Wednesday, 18 July 2007

rUnNing foR a cAuse!

I stumbled upon Anton's blog again late this afternoon. He had a blog entry about the Run for a Cause (Kythe Foundation). The foundation's vision:

* Implement the Child Life Program in Kythe-affiliate hospitals and institutions
* Advocate for the integration of the Child Life Program in more health care settings.
* Increase awareness on CHILD LIFE PROGRAM through education and research

What caught my attention was the fact they are also in need of help in their Cancer Fund. Children ages 2~11yrs old suffering from different cancer types. To view the specific patient list :

My aunt recently passed away, she too was a cancer patient for more than 2 years. Seeing her suffer, I could only imagine how are these kids fighting? and to top it all, their parent's are also fighting the financial need for the constant hospital and medicine tab.

Anton's idea of donating every kilometer of the Milo Marathon for this cause is an added reason, make it my priority reason for joining in the run.

I hope most of my family and friends are reading this and are willing enough to help out kids in need. I am soliciting contributions for every kilometer of the marathon. All proceeds will be donated to the Kythe Foundation.

Since last month I have been wondering how can I help out, Thank you Anton for this wonderful idea. I know that organizing a run for cancer is way too early for our group to do. This can be my little step.

If you are interested in pledging for the Run - Kythe Cancer Fund please post it in the comment section. Donating any amount per kilometer (total distance 42km) of my run will make a difference for those kids.


I texted almost everyone from my phonelist and someone asked me why? What drove me in doing such a thing. Simple answer... I saw my tita kits succumb to the same disease. We weren't even blood related but our relationship is much more than being blood related. She was one of my mom's bestfriends from High School.

Nearing her last days I saw what this disease can do to anyone. You can be rich or poor, heck even Lance Armstrong's fitness level is no match to the disease! I'm a real wimp when it comes to hospitals that during my visits I couldn't even break a good sentence to my tita. I hope my little step can help or even initiate you guys to also do the same thing. Para with all our little steps we can bring some hope to the patients. I hope answered your question. and thanks in advance for all the help.

Milo Marathon Metro Manila Elimination 2007

Today is supposed to be my last day of training for the up coming full Marathon on Sunday July 22 2007. I have my race packet and my singlet already last weekend. Problem is that there weren't any race route included in the packet. hmmmmmm..... Will this be another surprise for me on sunday????

Well I had a good rest yesterday and the plan is to take it a bit easy tonight. Probably another 10km krispie kreme loop. :D Well it looks like more h@ppyFeet members are joining our run tonight. Joms is joining cause he's doubting my early rising capabilities during race day. hehehe After a fresh race win, Roselle will be joining us tonight also. We also have a new member Chaia, still not registered for the race on sunday though. :)

I hope everything goes well tonight..... rain.... rain.... go away....

While I'm on the subject, I remember last December's Milo Finals. The race start was lightly drenched and the weather cooperated around halfway through the race. Now I wonder what will happen on sunday???? If its raining then there's another worry for me...... blisters!

Looks like I'm already being paranoid.... The excitement is just overwhelming me right now. While my Fears are still bugging me... I might need to do some yoga or other sport psychology thingy. :)

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

weEknight training rUn....

My sister was here for the weekend, and I had to work last Saturday. Yes, I missed my long training run last weekend. I posted some invite on the group's mailing list yesterday and SMS some of the usual running buds. But turn's out it was only RC and I that was going for the night run. I planned for a longer route, so I brought my car back home first then started my run from there. It added a good 3k to the mileage.

I arrived 10 minutes late in Salcedo Park and good thing RC was already there.

We did the usual start of the route.
Salcedo Park out to Paseo de Roxas
then Makati Ave.
This time around we made a left at Ayala Ave
over the EDSA foot bridge and thru McKinley Ave.
McKinley Ave is a good route thanks to the constant uphill and downhill areas.

It took us about 20 minutes to get to Serendra-B Street. And guess where we did our pit stop..... Krispie Kreme!!!!!!!! The group isn't called h@ppyFeet for nothing right!? We run for fun! and Krispie Kreme is FUN! :)

One Original Glazed please! and we had another for free! 2 for the road! :P

Going back the route, I was burping Krispie Kreme all the way.... :) We used the same route and clocked in at about 1:17:00. Plus the 15mins from my house. It was definitely a really good training night :)

winNing rAce!

I haven't posted in a while.... but I'm really excited on this entry :D

You're probably wondering why the photographer is up on there and this 3 guys getting a snap????

Well folks please allow me to take this (probably the only) time to boast a little..... ok maybe boast alot! :P

This was last sunday's race. e-PLDT fun run at Ortigas Business Center. Good thing Renz, another h@ppyFeet member, gave us the invite for the event.

Since we stayed at the Intercon over the weekend, I didn't have any problems coming in that late for the event. :) But just to make sure that we were registered I did SMS Miss Roselle to register my Sister Pauline, GF Missy, and I for the race, since she was already at the site at 5am!

The race started at around 620am, already very hot, but thanks to the tall buildings around the race route.... we didn't even break that much sweat! We were informed that we were going to make 2 laps on the race course to complete the supposed to be 5k event. But upon doing the first loop, I can say that all of use were really surprised on how small the race route was! It wasn't even 2km long!

But I still managed to pace about 20feet away from the 3 race leaders for the first lap then i managed to squeeze in the 3rd spot about 300meters away from the finish. I felt really surprise that I was running with the lead pack! for a second there i felt that I needed to do a reality check! Well at the last 100meter stretch. I still felt good both on my legs and breathing so I pushed a bit more. Just enough to catch the 2nd runner. By this time Kimbia was running in my mind! The stride, the pace, the moment felt like some of my training was paying off.... :D hehehe

Problem is that i saw the organizers handing out another lap tag for the first runner..... By this time I was confused! Is there another lap???? They wont hand out lap tags if we were going to finish at lap 2 right!?! I slowed down, cause if we were to do another lap then i'll be floored already by halfway doing my current pace.

But all of a sudden the organizers lifted the finish line ribbon and of course I was still about 10 feet away from the first runner... tsk tsk tsk..... grrrrr..... I should have gave it all. But hey! I'm stil 2nd place out of maybe a hundred runners that day. :P (real number = 2 only, that's why i got 2nd place :D)

Miss Roselle ~ Women's 1st place