For interval/speed training, it is advisable to do it in an oval track since the distances are pre-measured, making it an ideal place to run those 4×400 m splits. However, for some people like me who don’t want to pay for the use of a track, I had to find an alternative place where I can do my speed workouts. One such place is the Teodoro Valencia Circle located right in the middle of Rizal Park in Manila. Its the circle where the statue of Lapu lapu is located.
Its a 450 meter (garmin measured) oval, asphalt, and the best part, it’s surrounded by trees!
The steps to the Department of Tourism building provide an area for doing stair workouts. Though they might not be as high as those found in the bleachers of regular tracks, running up them still provides a good muscle burn.
And after doing those glycogen sapping runs, the area has nearby sari-sari stores where food and drinks can be purchased to re-energize those aching muscles.