Perdition of Dream (My Milo Story)

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.

Prince: I LOVE MARATHON!!!

I am not utterly certain when I did start my training. I have really wanted to do Milo Marathon right after Condura Marathon but of course due to my desire to join BDM, TNF and PAU, everything started on the 2nd week of May.

I pulled running buddies like Earl and Allan on the preparation and did an average of 50 to 65 Km per week.  Those were really hard-hitting weeks entailing us to do long runs at the end of the week or during Thursday nights. I really want to improve my marathon time to at least 15 minutes or more…  Athena provided me so much wisdom and Eros to combust my passion to pursue my reverie. 

Come race day…  It was an all out flat route except for the flyovers. It was said that grotesque creatures were there and can suck out the power of your hamstrings on those parts. I ignored it, for I know they were just a measly pixie; however, I didn’t in actual fact realize that 10 of those could give me a great mischief.

Takbo.ph gang

My first 15 Km was just right, and so with my next 11Kilometers; however, lurking beasts started to assault me on the last loop.  I endlessly skipped at Zeus lightning despite of my hamstrings fatigue. The sun-god Helios boasted his strength of sunlight.  Good thing that the takbo.ph naiads, nymphs and mortals were there to offer support.  Merely seeing those joyful faces had already provided me more will to push trough. 

Takbo.ph-AnR Alabang in the last 3K photo: by July Pauli

Ultimately, I finished the race at 4:53:55; it was a little over four-minute improvement on my last marathon.  I felt defeated at the finish line for I have underestimated the route. The dream for the fifteen-minute improvement all went to perdition. I tried to contemplate and evaluate myself after the race, thinking if I really had given my 100% potential. 

Anyway, I am pleased I completed the race with all honesty.  I did not ride a chariot to dash, employed a doppelganger to run for me or teleported like the gods and goddesses of Olympus.  I finished the battle with valor; having faster time maybe a gauge of fitness and rapidity, but it’s finishing the race that quantifies manliness.

CB bib photo by takbo.ph

 

Again, I acknowledged all my friends who were there for support.  Takbo.ph,Team CB and AnR Alabang.  May God bless you always…

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To the Abode of the Gods… The Great Olympus! (Condura Run 2010 – 1st Half)

‘Twas another memorable quest when the argonaut once again dared to enter the abode of the gods… the Olympus!

The Argonauts with the Nymphs of Takbo.ph

Another sleepless night… Good thing I slept more the day before the big day so I feel that I am more conditioned from my last run where in I challenged the not so worthy Morpheus.

Oh we don't want the sun king "Helios" burn us to death...

I arrived at the Great Hall of Bonifacio High Street minutes passed 3AM with the nymph Tracy.  Busloads of people were already there, all excited at the gun start for the 42Km, 21K, 10K and 5K.  Meeting with the other Argonauts, we bid each other good luck.  I believe that one is important… Those words of encouragement coming from your comrades.

Welcome Condura Marathon!

Blazing Fireworks in the sky were seen before the start to surprise the runners who wants to dare and we were all running after that.  Most people are trying to strategize by running at their own comfortable pace at first.  I was with my comrade Gab along the way for we have discussed that we’re going to pull each other’s leg during the race until one of us quits.  Mark Hernandez, Jixee were running with us for a couple of Km until Gab and I forwarded in our comfortable pace. 

Running along side with Gab

Reaching Kalayaan, we saw the formidable team Dragon Bong Z.  I told Gab that we should sneak out so that we wouldn’t be eaten easily by them.  We galloped when the light of Apollo was not present; both of us were laughing at the competition for the trio are indeed motivating us not to stop.

Olympus… The mouth of Olympus was already right before our eyes.  Both of us are having Goosebumps the moment we cross its threshold making us even more excited.  It was darkness as we ascend.  Good thing the God of Light somewhat shed some light through her sister’s emblem … the moonlight.  We are still running at our comfortable pace when the sun-king Helios was up.  At the Olympus, you can see nothing but the blue clear sky, both of us amazed at our feat. We saw Wilnar and Chris speeding, Bryan, Carly, Tina, Glen, Totoy, Dennis, Luis and Sam.  When it’s our time to turn, Gab mentioned that it will be the time how far are we from the DBZ.  Until we realize that they are just lurking behind us.  They weren’t doing so bad after all so we need to be on our guards. 

Don't be deceived... They are damn ferocious!

Km 25. A sign of the Nymph Vicky was present and so with the Running Ninja Sam before we reach the highest point of Olympus.   I stopped and walk the moment I reach that point and uttered that there’s no way I’m going to run this part for it will truly drained me a lot. 

Around Km 27, I stopped, for Zeus lightning had stricken me.  I was immobile for a few seconds and agony is all I can feel.  Gab who was a few meters ahead of me had already moved forward and so I was alone already. I don’t know what to do… I was already having a hard time. Zeus will definitely not stop until I crawl and stop…  It was a punishment for daring him to gatecrash at his abode.  The shoe that Hermes had given me is not giving me anymore drive.  I was already injured… My dream of reaching my goal is starting to shatter, the Fates are laughing at me now and Hades dark chariots are rampaging to arrest me.  Poor Argonaut is about to be sent to the underworld…

to be continued…

photos from Bryan Rivera, Carmen Cabiles, Carlo Serrano

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!

FRIENDLIEST RACE

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.

WEIRDEST RACE

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.

BEST SINGLET

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.

MOST SUPRISING RACE

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?

BEST MEDAL

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

MOST GENEROUS RACE

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.

MOST CHALLENGING RACE

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.

BEST TRAIL RUN

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.

BEST ROAD RACE

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!

Dare to be Fit ‘n Right Blogging Contest Acceptance Speech

“AND THE 2009, DARE TO BE FIT ‘’N RIGHT BLOGGING CONTEST 1ST RUNNER UP GOES TO…. (Drum-roll….) “

“THE ARGONAUT!”

“The role of the first runner up is very important, in the occasion that if the Best Blogger did not fulfill his duty, the first runner up will take place.”

No, there are no cheesy words like that in the awarding of the mentioned contest, but yes, I am the 1st runner up…

Still the 1st loser... hahaha!

There’s a lot to be thank in this achievement.  Yes, this may be a small thing for most people but for me this is a full-size leap. I actually would have never thought that I can actually win 2nd place in Del Monte’s Fit ‘n Right Blogging Contest. 

First, I would like to thank of course Del Monte for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the event; to Dennis Ravanzo for taking a video of me during that time when I dared to take Jim Sarret’s challenge.  My family and friends who supported me, despite of pulling everyone’s hair just to get a ballot, the impact of your vote for me that reach more than a hundred and forty  had really brought me to the top 10.  It was undeniably remarkable. 

I thank Cherry for dropping me in the event.  It was always fun chatting with you and Lorie.

Most of all, I thank Almighty God for giving me the opportunity to show to that I could somehow write and express myself and the opportunity to be brave enough to tell the world that I am fit n right!

 ‘Till your next dare…

Oops, by the way, I forgot to say, I lost 12 lbs… (As if it matters)

I am Fit ‘n Right at the Fit ‘n Right Fun Run

Just Fight!

Proud to be at the Finish LineIt has been 6 months since I joined a 10K race.  The Southern Run in Alabang was indeed a great opportunity for me to improve my Personal Record which is 1:08:XX.  After that, I joined races more than 10K.

IE8, 8mi, Men’s Health All Terrain Race, 15Km Mizuno Infinity Run, 15Km.  There was even a month where I joined almost all the 21Km races; three Milo Marathons (Elimination in Manila, San Pablo and the Finals). I joined Globe Run for Home, Ecodash, RotaRun and even joined a Full Marathon in Subic and The Philippine International Marathon. 

Now, since it’s been a long time, I decided to go back to 10K once again in order to see myself at a shorter distance.  I am in fact eyeing for a Sub-60 (10K in less than 60 min).  Without vacillation, I signed up for Fit n Right Fun Run. Mall of Asia Grounds would be a perfect place for a new PR (Personal Record) because it’s a flat surface.  Yes, the route could be boring since it’s a double loop but I find it a good thing because at least I could at the same time have a PR for my 5K.

Arriving at the location, I was astonished at the number of folks who joined; despite of what happened in race kit redemption, the event was still jam-packed, but what really flabbergasted me was the fact that the Kenyans were still here.  It’s been weeks now since the last international marathons. Sigh,  I hope I can still have a chance against them… I hope our elite runners could still stand a chance against them…

The 1st Loop

Bang! Did I hear it right??? The race has just started without even counting and telling us? While there were still instructors performing their exercise? Oh, well, maybe I should go now with the flow.  I ran as fast as I could. Yes! Positive split.  No water breaks (Okay I drank at the 2nd and 3rd station), No walk breaks… Ran the best as I could but my right leg started to restrict me from running at the 4th Km.  I decided to ignore it and just slow down for a bit until it went away. At this pace, Anthony Pangilinan and Jamie the Bull Runner outran me eventually. I tried to catch up with the latter but it seems that I still have no match against her.  At the 5Km mark my 5Km timed at 26:XX minutes in their clock; a new PR for me.

What happened at the 2nd loop?

I know I still have the energy and decided to move on.  Ulk! Oh no!  There were no more cups in the water station; I just decided to go ahead and don’t bother.  6thKm… No more water… 7th… Not a chance. 8th I was dehydrated… 9th Km… nope… Last Km, I gave all my best and realized that I just finished the race in 53:40. Its unofficial though, but I glad slashing 15minutes from my previous PR. 

Despite of the mishaps of the event , I still consider this race an eventful one for me. Even though I did not see my name in the Finisher’s list, I know that I have done my best and fulfilled my dreams.

Next Race… Probably a sub50!

My Coworkers who attended the event
Post Race Picture with Takbo.ph Regulars and Newbies
Post Breakfast Picture with Jackie of Del Monte

Dare to be Fit ‘n Right

You Think You Are Fit? Think Again…

Do you have what it takes???
Do you have what it takes???

How fit are you? This is the question that struck me when the so called coach Jim Saret asked me in last Dare to be Fit n Right Blogger’s launch held at Taste Asia in SM Mall of Asia . I am confident to say I am fit. I visit the gym 3 times a week and run 2 or 3 time a week; however, when the coach gave us more follow up questions, I started to wonder… On how fit I am.

These are the few questions that I remember.

A fit person can:

Bench press 1.5 times your body weight.

Leg Curl 2.5 times your body weight.

Run 1.5 mile in 10 minutes

Touch the rim the basketball court

Throw a basketball 75 feet from your knees.

Do 40 push-ups in one set

Uhmm… Err… These are the expressions that came out from my mouth when he begun asking, Well, personally, I presume I could’ve done it, but I never really tried. I do bench press my own weight and leg curls 1.5 times my weight. Can most likely run 1.5 miles in 10 minutes but could not really touch the rim of a basketball court nor toss a ball 75 feet from my knees. Well, with his standard, I am not fit enough.

So as I listen to Jim Saret, he discussed the number of calories we burn in a day if were not doing anything, then if we are doing activities like running. He also told us a better way of burning calories with only 4 minutes…

FOUR MINUTES??? No way!!!

Yes I heard him, four minutes…  So what he did is he showed us how to do it. He asked a guy to perform a couple of exercises with a heart rate monitor and a calorimeter. After four minutes he actually burned 96 calories and eventually reach more than 300 calories after a couple of minutes more.

I am still not amazed at the performance, so Jim dared me to try their challenge. He asked me to run for 2 minutes. 20 seconds run and then rest for 10. So I accepted his challenge…

It was a blast! I can still talk for at the first 20 sec, started to pant at the next and I could almost not talk after the challenge ended. Sounds remarkable eh!

Fit n Right Fruit Snack AdDuring the session he also showed us Del Monte Product, Fit ‘n Right that could aid us how to burn fat. It has L-carnitine as he mentioned, but what the hell that it means?

This is what they tell us about L-carnitine:

L-Carnitine is a natural substance that is occurring in the body but can be supplemented for optimal health. It transports the fatty acids into the mitochondria, that’s the  powerhouse where they are burned into energy needed for a healthy heart, important body functions and physical activities. Supplementary L-Carnitine contributes to optimal fat oxidation, and along with a proper diet and regular exercise, promotes healthy body weight.

Before and After picture with one year interval... I never lose weight after...
before and after with a year interval... My weight loss has become stagnant so I think it won't hurt to give it a try....

Ugh, Yeah right! But maybe I could at least try. It wouldn’t really hurt me now that I’m not losing weight anymore and my previous success story about weight loss has now become stagnant.

Before the program ends, they clued us up about the event that they are promoting for a healthier life style. It was the Dare to be Fit ‘n Right Fun Run that will be held in SM Mall of Asia Grounds on November 22. It’s another 3K, 5K and 10K road race. I might probably join the 10K there to gun for a new Personal Record.

For a registration fee of P300, runners can get their race packet with the Dare to Fit ‘n Right Fun Run singlet, race bib, Fit ‘N Right products,etc. Registration can be in the offices of Del Monte Philippines at the Bonifacio High Street, Taguig or race organizer CEMG at 3A Vernida I Bldg., Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City or Dare to be Fit ‘n Right Fun Run registration booths in SM Hypermarket in Mall of Asia, Sucat, Pasig, and North EDSA or in Fitness First branches on November 16.

funrun

Winners will receive cash and gifts from Del Monte Fit ‘n Right and its sponsors. The Dare to be Fit ‘N Right Fun Run is for the benefit of the victims of typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng through the SM Foundation.

How fit am I? A question that will haunt me as in my quest for better and healthier lifestyle…  How about you? I dare you to be Fit n Right!