The Running Bride and Groom

Hello everyone!  It’d been quite a while I know right?

But anyway,  I am so glad that something motivated me and lead me back clicking that new post icon on this blog which I feel is already covered by thick cobwebs similar to haunted houses in horror movies.  Forgive me with the simile ha ha.  Also forgive me if I’ll have grammar lapses cause you know it’s been quite a while and my vocabulary and grammar are both quite rusty.  Besides, I’m not planning to give this a proof reading or whatever so as not to lose the spontaneity as I type my happy thoughts away. 

A wedding!

Yep a wedding is the culprit cum inspiration why I suddenly went back tapping on my lappy.  Yesterday I felt so honored to be a part of a running-inspired wedding event.  This is also the reason why I am sharing this here instead to my other home at Balut Manila

So before I proceed, I hope that the bride and groom won’t mind me sharing on this site some bits of their beautiful wedding.  And if they do mind, then I’ll just use my “Ninang-Pass-Card” (grins).

So I got the invitation!
Gosh it asked me to train which I felt so guilty of because I was not able to.  I got so caught up with the d*mn thing called work!  (excuses, excuses, more excuses!  Duh!) The result = I looked obese in spite of the midnight blue color motif.  (Sighs and cries insert here)

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Running Shoes Recommended!

Yes the bride and groom and so does the entourage are wearing running shoes!  Cute right!

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What is running without the Finish Line?

I consider this as one of the highlights of the occasion.  The bride and groom ran to the finish line!  Awesome!

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If you are wondering why running is the motif of Eric and Dada’s wedding - it’s because Eric and Dada’s relationship developed while they are joining race events and running together.  In short, running is their common denominator.  By the way, I am the one who introduced running to the bride that is why she sometimes endearingly calls me “coach”. 

The Reception!  It topped all the after-the-run event I attended! 

Of course I’m VIP (winks*).  The venue is decorated with running-related items.  And their videos reflects a lot about running apart from travel.

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The Loot Bag!

Wooot I so love them.  I got a loot bag full of goodies fit for runners, a running-inspired cup cake and for us Ninangs – a beautiful rosary pearl bracelet – aaaw my weakness! I can not ask for more!

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My message,

To the gorgeous bride and the dashing groom Eric and Dada, first off my congratulations for your successful wedding.  The ceremony is touching, heartwarming and fun at the same time.  You were able to combine both the solemnity and fun on this very important occasion of your lives.  The reception is awesome!  The venue and the food are equally great!  Jeez I was so full and feeling sleepy that I need to ask for coffee but it voids its purpose because I sip the cup while munching a plateful of sweet pastries ha ha.  Your entourage are all amazing and that includes me! The host is so funny and witty – thumbs up to his hosting!  The videos are all soo interesting and wow for the “same-date edit” of your wedding vid coverage (May pa-drone pa talaga!).  all in all kudos to both of you and to all the people behind the success of your wedding!

Now, my serious message,

Eric and Dada, your wedding marks the Start Line of your married life but this is one race that we wouldn’t wish for a finish line.  There will be lots of challenges, bumps, sprains and injuries that you will meet and experience along the way but, I am sure you will surpass them all if you will run this race together.  Be the best running buddy to each other. Make sure that as you race and one of you falls along the route, the other one should always be there to help the other one.  Carry him/her or crawl together if you must.  Share each others strength.  Love and trust one another.  Above all, trust the One Great Guy above!  He’s the master of all races.  He’s the only One you two can rely on who will definitely help you tackle all the races that married life will be giving you.  Welcome them with love, strength and prayers,

And of course, know that I will always be around as your friend, running buddy and your Ninang.  As I always say, Run and keep on running.  Now, love and keep on loving!

P.S.
Pssst Dada, I am so in love with your gown that  I am now insanely thinking to borrow it but the problem is “how and why” - for all the reasons for both questions (gulo ko)!

I hope that you two have already forgiven me by now about the Christmas card.  Sssssh…

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The best thing to hold onto in life is each other 
~Audrey Hepburn~

40th Milo Marathon National Finals (2016)

The National MILO Marathon is set to mark its 40th year milestone as it holds its National Finals in the city of Iloilo on Sunday, December 4. The reigning MILO Marathon King and Queen, two-time MILO Marathon King Rafael Poliquit and three-time MILO Marathon Queen and 2016 Olympian Mary Joy Tabal, are both raring to go head-to-head with their fierce rivals to defend their crowns in the final race of the season.

The city of Iloilo was selected to be the official venue of this year’s National Finals to provide better proximity to aspiring runners from the South, and enrich the experience of everyone with scenic routes, spacious thoroughfares and thrilling challenges that await the runners. The race, which expects to see 20,000 runners, will be held in the Iloilo Convention Center. Mayor of Ilolilo City Jed Mabilog affirms the city’s full preparations and support for the National MILO Marathon Finals.

”We are all very excited to be hosting the most prestigious and longest running footrace in the country. We are honored to be part of the historic culminating event of the National MILO Marathon’s 40th anniversary. We hope all our runners will enjoy the race experience we have prepared for them.  We are honored to be part of the historic culminating event of the National MILO Marathon’s 40th anniversary. We hope all our runners will enjoy the race experience we have prepared for them. ~Mayor of Ilolilo City Jed Mabilog~
Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager, shares his enthusiasm for the grand event and expresses gratitude to all who have made the season’s success possible.

 “We are very thankful to all our friends from the local government, our partners, sponsors, volunteers, and everyone else who have contributed greatly to this finale. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we hope to continue to energize champions and inspire millions more through our runners who have become our agents of motivation that energized Filipinos to be at their best in their respective endeavors. We hope to continue this cycle in the future seasons and see more champions who have embodied values such as resilience, grit, and discipline, which have made them winners in sports and in life.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~


Milo Sports Marketing Manager Andrew Neri with Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog and Sports Development Officer of Iloilo Jojo Castro

Today's Run: On Monsoon Rain, Sea Bugs and Waves Kissing The Sea Wall

6:52AM on a Monday, 15th of August 2016

Oh I’m just glad that I am not only back to running but also to posting one of my favorite series on this blog “Today’s Run”.

Obviously because my favorite time of the year is back – the rainy season. Can’t remember how many posts I made here that I am running under the (strong) rain (sometimes typhoon)  and how many times did I mention how I love doing it.

So what’s the difference of this run versus my other run under the rain?

Well, while everybody's busy catching Pokemon! I’m busy chasing sea bugs, the monsoon rain and wind and watching fierce waves kissing the sea wall!  Ever wonder how good that is?  Wow! this is reality and one of nature's best show!




This post first appeared on my Instagram and Twitter.

Compared to chasing virtual creatures from your mobile devices which cost you extra budget for your mobile data, centralized your life in charging your devices and power banks and having the risk in falling off bridges or run over by vehicles or smashing your cars to some PokeStops, I absolutely prefer what I'm doing right now.

Not that I can't do it or can't afford to do PokemonGo.  My mobile subscription includes a 5gig data and I'm using a waterproof mobile device  - I am actually all equipped to play the game.  But thank God I resisted!

Today’s Music: Fast Car via Spotify 

Today's Running Outfit
Hoodie Jacket/Windbreaker – Dark Blue Adidas
Singlet – Great Walled City Run
Sports Bra – Triumph (it's complicated and I wish to make a separate entry about this LOL) 
Running Pants – All Star
Shades: Cybershades
Watch: Spalding
Shoes: Nike Free (I should have worn my worn New Balance) 

After The Run Food: French Toast and Tea (At home - need to rush home as I am soaked and dripping after the run).



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TRIVIA

PokemonGo is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices.  It was release in the Philippines on end July 2016.

The idea of the game is to travel between the real and the virtual world of Pokemon.  The game used real locations to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokemon.  PokemonGo allows the gamer to find and catch more than a hundred species of Pokemon as they explore their surroundings. 

CTT Source: Wikipedia and Pokemon,com

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