If there was one race I was not quite in the mood for, it had to be this race, "BrickRun 2017" at the MOA. Not because the race wasn't up to par. In fact, the BrickRun 2017 was quite excellently prepared; a well controlled race course with ample number of marshals, lots of hydration on the route, traffic properly managed by the organizer, and even the weather was perfect - cool and cloudy. 

My issues were not with the race but more of a personal nature. First off, the early morning race prep is getting quite difficult when you have to wake up at 2:30am for a 4:30am gun start. Second, my body didn't feel quite up to par prior to race day.  Nevertheless, I did not want to miss this race because I really do miss racing.  I guess it just was not one of my better "race days" but I was happy enough to finish the 16km run and mingle with old and new friends some of which I haven't seen in a while.  Despite the way I felt, I still try to develop an attitude of gratitude always. I am thankful and filled with appreciation for health and strength to still be able to run, thankful for the beautiful day and the people I interact with, thankful just for the experience. Rest assured I promise to make a better effort to be more "perky" on the next race even if I have to wake up at 2:30am...(Ugh!)   
With Boyfriend "BF" Paolo  C. 

My bunso Annie P.
MOA at night 

Resorts World " Run with me 2017 "

“Being able to complete a 10K Race Route in 1 hour or less has always been the ‘Holy Grail’ of most runners 
But today i just wanted to take it easy. 
I guess you can say I was not exactly in "race mode." All I had in mind was to enjoy, soak up some sun and sweat it out. All in all, I was quite pleased with my performance.
Till next race ...

P.S. : writer's mental block is present today 

41st MILO National Marathon

Let me tell you a story...

The last time I joined a 21 km race was in August 2016 almost a year ago. A bad injury compelled me to ease up on my running mileage and take a break from the racing scene altogether.  During that time I had undergone months of rehab, both physical and mental conditioning to finally get myself back into racing again.  It was just a few months ago when I started joining bike races and 5-10 km road races only. I was cautiously testing the waters to see how my body would fare during the short distance races.  Yet the 21km distance remained elusive until now. 

I thought, what better way to make my comeback into the 21km distance than by joining the crème de la crème of Philippine running events. Truth be told, I didn't know for sure if I was ready nor did I have any game plan. I didn't even know if my knee would hold up in the longer distance or I may not even finish. I just took a chance and registered trying my best not to overthink my decision. There were times during the days leading up to the race where I even wavered and was so tempted to downgrade to the 10km distance. I was nervous yet excited. It almost felt like I was a newbie again. 

Race day was perfect and the cool weather did help a lot. Maybe it was the endorphins, maybe it was the nerves, maybe it was the energy emanating from the crowd and my fellow runners and friends that held me up until I reached the 16km mark. That was when I felt my left leg starting to twitch which compelled me to stop a few times and stretch it out. I knew I did not want to risk another injury yet I knew that I had to do whatever it takes to finish. I ran the remaining 5km with pure heart and sheer determination. To my surprise, not only did I finish but was able to finish before the cut-off time.

I know my body is old and the good old days are behind me but I have never lost my love for running and sometimes that is all one really needs to keep going. That coupled with a positive mind, perseverance plus the support and encouragement of people who still believed in you even when you no longer believed in yourself... ( and feel like flaking ). All those ingredients put together gave me the opportunity to make my dreams come true ... yet again. In the end, it's really not about the "distance," it's the journey and this journey ain't over yet. That's my story...

Life is good ... Running made it better - RunningShield
Chilling before race day
Hey You !

Thanks for the pace " Henry "
Annie P. and " Boyfriend " Paolo C.
Jaymie P.
With my " Bunso Sister "
with great friends ,  Henry and Myra Pinga
The nicer part of that group ...

Going home .....

I eat " Adidas " but Run with " ASICS " !!!


Robinson's Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run 2017 - 10 km race.

Reasons why I decided to run the Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run:

First, it was held  at Camp Aguinaldo which is a nice well contained place to run with its tree lined streets and fairly open spaces. 

Second, race start is at 6am which is a fairly decent time as compared to those dreaded 3am races I used to frequent. 

Third, found a Running Buddy who is no less than my good buddy, Jrl - Running. Though she is a girl, don't let her small frame fool you.  She can definitely give you a run for your money.

Fourth, I was intrigued by the famous race loot bag where I have heard people comment like, "para kang nag grocery" or "busog na pamilya ko for 1 month." After all, who can resist a big bag of freebies! 

It proved to be a nice cool morning on race day with a pretty straightforward and slightly hilly race course. Though the area was tight due to the number of runners on the road, at least there were rarely any cars which is a big plus. I was also feeling pretty good and quite satisfied to have finished at a decent time "knee-pain free."  And yes, I finally got to take home the  famous loot bag (or should I say, duffle bag) and it was exactly what I expected and so much more! All in all, I was a happy camper... good race, good run with lots of goodies! Looking forward to run this race again next year! 
Jrl - Running and I.
My Babe " Mrs. Shield " 
The famous Loot giveaways ...
 Jayson Tan .... my knee classmate 
 Mario Dumayag and Family
Day Walker