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I am a Bicolano by birth and choice. By any standards, I am a slow runner but I like it that way. I look at running as a healthy and exciting way to make a difference. Together with my fellow runners from our family, school, office and the community, we use running to give back..

July 28, 2012

FRONTRUNNER MAGAZINE Vol III Issue 3 2012: My Letter to the Editor


A running kindred, Gia Estrella of Ayala Triads and Team Kamote, texted me early this week that my letter was posted at the latest issue of the Frontrunner magazine.  I was excited to get a copy which I finally did last Wednesday.




July 25, 2012

RUNNING THRU THE RIVER UNIT BARRIOS IN IRIGA AND FINDING A MYSTERY BRIDGE IN AGUS RIVER


Early Friday  morning of July 20 in Bicol, I had a big itch to run.  The night before,  a physical therapist applied some  deep tissue massage  on me which made me feel good and optimistic of having a pain-free run.  For  the past two weeks, I have been feeling some pain on my right calf area during and after a run. This time, my muscles felt good, energized even.

RUNNING TO LAKE BATO VIA MASOLI ROAD


I had to cancel my Tiwi-Sangay Road running adventure last July 14. It was a disappointment for me, but a mark of an ultra runner is resilience.  If I couldn’t do a seven-hour adventure run, I guess I could do a shorter one; something in the vicinity of four hours.

BEST TASTING HALO-HALO: DJC in Tiwi


A bonus of my recon drive thru the Tiwi-Sangay Road is  I finally got to taste the famous halo-halo in Tiwi. For more than a decade now, I have been hearing and reading about this cool delightful pride of Albay.

July 19, 2012

DALAGAN PARA MAKATABANG : July 29, 2012 Fun Run in Iriga City


The La Consolacion College Batch 1998 (LCC Batch 98) is organizing a fun run on July 29, 2012 in Iriga City.  The “Dalagan” or “running” part will be 1km/3kms/5kms/10kms in and around the city proper of Iriga. The starting and finish area of the fun run will be at the Rizal Monument, fronting the old city hall.  Looking at the route  sheet, the 10 kms will take runners thru the city proper to the barrios of San Francisco, Sta. Cruz, San Juan , Sto. Domingo, San Roque and back to the Rizal Monument.  It will be a cool way to tour the city.



TIWI-SANGAY ROAD: PICTURES FROM THE RECON DRIVE


As I look at the Google map of  Camarines Sur, I see another road connecting our province to Albay. This is the Tiwi-Sangay Road.It is of more recent vintage. What is exciting about this road is its close proximity   to the sea, specifically Lagonoy Gulf. Plus, it is still sparsely inhabited. Many bikers go thru it but rarely runners.  In short, virgin territory for running.



MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 15: WELCOME TO MEZAMASHII


I first learned about the Mezamashii Project  of Mizuno thru the Running Shield  blog of Patrick Concepcion.  This blog I like to visit regularly and I got to know that Running Shield’s favorite shoe brands are Asics and Nike.  Thus, it was a bit of a surprise for me to read him writing about  Mizuno.

July 9, 2012

REUNITED WITH MY POLAR BOTTLE: THANK YOU, PAN DE AMERIKANA!


I got reunited with my Polar Bottle this weekend.  Last June 21, when our classmate  Fards treated us for brunch at the Pan de Amerikana (PDA) restaurant in White Plains, QC, I left my Polar Bottle.  Tumatanda na talaga si Bicolano Penguin.


My Polar Bottle

July 7, 2012

MT. IRIGA - MT. ASOG ADVENTURE RUN (43 KMS) : RUNNING IS FREE


A run around Mt. Iriga-Mt. Asog.  Ever since I participated in the inaugural running of the Mayon 360 180km Ultra last April 2011, I have been dreaming  about this.  No doubt, by comparison, it would be at a smaller scale considering that the Mayon 360 involved running thru 3 cities and  7 towns while  the Mt. Iriga 360 will pass thru 1 city and 1 town only. I even wondered how long or short the running distance will be.

Mt. Iriga-Mt. Asog Adventure Run

The route of the Mt. Iriga-Mt. Asog Adventure Run