The Last Bull Circle and Bull Session

Thursday, 1 March 2012  |  Running + Triathlon

The TBR Dream Marathoners are at the homestretch of their training program!

Last February 8, 2012, we had our 5th and last Bull Circle sponsored by SecondWind Running store.

– Full house again at the Home Depot Events Hall in Ortigas across SecondWind Running Store –

Lit Onrubia, Chi running instructor and lead coach for all our Bull Sessions, gave a talk on “The Art of Tapering” to guide the runners on how to use the last few weeks before the marathon wisely.

– Lit reminds marathoners about tapering properly before the big day –

TV host, former swimming olympian, and TBR Dream Marathon alumni, Christine Jacob-Sandejas, inspired our runners with her animated and entertaining account of her journey towards becoming a runner and subsequently a marathoner.

– TBR Dream Alumni Christine Jacob-Sandejas had the crowd captivated with her marathon story –

– Ask all you want. TBR Dream Team, Neville, Lit, and myself along with guests, Christine Jacob-Sandejas, Susan Lafferty, and Mitch Felipe-Mendoza, answered questions from the runners –

The last part of the Bull Circle was a Q&A on “How to Run TBR Dream Marathon,” a no-holds barred Q&A on details of the upcoming race at Nuvali.

– Neville, Christine, myself, Susan, Mitch, and Lit –

Last February 25, 2012, we had our last Bull Session at Nuvali. We started with a brief talk led by head of Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Nino Singco, who created a special TBR DM drinking guide for our marathoners. How cool is that?

– Gatorade talk on hydration for TBR Dream Marathoners –

Then, Jim Lafferty and Lit Onrubia briefly explained the plans for the day: a 3 1/2 hour run through the roads of Nuvali split into 4 run-walk interval groups led by volunteer pacers (thanks guys! You know who you are!) and they were off!

– Pacers Jojo Manalo and Zaldy Santillan brief their group –

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– TBR DM runners running before sunrise at NUVALI. Photo courtesy of J-Cip Lim –

– Runner bonding! Photo courtesy of Merl Magtangob/ Spongebob Runner –

It was hot and challenging, but the runners braved the hills and the heat to finish their last long run before marathon day on March 18.  Woohoo!  What can I say? This batch of TBR Dream Marathoners is one committed and determined group!  Looking forward to see each runner cross the finish line in a couple of weeks!

– We filled the entire back of Solenad. Looked like a mini BHS, really! –

– Jim with our TBR DM runners –

– with my teammates Bic who’s pacing Adel at TBR DM for his first marathon –

– Group pics after the run! –

– Mission accomplished. Time for rest and recovery. –