TBR Dream Marathon: Congratulations and Thank You

Still on a high after me and Suzanne (my wife) successfully finished our first marathon at the TBR Dream Marathon last Saturday at Nuvali, Laguna. So many ideas and stories running through our minds right now that we don’t even know where to begin. It may even take several entries to recount the wonderful experience of our ‘”BestEST First Marathon.”

But one thing that’s very clear to us is how overwhelmed we are by the event and how thankful we are for having been a part of it. So, let me start by expressing our sincerest thanks and congratulations to all who made the event possible.

Many Congratulations and Many Thanks to:

  • Jaymie, The Bull Runner, for conceptualizing and staging the Dream Marathon. I had planned to run my first marathon December 2010, but the Dream Marathon enticed me to deviate from my plan. There are times when my stubbornness leads to me trouble but the beginner’s marathon you put together was just perfect! The Dream Marathon was a marathon that treated beginners as VIPs; you provided us everything that we need and more – bull circles with the best of the best, bull sessions with the Second Wind team, Coach Jim’s beginner’s program, dream chasers and pacers and a safe and memorable event. Congratulations once again!
  • Coach Jim Lafferty for developing a fantastic beginner’s program and for endlessly motivating all dream marathoners. Your optimism and energy was contagious!
  • Dream Chasers, Pacers and Second Wind team for the encouragement and motivation. You call our names and tell us we’re doing okay – wow, hearing one’s name being cheered on is indeed a great boost! You endlessly tell us we’re doing a good job no matter how tired we are. You all lifted our spirits and helped us cross the finish line. (Our special thanks to my good friend and officemate Eric for cheering us on complete with banners – thanks man! And also to Ms. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan for never failing to cheer runners whenever she passed by – in fact, I noticed Suzanne running faster whenever you cheered us on)
  • Takbo.ph for the cheers and support. You are such a fantastic group. We wanted to personally thank all of you but did not have the chance to. Hopefully, we get the chance to do that in future races and events. We hope to finally be a part of the Takbo.ph ‘class picture’ after a race.
  • Fellow Dream Marathoners for being very friendly and supportive. Everyone was supportive of each other – a friendly ‘good morning’ here and there, a warm ‘good luck’ here and there and countless bright smiles all over. Congratulations as well to all of you!
  • Hydration Station Support teams all volunteers for your unwavering support in ensuring that we are hydrated. Add the fact that you also cheered for us and motivated us to complete the marathon.
  • Co-Presenters and Sponsors for all the goodies you gave us. You really spoiled and pampered us! Thank you also for making the event a success.

Right this moment, both of us looking forward to next year’s TBR Dream Marathon. We are expressing our intent to help in any way we can. Count us in!

In conclusion, let me just say that it’s true what everybody says – that you’ll never forget your first marathon. And all of you made it possible for me and Suzanne. We are sincerely appreciative and grateful for all your help. Thank you for positively changing our lives.


The “M” Word

Gulp?! Dare I say it? I get tense, jittery, edgy and anxious with just the thought of it. You can even collate all the words synonymous to being nervous and it may not be enough to describe how I feel. Yikes!

Gulp?! Am I really doing this? Being the planner and sometimes obsessive-compulsive individual, I get the feeling that I’m rushing this.

Gulp?! So, this is it! The Marathon beckons!

The Initial Plan

Running a marathon is one of my goals for this year. But the plan was to do it second half of the year. I’m looking at QCIM or, if there’s an opportunity, the Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon. Like a slow warming diesel engine, I figured I should spend at least 6 months training for it. My injuries have been well chronicled in this blog and I am wary that forcing the issue might not be a good idea.

Opportunity Knocks

Then again, this flat foot runner can be quite stubborn. I may adhere to a conservative plan, but my thought bubble is already filled with aggressive plan B’s and C’s. It’s the kind of thing that sometimes gets me in trouble. But I can’t resist the opportunity that came knocking. It’s too good and too enticing to pass up.

My First Marathon

As such, I took the plunge. Come May 22, I’ll be running my first marathon. I have signed-up for The Bull Runner Dream Marathon at Nuvali, Laguna. It’s a marathon conceptualized, of course, by TBR and it’s targeted mainly to first-time marathon runners – like me!

I’ve always read and heard that a runner will always remember his or her first marathon. Somehow, I’m starting to understand better what they mean. The journey to the marathon is just as important as running it. And I’m in the journey now…lovin’ and enjoyin’ every minute of it. Quite soon, I’ll complete this journey and I can’t wait to tell my story.

A Busy February

A busy February running month awaits all of us. Several big runs are scheduled every weekend of February. The kind of ‘big runs’ that are much anticipated with the hype and the well-known corporate sponsors. I sure am excited and raring to go!


The Condura Run 2010 – Run For the Dolphins 

Condura Run 2010

When: February 7, 2010, Sunday 

Where: Fort Bonifacio 

Distance: 3K/5K/10K/21K/42K; 21K & 42K will run through Skyway 

Status: Registered (21K)  

I’ve been looking forward to this race since last year. I wallowed in the hospital as the first race to run through the Skyway was being held. I fervently hoped for another opportunity to run through Skyway. And thanks to Condura, I’ll get to run there for the first time.  


The North Face (TNF) Thrill of the Trail – Nuvali 


When: February 14, 2010, Sunday 

Where: Nuvali, Laguna 

Distance: 11K/22K/11K Couples 

Status: Registered (11K couples run with Suzanne, my wife) 

It is officially our Valentine’s Day date. The first race where we’ll run side by side up to the finish. It will be my third trail run and Suzanne’s first. 

I enjoy trail runs. I enjoy the scenery and the fresh air. I don’t worry about setting a PR; I don’t even mind the time. When I joined last year’s TNF Thrill of the Trail at Nasugbu, Batangas, I was even carrying a digital camera to capture every moment of my first trail run. This year will not be an exception – we’ll be on a chillax and picture-taking pace.  


Century Superbods Run 2010 (RunRio Trilogy Leg 1) 


When: February 21, 2010, Sunday 

Where: Fort Bonifacio 

Distance: 3K/5K/10K/21K 

Status: Not Registered Yet (Will register for 21K) 

If there’s a 21K category, I’ll most likely join that race. It’s my favorite distance category nowadays. I figure it will help me a lot in my weight-loss goal. Plus, I need to consistently log miles as I start preparing for a full marathon this year. 


There you have it. Some great runs we can look forward to. Good luck and Happy Running!