Monday, June 8, 2009

Thank-Yous & Feeling Weird

First up...

It's my 1st year in running and I would like to thank the people who influenced / guided / helped me directly or indirectly in more ways than one.

  1. to my officemate (can't name her yet) who invited me to run on a treadmill (Fitness First, Ayala) and eventually making me sign up for the Mizuno Run 2008.
  2. to my current boss (can't name him. sorry) who pointed me to this particular website where I can get the list of race schedules in the Philippines. Btw... my boss is a New York Marathon finisher ('nuff said!).
  3. to ms. jaymie (TheBullRunner.Com). Your blog, opened up the world of running to me. Without it, I would have been stuck to that 1 race.
  4. to Happy Feet family ( For accepting a newbie runner like me and pointing me to the right direction. Haven't really had the chance to know most of the members though. But in time, I will know all the faces behind the nicknames. =)
  5. to Jinoe & Que (TAKBO.PH). For the running family that you've created, the friendship and fun times. And if not for you, I wouldn't have joined the blog bandwagon.
  6. to Mar (Pojie) for being mr. congeniality of the family. And, if it wasn't for your pushing. Running would have been boring. uy! rhyme!!! =)
  7. to Pao, Migz, Rico, Doc Topher, Carlo, Luis, Neil, Rachel, Gab... for the ride to and from the races. good times mga pre & mre!!! =)
  8. to Doc Eric, Mhel for welcoming us to their homes.
  9. to Chelly, Ross, Lau and all the indays for keeping the boys grounded.
  10. to Natz, Ronald, Timmy, Bong, David, Mark, Doc Roy, Pat, Dhenz, Sherwin, Marvin, Rodel, Sam and all the dudungs for keeping the girls insane.
  11. to BaldRunner (Sir Jovie), SFRunner (Wayne), RunnerForChrist (Ronnie), RunningShield (Patrick), JazzRunner (Rene) and all runner/bloggers for the stories that inspires and help old and newbie runners alike.
  12. and last, but definitely not the least... to my wife Jade and kids Nikki, Paolo, Johann, Justin. For the understanding and support specially when there's a sunday race. Daddy needs to run, it's my only vice. =) mommy.. may nakita ako magandang running shoes... (small letters talaga para di gaanong halata) =)


It felt weird running yesterday at the Mizuno Infinity Run. A year has passed since I ran my first race. Ang bilis ng panahon... And I was going to run bandit since I wasn't able to register. I don't want to miss this race... bandit or not, because it's my anniversary run.

kayo na ang mag-lagay ng caption dito... =)

Then a perfect anniversary gift was handed to me by Gab. A free 5K bib!!! =) I will not be running as bandit anymore.

Then it hit me...

Dude, you're suppose to run 15k on this race remember? Think.. think... think... AHA!!! I'll just wear the 5k bib, but still run the 15k route. Happyness!!!

And what about your PR, aber? You're right... think... think... think... think... Forget the PR then... I'd still run the 15K.

And you think the marshalls wouldn't notice? ano beh... tatakbo lang naman eh... uy!!! rhyme na naman!!! =)

Actually, the marshalls did notice. On the way up to the Kalayaan fly-over, they were already looking at me.

And on the turn-around point in Bautista where runners was suppose to get a string. I totally forgot that I was wearing the 5k bib.

I grabbed the white string... then the lady shouted... "Naka pink ka!!!" I shouted back... "Alam ko!!!"

I slowed down when I reached the water station near RCBC tower. Looked at the booth... checked-out the person manning it... AHA!!! She looks confused... then I grabbed a cup of a very sweeeeeeeeeettttt gatorade. I didn't know that gatorade comes in aratiris flavor. napangiwi ako... serious!!! Good thing I have my hydration belt with VitWater, you know?!?

Nearing the finish line... I was still contemplating whether to log-in as a finisher. But when I saw the clock for the 5k; and it said 56mins. I told myself... that, will look ugly on the race results. So I just detoured and run at the sidewalk near the finish line instead and looked at the 15k clock and it said 1hr35mins.

Not bad for a supposedly bandit, who ran a 15k on a 5k bib...

It still felt weird though... must be a sophomore thing. But in a good way... =)

the aftermath...

goodtimes... =)

thanks doc marvs (nuttybunny4) for the pics! =)


  1. Rod, first and foremost, congratulations on one year of running. It's a milestone. The second year will be a little easier.

    I've never experienced running a longer race with a shorter race bib. That had to be a strange feeling.

    Finally, the post race gatherings are getting bigger and better than ever. Take care my friend!

  2. Thanks for stopping by and congratulations on your running anniversary. Thanks also for asking to post the prayers. Feel free to do so. Best wishes on year two.

  3. Rod--Congratz on your first anniversary of running! keep up the runs and enjoy your races, as always!:-)

  4. Wow congrats on your first year! Special mention pa talaga kami a hehehe...

    That was an interesting story man... :)

  5. Congrats Rod! Mas matanda lang pala ako sa 'yo (sa running) ng 2 weeks! :)

    I would have gone into the chute to still clock my time even if it would look horrible... Tapos nag-announce ng Time Trials! Ikaw sana ang most improved next year! Hehehe! :P

    Ipagpatuloy ang pagiging ADIK! :D Ingat bro! :)

  6. Thanks, Man! i takes a lot to thanks everybody...i sometimes forget that...haven't done much thanking - for there is still so much to be thankful for. You posted a new inpirational blog. You are an eye-opener to a lot of ur readers (including me). Am glad to have run with you...I like the way you think, ROD! (especially the request to mommy re the shoes...):)

  7. WAYNE
    Thanks! And yes, it was a strange feeling indeed. Marshall's and other runners who saw me in the 15k route must have thought that I was lost. =) is getting bigger. the number of runners in the pic was not even close to a quarter of its current members.

    Stay Happy! Keep Running! =)

    Thank you, sir! =) I'll add your blog in my blog list.

    Mr RENE
    Thank you! Forgot to point out that you were my 1st running buddy during's March 09 LSD. =)

    Salamat! Basta grupo halimaw, di ko makakalimutan. =)

    oo nga ano... ngayon ko lang naisip yun. =)

    pag nag-marka sa kin yun tao, di ko nakakalimutan bro. thanks! =)

  8. Congrats Rod! Happy Anniversary!
    So celebration again?

    More running power to you!

  9. Rod, congrats on your running anniversary man. If only I had known, I would have given you the 15k bib of drunk Tito Caloy, would have saved you the stress :) Here's to more running good times :P


  10. NEIL
    thanks! wala pa ako pang celebrate. hehehehe =)

    it's okay bro. it was fun naman. dagdag challenge. =)
    tell Tito Caloy, he's still "The Man"!

  11. Rod! Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the special mention. Glad to hear you did run more than just one race :) Hope to meet you one of these days.

  12. TBR
    hey! =) thanks! yup, hope to meet you too. see you in future runs!

  13. pula! :) kaya pala ganon ka nung sunday! hahaha medyo sentimental ka nung tumatakbo (senti kasi anniv, mental, uhmmm, as is? hahaha peace bro!)

    seriously, thanks also for being one of the inspirational peeps in this running group :) (nax!) without you and your funny disposition in running and in life, running might be boring :)

    sige pwede ka na ding maging FU-BU (FUnny BUddy) hahaha :)

    til next race! (and don't forget, mag bilang tayo hanggang sampu! hahahaha

  14. nyeeeee!!! senti ka jan! i was trying to cover my pink bib nun.

    i tried to be so serious in life. di ko kinaya. mas gusto ko yun may napapasaya ako. =)

    FU-BU? parang iba dati meaning nyan ah.

    at sana nga makapag-bilang ka ng sampu. =p

  15. Adik Rod,

    First up, congratulations on your first year of running. Takbo ka lang at malapit mo na ma-achieve ang iyong weight target :D

    Dude, if I'm in Manila and you need a ride, sabihan mo lang ako.

    Salamat din sa iyo kasi tinulungan mo akong magig adik sa takbuhan. :D

    See you sa Buddy Run, bro! YEBAH! :D

  16. CARLO
    thanks, bro! it's not actually a weight target. and i don't think aabot ako sa 145lbs-150lbs. malaki legs ko eh.

    buddy run! apir! =)

  17. huwaw! annivesary pala itech!! hahaha... so, nabasa ko na ang blog mo pero bro... ayoko mag comment... :P

    special mention ang mga indays!! thanks thanks!! grats ulit kuya :)

  18. CHERRY
    korek kortes! di kita pipilitin mag-comment... sa susunod na. =)

  19. kaya pala di ka nawala at anibersaryo mo!..haha!..congrats adik rodster! may special mention ang lasengga ladies..hehe..salamat koya!..labs ka namin!