Boo to Bed Rest

Wednesday, 25 June 2014  |  Bullish Insights


Last Sunday, my alarm clock rang at 2:30AM waking me for the early call time of World Vision Run. I registered for the 21k.

As I rolled out of bed, I knew something was wrong. The room was spinning around me. I slowly made my way towards the bathroom swaying from side to side like a drunken person (which is just the same as me having only 3 sips of wine!) After I splashed water on my face, the dizzy spells disappeared and, being the naive and somewhat cuckoo runner that I am, I proceeded to prepare for the race by preparing a light pre-race breakfast of coffee, apples, and peanut butter. (more…)

Change is Good!

Friday, 13 June 2014  |  Bullish Insights

For 2014, I told myself I wouldn’t resist change, but I would embrace it.  Well, it looks like I went a bit overboard!

Tonight I am launching the new The Bull Runner logo and layout.


This is the first redesign of the TBR logo ever since I designed the original identity on a whim, in 15 minutes, when I created this blog.  I thought it was about time that I made it look more contemporary, strong and simple, yet striking.

As for the layout,  I believe this redesign comes after over 3 years using the old layout which I felt was cluttered and confusing (much like my life then! LOL)  Every year, I would dream of creating a new fresh look, but life always got in the way. This time, I committed to working on the design bit by bit whenever I had spare time from work or training (i.e., on long flights, while waiting at doctor’s clinics, sitting in the car in traffic).  With the help of my fantastic web designers (and TBR Dream Alum, mind you) Marc and Gail Villanueva of Intuitiv Solutions and Cres Yulo who shot my photo in all of 15 minutes right in her condo, I was finally able to launch this little part of me on the world wide web.  Thank you Marc, Gail, and Cres!

For this year, I have bigger and more exciting plans!  Hope you can join the journey with me!

What do you think about the new layout?  Any new topics, articles, or features you’d like to see on running?  Just let me know!

See you at Km 0 for 2014 Run United 2!

Saturday, 31 May 2014  |  Bullish Insights


Are you joining 2014 Run United 2 tomorrow? I’ve signed up for 21k.

Tonight, I’ll be on my knees praying that the weather cooperates tomorrow. I’m hoping all 10,000 plus runners do the same so we have greater chances haha!

Run United 2 Course Map for 21k

Run United 2 Medal for 32k Finishers

Run United 2 21k and 32k Finishers’ Shirts

I’m looking forward to the new race start at Km 0 in Luneta Park. Traffic may be a bit more difficult, but I think it’s great that we experience new race starts with the opportunity to improve our races every year.

While I may not get that great looking medal for 32k finishers, I’m pretty excited about the 21k Finishers’ Shirt. Love the design!

See you at Run United 2 tomorrow, runners!

TBR on The Bro Show

Saturday, 31 May 2014  |  Bullish Insights


I had a blast talking about running and TBR Dream Marathon at The Bro Show with TBRDM Alumni Mico Halili and Jason Webb a couple of weeks ago. It was also great to relive young love vicariously through the new Kiefer Ravena and Mika Reyes (#miefer) budding romance haha!

Watch my guesting on The Bro Show on this LINK.

You Know It’s Too Hot to Run When…

Wednesday, 21 May 2014  |  Bullish Insights


ANG INIT!  Not a day passes when these words aren’t said or written online.  The heat is unbelievable and unforgiving, yet we still go out there and run!  Here’s what I thought of yesterday as distraction while running (or suffering) on the treadmill in a crazy, hot gym.  Feel free to add your own:


You’re sweating while you’re lacing up your shoes.

You’re seriously considering cutting off the sleeves of your favorite running shirt.

That Gatorade bottle you froze last night? It defrosted in 10 seconds.

You unfollow that friend who posts running pics abroad in 10 degree weather.

You carry P500 in your pocket while running around Bonifacio Global City for all the Slurpees you’re going to gulp down from every 7-11 you pass.

Bawal. Magsalita. It’s too tiring to talk.

It’s humid even INSIDE the gym!

You’re afraid to leave your running shoes in the car for fear they’d melt.

The only other people on the road are ultramarathoners who have gone to hell and back and decided to run in hell again with you today.

After a run, your clothes cling to you like you swam in them and you wonder how you’ll peel them off.

You tap yourself on the back for surviving a gruelling tempo run in the heat only to realize it was much slower than an LSD.

A good recovery drink should have carbs + protein + lots. of. ice.

Just thinking of running leaves you exhausted, but you do it anyway…because 1) You’re nuts and 2) You’re a runner!