How did I get into this marathon thing again? – the history

I was a sedentary, spend-the-whole-day-at-work-and-home person until…

4 years ago – I watched my brother join a run and saw how upbeat everyone was and so, the running bug bit me.

Photo credit: Pinoy Fitness
Photo credit: Pinoy Fitness

10 weeks later, I joined my first 10km run.

Rexona 10 km Run, July 2011

(Read stories here and here.)

3 years ago- I ran my first full marathon (See summary of my first year here).

Dream Fulfilled!  (Nephews Gab and Coy run with me to the finish.)
Dream Fulfilled! (Nephews Gab and Coy run with me to the finish.)

2 years ago-  I wanted some variety so I shifted to Filipino Martial Arts. I did very little running.

with my instructor, Master Cris Pasindo
with my instructor, Master Cris Pasindo

6 months ago- Hubby, conniving with our good friend JN and my sisters, Jehan and Sandi,  registered me to The Bull Runner Dream Marathon (TBRDM) 2015. At first, I protested saying that I’m done with that marathon (which is, in case you don’t know, the first and only marathon in the world that caters exclusively to first- and second-time marathon runners.)

But a few days after that, I changed my mind and excitedly confirmed my registration by personally paying the fee.

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After paying the fee, I trained…not.

4 months ago- hubby convinced me to join a running group coached by champion triathlete Jojo Macalintal (fondly called Jomac). He analyzed my form and technique and I learned that I had to change a lot of things “Coach, I’ve been running the wrong way all these years!” I said. “Well, it’s not really wrong, it’s just not efficient,” he answered. Oh my coach, always mild-mannered and encouraging.

Mondays are for core training, speed ladder drills, and run techniques

Anyway, since my running was very inefficient, I was embarrassed to tell him that I registered for a marathon. I kept it a secret until..

1-1/2 months ago – I told hubby that I was backing out from the marathon because I felt that I was just beginning to learn how to run well. He sort of said “Okay, if that’s your decision”.

The next day he told coach. Instead of my expected “I-can’t believe-you-had-the-gall-to-think-you-can-run-a-marathon” reaction, coach shook his head and said “Sayang naman. Maganda ang TBR. Kaya mo naman tapusin yun. Enjoy mo lang.” “Ahh, okay,” I nodded slowly, not really convinced.

Anyway, from that time on, he gave me a specialized training plan (actually, a cram plan) which I tried to follow diligently.

Mondays are for the drills. Tuesdays are for the actual runs
Tuesdays are for the actual runs. (Coach Jomac is the one in front wearing the Brooks shirt)

2 weeks ago- I ran my first organized run in 2 years. Before that I said that that 21-km run would be the gauge if I’ll push through with the marathon. And much to my surprise, I finished, not fast, but strong and happy :). Read the story here.

Me with my sisters who ran their 3rd marathon
Me with my sisters Sandi and Jehan, here with their 3rd marathon medal.

And so today, Monday, at 9 AM I said, “That’s it, done with the last training drills before the marathon!”


What’s ahead:

  • Tomorrow, Tuesday, I’ll run one hour, easy.
  • Wednesday, 40 minutes, easy.
  • Thursday, 30 minutes, easy.
  • Friday, rest.
  • Saturday, 20 minutes walk plus dynamic stretches.
  • Sunday, MARATHON!

Do you think I’m ready? We’ll see.







Decluttering is like a marathon

My favorite place to run is UP Diliman and my route almost always takes me around the Sunken Garden. Sometimes, there are sports and other events held there. But more often than not,  it is empty like in the photo below… so serene and large… a very nice place to be in.

I guess a clean and empty space, no matter what size,  is almost always relaxing. At least that’s how hubby and I feel about our living room now. No, it’s not totally empty. But compared to how it was before we cleared it of clutter last week, it is now relatively empty.  We L-O-V-E it.

And all it took was five hours of work.

Such was not the case when we started with our bedroom. We were overwhelmed! Nineteen years being married and about fifteen years in this house brought us A LOT OF STUFF!  To think that over the years, we already threw or donated a lot of our things already. We finished decluttering our living room after just five hours. For our bedroom, it’s been almost two weeks now and we’re not done yet.

“It’s just like running a marathon,” hubby said. “We need to pace ourselves and not give up.”

One of the posters during hubby and I’s first marathon, March 2012

Haha, we’re not about to crawl nor give up! Seeing how wonderful the the small areas we have cleared so far is encouraging.

Decluttering cannot always be be like a sprint where we just clear and clean everything in sight and then finish after a short time. It’s persevering, pacing and keeping our eyes on that glorious vision: A clean and truly relaxing bedroom.

No, this is not our bedroom. I wish it were! But we want something like this: clean straight lines, few but quality furnishings, concealed storage, and ZERO CLUTTER.

We have a long way to go but we’ll get there. I know.

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Kick My Butt!

I told you that I love running, right? Yes.

I also told you that I couldn’t wait for the rains to stop so I could run again, right? Yes. (Read about it here.)

Well, today the rains stopped and the sun shone brightly.

Did you run?

Uhmm…well…uhmmm…. no.

Huwatt?!? WHY NOT?!?

Well,  Sir Isaac Newton will tell you why:

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1721)
Photo credit: Wikipedia

If a body is at rest it remains at rest or if it is in motion it moves with uniform  velocity until it is acted on by a resultant force.

There, he said it.

Again, but simpler now please, Sir:

A body at rest, will remain at rest until something pushes it.

See? My behavior is completely understandable. I’m bound by the First Law of Motion!

Ok, whatever… (rolling of eyes)….WHO AM I KIDDING HERE?

What I deserve is a good kicking.

Here, (talking to myself),  I’m giving you ten BIG kicks!

1.  You said you didn’t want to be a slow runner anymore. Do you want to mosey to the finish line again? (Read what you said here.)

2. Every kilometer that you run burns roughly 100 calories. Think of that next 5-km run as a  slice of your favorite cheesecake.

Caramel cheesecake
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3. The first ever Philippine Marathon is two months away. It’s going to be historical. Do you think you can hack it?

4. Your family is looking. Be a good example.

5. You don’t want maintenance medications for high blood, cholesterol, or diabetes, do you?

6. You can have a massage after your long run.

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7. You can wear any dress you like if you become slimmer.

Photo credit: Plains and Prints

8. Remember that you always get a good mood after running.

9. Hubby likes it when you sweat, you know that.

10. You’ll be having your 3oth high school reunion in about ten months, correct?

MaSci Batch ’83.
I’m on the 3rd row, 5th from the left.

I rest my case.


Now, where are my shoes….?

How about you, friends, what kicks work for you?

There Are No Fat Marathoners

Oh yeah?  I’m a marathoner and I’m fat.

With my brother Sam after I finished my first marathon (March 2012). Look at that double chin and bulging tummy!

If I run long enough and eat clean, will I ever look like one of these goddesses?

2012 Olympics Women’s Marathon.
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Maybe. Maybe not.

But I will take encouragement from anything and everything, like this Nike video. Yes, it’s an ad, but it’s tremendous nonetheless.

The message: Go, no matter what size you are.  Build those special skills. Find your inner greatness.

This is Nathan. He is 12 years old. He’s from London, Ohio. Greatness is not beyond his reach, nor is it for any of us:


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Whoah! Time really flies when you’re having fun. It seems just like yesterday when I joined my first official race, the Rexona Men Run (July 2011).   On August 12, I’ll run it again. I’ve come full circle. Thank you very much, LORD.

I must have enjoyed races so much because in a span of thirteen months I joined 17 races! Yes, 17!

  •  5 kms (3) – Adidas KOTR, Run United 3 and Nathan Ridge
  • 10 kms (10) – Rexona Men,   Run United 2, Earth Run, Jose Rizal Run, Fam Run, QCIM, Run Against Leukemia,         Nike Run, Children’s Rights Run, Fit and Fun Buddy Run
  • 16 kms (1) – PSE Bull Run
  • 21 kms (2) – Condura and Milo
  • 42kms (1) – The Bull Runner Dream Marathon

Seventeen runs, each one has a story of its own. To help me put some order to them, I made a list of some details that stood out:

Happiest Prerun Atmosphere: National Geographic  Run 2011. I was just a spectator but was completely entertained by their lights, music and fireworks. This high prompted me to register the very next day for my first race.  I told the story here.

Happiest Overall Race Theme: Run Rizal. Celebrating Rizal’s 150th birthday, they had bands, big drums and marshalls and some runners in Filipino costumes. The loot bags were made of banig. Very Filipino. Very festive.

Drummers pump up the runners at the finish line.

Running Idol:  Susan Lafferty, also a midlifer runner.  She says that she  averages  only two marathons a year but is always on training.  Last March, along with her 21year old daughter Kirsten, she finished the Antarctica Marathon in 6: 09 under brutal conditions: subfreezing temperatures , winds up to 70kph, ice storms and  angry penguins.

Susan in blue, cheering us first time marathoners, just 5 hours after arriving from her Antartica Marathon.

Most Difficult Race Course: Nathan Ridge Run at the Tagaytay Highlands. It took me 59:23 to finish 5kms. Going uphill and downhill were both killers!

The hills were steep! But the fog and the view lessened the agony, somehow.

Most Painful Race: Nike Run Manila at BGC. I registered for 10km but had to drop out at less than 2kms because of a left shin splint.

Best Loot Bags: The Bull Runner Dream Marathon and Robinson’s Buddy Run. My arms got tired from carrying all those groceries.

Biggest  Race I Joined: Milo 2012;  more than 38 thousand runners.

Favorite drinks: Gatorade first, ice cold Pocari second.

Least favorite drink: 100plus because of its fizz

Biggest  Moment: My podium win. I won 3rd place in the 10km Female Division of the Run Against Leukemia  at UP Diliman (Sept 2011). Never mind that there were only four female 10km runners hehe.

Race organizers giving me my prize (a mug and P1000). Not bad, not bad at all! 🙂

Greatest Achievement:  Finishing a full Marathon (that’s 42.195kms!)

Dream Fulfilled! (Nephews Gab and Coy run with me to the finish.)

Favorite magazines: Runners World US and  Runners World Phils.

Least Understood Running Style: Barefoot Running

The shirt explains it. Uh, i still don’t get it.

Best Practice Venue: UP Diliman Academic oval. It  is a 2.2km loop around the Sunken Garden . It’s practically flat, nicely paved and tree-lined.

The canopy of trees make it cool to run even late in the morning.

Hatest Training Element: Hills

Favorite Race Organizer: Runrio. Although their races are more expensive than most, they provide the best care for runners. Very organized, always.

Favorite Prerace Meal: Banana, cereals, soy milk and coffee.

Favorite Midrace Fuel: Bananas. Gels make me feel like choking.

Glucose, Potassium, Vitamins, etc, etc. (PSE Bull Run Jan 2012)

Favorite Post Race Meal: Chocolate soy milk;  Rice and eggs.

Favorite Personal Photo:  Hubby and I after our first marathon.

At the Bull Runner’s Dream Marathon 2012, Nuvali, Sta Rosa Laguna, Phils.

It was a good year. I’m thankful.  Cheers!

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I Love This Ad That Hurt Me

I should have included this in my previous post, but couldn’t because I’m still confused with the buttons of WordPress. Never mind. On second thought, this ad deserves a post of its own.

As many of my friends know, I finished my first marathon in more than seven hours. I was was ecstatic for conquering the distance never mind the fact that I walked more than I ran.

Needless to say,  when I saw this ad a few days after that marathon, I was HURT.


I thought that the message was brash and insulting.

What did they mean? All runners should be fast? Is there no place for slow runners like me? Run like an animal ehhh?

I vowed never to buy Pearl Izumi. How arrogant of them!  I finished a marathon, that’s more than good enough!

Several days after the marathon, I began to train again for the next runs.  I realized that I was still disturbed by the ad. Its message kept coming back.

The marathon is a race meant to be raced…the marathon is a race meant to be raced…

That’s the trouble with running, one has lots of time to think.

Slowly, something happened. The more I thought about it, the more I saw their point. Maybe they are right.  Deep inside I knew that if I put more heart into it, I could have finished earlier.  In this ad’s words,  I moseyed to the finish line.

The hurtful, arrogant ad transformed into A POSITIVE CHALLENGE. They have a point. They may be right… I think they are right….

Now I dare say, this ad is  my inspiration.

I will try my best. I will give my all. I WILL RUN LIKE AN ANIMAL! Roarrrrr!!!


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