Monday, March 29, 2010

All Terra-the first trail run….and the excitement begin…

March 27, 2010
10am fixing things
12noon-ride fx going to Second wind Diliman to pick up my race packet
1pm ride a jeep going to San Mateo from Philcoa
3 pm I reached Beth’s house where will I sleep and spend the night.

March 28, 2010
@4amwoke up to fix my things and to be ready going to Timberland.
@5am already riding at FX going to San Mateo, as we passed by the town, I saw people going to churches, as today is Palm Sunday. I felt sad that time, because every year I’m with my family attending the first Sunday Mass then we will wait for the Procession to hear the Angel’s singing Osana, afterwards all our “palaspas” will be blessed. But sadly, I’m here in the place where I’m definitely stranger, first to be here and don’t know what to expect. I asked myself why, and I just answered to myself, I want this and I love to this, I just whisper a silent prayer.
When I reached a tricycle, I asked the driver to bring me in Timberland, to my surprise the driver told me to pay P100. Yes P100, akala ko malapit lang, as I read pa, some says it’s walking distance, bakit P100? Hmmm, since I don’t know the place and it’s already 10 mins to go before 6am, I ride a tricycle.
As we travel , wow, grabe as in, P100 is worth it. As in malayo pa siya and sobrang pataas. I felt nervous because it’s already 6am na, I’m already late for the race and paakyat pa ung place, sobrang hirap na hirap ung tricycle to up. Hmmm, kinakabahan na ako, asking why I’m here, I don’t what to expect and most importantly paano ang way ko pauwi? Wondering…
Ng makarating ako sa Timberland gate, the guard told me, “Ma’am, nag start na po ung race”. Oh my, I’m thinking if I still run, but I told to myself, I did not go here for nothing, so I looked for the bag drop where will I left my heavy bag. I bring my water, good thing I bought a hydration belt at Secondwind, my camera and most importantly my Rosary as I will running alone.
I run immediately at the starting line, one of the organizers told me, “Kaya mo pa yan Ma’am, the race just started in 10 minutes”. Nyay, 10 minutes na, kaya pala wala na kong nakitang runner, so I just smiled them and run as fast as I can.
On my surprise, paakyat pala lahat, as in nakaka 500meters pa lang ako, hingal na hingal na ko and I need to drink water, Thank’s God I bring water with me. May humahabol pang runner, hmmm hindi lang ako ang late, so I keep on running and walking, paakyat pa rin kaya medyo need extra effort. I did not expect na simula pa lang uphill na. I can’t take pictures since I tried my best na maaubutan yung runner na natatanaw ko.
After 2kms the trail begins, and guess what, nakasalubong ko na going to finish line ang 1st, 2nd and 3rd runner. Hmmm, tutuloy pa ba ako? Well, as I told to myself, I did not go here for nothing. So I continue my journey. Then I saw the first water station, one of he organizer Mr. Erik of Solomon give an encouraging word “ most admirable ung last nag start than the victory of the first runner at the finish” (something like that, hndi ko na maalala but I know he is encouraging me, thanks Sir Erik) I smiled to him and thanking him for lifting my spirit. I also told them to wait for me to finish the race, baka kasi pagbalik ko, wala ng mga marshall hehehe.
Then I started taking pictures. The pictures will show the journey that I’m been through. The toughest thing that I did, to enter in the trail alone, as in alone. The marshal is only every 2kms. I will walk/run uphill to the best that I can and enjoy the view. Para lang ako isang character sa Blair Witch Project, hehehe. But Of course, hindi ako nagpatakot as I know God with me all the time. When I feel afraid, I just hear the buzzzzzz of the bees, the whisper of the wind and birds singing.

After the run, I felt so much happiness and fulfilment. I finish the 10K trail, and don’t feel any injury, Thanks God.
And now, the problems again arise. Paano ako uuwi?, nyay. As most question that I heard from the people I met, “nasaan ang mga kasama mo?, “mag isa ka lang? “ hmmm..bakit nga ba ako mag isa?. In reality, I’m not a loner, I’m typical jolly and bubbly person, as I’m the joker of the group and no dull moments with me, as I don’t want to see people sad, hehehe. But why I’m here alone?..hmmm I don’t know, I just love to do it, my heart want me to do it, I feel the excitement and the peaceful feeling that I have. I saw some of the familiar faces from, but I don’t know, sobrang nahiya ako,and hindi ko sila nabati,hmmmm. So I wait for the Mang Inasal treat, I was thinking, if uuwi ako mag isa and maglalakad going down, I need energy, hehehe. Thankfully I met the 3 wonderful people, Troy, Jeka and Mark. A newbie also in this trail run like me, they offer the ride. Thanks to them, I know now my way to go home.
Before calling it a day, I attended an evening mass for celebrating the Palm Sunday. To thank God that I finish this first journey that I have, this is only the beginning of my never ending journey. :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

am I ready for a Trail Run ?

registered already, and this will be happening on Sunday na. A 10Km trail run, am i ready for this? "wondering!" :)

"The 4th ATKOM will again feature a 10K trail run, a well as an 18K cross country mountain bike race through the roads and trails of Timberland Heights in San Mateo."

registered already. A 5Km trail run with 1 hour cut off time. "adventure" :)

"Adventure running is the sport of running over a variety of surfaces (dirt, road, mountain, sand), generally over long distances, where the racer has to overcome nature. Challenges include river crossing, rock scrambling, varied altitudes and other forms of natural obstacles. Routes are often point-to-point and scenic."

registered already. A 11Km trail run with 3 hours cut off time in Baguio. "exciting" :)

"The North Face is inviting everyone to our big event this year, the The North Face 100 which aims to test the limits of human endurance. The North Face 100 this year will be held in Baguio and will be holding 11K, 22K, 50K and 100K races"


Lord, give me courage to finish for every race that i join.
I know I will have a lot and lots of fun , embracing the beauty of nature.
Hope my passion on running give me strength and i don't have injuries.
As I joined in this race, I know my heart and mind says that I love doing this and so my body will have a I will power and strength.
Thank you Lord. ^_^

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

GOD is Good..Don't Complain. ^_^

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, ALL things have become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Awesome!! We complain about the cross we bear but don't realize
it is preparing us for the dip in the road that God can see and we can't.

Whatever your cross, whatever your pain,
there will always be sunshine, after the rain....

Perhaps you may stumble, perhaps even fall;
But God's always ready, to answer your call.....

He knows every heartache, sees every tear,
a word from His lips, can calm every fear...

Your sorrows may linger, throughout the night,
But suddenly vanish, dawn's early light...

The Savior is waiting, somewhere above,
to give you His grace, and send you His love...

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

...and you question God -'why me?'..
always look at the bigger picture....
A day without the Lord- Is a day wasted.
God is going to shift things around for you today
and let things work in your favor.


Monday, March 15, 2010

A true wellness RUN from UNILAB

--not so good result for a runner, but its ok, i had FUN it's all that matters :)--

--hindi masyadong halata na crush ko si Coach Rio, hehehe--

--Alvin Patrimonio is the best, sobrang bait :) --

--oh my pawisan na, hehehe--

--napapapikit sa sarap o sa hirap,hehehe :)--

--ako pala kinukunan dito,hehehe :) --

Last March 7, 2010 I attended the Run United for Wellness with AnPaul (the one who invited me for this race, thanks to him :) ), and I enjoyed every step I made on the race. I truly felt the Bayanihan, the Filipino trait of working together to achieve a common goal, as the Unilab wanted to have, a true unity for everyone. They provide the race for the runner, for the people not for their marketing strategy.
This time I only run 5Km, new route for me in Bonifacio Global City. As I run, I saw 21km runners, on the other side of the lane. I truly admire the runner who go on the distance, and run with passion. I’m not a true runner (I must say :) ) I just find running an enjoyable sport, and for me as long as you enjoy what your doing is more than enough :). Every race I registered I really tried my best to run but since, im just new and doesn’t have a training, I just enjoyed the race, the place, the people I saw…simply seeing them helps me a lot to be more enthusiastic to learn. Especially the younger ones and older ones who run fast than on my age, .
After running 48 minutes, I saw my name at the screen and the host announcing my name, I already finish the 5km run, thanks God . No bottleneck at the finish line, from the starting line to the finish line, the run is a very well organized. I went to the village to look for AnPaul who finish the race first. We got are loot bag, a nice loot bag, with a lot of freebies on it. If the race cost more than the other, from the freebies they gave, you will not say that they get from the runner its more than they give. I really enjoyed the freebies since all of the products is the one that our family uses. From the Biogesic, the only paracetamol that I take (as JL said INGAT!), the PH care that I used (thanks to them I will not buy for at least 3 months :) ), the Myra E for the sunblock, the Enervon C, the Alaxan and a lot lot more. I also enjoyed the photobooth though I’m only one at the picture (I envy others who at the photobooth with friends :( ). I also played the games to get additional freebies like Manny Pacquio limited edition t’shirt, bags and may more.
Overall I enjoyed the race, from the run, from the people behind, from the runners and the freebies they gave. I went home, having a hard time carrying my bag because of the gift that they give .
I also salute them for providing information thru SMS. :)

2327: ULRUNUNITED Thank you 4 running with us! Unilab is always committed provide trusted quality healthcare. We hope u continue ur journey to great health.
2327: ULRUNUNITED Hi! Your race results & photos are now available at &

As every race I joined I really thank the organizer behind on it as they give happiness and smile for every runners.