post. Congratulations to all the finishers of this race and kudos to the organisers! :)
 with sister dear, proudly wearing her medal from her first ever 5k run
 Team aRUNkada with AffiniTea owner, Mark Liu

Midway Grill

Monday, December 15, 2014

So on my La Union travel diary, I mentioned Midway Grill, which is a popular restaurant in the city of San Fernando, La Union. One of JC's friend actually recommended that we try it once we get to La Union. And so we did and it was indeed worth the try. 

Midway Grill is a restaurant, made to look like a 50's diner, that serves American food. My first impression of it was that it seemed like a cool place to hang out in. Check it out.
 cool tissue box
their bestseller: the baby back ribs
 clubhouse sandwich with ham and cheese, coleslaw, and egg, served with fries

Upon my first bite of their baby back ribs, I totally understood why it was their bestseller. It was absolutely delicious. The meat was so tender and the sauce was absolutely tasty. The sandwich was yummy too but if I were to return there, it would be for the ribs.

All in all, we had a good dining experience at Midway Grill. The service was pretty quick. And it came as a surprise for us that the food was that good since the prices on the menu were pretty reasonable. A budget Php.150 to Php.230 per person is not that pricey for really good food. They come in big servings too. 

Midway Grill is located just along MacArthur Hwy in San Fernando, La Union. Do check it out if you're in the area and get yourself some of those ribs. You won't regret it. :)