(Continued from Part 1) The following day was a total opposite of the day before: it begun with rains and for the most part cloudy. Just as when I was seriously considering running barefoot on the beach!
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Merrell recently introduced to the Philippine market their Barefoot Collection and I was lucky enough to win a pair of their segment for trails, the Trail Glove. At first glance it looks like a regular pair, but given its name with a matching Vibram name on its sole, it had got to be much more than that! And so the trails of Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna became the testing ground for this pair’s review.
Merrell Philippines has finally released their “barefoot” collection to the local market! Of course it’s not the “real” barefoot running (which means absolutely no footwear) but minimalist running to be more accurate. What’s with all the fuzz about minimalist running? Here’s a brief story courtesy of Merrell:
After a very, very long time this runner finally got a chance to run the tracks of the PSC Arena (formerly Ultra). It was an unanticipated visit, with an unexpected result.
Last Sunday, Barefoot Running Philippines/Vibram FiveFingers Fan Club had gathered minimalist and barefoot running enthusiasts over at the SM Mall of Asia grounds for its fourth VFF Fan Club Fun Run, an informal run that’s purely for fun!
I’ve always been fascinated with Vibram Five Fingers (VFF) ever since the first time I saw it. At first I thought it’s crazy because back then I always thought that shoes should be thick and soft (cushioning). Fast forward, I started running, and learned all about my feet, and eventually, shoes. Even my first post on this site is about picking the right shoe for the right feet. When VFFs came, all that became obsolete—“as long as you have feet VFFs are for you,” ultramarathoner Ronald Declarador states.
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Words by Barefootwear Inc.
The past years have certainly brought many revolutionary changes to the world. A prime example is the way people use shoes. For thousands of years, people have grown accustomed to wearing closed footwear. When Vibram founder Vitale Bramani invented the first rubber soles for mountaineering boots in 1935, it was the beginning of a revolution. More than 70 years later, Vibram is still known around the world as the undisputed leader in soling technology for a wide range of quality performance footwear. Today, Vibram manufactures more than 34 million soles annually for more than 1,000 premium footwear brands worldwide such as Nike, Merrell, Ferragamo, Gucci, Cole Haan and Prada, to name a few.
By Vibram FiveFingers:
We have all been born barefoot. A long time ago, people have lived and survived without using protective footwear. But, today, because of technology and the many changes it brought, wearing shoes became an essential part of life. But beyond all the protection and the style shoes provide, we seem to have forgotten the significant benefits and sense of freedom being barefoot brings.
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A week after returning from the shores of Boracay I found myself back at the beach! This time around though it was much closer to Manila, around 110 kilometers south at the beaches of Canyon Cove, Nasugbu, Batangas.
Batangas as far as I know isn’t really popular for white beaches but surprisingly Canyon Cove was, although disappointingly as well, it was very short! At around 400 meters it was long enough, but not long enough for a run! You know “those” crazy runners thinking of running first, swimming later when on the beach!
The beaches of Canyon Cove actually reminded me of Puca (Shell) beach in Boracay (where I was a week earlier, hehe) because of its color and the “sands” that never really compacts. Normally sands on the beach becomes so compact that you hardly sink but like Puca I always sink deep whenever I step on its sands. Only near the either ends of the beach are the sands fine enough to be truly compact and not sink so much. (I placed quotes on “sands” because white beaches are normally composed of broken corals and shells, not sands.)
Travel Tip: Canyon Cove isn’t the most practical beach resort to go into, but don’t expect it to be “exclusive” as we saw quite a lot of tourists, both local and foreign, that weekend.
Aside from swimming on the beach Canyon Cove also offers the typical banana boat, Jet Ski, and Kayak rentals, but if you’ve had enough salt their big pool is excellent. At about five feet deep it makes for a great lap pool although its irregular shape and lots of swimmers you share it with makes it more challenging.
Getting There (via Commute)
Canyon Cove is located south of Punta Fuego and is just a few minutes from the center of the municipality of Nasugbu, Batangas which is about 50 kilometers away from Tagaytay. Nasugbu being a popular destination in itself is just about a three hours bus ride from Pasay bus terminal (near Taft Ave. Station of MRT-3 in EDSA) on an ideal day. Ticket costs P155 (as of June 2010) but be warned though that the bus route passes through the most congested roads in the country crossing just about every choke point Cavite has to offer, so avoid travelling during peak hours. You can take a tricycle ride from your bus terminal to Canyon Cove’s entrance, or if you know your directions you can opt to run (about 2K).
Barefoot Running, Again
Canyon Cove would be my third time to run barefoot and based on my observations it really does help a lot in teaching us the right landing. The “right” landing or foot strike, be it forefoot, midfoot, or heel strike, really varies by individual so it is all about what works for you, although it is still encouraged to avoid heel striking. The combination of practically no impact surface plus the difficulty of some loose sands teaches you on how you can improve your running by finding your most efficient foot strike. Personally I’m learning how to further distribute (and reduce) the impact by finding that ideal landing spot for me. Let’s just say that my knee isn’t back to normal yet so there’s practically zero run mileage for me for the past several weeks, but despite that I was able to run as long as 6K pain-free on the beach! Sometimes I wonder if I should just fill my shoes with sands from the beach to simulate barefoot beach running.
Before any runner leaves the beach he’s sure to leave his mark there, and despite hating doing laps if it’s on the beach I have no qualms. I made sure to leave a temporary 1K trail of my footprints at the beaches of Canyon Cove before leaving, very short (that I wouldn’t even log it on my dailymile) due to lack of time but at least I left my mark (runningpinoy was here!). I also had a “strange” uncomfortable feeling of being stared at so two and a half laps of the beach would suffice to fulfill my cravings. (I heard a lady singing a line “I’ll be there…” from the theme song of Baywatch as I ran in front of them and coincidentally I was in my red shorts. I hope I didn’t remind them of David Hasselhoff!)
Coming to the third day of our Boracay trip I realized something—three days are not enough! There’s just so many things you can do in this lovely island that three days are simply not enough.
Our return flight to Manila takes us to the Kalibo International Airport about an hour and a half away from the island so we had no choice but to leave fairly early. Travelling from Caticlan Port to Kalibo was my least favorite part of the travel as the long winding road was rough despite being paved, and it was in fact longer time-wise than our flight to Manila. Good thing I brought along some sleep to help pass the time.
With so many things to do in so little time I was glad to be able to at least have a taste on why tourists flock this lovely island. Aside from having one of the finest beaches in the world, Boracay is also one of the most tourist-friendly locations in the country. The people are friendly, there are so many good food to choose from, and everyone’s bound to find something they’d like in the island.
Personally I really loved all the activities we did particularly reef walking as for a short moment in time I was in another world—makes you feel like an astronaut (aside from looking like one!). It was a truly different perspective seeing marine life go about from the sea floor.
Thank God for giving the Philippines a truly wonderful gift that is Boracay. I hope that the island remains the same for a long time and for us tourist we too are part of the effort to maintain its natural beauty. I’ve seen quite a handful of litter in some areas of the beach that obviously are due to man’s activity and can easily be avoided by simply throwing your trash in the right places. I’ve never found a perfect place for me to run barefoot and I don’t want to lose it to trash. And I sure hope that the island’s rapid development won’t sacrifice nature.
Now that I saw the island I’m craving for more! I promised myself that I’d be back soon to take “revenge” on some activities I wasn’t able to do. Among these are parasailing, skimboarding, bar-hopping, touring via ATV, etc. Of course next time around I’ll be sure to run White Beach edge to edge, barefoot of course. I can’t wait to return to your shores, Boracay!