Maxicare Run 2018 - 16km

The Maxicare Race was held on Aug. 08, 2018 at SM by the Bay.  The weather the day before race day was crazy !!!  One minute  rain would be pouring with flooded streets , 0 visibility, category 4 winds , 100 % humidity then the next minute the sun just comes out. For a second there I thought the race would be cancelled but luck favored the organizers and the weather pulled through. The extreme humidity during the first half of the race made it a bit of a struggle to get my rhythm going but as the sun started to come out, I finally found my groove. 

Though I would run an average of 15 kms a day, the longest race distance that I have done since December was only 10km.  It was a confidence booster to start moving  up in the race distance category like before. 

Congratulations to the race organizers, Lyndon Cosico of Leadpack for pulling it off despite the weather. Runfest 2018

   The Runfest 2018 was held last July 01, 2018 at SM by the Bay marking their 10th year anniversary by the founders, husband and wife tandem,  Jinoe and Que Gavan.  I have known Jinoe and Que for over a decade  now and they are one of the most loved couples in the running community because of there simple and humble characters. and Condura Skyway Marathon (CSM) always had history together where both supported each other while trying to give runners a higher level of running events that are equally challenging and fun.  Though the CSM may still be contemplating its future,  I and the  running community as well,  will always support  Thank you for the wonderful 10 years and looking forward to many great running years ahead.
 Que and Jinoe  Gavan during the last CSM Condura Skyway Marathon 2016
Race Route  

The best Sunset can always be seen at Manila Bay 


Some ran to improve their PR ...
Some ran to compete...
Some ran for inspiration...
Some ran to accomplish a goal...

I ran for my heart...💙
coz suddenly life just got real.

Thanks RunRio for a great race.  I needed this one... my “therapy for the soul.” Staying positive.
WITH BF - Paolo C.
with Baguio Running friends Leo , me, Marivic, Randy de Guzman and Paolo C.
Thank you ( Leo, Marivic and Randy De Guzman ) for the pasalubong from Baguio cant wait to try it !!!! . i love coffee www.FIGURESOFBEANS.COM 


On this day I have accumulated 112,490.53 kms. in my 38 years of running. I never started out thinking I would run this long nor did I ever imagine it would get this far; how a simple passion turned out to be something more meaningful. But there is a reason why I run...

Running out on the trails or through the busy streets of a city, splashing through puddles, getting drenched in the rain, there is a faint recollection of that childish joy.  But if we push on, running harder, further away from the world and the structure of our lives, we begin to feel strangely elated and at the same time connected to our inner selves... our soul.  We begin to get a vague sense of who we really are. After a long run, you feel a sense of calm, ready to tackle life’s daily challenges.

All in all, it’s been an adventure-filled running life. Running “completes me” like that missing piece to a puzzle that makes me whole; that makes me “me.”  Despite the injuries that came with the 38 years, coupled with age and aging that forced me to diversify a bit, running will always be a constant.  So tomorrow I will run again... maybe this dude may be a bit ragged and achy in some parts but still very grateful and feeling better than ever because I can still run. 

Thank you God! 

Gran Fondo Lobo 2018

 The Gran Fondo Lobo 2018 is a scenic 94 km ride out around the Batangas area with an elevation of over 1,150 meters.  Based on the feedback I got, 70% of the ride are climbs.  I have been eagerly preparing for this ride off and felt it would be a perfect way to satisfy my craving for adventure and love of biking... not to mention get a tan and a chance to hang out with some friends and other cycling enthusiasts. 

It was a tough ride to make under 35℃ temp but I always kept reminding myself to fuel up at every stop to avoid dehydration and heat stroke.  The route was awesome which provided a scenic view of the shoreline and various land marks that I have never scene before.  Within a few kilometres, you can go from the hills to the beach, from the hustle and bustle of the city to the peacefulness of the countryside. There is a great diversity of landscapes within a short distance of each other.  The Philippines is truly beautiful if we can just take the time to explore. The Gran Fondo Ride the Philippines Project through cycling is a one of the best ways to do it. 
Thanks Pat Joson for a great biking experience.  Definitely looking forward to the next Fondo Ride Out.