Save the Date: TBR GoWell Dream Marathon 2018

Sunday, 28 May 2017  |  Race Announcements

Dreaming of a marathon? Save the date for the 9th TBR GoWell Dream Marathon, the first and only marathon in the world for first-time marathoners.

Online registration will open on this site, www.thebullrunner.com, in August 2017. Expect more updates by July.

For more information on the race, visit www.tbrdream.com

Run for the Mountains on 21 May

Friday, 19 May 2017  |  Race Announcements

Who’s joining Run for the Mountains?  If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t fret.  They’ve extended registration!  TBR Jr. and I are signing up today.  Hope to see you there!

EXTENDED REGISTRATION: Registration, except for online registration, has been extended to MAY 20.  There will also be onsite registration on May 21, 2017, 4:00AM.

Here’s more info if you’re interested…

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TBR Turns 10! And, I’m Another Year Older, Too!

Friday, 5 May 2017  |  Bullish Insights

Photo: Cres Yulo

TBR turns 10 today! No, not me silly! This blog! Yup, thebullrunner.com is 10 years old! Who would’ve known that this little online running journal of mine would grow into a magazine, a marathon, and even a community of runners who support beginners and truly love the sport.

Since I created thebullrunner.com on my birthday, it also means that I grow another year older this year. I turn 41 now. Sure, I worry about the white hair on my head, my failing memory, slowing metabolism, longer days of recovery, and bulges here and there, but for the most part, I’m thankful for all the blessings I’ve received the past 41 years I’ve been on this earth. It’s been a wild ride, especially the last 10 years when I became “The Bull Runner” but I look forward to many more adventures to come.

To all of you who have lurked, messaged, waved hello, joined TBR Dream, run with me, or even just supported one of my TBR runners, thank you. To all who greeted me today, family, friends, and even those I’ve never met but took the time to message me online, thank you. To my two kiddos who surprised me with their works of art today and who truly make this life worth living, thank you. Mwah.

Million Volunteer Run on July 23, 2017

Friday, 5 May 2017  |  Race Announcements

Now on its fourth year, the Million Volunteer Run is this year’s biggest humanitarian run organized by the Philippine Red Cross. It aims to further grow the PRC’s already extensive network of volunteers nationwide. Happening on 23 July 2017, Sunday, 4AMat the Quirino Grandstand in Manila., the advocacy run likewise seeks to once again draw participation from government, corporate, religious, academic, and athletic institutions to rally together behind the impartial protection of life and dignity, especially of indigent Filipinos in vulnerable situations. (more…)

My Son’s First Half Marathon

Wednesday, 3 May 2017  |  Family

Anton at the starting line of his first half marathon at NYC Runs Flushing Meadows Half Marathon

Ever since I started running, I secretly wished (okay, maybe it wasn’t such a huge secret) that my kids would fall in love with running too.  I had visions of us running together on Sundays, joining marathons abroad when they were older, and throwing out words like fartlek and recovery every morning during breakfast.  But, I promised myself early on that I would never ever force them into the sport.  Doing so can backfire with them hating it  altogether.  And, I always believe in allowing my children to discover their own path and passions.

So, when Anton, now 16 years old, told me that he wanted to join a half marathon, I was pleasantly surprised.  I almost jumped out of my seat to do cartwheels, but, at the same time, an overwhelming feeling of fear and hesitation came over me. (more…)