The 6th Mommy Milkshake Run

Sunday, 14 February 2016  |  Family, Race Announcements

MMM2010 – Li’l Miss TBR and I at Mommy Milkshake Run 2010 –

Yay, the Mommy Milkshake Run is back!  This run is a breathe of fresh air for the competitive runners.  It’s a run for the entire family (even preggies and babies) and it’s all in good fun.  I’ve never missed a Mommy Milkshake Run, not just because my sis Mommy Mundo organizes it (lol) but also because it’s a chance for me to bond with the kiddos.  Here’s how you can join too.  Hope to see you there!


Press Release – Mommy Mundo advocates a healthy family life and finds different avenues to create unique activities where families can bond, interact and create new memories together. With this objective in mind, Mommy Mundo is bringing back the Mommy Milkshake Run. Now on its 6th year, this family fun run was first organized in 2007, up until 2011. This year, on March 6, moms and their families, expectant couples are invited to celebrate family togetherness, fitness and outdoor fun. (more…)

Mommy Milkshake 2011

Monday, 15 August 2011  |  Race Reports

There’s one race that the kids and I look forward to every year. It’s the Mommy Milkshake Run!


Yesterday, over 400 parents and kids trooped over to Mercato Centrale at Bonifacio High Street for some 3k and 5k running action and to show their support for breastfeeding.  Spotted there were active families and friends…


– Christine and Paco Sandejas and kids –


– Patricia and Vince Hizon and kids –


– breastfeeding advocate, Abbie Yabot, with husband Mike (not in pic) and her family –

Plus mommy friends and their kids…

– Mommy Power!  Gigi (Fit Mommy) and my “twin sis” Jaimie carrying their kids. That’s tougher than a 42k! –

– The Janeo Family: Gab, Mike, and Lola. Missing in pic: Mommy Macel! –

– The Jao Family (Missing in pic: Daddy Jayvee –

Last but not the least, race organizer and my dearest Sis (who really should start running already)…

– Janice, bro-in-law Gary V., and kids –

As for The Bull Runner family, oh, the kids and I were present too even if hubby was off to the beach over the weekend.

The morning started out a bit slow and gloomy for us.  It was quite tough to drag the kiddos out of bed, there was an eerie silence in the car and not the usual chatting and shouting, Li’l Miss Bull Runner got cranky after she complained that I was “taking too many photos of her,” and I was just too exhausted from the 21k in such hot and humid weather the day before.

– To think they were so excited about this race! Check out that fake smile and frown! –

– Could they have been any more irritable? –

Before we could rant any further, the race started.  There were a few who were serious about racing (my friend ultramarathoner, Toto, was keen on winning the 5k…and he did!) but most were out there to just have serious fun.


The Bull Runner family couldn’t have walked any slower. I was contemplating on replacing Bull with Turtles, Snails, or even Sloths when I had another idea. A few meters into the race, I declared to the kids: Finishers of this race gets a new cheap toy later! (Yes, the word cheap found its way in there!) I saw Li’l Miss Bull Runner’s eyes light up. Then, I made a second announcement: Winner of the race gets an extra cheap toy, too! Before I could finish, the two were gone and had charged ahead just like little bulls!

– Ready…Set…Go! –

– Li’l Miss TBR with her cousin –

– They had a blast… –

– …and a tough workout too –

– Bonding time! –

During the race, naughty Li’l Miss Bull Runner would entertain herself by taunting her kuya…

– Caught in the act –

Spin like crazy to make herself dizzy, and…
– Whooopeee! –

…Just like Mommy taught her, Li’l Miss Bull Runner would cool herself down at the water station just like the pros do…


…and again…


Both crossed the finish at the same time. (Thank God because this Mom plays no favorites so they both enjoyed the same reward later in the day!) This was truly a fun and memorable bonding experience for us.


We dropped by Mercato Centrale for Mommy Milkshake’s post race activities and to shop for food of course (brazo de mercedes and cupcakes…yum!), but had to leave before the mommy talks and kiddie activities which we heard were a lot of fun.

post race

Congratulations to Mommy Milkshake Run! Until the next one!


Mommy Milkshake Marathon 2010

Monday, 9 August 2010  |  Bullish Insights

The rain didn’t stop all the mommies (and grandmothers, kids, and preggy women…plus their partners) from running the Mommy Milkshake Marathon at Bonifacio High Street yesterday.


– with organizers, Rome Kanapi and my sis Janice Villanueva and the kids –

Our entire family, including my niece, showed up for the race armed with two umbrellas.  Hubby took care of the older kids, while I accompanied Little Miss Bull Runner who chose to bike the 3k course along with her cousin.  (I gave her this option since she was coughing and I worried that 3k was too much for her.)

“Are the girls going to win?” I asked Little Miss TBR. “Yes!” she yelled. Fueled by Woman Power, we were off!

– Little Miss TBR with her pet, Liny, who joins every family adventure –


We raced along with other families who were enjoying the easy run despite the gloomy weather.  For a moment, I ran alongside Patricia Hizon and her kids Vicente and Paul; fast and fearless Vicente was way ahead of his mommy.


– Patricia Hizon with her adorable boys –

I also spotted Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan with her mom and her grandmother.  Her own daughter had sped off ahead and later found a place on the podium.

– Four generations of strong and beautiful Laxa women –

As for Little Miss TBR, she pedaled like there was no tomorrow.  With such a huge smile, I knew she was enjoying every minute.  We went for two loops around BHS.  The uphills were a bit of a challenge for her, but she enjoyed the gentle downhills immensely.  Too much in fact that I begged her to slow down!

– racing with my little girl –


I thought I was going to have it easy compared to the hubby.  (This pic shows he had quite an easy time running with older kids.)

– Coach Hubby with my niece and the kids –

Past 3km races with my daughter was always a slow and relaxed run.  But, this time, I failed to take into consideration that 1) kids on bikes go much faster, and 2) holding an umbrella while running was a skill I had absolutely no training for.

It was the ultimate test of balancing running and motherhood at exactly the same time.  While running, I had to hold the umbrella in one hand and camera in the other, caution Little Miss TBR about veering away from the course (which was almost every 5 seconds), warn her about hitting runners in front, and help her count the “rainbows” (prisms caused by the rainwater hit by the light) she spotted on the road.


With my feet soaked in rainwater (I wore Vibram Five Fingers for the first time. More on this in a separate post) and non-stop fast-paced running, it was exhausting…but seeing Little Miss TBR’s face beam with pride when we crossed the finish made all the sweat, worry, and tough bicep workout all worth it.

– We did it! –


As it turns out, Little Miss TBR absolutely loved the race. After seeing the photos, she exclaims while jumping up and down: “Mama, I want to bike again in another race…and I want Liny (her pet lion) to join us again…and I want it to rain, too!”  Oh boy, this mama has got to train hard for the next one.

– Yahooo! –

Congratulations to the organizers of Mommy Milkshake Marathon especially my sis, Janice Villanueva of Mommy Mundo and Creative Juice. Hope to join this one again next year!

Mommy Milkshake Marathon Year 4 on 8 August 2010

Thursday, 29 July 2010  |  Race Announcements

I’m a runner.  I’m a hands on mommy who breastfed both kids.  Here’s an event that I can completely relate to and fully support: Mommy Milkshake Marathon, a fun run celebrating the joys of motherhood and breastfeeding.


My sister, Janice, an advocate of breastfeeding and co-owner of Mommy Matters Nursingwear, organizes this annual event.  It’s not your typical competitive race.  In fact, it’s the opposite. It starts later than usual.  A quarter of the participants have bulging bellies, not due to obesity, but due to pregnancy.  And, there are games, chatting, and a whole lot of laughter going on before, during, and after the race.

Our entire family is signing up.  I hope you can too!

DATE:  August 8, 2010
ASSEMBLY AREA: Behind NBC TENT (26th Street)
RACE START: 7:00 am
FOR INQUIRIES: Call 408.8070/ 0908.8657246
  • REG FEE: Adults – Php200, Php 100 – kids 3-15 years old, FREE – kids below 3
  • RACE KIT PICK UP:  Pick up starting JULY 30, 2010
    • OPTION 1 (July 30- August 7): Pick up at the Creative Juice office located at 2/L Fun Ranch Frontera Verde, Ortigas, Pasig  City. Office hours is 9am-5pm.
    • OPTION 2  (July 30 to August 6 only): Pick up at Big & Small Co Bonifacio HIgh Street.  From 4pm- 10pm.
  • For more information, you may call 408.8070
  • ATTIRE: Come in your Mommy Milkshake race shirt.  Apply sunblock. Bring your  shades/visors, caps. If you are running with your baby or very young children, you may opt to bring an umbrella in case of rain and extreme heat.
  • AWARDS: Mommy Milkshake is not a race.  Time-based winners are not recognized but special awards will be given for the following:  Most pregnant runner, Breastfeeding runner, Pink family, Youngest runner, Eldest runner, Most energetic child, among others.
  • PARKING: You may park you cars at the parking area near 28th Street, (Bonifacio High Street). Flat Rates on weekends.


Mommy Milkshake Marathon Year 3

Tuesday, 8 September 2009  |  Race Reports

I didn’t join this one to race.  I came to provide moral support to the organizer (my sister and friends!), to take a stand for breastfeeding, to run (of course!), and last but not the least, to enjoy!  

The atmosphere in Mommy Milkshake Marathon Year 3 at Bonifacio Global City last Sept. 5 was laid-back and fun.  With a jester juggling, a man on stilts, a big blue teddy bear mascot, and moms and kids strolling about, a runner would’ve thought he stumbled into a kiddie party instead of a run.  But, one quick look at the sea of pink runners pinning their race bibs, stretching, or warming up, and one would know it was truly a fun run.  


– with my sis and partner for Urban Mom Magazine, Janice Villanueva, and our dear friend, Rome Kanapi, childbirth preparation class instructor –

– Mesh (My Iron Shoes), Ting, Bards (Banana Running) and friends –

– My cousins, Camille and Candy and daughter, Katie, with Tonette, future marathoner –

– Charmaine (Correr Conmigo) and Taki (Techspec) with their unstoppable little runner, Meekha –

– They look like running twins! –

The great thing about this run was the variety of runners that showed up: non-runners such as pregnant and breastfeeding moms, newbie runners hoping to gain their first friendly race experience, serious runners bringing friends and family along, hardcore ultramarathoners (in pink too, mind you), and even the elite.  Despite the various backgrounds, runners of all shapes and sizes were there to have a good time.

– Off we go! –

– Hardcore runners: Bald Runner, Lester, Mari and Jonel –

– Kids and dogs joined the fun –

– Recent Ironman 70.3 team relay finisher (swim leg), Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and her Lola finishing the 3k –

– Swthrt (Broj) and son –

– Mariel (Solemates) and daughter Mica –

As for me, I planned on running 15k (and the hubby 10k) before Mommy Milkshake, plus another 5k with the hubby and kids.  Due to the rains, I slept longer than expected (whoops!) and thought it best to keep the kids at home.  So, the hubby and I arrived at the race with enough time to run only 5k.  We ran 5k during the race after which I ran another 6k to complete a full 16k as prescribed in my training program.  It was an enjoyable run under cool weather.  Even better with great friends and family around!

– with Mariel, Bea, Sofia, and Mika, Marga, Patrick and friends, hubby, Vimz and Art and their kids, Aljo –

– with Marga, Patrick (Nike+ 5k Challenger on Run Radio), and hubby.  Congrats on your “bitin” 3k, Patrick! –

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– Fun, fun, fun! That’s what it’s about, guys! –