Tuesday, January 26, 2010

7. 2009 Runs

It all started when some of my classmates and I decided to jog every Tuesday and Thursday mornings before going to class last semester. That was when we were not yet that busy with classes and Bar Ops stuff, and we almost signed up for Kenny Roger's Urbanite Run. The thought of joining a Fun Run enticed us. You will be running for a cause, running at night (as Fun Runs are usually held in the early morning), glow-in-the-dark singlets, and chance to "rub elbows" with the celebrities. Unfortunately, the school workload became heavier, and preparations for the September Bar forced us to skip jogging sessions and eventually our hopes of joining the Urbanite Run. But I kept telling myself: after law school, I will start running!

Lo and behold, after law school, I gradually worked myself into shape and was able to participate in 4 Fun Runs for 2009. I do hope I get to join more runs and conquer longer distances for 2010.

1. PiNoy Marathon 3K 11/22 SM MOA - Low budget Fun Run organized by the Student Council of Ateneo for Noynoy and Mar. Was fortunate that most of the seasoned vets participated in the 5K. As a result, I was able to get 2nd place at a pretty respectable time for a newbie runner. Problem is, I was 3 minutes behind the leader, and she was female! (Unofficial: 16+ minutes)

2. McHappy Day Fun Run 5K 11/30 McKinley Hill - Felt confident that I can finish a 5K run this time. As a result: NAPASUBO! Well, I was able to finish the run at a so-so time, considering the unfamiliarity with the route and a handful of uphills and downhills. And for a little bit of trivia, I came 1 second behind McDonald's CEO Kenneth Yang (I was sure of getting extra'd at one of his photo shoots ;), giving me a 51st place finish and 26th in my age group. (Official: 31 mins 13 secs)

3. Big Blue 150 Run 5K 12/6 ADMU - Limited edition Von Dutch shirts for the top 150 finishers of every distance category. I was pretty darn excited for this run and sure of getting a hold of that souvenir shirt. Unfortunately, the day before the race was my birthday, and as I celebrated til the wee hours, I decided to cancel this run for safety's sake. At least, I got the singlet as remembrance...

4. Philstar.com Celebrity Run 3K 12/20 Fort - Jenny's first run, and I committed to run along with her and follow her pace. She ran pretty well for a first timer. However, this was also one of this year's crappiest runs! Badly organized, a few celebs showed up, a lot of the 5K and 10K runners got disqualified for lack of proper signs and marshalls, and worst of all, a lot of us were not included in the official results. Because of this, we vowed not to participate in any Fun Run with a certain dude named Ian Alacar as part of the organizing team. (Unofficially official: 21 mins 23 secs)

*LATEST UPDATE: Philstar.com finally released their long-awaited "Official List", and all I have to say is that it was worse than before! Jenny was able to find our bib numbers, but our names have changed to Macky Chamorro and Ronald Perez (what the?!?). Not only that, the list shows that we ran the 21km distance. Imagine, 21km in 21 minutes? What a disappointment.


  1. ooohhhh! great you were able to keep all the bibs! :) career na talaga to, wyn! by the way, my community is thinking of organizing a run. update kita. :p

  2. Pinaguusapan nga namin ni Diane Bolong last weekend of trying to organize a run in the future. Gusto nya sa La Union. Ako naman naisip ko pwedeng gawing business ang running hahaha! After the Bar, I guess :)

  3. hi ronald perez..hahaha. a messed up race = messed up results... :(

    oi included tayo sa official race results ng PhilStar run, di lang nga name natin ung nag-appear... BIB number lang and the time.


  4. @Macky Chamorro - Ooh bagong development 'to! Lemme update the last part hohoho! :)