Kids-Only Triathlon Camp on Oct. 8-9, 2011

Thursday, 6 October 2011  |  Bullish Insights


Do you want your kids to follow in your footsteps? I know it’s short notice, but if you’re free this weekend, there’s a Kids-Only Triathlon Camp at NUVALI, Sta. Rosa, Laguna offered by The Next Step Tri Camp led by Coach Dan and Ani Brown.

More details from The Next Step:

Kids who are new to the sport or who are already in training for their next race will be benefiting from our sessions which include hands-on training and short talks for the kids. Parents who are in attendance will learn a thing or two as well. It is a 2 day-camp, but we are also offering a 1 day option for those who cannot attend both days.

As part of the camp, we will also be going through a race course simulation for IronKids Nuvali on October 30, 2011. This includes a fun relay event for kids who are not yet familiar with all three sports but want to participate.

For more information, visit their website on
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Win 3 Chevrolet-New Balance Power Run 10k Race Kits!

Thursday, 6 October 2011  |  Bullish Insights


Would you like to win one of three 10k race kits to the Chevrolet-New Balance Power Run on November 6, 2011 at Bonifacio Global City?  15 others will get a P200 discount off of the race kits.  Here’s how to win:


  • 3 race kits to the Chevrolet-New Balance Power Run – 10k category
  • 15 P200-discounts off of the Chevrolet-New Balance Power Run – 10k category
  1. View the image above.
  2. Name 3 models of the 6 New Balance shoes in the photo.  Post your answer by commenting in this post.
  3. First three runners who submit the correct answers win one 10k race kit each.
  4. Next 15 runners who submit the correct answers win P200 discount off of the 10k race kit.
  5. Contest closes when 18 correct answers have been submitted.
  6. Answers will NOT be published until the 18 correct answers have been collected.
  • Runner can submit an entry only once.  Submission of more than one entry leads to disqualification.
  • Prizes are transferable. Runner provides his/her name or the name of the person he/she would like to give the race kit to.
  • Prizes are not convertible to cash.
  • Race kits may not be converted to another race distance.
  • Winners will be notified via email and will be advised on how to claim the race kit.
May the best runner win!


When I Grow Up I Wanna Be Just Like Kim

Wednesday, 5 October 2011  |  Bullish Insights

Way back in 2008, at the One La Salle Run, I was heading home after the race when a lady with a unique accent was introduced to me. I don’t recall what we talked about nor did I even remember her name at that time.  But, we did have our picture taken together.


– One La Salle Run, July 2008 –

Later on, I learned her name was Kim.  And, she had no Filipino blood in her, but she called our country her home.  I heard too that she was a devout runner.  While other ladies her age would relax at home, she was out there pounding the pavement with her hired coach.  If not, she was painting, playing with her dogs, traveling, or thinking about the next marathon to run in the world.

In the months to come, it was inevitable that Kim and I would cross paths.  Not once or twice, but very often because of the shared interests and common friends.  I learned more about Kim.  She’s has an indomitable spirit.  And, she’s very strong-willed and determined.  You simply can’t say no to her.  She ran half marathons and marathons as often as many of us half her age would.  She went to Bataan Death March…twice.  That says it all, I guess.


– In Singapore with best running buddy Annie and Kim for the Singapore Marathon 2009 –

– 2009.  One of the best runs ever. Long, slow run with a bunch of friends followed by a dip in Kim’s pool and sumptuous dessert after –

As I learned more about Kim, I also learned a lot from her…I still do.  Our conversations always start with running and somewhere in there—whether in passing or said twice or thrice over for extra emphasis—Kim will teach me a thing or two about running, friendship, marriage, family, and life.

Kim once told me: “Jaymie, never ever run a marathon twice.”  Her reason being that we only have a number of marathons to run in our lifetime and there are so many marathons in the world offering a different race experience that we should always explore new ones.  She had a point.  And, that’s what I aim to do (except for NYCM where I just have unfinished business to settle.  Sorry Kim!)


– Photo of Kim by our good friend, Ben Chan –

Kim runs a lot less now.  But, it doesn’t mean she’s slowed down at all or is less competitive.  She’s found her happiness in dancing and, just like in marathoning, she travels and explores the world with her feet—only this time with dancing shoes.


– Kim at her dance competition abroad –

When I grow up, I want to be just like Kim.  Never ever slowing down.  Always searching for the next adventure to take on.  Embracing every opportunity to grow, learn, and improve.  Living her life to the fullest and always with a smile.  Perhaps, the only difference would be. Instead of ballroom, I’ll be dancing hiphop!  (Sssshh, that’s my next secret goal!)



Running Around the World

Friday, 30 September 2011  |  Bullish Insights

Ever since I became a runner, all roads have become my playground.  From paved roads to treacherous trails, whether in my city or a thousand miles away from home, you name it, I have considered making my mark on it with my running shoes.  Needless to say, for a runner like me, my idea of adventure is to explore the world through running.

To say that I am excited about the coming months’ running adventures would be an understatement.  I cannot wait to pack up my running gear and run these races I’m signed up for:

• October 16: Guam Koko Race – 21km
• November 6: New York City Marathon – 42k (Thanks to Gatorade!)
• December 4: California International Marathon – 42k

It’s a lot of pounding for the recently recovered feet, so I’m practicing some restraint (and wisdom) and I’m planning to enjoy the runs at a good, easy pace.  Yes, yes, I’ll try my very best to do so even if CIM boasts of a negative elevation course which is one of the top 6 fastest running courses in the US that’s popular for allowing a lot of runners to qualify for Boston.  (Crap)  Yes, I will have to bite my lips, hold back, and remind myself to take it s-l-o-w if I want to preserve my delicate feet.

I wish I could take you all with me, but since I can’t do an Oprah and surprise you all with free plane tickets hidden underneath your seats (thank God you don’t have seats!), I’ll just lug around a camera and share the sights and sounds of my grand adventures.  Fine, maybe, I’ll eat some extra dessert for you, too.

TBR Dream Marathoner Bea Azcuna on Women’s Health Sep 2011

Monday, 26 September 2011  |  Bullish Insights

I first met Bea Azcuna in TBR Dream Marathon 2010.  She volunteered to pace her sister, Rina Siongco, who had signed up for the marathon.  By the second TBR Dream, as what I’ve observed with anyone who witnesses the magic at a TBR Dream, Bea had returned as a participant.

I would see Bea on the road training for TBR Dream.  And, she was present at most of our Bull Sessions.  It was evident that she was committed to finishing her first marathon not just with a strong body but, as you’ll notice with Bea, her cheerful disposition.

There’s an inspiring article on Bea Azcuna and her story training and finishing TBR Dream Marathon 2011 in Women’s Health – September 2011 issue with Lovi Poe on the cover.  Get your copies now!



Thanks to Lara Parpan and the Summit staff and, of course, to Bea Azcuna who I continue to see running on the roads aiming for bigger dreams!