Animo " La Salle Run " 2017

I was not suppose to run this race.  I was originally gearing up for another race in MOA with my friend, Paolo, but because of some mixup by the organizer, my race bib never arrived. This all happened just a day before the scheduled event.  So, all psyched up with nowhere to run, I decided to look for another race I could join last minute that was still open.  Luckily,  I heard my alma matter was having a race on the same day and I quickly signed up for it. Being an alumni, my race bib was free which was an added perk. 

Upon my arrival, I was greeted warmly by my fellow La Salle brothers which was quite touching.  It felt good to see some former classmates and batch mates after such a long time.  What I didn't expect, however, was that they had assigned the La Salle "elite team" to pace me during the race.  " Oh shit ".  Needless to say, it added quite a bit of pressure on someone who just started getting back into the racing circuit and who has been having a love/hate relationship with his left leg.  Nevertheless, it was a wonderful race day. The weather was chilly and the course was not that difficult. To my surprise, I started off running quite well meaning - no pain whatsoever on my left knee.  I was able to push my pace and crossed the finish line placing 6th overall with still some gas left in my legs.  This was the first time I was able to run "pain free" after a year which, I'm not ashamed to admit, almost brought tears to my eyes.  For a runner, that is a very big deal. 

I'm glad I was able to run the LA SALLE ANIMO RACE, my alma matter where I started my formative years many decades ago, to see some old friends and have a chance to reminisce about the "good old crazy days" but most of all, to just basically have a great time.  Come to think of it, all this would have never even happened if my original plan didn't fall through.  I guess it's true that everything happens for a reason  and the unexpected ones are always the best. 

Animo La Salle!  It was great to come back home. 
Feb. 13, 2017
" St. Benilde " 
at night
 St. Benilde during my time year 1969

Condura Skyway Marathon 2017

Today, February 5, 2017, is suppose to be the day of "CONDURA SKYWAY MARATHON 2017" but due to certain circumstances and unforeseen events, my brother, Ton Concepcion and I have decided to cancel this year's' race because we did not feel fully equipped to prepare an event at the level of standard a CONDURA RACE should be. We did not want a mediocre race. Rest assured, this is not the end. A postponement is not a failure but it is the courage to continue.

We will see you soon ...

R & R

There is a place not too far from Manila where I often go when I crave for space and need to unwind.  A perfect playground where you can find a combination of run and bike trails, catch a sunset or a sunrise, lounge by the beach or take a leisurely stroll, indulge in great food and even do a little shopping.  It's a place where time stands still, where you can withdraw from the craziness of life and unplug even just for a little while.  It is my "Me Time"; a prescription for the Soul.  After all, life is about Balance. You don't always need to be getting stuff done.  Sometimes it's perfectly okay and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back, and do nothing...except to just breathe. 
Love you babe...😊

CNY Lucky Run 2017

What a great way to welcome the year of the Fire Rooster than joining the CNY LUCKY RUN 2017 held at SM BY THE BAY in MOA last January 28, 2017. This is my 2nd race for the year after having joined a 5km event just last week. I decided to up my race distance to 8kms for this event knowing I could do better given that I have been running at least 5 days a week averaging 14 kms / day.

After an 8-month absence, it was nice running/racing around the MOA grounds once again on a cool Saturday morning.  I felt quite good at the finish but believed I could still do more so decided to run an additional 4 kms taking the total distance to 12 kms just to satisfy the craving. After the race, I satisfied another craving for a quick R&R getaway out of town... something that I was really excited about and so looking forward to. 

A Chinese proverb says that all creations are reborn on New Year's day providing hope and energy for new good things to come into one's life.  The Fire Rooster is said to represent a new dawn and awakening.  I also believe, however, that nothing much will come by mere chance or luck and success is usually marked by hard work and patience.  After the many setbacks faced and foolish decisions made in 2016, I am determined to stay true and focused on my goals in order to get myself back on track... slowly but surely.  
with the year of the Fire Rooster at hand, it's time to Rise and Run.

R&R after the race ... will write about it soon 

Xavier Stallion Race 2017

I'm Baaack !!!!
I have been out of the racing scene for almost 8 months  because of my knee injury.  Though not yet fully recovered  (and I don't think I ever will be totally) I did not want my ailment to hinder my love for running and racing.  So when my good friend Paolo C. asked me to run the Xavier Stallion Race, it got me excited again and decided to just go for it.  I was a bit nervous but
after a thorough stretch before gun start I was mentally prepared. 

The weather was nice and cool during the 6am race.  It was a fairly
 easy route around the village surrounding Xavier School; a mix of slight uphills and downhills which I liked. I thought it best not push myself, to just take it easy and 'run on feel.'  I finished at a fairly decent time and legs still felt quite good though a bit  "bitin."  Maybe I should have registered for a higher event but then again, my sole purpose was to test the waters so to speak, to take it easy and see how I fare in this race as a gauge for future races. 

It was generally a good race day and great to see some old running friends as well.  Thank you Paolo and Pauline for the home cooked breakfast you prepared for us after the race.  I'm happy and looking forward to more races in the future.  Slowly but surely... I'm baaaack!

With Paolo C. and Son.
my long lost running friend :-) 
Allyn C.