Bull Session 3: TBR Dream Marathoners Longest Run

Sunday, 2 May 2010  |  Bullish Insights

We were all set for the longest run of TBR Dream Marathoners early this morning at NUVALI.

TBR Dream Team and NUVALI provided free transportation, water and Gatorade stations, mobile hydration stations, marshals and security, baggage check in, ambulance, portalets, showers, and a coach.  (Thanks to NUVALI and TBR Dream Team members Neville and Edward for the fantastic support!)

The runners, over 150 TBR Dream Marathoners and guests, came well prepared, too. They showed up bright and early for the 4:30 a.m. call time.  We started slightly late after a short briefing and proceeded with our 3 hour 15 minute run in four different pace groups through a portion of our marathon route.

This was one run that will be forever etched in my memory.  The sun was beating down on us, and some runners were challenged by the course, but the positive energy was palpable and the camaraderie among runners was invigorating.  TBR Dream Marathoners certainly DREAM BIG and RUN STRONG!


– Running with the TBR Dream Marathoners… –

– …is always something to look forward to…-



– But, chatting with each runner, one at a time… –

– …and getting to know other passionate runners…-

– …is priceless –



– The TBR Dream Marathoners are a fun, crazy bunch… –

– But, we’re serious about marathon training –

– We can’t wait for May 22, 2010 –

– with Jun Bisnar, GM of NUVALI and TBR Dream Marathoner, and Kim –


Saturday, 1 May 2010  |  Bullish Insights

This is DAY ONE of TBR’s 5 Days to 5/5 Anniversary Contest 2010. For more info, click HERE.


WHAT CAN YOU WIN? Two (2) free race entries to CHASE THE SUN, THE NEUTROGENA RUN on May 16, 2010 from FINISHLINE. Race distance of your choice.

HOW MANY WINNERS? Four (4) Winners of two (2) race entries each


Fill in the blank to this line with the funniest, silliest answer you can think of…

I LIKE TO CHASE AFTER _________ BECAUSE _______________.

  • Submit your answer as a comment on this post.
  • Please keep answers brief.  We’re not looking for essays!  Refrain from submitting any other posts in this portion except entries to the contest.
  • You may submit several posts with DIFFERENT answers, but you may only win once.
  • TBR and family will choose the top 4 funniest answers.
  • Day One contest closes on Monday, May 3, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Winners will be published on this blog and will be advised how to claim their prizes.

Good luck!

Thank you to Vince Mendoza and Coach Rio de la Cruz of FinishLine!  Visit upcoming events of FinishLine on their site. Click HERE.

P.S. Some of you answered the 5 to 5/5 Contest answers from LAST YEAR.  Sorry about the confusion!  Contest for 2010 starts NOW 🙂

Morning Running

Thursday, 29 April 2010  |  Bullish Insights

I’ve fallen in love with running again. Not that I ever fell out of it. But, for a while there, I lost the oomph that I always felt in the past.

Truth be told, the past months, running felt more like a force of habit, or worse like work.  It was something I had to do to maintain my fitness, keep the weight down, or reach a particular running goal.  I missed the days when I felt so passionate about running that it came out in the way I wrote about it too, like THIS or THIS or THIS.

From February (after Hong Kong Marathon) to a couple of weeks ago, each of my runs were enjoyable, but they weren’t thrilling. I would run at Bonifacio High Street with the hubby or friends on weekday evenings. I also ran most of the major races.  But, no matter who I ran with, how grandiose the event was, or how many thousands of runners joined a race, I felt ho-hum about each and every run I had.

Until the past couple of runs…

I’ve been waking up each morning excited to lace up.  My mind is racing even before I hit the road.  I am excited over running again.  It has a lot to do with getting into the NYC Marathon lottery since I have a new goal.  But, it has more to do with going back to the place and time when I first fell in love with running: early morning runs on my favorite roads.

I’ve gone back to the same morning runs on my own.  Just me and the road.  No chatter, no crowds, no brain clutter, no mental noise. I don’t expect to see anyone and I don’t want to be seen either.  It’s going back to how I started running in 2007 when running was new to me.  And there was much to discover.

Nowadays, I cover the same route.  Same time as before.  But, I go at a pace that is much faster than I’ve gone the past several months of marathon training; it is invigorating.  In the silence and the vastness of the road, my mind is free to roam, imagine, brainstorm, dream, problem-solve, and relax, something I cannot seem to do during evening runs, when the day has left me with more thoughts than I can handle.  The speed makes me feel like I’m leaving behind a huge chunk of weight, work, and worries. After one hour of running, I feel lighter, happier, and I feel I have more in me to fight the battles of the day.  After my morning run, I feel I can take on the world.

Greenfield Sunset Run 2010

Thursday, 29 April 2010  |  Bullish Insights

TBR Race Review: The Greenfield Sunset Run 2010

Organizers: Finish Line


  • out-of-town sunset run as a unique concept
  • majority of the roads (specifically within Greenfield City and Pramana Village) were wonderful to run on
  • ample floodlights throughout the dark roads
  • mobile system throughout the route blasting music
  • use of timing chip
  • free transportation to Greenfield City
  • festive post-race atmosphere
  • bands after the race
  • discounts at outlet stores
  • kids play area


  • lack of water at one station
  • vehicles and motorcycles entered a portion of the course
  • some roads were dusty and polluted
  • late start
  • heavy traffic entering and exiting race

The idea of an out-of-town sunset run conjures images of fresh air, a calm breeze, and wide, open roads for runners to tread on. The Greenfield Sunset Run provided all that for the most part of the 21km race, but gave the runners a tough challenge during the last kilometers with lack of water at stations, dusty and polluted roads, and cars lining the latter part of the course.

Thankfully, the race ended with a fun, festive atmosphere, one that was enough to make this runner forget about the difficulties of the race and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow runners in a much deserved late dinner.



Early that day I spoke for three long hours at a workshop, had a tiny bowl of Minestrone for lunch, rushed to dress the kids and leave them at the in-laws forgetting completely about merienda. At 5:30 PM, as hubby and I, along with a wonderfully large group of running friends we happened to bump into at the race, I realized I was in for some big trouble.


– with JunC & Mariel (Solemates), Jay (Prometheus Cometh), Aljo, Raymund (Rain Man), Bobby, Hubby, Art and Little Kulit Runner in front –

I glanced at my watch. Ran the numbers. And told the hubby: “If we do your 9 run: 1 walk intervals, we may finish in 2 hours 30 mins right?” Hubby nodded his head. I shook mine. “Oh no, we’ll finish at 8! I am going to get hungry!”

With that, the race started. And I ran it off with a smile. Bahala na. That’s what I get for not being in full race mode and completely forgetting that a night race was different from the morning races I was so accustomed to.


Hubby and I ran with Bobby and Raymund in the early part of the race. The course was awesome. The roads were wide and traffic-free, the sky was dim and the weather cool, a strong breeze didn’t allow us to break a sweat.

As in the past training runs, every 9 minutes, I would yell “WALK!” and we would all slow to a walk and start yakking away. After a minute, we would proceed to run in silence.


We passed several TBR Dream Marathoners along the way. And, almost like evangelists (or party list representatives if you want to be more relevant), we would encourage them to join us and try the run:walk intervals.

JV, hubby’s officemate, started running with us but decided to go his own pace after a few kilometers. Then, we bumped into Ricky who joined our pace group. Then, for a while, Dra. Lora who is part of the organizing committee of Runew, and Macky ran along with us.


It was smooth sailing for us all throughout the first 15km. We actually struggled to keep our pace slow and steady at 6:30 min/km as we often found ourselves running at 6 to 6:15.

As the sky turned to black and the roads became narrower and filled with cars, the run doubled in difficulty.

At around 15km, I stopped at a water station only to discover they had run out of water. Of all times to leave my hydration belt behind! I yelled to hubby “What do I do with no water now?” And, as expected, he held out his water bottle for me to drink.

By the last 3km, cars started to fill both lanes of the road. A motorcyle from behind almost sideswiped me. Strike 2, I thought. Hubby and I managed to find humor in the situation as it was deja vu of The Great Lapu-Lapu Run in Cebu, where the last 3k was troubled by traffic, and a motorcyle had almost hit me as well.

Runners were forced to run on the middle of the road, so our group was in a single-line formation. By the time we stopped at the next water station (which had water already), our group was down to three. Just hubby, Bobby, and myself.


We crossed the finish at 2:26. It was one of our slowest runs. Once we stopped, my legs turned to lead with the lactic-acid build up. I knew that this was due to the fact that I didn’t run at my natural pace, forcing myself to run along with the group’s pace. This was fine, a happy consequence of running with a fine group of runners.
– with Bobby and Hubby nearing the finish –

– Coach Lit, are we leaning forward enough? –

– Near the end of what might be my last half marathon night race. I think I’ll stick to morning long runs! –

– with hubby –

The other runners from our pace group arrived. First Ricky, then Macky. Macky was on cloud 9 as he beat his PR by a whopping 20 minutes! (Thanks for the email and photo, Macky.  Congrats again!)

– Macky writes: This boosted my confidence that I will be able to finish the full marathon come May 22. I must admit there have been doubts but each small achievement(s) helps me to soldier on. –

Raymund was nowhere in sight. It turned out that he felt lightheaded midway through the run (most probably due to hunger) and was compelled to walk instead.


With no Sunday morning activities to rush to like the regular morning race, most of us had time for a well-deserved dinner. A large group of us, most of my best running friends, shared an awful Japanese dinner over some fantastic runner’s chatter. A great way to end yet another running adventure.

– awful food over great dinner with friends –

* Thank you to Vima (Kulit Runner) and PhotoVendo Team (especially Ben Chan) for some of the photos.

Cough, Cough Away

Friday, 23 April 2010  |  Bullish Insights

So my son’s cough and cold virus has attacked me too.


Two days ago, I woke up with an itchy throat. My solution? An early morning 10k run at 5:50 min/km pace.

I felt great when I got home, but by afternoon, the cough had worsened. And, worse, my nose was congested.


I had a morning appointment with my trainer for strength training at the gym.  I peeled myself off the bed, added two packs of tissue in my gym bag, and crawled my way up to the 2nd floor of the gym.  I attempted to finish 10 minutes of my warm up on the elliptical only to have my gym trainer send me home.  “Get out of here and get some rest” he said warmly, then he said “baka mahawa din kasi ako sa yo eh!” with a laugh.

I thought it best to stay home and avoid spreading this nasty virus.  But, I had hopes that it would be gone by noon time.

Coach Jim’s wife, Susan, had invited me for a run the following day, and I confirmed with her optimistic that I would be back in the pink of health by this morning.


Nope, my combination of prayers, OJ, and double dose of vitamin C wasn’t enough to scare the cough and colds away.  I had to pass on the morning run with Susan or any other form of exercise today.  Thus, my eyebrows are glued together and I haven’t even smiled since I got out of bed.

By tomorrow, I expect to be back in fighting form for Greenfield Sunset Run. Hopefully by then, I can greet you with a smile.  Sniff sniff. Cough cough.