Run for a Cause this August!

There are several fun runs to look forward to this month of August! As for me, I try to make it a habit of joining at least 2 fun runs every month! I would join more but I don’t have enough money to spend too much! I’ll try to upload a list of races per month as soon as I can, for the meantime however, you can also try checking out takbo.ph

This August, I decided to join 2 fun runs. One of which I’ve already mentioned in the past. This would be the Miles for Smiles fun run happening this coming August 22. Registration is still open so if you’re interested, you should definitely join!

“This event is presented by Noordhoof Craniofacial Foundation (NCF) and Taipei Economic Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO) and Smile Train to raise publice awareness that bingot or cleft and other craniofacial conditions are treatable and that free comprehensive care is available.”

Besides being able to keep a fit and healthy body, you’d also be giving a child his beautiful smile back. Is that too much to ask? C’mon people! You can’t put a price on a child’s smile.

So anyways, if you’re interested, registration is open until August 10.  There’s a 400 meter dash for 10 year old children and below, 3km, 5km, 10km and 16km. There is also a group category running at 10km or 16km. I decided to make a group and we’d all run the 10km race. I’ve never tried running that far… but… it’s for a good cause! I’ll try my best to finish it! To fellow runners out there… any tips that’ll help keep me going and not faint in the middle of the run? I seriously need them!

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See my cute singlet? 🙂 I wanted to take a pic of my whole team’s singlets but it meant I’d have to open their packets

(They might not want that). sooo… just mine for the meantime.

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Another run I’m joining this month is Run to Read Fun Run which is taking place on August 15, 2010. I actually decided to join this race not only because of it’s good cause but also because I wanted to run and prepare before my 10km run on the 22nd!

But anyway, the Run To Read Fun Run was designed to raise funds in order to build and restore libraries for the less fortunate communities here in the Philippines. You see, there are only a few public libraries here… from what I read, there’s less than a thousand. When in fact, given our population and number of communities, there should be at least 2000 libraries to cater our people’s needs. To some, libraries may not be as important. Some might even think we don’t really need it. But for children… this is a big and very important part of their growth. They can learn so much more from opening a book than watching the television. They can invest much more from studying what they read rather than begging on the streets. So if you want to be part of this change, what are you waiting for? Register now and join us! Categories are 3km, 5km, 10km and 15km. There will also be a 500m dash for kids and parents.

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Unfortunately, the singlets are not yet available. So no pic of that yet.. just my race number.

FYI: They’re out of slots for 5km runs… so I had no choice but to register for 10km. haha SURPRISE SURPRISE!! Wish me luck! Tips people! I desperately need tips to keep me alive! haha This will be my first 10km run!

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For those interested to join RUN TO READ, you may register at:

  • All Terra Cyclery: Club 650 Libis, Quezon City
  • BrandWorX, Inc: Penthouse, Eurovilla 2 Bldg., V.A. Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
  • Reebok: Festival Supermall,  SM Megamall, Trinoma
  • Royal Sporting House: Glorietta 4, Ali Mall,  Robinson’s Place Ermita
  • Runnr Store: Bldg. Br Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Second Wind Running Store: Maginhawa St., Teacher’s Village QC,  Ortigas Home Depot

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Oh, and to get you motivated…. Run to Read gives you the option to CHOOSE the singlet color you want!!! Isn’t that cool? I’m really excited for the race! I’m sure it’ll be so colorful at the Fort! 🙂

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It always feels good to help others in any way possible. However, I know a lot of us have a busy schedule and may be unable to dedicate enough time to help them. So why not just run? You might not be able to join volunteer activities from across the country, but surely, running a few kilometers will not eat up too much of your time. You could finish it in less than 2hours. And in that short time, you have already helped create a lifetime change for someone.

Miles for Smiles: Running for a Difference

Just a few weeks ago, I was surfing the net looking for a run for this coming Uugust. There were two fun runs that I was eying. Unsure though which I wanted to join.

2 weeks ago during the Robinson’s Fit and Fun Buddy Run, I was handed a flier on the Miles for Smiles marathon. I started reading and slowly it gained my interest. I spotted a category for groups. I never tried running in a group, but this run made me want to try it! Running in a group cost 15,000 pesos for a 10 members running 10km! That’ll be two firsts for me! Running in a group and running 10km! (I can barely run 5km!)… though it’s a stretch, I also think it’s for a good cause. You see, running in a group automatically means sponsoring the cleft operation of one child. Running individually on the other hand means donating to one child’s operation.

Making a difference in someone’s life always feels good. So why not make a difference doing something I enjoy right? I immediately started looking for my 9 members! Posting on facebook, texting friends and even begging others! Finally after a week of searching… I found my 9 members!

They are namely:

  1. Jessica Fernandez (Toddler teacher from Little Presidents Learning Palace)
  2. Joanne Gamo (Grade 3 teacher from Xavier School)
  3. Sheena Gonzales (Teacher from Whizminds at Robinson’s Galleria)
  4. Hannah Villasis (author www.flaircandy.com)
  5. Gene Ong (Mother of my former student/ Dentist and owner of Dental Connection)
  6. Michelle Sunglao (Mother of a former student of Jessica)
  7. Ronaldo Sunglao (Father of a former student of Jessica)
  8. Paul Villareal (Accounting graduate, my future brother-in-law)
  9. Philippe Villareal (Computer Programmer, my future husband)
  10. Cheryl Golangco (author of this amazing blog! ehhe)

None of us are professional runners, none of us run on a daily or even weekly basis, and for some, this would be their first ever run! It doesn’t take much to make a difference… it just takes some dedication. So to my 9 co-runners, know that you are making a very big difference in one child’s life!

I’ll update you guys soon on how the run will go! For others who are also interested to join this run and make a difference, you can register from July 15 – August 15, 2010 at the following shops: (You may also click the picture above to zoom in and view the details!)

I. 2nd Level, ROX, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City

II. Christ Sports a. SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
b. SM Megamall, Ortigas, Pasig
c. Festival Mall, Filinvest, Alabang
d. SM North Edsa
e. Glorietta 3

The run will be on Aug. 22, 2010 at the Fort! See you there! 🙂

Robinson's Fit and Fun Buddy Run

Last July 11, I ran in the 3rd Fit and Fun Buddy Run sponsored by Robinsons. I was really really sleepy and actually woke up an hour after my alarm cluck rung! So I tried to take a shower in the quickest way possible and took a cab to the fort, arriving only 5minutes before gun start! haha

The thing that makes the BUDDY RUN different from the others is that you have to start with your buddy and end with your buddy. My buddy being of course my most beloved fiance, Philippe. So the other thing that made this run difficult, was that my average running time was 30 to 40min for 5km, while Philippe’s average running time would be 45-50min. for the same distance. Hmmm…. let’s calculate shall we? so if I slow down and Philippe speeds up a bit.. we could finish in 40min? I wished! haha

We heard the gun shot and off we went! Oh and by the way, while in the cab to the fort, I read about the special awards to be given after the race. One was entitled “Can’t Take My Hands Off You” haha So I and Philippe held hands the entire run… ESPECIALLY if we spotted a photographer! haha As we finished the first 1km of the race, Philippe started complaining of stomach pains. I on the other hand was determined to finish the race with a good time that I kept pulling him and forcing him to run more! So imagine 2 people pulling each other while running! Philippe was pulling me to the sidewalk to sit for a second, while I was pulling him to run more! I eventually gave up though, as he explained his appendix was about to burst of pain! We finished the race after 48min.

So besides our experience, I’d also like to share how this race was in my opinion, one of the most organized marathons I’ve ever been to! Upon crossing the finish line, there were people holding laptops who would immediately enter your number and time into the computer, after which, another person would get you number stub and record your time. Then, before you’re even able to wander off, the lines (coming from the finish line) are already restricted… and you find yourself already in line for the loot bags! This prevented long lines and “heavy traffic”. It was really well organized.  Afterwards, there were several refreshment booths, food, and of course, the photo booth! Though the lines were long, it moved fast. Plus, there was lots to do and enough space for the lines to go on. Congrats to the organizers! My only suggestion, more photo booths next time!

P.S. Philippe and I didn’t win the special award. Apparantly, holding hands wasn’t enough. They were actually looking for the “naughtiest” couple who really can’t get their hands off each other while running! haha

On the Run…

I started running around 1 year ago because of my fiance. His office mates run in particular events just for the fun of it. One Sunday, he invited me to join them. That Sunday, I ran 5 kilometers for more than an hour! Oh wait, let me rephrase… I ran 1 km and walked 4 km for more than an hour! ha!

Here’s the thing with running, you have to set goals. On my first run, I ran for more than an hour. I promised myself I’d be faster on my next run. I kept that promise. Today, more than 12 runs later, I’m able to finish the 5km race between 25 to 35min.  My secret? Just keep an eye on the posts and stoplights and make them your short term goals. Here’s a typical conversation with myself when I run…

Waterrrr!!! I quit! I quit! Oh look, a tree 3 blocks away… RUN RUN RUN!!!

haha As weird as it may seem, these things are what motivate me to keep running. It’s all in the mind, as long as you keep moving those legs, you can’t lose. Here’s a famous running quote by Jacqueline Gareau that I like to keep in mind when on the run,

“The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy…It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.”

That’s it for now, but I will try to talk more about my runs soon! Take care and keep running!