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2010 Goals

Thursday, 31 December 2009  |  Bullish Insights

“Consider goals as launching pads to something far greater.”
– Cyndi Laurin

I began last year’s post with the quote above. And, this is how I intend to start 2010 and the rest of my running years thereafter as well. Forget resolutions; work towards a specific, attainable goal instead. Here are my 2010 goals for running:

  • To run a 4:30 marathon (4:15 would be an awesome bonus!)
  • To run a sub-2 hour half marathon
  • To run beyond 42k
  • To run any one of my dream marathons this year: Tokyo, New York, Paris, Chicago, Big Sur, or San Francisco. Another goal would be to figure out how I’ll get there!
  • To lose the 4 lbs. I gained two Christmases ago…gulp.
  • To listen to my body even when my mind says “Go, go, go!”
  • To remain consistent with 2x a week strength training (I don’t think I’ll ever learn to love the gym)
  • To eat less Cheetos Jalapenos (Lord, please help me on this one!)
  • To eat more fruits (I heart kiwis!) and more veggies
  • To drink less coffee and more tea (Starbucks’ non-fat Chai tea latte is my current addiction)
  • To drink more water
  • To blog more often
  • To visit my favorite running blogs regularly and to discover new ones!
  • To reply to all your emails/ comments (So sorry for not answering sometimes. This work-at-home mommy is always running all over the place–literally and figuratively!)
  • To launch my dream project, one that will finally allow me to use running to create some kind of positive change
  • Last but not the least, here’s a repeat goal from 2009, to continue to love running as I do now and as I’ve done since the day I started in 2006.  Some people have a love-hate relationship with running, but mine is all love. I only hope that running will love me back just the same by allowing me to run longer and faster for the rest of 2010.

Have a great 2010 to all of you!

Good Morning, Runner!

Wednesday, 30 December 2009  |  Bullish Insights

Most of you pay me a visit first thing in the morning. Just as you arrive at your desk at work, or while your sipping your morning coffee and surfing the web at a wifi-ready coffee shop, or if you’re a work-at-home mom like me, just as you jump out of bed and check your laptop while in your pajamas.

For the longest time now, I felt my blog template was too stiff and heavy, almost depressing, especially for the morning reader who hoped to start the day on the right foot.  I thought this was a horrible way for me to greet you in the morning!

So, over a month ago, I designed my own layout based on a simple template, and hoped that my favorite web guy could pull it off. He (and his wife) did!

Welcome to the new look of TBR! It’s happy, fresh, and light. It leaves me with the same feeling I get after a good run on a cool December morning. It’s the same emotion I want to evoke for most of you when you think of running. And, it’s the same feeling I want to have for the most part of 2010!

This blog now says: Good Morning, Runner! Today’s going to be a great day. If not, then a good run should do the trick!

* I apologize in advance for a few kinks here and there while we’re trying to fix things in the background.

The Best and The Worst for 2009

Wednesday, 30 December 2009  |  Bullish Insights

What a year it has been! In 2009, running took me to places (or races) I never thought I’d reach and introduced me to runners who share the same passion for the sport.  On the same note, it also took me through hell and back with not the most ideal running experiences. Let’s go for a full rewind for the best and worst running experiences in MY running life for 2009:

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Mizuno Race Expo on 01.10.10

Tuesday, 29 December 2009  |  Race Announcements

Just received this from Mizuno.  Looks like they’re off to a good start…

run expo web poster

January 10, 2010: MIZUNO RUNNING EXPO

Mark the date for the Mizuno Running Expo and the start of the registration for the Mizuno Infinity Run. There will also be a Running Sale with discounts shooting up to 80% off. All these exciting events happening from 10am to 7pm at the BMG Centre, Magallanes Commercial Center, Makati.

The Mizuno Running Expo will feature top running athletes such as Olympian Henry Dagmil, SEA games athlete Neil Ducusin, distinguished running coaches Ige Lopez, Patrick Joson and Peter Gonzales, renowned race organizer Rudy Biscocho and other known personalities in the running community.

These experts will help expo participants understand more about the competitive running form, proper hydration and nutrition, latest technology and gear, and other vital information to help them get the most out of their running season.

April 11, 2010: MIZUNO INFINITY RACE

Mizuno Infinity Race – the country’s first-ever race bannering a challenge to runners to “Beat Your Own Time.” Registration is at 400 pesos for the 5/10K and 450 pesos for the 15K. You can register for the Mizuno Infinity Run at the following Mizuno stores: Boni High Street, Megamall, Festival Mall, Mall of Asia, Trinoma and Magallanes.

Watch out for the launch of Creation 11 – the official shoe for the Mizuno Infinity Race. Runners will get their race packets for free upon purchase of Creation 11. This is on top of the generous freebies that Mizuno and partner sponsors have prepared.

The Mizuno Infinity Run Expo is made possible in cooperation with Oakley and Gatorade with the following majorsponsors: Mail and More, Suunto, and Manila Water. Doctor J, Derm Plus Lotion, Citgo, and BMG Solar. Media partners include RunnerSpeak, Run Radio on NU 107, Men’s Health and Women’s Health.

Please visit www.mizuno.ph or call 757-3160 loc 515 for more details.

3 Winners of Free Slots to Chi Running Session

Thursday, 24 December 2009  |  News + Promos

Why did I put myself through this on Christmas eve?  I didn’t realize how hard it would be to choose winners among the over 20 runners that sent comments that humored me or tugged at my heartstrings.  I wish that I could just make all of you win!  Anyhow, after several minutes of reading and re-reading, I chose these three winners for various reasons…

Runningbeyondair because I empathized with their suffering from injuries:

Me and my wife are into running for more than a year already and we have experienced a lot of injuries. I believe chi running will help us eliminate, if not reduce, the probabilities of us getting injuries during our long runs.

Angeli because of her enthusiasm (reminds me of how I was 2 years ago):

Sentence #1 – Because I’ve been lucky enough to have read this post 16 minutes before the closing time of the contest, so I’ll probably be lucky enough to get a slot!
Sentence #2 – I’m a beginner CHInese runner who’s interested in learning how to become a better runner, and I’ll be a CHIrful and enthusiastic participant for both seminars

Iah because he’s a fighter and I want him to run many more injury-free marathons:

I am a runner who is currently battling asthma and cardiac dysrhythmia but despite these odds I have already done 2 full marathons and still aiming to do more. I hope this Chi technique can enhance the way I run so I can perform better.

Congratulations to the three winners! Lit Onrubia and I will see you and your partner on December 28, 2009, Monday, 6:30pm in front of Runnr and Mizuno at Bonifacio High Street.  Please comment below to confirm your attendance.  If you cannot make it, please send a couple to take your place.  If you cannot find a replacement, kindly inform me so I can choose another winner.  See you then!

Thank you to all those who participated in the Chi Running contest!  Merry Christmas to all!