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Another year is about to end…
Let me take you to a brief review of what transpired to the year 2011 which for me was a year of CHANGE and Blessings.
I feel that the year was not as active or busy as 2010 but scanning my Facebook, Twitter, and blog posts, it sure was a full year also.
First to my work/career. Towards the end of January, an offer was given to me to move in Cebu for a month to help train and develop new hires in our facility there. I do not have a choice that time but to accept the offer and hesitantly said yes. So why was I hesitant? Because first I was asked to fly on my birthday. Luckily I was able to ask them to move it to a later date, which was the next day (LOL). Second, I already signed up for Condura Marathon and I can’t miss that. Third because it’s going to be my first time to be living away from my family and friends, and not to mention living literally ALONE. Imagine living alone in a city I’ve never been to even once! It has been a bit of a challenge for me but I guess my previous travel experiences have been of good use. It only took me one weekend to get over being homesick and then I started loving the city and the people. Thanks to my TG family (running group) and to my new friends in Cebu (you know who you are).
I left work last October and I’m enjoying every moment in my vacation. After 9 years, I do deserve a break, right? Let’s see where my career will lead me in the year 2012 but for sure it’s going to be something BIG. I feel it.
My running life was as busy as my work last year. I did my first ever Marathon in 2011 via The Bull Runner Dream Marathon (March) albeit the lack in training because of my sudden assignment in Cebu. I was really nervous days before and even on the race day itself but it never occurred to me that I will not finish the race. I know I can finish it. Luckily I was able to, it was not the finish time I wanted but hey at least I finished. In 2010 I only finished 12 races, in 2011 I doubled it! Yes 24 races in one year!
Having been assigned in Cebu and doing a Marathon took it’s toll on me. I noticed that my speed declined further that I decided not to run for the last 3 months of the year and focused more on training and doing some personal runs. I need to regain that certain level of fitness before going back to races. I actually gained weight and it really was hard. Hopefully 2012 will be a good running year for me again.
This is also the year when I first had an unknown problem with my right eye. Unknown because doctors could not diagnose it properly and does not know what treatment must be made. My initial diagnosis is macular degeneration. I will have it checked again in 2012 and hopefully have it treated.
I also became more visible with blog cons or run launches where I was able to establish friendships and close ties with other bloggers. This also opened an opportunity for me to endorse a specific sports and lifestyle brand between Q2 and Q3. Thank you for that opportunity.
My blog also moved in to another host not because of hosting issues, in fact I was satisfied with the previous. I just need a host that is easily accessible and easy to forward any payment and requests.
As they say only CHANGE is certain and with change came all blessings…
I would like to thank the following for all the blessings you shared with me: The Chummies (you know who you are, raise your hands), RunRio, Riovana, the different running groups, Reebok and Team Reebok Running, Skechers, Toby’s Sports, Adidas, Powerade, Nuffnang, WP Webhost, PixelManila.Net, Unilab, Nike, and Sony Philippines, Tuesday Group and UNGO runners. Also a big THANK YOU goes out to those who read my blog. I didn’t realize that I’ll be having such a number of viewers for the year. Of course to HIM the source of all blessings, THANK YOU.
You might be looking for anything about love life…that is too personal to share.
As we say hello to 2012, I will leave you with a quote: “The consequences of your life are sown in what you do and how you behave.”
My ONLY resolution: “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”
Admittedly I was not able to have enough time to train for my dream marathon. I even stopped for a month. The only training I had one month prior to TBR DM were Condura 21K and the Operation Smile 10K (Cebu).
I almost gave up and was thinking of just let this opportunity pass and will just do this next year. A lot of my friends told me to pursue it and never give up yet. I was still contemplating on not going to this event up until the send off party.
At the send off party, I finally saw almost all participating dreamers and the energy was there. From that time on I started to get excited and officially made a final decision to continue my pursuit of the marathon.
I didn’t have enough rest last Saturday, the day before the race. I don’t know what to expect either during the race. All I know is that, according to Roelle, expect that there is pain. Mental stressors were also lurking.
This entry then is for all those who believed I can do a marathon, supported me from day 1 of my training to the actual event, to the support crew/s, and everyone who have made my dream possible.
To my dear Snail Runners Alabang. I know how hard it is to prepare the things of and for the runners. You became our baggage counter, our free sari sari store, our massage therapists (Rodel and Crisan, thank you), say it you have it. Your cheers really made me smile and run further/farther. I was really tired, not to mention suffering from bad leg cramps, but you were there to make it go away, well at least temporarily. hahahaha! I really don’t know where you got the energy to still shout and cheer for all of us. Thanks for patiently waiting for me up to the very end. I wasn’t expecting to see you guys still waiting for me at the last 3 kilometers. You guys were the best!
To Team Boring. Sorry to invade your station guys. Thank you for giving me a massage, banana, and a bottle of Pocari Sweat. But seriously, you really wanted me to carry the BDM tarp towards the finish line??? lol! That last 3 kilometers for me was crucial I’m on the verge of really slowing down and just walk. But I still had the energy to run my last kilometer; thanks to your team. Hope to run with you one of these days. Pag ready na ako. hehehe. Just looking at your accomplishments, scary!
Tuesday Group (Cebu). It was so sweet to receive a good luck message from the Tuesday Group. For those who don’t know, they were the first running group I’ve met in Cebu. They always meet up at Abellana Oval every Tuesday and that’s why they called themselves as such. They’re cool! If you’re going to Cebu, look for them. I miss you guys!
To my pacer/s. It was only Titanium Runner who’s volunteered to pace me personally but towards the last stretch of the route, we were joined by Beeps. I hate them! I swear! Of course that was only a joke. They had me run like hell. Run like a bull was chasing me. They pushed me hard to make me finish before 7 hours. They also became my personal therapists on the route. If I were the pacers, I think this is what they’re saying at the back of their minds, “ang tigas ng ulo nito!!! (this runner is stubborn!)” hahahaha. Am I right guys? Thank you! See you on the road.
For my friend/s who believed in me and that I can finish a Marathon; for joining me in my LSDs and being patient with me.
To Jaymie. a big THANK YOU! Last year’s story about the Dream Marathon inspired me to join this year. The concept of a Dream Marathon pulled me closer to my dream. To the crew, chasers, water and aid station guys, to Mr. Lafferty, and to all the speakers during bull circles. THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS as well for a job well done!
Hope I didn’t miss anyone. To everyone who contributed to my success in the marathon, THANK YOU.
It was mind boggling, heart shattering, and earth shaking! That is my description of the Marathon.
I’ve always wanted to conquer 42.195 kilometers and after almost a year running several 5s, 10s, and 21s, now I’m a certified marathoner.
Many have said that The Bull Runner Dream Marathon is the “Marathon for virgins” and that this is the best event to join when you want to experience your first. Now I say, YES, I AGREE! After much pampering to all Dreamers, I guess this will go under my “favorites” list.
It was a hectic day for me. Had to juggle my time for a photoshoot in the morning that ended around 3PM, sleep, hear mass at 7PM, and off to ROX in BHS at 9PM. I don’t want to be late and get left behind by the TBR shuttle to Nuvali. Would you believe I was still undecided on what to wear for the race? I haven’t packed my things either. I packed my stuff an hour before I stepped out of the house.
As we arrived at Nuvali the chilly wind added to the jittery feeling and nervousness. The Snail Runners Alabang support crew arrived and we had our chat with them. Runners were asked to start check in at the starting line and after a few introduction and encouragement, we started to count down.
It was too unfortunate for me though that I started the race with guess what…shin splints. It greeted me good luck! I had to stop on every aid station available to rest, get a massage, and make it go away. After a couple of kilometers, the shin splints just went away like nothing happened. I was even asked by a GMA cameraman to get a footage of me while my legs were given a stretch. You may watch the video here.
The route was challenging. One uphill to another and to another. I took advantage of the downhill part as this is the easiest way to catch up on my time. Another mainstay visited me….leg cramps. Since the route is mostly uphill and we had to do a second loop, it really triggered cramps on my legs. The good thing is that they weren’t as bad as they were in Condura but still the cramps lingered. Well “lingered” is a not so good term to use. Because the cramps wasn’t really present as in all throughout the race.
This event has one of the best support system every marathoner could ask for. Aside from ther personal support crews, the TBR DM team also has their own support. Every runner was pampered with what they need. I myself brought with me my own nutrition since I don’t want to get hungry along the route. To my surprise, we were given energy gels, chips, different fruits, chocolates, candies/beans, biscuits, etc. We didn’t ran out of water and Gatorade. It’s like stopping at a one-stop shop where you get everything you need, from a massage, water/hydration, cheer, and food. Not to mention our own support crew did bring their own hydration and nutrition for us and was always ready with our bags should we need anything. This is the best part of the race I guess, getting all the support you need to go on and finish.
The first 21K was not as bad as I expected it to be, I’m talking about the first loop. Though I’ve already suffered shin splints and cramps, I’m still on schedule. The hardest part was when I had to do it all over again (the second loop). I was always telling myself “welcome back to the route” and “not again!” The hills were making my quads, hams, and calves go crazy! They were literally shaking (fasciculating that is). It was also my first time to feel a mild cramping on my hamstrings. The moon was out and the sun was slowly showing. With that, the route now looked longer; it was like a never ending road. I just enjoyed the scenery and the early morning wind. Good thing cheers were coming from all over the place: from chasers, pacers, Mr. Lafferty, cars passing by, even from fellow Dreamers. The cheers made everything light and easy somehow.
I was at a trance at one point. I even thought I got deaf. Got lost for words; talking nonsense perhaps. And I really felt tired. As I left the tent with the loudest music (tent 1?) I walked the whole uphill route. When it was time for me to take advantage of the flat route, my legs would not let me. My legs could only walk. I sought for the nearest hydration and aid station to have a massage and release the stress that my legs were feeling. After a short rest, I went back on my feet and tried to walk fast moving into a slow jog. I continued my run/walk strategy to help me recover from cramps. At one point I was chatting with a fellow Dreamer who was already complaining of blisters under his feet. We even talked about what socks we’re wearing that time (sweet ‘eh?). I then realized my feet are feeling swollen, hot, and at the same time painful. It occurred to me that I may be suffering from blisters as well that I just didn’t notice. But surprisingly I have none. Thanks to my ever trusted socks which I used since day 1 of training. I had to bid farewell to the guy (sorry I forgot your name) to do another fast run downhill. I offered him to join me so we can bit the lost time walking. But he declined.
A few more kilometers left, I can already see the call center building, I can hear the music and I was already exhausted. All I wanted was to walk to the finish line. Beeps joined Titanium Runner in pacing me. Geesh!!!! That was hell! They kept on telling me not to stop, pushing me to move, go on. They even pulled my compression garments off my legs and did an aggressive stretch with pressure on my calves (this happened on the last 3K I believe after the last support station of Team Boring and Snail Runners). It really made me shout like a cow! But that helped a lot.
As we were approaching the last 2 kilometers, they had me run on the grass to lessen the impact and increase the bounce and make it easier for me to run. They cried out loud and told me to finish this race sub 7 hours. What!? Are you kidding me guys!? Sub 7 hours and I only have a couple of minutes left before I cross that finish line? As I approached that 42K marker, turned left, I saw Kassy (wait, Kassy? How the hell was she able to get there? Last time I saw her she was somewhere…far from that place) and was also shouting that I only have a minute before 7 hours. And there I heard deafening cheers and I could not even remember their faces, who they were. All I remember was Beeps pointing at the clock saying that I still have time to beat 7 hours. Told myself that these guys believe that I can so I tried not to disappoint them. I sprinted my way to the finish line, I swear I did! Those were my last reserves. The cheers were deafening and I wanted to say thank you to them by smiling but my focus then was to reach the finish line before 7 hours. I clocked in 6:59.
After crossing the finish line, I got disoriented. All I know was someone placed the medal around my neck, a guy and a girl congratulated me. It took sometime before I realized that it was Coach Rio and The Bull Runner herself, Jaymie. It took like three times for Coach Rio to say congratulations before I get to notice him. lol!
After the event, we ate lunch and I had grilled bangus belly and a stick of pork barbecue and a cup of rice. We went straight to Starbucks while waiting for the bus going back to ROX. Guess who we bumped into:
To all Dreamers 2011, congratulations! We are now Marathoners.
I’ve always wanted to conquer 42.195 kilometers and after almost a year running several 5s, 10s, and 21s, I’m now officially a marathoner.
Here’s the most coveted medal. Thank you to the Bull Runner for making this a reality.
I had the chance to attend The Bull Runner Dream Marathon Bull Circle last night. This is part of the preparation for our first marathon; the science into running a marathon, as Dr. George Canlas put it.
But don’t get me wrong. The topics you’ll be reading are not just for aspiring marathoners only but for all runners, may it be 3K, 5K, 10K, etc.
In general, there were 2 parts of the discussion. First was about Hydration which was discussed by Dr. Canlas and the second was about Nutrition that was discussed to us by Mr. Armand Mendoza and Ms. Mitch Felipe-Mendoza.
We have heard a couple of times about hydration, why it is important, and how it affects our activities. Below are some complications of dehydration (not from the slides presented last night but shares the same (almost) information):
Hourly sweat rate
It is important to make a hydration plan as much as we do for nutrition. It is important that we do the plan and test them for efficiency during our trainings. For us to be able to plan well, here’s a computation that we need to be reminded of and use as baseline:
As an additional information, Runner’s World also published an article on how you should test or do your sweat test:
1) Weigh yourself nude right before a run.
2) Run at race pace for one hour, keeping track of how much you drink (in ounces) during the run.
3) After the run, strip down, towel off any sweat, and weigh yourself nude again.
4) Subtract your weight from your prerun weight and convert to ounces. Then add to that number however many ounces of liquid you consumed on your run. (For example, if you lost a pound and drank 16 ounces of fluid, your total fluid loss is 32 ounces.)
5) To determine how much you should be drinking about every 15 minutes, divide your hourly fluid loss by 4 (in the above example it would be 8 ounces).
6) Because the test only determines your sweat losses for the environmental conditions you run in that day, you should retest on another day when conditions are different to see how your sweat rate is affected. You should also redo the test during different seasons, in different environments (such as higher or lower altitudes), and as you become faster, since pace also affects your sweat rate.
Armand and Mitch shared to us the science of nutrition and how each individual should eat. First we need to know, what we are aiming before the run. Is it weight loss, maintain your current weight, or weight gain? The level of (sports) nutrition will somehow dictate the level of performance during our race day, weight management, and recovery from physical activity.
The Food Pyramid
They have to come out with the new food pyramid to further explain that the less you work out or exercise, you’ll be needing less amount of food groups and otherwise.
What do we need to eat?
Carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and regular intake of Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K plus minerals such as Calcium, Sodium, and Potassium comprise a good nutrition habit especially for athletes/runners.
I’m sure we all have heard about CLP or carbo-loading party/ies. I’m also quite sure many of us are wondering what these are for and is it really necessary. When I was starting, I got so confused with the jargons being used in running. I also tend to sometimes forget the meaning even if I’ve already heard it a couple of times. Apparently there’s a scientific approach and the right way of doing your CLPs. Per Mitch and Armand, there are 3 types of Carbo-loading:
I’m not going into details about the 3 types. What’s important to remember for me is that if you’re expecting a race on a Sunday for example, taper your carbs intake from Monday-Wednesday then go heavy between Thursday-Saturday. You know yourself better and you know what food works for you before race day. My 1-2 day regimen of carbo-loading is always pasta, chicken, and rice and in the morning of race day, about 2-3 hours prior the gunstart, I eat a little rice/bread plus a canned squid recipe (shhh…that’s a secret). That meal somehow sustains me throughout the short runs. But doing longer distances is another story. I still have to plan better as I tend to get hungry starting at 15K when doing Pikermi (imagine doing a marathon, yaiks!).
During the discussion, if you want to know the right amount of carbs that you need during your final carbo-loading days, multiply your weight in pounds by 4. Which is equivalent to 6 cups of rice, 6 pieces of bread, 2 cups of baked beans plus vegetables and fruits for the remaining carbs. Click HERE for a sample meal plan (not part of the presentation last night; this is just an added information).
In addition, I found a calorie table calculator for runners. I find it interesting especially to those who are lazy to do their maths like me. It’s worth giving a try guys. Click HERE.
Oh, and by the way, the dreamers were able to get their Jeff Galloway tickets and they’re for free. Originally planned for a February 5 session, but later realized that it’s Condura the next day, so I settled for February 2 session instead.
In a nutshell, Nutrition and Hydration are vital to every athlete or runners for that matter. You must understand how your body works and how it needs food and hydration before, during, and after a run. It is inevitable to plan what and when you eat and drink to make sure that you’ll not end up hungry, no energy to go further and farther, and dehydrated.
Hoping that everyone who reads this find the article informative and helpful for their future runs. Here’s to a well-planned running regimen to everyone!
See you running!
No, this is not an advertisement for a popular promo/plan of a local Telecom Network. This is a The Bull Runner Dream Marathon update.
Just when I thought I’d be busy for January, here comes TBR’s announcement about our Dream Marathon sessions for the month! It’s not just going to be busy, it’s going to be a VERY busy month of January for me.
See you there fellow Dream Marathoners. Let’s enjoy every session TBR has prepared for us.
By the way, this is open to the public, so you can tag along your friends.
I already mentioned that part of my wish list is a new pair of running shoes but you can’t run with just your running shoes. You need a top and a pair of shorts for you to be able to run outside. So my #3 wish list is to have a running apparel:
This is in preparation for my TBR Dream Marathon in March 2011. Somehow I need not only to look good on that day but ensure that I have something to wear before, during and after the race. lol! No, kidding aside I just need to have a new one for the race. I do have a lot of singlets coming from different events I’ve joined but I think I deserve to have a race-worthy apparel especially that this is my first marathon.
Last night was the start of my Dream Marathon journey. I was hesitant to go at first because of the schedule, location, because I’m not feeling well, workload in the office. But because I really want this, I’ve decided to go and didn’t care much of how I’m feeling.
Saw familiar faces, my ANR Alabang family, some guys I’ve already seen in races, and of course Jaymie. I really didn’t get to check the number of participants in the first bull session. Got more interested with the AVPs and what the speakers would say about their experiences and get some tips from them.
In a nutshell, here’s what I kept in my mini running suitcase:
‘Til the next bull session! Nice to see you batchmates. Hopefully by next session we get to chat and know more about each other.