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(Photo courtesy of I Love To Do This)
13 July 2014 — When I looked at my mobile phone clock it said it was 3:24 AM and I have a race at 4 AM. Failed to set the alarm.  Yikes!  Luckily, I had everything readied the night before.  That was the quickest dress changing ever done by me! Whew!
I arrived at the race venue with just 10 minutes to spare. From afar I could see the start arch where frontrunners have congregated.  I was finding people I knew who were running but couldn’t see any familiar faces except the ones on stage.  A lady marshal approached and instructed me to have my bib checked.  When all of a sudden, I heard my name being called.  It was Jez D., my choirmate.  Beside her is another familiar face, that of Ferdie from the earlier batch of runners whom I’ve met years before.  Didn’t even know they knew each other.  What a surprise!
My goal for this race is “to run by feel” since I intentionally didn’t wear my Garmin watch. Then the countdown begins… 
I have run this race route quite a number of times already.  More or less, it was familiar.  A much preferred route actually.  After the first turnaround point along Buendia near the South Superhighway, a runner said to me, “I think I know you.”  It was Patrick Concepcion aka Running  Shield or PatCon to us, Happy Feet.   We’ve known each other from the forum site called Impromptu Runners way back in 2007. Suddenly, I found myself running with PatCon.  Unbelievable! Running Shield is a fast runner.  No way could I run with him. Yet here I am, running with him.  And we conversed.  Epic!  Thank you Running Shield for the opportunity.  Eventually, I had to slow down a bit and let him go ahead.  We saw each other again along Lawton Avenuenear McKinley Road, did a high five and cheered. Him done with the second turnaround point. And me, still on my way there.  

Impromptu pacing with Tagumpay Bros/Triabetics Reggie S.
(Photo courtesy of Flat Ironman)
With a few remaining kilometers, approximately 7 KMs to go…it was here that I chance upon again with another founding forum members and now an accomplished sports person himself, Reggie or Rej to his teammates. It was just a spur-of-the-moment decision to run/pace together.  Rej is an ultra distance runner. He finished the Bataan Death March 160 (BDM) ultramarathon recently and is also into multisport events. I had the chance to run with him in past races and LSDs (long slow distance) especially during training runs prior to my Bataan Death March 102 ultramarathon race in 2011.  
We attacked the remaining kilometers by combining power walk and running, and targeted each hydration station as a good break or rest.  The last kilometer where the new overpass to C5 northbound from Bonifacio Global City, we tackled it by walking the uphill, stopping at the last water station, and running all the way to the finish line. Just a few meters ahead, we bumped into another Team Boring ultra runner, Doc Topher on his bike, who exchanged jokes with us and was kind enough to hand us a bottle of energy drink which we gently declined.  The finish line is not too far, anyway. Then there it was, the Finish Line right before our eyes.  Done!  What a great half-marathon running! 

A personal congratulations to Jinoe and Queenie Gavan of, and the rest of the crew of the Leadpack Team for organizing such a good race yesterday.  It was my first time to run the new overpass to C5 and to me, a best feature of the race. Two thumbs up! There was no problem with hydration, bananas are a plenty, energetic cheerers and volunteer marshals.  I had a blast!  One of my favorite organized races I have done so far.  

Until next time! RUNFEST 2014, July 13

Regular registration starts on May 23, Friday at select Chris Sports branches and at 100 Miles Café, Fort Strip,  Bonifacio Global City (BGC).  For the regular registration, registrants will get their race kits at once which include the race bib, timing chip, and the singlet. Singlet sizes are available on a first come, first served basis. Race bibs are NOT PERSONALIZED.  

Current available slots for the following distance categories are: 5Km – 350 slots | 10Km – 350 slots | 21K – 500 slots.  Meaning, only limited slots are up for grabs!  For details, please click here.

From a Volunteer’s Perspective: Runfest 2013

During its five years of existence, has come a long way and today the blog is an integral part of the running community.  It serves as a platform not only for runners and race organizers but also for sponsors and advertisers as well.   How it has evolved to what it is today—from discussion forum on running in the country to being a supporter of running events, to hosting its annual running festival called Runfest, and into a database for nutrition, fitness, product reviews, running gears and apparels among others.  Its owner never thought his online running diary would grow this way.  After all, it was only created to respond to a personal need, that is, to consolidate all running events in Metro Manila. Since its official launch as a group including the red-black singlet during the Condura Skyway Marathon in 2009, the number of forum members/runners has grown considerably.  Some members became subgroups of ultramarathon and triathlon teams.

These past four years, the couple has invited me to run gratis, very nice of them.  I begged off a couple of times from joining the annual race yet Que has this keen ability to persuade and convince people.  In the end, I wound up running usually taking the longest distance category.  Couldn’t say no since they’re good friends and fellow Happy Feet, too. 

I am thankful for Jinoe and Queenie or Que to most of us, owners of site, for having me in their yearly event.  Now it’s time to give back.  There’s no better way to do it than volunteer. 

Awarding the finisher’s medal and waiting
for the the last three runners to finish
Last Sunday, I, together with my niece Jing and fellow runner/volunteer Marga, helped in awarding all 21k finishers with a finisher’s medal. Not an easy job. You need to greet each finisher and often be their cheerer. I tell you it’s easier to run than to stand for more than two hours under the heat of the sun waiting for the runners to arrive. All the same, nothing beats the experience of witnessing the many faces of a runner as he/she crosses the finish line.
Congratulations on achieving your 5th year anniversary and on your success!

Runner’s Blues, Of Being Slow, and Running the Runfest

A few months back I already notified my good friend Queenie, fondly called “Que”, that I would not be joining the Run Fest.  Not because I didn’t want to.  Just not having the same zest to run after finishing the BDM 102K Ultramarathon sometime in March. 
Yes, it has been over three months yet going back to my usual training routine seems to be a drag.  It’s not that I’m unhappy.   I can’t explain it but my body just doesn’ want to run anymore.  While on official trip last summer, I even brought my running gear but I used it only once. 
When I got another invite from a runner friend, Marga a.k.a. Margalicious of, for a meet up with Que and her baby Gab, I took the opportunity to touch base with them.  Que again brought up the topic of inviting me to join the Runfest.  Que was her persuasive self. I just couldn’t say no this time.  When she asked what distance I would be running I answered with no qualms, “16K.”  It only sinked in after I reached my place that I would be running this “short” distance without any training for the past three months.  In my years (as if I’m already running that long, eh) of running, I always believe in the saying “respect the distance.”  I had to force myself and tied again my shoes.  Mind you, running the first two kilometers as warm up was easy.  I was flying.  Rest really can do good.  But … upon reaching the next kilometers my feet began to feel heavy.  Yep, I was kind of out of shape.   I felt so heavy.  I gained weight for eating and resting and with no regular runs at all.  The 16K race was a great treat.  It forced to run again.  Slowly I gained myself “running diva” again. 
I got another text from Que, inviting me once again to lead in the singing of the National Anthem.  I begged off.  Again, not that I didn’t want to.  I just wanted to give other talented runners from to experience how it is to sing in front of fellow runners.  How glad I was when a friend accepted.  I even looked forward to hearing her sing it.  Unfortunately, she didn’t make it on race day itself.  Well, there’ll always be a next time for her.  I arrived at the race venue with a few minutes to spare to deposit my stuff at the baggage area.  Hurrying to be at the starting line, I initially forgot to stop walking while the National Anthem was being played.  My bad!  Good thing I’ve noticed and eventually stopped in attention.   
The race I considered as my long run.  Goodness!  It was my comeback to run 16K again in the Bonifacio Global City area.  The way used to be my usual route for my long runs.  Yet here I was feeling like a newbie again, haha.  On my way back, along Lawton area, I really thought that I was almost done only to discover “too late” that McKinley area is included in the route.  I could only utter, “crap!” In ultramarathon, when you see downhill it means you need to double your effort in coming back because it means an uphill run for you. Yeah, you got it! Though I had the endurance it was really hard to run the uphill part when you have no runs at all. 
Well, my 16K comeback race was still fun.  Seeing familiar faces of my friends from and my ultramarathon friends as volunteer marshals, who wouldn’t enjoy it?  It was nice to hear their cheers.  And, to be greeted by fellow bloggers like the fast walkathon racer, Reinier6666, ultramarathoner El Kyoshi, the ever popular yet humble Running Shield, and the Bald Runner known to the ultramarathon running community as Sir Jovie, who wouldn’t enjoy Runfest? 
With this said, many, many thanks to Jinoe and Queenie, owners of blog, for inviting me and to the Lead Pack Head, Doc Lyndon, for welcoming me to once again run in their race.  Thank you for the personalized race bib and the nice singlet. 
Congratulations family on your anniversary!