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Look Who’s Dancing

Dancing and running shake up the chemistry of happiness.” – Mason Cooley

I gotta a feeling that tonight’s gonna a be a good night, that tonight’s gonna be a good, good, night, that tonight’s gonna be a good night hooo hooo,” my fave line from a Black Eyed Peas’ popular song.

I considered it as one of my power songs knowing that my Condura marathon training is almost at end. Was I glad to know that group was cooking this dance video to be shown in Hong Kong using my favorite tune. I didn’t have any plan of joining this dance video but still I went to the venue after my practice run at the Fort out of curiosity. But I ended up as one of the dancers instead.

If you think that we had previous practices prior to this one, you’re mistaken. The group tried the steps more than a couple of times. That was it. Thanks to Julie a.k.a. Hotlegs, a dancer herself, for the steps as well as choreography. Many thanks, too, to Jinoe, Neil, Morgan, and Jet for the video. Click here for full story.

As Seen on Header

Condura Run, a running event created by a runner for runners really made a difference in the lives of many runners. For one, it formed friendships. After finishing the half-marathon, I couldn’t stop myself from joining this forum members during the photo ops. I’ve met them during the LSD at the Fort a week before the Condura race. And, I shared this moment of triumph with them. It was really fun joining them in these almost unendless group photo ops. Seeing one of the photos uploaded at site as its header was really a surprise. Thank you administrator, Jinoe, for this. This was a proof that I shared with my family and friends.

A Prelude to Condura: Addicted to LSD, 8 Mar. 2009

It was an invite by administrator which compelled me to go for LSD.

LSD, not the hallucinogen, stands for Long Slow Distance, the practice of running longer distances at an easy pace rather than shorter ones to exhaustion (Runner’s World). The slower pace allows one to gain more fitness.

It was a timely invitation since I didn’t register for Takbo Para Sa Kalikasan Fun Run so running with this group would be a good change. I really planned to go for LSD at the Fort with a pace of 7 or 8 minutes/km only.

When I arrived at the Fort, I was so surprised to see more than 50 runners. To me, it was like, “Whoa, there must be another race here.” I scanned the crowd looking for some familiar faces. I spotted i2runner. Then, there was the fast Master Totoy. And, Kinderdorf. And, Jazzrunner. Then, that of Que and Jinoe. Later, I learned that there were 70 of us who joined in this long run. Wow, that was a minus 70 from the crowd for Takbo Para Sa Kalikasan Fun Run!

The run started with a briefing on the route to take. I didn’t listen much of it and instead, went for a short warm up run. When I came back, the pack of runners started already. I reached the tail end and paced with fellow Happy Feet Jinoe and Que. This was the third group and considered the “fast” group. (Based from Jazzrunner’s account on his blog, he classified the group as fast, faster, fastest.)

The route was more or like the ones we had during the VSO Kabahagi Fun Run, UNICEF Run, RUNew, and Happy Run sans the inside of Heritage Park. After we’re through with the first turn around point along Lawton Avenue, the 10k distance runners decided to head back to Bonifacio High Street to wait for us. And, we, runners who were addicted to LSD, continued to run Bayani Road and back to BHS. After resting for a few minutes, the same group headed back to McKinley Hill for another hill training. All in all we did a 20.5km LSD.

The LSD ended with a speech from Jinoe who later asked each runner to introduce self. A group photo, courtesy of those runners who brought their cameras, made the day complete.

Water station along Bayani Road

Formal Pose with R.O.X. as background

Start of the wacky pose

Getting the hang of it

Another one…

Really getting out of hand!


Addiction was not limited to LSD but to photo shoots as well!

It was, indeed, another memorable moment of my running experience!

Thanks to you guys!