Skyway Soaring (2nd Condura Marathon Experience)

 No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.William Penn
PR! photo by Iris Rivera

I hit a new PR once again. Barely 3 minutes from my last Marathon, two months back. Despite of the low training mileage that I had for the past few weeks, I am glad that I pulled it through to get myself a new record…

I didn’t really plan right from the start of the race that I will get a new PR. I just told myself that I would give my best effort with the right strategy. I ran my normal pace of 6:30 with walks in between if I would feel sore. I took two energy gels to use during the run which I consumed at Km 15 and Km 28. I felt good the whole time or probably I thought I’m good the whole time. I cheered as many friends as I can and enjoy the good weather; even got the confidence of hitting a good time to the finish line… At the last 13k, getting a 4:30 is possible; yet I was wrong…

Pre race. Kanto Boys In Uniform!

Cramps… It immobilized me probably for 2 minutes at the 30th Km. Dehydration hit me already.   I couldn’t walk and I couldn’t do anything.

A Friend Maria catching me before going down the Skyway

 I froze. I looked at every runners who passed me by, helpless until the stiffening of my calf muscles subsided. Maybe I could still do a 4:40 at the remaining 7k of the race. I couldn’t help myself any longer after every kilometer as my pace already declined. Good thing Captain Tere was there which also serve as my motivation to catch up with her.

Down to the last kilometer I saw another friend Allan and upon catching up with him, I told him that it would be better to just walk the last few yards to which he agreed and the two of us crossed together at 4:50 (clock time), 4:49 (chip time).

It was indeed an awesome finish for the crowd was there to cheer for you and shouts for your name the before you cross the finish line! Oh what can I say but thank you!  It made me feel like a champ!

At last! Me and Allan crossed the finish line together! haha!

Okay, again I’m glad with what I have accomplished; however, looking back on what could have probably gone wrong, hmm, I’m thinking if it was because of the hydration, for the race only served water and the carbonated drink everyone avoids.  A year ago when I ran the same race, massive cramps hit me as well.  So I believe it’s a factor.  I would definitely bring my own hydration next time for me to avoid this.  Or maybe I should train more! haha!

Photo Ops for now with friends:

with Hangout Buddies
with TPB
with team CB Gang!
All photos were just grabbed in different facebook pages. I’m too sore to get my own camera and take a picture of us!  Thank you everyone!!!

Argonaut’s 2009 Running Awards

After looking back to all the races I’ve joined, I’d like to make a few on all the exceptional I believe I encountered… Let’s get the ball rolling on all the awards!


Yeah, This one is inviting!

REACH FUN RUN,– Oh yeah! This is the friendliest of the year for me; a two-loop 5Km fun run and one would need to stop to eat four Krispy Kreme Donuts. . Despite of the number of runners of the event, I can feel the air of happiness among runners. Organizers still has to learn a lot in organizing a fun run but they let us feel that the race is fun. *Special mention to Rizal Day Run for the Ice cream, Beer and Boodle Fight.


The first medal that I had that I failed to value...

TAKBONG MAY YABANG 4.4K, 8.8K – I’ve never seen such race like this before. There’s two loops and four loops of UP oval that’s just 2.2 Km per loop making it a little odd for me.


Neon Yellow: I like!

ADIDAS KOTR – I don’t think anyone would give a violent reaction. Yeah it’s the best singlet! The only problem is that I looked so dark in this singlet because of its neon color. Too bad I failed to run on this event because of Subic International Marathon. I was registered for 21K. • Special mention to Nike Human Race singlet.


I am indeed surprised! (Photo by Cathy Reyno)

SUBIC INTERNATIONAL MARATHON – This could be my worst race but instead I changed it as most surprising race. Did anyone think the organizers would mess up on this event? And who would have thought they won’t provide something to quench the runners thirst in the middle of the dark not to mention that it’s 42K! Surprising isn’t it?


BongYu with the medal!

SUBIC INTERNATIONAL MARATHON –Despite of the surprising mishaps, I would still think that they have my respect as they have the best medal in my collection. If only I’m at Mayon Trail Run… • Special mention to Quezon City International Marathon


Post Race Pic and Somewhere after the finishline would be the lootbags stampede.

FIT N RIGHT RUN – Loot bag full of Del Monte Products! That what Fit ‘N Right fun run has making it to be the most generous race. Mommy Milk Shake and Buddy Run could also be a contender but too bad I was not able to enjoy it due to my failure to wake up early.


Earl almost want to shot himself dead after the race...

CONQUER CORREGIDOR – Hills! Lot’s of steep hills! A 10 mile Challenge where in one dealt with steep hills. That’s what Corregidor has making it the most challenging for me. • Special mention to Celebrity Run for the race covered hill as well and that unforgiving 1.2 Km excess.


Still Breathless!

THE NORTH FACE 100 – This could be the most challenging race for me only if I joined 100K. Yet I’ve decided to run only the 20K version for me to enjoy the beauty of Sacobia Park in Clark Pampanga making this my best Trail Run Ever to date.


I'm sure you don't want to see one of these out of water

CONDURA RUN, RUN FOR THE WHALE SHARKS – It was definitely a dream come true running in the skyway and the race made it possible for all of us. I got injured though after the race but it was the most delightful experience I had last year!

There you have it! I’m sure this year would be promising now that running in the Philippines had boomed! Bring it on 2010!