Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Yakult 3K Race: A Struggle To The Finish

After spending 2 hours with Wayne (the SF Runner) and another 1 hour at the Nike Running Clinic Orientation, my son Gio expressed his desire to run 3k at the Yakult Race today. When Eia overheard our conversation, she too wanted to join.

Although I was ecstatic that my children finally decided to join a race, I had fears that it would be a nightmare waking them up very early in the morning.

It turned out that I worried for nothing.
Eia miraculously rose from her deep slumber at exactly 4 o'clock this morning and had no qualms getting ready for her first 3k Race

I woke up Gio 30 minutes later and by 5AM, were were already out of Philamlife Village.

So far, so good.

Finding the race venue was easy. One cannot miss the gigantic Yakult bottle situated near the startling line.

After meeting up with Quennie (she's not registered for this race but Jinoe will run the full 16k), we immediately began our picture taking while we still look fresh.

For the first time, my friend Jenny won't be the official photographer. She will also join the 3k race as explicitly requested by Eia. Romy, my mother's driver for 30 years and also my son's godfather, will be our official photographer.

I had the chance to meet Doc Gigi but she seemed to be in a hurry so we didn't have any photo with her.

Upon hearing that the race was about to begin, Gio wanted to go in already.
But everybody else wanted to have another photo shoot.

3 more shots while waiting for our turn inside the assembly area:

The 10 milers were the first to go, followed by the 5k runners. There was only a handful of 3k participants left. I told Gio he had a good chance to win but it's OK even if he didn't finish first. He could just walk when he gets tired. Quennie assured him that she will accompany him every step of the way.

At the sound of the gun, Quennie and Gio immediately disappeared from our sight.

For a while, Eia also ran very fast but complained of stomach ache soon after.

We didn't even reach Roxas Blvd. yet when she told me that she's tired already.

I didn't pressure her to run some more but Jenny and I just walked at her pace.
Then I thought of Gio who could be thirsty by now. The water and gatorade were at my backpack so I ran and left Eia with Jenny.

Queenie and Gio were already on their way back when I catched up with them.

Baby, Bro J's swthrt passed by and I was happy to see her in perfect running form.
The 3k turnaround was very near so I decided to run ahead and got my straw.

When I went back, Eia didn't want to walk anymore. I had to carry her 30-lb weight up to the 3k turnaround.

She agreed to walk again but upon seeing Max's Restaurant, she demanded that we go there at once!

When I explained to her that we had to go back first where we started, that was when the real trouble erupted.
Eia started to scream and cry.

My heart was torn to pieces with Eia's behavior, blaming myself for allowing such an ordeal to happen.
Fortunately, Romy showed up. He convinced Eia to ride on his back and thank God she did!

Eia was back in her jolly mood again.

My cousin's son Paolo passed by walking and I told him I could run with him but he told me he couldn't run anymore unless he drinks water. I gave him water and after drinking, I ran with him but only until the right turn to the finish line.

When I turned around, I saw Vener waiting for Christy who was running the whole 16k!

It was a totally different Eia when I went back for her. She was sitting on the ground like a statue. Jenny and I had a hard time convincing her to walk again but she eventually rose and moved on. When we turned right towards the finish line, I thought she would be happy but she insisted to go directly to our car.

By this time, a number of people were clapping their hands and prodding her to go on while the motorcycle escort was cruising just beside us.

I ran towards the finish line to get a good shot at Eia and there was Vimz, who took my "finish" look. Thanks a lot, Vimz!

When I turned around, I was surprised to see Eia running with all her power and might!

I almost cried as I watched Eia sprinting her way to the finish line. In spite of the difficulty she went through, she made it. I knew then, this daughter of mine though born with Down Syndrome will battle every trial that comes her way. She was the last to finish, but in my heart Eia is a true champion.

Quennie and Gio were there waiting for us. Thank you, thank you Que for staying with Gio every step of the way. She took this shot of Gio at the finish line:

Congratulations, Gio! I am so proud of you. I'm dreaming of more future races together.

After Que gave me my additional order of 10 visors, we said goodbye to each other. But I still need to see my cousin Jun to get my pasalubong of sweet sampaloc from Thailand. While waiting for him, Que told me that Patrick Concepcion was approaching the finish line. I took this picture of him and tried to catch him but he disappeared in a flash.

Finally, I met my cousin Jun with his new recruits. See you all at the UP ICTUS Run!


  1. Sorry about the little one, anyway there must be start somewhere, maybe in a few years when she win the Milo marathon, she can tell this story of her first running experience. See you at team baldrunner!!!

  2. Great recap, thanks for sharing. Nice to meet you again at the race. Congratulations to your two wonderful kids, I didn't catch up with Gio. Hopefully next time we will. Good luck, see you sunday.

  3. Wow, congratulations Nora, Gio and Eia. I'm proud of all of you! What a post and great photos! I've read a lot of blogs this year and this one may be the blog entry of the year! All of you did it and that's all that matters.

    Take care everyone and have a good week ahead.

  4. I'm visioning Eia to join the Special Olympics but of course, only if she wants to. Don't want to put any pressure on her.

    Sorry Philip, I applied as member of the Team Baldrunner but only thru e-mail. I couldn't attend the actual training because of family obligations.

    Will I see you at the UP ICTUS Run this Sunday?

  5. Oh thanks, Vener. I always look forward to seeing you at the races. How did Christy's 10 miler go?

    See you this Sunday!

  6. God bless you for your kindness Wayne. You know that you're instrumental for opening Gio's eyes and mind to running.

    Good luck in all your scheduled races!

  7. Hi Ms. Nora,

    Great story! I think yesterday was a day for all winners--not only with Manny for fighting De La Hoya pound for pound--who ran different running events. I hail you for your patience as a mother. Congratulations, Eia and Gio. Que, for what you did, you will be blessed. You were an angel to two little angels that day.

  8. Thank you so much for the picture. I remember you taking picture and calling my name. Sayang i really wanted to say hi. i also have a little X-mas gift for you. Ill keep it and when we see each other ill give it to you. again thank you so much for your kndness. Take care of yourself.

  9. Yeah I will be there this coming Sunday. I always try to make the events of Rio as they turn out to be enjoyable. Will you join team baldrunner Wednesday?

  10. Oh she's fine, she did a 1:41, good enough for her. She's eyeing the full now.

  11. Congratulations too Roselle! We're all proud of you. Hope I could get the chance to run with you in the future. . .

  12. The honor is mine Patrick. Too bad I couldn't stay long coz of my children who were already longing for Jollibee breakfast.

    Thank you in advanced for your sweetness. Merry X'mas!

  13. Sorry Philip I can't attend the actual training sessions of Team Baldrunner. But I will see you this Sunday!

  14. Wow! Full marathon na target ni Christy? When? This February 2009?

    Iba na talaga pag ang running partner eh si Run Unltd!

    Good luck to Christy, Vener!

    See you both this Sunday!

  15. Wow!!!!!
    I'm so proud of Eia and Gio, and of course the woman who started it all.Hehehe. Congrats to you too.

    Lumalaki na tribo natin. See you at the UP ICTUS RUN this Sunday.

  16. Thanks Jun! I hope Bembet could join us at UP this Sunday.

    Congrats sa sub 25mins. mo! Galeng!

    Galing mo din mag recruit ng new members sa ating running team. See you all!

  17. Hi Nora,

    what a great and spectacular post...nakaka touch talaga...only a mother can do this...congrats to you and to the kids... please extend my regards to Jenny, too.

  18. a very uplifting story... congratulations!:D

    - joe

  19. Congrats nora, sayang di na tayo nagkita after the race. Anyway, you've got nice photos and wonderful children. See you Sunday, we will not be joining the race but we will be there. I have decided to make yakult my last race for the year, but the training goes on. God bless!

  20. Hi Ate Nors,

    Unfortunately, the sub 25 minutes had to wait probably until Sunday (yabang), kasi when I checked the official time, mine was 26:23.

    But, Iam still very happy with the results conisdering na nagpapark pa lang kami nung narinig ko ung starting gun. Kaya panick mode talaga ako for the first kilometer.

    Will try to finish my blog entry today, super busy kasi kami sa office due to our upcoming anual evaluation and planning next week.

    Bembet will arrive from Vietnam on Saturday, I don't know if she will be able to run, but definitely she will be there to support the kids.

  21. Thanks Anna, Joe and Bro J.

    Actually Anna I did it because I was blessed with a loving group of supportive friends namely Que, Jenny and Romy.

    Joe, pinaiyak mo ako sa Milo Story mo!

    That's great news Bro J! See you and Baby this Sunday at UP.

  22. Jun, bear in mind that Mr. Biscocho's race always start on time. Kaya next time, arrive early!

    See you Sunday! Good luck sa goal mo. You can do it, Jun!

  23. congrats Nora, Gio, Jen and Eia! ;) and you are very welcome. ;) next time when i am in my paparazzo mode, i'll take your pic again.

  24. Hah hah . . . thanks Vimz. I hope with the therapy, you're feeling better now.

  25. Nora,
    hope to see you next year again. happy holidays and please take care of yourself.

  26. Thanks Jerry! I was hoping to see you at UP this Sunday. If not, see you next year.

  27. Hi Nora. My bib# is 2703. See you!