Haven’t updated my blog for quite some time. Just didn’t have the luxury of time ever since I got a new job and has pursued my other passion–singing. Really wanted to post thoughts after each run but the inspiration to write isn’t there anymore. Don’t know why. Saturated perhaps?
Aargh! This is the second time around that I didn’t do well in my run. Instead of improving it, it’s getting worse instead. The culprit? Not getting enough sleep the night before–too excited to know what’s going to happen and anxious at the same time whether I can finish the race or not. I end up feeling sluggish and sleepy on race day itself. It’s a struggle to get off from bed. Today’s race day, I only had a few minutes left before gun start…again! (e-rod am sure will comment on this). Good thing Zaldy, who appeared from nowhere, happily assisted me so I can leave my bag. I hail you Zaldy for the initiative! 😀
Not an easy run for me. After the first turn around point, I feel cramps on my stomach. Uh, oh! Not a good sign. I had no choice but to walk for sometime. That’s when I saw Tisha, a fellow happy feet runner, waiving at me on her way to the 5k turn around point. Sigh…
“The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak,” a verse which I remembered only too well. My brain is telling me to run but my body is telling me to walk and wait for the pain to subside. In spite of this unfortunate circumstance nothing beats that moment–seeing myself finishing the race. Now, that’s fun run for me…
A 10-K fun run for peace along Roxas Blvd., Ermita, Manila, to welcome the holy month of Ramadan, when Islam believers abstain from food, drink, smoking, and sex from dawn to dusk.
Even before the race started, I already told Judah, a fellow runner, that I was not feeling well and even showed him my shaking hand. But this didn’t stop me from joining the run. I heard that Robin Padilla would be there. Cool! There were two laps required to complete the 10-K run which started from Rajah Sulayman monument along Roxas Boulevard to Kalaw then using the same route to Vito Cruz. On my first turn-around, I saw a group of runners slowly pacing with a guy in the center. It was a fair-complexioned movie actor, Robin Padilla. Of course, I wanted to stop but those happy feet of mine were already into the race and went on with the run. I never walk during races but I did this time for I was not really feeling well. Mon beat me by a few seconds.
A souvenir shot before running.
back: Renz, Judah
front: Brent, Roselle, Chai, Julie (trail guide)
La Mesa dam, where Metro Manila gets its water supply.
Left photo: Canopy of trees and an awe-inspiring view. That blue speck is no other than me. Beside me is Renz.
(Photos courtesy of Ben)
understand why it is being dubbed as the great UP run. It is indeed great! The trail goes uphill through a road which is a good distance from the sunken garden. Secondly, there were a good number of runners—both
young and old, neophytes and seasoned, serious and elite runners. I had to push myself and had to spend my last energy runni
ng at a good speed the last 300 meters of my 10k run. I just wanted it get over and done with. I beat my KOTR PR by two minutes. An improvement! Aiming to achieve a 30-minute PR for 10k in the next coming months. This means more practice runs and races. ; ) See the Great UP Run results at http://www.upeuro.org/.Check out also the runners’ blogs for more photos (photographer, banggigay, anton).
Woke up feeling so tired today for not sleeping early the night before and wondering whether to join the milkshake run or not. I had to drag myself down to text Ben for a ride to the Fort. I had to do it quickly because I was only given 30 minutes to prepare and be there at the agreed place. We arrived at the Fort forty-five minutes past 6 am. Smith, who arrived early and was doing a warm up run already, said a “happy” hi to us as we passed him by. We did a couple of warm up runs around Gourdo’s while waiting for Mon to arrive. Mon, finally, arrived with some of his running buddies. We were given free pink T-shirts by Barbizon staff upon registration. Cute color!
Barbizon Mommy Milkshake Marathon, a fun run for breastfeeding kicked off at past 8 am. It was well attended by representatives from UNICEF, WHO, local celebrities like Tessa Prieto-Valdes, children, pregnant Moms, visitors and some serious and no-so-serious runners. I was glad to finally meet the bull runner, Jaymie, in flesh.
Was ahead of the pack of women running but halfway of the run, I tried to catch my breath and decided to slow down. A new found friend, Trisha, went past me … then followed by another runner. Hearing the sound of steps behind me, I increased my pacing a bit. Only to find out it was Smith after all. We paced together toward the Finish Line. (And I learned from our e-group’s post that a fellow runner, Zaldy, saw Smith and me on QTV.) I finished 3rd in this run.
After the run, we got a lot of freebies—food, a bottle of water, laxative medicines, and a pair of underwear. Oops! Sorry guys these are for women only! 😉 To top it off, a Krispy Kreme doughnut treat from Mon, Ben, Smith and Joms made the day complete! After all, the best things in life are free, right?!
Can’t wait to see the photos and video taken by Ben during the race! (For more details about this run, visit the bullrunner’s blog at http://thebullrunner.com/)
A 5k fun run dubbed as 911: Marathon for Life sponsored by e-PLDT Ortigas Branch, part of their Give-a-Life-Program. While waiting for the race to start, one experienced runner said to me, “You will win this race.” Of course, I was apprehensive. My focus zeroed in only on finishing the race. That’s it! A supposed practice run (for me) but a race that ended victorious! Bringing home the bacon seemed impossible. But I did! Indeed, the surprise of my life! Yes, I won first place in this race. My fastest record (10 minutes and 55 seconds)for a 5k run. Whooaaaah! Unbelievable! THINK! THINK! THINK! Almost 11 minutes for a 5k run? We deduced that with two complete turns, we only ran approximately two kilometers. After the race, my happy feet fellow runners urged me to ask who won for women division. I approached the race recorder and asked hesitantly, “who finished first?” He said, “Number 132.” Huh? That’s my number! That’s me! Wow! I went back to my group and announced gaily, “hey I finished first.” Went home that day with a big smile and happiness written all over my face. Do try to visit Photographer on the run’s account, “Winning Race” at http://benmchan.blogspot.com/. (Photos courtesy of Ben)
The first time I met some of the members of the Happy Feet Runners after the race (except for Ben, wearing a yellow shirt, whom I’ve met during the Nike+ Fun Run last April 2007). KOTR run was an unforgettable experience. With just a few minutes left before the start of the race, I realized I forgot to bring my bib. I psyched myself, “relax… don’t panick…” It dawned on me that every second counts! I had no choice but to go back to my place and get the bib and risk missing the start of the race. Fortunately, I made it in the nick of time! Thanks to Tisha and Madelle for these nice photos. As you can see, we were all smiles. Who wouldn’t? This was the unofficial gathering of Happy Feet Runners a. k. a. Impromptu Runners, a group that is so diversed yet with a common passion–R… U…. N ….. N …… I …..N .. G ! I have finished my run in one hour and four minutes, beating my record in 2005 by fourteen minutes. Not bad, eh? This is my comeback after over a year of not running. Glad to be a HAPPY FEET! Whooah!