Thursday, November 27, 2008


I remember the days
You keep me company
We celebrate life
We celebrate victories
We celebrate friendships

I also remember the days
You keep me company
You consoled me from failures
You consoled me from heartaches
You consoled me from betrayals

I remember the days
When the more I imbibe
The merrier I get

I also remember the days
When the more I imbibe
The more miserable I get

Through thick and thin
You've been there
Through ups and down
You've been there

Now, I must say adieu
For my body can no longer stand you
Oh for the chance to still savor the froth
Of your maltiness and pilsen breath

But alas, I must say adieu
For with you, I must suffer
Each bottle equates to painful gout

Adieu my friend, Adieu
Adieu Pale Pilsen and San Mig Light
Adieu Cervesa -- Adieu BEER!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Balance Power Race 2008 -- results

Ting just send us copies of the unofficial results of the New Balance Power Race 2008. You should be able to review it at the Extribe website I'm not sure why they still labeled it "unofficial".

Anyway, I was a little surprised with my time -- I was expecting around 1 hour 18 minutes. I ended up with 1:16:46!!! I was originally targeting a 1:15 run but I'm happy -- the hilly portions of the run really took its toll. I guess I needed more workouts in Baguio!! Too bad it's so far away. This just means I really need more hills training.

Ting and her alagas also posted respectable times:

Allan (Serge) Esguerra - 1:00:45 for his 10K run
Rico Ibana - 2:27:08 - 25K
Ed Francisco - 2:29:54 - 25K
Ting Pascual - 2:58:03 -- her first 25K!!!

It was a great weekend. I'm just down with strained knees and hamstrings. Hope to bounce back later this week for some training runs. No racing this weekend -- too many commitments. I guess it's a good time to recover from my first 10K.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Towards my 1st 10k - part 4 -- More pictures of the NB Power Race 2008

I took the opportunity to also capture pictures of runner/bloggers and other friends that I know or recognized during the finish.

My friend and fellow I.T. practicioner, Adi Cruz, also ran the 10K race but stuck around at the finish line waiting for his daughter to finish her 25K run!! I understand she had completed her full marathon during the last Milo Marathon. One of these days!! he! he!

Jay Nacino, a.k.a. Prometheus Commeth, had a strong finish with his 25K

Bald Runner was one of the early finishers!! Definitely my idol -- his accomplishments as a runner are definitely to aspire for.

I recognized Ibanrunner from pictures in his blog. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to meet up with him. Looked like a good finish too.

Bull Runner (Jaymie), Coach Rio and Doray coming in as a group. Rio's hair, as it swayed with the wind, was definitely a sight!! I was so focused on Rio and Doray, I missed out Jaymie just behind them. I wasn't able to get a good shot of Jaymie until she was passing me by already -- sorry!!

There's Dindo - aka RunningDatCom -- with his patented head gear finishing another great 25K run.

Towards my 1st 10K - part 3 - Sights Around the NB Power Race 2008

After running my first 10K, I stayed around to catch my running buddies with my camera. Ting, Ed and Rico were all running the 25K. Fortunately for them, I would be at the Finished Line recording the event. Unfortunately for me -- no other pictures for my own 10K!! he! he!

Waiting At the Finish Line

Allan and Essh with me at the Finish Line
Jason Yuvienco and his lovely girl friend -- Jason works for SAS. It was a surprise for both of us seeing each other at the race!!

Post-race Activities

Post-race cool down and stretching activities c/o Fitness First

Post-recovery Stretching Services provided by UERM Physical Therapists

You can have your feet checked to determined appropriate shoe model -- service provided by New Balance

Run Buddies and their Finishes

Rico Ibana was the first to arrive -- and he looked like he was till ready to run another round.

Ed Franicsco also had a strong finish. Later I found out he was still going to play basketball afterwards -- really a Superman Ed!!

Ting finally finished her first 25K!!! A great accomplishment!! Now my buddies have graduated to longer distances and have left me behind!! he! he!

High-powered IBM executive and New York Marathon finisher, Jajo Quintos, also had a strong finish for his 25K. He had a great smile at the finish sensing me at the camera!!

Finished Line Pictures for everyone!!! Great job everyone!!

Towards my 1st 10K - part 2 -- the NB Power Race 2008 - Clark Freeport Zone

It's Race Day -- November 16 -- and we're at Clark Freeport Zone. It's my first time to run in Clark and my first time to run a 10K distance. I feel all sorts of emotions -- I'm scared, I'm jubilant, I'm apprehensive and excited!!!

The night before, I was able to have dinner with Allan Esguerra and his lovely girlfriend, Essh. We had dinner at the Korean restaurant inside Mimosa. Food was good and the company was great!! I was supposed to have dinner with Wayne (sfrunner) and Gene Ordanza but they were invited by Tanya to visit Tarlac. So, I ended up seeing Wayne only on race day. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see Wayne the whole week he was here because of my planning conference in Baguio.

Having a nice Korean dinner with Allan and his girlfriend, Essh

Essh is such an interesting person with an equally interesting story about her. I was gonna write about her story but I'll refrain for awhile until I get some pictures from Allan and get her permission to post!!

I also had a nightcap with Jay (Prometheus Cometh) and his lovely wife Angel. In my hurry to pack for my Baguio trip, I forgot my hydration belt. Thankfully, Jay agreed to bring it along as he was also staying at the Holiday Inn. It was a good nightcap before retiring -- I needed the help to get to sleep.

Race day morning came and I woke up at 4:00am. By 5:00am I was at the registration area. Parking was starting to fill up. I brought by camera with me to try and capture pictures of the pre-race excitement. I took a few -- capturing many of the 25K runners who had to get their RFID tags. I saw Dindo (RunningDATC) and finally met up with Wayne and Gene. I also met a number of other runners/bloggers including Doray and Jinoe. Sorry, there were so many I didn't remember all the names.

The 25K runners lining for their RFID tags

With Wayne, Gene and Dindo before proceeding to the Starting Line

After taking a few more pictures, I gave up and decided to return my camera to my car -- I brought along my big SLR and didn't want to bring it with me while running. I think I'm gonna reward myself at Christmas with a new point-and-shoot camera so that I can bring it with while running!! he! he!

Pretty soon, we were all getting inside the starting area. The 25K runners were gonna start off ahead of the 10K runners. Start was a little late -- instead of 5:30am for 25K, they took off at around 5:45am and we started after a few minutes later.

I had conflicting views about the race route -- some said it was relatively flat but others said it would be a hilly challenge. We'd soon find out which one is right. Unfortunately, the hills prevailed. Immediately after the first 1.5K, we encountered our first hill. While the Baguio training helped, I knew I was in trouble when the 2nd hill came up. That was when I took my first walk break. It was a good thing it was after the 2.5K mark, where the water station was situated. The water helped and I restarted after the hill. At the 4K mark, we were presented with a long downhill stretch.

I kept on thinking that while the downhill was great in helping me recover, what goes down must come up!!! he! he! At the 5K turn, I got my water bottle and headed back up. This time, it was painful all the way -- I knew it was a 1Km uphill climb -- a sustained uphill climb!!! So, this was were I took my second walk-break. And it was only the 6K mark!!

Upon reaching the 7K marker, I restarted running -- it was a continuous challenge to stay running. I had probably one more walking break before reaching the 1.5K to go mark. This time, I just hardened my resolved and kept running until I reached the finished line. 10K run complete!! I time myself around 1 hour 18 minutes. I hope my official time will be around that mark as well.

The Finish Lines were well-organized. The 10K finish had 5 chutes based on the letter attached to your bib number. The 25K finish had the RFID transponders ready to capture the moment. Medals were given to all finishers.

I walked around to cool down and chatted with Wayne and some other members of Happy Feet for awhile. But, I knew my knee was going to suffer -- but I'm relieved I accomplished what I set out to do -- finished my first 10K.

Kudos to the organizers -- it was one of the best organized races I've joined!!! The course was challenging, the race markers were large and plentiful. Water stations were properly stationed at each 2.5K mark. The weather cooperated -- it was overcast and cool all throughout the race!! It was definitely a fantastic experience -- perfect for my first 10K.