Wednesday, November 18, 2009

First Race After Colles Fracture

3 months after I lost my balance on the tennis court and suffered a wrist injury(Colles fracture in medical terms), I dared to fly again and once more savor the unexplainable "high" that only running can possibly give.

I would have wanted to run side by side with Papa Piolo at the Fort but opted to shy away from the limelight for the time being hah hah . . . (It was 4 months since my last race and I was still in PT rehab)

After a series of utmost convincing and prodding, my rehab therapist Mark finally agreed to join me in my comeback race. He was already jogging 45 minutes 3X a week for 1 year before we met but had no intention of joining a race. Had he said YES before the Adidas KOTR, I could have "defended my crown" (sob).

I picked the Animo Run because he's an alumnus of DLSU. I figured he won't say NO to my proposal and I was right. With Nov. 15 as our target date, Mark religiously followed the one-month running program I made especially for him. It was an easy-to-follow weekly schedule that included a tempo run, a speed interval workout and a long run.


The day before the race, we attended the birthday party of my uncle in a nearby subdivision. I may have eaten more than my stomach could handle or something alien that caused me to heed the call of nature 5X from 8PM to 9 PM.

Thanks to Gatorade, I didn't feel weak nor exhausted with my successive trips to the rest room.

By 10PM, I was already lost in dreamland. Then I was jerked by the startling sound of alarm early in the morning. For a while I wondered why I set my alarm at 4:10 AM. After some thought I realized it was race day and I was supposed to meet Mark at the Petron station fronting McDo Macapagal at 5:10AM.

As usual, Mark was late again but forgivable for he still fetched his darling Elena who will be his official photographer. Mine was Ate Ella. (Actually, I thanked God that he was late 'coz I still had to do my business in the rest room. Twice.)

We were lucky to find 2 parking spaces fronting San Miguel by the bay. From there we jogged to the starting area.

A commemorative pose at the starting line upon arriving at the race venue, only 20 minutes from Las Pinas City.

While waiting for the start of the race, in front of IMAX Theatre.

Then out of nowhere my friend Anna (the Meekrunner) appeared! I was simply overjoyed in seeing her. We're supposed to run 16k last September but I got injured in August.

After a while Anna had to join the 10k runners who'll be running ahead of us.

Race Proper:

We waited for another 10 minutes after the 10K runners left and we were off.

Mark and I ran slowly together until the first right turn, where he disappeared in a flash.

I took my own sweet time, reminding myself that I just got out of injury and still recovering. Sometimes I set my eyes on someone (a young hunk or a sexy female runner) and try to reach him/her. Then I pat myself at the back for still having the strength to run faster than athletes half my age.

Mark, finishing strong in less than 24 minutes (galing ng Coach hehe...). Not bad for a first timer (he was aiming to overtake the PNP in front of him but just couldn't make it . . . he vowed to seek vengeance next time around).

That's me walking to the finish line. After 34 minutes, there was already a queue of runners ahead of me. I didn't break PR (clocked 31:27 at the 2008 Adidas KOTR) but I'm just glad to be back on track again.

All smiles with our certificates and free t-shirts (given only to the first 50 finishers).


While waiting for the awarding ceremony, I glanced at my right and saw Takicutie and his lovely wife Meg! (Good luck Meg on your 1st 15K this Sunday).

I thought the Animo Run will be better this year but as before, there were problems again in the compilation of the list of winners.
We would have stayed longer but we had to stop the uprising in our empty stomachs.
One last pose with Ate Ella and Mark's sweet honey pie, Elena before we left at @9:30 AM.

Now that I'm back, see you all in future races!


  1. Hi Nora,
    Congratulations on your comeback race!
    Does it mean see you at NB?


  2. hahahahaha, it was such a happy experience. and great that you're back.

    congratulations too to your newest recruit.

    and hope to run with you soon.


  3. Hi Nora good to hear you are back. :) It was great seeing you last week.

  4. Congratulations on your come back. great job will see you in the future races. Try to join the Condura 2010. thank you - patrick concepcion / runningshield

  5. Thank you Joy, Junjun, Taki and Patrick.

    Sadly Joy, I'm not registered in NB. But I'm optimistic that we'll surely see each other in future races.

    Jun, congrats in your first 21k last Sunday. Hope to run with you soon.

    Taki, I'm glad I finally met your lovely wife Meg. Good luck to her.

    Patrick, I'll try my very best to join Condura. Promise!

  6. Congratulations Coach Nora! Great job! Nice to hear your back into road racing again. Happy running! See you soon!

  7. Haha...sarap naman pakinggan ang Coach Nora, Bro J. Thanks! Will see you and Baby soon.

  8. THANK YOU!!!


    I have been on/off but this one is a GO!! :)

    THANK YOU!! I will look it up. Im scared but Im excited to see you! thank you!!

    You have always been motivating!

  9. Kassy! We can actually run the race route before the BF Run in Dec. 13. Let's keep in touch.

    I'm so excited 'coz Patrick Concepcion is also joining the BF Run. Yehey!

  10. Nora!!! So happy to learn you're back running. At di lang runner huh coach pa! Enjoy the races! Hope to see you at NB. - Mariel

  11. Yes, Mariel! Kahit turtle pace, it's so uplifting that I'm back racing. Hope to see you and Jun soon, but sadly not in NB.

  12. Hi Nora! Good to see that you're back in shape. Unfortunately, I missed BOTAK because of exhaustion from Saturday's shopping. Hope to see you again in one of the races!!!!

  13. Kakapagod talaga magshopping sa Divi. Di bale Meg, nag enjoy ka naman. There will be lots of upcoming races that you can join.

    Congrats again to you and Taki!

  14. Hi Nora,

    Nice to know that you're back! :-)
    Congratulations on your comeback run and hope to see you in the future races. :-)

  15. Trace! Been a long time...di na tayo nagkita. Hopefully before the year ends.

  16. i just claimed our prizes yesterday...we also received medals...hope you were able to get yours also..

  17. Naku di pa dumating ang sa akin Meg. Siguro, inuna nila ang DLSU Alumni and Staff hehe...

  18. unahan mo na sila dahil papapiliin ka kung jacket or bag. text mo sila. :D

  19. Hah hah . . . iba ang prizes ng DLSU staff/alumni Meg. Received mine last Saturday. A big medal and a pair of Havaianas slippers. Happy na din ako.

  20. are we running for CONDURA race feb2010? :) Let's Go!

  21. YES!!! Let's go for the Half, Kassy! You run with us on our favorite hills. Let's keep in touch.