Running Aid series is back

The Running Aid Series is back.  This is a series of seminars for runners and would-be runners. Details are as follows: 

Running Aid, Apr. 29, 2009

Running Aid, Apr. 29, 2009

Running Aid
April 29, 2009, Wednesday, 7:00pm
R.O.X.

For the first session,  Dr. Paolo Punsalan will lecture on How to train: The structure training program.  This will be followed by the teams fitness instructor tandem Al and Joie Ligaya ViadoCore Training for Runners.  They will focus on different exercise routines to strengthen the runners. This will also involve warm up,  cool down, core and gym exercise.

Admission is FREE. Register by sending your name and contact details at pinoyultrarunners@yahoo.com This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or rox.cs@primergrp.com

Please check out their website as well: www.pinoyultrarunners.multiply.com

I highly recommend the Running Aid series. I have attended 2 running aid clinics last year and I can vouch that the clinics are very helpful for runners. Not only that, you can also apply the things you’ll learn to your other sports and fitness activities. Hope to see you there.

Happy Running!

Note: Special thanks to Takbo.ph for the Running Aid information.

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Time to run again!

After about 2 months, it’s about time I get back to running again. The last run event I joined was the RUNew on Feb. 22. Since then, I haven’t been running. First, I had the Quadriceps Tendinitis and was told to rest for 3-4 weeks. Then, on the weekend of the Condura Run, I had Dengue Fever. After a week in the hospital, I had to rest for another 2 weeks to regain strength.

It was a very tough 2 months. I missed a lot of running events, most especially the Condura Run. But looking back, I realize that it was a much needed rest. The injury is fully healed. I have regained the strength from the hospitalization.

Now, I am committed more than ever to resume running and get back on the right track. I guess, it’s “back to zero” for me. I was advised to take it easy for the first 2 weeks to get the muscles acquainted to running again. Other than that, I need to read some more on how to get back properly.

I would take this week as a “warm-up” week. Run easy — say 2k to 5K — at a slow pace. Then, I would attend the Nike clinic starting next week to seek advise on a proper program. Hopefully, everything falls into place and I get to join a run event sooner rather than later.

But first, I need to remind myself to bring my gym bag. This is my “boo-boo” for the second time this week. I must have gotten used to the “no running” schedule that I forgot to bring my running apparel again. I forgot it last Monday and I forgot it again today. Uh oh! It’s really stupidity at its best! Haha! This time around, I have set an alarm so I wouldn’t forget to prepare it tonight.

By the way, belated Happy Easter! As always, Happy Running!

Home, At Last!

I’m so glad to be back home. I’m so glad to be out of the hospital. Actually, I was discharged as early as Sunday morning. It’s only now that I had the energy to resume blogging and catch up on the running scene.

Flashback to Mar. 20, Friday. Looking back, the feverish feeling started Friday afternoon. I had a lot of work that day so I didn’t mind the uncomfotable feeling. As the day wore on, I felt worse. I did feel that fever was indeed brewing. I still had enough energy to attend the Takbo.ph Carbo Loading Party but when I got home, I checked and I indeed had fever, measuring 38.5C. I slept through it and drank paracetamol every 4 hours hoping that the fever would subside the following day.

Flashback to Mar. 21, Saturday. When I woke up the following day, the fever was gone. I thought that it was probably due to colds, which worsened overnight. I was happy as it meant that I can still run at the Condura Run. Brought my son to The Podium for a haircut and went back home. I had my afternoon nap and when I woke up, the fever was there again. I rested a bit more and even went to my grandmother’s house that night for dinner. It was at this point when I started to text my brother (he is a doctor at Medical Center Manila). After telling him of the on-and-off fever and of the joint pains, he advised me to go to the hospital to have my blood checked. The symptoms, he said, were consistent with Dengue Fever.

I went to MCM for the blood test. After several minutes of waiting, the unthinkable happened. My brother told me that I had to be confined as my platelet count was below the minimum (it was 146k at that time — below the minimum of 150k). I had no choice. I had to be confined.

A tough week of waiting, Mar. 22 to Mar. 29. From then on, it was a tough 1 week. It was indeed Dengue Fever. At first, the doctor was looking at the possibility of a viral infection since my fever only lasted 2 days. He also looked at the possibility of Typhoid Fever, but the blood test showed that it was negative.

I was now under serial monitoring of platelet count. This meant  twice a day blood extraction. My platelet count fluctuated for the entire week. We were encouraged when it increased to 124k, only to see it dropped again to as low as 74k (on Thursday night). We were actually looking at the possibility of blood transfusion if the platelet count dropped even further. Fortunately, on Friday morning, the platelet count started to increase again. It was 84k on Friday morning and 13ok on Friday afternoon. Then, on Saturday morning it was 132k and it was 184k on Saturday afternoon — finally breaching the minimum of 150k. The doctor gave me the discharge notice on Saturday night and I was finally able to go home on Sunday morning.

Relief. It was such a relief to have gotten over this ordeal. In a way, I was lucky enough that my case was confined to stage 1 where I did not exhibit bleeding. Furthermore, I was fortunate that I did not need blood transfusion. 

Many Thanks are in order. Through thig blog, I would like to sincerely thank a lot of people:

  • Thanks to the nurses and staff of Medical Center Manila who were very accommodating and friendly
  • Thanks to my officemates, friends and relatives who prayed for me and also volunteered to donate blood in case it was needed
  • Thanks to my family — my parents Henry & Malou, my brother Justin, my sister Nica, my lola Nena. They were with me everyday of my confinement. Thank you for sleeping at the hospital and for bringing food.
  • Thanks to my in-laws and the family of my wife. Their prayers and support were with me everyday.
  • Thanks to my brother, Dr. Jetz. Even in his busy schedule he always tried to stop by the room to see how I was doing.
  • Thanks to my wife for being there for me. Thank you for being there everyday as well. Thank you for taking a vacation leave to be at the hospital.
  • Thanks to Tita Becky, our ninang at our wedding. She created a prayer group for my speedy recovery.
  • Thanks to the sisters of Canossa who also prayed everyday for my safe and speedy recovery
  • Thanks to the Lord, our saviour. The one week of waiting was easier with faith and prayers.

I hope I did not forget to thank anybody. If I did, I’m sorry. I’ll continue resting for now. Istill feel weak but I’m getting there. It’ll take another 2 weeks for me to get back into running and other strenuous activities. Thanks again and Happy Running!