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Seventh Year Anniversary of Blogging

This post took much longer than it should have because I spent months tweaking the article and couldn’t seem to finish it.  I came up with this idea a few minutes ago.  Today, November 30, Sunday, various events (including running events) are staged in different places in the country to celebrate the 151st birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, a hero of the Katipunan.

2010 Running Adventures

Today is also the 4th anniversary of my mother’s death.  And I dedicate this post to her.  I remember so well that day where I had to fly from Manila to our home city to go directly to the hospital to see her.  She had had a heart attack and had been revived.  It was my birthday, too, and fresh from finishing a 10-kilometer (km) race in Quezon City where I won 1st place in my age category and 4th overall.  I showed her my medals that day and she couldn’t believe I won.

2011 in pics
2011 in Pictures

Just like in my previous anniversary post, and I quote, “My running background is like almost every newbie runner in the world. One day a three-kilometer run for a cause by a non-governmental organization dubbed as “Tabang para sa Mindanao” (Help for Mindanao) was organized at the Fort in Taguig City and that was it. The inspiration to run was sparked seeing a 57-year old friend of mine running the 10-km distance.  I said to myself, “If he can do it, I can, too!” I was hooked, started training on my own and never realized that I would be seeing myself joining races almost every weekend.  And, as long my schedule will allow me, I would.”

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More Running Adventures

It was also because of The Bull Runner and Ben Chan of Happy Feet that I got encouraged to blog. Yes, dear readers, for 48 straight long hours, I tried to understand the nitty-gritty of blogging. Voila! RUNNING DIVA was born after two days.  So, why use the moniker, Running Diva?   I didn’t give this name to myself.  It was a fellow Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) volunteer Pia O.L. who gave that name to describe my hobbies—running and singing—while we were attending a training in Cavite conducted by VSO Bahaginan to help volunteers like us prepare for our placements in Africa.  In other words, I have been blogging since 2007 and got hooked into the sport of running as early as 2005.

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Humble Beginnings as a Runner

On July 2014, this blog celebrated its 7th year anniversary.  What started as a personal (and secret) journal where I could pen my thoughts on my running experiences has become an integral part of my life. (formerly known as Jambalayamuzika aka RUNNING DIVA) is a blog or journal of my adventure as a runner, about any races here and abroad where I’m one of the competitors, anything about the local running community, (e.g., upcoming race, talk, fitness activities, product launches and reviews, blogging events, and training plans or tips). It can also be on any other sport events, and sometimes may do something about music, or just simply a day in the life of an athlete or a runner.

In summary, I have run a total of over a 100 races within the seven-year period—five ultramarathons (my longest to date is still the Bataan Death March 102K), eight marathons, twenty-six half marathons, thirty-five 10Ks, fifteen 5Ks, three aquathlons, one barefoot, three special short distances, three 32Ks, two 30Ks, one 25K, four 16Ks, nine 15Ks—where it only started with a 3K race in 2005 and the rest is history. I have experienced podium finishes and won awards including the Runrio Trilogy Award for completing the trilogy distances of 21K-Century Tuna Superbods, 21K-Nature Valley Run, and 32K-Run United 2 Afroman Distance twice. These I didn’t expect and just considered them as bonuses.  These are just but some of the words that can best describe me as a sports person–a runner, marathoner, ultramarathoner, aquathlete, traveler, a music enthusiast, blogger, swimmer, and an avid reader.

By the way, this is my 571st post.   And I couldn’t have done it without the help of the talented friends who were with me through my seven-year journey as a blogger and runner.


Through this blog, I came to know so many wonderful friends and readers.  It has given me so much and I hope that you have been inspired in some way by this blog.  My heartfelt gratitude, appreciation, and thanks for all the support.

I would like to thank all readers who have visited this blog over the years with comments on my posts, and especially those who have contributed ideas to this new site  In particular, may I thank:  Queenie Sullano-Gavan, Tonette Nicolas, Carlo Isles, Royce Reyes, Ziggy Tura, Jinoe Gavan, Rey Baguio


Under Armour Frisbee Award : an Award for Me?

I was introduced to the world of Philippine Ultimate in 2003. Thanks to my good friends Tim, Rob, Lawrence, Rick, and Chris. I didn’t get to play in any of the leagues though. A personal choice then.  So I contented myself cheering and watching teams compete in local leagues.

Throwing Disc with Choirmates in Coron, Palawan, 2009

Only recently, I was invited as media to the launch of the second store of Under Armour (UA) Philippines, and got this UA shirt as one of the giveaways.  On the back is an ultimate disc print. It sparked my interest to post it online with the intention of buying one for me soon. It would be a welcome addition to my special disc collection.

My Ultimate Disc Collection

Who would have thought I could own one that fast?  In less than a week, I received this good news via text telling me to check the current post on Facebook.   And what l saw caught me entirely by surprise!  What did I do to deserve such an award–The Under Armour Frisbee Award? Speechless. I felt elated, was over the moon, absolutely excited, and bursting with pride for the recognition from someone whom I’ve just met. What a blessing for my 7th Blog Anniversary!

So Nice for these Powerhouses for Recognizing Yours Truly as Recipient of the Under Armour Frisbee Award 2014

Thank you so much Jérémy Callegher of Grupo Athletica, and Judith Staples of Soleus for this pleasant surprise.  I would treasure this always.

A Heartfelt Thank You Readers : Six Years of Blogging

July 2013  Wow! Six years ago, this month of July, I started this blog to put in writing my running experiences.  Now six years later, this blog is still ON and yours truly is still into the sport of running and sweats it out every now and then.  

My proudest two pieces of writing to date would have to be, first, the article I wrote for the April 2011 issue of Front Runner magazine entitled, “Happy Feet” and second, the blog post called, “Too Much, Too Soon.”  
Running Laurel, Batangas-Tagaytay route

with the view of Taal Volcano

in the background
(Photo by the Running Contessa)

Not much racing for me though lately since these past two or three months I was busy with lots of stuff such as taking a trip or two, doing long runs outside the metro, la la la, that blogging was put on hold for a while. I’m happy that my Garmin FR 305 is back and in working condition.  Running  more exciting now that I get to wear the watch again.  Thanks to NAVCO personnel, especially to Ethel and Joy, for their assistance.
I couldn’t let this moment pass without thanking my good-humored ultra runner friends, Ivy and Tess, photoholic Tina, and my niece Jing Jing, who made my long runs last summer more fun and enjoyable.  Will write about my escapades until the right mood strikes or when inspiration strikes any time soon.
Thank you all for reading my blog posts, liking and leaving comments on them these past six years!  Cheers!

Five Years of Blogging

July 2012 – Five years ago, one night on July 2007, I explored the Net and tried so hard to learn the basics of blogging. And, after a grueling 48 hours of tinkering the computer, RUNNING DIVA the blog was born.  

This is my 446th blog post.  What started as a personal (and secret) journal or medium where I could pen my thoughts on my running experiences has become an integral part of my life.  

In summary, I have run a total of 100 races within the five-year period—four ultramarathons, six marathons, twenty half marathons, thirty-three 10Ks, fourteen 5Ks, two aquathlons, one barefoot, three special short distances, two 32Ks, one 30K, one 25K, four 16Ks, nine 15Ks—where it only started with a 3K race in 2003 and the rest is history.

Through this blog, I came to know so many wonderful friends and readers.  My heartfelt gratitude, appreciation, and thanks for all the support.  It has given me so much and I hope that you have been inspired in some way by this blog.     

This Blog is Now in its Fourth Year

VSO Kabahagi Fun Run 2010
Wow, time flies so fast.  Never knew this blog would reach this far.  Yep, it’s now in its fourth year.  Before putting this post into writing, I revisited what I’ve written in the past three years and it amazed me really to read some of my previous posts and had to ask myself silently, “Did I really write this stuff?”
So how was it this past year?  I’ve published on the Net 133 blog posts—some about various races and the rest were my experiences as a runner.  This runner and blogger finished 19 races in various categories, from aquathlon to running five 10Ks, two 15Ks, five 21Ks, one 32K, two full marathons, and three ultra marathons.   This year, if you’ve noticed, there are not too many races for me especially after finishing the Bataan Death March 102-kilometer Ultramarathon last March.  A separate post will come out detailing the reason soon. 
Anyhow, I’ll end this post sharing with you a guide that keeps me going or why this blog is still here even if the majority has migrated to other social network sites. Technology sometimes will make a slave out of you if you don’t have control over it. 
This year’s anniversary post is all about achieving your greatest potential (even if sometimes you doubt yourself).   
Let’s start with PURPOSE.  Why do you run? Or, why are you into multisport? Or, why do you blog?   You have to be clear about this.  Don’t be a copycat. 
Next is COMMITMENT.  How committed are you to your training plan?  Or,  you just follow what others are doing even if you don’t know why you are doing it in the first place.  Remember you have a choice.  Some of my friends are inviting me to join and train for multisport events but I opted not to (for now). 
Lastly, HAVE some FUN in whatever you do.  When you take running so seriously you missed out the fun.  If you had a DNF (did not finish), so what?  Bounce back.  If you got injured then take time out to heal your body then train when you’re in good shape again.  Don’t forget to do the other things you like (or love) doing.  When I don’t have anything to write about, I don’t force myself. When there’s no inspiration to write, I just leave this blog as is. 
The other reason why I keep going?  It’s because of the one or two readers of this blog.  Yes, you are the reason why this blog is still on. 
For this milestone, my heartfelt thanks to you fellow runners, runner-blogger friends, the readers, followers, and visitors of this site.