Archive for June, 2009

My Thoughts of Races Back Then

June 30, 2009 10 comments

It’s official… I’ll be having two firsts this coming Sunday, July 5, 2009. It will be my first full marathon (42.195kms) and my first MILO run.

As I was told that the route will be the same as last years route, looking at the map somehow brought back childhood memories.

You see, I was born and raised in Baclaran, Paranaque City. In a street named A.Guarra.

A.Guarra, also called Hangganan as it serves as the borderline to Pasay and Paranaque. That is the street where the Max’s Baclaran is, and it’s very near to The Redemptorist Chruch. Just in case your having problems trying to think, “where the heck is that place???”.

Every Sunday, during the late 70’s and early 80’s when running had its first boom. I always see people running the stretch of Roxas Blvd (I call it Dewey Blvd back then).

But what got stuck in my mind was the race where I saw a lot of MILO banners, flags, water cups…

Back then, I thought that every race was a MILO race.

Back then, I thought that Botak only makes the singlets.

Back then, I thought runners get invites or paid just to run. Perhaps some do get invited and get paid just to run. I’m not still sure though.

Back then, I mock those runners.

Back then, deep inside… I want to join them…

Back then, when I was still in elementary… just for the heck of it… I walked from Baclaran to Luneta and back with my friends.

But this Sunday…

There will be a lot of MILO banners, flags, water cups…

Some other kid will be watching us running the stretch of Roxas Blvd.

Some other kid will think that every race is a MILO race.

Some other kid will think that we runners get invited / paid just to run.

Some other kid will mock us runners.

Some other kid… deep inside him would want to join us.

Categories: Marathon, MILO

Feria Who???

June 25, 2009 19 comments



around 10:00PM — I was told that there will be no classes tomorrow (06.24.2009) because of a typhoon. Signal #2 was raised all over the Metro.


around 5:00AM — Was awaken by our dogs barking. ‘Typhoon must have arrived early’, I said to myself. Darn it… I need to get some more sleep. We have an LSD tonight…

around 6:30AM
— That’s weird… no rain. Hmnnn…

around 1:00PM
— I texted mudra… “We have a run tonight”. Mudra replied… “There’s a typhoon. It will arrive tonight, 8pm.”. I texted back… “You scheduled it?”

around 6:45PM
— Grace told me that she won’t be joining the LSD because the typhoon will arrive by 8pm. I guess, Grace and my wife has the same wavelength.

around 7:30PM
— I was in MOA grounds, waiting for Chelly and Ellen.

around 7:31PM
— Chelly texted, “we’re here na sa parking”. Wow! Cono! I said to myself…

around 7:45PM — Pojie, Gab, Doc Roy, Doc Marvin, BongZ, BongYu, Carina, Cris, Wilnar, Mcoy, Ziggy arrived in MOA grounds (half of the C-loop). They came running starting from KM0. It was their first pit stop. Picture taking… courtesy of Doc Roy.

Doc Roy forgot to turn off his headlights…

walang himala!!!!

around 7:50PM — emo moment for Ellen.

around 7:59PM — we started running.

or walking… =)
is that you tron?

around 8:00PM — It started to drizzle. On time!!!

around 8:05PM — It stopped… “that’s it?”, I said to myself

around 8:10PM — We tried doing the Indian Run courtesy of Cris (Infinity).

An indian run is when a team (soccer, football, baseball, etc.) jogs (in our case, run… ehurm) in a single file line around a playing field. It begins when the last person in line sprints to the front. When that person gets there, the next person at the end of the line sprints to the front of the line. This continues as the line jogs around the field. Very tiring. — URBANDICTIONARY.COM

around 8:20PM — Pit Stop (Shell Station, Macapagal Ave.). Picture taking… courtesy of Carina.

cam whores!!!

around 8:30PM — Started running again going to Uniwide Coastal Mall.

aside from pictures of women, Doc Roy loves to stare at electric meters too…

around 8:40PM
— Uniwide Coastal Mall area. Picture taking… courtesy of Carina.

Yes, we are…

around 9:10PM — We’re back in MOA grounds. Market/Dampa area. Stretching time, by Cris. Pictures, by Carina & Doc Roy.

it was pitch black in that area. Doc Roy sacrificed not joining the stretching routine just to light our path. Very thoughtful!

Doc, lo-batt na headlights? =)

around 9:20PMstarted running again. But I have to stop in MOA. Checking on my watch, I’ll be home by 1AM if I ran back with them to KM0 and join them at Gab’s YellowCab treat.

KM Zero — more pics from Doc Roy…

mar & ellen

doc roy & mar

doc marvin


bong yu



And this is what I missed… Gab’s treat!!!

YellowCab closed their doors when the guys arrived because the guys were sweating excessively.
The guys took the scooters instead…

about 10:45pm — i read a text by Grace… “Where’s Feria?!?!? I should have joined the run…”. I texted back… “Feria who???”. Apparently, Feria was the name of the storm. Nyerks…

Categories: Family, LSD, Takbo.Ph

My Cuneiform Bone Hurts!!!!

June 22, 2009 11 comments

Sounds like a curse doesn’t it?

But actually it’s one of the foot bones and it’s between the Metatarsal Bones and Navicular Bone and… and… I’m having a nosebleed from all these medical bony terms.

Here are pictures from PODIATRYCHANNEL.COM:

No, I’m not going to lecture you about the Parts of the Foot. But the fact that mine is currently hurting as I write this post, made me Google what are the parts of the foot.

And so, I now know the name of that foot part… then what? Why does it hurt?

Is it the way I run? Nope… not the way I run… not sure though…

Is it the way I tie my shoelaces? Nope… I have three running shoes and I tie them always the same way. But the positioning of the holes where the shoelaces go are different in each shoe.

Is it the shoe?
Hmmnn… the cuneiform bone specially on my right foot hurts whenever I use my NB825. And I used it during my “Father’s Day Run”. Seems like my NB825 is going to retire early.

I guess I have to do another long run with my other running shoes just to be sure.

Categories: Uncategorized

I just hope that i’m wrong about this…

June 19, 2009 6 comments

Is it beginning to set in?

Have you seen the weekend race schedules lately?

2-4 weekend races on the same day?

It’s becoming a very lucrative business.

And the funny thing is, it seems like they’re masking it by adding some sort of fund raising for this… fund raising for that…

Don’t get me wrong, I support fund raising events.


Why divide the runners?

Why schedule an event on the same day?

Why not give way to an event whose schedule was finalized way ahead of yours?

Why not support the other race and vice-versa?

Categories: Uncategorized

M.O.V.E. Manila Run 09 update

June 13, 2009 1 comment

Here’s an update for the M.O.V.E Manila Run 09

Dra Melissa Zamuco-Mercado e-mailed me this singlet design. Thanks, Doc! =)

For more details about M.O.V.E. Manila Run 09, click me.

Categories: Uncategorized

My Finish Time is off?!? WHYYYYYY!!!!!

June 10, 2009 16 comments

OA naman ‘to… tahan na… I’ll try to explain why.

See my finish time in Condura? It says, 2:31.29. But when the official time results came out it said 2:30.17. What gives?

This past week, I interviewed (naks! ganun level na!) one of the guys (let’s call him JR) who installs those timers that we see in the start/finish line area.

According to JR, the discrepancy (sometimes missing) between the timers and the official time is due to the following factors…

  1. the timer in the start/finish line area is not synchronized with the time in the computer where the database of runners names are stored.
  2. although they synchronize the timer and the computer when the race starts, eventually they will be out-of-sync during the race.
  3. if clickers were used during the race. the person whose task is to click, did not click at the right moment when the runner steps into the finish line.
  4. if clickers were used during the race. the person forgot to click, period.
  5. the person who collects the barcodes from the bib misplaced your number.
  6. the person who collects the barcodes from the bib dropped your number & placed it next to the number of the runner that was behind you moments ago.

Now, JR said it’s hard to get the accurate time. The most accurate time we can get is when we use those sophisticated Timing Chips. It records your time once you step out of the starting line and stop once you reach the finish line. And since its sophisticated, be ready to shell out more for the registration.

Me, I don’t really rely on those timers. I just use my watch’s timer; that I start once I step out of the starting line and stop once I reach the finish line. Just like the Timing Chip, only manual. And besides, I’ll just be running. And for me, to finish the race is more important, time is secondary.

Okay ka na? O sya, takbo pa…

Categories: Timex, Tips

Why do I Run?

June 10, 2009 4 comments


I love not just the finish line, but the trip along the way
It makes me feel free
I’ve got energy to burn
I need energy
It’s my anti-depresant
I hope my children will
I hope my wife will
I need an excuse to eat
Stopping would hurt so much more than a blister or a broken toenail
Walking takes too long and I have things I need to get done
My personal best is just that: mine
Others can’t
It’s a good kind of sore
It makes the pavement feel needed
There are a lot worse addictions out there
There’s no better way to explore a city or enjoy the scenery
I “just felt running”
There’s no drug like adrenaline
I’ll never know how far I can go unless I try
The pavement doesn’t complain when you pound it
It takes all I’ve got, but gives back more
I can
Categories: Inspirational, Personal