Terror at Boston Marathon

Tuesday, 16 April 2013  |  Bullish Insights

This was the scene at the finish line of Boston Marathon on CNN when one of two bombs exploded and killed two people and injured many.  It’s almost confusing to watch. The portion of the marathon that celebrates the strength of the human spirit suddenly marred by screaming, smoke, and fear.  How does one make sense of this?  Who does this?  Why?


It’s disturbing and saddening.  My heart goes out to all the victims of the horrific attack.

As I leave tonight for London to run the London Marathon on Sunday, I pray that the event be safe and that we can all go out there and, as good friend Drew Arellano tweeted, show these people that they cannot kill the human spirit.

Happy Birthday, Rasselle!

Friday, 12 April 2013  |  Bullish Insights

It’s not very often that I get to play cupid. So, when I received an email from runner, Gerry Lita, requesting me to post a surprise greeting for his wife, Rasselle, who he paced during the last TBR Dream Marathon, I gladly obliged.

His note follows below. To Rasselle, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  (And, congratulations for having a hubby who was willing to run 42k for you and tell the world—or at least our running community—how much he loves you!)


Hi Miss Jaymie,

My wife ran in your race (The Bull Run Dream Marathon) and in days she will be celebrating her birthday (April 17).

I plan to give her a surprise greeting if this will be feasible with you. My plan is if its okay if you post the attached teaser in your Blog.

I want to tell her how much I love her and also the kids. Without her care, passion and tender love for us we will be at lost. I want also to tell her even if we seldom go out just the two of us, she is always in my heart… being treasured every day of my life.

thanks again and best regards,

Gerry Lita


Thursday, 11 April 2013  |  Bullish Insights

As is the tradition of TBR Dream Marathon, after the race, I post anecdotes about the marathon that I receive in my Inbox from our new marathoners. My inbox gets inundated with stories of triumph, love, gratitude, passion, and empowerment that it’s too much of a waste if only I read it. Through this series of stories (one every week for the next couple of months), may you all be inspired to run a marathon or dream big in your own lives.

I’d like to share the letter of a partner, pacer, and “Coach” about the first marathon of his beloved. It’s always heartwarming to read about how an experienced runner helps the other get started with running, but even more touching when it’s done with love. Here’s the story about Maricar’s journey towards her first marathon with Dennis by her side from start to finish:


I would like to say thank you for the past 6+ months of great times. I am writing here with a big smile on my face because my better half, Maricar is now a marathoner, this I say with conviction because if you asked me a year ago if she was willing to undergo the training to race a marathon I would have said “Are you crazy??”

Maricar was into a lot of things but running was not one of them, sure ask her to play tennis or go to the mall and she will say yes without thinking twice. This journey of hers started a year ago when I asked her if she wanted to start walking so as to keep fit, she has always been a tennis player half her life and since we moved in the Kaptiolyo Area, courts were hard to find. She said yes and we walked consistently for more than 5 months when I asked her if she wanted to try running a little, she said let’s go, at first she had issues running as I tried correcting her but I realized I had to let her natural form come out and once it did everything fell into place.

We tried her first 5k back in the middle of 2012, she was dog tired but she was hooked. Out came the Dream Marathon Ad which I showed her and asked her if she would like to join. It took her days to decide, I did promise her that I will be there to pace her in all workouts and the actual race. We finally wrote to you and she was lucky enough to get a slot.

Fast forward to Sunday’s race, was she having second thoughts the day before? She was far too excited to think of the normal issues runners think about the day before, you know why? We did our home work and more, Pls don’t tell coach Jim, I tweaked her program wherein instead of just 3 runs, we were running all easy/steady for 6-7 x a week, we still did the main runs but inserted filler runs to make her legs more durable, having been a runner for the past 20 years and then moving into triathlons for the past 18 seasons now, i knew that running a marathon is all about durability and who slows down the least the last 5-10k of the run. We were ready.

I had us start at the back part, told her to be patient we do the 3:1 as practiced, hydrate every 15 mins and take in a gel every 45 mins, we run the first loop easy/steady – she knew right off the bat, steady nor easy does not mean slow. The gun went off and we were off, first 45 mins went by like it was nothing, she was getting fidgety already as we were still running with a big group, I was telling her be patient let us wait for the last 15kms and see where we are at physically. The turn around came and we were going back to the 21k turn.

We both know couples encounter issues during the course of their lives that are unavoidable this was one of them 🙂 – being stressed out with the race + the onset of fatigue took it’s toll, I mentioned something that hit a nerve and we argued about something shallow on any given day – sponges you were giving out! ha! It took me a full 6-8km to make amends and right before going out again the main hi-way or around the 25km mark we finally kissed and made up 🙂

I have done a ton of races in my life and this race might be advertised as a race for first timer marathoners but even the experienced ones will share my sentiments – this course was made to destroy your legs!  Add the concrete roads and the elevation changes, make the mistake of going out too hard, you will have a looong second half.

– Maricar and Dennis at the 2nd loop –

We were already picking up the ones who went out to fast in the first loop and she was estatic, little did she know I was having gastric issues of my own aside from the onset of fatigue. By the 30th km, I told her that I needed a potty break – before turning right to the main hi-way back, I went and felt relieved. Off we went, we did ave around 7:10-7:15 for the whole first 30km of the race, after the break I told her we attack the long road leading to the last rotunda before the start/finish line area. We both found our secondwind and we were clicking 6-6:10 km/pace and eventually catching up with the others. Our legs felt tired and my legs were shot already, being a bigger person meant more pounding, my legs gave way in the last 2-3kms of the race and told Maricar to go for it, which she did.

The final 2kms were like a blur but her legs did not fail her and I let her enjoy the finish line while I walked outside the barriers. I was super happy for her as she finally finished something that we started a year and half ago. Of all my races, the athletes I have coached from the early years of Triathlon here, her finish outweighed them all. I am so proud of her and I love her even more, can you imagine instead of going out on date – we get to run together, running is the new malling for her 🙂 I guess I am little biased given she is my boss 🙂

– Maricar, the new marathoner, with Dennis –

– Maricar and son, future TBR Dreamer. I can tell by his shirt! –

Again, thanks for putting this up and as early as now, we will be joining next year’s TBR Dream Marathon not as participants or pacers but as chasers and pay it forward and help next year’s batch of soon to be marathoners realize running will make you enjoy life even more.

Road to London Marathon: Taper Time

Thursday, 11 April 2013  |  Bullish Insights

This is a weekly post on my training for Virgin London Marathon on April 21, 2013. Like I always say: The marathon is the icing on the cake; it’s the journey leading up to the race that I absolutely love. Thank you to Unilab Active Health for the trip and to Timex Philippines and UK for the slot.


Taper time, baby! With temperatures rising, all I can say is: THANK GOD!  Is it just me or is it the hottest summer that we’ve ever had to run?!  Am I the only one dying out there?

Two Sundays ago, I was supposed to run 44km, my longest run before London Marathon, but, due to the extreme heat, I ended up running only 30km run. I can tell you this: It felt like a freaking 50k. Amidst the stale and humid air, with my quads and heels burning in pain, I felt like I deserved a medal for even reaching 10k under that scorching heat! (Instead of a medal, the cold Mountain Dew I had was enough of a reward!)

Last Sunday, I ran 21k, my last long run before the marathon. With the shorter distance, this run was much more manageable under the sun but equally challenging. By 10k my clothes were soaked in sweat as if I had finished a half marathon! By the time we ended the run, I was ready to dunk my head in a bucket of ice!

I know, I know, I’m whining.  But, I’m seriously stressed about this heat.  The past two weekends runs have NOT been fun for me. For the first time in my life, I actually dreaded my long runs. But, I’ve just reminded myself that, as with anything in life, once you commit to a goal, you stick by it and give it your best—whether it’s uncomfortable, exhausting, or pure torture. (If that doesn’t work, then you just head off to an air conditioned gym and run on the treadmill! Hah!)

Our little secret: I’m really just counting the days until we can escape the summer heat and freeze to death in London!


I have two weeks to London Marathon, but the family and I leave next Tuesday for London and then Paris.  Yes, yes, the hubby and kids are coming along with me for this trip. Woohooo!  While we’re all excited for the trip, especially Li’l Miss Bull Runner who’s been talking a lot about snow, Disneyland Paris, and croissants (LOL!), this also means that, for this running mom, packing and preparing for the trip becomes three times more complicated.  I’ve got to pack winter clothes for a wedding, a marathon, and two kids.  Gasp.

At the same time, work has to be done before I leave. I’m busy designing a 200-page book, working on the magazine, and planning for upcoming events for TBR.  Double gasp.

Then, to make matters worse, while I thought I was tapering off, my Coach, Andy Leuterio, tells me that I must ride 100k this coming Saturday. Century ride gasp.  Then faint.

It’s been an insane week and I’m trying to stay sane.  But, as always, I’ll survive!  Just keeping my eye on the medal.

New Gear: Newton Running Shoes 2013

Wednesday, 3 April 2013  |  Bullish Insights

Newton unveils its running shoes for 2013! Newton Running shoes feature proprietary forefoot lugs, lightweight materials, and glove-like fit to promote a natural running gait.

I dropped by the Newton event yesterday to check out the bright and bright new colors of these fast shoes.

– Perfect colors for summer –


Motion (SRP P8,495.00)
Looking for stability? Then the Newton Motion is for you. This Stability Performance Trainer is for runners who need a training shoe that can also work for faster sessions and even for racing. Medial posting offsets pronation to complement the Action/ReactionTM technology in the forefoot. It utilizes highly breathable, fast drying open air mesh, minimal overlays, and metatarsal stretch panels for a light and comfortable fit. The carbon rubber heel and high density rubber outersole will last the distance runner many quality miles, yet a pair only weighs a scant 9.3 ounces. The heel-to-toe drop is 3mm.

– Men’s Newton Motion –

– Women’s Newton Motion –

Gravity (SRP P8,495.00)
Designed for neutral runners, the Newton Gravity can be used as a daily training shoe for faster-paced tempo runs, interval sessions, and as race shoe. The Gravity features Action/ReactionTM technology in the midfoot and heel, a biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate, and enhanced midfoot flexibility. The open air mesh upper is extremely breathable and quick drying. A high density outersole and carbon heel promote excellent durability for even the highest mileage runners. The Newton Gravity weighs 9.1 ounces and has a heel-to-toe drop of 3mm.

– Men’s Newton Gravity –

– Women’s Newton Gravity –

Distance S (SRP P7,995.00)
Need the lightest running shoe you can get without resorting to a racing flat? Check out the Newton Distance S. Designed for fast-paced running, this lightweight performance stability trainer is a great choice for runners who need a shoe for short- or mid-distance racing and weekly speed sessions. It features Action/ReactionTM technology, dual-density medial posting, a lightweight, quick drying mesh upper, biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate, high-rebound EVA in the midsole, and a lightweight EVA heel. The Newton Distance S weighs 7.8 ounces and has a heel-to-toe drop of 2mm.

– Men’s Newton Distance S –

– Women’s Newton Distance S –

Distance (SRP P7,995.00)
Designed for more efficient runners, the Newton Distance is a lightweight neutral performance trainer ideal for interval sessions, tempo sessions, and even for racing. Featuring a highly breathable, quick drying open air mesh, minimal anatomical support strapping, Action/ReactionTM technology in the midfoot, biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate, and Met-flex enhanced midfoot flexibility. The Newton Distance weighs 7.8 ounces and has a heel-to-toe drop of 2mm.

– Men’s Newton Distance –

– Women’s Newton Distance –

During the event, we were introduced to current and new Newton ambassadors, too. I’m sure we’ll see these fast, competitive runners and triathletes in their Newtons on the roads or in races soon!

– Newton ambassadors: Don Velasco, Mark and Doray Ellis, Toby Claudio, Keshia Fule, Andy Leuterio, and Jay Valencia flanked by Runnr Executives and Newton’s exclusive distributors  –

Newton Running shoes are exclusively available at all RUNNR outlets: RUNNR Bonifacio High Street, RUNNR Alabang Town Center, RUNNR Trinoma, RUNNR Cebu, Toby’s Shangri-La Mall, Toby’s Mall of Asia, Toby’s Glorietta, and Toby’s CDO Limketkai Mall. For details, visit www.newtonrunning.com, www.runnr.com.ph , or http://twitter.com/RUNNRstore and http://www.facebook.com/Runnrstore.