Sunday Running Motivation: Winning is Not About Headlines

Winning is not about headlines and hardware [medals].

It's only about attitude.

A winner is a person who goes out today and every day

and attempts to be the best runner and best person he can be.

Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism,

and never, ever, ever giving up.

By: Amby Burfoot, Editor-at-Large, Runner's World

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42K runners on the way to the finish line during the 35th Milo Marathon (July 2011)

36th Milo Marathon: A Bigger and Better Event

This is my sixth post regarding the 36th Milo Marathon and it’s far from over, because there’s a lot more to share after the country’s most prestigious nationwide running event held its media launch yesterday, June 21, 2012 at the Bayview Park Hotel.

Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive announced that they are expecting as many as 200,000 participants this year.   Joined by MILO Sports Executive Robbie De Vera, Race Organizer Head Rio dela Cruz of Runrio Inc, Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Ritchie Garcia and MILO Sports Consultant Pat Goc-Ong, they announced a better event for the 36th Milo Marathon during the media launch.

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The MILO Marathon now on it's 36th Year and this year's theme is, “Iba’t ibang hinahabol, iisang takbuhan”,  in celebration of the various aspirations of runners who participate in the race. 

  • Through MILO Marathon, they are able to provide shoes to under privileged children to help them become champions in sports and in life.  The noblest motivation for running the MILO Marathon will be to continue the work of providing running shoes to public schoolchildren.
  • Now on its 3rd year, the MILO ‘Help give shoes’ advocacy encourages runners of all ages to register in the 36th National MILO Marathon and make the pledge to give shoes to deserving kids nationwide. To date, MILO has given shoes to 14,200 children all over the Philippines through the advocacy.
  • This year, another 10,000 children will be given a pair of running shoes in the hopes of helping them reach for their dreams. For every runner that joins, ten pesos from the registration fee will go to the advocacy. MILO then matches the proceeds, and in cooperation with the Department of Education, selects 100 students that show promise in academics and sports in 100 public schools all over the country as beneficiaries.
  • The Milo Marathon is now a member of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). This further elevated the world-class standards of the MILO Marathon.
  • The 36th National MILO Marathon uses global standard of measurement for all its race categories and is now recognized in the world map of marathon destinations, attracting runners from all over the world.
New Race Categories
  • The 36th National MILO Marathon will now have Open and Local categories for the 42.195-K and 21-K races in the Manila Eliminations and National Finals.
  • Both foreign and local participants can compete and win in the Open category. However, in case a local participant finishes in the top 3 of the Open category, the runner waives the right to win the prize in the Local category.
  • Foreigners are eligible to win only in the Manila races. To qualify for the National Finals, foreign runners must provide proof of finish in any AIMS accredited races dating back at least one (1) year before race day or they may qualify in the 42.195-K Manila elimination race. They must have a finish time within the specified age-bracket and time identified for 21-K and 42.195-K races.
The National MILO Marathon continues to give away the biggest cash prize for marathon winners with over 8 million in prizes and 300,000 peso grand prize for the MILO Marathon King and Queen.
The National MILO marathon will officially kicks off in Baguio on July 1, 2012.  For complete provincial leg schedule you may check it from here.

For other details you may follow these links:


I’m a work from home mom, married to an athlete with two lovable kids and an adopted stray cat and dwells in a challenging city called Manila.

I love to write but I had this habit of filing my writings to where no one can read it. I write in pieces of paper, in my coloring books, on walls, in my old PC’s that crashed down without back-ups. If I do write publicly they are under pseudonyms or they are work related like an article or a speech for someone else. With much prodding from my family and BFF, I finally tried writing something that is directly associated to myself.

For 18 years I was in a corporate job which I described my regular day as an action packed “Mission Impossible” day. A truly multitasking to the highest and maximum level that when I quit I carried with me this confidence that I can work anything except a surgeon’s job. LOL but true.

I started running at the age of 45 when my online job pulled me out of regular fitness. After enduring one 3K, two 5K and two 10K races with a PR of 1:36, I'd like to call myself a (trying hard) “Runner”. Every time that I be asked about my running story, this is what I tell people:

“I call myself an accidental runner. Caught in a mob of runners one time, I decided to run to my destination. Then out of the blue a good friend registered me to a fun run some weeks before my 45th year ended, after which for some twist of fate or whatever (insane) reason you call it, I found myself registering to a 5K run, days before my 46th birthday. Later I realized that this is the best gift I ever gave to myself and the rest is history (of aching muscles and bones).”

My Favorite and Original Piece
Run... throw your hurts and pains to the wind and let the wind bring and pierce them to the heart of the person who hurt you. Cry but run! Let the wind blow and dry your tears away. Run and shout. Shout all your frustrations and anger and let the wind take them all. Then breath and hope... that the wind will throw you back with something new. Just run, and keep on running...

My running story and this piece are all part of this blog along with helpful information and regular updates on running, race and marathon.

Sunday Running Motivation: Derek Redmond and Father, 1992 Barcelona Olympics

This is a re-blog.

I first shared this video some few months back while I’m nursing my sprained ankle.  I just thought that it is more fitting to share this today, Father’s Day.

Acknowledgement to “necessity4failure” for uploading this video to YouTube.

Happy Father’s Day to all you great fathers in the world!

36th Milo Marathon: The Comedy and Fun Begins at the Registration

The Milo Marathon is here once again, now on its 36th year.  I’m expecting another fun filled running experience with my family, fun team and friends.   But I never expected that the fun (or comedy) will start during the registration. 

You have no idea what we went through before we got this!

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This is the only run registration that made me and my BFF to:
  • break out  from the registration line and run in the nearest supermarket
  • shop like hoarder of Milo chocolate powdered drink
  • buy a container where to put the Milo powder
  • look for a place where to do the “dirty job”
  • borrowed a pair of scissor from a restaurant
  • empty the packs into the newly-bought containers under the curious stares of dining strangers
  • and bring these home:
around 1,320 grams of Milo chocolate drinks in powder LOL!
(and more in another container)
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It is because  we went to the Milo Marathon registration booth with the wrong empty packs of Milo.  We brought empty packs of the 20 gram sachet, the last year’s requirement and we overlook that it isn’t the same this year. We were humorously horrified upon knowing that we are negative by 200 grams per person. We are registering SEVEN people so we need 1,400 grams more. LOL!

To think that we prepared the registrations form early so we can submit them on the first day of registration.  Taking from my previous experience in registering a bunch of runners with Milo, I anticipated that race packs will be instantly out of stocks especially in the fun run categories.  That’s because of two obvious reasons, the popularity of this event and the very cheap registration fee (the fun run categories are almost free).

We found that we are not alone in the error. Most of the registering people brought the wrong Milo sachet and just like us, they ended running to the supermarket. The error brought fun and comedy among the people. It was funny exchanging stories with them but they found ours the most hilarious!

If you want to know the place where we did our "dirty job" - tadaaah!

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At least this funny experience lead us to a new fave food tripping place - yummy!

So don’t forget people. You need to bring a 220 gram empty pack of Milo chocolate drink (not 20grams).   See you on July 29, 2012!

If you want to know the details about the 36th Milo Marathon, you can read it from my other posts:

Anybody want some Milo, we have a lot over here Winking smile

Sunday Running Motivation: The Miracle Isn’t that I Finished

"The miracle isn't that I finished.

The miracle is that I had the courage to start."

John Bingham, running speaker and writer

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“Kaya Mo Yan!” (“You Can Do It!”)  is my most favorite motivational phrase in running. 

This is a photo of my back wearing my 35th Milo Marathon singlet taken after the race.  I'm glad the same tag line/message is printed on this year's (36th) Milo Marathon singlet.

The photo is taken during my very first Milo Marathon and my second serious 5K race.  If you noticed, my hair is dripping wet.  It was raining so hard but the race was not cancelled.  We ran under the very cold raining July dawn in 2011.  The experience is one of a kind!  I’m sharing some of the experience here.  Don’t miss watching the video, it’s in there!

36th Milo Marathon Singlet Designs

As I always say, when it comes to Milo Marathon – “Let me be your media!” .

Runrio posted the singlet designs of the 36th Milo Marathon on their Facebook Page.  I compiled all three designs so I can share them all to you here.  In that way you can have it in one looking.  Here it is tadaaah!

for 3K Runners
3K 36th Milo

5K Runners
5K 36th Milo

for 10K, 21K, 42K Runners
10K 21K 42K 36th Milo

So this is my fourth post about the 36th Milo Marathon which is happening on July 29, 2012 at the SM Mall of Asia .  For a recap, here are my earlier posts:

Photo Source: RunRio Facebook Page

36th Milo Marathon: Manila Eliminations Registration Updates

This is my third post about the 36th Milo Marathon which is happening on July 29, 2012 at the SM Mall of Asia .  For a recap, here are my earlier posts:

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ONLINE REGISTRATION is on going here.  Period is from May 21 to July 15, 2012

IN-STORE REGISTRATION period is from June 11 to July 22, 2012 at the following registration centers:

RIOVANNA BGC, 9th Avenue cor. 28th Street, BGC, Taguig Mon-Sun 12NN – 9PM
KATIPUNAN, 3rd Flr. Regis Ctr., Q.C (fronting ADMU) Mon-Sun 10AM – 8PM
TOBY’S SM Mall of Asia, G/F Entertainment Hall Mon-Sun 12NN – 8PM
Trinoma Mall, Edsa cor. North Avenue Mon-Sun 12NN – 8PM

REGISTRATION FEES For Metro Manila Races

42.195K Elimination Race PhP  500.00
21K Run        500.00
10K Run        500.00
5K Fun Run (Adults)        100.00
3K Kiddie Run & 5K Fun Run (Students)          50.00
  • Race entry fee should be accompanied by one empty Milo 220g empty pack
  • Students should present a valid ID in order to avail of the PhP50.00 registration fee.
Here's the Runner's Handbook for 42K, 21K, and 10K runners.

Better hurry up and register early because taking from my experience during the 35th Milo Marathon (2011), race packs always run out of stock!

Sunday Running: Motivation: No. It Doesn’t Hurt


It doesn’t hurt.

Take it slow.

And you will get used to it.

By: The Barefoot Runners


Post Race Piece: Greenfield City Clean Air Run 2012

“Uh oh!” That’s what I said when after crossing the finish line someone from the organizer of Clean Air Run tore my timing chip.  Chances are, the race result is erroneous.  And my anticipation is right.  My bib number is showing a guy named – “Zozimo” when I checked it from this race result link!

Race result is one major part of a race.  It is the conclusion of the whole racing event so finding your race results as erroneous is totally disappointing. I don’t think any person who paid for race registration will be happy to see her bib number showing someone else data in the race result.  Much more if you are a female and you will find that your name is “Zozimo” - really not happy!

Anyway apart from the erroneous race result, I am sharing here our experience and personal views with Greenfield City Clean Air Run that happened on May 27, 2012 that I and hubby joined.

REGISTRATION FEE – very reasonable.
PhP 500.00 only for 21K, 10K, 5K and
PhP150.00 only for Kids 500 meters category.
-this fee covers singlet (shirt for kids), timing chip, medal for all categories and finishers shirt for 21K (plus loot bag) .

VENUE is great but it’s tiring to drive more than an hour before and after a (21K) race.  Hubby is not looking forward to another “drive-run-drive”.
START/FINISH line is at the scenic Paseo de Sta. Rosa.  The running route views are open fields of plain earth, trees and grasses, industrial plants (Ford Motors)  and currently developing subdivisions and properties (Solen, etc). 

GUN START – could have been better if  done earlier considering the heat these days.  BUT we understand that it can’t be too early considering the travel time of those coming from the city like us so,
4:30 – for 21K is just fine, but
5:30 – for 10K runners is too late.  I don’t understand why there was AN HOUR INTERVAL from the 21K gun start to the 10K gun start. (21K=4:30AM / 10K=5:30AM).  The 10K runners are already restless waiting at the starting line.

HYDRATION, FOODIE, WET TOWELS – Great! Ample hydration. Runners enjoyed the bananas, ice cream, fried corn (cornick).  There was also wet towels for 21K runners only.

KILOMETER MARKERS – hubby said the 21K markers are just good enough, but
I say there’s not enough kilometer markers for the 10K.  The only marker I saw is at the last 3K.  It would help a lot if there’s just a half distance marker (5th).  Not all of us use “Garmin” you know.

MEDALS – it is very motivating to run knowing that you will have medals once you finished and this event has medals for every category.  Kudos to the especially-designed 21K medals for “Barefoot 21K Finisher”, “My First 21K”,  “21K Finisher”

LOOT BAG/FINISHER SHIRT – content of loot bag and shirt quality is fair enough.
Loot bag contains a sampler of San Marino Tuna Paella and Pancit Canton (“anong konek?) and a flyer of Greenfield’s property on sale.  The 21K runners has additional meds on their loot bags.

No complaints with the loot bag distribution in the lower categories.  But we totally DISLIKE the distribution of loot bags and finisher shirts in the 21K category!  After enduring a 21K  run, the runners have to queue in loops of lines for almost an hour  to claim their loot bags/shirts.  That's kinda' cruel! The distribution in the lower category has been over much earlier and we are wondering why they did not use the area to accommodate the remaining 21K runners.

Hubby broke from the line and we waited sitting for almost an hour till the line shortened and the end result is that he was given a finisher shirt that is not his size (XL).  Frustrating!

PHOTO OPPS – No one beats Greentennial Run when it comes to photo opp. They always have the best set of (volunteer) photographers who capture the best “jump shots”, “look back shots” and any kind of running shots.

Sen. Pia Cayetano doing the jump shot. Photo credits to Running Photographers from Greentennial Run’s Facebook Account
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Here’s sharing some of my photos from the run:

Arriving in Greenfield City in Sta. Rosa, Laguna at past 4:00AM after more than an hour of driving from Manila (no traffic and all).  Gun start for 21K is at 4:30AM.

The “inspiring” barefoot runners doing their warm-up.

21K runners at the START line.  Hubby’s one of them. 

Runner/host Michelle Estuar at her best form leading the warm-up for the 10K runners.
  Note that the sun is already shining. 

Off we go 10K runners.  See? The sun is starting to be a killer at 5:30AM.

The returning 21K elite Kenyan runner now traversing his last kilometers (LOL) while we 10K runners are just tackling our first kilometer (more LOL).  This is the third from the leading pack.
Again, my camera wasn’t able to capture the speeding two Kenyans leading by few miles from this one.  I was also running while taking this photo.

The traffic we are causing in the area.

Some areas in the running route.
Greenfield City

The birthday boy running on his 18th kilometer on the way to the finish line wearing his white rubber bracelet marker, and
My black rubber bracelet marker given on the 7th kilometer. The heat is now at its best. The other runners among my pace are complaining about the same thing – the FREAKING HEAT!


Several loops of 21K finishers queuing for their loot bags and finisher shirts.


The 3K awarding ceremony with the Greenfield City officers and hosts.  We didn’t finish the program as we need to drive back home. 


Here’s our photo with our medals. We wasted so much time falling in line in the 21K loot bag distribution that we didn’t had the time to enjoy the photo walls and other post race activities.


All in all it was a good run.  Hubby is not very much impressed with his race performance and is currently looking for another race where he can challenge himself again in a 21K run. As for me, well… how would I know? My race result says I’m Zozimo Smile with tongue out.


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