Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Tale of Fit and Fat

Rey Ferdinand Carreon Maribao says "ayaw join ungo oi...jog and walk ra ba na sila... frc gyud ta... wa man gani to mo join nila para unique group gyud na... way tambok na kuyog... hahahaha" (Don’t join the Ungo Runners. They just jog and walk. We’re FRC. We decided not to join them because we are a unique group. We don’t run with fat people.)
Yes I'm FAT. Even my best friend calls me BABOY and has been "FORCING" me to ride a bike with him (too bad, I don't know how to ride a bike... SERIOUSLY). He even "POINTS OUT the ADVANTAGES" why it's better to ride a bike than to run.

Now, I run simply for the fun of it. Especially after feeling GREAT while doing a few runs. And, with running, I found a family... the UNGO... :D

We might not have a bodybuilder's physique, biceps as big as our thighs or washboard abs but we have a HEART. A heart that cares for every runners, UNGO or not, fat or fit, young or old, ladies and gentlemen. A heart that enables us not to leave anyone behind in our Friday Night Runs. A heart that pushes us to go forward, if you can't run, WALK, if you can't walk, crawl, just don't ever give up in finishing the run/fun run/race cuz we'll NEVER LEAVE YOU BEHIND... This is US. This is UNGO [og dagan].

To all the newbies (including ME.. :D) out there, fun runners and running enthusiasts, you're all invited to join our weekly Friday Night Runs. You'll not just become a member of a "CLUB", but you will become a part of a FAMILY... :D

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Half Marathoner

Last Saturday. All I did was sleep. Played Weapons of War (WoW), an online game, in the morning and sleep the entire afternoon until night time. Wake up, and played WoW again. I can't go back to sleep. I'm so excited for the Cebu City Marathon 2011 on Sunday. So I just relax.

Around 2 A.M., I was thinking if I'll wear my costume or not. But then, I promised to Brother Siegfred, the best armor craftsman ever, that I'll wear his armors in my run, so I decided to wear it. I think it's time to fix and update them for the next run though. Also, I've already decided a long time ago that I'll not wear a running shoe anymore in my runs. In fact, I'm wearing what I call my "HUARA-TSINELAS".

 At I.T. Park, the first thing I did when I arrived there was relax. I met some UNGO runners. Say our good lucks. At the starting line, I am with my UNGO family. It is so feastive. It's like a prequel of the main Sinulog Mar de Gra. 

In the road, I am running with with Ms. Bikik, Ms. Nora and an UNGO boy. While we were running, or walking most of the time, we already met the fast ones so we cheered on them. We became a cheerer squad. Had picture2x with the province's travel spots along Osmeña Blvd. And just have FUN along the way.

The CCM 2011, is the BEST. Water stations with Sinulog dancers and masseuse or masseurs for cramp muscles. Cold sponge for the heat. I even meet my former teacher, Engr. Militar and he was encouraging me to finish. Thank you Sir.

And then, my feet. It's the second time that I"m wearing my Huara-tsinelas, I tested it last New Year for a 5K practice run. It felt good then, but yesterday, it's like I just have a reflexology for 3 hours. I guess that muscle cramp would have been better but when your feet hurts as if something is pricking it every step of the way, it's a different story. I already walked my way starting from the turning point of 21KM in SRP. I tried to run, but it just hurts so much. So I tried to walk faster.

When I reached in Gorordo area, I stopped for a while. I was thinking that it might be the end for me. I'm 2.5KM away from the finish line. But then, I remembered what I said at the starting line, I'll finish this race that I'll have to walk if I can't run or crawl if I can't walk. And so I walk. Limping actually. 2KM mark and I rested again with a massage and ate my favorite, Cloud 9. And, I continued to limp. 1KM mark. I told myself that I'm almost there. A few kilometers to go. Turn left when I reached I.T. Park. Almost there. I tried to run, but my feet won't just do it. So I was limping with the agonizing pain in my feet towards the finish line. With my UNGO buddies encouraging me to finish. The shout of the people. The feastive moment. I can see the Finish Line. And I can't stop anymore. So, I limped myself to the finish line.

Limping my way to the FINISH LINE while finishing my FIRST Half Marathon... :D

It's really different when I'm a few steps from the finish line. I was filled with emotion. Emotion I can't contain. I can't believe that I finished my first Half Marathon while limping from the pain of my feet and raising my arms to heaven. I was congratulated by Doc Willie at the finish line.

After all that, I just wanted to rest. So, I searched for a place to sit and found a corner. Limping my way towards it. Sit down while shouting "AGAY". Get out from my hand and body armor and placed it in front of me. Turn my head down. And for 5 minutes... I CRIED...

Thank you Sydney for this picture perfect shot... :D

Thank you Snr. Sto. Niño for the strenght and will power that you've given me to finish my first half marathon. Thank you to CERC and the organizer of CCM 2011, it's really a BLAST. And, thank you for my UNGO family, for the support and the lechon after the run. Thank you all... :D

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cebu Marathon 2011, Here I come... :D

This Sunday will be the test of it all. It's been half a year since I was bitten by the running bug. I'm just so excited for Cebu Marathon 2011 and to finish the half marathon. 21K.

Last Tuesday, it was announced that the list of the registered  runners is already available. So I immediately searched my name and WALLA! Found yah... :D

By the way, that's mah name, encircled in PINK, under the 21K category of CCM 2011. When I saw this, my excitement went through the roof that I have to close "My Kingdom", IAFT's Editing Lab, for a while to jump for joy.

Yesterday, I went to the office early so that I can go home early and get my race kit in Ayala. When I arrive in Active Zone, I don't know why but I feel ecstatic. I just keep on smiling to everyone. Got a coupon for the Carbo-Loading party tomorrow and check the sensor of my race BIB. By the way, my number is 1584, black in a light green background, and below it is written "HALF MARATHON", white in a red background. Wow, I'm really running a half marathon.

Monday, January 3, 2011

First run for 2011... :D

Hello 2011.

This will be my first post for this year and for this new blog of mine that will focus more on RUNNING.

For my New Year's resolution, I said to myself that I will have 1 "registered" run per month. So, for January, it will be the Cebu City Marathon (CCM) 2011 which will be this coming Sunday and will start in IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City.

I've already registered for the Half-Marathon (21K). You can check my name on the link at 21K registrants: http://www.ceburunning.com/cebu-city-marathon-organizers-publish-names-of-registrants/

I so excited and I can't wait for this run cause this will be the first time that I'll not wear my running shoes but, my "huara-tsinelas"... :D

Wish me luck people and happy running especially to my UNGO family....... :D