Thursday, March 25, 2010

Alone Again in Run For Home

Pre-Race: The Bloggers' Launch of Globe Run for Home!

With Jaymie, Atty. Raymund, and Vimz (ang pinakaseksing buntis sa balat ng lupa!)

My first cheek-to-cheek meeting with Bards, together with Mariel (soul mate and sole mate of Jun C.)

Finally! I'm so happy I met Rene, the jazzrunner for the first time! Also Noelle, ang pinakaseksing runner in the Century Run (visit her blog and you'll surely agree with me). And of course, my dear friend Quennie and soon-to-be Biggest Loser Rico.

Coach Rio hasn't slept a wink because of his most attended "Run of the Century". With him on the table are the lovely couple Jun C. and Mariel, Bards, Kaye, and the founder, Jinoe.

Thank you, Coy Caballes for inviting me to the Bloggers' Launch of Globe Run Home. I had a wonderful time meeting new faces and chatting with old friends. The food was yummy and serving was really really generous. It was great knowing what to expect at the Globe Run for Home and the best part of all, we went home carrying our free race kits and more!

Before and After the Race:

Taken a few minutes before the race officially started.

Taken right after I crossed the finish line. Notice how the shape of my mouth and legs differ before and after the race?


Confident that Makati is nearer to our place than the Fort, we left the house past 4:30 AM.

No hassle along the way. We arrived at Greenbelt at 5:00 AM.
But as soon as we parked the car, a civil war in my stomach suddenly erupted.
I went down to the ground level but the restroom was still closed.

I was getting desperate not knowing where to go. It's good that I asked the security guard and he directed me to the third floor level.
There, the war ended and my stomach achieved peace once again.

We ran to the starting line, wondering where it could be. We just followed the sounds and the direction of the other runners.

By the time I got inside the assembly area, it was announced that the race was about to start. I squeezed myself midway of the pack, and was greeted by Rene, the jazzrunner! And I thought I wouldn't be running alone this time.

I was wrong. After only a few meters, I lost sight of Rene.

And so, there I was, all alone again as in last year's Globe Run for Home.

So I just ran leisurely, just hoping that I don't finish last.

I was shocked that at the 3 km mark, my stopwatch showed 30 minutes! I couldn't believe that I've been running for 10 mins. per km. In my training runs, my slowest was 9 mins. I tried to run faster and at the 10 km mark, my time was 1 hr. 20 mins. So far, so good.

And so I thought.

It was a completely new route for me. When I passed by Lawton Avenue, Bayani Road, Philippine Navy, Heritage Park, the blogs that I read suddenly came into life! It was a nice feeling actually running these routes which I only imagined in the past.

I didn't know that running around the Heritage Park Circle could take forever.
I tried to console myself by looking at the graves, thanking the Lord that I was still fully alive and still running unlike those people buried underneath. I also said a short (which became long) prayer for them.
By the time I made my final exit from Heritage Park, I was so exhausted that I was forcing my legs to continue running.
When I passed by the Sunday Tiange, I wished I had money in my pocket to buy 1 pc. of banana to re energize me. I always bring money in my training runs -- how could I forget to bring now?
When I was about to give up, a young male runner asked me what time it was. I told him 7:35:37.
Then he asked me if we left 5:30 AM. I told him 5:20 AM.
Then in between heavy breaths, he blurted out: "hindi ko na ho kakayanin."
I walked with him and asked him if this was his first 21K. He said yes, though he already finished a lot of 10ks before.
I stayed with him for a while, urging him to just walk/run and he'll surely finish the race.
I told him that there's only 5 km left. It's only half of what he used to run.
Then I said good luck to him and left.
It was a weird feeling running from ROX towards the Kalayaan Flyover when our body's used to do it the other way around.
After descending the Kalayaan Flyover, I saw the "Last Kilometer" sign and like magic, my legs felt so much lighter.
I flew to the finish line and bargained (again!) with God that if I don't do a sub-3 hr, I'll never run again.

The cheering of friends (I was so fast I didn't even catch a glimpse of their faces) helped me to even run faster. Thank you, thank you all who cheered for me. If you're reading this, please tell me.

Masaya na ako. Dami naman akong nalampasan heh heh . . .

With the members, sent to me by Roselle, the Running Diva. If you have our photo at the Bloggers' Launch, please send me too.

With Quennie, whom I missed during the run.

While Coach Rio was being interviewed.

One last pose with Ate Ella before going home.
I will try my best to arrive early at the Earth Run this April 18 to meet more friends. It's gonna be 21k for me again. This is my last race before the TBR Dream Marathon in May 22.


  1. Congrats Nora!
    Your reminders about pix reminds me that I have to send you our pix at the 2nd bull circle hehehe.

    Btw, see you tomorrow.

  2. congrats nora, sayang di tayo nag-kita. anyway, hope to see you soon!

  3. Hi Tita Nora! You astound me with your stamina and perseverance. :) Too bad we didn't see each other at Run for Home. See you at Earth Run! (I will only be running the 10-miler.)

    By the way my website is now at :D

  4. Hi Ms.Nora, saw you during th race.

    I was on support duty for some of my friends who were doing 15 and 21k. Had I known you were hungry I could have tossed some bananas and hammer gels while you were running.

    Anyway, will be doing support again on TBR's Dream Marathon, will have a full support crew by then, abangan ka namin during the race :)

    Keep up on running, don't worry about the time and enjoy yourself. The best PR is not how fast you can run but how long you can keep on running :)


    UP Mountaineers

  5. Congratulations on your 21K Nora!! Great run!! Looks like you've sped ahead of me na!! Need to catch up. Sayang, we didn't get a chance to see each other at the race. Till the next run!!

  6. Mommy Nora, Congrats! I cannot imagine myself running 21K alone :( Kahit 10K, I still can't picture out myself running alone :(

    Was not able to see you. Hope to really meet you next time.

    God Bless!!!

    What's your time BTW? I know God still wants you to continue RUNNING!

  7. Hi Nora, congrats on your first 21k. Didn't see you during the race but hope we'll bump into each other again soon!:-)

  8. Hi Ms. Nora, hindi tayo nagkita sa run, pero bilib pa rin po ako sa inyo, still running for 21k. Globe run for home was my first 15k and my first level-up from the 10k runs, hehehe...

  9. oh congratulations ate nors, that was a great run, great din ang feeling talaga running the bayani heritage park route. :)

    hope to see you on the earth run.

    sorry ngayon ko lang nabasa, ngayon lang din ako nagkaroon ng time to get back on things, sa dami ng work load. hindi pa nga din ako nakakaupdate ng blog ko eh.

    hopefully, one of these days, before i turn 40, updated na. cheers and see you at the races :)

  10. Oo nga Joy. Still waiting for our picture at the Bull Circle. Hey, missed you last Wednesday.

  11. Hi Bro J. Nice running with you and Baby last Bull Session. Sayang you couldn't attend the bull circles.

  12. Noelle! Saw you on TV! Didn't know na celebrity pala ang kachika chika ko sa Globe Run launching!

    (Na correct ko na blogsite mo)

  13. Thanks Ninoy! I feel secured already knowing that you'll be there at the TBR Dream Marathon.

  14. Long time no see, Johnny! Hope to see you at the Earth Run this Saturday.

  15. Thanks Madz. Hope to see you this Saturday at the Earth Run.

  16. Hi, Rene. Dapat talaga magkita tayo uli, kasi I'm looking forward to what you promised me heh heh . . .

  17. Alfred! 21k tayo this sat. sa Earth Run.

  18. Yes Jun. See you this Saturday. Advanced Happy Birthday! Wow! 40 ka na. Ikaw na ang pinakabata sa age category mo.

  19. Too bad Mommy Nora, I'm not running at Earth Run; I'll be running at NatGeo.

  20. NatGeo din sana ako Madz kasi mas malapit ang MOA, kaso walang 21k kaya sa Earth Run ako. Anyway, please send me your cel # so we could easily get in touch.