The North Face PH 100 - 2016


             Sometimes the spirit is willing but the body is not so much.  Thats what happened during the recent TNF 100 - 2016 in Baguio City, a much anticipated race that took months of preparation but unfortunately also plagued with lots of injuries. My training not only consisted of daily runs but frequent rehab sessions as well.  Given the situation, I once again decided to downgrade from the 22km event to the 11km event.  This was quite heartbreaking for me knowing how much I really enjoy running the trails of Baguio, my fave running playground. However, I feared the treacherous race route may just cause more injury to myself and render me invalid for quite a long time.

 Though it was only a short 11km race, the course was pretty tough which had us runners climbing up and down lots of ravines.  The route took us through some of my favorite trails in Baguio (Eco trail and Yellow trail) and I enjoyed every minute of it, so much so that I found myself taking my time, enjoying the scenery while careful not to trip on any exposed tree roots which were scattered all over the race course. As careful as I was, all I can say is "OOOPS! I did it again" - tripped on an exposed root and fell somewhere along yellow trail with a huge bruised right hip to show for it. I guess its back to PT again for me. 

I dont know if I made a wise decision to downgrade. Maybe I could have done pretty well in the 22km distance but instead of second guessing myself, best to just let it go and move on.  There will always be another time, another race....with the hope that, one day, the spirit and the body can jive once again. 
Thanks Rene V. for the pic
Good Morning Baguio !
Iron I.

The Champ - Manolito and Rene

Marie N. is done with her race and i have just started

Ate Grace.

Baguio Friends - Alex T. and Ate Grace
Robie Strong !!!
Hey Abet !!

Favorite Post Race Mirenda 
Street Corn and Rhubarb  Pie w/ Vanilla ice cream

15 things you don’t owe anyone

Many choices we make in life are subject to prying questions and commentary from those around us. It often seems like everyone has an opinion on what we do, how we conduct ourselves, and who we interact with. Sometimes people go so far as to ask you to explain yourself for the decisions or choices you make in your own life.
Popular blogger and psychologist David K. William argues that whilst you might feel obliged to respond in such cases, some things are really no one else’s business. Here is his list of 15 things which you don’t owe anyone an explanation at all for (even if you probably think you do).
1. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your life situation
Whether you are cohabiting with your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend, crashing in different motel rooms across the country, or living with your parents for a while when you are past your twenties, you don’t have to explain yourself to anyone for who you live with and why if you don’t want to. If you are fully aware of your living situation, then it means you have your own reasons for being in that situation that are nobody else’s business.

2. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your priorities

You have your own ideas about the things that would make you and your loved ones truly comfortable and happy, which is your main priority. Since we are all unique individuals with different values, dreams and aspirations, your core priorities will be different from the next person’s. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for what you determine is your core priority in life. That is your personal business not other people’s business.

3. You don’t owe anyone an apology if you are not sorry

If you don’t regret your actions, still think someone is wrong about something or don’t care much for their forgiveness, you don’t have to apologize. Many people are too quick to offer apologies and try to mend wounds that are not yet ready to be mended, which only serves to aggravate the wound and bring more problems. You really don’t have to apologize if you are not sorry or your side of the story hasn’t been heard.

4. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for requiring time alone

You might worry that you will come across as “rude,“ ”anti-social" or “aloof” when you cancel plans or other obligations because you need some time alone to reboot, unwind or just enjoy a good book by yourself. However, spending time alone is a completely normal, natural and necessary practice that more people should adopt. Take your alone time confidently because you don’t owe anybody an explanation for it.

5. You don’t owe anyone your agreement on their personal beliefs

Just because someone shares their personal beliefs passionately doesn’t mean you have to sit there and nod in approval to everything they say. If you don’t share in their beliefs, it is unfair to yourself and to the other person to suppress your own thoughts and feelings and pretend you agree with them. It’s okay and better to disagree with them gracefully instead of bottling up your disapproval and frustrations.

6. You don’t owe anyone a ’yes’ to everything they say

You have a right to say no whenever there is no compelling reason to say yes. In fact, the most successful people in the world are those who have mastered the art of saying no to everything that is not a priority. Acknowledge other people’s kindness and be grateful for it, but don’t be afraid to politely decline anything that takes your focus away from your core goals and priorities. That’s how to get ahead.

7. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your physical appearance

You might be slender, plump, tall, short, pretty, plain or whatever, but you don’t have to explain yourself to anyone for why you look how you do. Your physical appearance is your own business and you are obligated only to yourself. Physical appearance shouldn’t determine your self-worth.

8. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your food preferences

There are certain foods that you just don’t like at all for different reasons, including taste preference and health issues. You don’t have to explain to anyone at all why you prefer certain foods. Your food preference is a matter that is best left to you. If anyone pesters you about why you are eating (or not eating) certain foods, shrug it off and just say you feel better eating (or not eating) those foods.

9. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your sex life

As long as it happens with another consenting adult, you don’t owe anyone an explanation for where, when and how you conduct your sex life. You can wait for marriage, try one-night stands or experiment with same sex encounters to your heart’s pleasure and still not have to explain your sexual preferences to anybody.

10. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your career or personal life choices

Sometimes circumstances force us to choose between work and "having a life." The decision is not always easy and you might end up choosing work, not because you don’t care about your family or social life, but because you are working on something that will give you security in the future. Either way, you don’t owe others an explanation for choosing a career over your personal life (or vice versa) as long as you are confident about what you are doing and why you are doing it.

11. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your religious or political views

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Catholic, Protestant or Muslim, that is your own personal choice. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for why you are what you are and believe what you believe. If someone can’t accept you for who you are, that is their personal dogma—not yours.

12. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for being single

Whether you are single by design or by default that is nobody’s business. Being single is not a personality disorder. You are free to be in a relationship or not. Besides, you are far more than your relationship status and singlehood is just one of those social labels no one should really care about.

13. You don’t owe anyone a date just because they asked

Someone might be nice, good looking and you may even be a little interested, but you don’t owe them a date just because they ask. If you feel deep down you don’t want to go on that date, then don’t. You may offer a reason for declining, but keep it brief and stick to your decision.

14. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your decision about marriage

Whether or not you choose to get married and have kids or stay unmarried and be childfree, that is your own personal decision. Even your mom who is dying for grandchildren should understand that marriage is a personal decision and not suited for everyone. She should respect your decision about it no matter how hard it is to swallow.

15. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your relationship choices

Sometimes people make inappropriate commentary about your romantic relationship(s), which is really none of their business. You might overhear comments like you are not the "perfect couple" or you should find someone else. However, you are not answerable to anyone but yourself for your relationship choices. Live your life and never, ever leave or stay in a relationship just because someone else says you have to. Make your own mistakes if you must, but learn from them always.
Source : www.lifehack

Salomon X Trail Run 2016

The Salomon X Trail Run was recently held in Subic Bay Freeport  Zone. I was so looking forward to this trail race and originally signed up for the 24km distance. But, as luck would have it, I pulled my back muscle when I slipped while running the rain drenched streets of Tokyo a week before the race. 
It was pretty bad that I had a difficult time walking for the next few days. Two days before race day and with my injury not getting any better despite therapy,  I decided to bite the bullet and downgrade to the 12 km event distance instead. On hindsight, downgrading was a very wise decision on my part. The 24 km event was a bit technical and  would have probably ended up a DNF if I had ran it. Gun start was at 7am for the 12km distance which was quite warm due to the scorching summer sun.  The terrain was a combination of road and trail which I am quite familiar with having run in Subic many times prior. 

It was a good race and I enjoyed it very much. Hopefully, I'll be able to move up to either the 24 or 32 km distance next time but for now, will have to get this back fixed for my next race.

I love my Race Bib no. 
Before Gun Start ... 
I like this Picture. borrowed from  
Janice T. . Thank you

more pics to follow :-)

Happy Birthday 53 !

I vividly remember when I first started running in 1980 and ran my first Marathon in 1983. Had very little training back then but lots of heart. Same heart that has kept me going through the years from a heavy-set teenager at 17 up until this very day; today, March 17, that I turn 53. 

Through the years I have witnessed running grow steadily in popularity.  Oftentimes, I wonder where did all these runners come from? Why do they continue to grow?  What motivates them? I guess each story is different as it was for me 33 years ago.   As the running revolution grew, I also experienced my own personal growth. I have survived the awkward tween years, bad breakups and other misadventures of youth. Five decades of experiences has taught me a few life lessons such that any mistakes I made along the way need not be repeated.  All of those years, every single one of the building block moments that together constitute my life, brought me here.  And through it all, I kept on RUNNING....

At 53, I am fully aware that my body is not up to par to compete with the younger generation and believe me, I certainly have no desire to do so. I may have "aged" in years but the spirit remains as strong as that day I took my first running steps.  Through the years, I have evolved into a different kind of runner.  Whether it is 0ºC and freezing or 40ºC and sweltering outside, whether theres a raging storm or a flash flood warning, I will figure out a way to get in the miles motivated by the pure joy I derive from running.  It is an inseparable part of who I am with seemingly nothing to ever hold me back.  For me, I run like I have to breathe. 

I'm glad to have been part of the “running revolution“ way back when and grateful to still be a part of it today.  I sincerely hope I have played a part in influencing others to view running as not just a sport but also experience the joy that they can derive from it. This new generation of runners likewise inspire me and make me realize that I, and others before me, have to now pass the torch, so to speak, in the hope that they are willing and able to rekindle the flame, keep it burning and pass it on.  That, for me, is the greatest gift to myself today.
Happy Birthday to me! 

 “There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.”
-George A. Sheehan

Clark Animo Marathon year 7

i like my race bib no .

Running and racing out of town is something I look forward to. Having a chance to support a race organized by ones' Alma Mater at the same time is an added perk.  This past Sunday, I finally got the opportunity to run the 21km event of the Clark Animo Marathon 2016 held at Clark Free Port Zone in Angeles,  Pampanga.  Now on it's 7th year,  this race is dubbed "Green Run for a Green Cause" where its proceeds of the event will go to the Angeles Watershed Project. It also gave me a chance to rack up some race mileage in preparation for 2 big races happening on the first half of the 2016. 

Clark Field is very much in the mainstream of modernity and the concrete road and rolling hills was murder on the legs but overall it was a good course and a quite organized race.  The wide open spaces and very limited traffic is always a good thing with some unusual sights along the race course that made for an interesting experience. After all, coming across a fighter jet at the Clark Field Airport revving up it's engine is not something you see everyday. It was quite an awesome sight but also a deafening experience; the closest I got to TOP GUN moment. 

Glad to have supported the Alumni Association in one of their projects. Marking this race on my calendar for next year. 
Animo La Salle! 
Clowning around with Sabby Ow and the TBR herd :-)
 Tanya C. thanks for the pace.
 The Nicest Ultra Runner in the Bundoks  Tin F.
 Paulo M.
Ricky , Tanya and I 
Congratulations to us weirdo's :-)
Hey Mark D.