Archive for October, 2011

Perspiration Turned Inspiration

Posted: October 31, 2011 in People, Random just created a special page for The Bull Runner Dream Marathon and it has an awesome infographic, part of which I’m showing here. A big “YAY!” for this girl. So inspiring. Click on the image for more.


Sitting Kills. Stand, Walk, Run!

Posted: October 30, 2011 in Random

Sitting is Killing You
Via: Medical Billing And Coding

Batch 3’s First Meet-up

Saturday, October 22. At 5am, Fort Bonifacio was still dark and quiet. Being the first to arrive meant I was all alone for a while. I began to wonder whether I went to the right place so I took a stroll outside of BHS and searched for other people. Not far away, I found a small race all set to go. I played the curious onlooker and leisurely visited the booths. When I join running events, everything happens in a blitz and I seldom have the time or energy to walk around. This was a nice change of pace, literally.

People started tricking in when I got back to the meeting area in front of Krispy Kreme. The organizers were setting things up, hauling stuff from their mini-truck. Light slowly filtered through the clouds and I was just giddy to get things started. It was amusing to see them rolling out Sun 3G tarps with Jaymie as the model. Talaga naman. Celebrity na.

While stretching, I accidentally hit a girl who was coming up from behind. After profusely apologizing to each other, we got to talking and so I met my first TBR friend, Arzen. TBR Dream will also be her 2nd 42K as we apparently both ran in the recent Milo Marathon. She’s a member of AdiNation Ayala and introduced me to some of her groupmates. I’ve always envied people who are part of running teams. I hope I can find one that fits me soon.

Coach Lit's demo walk (image from

Coach Lit Onrubia and Chi Walking

We got a lesson on efficient walking techniques. Since we’re encouraged to adopt Jeff Galloway’s run-walk method (which I’ve been using ever since), we had to learn how to conserve our energies during the walking part which we will be doing 20% or more of the entire marathon. In a nutshell, Chi Walking entails:

  • taking very short strides (approx. 1 foot)
  • leaning forward slightly to shift center of mass
  • keeping arms to the sides at a 90-degree bend
  • swinging arms forward instead of sideways
  • having an upright posture throughout
  • relaxing the hands and shoulders to avoid strain
  • burning as little energy as possible for endurance

Coach Edward Kho leading the pack

Putting Theory into Practice

And we’re off! I ran the whole route with my PF buddy Joyce. We were actually surprised that the coaches made us run since Jim Lafferty’s plan called for a 45-minute walk that day. Joyce was nursing shin splints and I was recovering from YABOI (Yet Another Bout of ITBS – yeah, boy!). They said we’ll do intervals of 3 minutes run and 1 minute walk. So we did, very slowly, and simply enjoyed it.

The group run extended to almost an hour covering nearly 6K. It was non-competitive as Coach Edward took the lead and it was forbidden to overtake him. Jaymie acted as sweeper all the way back. Since we didn’t care about the speed, we worked on perfecting our form and we must’ve been doing it right because Joyce ran in the Adidas KOTR the next day and got a PR – no pain at all. Woot!

My running buddy Joyce "The Pissed Off Chick" and Jaymie "The Bull Runner"

Event Sidelights

Actor/director Gabe Mercado (“OK ka ba, tiyan?”) is part of our batch. He brought a camera crew with him to document the event and interview some of the runners. The film clips and stories will be made available at It’s a cool site with inspirational content which I highly recommend.

Dream Chasers were also on hand as volunteer pacers. They are TBR Dream Marathon alumni who have made it their mission to pay it forward by helping the newbies like myself. Hopefully, I’ll be able to join them for chaser duties when the next batch comes along.

‘Til the next Bull Session, guys! Dream BIG, run STRONG!

Michelle Estuar is out to celebrate her birthday in a meaningful way: organizing a charity run for the benefit of street children’s education. Guess who was the first one to register for this event? 😉


From the event’s Facebook page:


500 runners will have the privilege of enjoying a run with snacks, a finisher’s shirt, give aways and a chance to win special awards WITHOUT PAYING A REGISTRATION FEE.

More importantly, these runners will be able to HELP KIDS FROM TULOY FOUNDATION ( by simply joining this FUNd Run.

Each participant is encouraged to donate at least P100.00 which would contribute to the P100,000 target to be raised.


There will be two ways to register. Online and on- site.


1. Only the first 200 runners can register on-line. The first 100 runners for 5K and the first 100 for 10K.

2. You can register by posting on the wall of this event with the following information:


3. We will reply to your post with your assigned bib number as a confirmation.

4. You may pick up your race kit and hand your donation starting November 14 until Nov. 21 at A Runner’s Circle, Roxas Blvd., cor. Quirino Ave., Manila.

5. Kits that will not be picked up until Nov. 21 would mean forfeited slot and would be given to other interested participant.


1. Registration will be at A Runner’s Circle (Roxas Blvd., cor Quirino Ave., Manila) from Nov. 10 until Nov. 27.

2. Fill out a registration form.

3. Donation indicated in the form shall be handed immediately upon registration.

Summary of dates to remember:

October 24: Online registration opens
November 10-27: On-siTe registration opens at ARC
November 14-21: Pick up of race kits and handing of donations at ARC for online registrants
November 14-27: Pick up of race kits for on-site registrants
November 30: BIG DAY!!! 😉

We shall post an update of the amount raised based on committed and actual donations received twice a week so we’d know how far are we from our target.

For more information, you may contact Reylynne F. Dela Paz at 0922-8266775.

That’s the race kit when I registered at ROX and down below is Coach Lafferty’s training plan for us. I’m posting it here for the benefit of those who didn’t get in but want to follow along and future Dreamers who want to have an idea of how things will go. It’s a very conservative plan which places emphasis on gradual build-up to reduce the risk of injuries. I am likely going to stick to it with minor exceptions. Sorry it ain’t that sharp. Cameraphone blues.

Come join us for the Bull Sessions and Bull Circles since they’re open to the public. Bull Sessions are long group runs which is like free weekend fun runs, perfect for those who want to jog around Fort Bonifacio with company but without spending a dime. Meanwhile, Bull Circles are running clinics where coaches talk about techniques, nutrition, and other topics on running. These are typically held at ROX on Wednesday nights. For the updated schedules and announcements, please visit Jaymie’s blog at The Bull Runner. See ‘ya!

MELINDA Ponce died with her running clothes on.

Hours before she was killed in a gruesome massacre, Melinda was where she was almost every Sunday — in a run.

At 5:30 a.m. yesterday, the Banco de Oro (BDO) employee fired the starting gun during the fun run that opened her bank’s sports fest. She was happy and enjoyed being with co-workers during the run, said BDO E-mall branch accountant and fellow ultra-runner Virgilio Remo Jr.

MELINDA PONCE started running only at 48. Five years and one mild stroke later, she would win successive ultra-marathons. (PHOTO BY JAMES GO)

Having been featured in newspapers after winning ultra-marathons, races that are at least 50 kilometers, Ponce, 53, was an office celebrity and many of her co-workers had their pictures taken with her. Ponce instructed those manning the water stations and cheered on the bank employees who joined the 3K and 5K events.

“She was very happy,” Remo said.

Big shock

Hours later, Remo and members of the local running community would learn that Melinda, three of her children and their helper would be shot dead by her husband, who then killed himself. Melinda and three of the children were all shot in the head. Her husband spared one child, the youngest, whom he asked to leave and call the police before he started killing everyone.

“The news of her tragic death was a big shock to me,” said Don Bosco brother and ultra-runner Carlo Bacalla, “She is really an inspiration to so many runners, an example of hard work, dedication and determination. We in the running community will miss her. It’s sad that she has gone so soon.”

Ponce started running only at 48, a year after undergoing total hysterectomy. She suffered a mild stroke in 2009, which she blamed on her failure to look after her health and pushing herself physically despite the lack of rest.

Ponce ran every morning from her house in Bulacao, Talisay City to the IT Park on her way to work. She was still considering joining the 100-kilometer race from Bogo City to Cebu City in November.

“Dili nato ni undangon, makaayo man ni sa atong lawas (Let’s not stop running because this is good for our health),” Ponce told runners gathered in Ayala Center Cebu last Sept. 30.

Ultra-marathon wins

Ponce won the women’s category in the last two ultra-marathons she joined – the Be Resorts Warrior 53K that started and ended in Mactan Island and the Summit 60K in Talisay City last Oct. 9.

Ponce had qualified for this year’s national finals of the Milo Marathon in her age category after running 21K in 1 hour and 52 minutes. She said running in the national finals was her dream. She also qualified last year but chose not to run so that she could join the first ultra-marathon in Cebu – a 50-kilometer run from Mt. Manunggal to the Capitol.

But while she was looked up to as an inspiration in the local running community, she was battered at home, friends and relatives told Sun.Star Cebu.

Emmanuel would repeatedly beat up Melinda and her children, a neighbor who asked not to be named told Sun.Star Cebu. At one time, Emmanuel held a knife at Melinda.

(This article by Max Limpag was taken from Cebu Running.)


Dear fellow runners,

In honor of fellow ultra-marathoner Melinda Ponce, who passed away with her children, we would like to invite everyone to join forces with our brothers and sisters in Cebu in celebrating her and her children’s life with a solidarity run to be held in Bonifacio Global City right after Adidas KOTR & St. Peter’s Run.

Distance: 5K
Assembly Time: 0800AM Requiem Mass
Assembly Area: St Michael the Archangel Parish
Gun Start: 9:00AM

For more information, please go to the Facebook event page here: Run In Peace, Melinda Ponce (Manila)

Thank you and see you there!