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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..

May 27, 2014


EmoticonReputedly the largest night marathon in all of Asia, the Singapore Sundown Marathon will have its 7th running this May 31-June 1.

May 13, 2014

7TH T2N: My 1st Ultra with the Penguin

EmoticonBlogger’s Note: 

This article by newly-minted ultrarunner, Marl Dario, is part of the series that the Bicolano Penguin (BP)  is doing on the 7th edition of the ever-popular Tagaytay to Nasugbu  ultra marathon.  The Bald Runner refers to  the T2N as “where ultra marathon running addiction starts.” The wise general  is correct and I am guilty of being a fellow pusher to this addiction, albeit to a much lesser degree.  The BP has had a few recruits to this addiction and the latest willing convert is Marl. Actually, it was a request for help and I gladly took up the ultra adventure with him. Marl is an officer  in Energizer Philippines and it would be an honor for me to be of assistance to an officemate of my wife. By and large, the said company has been good to my wife who has been an Energizer employee longer that she has been a mother to my son. Also, Marl is a fellow TBR Dream Marathon alumni having tackled his first full marathon this  February 2014 in Nuvali. By guiding him in his maiden  ultra marathon adventure, this 2010 alumni  hopes to make proud our idol Bull Runner who encourages all to “pay forward.” Marl finished the T2N with a time of 8 hrs & 12 mins, placing 90th out of 113 finishers.  In the 2 months we have shared the journey with him, Marl has shown  positive passion for running in particular and for life in general.   No doubt, his confidence and intellect will power him to whatever long distance he desires in the future. Here is his T2N story.Emoticon   

How It All Began

A couple of months  back, I saw this invitation on Facebook  calling out for ultra runners and ultra runners wannabes  for the 7th Tagaytay to Nasugbu  Ultra Marathon. 

May 12, 2014

r5r @ T2N

EmoticonThere was a sighting of the row5runnin shirt  at the 7th edition of the Tagaytay to Nasugbu (T2N) 50-km ultra yesterday.

May 11, 2014

THE ESSENTIAL SHEEHAN: Old School Rules for the Road

EmoticonOld school guys like old school rules. Easy to undertand, direct to the point and no room for mis-interpretations. No ifs or buts about it.

May 9, 2014

HOKA BONDI 3: My Designated “Finisher”

EmoticonThe first significant update to the original Bondi B was when I first saw the Bondi 3 in the Hoka website in December 2013.  

May 7, 2014

THE ESSENTIAL SHEEHAN: Budgeting Time for Running

EmoticonType the words “runner-philosopher” on the google search engine and the top 2 results are all about Dr. George Sheehan.  

May 4, 2014

ALTRA OLYMPUS: Running Happier in One’s New Playground

EmoticonAdmittedly, the  impetus for my decision to purchase a pair of Altra Olympus is the video (http://www.altrarunning.com/fitness/en/Altra/Men/olympus-men) of an elite runner  dominating  in blazing fashion  some rugged trail in southern Utah.