Wednesday, July 29, 2009

HE saved me!!!

I've been away from blogging for almost 2 weeks.

I have stories to tell during those times, but the urge to write wasn't there.

The first 3 working days of this week was overloaded with work .

Can't even remember when was the last time I had so much work in my hands for 3 consecutive days.

July 28, 2009 (Tuesday)

I was able to chat a bit with a fellow runner (let's call him timmy to hide his identity, ehem...). I don't know what's with Timmy but I think he too was stressed with work. Can't exactly remember what Timmy told me but I gave him a stanza of this prayer.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Then I thought, I should be telling this to myself... and so I did.

No, I'm not the type of person who complains a lot if there are tons of work that needs to be done. I complain because I need more time to accomplish it. I even joke about it if I hear people complain because they have a lot of work.

I even tell...

"Magpasalamat ka at madami kang trabaho. Yung iba nga... kahit isa wala"
(You should be thankful that you have a lot of work. Others... they have none)

The Serenity Prayer was some sort of realization for me. Don't ask me what it is because it's still a work in progress. But I'm getting there. Somehow my shoulders are not that heavy anymore. I'm not that stressed out.

I even sneaked up a run after office. And had the time to check on the school assignments of my kids which gave me another realization... I should check on them more often.

July 29, 2009 (Wednesday)
Still, lots of work. But I was focused to accomplish as many things as I can. Not worrying if I'll be able to finish everything. At the end of the working day, I was tired but somehow I was relaxed.

Prayers were answered too. I was able to finish a big chunk of my work and even found solutions to a never ending problem. Thank You, Lord!!!

After which, I fetched my wife from work. We took the bus and got off at MIA Road / Tambo Paranaque area. Rode a jeepney after waiting for 5 mins.

We were not yet seated properly when we heard a loud "bang" coming from our back.

When I checked to see what it was, I saw this jeepney crashed on the wall. The very same spot where my wife and I was waiting for a ride less than 10 seconds ago.

I just stayed cool, my co-passengers was somewhat more overwhelmed than me. As my wife was starting to say a worried "mabuti na lang nakasakay na tayo". And just to stop the moment of worrying... I calmly told her, "maiiwasan din natin yun". Because deep inside, I know... the Lord will protect us, always...

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.

--Reinhold Niebuhr


Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will direct your paths.

Proverbs 3, 5-6

So I guess... I'm Signing On again. =D

I'm back... Thank You, LORD!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Rod Runner Signing Off

I don't know what bit me. I suddenly had this feeling that I'm doing too many things too soon and with so little time. =(

And with much regret, this blog will be the first thing I'll drop from my list.

No, I'm not going to delete it. As I might have the urge to write again. And there's too much good memories that I might need from time to time to uplift me.

To Wayne, Rico, Jet, Luis, Cherry, Timmy, Pojie, Neil, Rachel, Vener and to all who somewhat read my blog (i really don't know why, but some do actually read it.)

Thank you guys for accompanying me. Thank you for imparting your thoughts and wisdom.

I am Rod, and I am a Runner. Signing off....

Friday, July 10, 2009

No High-End Watch with PACE / GPS / TIMER? No problem!

The title is only TRUE if you're just concern with your target time.

If your current watch (i tested this with my watch with the M-dot logo) has an INTERVAL TIMER, you can use this to check your target race pace.

But the trick is not only with the watch itself. You have to calculate first the time you need to accomplish a particular distance.

Let's say you'll be running a 5K race and you want to finish it under 30mins. Divide 30mins by 5K, and you'll get 6mins per 1K. But that's not under 30mins, right? Then adjust your target time for the last 2K to 5mins 30secs.

Now, you have your time for the following:

1Km - 6Mins
2Km - 6Mins
3Km - 6Mins
4Km - 5Mins30Secs
5Km - 5Mins30Secs

In our example, the 1st interval is the 1Km. The 2nd interval is the 2Km and so on...

Set the watch's first interval to 6Mins, then set the watch's second interval to 6Mins and so on...
At the last interval setup, set your INTERVAL TIMER to STOP. This will alert you if you have finished the race under your set time or not.

On race day, be sure to set your watch to INTERVAL TIMER. Press START when your hear the gun start. Your watch should give you a beep/chirp/alarm alert when your timer reaches the time you have set-up per interval.

Of course, once you build up your mileage. You can adjust your watch's INTERVAL TIME per 5Km, 10Km, 20Km and so on.

By the way... Once you cross a Km marker and you didn't hear an alert... It's either you are well above your target pace. Which is good. Or you did not switch your watch's INTERVAL TIMER ON. =p

Monday, July 6, 2009

My First 42K Experience (33rd MILO MARATHON)

07.05.2009 - D Day

Around 2AM...
- awaken by my alarm clock
- tried calling Timmy to wake him up. No answer. Texted him instead.
- double checked all the things I need for this marathon
  • hammer gels / power bar (thanks pat!)
  • powerade
  • atm card
  • ID
  • health card (just in case something happens)
  • some cash for food & transport
  • singlet / race bib
  • garmin 101 (thanks marga)
- what was I thinking... the plan was to run only 5K races after the Condura Run. I'm messing up my own schedule.

Around 3:30AM...
- arrived at McDo UN Avenue. I was the first to arrive at the meeting place.
- Pojie arrived 15 mins later.
- ordered breakfast.
- this is it... no turning back.

Around 4:20AM...
- Bong Z, Ellen, MCoy, Doc Roy and Wilnar arrives.

- Race started on-time.
- So on-time that me, Pojie, Doc Roy and Wilnar was positioned at the back of the 42K runners pack.

1st Km...
- Pojie and Wilnar upped their tempo.
- I was still trying to have the GF101 locate a signal.
- Doc Roy, still having problems putting his race bib number.

2nd-5th Km...
- Upped my tempo a bit, as I was trying to follow my set pace for 4hrs.
- Caught up Rico along KM2.
- Paced with Pojie along KM4 when he told me to go ahead.

6th-8th Km...
- Still on my target pace for 4hrs.
- Caught up Ziggy and Sam.
- Saw Sir Jovie, team Bald Runner, Vener, Wilnar, Chris running back towards Gil Puyat going to Taguig area.
- Those guys are fast!

9th-11th Km...
- Still on my target pace for 4hrs.
- Took half of the hammer gel. Too sweet... Good thing that there was a water station.

12th-21st Km...
- Still on my target pace for 4hrs.
- Passed by Gil Puyat support station.
- Did not stop to get anything as I was still very much hydrated.
- Took a shower from the firetruck along Gil Puyat Ave/Pasong Tamo.
- Wrong move... my shoes and socks got wet and it felt weird running.
- Passed by Kalayaan support station. Got water and banana.

Ziggy & Me

- Saw Wilnar and Chris already going back to Kalayaan Flyover.

22nd-27th Km...
- Already lagging on my target pace for 4hrs, still on target for 5hrs.
- Changed my socks along Bayani road. Reserved socks also got wet from the firetruck shower.
- Saw Stephen, Sam, Ronnie (RunnerForChrist), Aries and Natz' father.
- RJ (X59), one of the bike support for asked me if I needed anything. I told him I'm still okay and pointed at the direction of Natz' father. Asked RJ to assist Natz' father instead.
- I still have the energy to move, but to run is a different question.
- My feet and knees were already hurting.

- Stopped at the Kalayaan support station. Got water and banana. support station, kalayaan fly-over

running sideways?

- Was struggling to run. Tried power walking instead.
- Ran with Rico and pacer Migz the stretch of Buendia.
- Was assisted by Patrick up to the Buendia support station where Timmy took over from him.

Patrick, bike support

- Got the iced towel from the support group and spray of water mists. Thank you! support station, gil puyat

37thKM-Finish Line
- Timmy paced (walked with) me.
- Saw Roselle (RunningDiva) along Baywalk
- Saw Grace and Ten waiting for us in front of Aristocrat restaurant.
- Grace commented that I look fat. It's the singlet! Waaaahhhhh....
- Nearing KM0, I was wondering where Pojie is, because I left him at the Kalayaan flyover.
- All of a sudden Pojie showed up behind us. Good timing, pre!!! Thinking about it, whenever we run on a same race. Pojie and I finishes almost at the same time.

McChicken please!

- Nearing the finish line, the guys were already cheering us to make a dash for it. I don't know if you can call it a dash, it seems more like a crawl to me.
- I wasn't able to hit my finish time with my set paces. But I was happy that I was able to hit my goal and that is to finish my first full marathon.

- Took pictures with idol Vener. Met Xty!

with Vener (RunUnlmtd)

- Then asked Neil (CrashNBurn) if I can borrow his MTB so that I can go back to check on Doc Roy & Sam.
- Biking along the baywalk area I saw Drs Eric & Pinky... "ang sweet!!!"
- Then I saw Natz' dad, then Aries with Bong Z as his pacer.
- Then I saw this lady "runner" and asked her, "kaya pa?". And she gave me a two thumbs up sign.
- Said to myself, "she's faster than Doc Roy & Sam?".
- Reached CCP area... I saw Doc Roy & Sam with support bikers Ronald, RJ & Carmen. I told them the runners who I saw ahead of them. When Ronald told me that he saw "runner" ride a bus along RCBC tower in Gil Puyat Makati.
- We just thought that "runner" parked her car somewhere near CCP.
- Ronald pushing Doc Roy & Sam to keep moving since there's only less than 3kms left near the finish line.

- Ronald blurted out true words of wisdom...

"tutal masakit din naman katawan nyo bukas... lubus-lubusin nyo na!!!"

And at KM0...

"tama na yan! gutom na ko!"

Classic parekoy!!! =)

* pictures grabbed from MykolAnt, Vener, Edu, Doc Marvin, Argonaut, Josiah. Salamat mga bro! =)

The race was really organized. Hydration was overflowing with Gatorade. More drinking water next time perhaps. Too early for the firetrucks to shower the runners. Maybe next time, firetrucks should be placed at least 5Kms before the finish line. But still, hats off to you Mr Rudy B for a well organized race.

To the "runner" who took the bus from RCBC, who I saw along Baywalk, whose picture I saw holding a MILO finishers medal... Goodluck to you!!! You are one of the runners I used to admire. You are one of the runners I used to secretly watch over during races.

To all support group (Gil Puyat / Kalayaan), bikers, pacers... I will not mention names as I might forget somebody from the group... but you all know who you are. =)


Wednesday, July 1, 2009


As I am too anxious about this Sunday's (07.05.09) MILO Marathon.

I laid out a personal plan on how to conquer my first full marathon.

My plan is to divide the 42.195Km by 5's and finish each 5Kms with a target pace.

If I would be gunning for the 4 hours qualifying race, I hope to do the following:

For seasoned runners, the pace above might seem a bit slow. But since I'm a newbie runner who's planning to venture into the unknown. That's fast.

But, If I would be gunning for the 5 hours elimination, I need to do the following:

Lucky number 7's!!!

Of course the priority is to always AIM HIGH.

And the target will not be achieved alone, as support groups from Takbo.Ph will be on hand that day.

21K runners Timmy, David V, BongZ, Ellen will pace 42K runners on the last 10Km.

Kenkoy Runner Timmy has pledged to offer his life and limb to pace me during the most difficult part of the race. *ang drama ko*

David V will be pacing me as well... as per our FB conversation. *naks*

So, tamang-tama... kayang-kaya nyo ako buhatin nyan. =)

To all 3K, 5K, 10K, 21K, 42K runners this 33rd MILO Marathon...

God bless & good luck to us all!!! =)