Ani de Leon – Brown AKA Iron Lady Teaches Us The 4 Fundamentals Of Running To Ace The SM2SM Run 5

Has the marathon bug bit you?

If yes, good for you!

I’m pretty sure you’re jumping in the bandwagon to stay fit, right?

I just hope you’re doing it right, the running and all of that stuff.

Or maybe you’ve been doing it wrong all the time!


You might have been running the “wrong” way!

And guess what?

Not knowing the fundamentals of running can give you all sorts of injuries and we don’t want that to happen, do we?

If you are reading this blog and you love marathons, you are in the right place and the right time.

I will be sharing you what I learned from National Coach Ani de Leon – Brown, Hawaii Ironman World Champion, Iron Kids race director, and the only Asian in Timex International Multisports Team.

Ani de Leon - Brown or the Iron Lady

1. Wanna Ace The SM2SM Run 5? Mind Your Posture!

  • It doesn’t get much simpler than this.
  • Just stand straight!
  • Do not hyper-extend and pretend like something’s pulling your head up.
  • Don’t lean from your hip.
  • Lean from your feet instead and make sure the sensation of falling forward is present because it helps keep your forward momentum when running.


2. Winning The The SM2SM Run 5 Means You Need To Give Your Best Running Stride.

  • Lift your knees then land on the mid or fore area of your feet. This is called the midfoot strike or forefoot strike.
  • If you will land on your heel, the impact is high and it is bad for your knees.
  • Ani de Leon suggests that on your first 10 minutes (during the pre-marathon training and preparation), run barefoot on trails. Running barefoot on concrete is not advisable though. The reason why Coach de Leon – Brown advocates barefoot running is because our bodies tend to do the mid or forefoot strike naturally and when you get the hang of it, you will do the same when you’re wearing running shoes.


3. The Proper Arm Swing Will Help You Get Through The SM2SM Run 5

  • Your arm should be 90 degrees (your wrist should be aligned with your forearm).
  • As for your hand grip, imagine that you are holding a potato chip, firm enough to keep it from dropping and soft enough to keep it from being crushed.


4. Winning The SM2SM Run 5 Medal Depends On Your Cadence.

  • Work on your stride per minute or SPM. 90 SPM is a good rate.
  • To have a fast run, you must develop a good stride rate (the number of times your stride in a minute) and have a good stride length (length of your legs). Unfortunately, most Asians have short legs but it doesn’t mean Asians do not have the chance to win in any international running competition. You just need to work on your stride rate instead.

Now that you know the fundamentals, you are now ready to do the real thing!

Join the SM2SM Run 5 this February 22, 2015 and show the world what you’ve got!

SM2SM Run 5 medal and shirt

Categories available are:

  • 3K
  • 6K
  • 12K
  • 21K


  • 21K – 5:00 AM
  • 12K – 5:15 AM
  • 3K and 6K – 5:30 AM

Registration Fee

  • 21K – Php 750.00
  • 12K – Php 600.00
  • 3K and 6K – Php 400.00

Registration Date: January 8 to February 16, 2015

SM2SM Run 5 medal and shirt

Registration Area

  • Sports Avenue (Upper Ground Floor near Sunburst)
  • Upper Ground Floor (near SM store entrance and across Ace Hardware.

For inquiries, you can contact the SM Marketing Department at:

  • (032) 232-0296

The beneficiaries of SM2SM Run 5 are:

  • Children of Cebu Foundation, Inc.
  • Cebu Newspaper Workers Foundation Inc. (CENEWOF)
  • SM Cares Village in Bogo City

We’re not done yet!

After joining a marathon, what comes next?

Recovery, of course!

According to Coach Ani de Leon – Brown, 1 mile of run is equivalent to 1 day of rest.

So if you ran 21 miles, you’ll rest for about 21 days.

It doesn’t mean you’re not gonna do anything for that period of time.

Just do low-impact exercises like swimming and brisk walking to avoid post-marathon injuries.

If you’re used to running 8 miles a day, then might as well run 4 miles or less while you are still on recovery.

Ani de Leon - Brown or the Iron Lady with a running enthusiast from United Kingdom

A running enthusiast from United Kingdom was wondering why Coach de Leon Brown was teaching the forefoot strike because back in 1960s, the running schools in UK taught them that using heel strike is the proper way to run. Coach told him that running trends have changed and forefoot strike is much better for the knees.

Additional Pointers:

  • If you’ll run a 21K marathon, have at least 3 months preparation (running 16k distances for a couple of time).
  • If you’ll run a 12K marathon, have at least 2 months preparation.
  • If you are not a professional runner and you are too busy to make preparations, just take a rest instead of running days before the marathon. Then just do your best run on the day itself.

Psyched to run?

Are you ready to win the medal?

I’m rooting for you to reach the finish line!

Feel free to to share your thoughts and hit the comment section below.


41 thoughts on “Ani de Leon – Brown AKA Iron Lady Teaches Us The 4 Fundamentals Of Running To Ace The SM2SM Run 5

  1. wow so envious of people like you who runs…I can only do biking 🙂


  2. My hubby wants to start running soon. I’ll share these very helpful tips to him. I’m sure he doesn’t even know there’s a wrong way to run. I didn’t know that either.


  3. Worked with Coach Ani on several campaigns already and she really balances training with recovery. SM2SM run looks like a really fun run.


  4. It was nice to learn more about running – I think I should really start running myself.


  5. Running has been my thing right now. I can’t wait to try this.


  6. I’m also a runner myself. I would just like to add a tip about not thinking much about your upcoming run. Because if you think much of it, you can’t get a good sleep of 8 hours before your run. Good sleep is important for your body to fully freshen up.


  7. Such a nice read. I really want to start on running or brisk walking they say but for now, I don’t have the go signal from my doctor. You guys just inspire me.


  8. I have yet to attend a (fun) run although i did sign-up for several runs now .. collecting singlets and bibs- haha. -edel


  9. wow!! great way to stay fit and healthy!! i wish i have that passion to run as well!! 🙂


  10. I’m not really into running, but I have experienced it once and it really was very fulfilling to reach the finish line. ^^


  11. How I wish I could do marathons cos I’m not into extreme runnings. Still I tried joining marathons


  12. I can only do brisk walking too. Hope to be stronger to run in a marathon 😉


  13. I wanted to join this run but my husband said I might just end up a a road kill considering I do not exercise at all! LOL


  14. Rea Alducente

    Not so much into running but I’d love to try and start getting into the habit. Good for you as you’ve learned the good stuff from the expert! 🙂


  15. Good to know about the proper stride coz I tend to use my heels at times. It’s my first SM2SM run and thanks to you 😊 Leggo!


  16. Such a good read. The first run I joined was a 10k run without training at all, without the assurance of making it to the finish line, without minding that much which part of the foot should first land- gladly, I survived. Now, I’m well-informed and I can use these tips on my next run.


  17. Very informative! I don’t run (yet) but these are really helpful tips.


  18. I hope I’m in the right health to run.. but nah. Hahaha! 🙂 Great tips though. I know someone who runs every chance he gets and always tells me how amazing it feels. Would try one day… but not today! Haha!

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    • Dili advisable nato Mary kay overweight pa man ta. Bad for our knees na modagan ta na bug-at atong lawas. Brisk walking is good tapos sa diet and lifestyle jud nato daugon. Hehehe! I don’t believe in starving ourselves to keep fit. ^_^


  19. onebigbreakfast

    Oooh running! Planning to join anytime very soon.


  20. I run but not a lot. I wanted to do more running though probably with group of people or friends. Too bad I saw this just now. Thanks Channel for sharing the tips for running, you helped a lot. Now I know what not to do. Yay!


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