Condura Flashed Before my Eyes

Sunday, 31 January 2010  |  Bullish Insights

Two weeks ago, Alvin and I were running around Bonifacio Global City when I tripped and surged forward almost falling flat on my face.  In those 3 seconds, it wasn’t my life that flashed before my eyes, it was Condura Marathon.

Last week, again with Alvin, we were warming up for our tempo run when a car popped out of the Serendra gate and almost crashed into me. Again, the first thoughts were: Condura!

And, just this morning, during my last long run, a 21k around Bonifacio Global City, my foot slid off of the gravel along Burgos Circle and I exclaimed: “Nooooo, nothing can happen before Condura!”

As with many of you who are gunning for your respective goals for Condura, I am hoping that all things go smoothly in the next few days leading up to the race. Eat well. Sleep well. And, please watch where you’re going if you still have easy runs in your plans!  (I should listen to my own advice!)

See you all at Condura on Feb. 7, 2010! It’s going to be a good one!

Century Superbods Run Press Con

Friday, 29 January 2010  |  Bullish Insights

Guess where I was earlier today?  I was less than two feet away from Derek Ramsay and his well-toned abs.  I was so near I could practically feel it.  Too bad he kept it well hidden underneath his shirt.

It was the press conference for the CENTURY SUPERBODS RUN at National Sports Grill in Greenbelt 3. I was seated not far from the stage where Derek along with the Century Tuna Superbods, Kaye Lopez, and the host, Reema Chanco talked about the upcoming race.

Prior to that, details of the race were presented along with the video of the 21k route in 3D.  This is definitely going to be one big event. Looks like Century Tuna is pulling out all the stops to make this a success with a well-organized race, plus bonus of loot bags, Superbods go see, Photovendo, RunPix analysis, and a raffle after the race.

– Kaye, Derek, Century Tuna Superbods –

During the interview, Derek admitted that he wasn’t into running and ran only in his other sports. He’ll be joining the 5k race on Feb. 21. A friend said Derek is a natural athlete who, even without training, could probably outrun Piolo. (I wonder!) As for the Superbods, the guy doesn’t run and the girl was a highschool track athlete.  She runs a bit to stay in shape.  The only serious (and fast) runner onstage was Kaye.  So, I watched them from my seat and started to drift off. You know, it’s never fun to listen to non-runners dryly talk about a sport you love so much.  I’m just hoping that, by the time they finish their race, they’ll be hooked for life too like the rest of us (insert evil laughter here).

– Blurry pic of Pam of Timex, Marga of Run Radio, and Vima (Kulit Runner) –

– with Jay (Prometheus Cometh), Vima, Marga, Raymund (Everybody Loves Raymund), Bards (Banana Running) –

After the presscon, we had dessert and continued to talk more about—what else—Derek’s abs…I mean, running…

IMG_2402 – dessert with more kwento –

The Century Superbods Run will be on February 21, 2010.  Registration is open until February 15, 2010.  Race distance: 3k/ 5k/ 10k/ 21k. Click here to visit their website.

Updated Registration Center for Run United

Wednesday, 27 January 2010  |  Race Announcements

Please note some changes in registration for Run United:

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Do You Dream of Marathons?

Wednesday, 27 January 2010  |  Race Announcements

– Last kilometer of my first marathon at QC International Marathon. The inspiration behind this event –

So, you’ve ran 5ks, then 10ks, and maybe a 21k…and now you want more.  You want what every serious runner dreams of: THE MARATHON. All 42.195km of it.

You want to join the elite club only 1/10th of 1% of the world ever does.

You want to test your limits.

You want to do something big in your life.


You’re a beginner.  You don’t know what to expect, how to train, or who to consult.  Heck, you don’t even know which marathon to join!

Surprise surprise. We’ve dreamed up something for you: a unique and special marathon that will guide you every step of the way during training, one that will provide support and friendship like you’ve never experienced in a race before, one that will make the 42k journey as fun-filled, safe, and memorable as possible.

Soon: a marathon for beginners created by runners who remember the best of their first marathons and only want YOU to experience the same.


Check this blog for the official launch…

Happy Birthday, Tita Cory

Tuesday, 26 January 2010  |  Bullish Insights

– Mayi, Jake, and Pio (in the back) before the run –

Last night, the iamNinoy Runners Group donned their yellow shirts and gathered at Bonifacio High Street to run for what would’ve been our beloved President Corazon Aquino’s 77th Birthday.  With yellow balloons in hand, we ran easy, “kwento” pace around BHS in memory of Tita Cory.

– All set for the birthday run –

As Monday is my only rest day per week, I ran just one loop around BHS (a measly 1.2k) and enjoyed the company of other iamNinoy members. It was nice to finally have time to chat with other members of the group, which started only at 50 runners when we launched in Condura Run last 2009, to over 1,500 runners to date.  Our group is not a political group (doesn’t matter who you’re voting for President in May!) but one that hopes to make heroes out of every runner.  Right now, we run to help reverse the education crisis in the country.

After everyone had finished running (well, we had to stop Jake from doing his 20k so that we could eat already!), we headed over to a nearby bar (complete with disco lights!) for some beer and food.  Phiten gave away 5 Phiten necklaces to some lucky winners.

– Paolo Abrera tries the Phiten tape for his injury –

– Happy Birthday, Tita Cory! Top (L to R): AnPaul, myself, Iya, Drew, Mayi, Pio, Lala’s hubby, Francis. Bottom (L to R): Jed, Lala, Grace, Totoy –