Archive for the ‘Inspirational’ Category

Top 5 Reasons To Run! (According to my wife)

June 30, 2010 14 comments

5. It’s the trend, IN ka pag tumatakbo ka!
Rod — I disagree…

4. Para me dahilang gumala kapag weekends.
Rod — I disagree…

3. Para makakita ng magaganda at seksing chicks na tumatakbo.
Rod — Next…

2. Para masarap ang tulog.
Rod — at masarap ang kain… Next…

1. Pagod ka na at masakit ang katawan pag-uwi, bawal kumilos he-he.
Rod — Uy… hindi na ngayon ah.

Question: Ang endurance ba na dinedevelop thru running e sa running lang din nagagamit?
Rod — Ayos noh, teh??? May follow-up question ka pa. Bibili pa naman sana kita ng VFFs…

Categories: Family, Inspirational

Reasons Not To Run…

September 3, 2009 3 comments

can’t run because of too many things going on at the same time?
i bet you can squeeze in 30 minutes of running in your busy schedule. it will do you good. it will clear your mind of clutter and will make you more productive.
me, i run at least 3 times during weekdays for 30 mins to 1 hour after office hours. that’s my gimik time.

you want to get inspired? don’t ask me… ask timmy!!! =D
seriously though… find a running group like Takbo.Ph or Happy Feet. there’s always someone who will schedule a run out of nowhere. it’s much more fun running as a group.
tip: always bring your running gear at work, just in case.


change your running route regularly. running on the same route is like running on a treadmill. find a route by mapping it first. try using


you can’t do anything about it. tip: dress for the occasion. if it’s raining, wear a jacket and a hat. if it’s humid, wear something loose.


you have to detach yourself from them for just a bit. they’ll understand or eventually they will. if you can’t detach… the better alternative is to have them join you. =D

when i started running seriously, my wife will complain that i always come home late or i’m always out every sunday. but eventually she understood why i was running.

HE saved me!!!

July 29, 2009 8 comments

I’ve been away from blogging for almost 2 weeks.

I have stories to tell during those times, but the urge to write wasn’t there.

The first 3 working days of this week was overloaded with work .

Can’t even remember when was the last time I had so much work in my hands for 3 consecutive days.

July 28, 2009 (Tuesday)
I was able to chat a bit with a fellow runner (let’s call him timmy to hide his identity, ehem…). I don’t know what’s with Timmy but I think he too was stressed with work. Can’t exactly remember what Timmy told me but I gave him a stanza of this prayer.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Then I thought, I should be telling this to myself… and so I did.

No, I’m not the type of person who complains a lot if there are tons of work that needs to be done. I complain because I need more time to accomplish it. I even joke about it if I hear people complain because they have a lot of work.

I even tell…

“Magpasalamat ka at madami kang trabaho. Yung iba nga… kahit isa wala”
(You should be thankful that you have a lot of work. Others… they have none)

The Serenity Prayer was some sort of realization for me. Don’t ask me what it is because it’s still a work in progress. But I’m getting there. Somehow my shoulders are not that heavy anymore. I’m not that stressed out.

I even sneaked up a run after office. And had the time to check on the school assignments of my kids which gave me another realization… I should check on them more often.

July 29, 2009 (Wednesday)
Still, lots of work. But I was focused to accomplish as many things as I can. Not worrying if I’ll be able to finish everything. At the end of the working day, I was tired but somehow I was relaxed.

Prayers were answered too. I was able to finish a big chunk of my work and even found solutions to a never ending problem. Thank You, Lord!!!

After which, I fetched my wife from work. We took the bus and got off at MIA Road / Tambo Paranaque area. Rode a jeepney after waiting for 5 mins.

We were not yet seated properly when we heard a loud “bang” coming from our back.

When I checked to see what it was, I saw this jeepney crashed on the wall. The very same spot where my wife and I was waiting for a ride less than 10 seconds ago.

I just stayed cool, my co-passengers was somewhat more overwhelmed than me. As my wife was starting to say a worried “mabuti na lang nakasakay na tayo”. And just to stop the moment of worrying… I calmly told her, “maiiwasan din natin yun”. Because deep inside, I know… the Lord will protect us, always…

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.

–Reinhold Niebuhr


Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will direct your paths.

Proverbs 3, 5-6

So I guess… I’m Signing On again. =D

I’m back… Thank You, LORD!!!

Categories: Inspirational, Personal

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

Ultra ba? Do the Tarahumara!

June 5, 2009 5 comments

Posting the “The Painful Truth?!?“, led me to more internet searching about the Tarahumara tribe.

From WIKI:
“The Tarahumaras’ word for themselves, Raramuri, means “runners on foot” in their native tongue according to some early ethnographers like Norwegian Carl Lumholtz, though this interpretation has not been fully agreed upon. With widely dispersed settlements, these people developed a tradition of long-distance running for intervillage communication and transportation. The long-distance running tradition also has ceremonial and competitive aspects. Often, male runners kick wooden balls as they run in “foot throwing” competitions, and females use a stick and hoop. The foot throwing races are relays where the balls are kicked by the runners and relayed to the next runner while teammates run ahead to the next relay point. These races can last anywhere from a few hours for a short race to a couple of days without a break. The Tarahumara also practice persistence hunting, using their ability to run extremely long distances (sometimes as far as 160km) to catch animals such as deer; the animals eventually tire and slow down, and the Tarahumara get close enough to the animal to kill it.

“This is the perfect time of year for runners. Not too hot and not too cold for a jog around the block, or to lace up and hit the trails. The more adventurous amongst us train for marathons. Yet even 26.2 miles is just a warm-up for the Tarahumara Indians. Members of the tribe run hundreds of miles at a time across the jagged terrain of Mexico’s Copper Canyon, without injury or exhaustion or fancy running shoes.

What Can The Tarahumara Indians Tell Us About The Importance Of Running Long Distances?
The simple answer: A LOT! If you’d like some clarification on just how much though, read on. From a Lehigh University term paper on Ultra Marathon Running comes a bit of information. The Tarahumara live in a rather rugged mountainous area with deep canyons, making travel by wagon and horseback difficult or impossible. That means foot travel is the mode of transportation. But why walk when you can run?

“The Tarahumara Indians of Mexico are one of the few tribes in the world that live well into their hundreds. Another amazing feature of this tribe is that they are well known to be incredible distance runners. In fact, they are able to run more than 100 miles at a time, even in the 60s! In the 1993 Leadville ultramarathon, the winner was a 55 year old man from the Tarahumara tribe.

What’s even more amazing is that they don’t even wear shoes. They simply run in sandals that are attached to the feet by a few simple pieces of leather. And the best part – the runners in this tribe are almost all injury free! So what’s their secret? How can they run so long, in such heat, while only wearing sandals and being?”

There’s a lot more in the net to learn about the Tarahumara tribe and all I can say is…

Hindi pa pala ako adik… mas matindi ang mga ito…

Ultra ba? Do the Tarahumara! Uy, Rhyme!!! =)

Why do I Run? Because my Nanay told me to…

May 29, 2009 10 comments

Yes, my Nanay (mother) told me to run.

Because she was not used to seeing me around the house on weekends doing nothing.
Because she was not used to see me in my room in front of the computer practically all day on weekends.
Because if I wasn’t in front of the computer, I’d be sleeping.
Because she told me that I’m getting fat.

And, if it wasn’t for Nanay telling me to run. I’d probably be dead. Seriously…

Categories: Inspirational, Personal

Why do I Run? I want to wear a size M shirt!!!

May 27, 2009 10 comments

I was suppose to comment on Takbo.Ph thread with the same question… and since it will have a 3 part story, it will take a lot of space. So, I decided to put it in my blog instead.

So… Why do I run?

I was overweight for so many years and I need to find an outlet.

No, I was never obese before like my Takbo.Ph brother Dave Viray. But I want to shed pounds, have a leaner body, to feel great and to feel good in a size M shirt.

Next month (June) will be my 1st year anniversary in running.

I think I’m almost there in having a leaner body. People who knew me and saw me with bulges now tells me, “You lost weight. Are you on a diet?” or “your shirt looks nice on you”. I always smile back at them and say “takbo tayo?“.

And YES… I have shed pounds, I feel great and I feel good in a size M shirt.