Archive for September, 2008

Happy Birthday Little Miss Bull Runner

September 29, 2008

Last September 25, my Little Miss Bull Runner turned 4.  Mommy Bull Runner was busy with birthday preparations, which is why I didn’t post as often here. (This belated post is due to my playing catch up to all my missed workouts during the busy week.)


– She’s 4 already?! –

Little Miss Bull Runner shows potential for becoming a great runner. Every single day, she beats me at our 50m race. When I pick her up from school—as soon as we head out the doors—she yells out to me “Let’s race!” So, we take our starting positions then I’ll dictate “Ready, Get Set…STOP!” at which she’ll tentatively take a few steps, laugh at herself for her mistake, and scream “Mama!”

As race official, I restart my countdown “Ready, Get Set…Go!” and we take off. She wins by a step every single time! I never let her win (parents aren’t supposed to do that); she does it on her own. However, I am considering revising race rules soon as I believe my frequent losses are a result of my heavy load: I carry my shoulder bag, laptop, her lunch box and school bag during the race!

The unique thing about Little Miss Bull Runner is her running form; that’s why I know she has a special talent for running. I can already imagine her as a varsity track star leaving all competition in the dust with scouts enlisting her for scholarship due to her patented, aerodynamic running style.

You see, Little Miss Bull Runner runs with her right arm outstretched, whirling about like a propeller. She always, always runs this way whether she’s racing with me or Kuya; she’s running at school; or playing at home.


– Notice the right propeller arm –

When we interviewed her about this, she replied in her own words that running that way would make her faster. How so?  She has no idea; she said it was the famous mouse Jerry (of Tom and Jerry) who runs this way when he’s being chased by the mischievous cat Tom and he never gets caught. Don’t argue—my little girl has a point.

Mommy Bull Runner is hoping (and praying) that she will end up having the same passion for running as I do. But, if not, I just want to see her grow up to be happy and healthy in her chosen path.

To my Little Miss Bull Runner, happy 4th birthday!


6 More Days to Hope In Motion 3

September 28, 2008

Who’s joining this one? I’ll definitely be there. Yet another race climbing up the wonderful hills of Country Club Drive…

Click to download registration form and  race mechanics.

HiM3 poster

Fun Run map

Fun Walk map


6th Gabriel Symphony

September 28, 2008

Joining the Gabriel Symphony 10k run was a last minute decision I was glad to have made; good thing there was onsite registration.  Yesterday morning, I arrived at the Alabang Country Club at 5:30 a.m. sharp anticipating a long line of onsite registrants; it turned out that I was the only eager beaver in the area. Organizers were still setting up the venue when I registered, got my race bib and singlet, and laughed to myself when I saw the lady jot down the words “Early Bird” on my registration form. I hoped that it’s true what some say “The early bird catches 1st place.”

Shortly after, I was relieved to see friends arrive: JunC, Coach Rio, Coach Jo-Ar, Coach John, Kim and friend Cristina, Dedette and Lisa. As we did our usual warm ups, Patrick and Totoy of Happy Feet took a detour from their run to say hi too. 


– Coach Ani de Leon gives the pre-race briefing –

The 5k & 10k event started late as Sen. Pia Cayetano, who was leading the affair, came from a brief swim with Maiqui Dayrit and Joey Torres, two athletes who so admirably volunteered to do an Ironman distance from 6 am to 6 pm to raise funds for Gabriel Symphony.  After a short talk from Sen. Cayetano about the recipients of the fundraising activities of Pinay In Action, the runners—perhaps less than 50—assembled at the startling line awaiting the start of the race.

By 6:30 a.m., we were off.  The course would take us through roads that I knew like the back of my hand. We were to make two 5k loops from Alabang Country Club to University Ave. and up Country Club Drive. Easy peasy, I thought. I could never have been more wrong.

As we exited Alabang Country Club, I ran at a comfortably hard pace for me—around 5:30 min/km—almost like I was going for my once-a-week tempo run. I ran alongside Sen. Pia for a few minutes; our conversation revolving around PRs and running, no longer about the kid’s articles we used to write together.  

The first 5k loop was fairly simple. I maintained a 5:30 to 5:40 min/km following three men in a line. Actually, they looked like the three little dwarfs (a lot taller though) climbing up those two major uphills at University Ave. and Country Club Drive (Think Hi ho hi ho, it’s off to work we go!)  As for me, the 4th little dwarf, I was doing fine, thank you, until another dwarf in black overtook me and claimed my position. Arggh, I was not happy playing 5th dwarf!

So, by the 2nd loop, this little dwarf was on a mission to regain her position. I stayed behind the black dwarf during the entire run, sometimes even matching his pace—no matter how tired I was—just to ensure that I wouldn’t lag too far behind. The supposedly easy peasy route and fast pace (remember this was a big guy I was trying to chase after), however, had taken its toll on me; I was feeling tired. As we climbed University Ave., my legs started feeling heavy and the black dwarf had gone way ahead of me. This annoyed me even more.

Rolling down University Ave. I discarded all shin splint fears and sprinted my way down the hill to catch up to black dwarf. We were less than 2 km to the finish and I needed to be right behind him to execute my plan. As we climbed the last uphill on Country Club Drive, I knew it was time.

I increased my pace just as he had slowed down during the climb up; yes, I overtook him! I wanted to scream out in triumph, but there was one problem: I was exhausted. (Hubby saw me at this point and waved at me from afar, but I could barely manage a grin.)  Oh, there was another problem too: the finish line was farther than I thought as we had to enter from the exit of the Club, not the entrance. Gawd, I didn’t know how long I could maintain my 4:40 pace without the black dwarf surprising me from behind.

Well, I ended the run with a terrible time of 59:48, unhappy with my time but ecstatic over my triumph over black dwarf. Woohoo!

I took a 5 minute rest (and a quick photo op with Smart peeps Ellen and Jet) and met up with JunC, who I was to run extra kilometers with as planned. Annie was supposed to join us but she was nowhere in sight.  So, Jun and I took off. We ran at a slower 6:00 to 6:30 min/km pace around flat roads this time (thank God!) and enjoyed easy conversation about family, children, and the upcoming Singapore Marathon where we’re both registered for the half. I ran an extra 4 km while Jun ran an additional 8 km.

The big surprise of the morning: I won 3rd place! First placer was the super fast runner who took Annie’s place as first at Nike due to Annie’s collapse; 2nd placer was no other than top female triathlete Sandra Araullo. Wooaah, I was just in awe that little ol’ me stood with these two great runners up on the podium. Must’ve been my lucky day.

I arrived at Gabriel Symphony with the mindset that it would be an easy, relaxed, fun run; it was fun alright, but it was taxing, challenging, and completely exhausting—just the way I like it.

– Winners received cool medals and a bag full of grocery items –

– When I grow up, I wanna be like Sandra Araullo. Problem is, she’s younger than me! –

– with 1st placer Coach John, 2nd placer Coach Rio, and JunC –


– Smart Runners with Ellen (5k winner) at the top of the podium –

Congratulations to Pinay In Action for completing yet another successful event. May you help more children live happier and healthier lives.

Last Mizuno Run Club Tonight

September 25, 2008

The last Mizuno Run Club session will be held tonight at its usual place and time: Mizuno store, Bonifacio High Street, 7 pm.  This is open to the public.  Registration is free.

Mizuno will hold Running Clinics to replace the regular Run Club sessions.  Details of the clinics will be discussed tonight.

J-Lo at Nautica Malibu Triathlon

September 25, 2008

I couldn’t believe it either. But, yes, it’s true; Jennifer Lopez isn’t just a singer and dancer, but she’s also a triathlete! J-Lo, along with other celebrities such as Matthew McConaughey, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Felicity Huffman joined the celebrity competition of the Nautica Malibu Triathlon last Sept. 14.

– Ladies, who wants to stand beside J-Lo in a race? Er, not me!-

– I thought she would’ve worn something sexier –

J-Lo, who gave birth to her twins only 6 mos. ago, finished the sprint triathlon—1/2 mile swim, 12.4 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run—with a time of 2:23:38. On Chelsea Lately (new show on ETC), I laughed out loud when the host said that J-Lo crossed the finish line with her butt following a few seconds behind her!

Well, I’m not a big fan of J-Lo, but she deserves a big congratulations for finishing—same goes to her butt!


– Lance Armstrong’s BFF, Matthew McCounagHEY…hey…hey. Now, he’s the one I’d like to be running alongside with during a race –

* Photos courtesy of Bitten & Bound

Singapore Marathon Runners: Get Your Free Nike Uniforms

September 23, 2008

Good news for all those who registered for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon: Nike is providing 50 uniforms—singlets, shorts, and running shoes—to be worn by Pinoy runners during the Singapore Marathon.  (I’m telling you, we will look like Filipino olympians in them!)

To sign up, email Coach Rio at with the following details:

1. Confirmation details from Singapore Marathon (with race bib #)

2. Your full name

3. Your singlet, shorts, and shoe size (Nike sizing)

This is on a first come, first serve basis.  Again, only 50 uniforms available.

————————– UPDATE ————————–

As of Sept. 23, lunchtime (yes, the same day I posted this), Coach Rio informed me that the slots for the 50 runners were full. So sorry. 

All Roads Lead to Singapore

September 23, 2008


On Dec. 7, 2008, I shall be one of 50,000 participants who will be running in the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon. As early as July, I registered for the race and, since then, all my running thoughts and actions have revolved around this singular goal. I don’t intend to just finish this race, but I hope to cross the finish line strong, injury-free, and of course, with a respectable time.

Nope, I didn’t register for the marathon; I signed up for the half marathon. If there’s one thing I learned from my injuries, it’s this: Even if the mind is willing, the shins, quads, and knees may be dying! Timing is key. And, I know that it’s definitely not time for me to accomplish my marathon dream just yet—maybe next year in New York? I wish.

So, I’m gearing up for my half—conservatively increasing my mileage until December, strengthening my legs, cross training (swimming is my favorite this week), and last but not the least, saving every single cent—to make sure that I’ll be strong and healthy (with enough moolah in my pocket to buy some running stuff) when my feet touch Singapore soil.  I can hardly wait.

Best Sports Blog & Best Single Post Winner in 2008 Phil. Blog Awards!

September 22, 2008


It’s official. The Bull Runner has just bagged two awards in the recently held 2008 Philippine Blog Awards: THE BEST BLOG IN THE SPORTS CATEGORY and the BEST SINGLE POST IN THE SPORTS CATEGORY. 

I wish I had been there to accept it. I would’ve worn a red dress (the one color that makes a bull run faster) with my running shoes underneath to be the fastest winner to climb up onstage and give my acceptance speech.

Oh, the acceptance speech. This is more like a thanksgiving speech because, as corny as it sounds, I do I have a lot of people I’d like to thank. Here goes:

– To the judges of the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards, I am honored that you chose this little blog of mine as the winner in the sports category. The fact that experts and celebrities like you took the time out to read all the crazy stuff I write about here was overwhelming; being named winner just blew me away.

– To the running bloggers, it’s great to have met people like you who share a common passion not just for running but blogging as well.  May we all continue to rave about our runs, talk about our training, and inspire non-runners to lace up or current runners to aim higher. (Check out the sidebar on your right for the best running blogs online.)

– To my running friends—especially Annie, Banggi and Marga of Team BWK, Happy Feet peeps and everyone else—you make running even more fun than it already is.

– To YOU—whether you’re a wannabe runner, newbie, veteran, elite runner, track & field olympian—thank you for always dropping by to make this blog more than just a handful of stories from my world. Your witty, thought-provoking, humorous, and inspiring comments add to the life of this blog. Okay, sometimes the snide remarks help make it more exciting too.

– To my hubby, thank you for not getting jealous over my 2nd love: running. You are my best friend, biggest fan, most generous sponsor (keep it coming!), most ardent supporter, photographer, and last but not the least, bestest running buddy. Let’s keep on running.  Hopefully, the kids will join in soon.

* Logo from 2008 Philippine Blog Awards

Saturday Long Runs

September 21, 2008

After months of slowly building my mileage to 10k, I finally feel strong enough to restart my weekly ritual of Saturday long runs with Annie. FINALLY!

Yesterday, Annie and I ran 13k at an average pace of 6:18 min/km around the village. Every week—barring weekend work, a race, or the recurrence of shin splints (knock on wood)—I’ll add a conservative 1km to my long runs in preparation for my half marathon. Don’t get me started with half-marathon programs; I don’t intend to strictly adhere to any (maybe just an amalgamation of all my readings on Galloway, Higdon, and First). This half-marathon training is going to be all about fun, fun, fun. Long runs here I come! 


– After our long run –

To everyone that I saw yesterday, it was nice seeing you all: Patrick, Me-Anne and hubby, bikers Foreign Runner (sorry didn’t recognize you at first with the helmet), Virginia, and Marga

Best Blog Finalist!

September 21, 2008

GOOD NEWS: I just found out that The Bull Runner is/was a finalist in the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards 2 – Sports Category.  Among the 7 finalists, TBR was the only running blog. Woohoo!

BAD NEWS: The blog awards is tonight. I had no idea. I didn’t receive a notification nor an invitation—nothing. I wonder who won.