Friday, November 21, 2008

The Wonder of Sir Jovie, the Bald Runner

Every runner blogger knows Sir Jovie aka Bald Runner. Like Jaymie, this remarkable person is undeniably a celebrity in his own right. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to catch him in the four races that I ran this year.

Then came Wayne, the SFrunner.

Picked up Wayne at his hotel in Makati last Nov. 14, 2008 to attend the orientation of the Nike Running Clinic at Ultra. I did not register for this event knowing that it would be totally impossible for me to make it. Lucky for me though, my guardian angels found a way to make the impossible possible.

The chaotic traffic condition (caused by payday falling on a Friday) prevented us from reaching Ultra on the scheduled time of 7 PM. Thank God I brought one family size pizza with cheesy pops and a cooler filled with Diet Coke and mango juice which I hope Wayne enjoyed while we talked about running, races, and just about anything along the road. My son Gio also joined the conversation, throwing questions at Wayne from time to time which the SFrunner patiently answered with gentleness and all humility.

We arrived at the venue very very late, and as soon as we entered Brent gym, I suddenly felt uncomfortable because of the heat that greeted us at the entrance.

But my uneasiness disappeared when I saw Sir Jovie grinning at Wayne and me.

Contrary to my preconceived expectations (you know, BR must be stern and quiet kind of guy), he was warm, gracious and surprisingly funny. Why, he even dropped a hilarious joke which really caused my tummy to explode! But due to existing moral restrictions of our society, I dare not divulge it in this blog . . . sorry!

Sir Jovie, I enjoyed very much our lively chat, though very short. Thank you for helping me forget (temporarily) the pain of driving all the way from Las Pinas to Makati and then to Pasig. You are truly, truly a wonderful person. Your hair may be gone but your heart is overflowing with love and compassion for others.

Then Gio and I walked across the gym to say hi to Jaymie and her group: the ever-thoughtful Jay together with JunC, Marga and Annie. We talked and laughed for a while and then I went nearer the speaker to learn a few tips about running.

That's where I found Wilbert and Vimz who was so kind to accompany me to the ladies' room and showed me the beautiful oval track where they usually run. She also introduced me to the rest of the Happy Feet group whom I haven't met at the VSO (won't mention the names one by one anymore kasi baka masaktan yong nakalimutan kong pangalan . . . hirap talaga ng gurang!)

Thanks to Wayne for being instrumental in my attendance at the Nike Running Clinic Orientation. Because of him, I was able to finally meet the Bald Runner and all of you wonderful guys! (now I know how and why Mark & Tiffin came to be)


  1. This is short of being a miracle, a very nice story. God has all the way. See you again Nora.

  2. See you and Christy at the ANIMO Run tomorrow Vener!

  3. Hi Nora. You deserve a lot of credit in wanting to go to the Nike Orientation. Despite the traffic situation, you were determined to want to be a part of it. There were good speakers and, of course, people that you knew. God wanted us there too.

    Along with you, it was neat meeting Gio. He has so much potential in his future. Very mature for his age and I'm not afraid to share that here. I can only imagine how well behaved Eia is.

    Thank you for the pizza and the mango juice. Mangos just don't taste the same here but are great in the Philippines and in Hawaii!

    Though I'm in SF right now, my heart is still in the land of 7107 islands. It was a delight meeting you, Gio and all the runners. All of you are heroes to me!

    Take care and have a great weekend. 2009 is not that far off...

  4. What a nice compliment for the Filipino runners (and the Filipino people in general) that the San Francisco runner left his heart in the Phils.

    Thank you for accommodating Gio's questions. After that day, he told me he'll join the Yakult 3k Run this Dec. 7! Isn't that great? And when Eia learned that Gio will be running, she also told me that she's joining. So come Dec. 7 I will be running side by side with my 2 precious jewels.

    See you in less than 365 days Wayne! Next time, we have to make a detailed itinerary so you won't miss the beauty of Tagaytay, the splendor of Chocolate Hills and other breath-taking natural wonders of the Philippine islands.

  5. Hi Nora, it may take 7,107 days for Wayne to see all that this country has to offer. :D

    See you at Animo Run tomorrow.

  6. I am so sorry I had things on as I am sure I missed out on a great event. Hope to see you soon again. God bless.

  7. You're absolutely right, Jinoe! That's probably why Wayne is thinking of retiring here.

    Had so much fun in the ANIMO with you and our other friends.

  8. Yes, Philip. We'll definitely see each other again soon. You can count on that. Hmm... why don't we plan a get together of all runner bloggers?

  9. eah that sounds marvelous, I am sure you iwll get alot of bloggers interested.

  10. Posted on my blog about getting together...

  11. Nora - Basta sa press release ko ay ako ang hinabol ni Tiffin!

    Oooops alis na ako dahil parating na misis ko.

    Nice meeting you.

    Regards Mark & Tiffin

  12. Haha . . . nice meeting you two. Are you joining the Yakult Race? Hope to see you there!