The MSC: Marikina Sports Center Reviews

Lot of my blog posts here were (and going to be) the Marikina Sport Center’s Schedule of Activities. Why? It’s a public service, just deal with it! Just kidding, I just do it to avoid bumming the inner “active” side of me (Hahah).

  • Around the last bit of December 2015, I went to Marikina Sports Center to satisfy my itchy feet to run (Hahah) and guess what? It’s closed! Not the closed-gate kind but they have another activity on going at the oval so that lead me going home with a crying heart. Sadnu?

So to avoid “again” that heartbroken feeling, I just decided to take note of their Schedules. It helped me a lot specially having these impulsive running feet (Hahah) which leads to posting the MSC’s Schedule in this blog. I really don’t know if some of my friends (if there are any) are benefiting from this, but I am! Hope this would help them too! Again, this is a Public Service, just get on with it.

Another reason is, I just love the Marikina Sports Center. Yes! First the oval, second the gym, their lockers, the staff and many more! Luckily, MSC is just a 2km-ish away from where I work and I live 4km-ish away from my work so doing the math just give me 6km-ish, let’s say 7km away from home. If I run back and forth, a sweet and quick 14km to log on my strava! But I won’t do that. I won’t run going there just to run (again) for my training. Hahah!

Aside to MSC’s well-lit oval track, it’s also rubber cushioned! Yes, you’ll love running to it especially if you are a beginner (just like me!). Upon spending some practice runs on this rubberized track, it helped me realize what to look for in running shoes and what kind of foot strike I’m using. Foot Analysis

  • I first ran using my world balance “generic” shoes and luckily it served me just fine. The rubberized oval lessen the damage my knees gonna experience compared running to a pavement / road / the asphalt, etc. Running on a rubberized track has been my “make or break” decision about running. Running on a rubberized track feels good but the real deal is running on the roads! Especially on fun run(s), it composed of different hardness of pavement (depende sa budget nung Gobyerno daw!) but you will not encounter any rubberized segment to any fun runs. Pramis!




This building is where the fun starts. Technically, before you can run on track, you will need to pay an entrance fee of P10 (yes ten petot lang, Takbo all you can na!) on this building’s first floor. Comfort rooms, locker rooms, information area, payment, reservations, etc are here too!

What I personally like on this building is their reception area. Set of chairs and a television –the right combination to take a rest especially if you’re waiting for your friends to arrive or just getting ready. I can spend two hours just sitting there if I’m on a lazy ass. They’re on local channel so you can watch your favorite teleserye before/after you sweat. Its Free!


The 2nd floor is the Pool area. I’m not the swimmer type so the time(s) I’m here is just to check out my tri-athlete friend Faye. She posted her feels about the pool here, just check it out!
Just skip the pool during their cleaning day – Monday it is! They also have separate shower and locker for swimmers and that is included in the P50 swimming fee. Their AM operating hours from 8:00am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 4:30 for PM sessions. They’re also offering Summer Night Swimming, 6:00pm to 9:30pm until May 2016 for P60.


Olympic Size Pool of MSC

What’s in the 3rd floor? I don’t know. It’s just an open floor ideally for Sumba classes or Taekwondo trainings. I occasionally hear zumba “songs” from there when I’m on the first floor but I’ve never seen anyone using that floor whenever I passed on the 3rd floor. Just a plain lights-off room with open windows. Kind of scary, actually.


PhotoGrid_1459095334492On the 4th floor is the Gym! Yay! I just have my first Monthly here since the last week of March, as of now, I think its great! The MSC gym is more spacious and well lit than my previous gym but their plates and bar are limited. They only have 3 bars, and their plates are just right for the bars. I always arrive there after rushing from work at around 7pm but that’s also the same timeline of my other “workoutmates” so I don’t have a choice but to wait for them to finish their program or to go at the oval first and run a distance. Yes, that’s the best part of being in a sports Center, you have nothing to worry about what to do, just do everything!

  • Additional P10 for water all you can – another thing I miss from my previous gym. I have to bring 1Liter of water simply because I don’t want to pay P10 everyday thus a total of P200/month. Gah!
  • The changing area for your clothes is at the first floor and you have to pay P2 for it.
  • During the peak hours, the MSC gym is not capable of catering more than 15-20pax, since a lot of people are just waiting for one another to finish their program. It will surely lead you resting more than you’re supposed to thus making your program less effective. See also my gym buddy’s post here.
  • In using the treadmill, you have to pay P10/30 minutes Or just go down at the Oval and run for free! Just don’t forget to get your MSC stamp from the guard.I don’t usually interact with ladies at the gym especially if they’re the type of posing ka-bebehan at the side. I like those who can grab a dumbbells and do some lifts. I once witnessed this girl who lifts there one Wednesday night (my Wednesday is Running Day) so it’s my first time seeing her there. I was amazed! Probably I’ll have someone to talk to during the workout. I’ll approach her the next time we have a quick encounter. 🙂

Aside working out at night after work, there are also times I do my lifts during a day. The first Tuesday of the month and a rest day Sunday, I visit there at around 3pm and that’s an ideal time for me to fully enjoy the gym in supersets! Yay!


So basically, that’s it. It’s the simple things that can make me Happy!
If you’re a #KidsOfMarikina too, See you there! If not (like me) , you can just visit anytime of the day!



  • MSC updates their Activity(ies) Board weekly.
  • Their oval is roughly 400m – measured from my Strava
  • Just search and/or follow these hashtags:
    #KidsofMarikina #GirlsWhoTakbo #BoysWhoTakbo #GirlsWhoBuhat #BoysWhoBuhat
  • Bring your own padlock, the MSC has a lot of lockers, you are never gonna run out of it! If you don’t have one, Just pay P20 rental fee for it.
  • You can run at the Oval anytime, its open 24 hours. I personally like running at aroung 8-10pm, its past the rush hour of other runners.
  • Having the MSC near the City Hall, a Hospital, I will say that this is a safe city. Not to mention their bike and pedestrian friendly posts!
  • I’m not on a foodie mode right after my workout but there’s a lot of decent Food chains around the MSC, I recommend the nearest one, Rodick’s! It’s just across the entrence, about 100-150m . Pares are also around there too, tusok tusok, etcetera. Taho vendors are present outside the gate.
  • Bike parking are also available inside their premises, just leave your ID in exchange for a number of the parking space. It’s Free!




Digital Clock


Bike Parking


gym buddy


Hike for a Cause Organizers: Mt.Batulao April 9 ,2016


Triathlete Friend – Faye



Jairus enjoying his Deadlifts


DGA Department




Rosnof on the Track







Sometimes you won’t have a choice but to #ExceedYourself – Rosnof


Event Host Details
Run United 1 – Run Rio Trilogy. March 13,2016 (Sunday) at Mall of Asia Grounds

ru front


Runner’s Records
Distance: 21km
PR – Time: 2:40  based from activehealth

Route Read
The route started from a turn at Diokno covering “probably” (since I am not familiar with the place) 500-800m from the starting line. Runners then proceed to Macapagal then passing by CCP Complex and continued to Km 0 – Luneta(covered 8kms). After a turn at Km 0, a long and tiring straight lane up to City of Dreams after passing the first bridge along Roxas Blvd and the second bridge at the Heritage Hotel. The race continued at Baclaran and the same (two) bridges were crossed after a turning point at City of Dreams (11kms). On our way back to the starting line, the bridge at Roxas Blvd already covering a 17km mark. Last 4kms started from CCP Complex on way to the Finish line.

Continue reading “FUN RUN: RUN UNITED 1 – MOA Grounds”


Run: Joining A Buddy Run


Segue Post to:  Nike run 2016

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Details: May15,2016 Cavitex P2700/pair 21km

Definitely will join this Run! (If my time and money allows). This year’s Nike run will only have a single category – 21km distance. Yes half mary!
I missed the opportunity of joining the nike run last year. FYI (just so you know) Womens’ Nike Run is a buddy run and unfortunately a year a go, I do not have a ‘buddy’  to run with. SADNU. SADLIFE.

But enough with the past, after getting over with my shy-ness (hahah) I have now a few  girl ‘runner’ friends who I can grab to any running events. And kudos to them for believing in me! 👍 (dramatic melody cue) And I really really appreciate them. Thank you God for giving me these lovely creatures!

So here’s my real #TakboFeels about:

First, aside to a drifit included to be used at the run itself, another drifit shirt was given (last year) As finishers’ Shirt. Double the Tech Shirt, Double the Fun.

Second, it is a buddy run! Yes, you will not run alone. You will run alongside with your favorite buddy.
During my first fun run – NatGeo covering 21km, I trained and finished the race alone. Yes, A-L-O-N-E. Two of my colleagues that time were ‘guys’ and during our once-in-a-blue moon training runs at Marikina Sports Center, I am certainly left behind by them. I almost memorized the curves on their backs because of that. (jk)

After my first run at Nat Geo 2015, I told to my self that ‘I will not run again ever in my life.’ I run alone during the event, why not run alone on running ovals for free? I am really traumatized. HAHAH

As a runner, I follow the “Do not let any runner to be dragged by your pace down” so I just say to anyone (running alongside with me) to just proceed with their run and do not wait for me and say the famous tagline “Takits sa Finish Line” cause we would all cross that finish line, no matter what! (Take note, No matter what)                                                 But what I have been following was wrong! (kind of) I realized having someone running beside you is a PLUS! It is either he paces you or you pace him.

From my first hand experience, our body will scream to our brain that ‘You can not finish the race’ , ‘Your legs hurt’ , ‘You will not cross the finish line’ and any other excuses to discourage your inner runner self. Running alongside with a buddy will definitely have a louder voice of encouragement than of those inside our heads.

I started the year 2016 with a fun run. Joining the 4th year of Color Manila Run 2016 Carnival Tour, I ran together with my injured shin and long-patience friend Angel. Yes, we finished and crossed the finish line together! It was actually my first run with a buddy. During the Color run, whenever I slow down to walk, Angel would tell “Tara, Rosa!“ (Let’s go, Rosa) and that kept me going the whole run. I did not really think that I can finish the run since my shins were really in a bad shape. I can not do a simple jump that time, I can not endure the pain in my shins whenever I forced my self to make a step. 😣 In addition, we also did some Chikas along the run. Hahah

Choose your running buddy wisely (identical with your records) Buddies must seen together for picture takings. 😝

A bunch of girls running might be a different experience than those men who run like a horse. Hahahah. So I firmly believe that men are born runners than women. So, joining this run might have a nice impact on your future running careers.

For those who want to try what running feels like, this Buddy Run is truly for you! If I could turn back joining my First Fun Run, I would definitely chose a Buddy Run especially this Nike Event. If ever this is gonna be your first run, Hurray! No biggies, just chill with your pace. Why? Because its gonna be (and definitely) a PR! Its your first time, a dry run, a testing, a study of your performance. You just have to overcome yourself the next time you run!

Runner’s Note:
Nike Run 2015 covering 10k for  P1800/pair
Nike Run 2016 covering 21k for P2700/pair


Trainings I Did:
At first, I just kept my morning jogs. I only have 1 hour spare during the morning before going to work since I have other ‘errands’ to attend after work. The waking up early was the hardest part, but after practicing it for 5 consecutive days your body clock will automatically adjust. I assure you!

Second is the bowel movement. Before running, I also pace my stomach. I have this long run on a Sunday morning, and I did not keep track of what I ate during dinner the night before, after 1.5 hrs halfway of my route, I have the worst nightmare feels of a runner – the running-with-your-unruly-stomach. 😣🏃 That’s it, I do not want to continue the story but I did finish the loop on that memorable Sunday morning.

I take note of my water intakes during the training. I do not want to run with my bladder filled. I definitely do not want to run with a pee on my shorts.



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