Inspiration and Commitment.

Inspiration and Commitment. Two big words to live by.

A 220-pounder guy 5 years ago took its way to fitness and healthy lifestyle. His journey finds its way to a better tomorrow by continually exploring activities gaining a better experience to life at the same time feeling good about himself.

It was August 2009 when the journey of this fat kid starts by enrolling himself in a known gym with just a simple random thought. The journey has begun as he continually motivates himself for a better health benefit.

After a year of monotony in the gym, seeking ways to be more active, he tried engaging himself into running. Running his first 5K fun run in ‘Run to Read’ in August 2010 and voyage himself through 10K, 15K distances through half marathons as he aspire to become a marathoner. He ran his first marathon overseas in the ‘Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore’ in December of 2011. Continually engaging himself into the world of running and striving for more, he completed his first ultramarathon in the recently concluded ‘Tagaytay to Nasugbu 50K Ultramarathon’ last May of this year. He never fails his incessant dedication to healthy lifestyle and fitness.

Going back to his first sport of swimming in the elementary years and eventually having his own bike, triathlon has paved its way, marking his 5th place finish in the ‘Wetshop Newbie Triathlon’ last May 2012.

The never-ending expedition in seeking new ways to live life to the fullest took its way to a lot of other activities. From wakeboarding to surfing, from boxing to muay thai, from trail blazing to mountain climbing and now enjoying the inner peace that yoga benefits.

The quest is infinite but the inspiration and commitment will never tear apart. Persistently thanking God for the gift of life and forever nourishing it. For in the end, it’s not the life that you live but how you live your life.

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My 50km Journey: Tagaytay to Nasugbu (T2N) Ultramarathon.

I was quite puzzled seeing people running a crazy distance more than a full marathon. Anything beyond 42.195km is considered an Ultramarathon.

I was opened to this said kind of absurd thinking when I supported a friend’s friend in 160km Bataan Death March Ultramarathon. Yes, 100miles, so bizaare! And yet, there is a piece of me that I wanna do something like this.

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Labor day, May 1, 2013, 5th Tagaytay to Nasugbu 50K Ultramarathon. Yes, I am up for this challenge. It was quite an odd decision but it is one in my bucket list this year.

4:00am. The race started in Picnic Grove in Tagaytay City. 300+ runners gather together to test their limits. It was a smooth foggy Tagaytay that swept the first 15kms of the race. The challenge went in further.

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KM 18. Call of nature strikes in. I need to stop from time to time when some gastric upset came in so I need to get this done. The piece of my fat face should overcome me. So I politely asked an unknown man, and the family welcomed me to their humble home and use their throne. I couldn’t believe I have done it but more surprisingly, there are still good samaritans along the way. Special thanks to that family who undoubtedly opened their doors for me. It was indeed a big help to continue through my journey.

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KM 20. Almost half marathon. I was happy seeing the ‘Welcome to Nasugbu’ arc for it was the 20th kilometer mark. I have to double time for the time that was lost and so we moved on.

6:30am. Fogs fade. The foggy Tagaytay went into a scorching heat of Nasugbu. This I guess is the most challenging part of the race.

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KM 35. Feet starts to react. I can already feel the impact of my feet towards the hot surface of the road leading to some blisters that starts to grow. I have to change my socks together with my shoes and it helped.

KM 40. Tears of joy. Seeing people whom you never know, clapping hands for you, cheering you up, offering anything you may need. Who wouldn’t be brave enough to continue the journey? I was teary eyed when I reach the bridge that marked the 40th kilometer of the race. It gave me a pat in the back that I’ve reached this far beyond the odds and theres no turning back.

KM 45. Almost died of heat. The heat is definitely the no.1 enemy of ultrarunners. This indeed slows you and eventually whispers you of giving up. It’s all in your mind now to decipher.

Few kilometers left but this is the longest kilometers I am facing. Never give up. Pagtiyagaan mo na lang. I almost submerged myself on a bucket of ice because of the heat. All I can see are the smiles from all the people around cheering you up, clapping their hands, bowing down to you. I was overwhelmed.

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Fireworks in my eyes seeing a 500 meters to Petron signage, which is the finish line of the race. Seeing my support crew happy, the finish line tarpaulin, and all the people around gathered under the heat of the sun, I finished the race as the 119th finisher, hitting my target, sub 7hours! (Just few seconds though).

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Truly, Ultramarathon starts after the 42nd kilometer in which your mind takes over your body but the heart still remains. I thank God for the safe and injury-free race and for giving me the gift of running. I am so blessed with the best support team who cater to my needs. Same as well to the people who along the way who didn’t hesitate to offer anything and everything they can. Thank you. I guess this is the spirit of Ultrarunning. To my family and loved ones, for there unending understanding to the insanity of the hobby that I am into. And to my fellow runners, congratulations to us, especially to the newly baptized, we can officially proclaim and be proud, we are ULTRAMARATHONERS in our own right. Cheers!

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A Birth of a New Triathlete.

Triathlon is anything that puts the three disciplines, which is Swim-Bike-Run, together in one race, regardless of the distance.

My eyes were opened to something very challenging when I supported a friend’s friend in Ironman 70.3 Philippines in Camarines Sur last September of 2011. 70.3 refers to the distance in miles covered in the race, i.e., 1.9km Swim, 90km Bike and 21.1km Run. It became a puzzle to me how to outwit the said course. But bottomline, I wanna do the sport someday.

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Wetshop Newbie Triathlon is actually designed for Triathlon newbies and wannabes. Mini Sprint Triathlon Course consists of 300m Swim (12 x 25m), 8K Bike (2 x 4K) and 2K Run. I am suppose to join a Super Mini Sprint Course (double the said distance), thinking I am registered on the said division, however on the race day itself, I confirmed that I was just registered for the Mini Sprint. So I did took the challenge.

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Swimming has been my first sport when I was a grader. I went into a clinic when I was 7 and get into competitions representing my school until the age of 12 but lay low throughout high school and college. The question is how to get back into training?

The swim leg of the race was a bit tough. 2 divisions were joined together, 13-15 and 16 and up age group. So expect a physical barrier from all the competitive triathletes. Good thing the swim leg went well.

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I never imagined having a bike was damn expensive and complicated. I know how to ride a bike but not well versed. I’m not into the technical part of it. This I think is one thing I need to focus on.

The bike leg of the race is one big challenge for me. I am not a biker and I know this is my waterloo. The course gives me a bit of chest pain since I didn’t train much on bikes plus I am not practicing the proper breathing technique. Thank God I managed to finish the bike leg even though I almost fell off my bike on my way back to the transition but manages to carry my bike on one hand running back to the rack. I got an applause from the spectators for this.

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Running has been my greatest addiction for the past 2 years. From running my first 5K race up to Half Marathons to Full Marathons, building endurance has always been a continuous challenge.

On the run leg, this I never imagined I will walk. Yes, I walked on parts of it. I really have to learn to distribute all the energy from the other sport so when it comes to the end you can still manage to finish strong.

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As a newbie and wannabe, I am happy I finished the said race. But being on the top is a lot more to be thankful for. I placed 5th in the Male Mini Sprint Category on my age group. Thank you Lord. You are indeed a great man above all.

The whole event was indeed a good one especially for me as a first timer. There are just some glitches with the race itself, thinking that only few organizers that I see facilitating it but to the amount that I paid for this event it is a sure hit. Alas, the event was successful.

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Triathlon requires discipline, dedication, and training. It is needed for you to train how to manage and compose yourself on the three disciplines. Well, truly a new TRIATHLETE was born.

***Thanks to my #ProudScandinavianFriend and her partner for the never ending support. Congratulations to her on her first Aquathlon.

Bataan Death March Ultra Marathon.

 

The Bataan Death March was the forcible transfer, by the Imperial Japanese Army, of 76,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of prisoners.

It was April 9, 1942 when the 97 km (60 mi) march started and was characterized by wide-ranging physical abuse and murder, and resulted in very high fatalities inflicted upon prisoners and civilians alike by the Japanese Army, and was later judged by an Allied military commission to be a Japanese war crime.

Commemorating this said event, a retired AFP Major General, the bald runner himself, Jovie Narcise, organized an Ultramarathon event. This year, I am supporting a friend revenging to finish the 160KM race.

160KM in 30hours. This is the ultra goal for the ultra marathoners. 73 Warriors with a brave heart started their journey 5am of January 28, 2012.

KM 00. Mariveles, Bataan was the starting point. This race is one of the longest in our country and in Southeast Asia. This is a way long journey. Cracking the roads with brave heart is the key to finish this crazy race.

KM 102. San Fernando, Pampanga. It really takes a brave heart to finish this kind of endurance test. The runners have 18 hours to reach this part of the race. At this time after, a pacer can run with the ultra marathoner on their way to the finish line. This is an integral part of the race since at this point; the runners are already on the verge of body tiredness and mentally deranged.

KM160. Capas, Tarlac. Capas National Shrine is the end point of the race. But the catch for this race, there is one more 10 km challenge waiting. I guess that would be the longest 10 kilometers of their lives. However, supporters need to push harder since the silver buckle, medal and the kilometer marker trophy is waiting at the finish line.

This undoubtedly crazy race experience brought me into great thinking and reflection. For one, it made me reflect on the Filipinos who suffered from the Bataan Death March way way back. It was a very bloody and devastating part for those who undergone this history.

One more thing, this BDM experience inspired me to run more and push my limits. I am looking forward that one of these days, I will no longer be part of the support team but rather be on the race on one of the ultra marathon races. I am so happy and proud to be a little part of this race. Congrats to all Warriors who crossed the finish line. You truly cracked the streets with your brave heart. Proud of you Idols!

 

 

 

Running a Marathon.

Running has become a trending sport nowadays. Everyone really get hooked and trying to get in the world of running.

I remember the first time I ran a 5k race. A beginner tried to pace himself just to reach the finish line alive. Luckily, I survived yet a little bit hungry for more kilometers. Then my running story just started.

I think every runner has its goals. And one of this is running a full marathon. A marathon is a long-distance running
event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers (26 miles and 385 yards) that is usually run as a road race.

Joining a marathon is no joke. It really entails vigorous training, not just physically but even mentally. There are events in preparation for running a marathon. It would be better to gain mileage to prepare your body for the stress of running the long distance. It is also suggested to join first events such as half marathon (21K) or a passport to a marathon event (32K) to gauge the miles you are about to conquer.

I celebrated my 6-month in the running community by signing up to the Condura Skyway Marathon: Run for the Dolphins 2011 last February 6, 2011 to run a half marathon. The registration fee is quite costly but the run went well and I survived it injured free.

As I celebrate my anniversary in the world of running, I registered for a full marathon. But this time, trying it overseas. I signed up for Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2011 last December 4, 2011.

In lieu of this, I need to train and gain mileage. I registered for Unilab Run United 2011 running 32 kilometers, a passport to a full marathon. It was a struggle for me. I became injured after the event having cramps after crossing the 20th kilometer plus blisters all over my toes. But it didn’t frustrate me from giving up. I started to get back to training after few days of recovering.

The Standard Chartered Marathon was a momentous event in Singapore. Different races get together and even locals tend to join and prepare for this event. I am happy to be part of the 20,000 marathoners who joined this event.

Luckily, I survived a marathon. I can call myself a marathoner in my own right proudly.

And so, another year has just started. Another full marathon is waiting on February 5, 2012, The Condura Skyway Marathon: Run for the Mangroves 2012. After almost a year when I ran my first half mary. This time it’s full mary. It’s another mind-setting game that will truly keep me sane.

 

 

A Road Preparing for a Triathlon.

Swim. Bike. Run. 3 Sports. 1 Prestigious Event.

Test of Strength, Speed and Endurance.

IRONMAN 70.3, Camarines Sur, Philippines, one of the promising triathlon event in the country where strong people meet and reach one goal: Survive the challenge of 1.2 miles SWIM, 56 miles BIKE and 13.1 miles RUN.

It is very important to be physically and mentally prepared for the said event. Proper and disciplined training months before is a must. Plan the things you will need to avoid the hassle. Check your equipments. It is really hard to be stucked on the road while on a race. Mind your time during the race. Remember that there are cutoff times every event. Carbo-loading a day or two prior to that event should be observed since your reserve energies would really be used. Don’t forget to hydrate yourselves during the race itself. And lastly, Do not forget to always conquer your body with a mindful mind. Continue praying.

Press on to your Goal. Push. Never Settle. Be your own IRONMAN in your own right.