New Balance Power Run 2012 & Bull Session 2

Sunday, 11 November 2012  |  Bullish Insights

The New Balance Power Run 25k is an event that a lot of runners anticipate.  I’ve been a big fan of this NB Power Run even when they used to hold it in Clark, Pampanga.  Now, it still draws the crowds and offers a safe and well-organized venue to run this unique distance.

The race was very well-organized.  Hydration was aplenty.  Kilometer markers couldn’t have been more accurate.  Marshals were everywhere.  And, oh boy, that 10k course was a nice one.  I would love to run that again.  The entire race was simple, smooth, and thoroughly a delight to run.


I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to remember anything from this morning’s New Balance Power Run except spotting Ann Curtis, Karylle, Daniel Matsunaga, Solenn Heussaff, Isabelle Daza, and Miriam Quiambao running alongside us.  I’m sure in the longer distances, the NB Power Run’s race ambassadors, Team Gotta Tri, composed of athletes/celebs Kuya Kim Atienza, Erwann Heussaff, Gilbert Remulla, and more  left other runners stunned either because they were starstruck or because of their speed. These guys work hard at their craft and in their training.

I think it’s great that more and more celebs are getting active and taking to running and triathlon.  It does nothing but boost the popularity of our beloved sports and increase public awareness for fitness.  To add, seeing celebs during the race is perfect distraction from the pain, perhaps even better than salt sticks.  Cramps?  Uy, si Ann Curtis ba yun?  Habulin nga.


For the first time ever, we decided to hold our Bull Session for TBR Dream Marathon during a race.  We invited our TBR Dream Marathoners to join us for our training run during the race.  As always, the Bull Session was led by Coach Lit Onrubia.  Assembly was 30 minutes before race start.  We had volunteer pacers for each of the groups we sub-divided our TBR Dreamers into depending on their preferred run-walk intervals and pace.

– Reylynne in white leads one of our groups. Reylynne is a TBRDM Alum who finished 1st Place for Women in the West Coast 200km Ultramarathon held just last week! –

– Another TBR Alum, Miriam, led the 3-1 group –

– Here’s Mike, another TBRDM alum, who volunteered to pace –

It was a practice session for most of the future marathoners where they practiced the actual first 10k of their marathon 3 months from now.  Some finished boasting of PRs, some finished their first 5k, and some learned their body’s limits and the need for serious, consistent training.  The good thing is there’s enough time to prepare the body and mind for the upcoming marathon!

– TBR Dreamers after NB Power Run! –

– Brief talk by Coach Lit –

– Happy couple Mike and Macel Janeo of TBR Dream Team –

– Lit, myself, and Ton (far right) with TBR Dreamers 2013 and relatives: Monchu, Mia’s cousin, Mia, Anton Gonzales – President of Planet Sports –

– Huge thank you to our volunteer pacers: Reylynne, Mike, Jun, Ton, Trixie, and Miriam with Coach Lit –


After the 10k, friends and I jumped into the pool for an easy swim to cool off in this hot weather.  10k easy run plus 1k easy swim followed by good coffee and breakfast was a perfect way to start this Sunday.