Sunday, October 27, 2013

Time flies so fast for Week 17

Yay! time flies so fast for Week 17...

Monday was fun filled day; it was my boss’ pre-birthday celebration. We had a feast at the office despite the fact that we need to do a panel interview for the new member of our team. I know you’re thinking “why doing an interview during the party?” well you don’t need to worry about that as it turned out hmmm pretty well J

Past 7PM, we went to St. Lukes in BGC to attend the 2nd Bull Circle. I never thought that it will be a hilarious night. Neville and Hector from Secondwind really know how to win the crowd with their crazy antics. Raymond of shared his TBRDM experience and how marathon inspires him to train and make it in Ironman. Patrick talked about being passionate on the things you really want to do. He shared his stories on how he started his passion for running and how his “friend” (who actually turned out to be his mother) jokes him of being insane with running. Patrick told his friend that “If it’s insanity he doesn't want to be normal again”. This hits a big note to me; it only means that if we are too passionate on something we tend to loose ourselves. Your family, friends and love ones are no longer seeing your normal selves. You started to move out to your comfort zones. You learn to focus and set your goals. You find joys and fulfillment in what you do and it inspires you to do more. 
You tend to celebrate your small wins and remember every detail of your downfalls. It was indeed a significant talk to remember. It wraps up my day J

Tuesday, Wednesday…..finally Thursday!

I scheduled my maintenance run last Thursday, one hour of 4:1 method at track 30th. I was joined by two of my friends. It was an easy run focusing on the method I chose. I was able to run with a retired lieutenant, he said he’s a member of Run Warriors that usually runs in BGC.  He’s 68 years old and had joined 2 marathons. He invited me to do the run drill with his colleague. He’s very accommodating and he even introduced me and my friends to their head coach named Ricky (kung di ako nagkakamali hehe). Tatay also invited us to join the drills every Tuesday and Thursday.  Thanks to you tatay lieutenant! I miss my tatay tuloy, teary eyed ;(

Friday work, rest and getting ready for Bull Session 2 on Saturday!

Okay! I was late. I arrived 6:10AM at track 30th. The groups are doing their 20 minutes loop in High street. I was able to see some groups and even talked to one of my batchmates from 2:1 group. I even spotted Michelle Logan pacing one of the packs. I decided to do the 4:1 method on my own for 70 minutes as stated in training guide.  It was a breeze! I really love running in the morning, it really starts up my day. You got to see fresh faces, family and friends running together. It felt so good to see people who have same passion with you. 

Photo grabbed from Photo-Ops
Nice picture Batchmates!! :)

"Number one is to just gain a passion for running.  To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track.."  -- Pat Tyson

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Preparing for Full Mary: TBRDM 2014

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From the day i fell in love with running. I'm always looking forward on the day that I see myself crossing the finish line and being able to call myself a marathoner. Conquering the divine distance (Full Mary) will be a dream come true for me. After 7 half marathon races and being heartbroken after my most fave gadget give up its strap to humidity. I finally find myself joining The Bull Runner Dream Marathon. I've been planning and thinking of joining this race but it seems elusive to me for the past 2 years! I've been in hiatus for a year and I'm proud to say that my last marathon race was RU3 2012 (**iyak!**). On the positive light, it is maybe the break that i needed to get back, feel hungry and enliven again! :)

About the Race: 

Just to give you an idea. TBRDM is the first and only marathon in the world that caters first-time and second-time marathoner and to tell you! it's only in the Philippines! Yah! it is made possible by the one and only The Bull Runner herself Jaymie Pizarro. 

I personally chose to be part of the TBRDM family considering the support and training they provide for first-timers and as being one in the future I decided to write this once in a lifetime journey on my blog. The program will run for 22 weeks which includes 5 Bull Circles (talks), 5 Bull Sessions (clinics) and weekly training runs (maintenance runs and long runs). Students still have their homeworks to do huh! :P

Bull Circles and Sessions:

The first Bull Session was held last September 18 at Henry Sy Auditorium, St. Lukes Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City. It is a 2-hour talks about The Marathon and The Dream Marathon Program and Pacing. Coach Jim Lafferty discussed the do's and don'ts of the training program while Coach Lit Onrubia talked about proper posture and cadence in running. Coach Lit is the first and only Certified ChiRunning/ ChiWalking instruction in the Philippines and second in Asia. To find more about ChiRunning click here.

Coach Lit also headed the First Bull Session together with Jaymie. This was held last Oct 5 at Track 30th in BGC. The dreamers (as what we call ourselves) are divided into 6 groups. two 4:1 groups, two 3:1 groups and two 2:1 groups. I joined the 4th group (3:1 group, ave pace of 8 minutes) as start up. It was a breeze and all dreamers were pacing up on each other :) Sadly my friend Dana wasn't able to attend the first session but i know she's a monster on the road now hahaha and certified paddler pak na pak! and I'm seeing myself eating her dust during race day lol!!

We're on week 17 this coming week and I'm looking forward for the next Bull Circle and Session this Monday and Saturday. I'm currently tagging along my boardmate during weekday runs and she's also with me during the first Bull Circle, so I'm saying that she's one lucky girl! hahaha. I keep telling her to grab the opportunity since I'm free to tag my friends and family :) 

Here's the topic for the next Bull Circle. I'm excited to hear Patrick Concepcion a.k.a. RunningShield as I am an indeed follower of his blog. He's also the man behind Condura Skyway Marathon which hold memories of my pikermi days. So seeyah batchmates! :)

"If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience another life, run a marathon" -Emil Zatopek

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