Friday, August 29, 2008
Distance: 4.11 km
Pace: 8:48 min/km
Distance: 1.14 km
Pace: 6:02 min/km
I did the first workout with Josiah. It was 3 rounds around the block at an irregular pace since Josiah was running with me. I had to jog slower( or even jog in place) for Josiah to keep pace with me. There were times I had to stop and wait for him at road intersections. Anyway, the result showed a total of 4.11km. It was suppose to log approximately 3.6 km. The discrepancy of the distance may be attributed to the irregular pace and to the jogging in place I did. After the third round, Connie and Dennis were done with their exercise. I asked them if they could take care of Josiah because I want to run one more round at a consistent pace and see if it will give the same result. The result was more accurate. It gave a log of 1.14 km for one round. The difference maybe because I ran at the side walks (inner lane) which has a shorter distance than when I measured it with the car’s odometer. It gave me confidence that the sports kit is working properly. I guess I’m ready for the Nike+ Human Race on Sunday. See you there runners! God bless!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. - Revelation 21:5-7 (New International Version)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The Nike+ Turbulence and ipod plus nike spors kit
Swthrt and I decided to run on Saturday morning to break-in my new shoes and see if it comfortably fits me. We arrived at UPD at around 6:30am. We ran 2 rounds at the academic oval together. On the second run, swthrt felt pain at the arc of her foot and on her shins. She had to walk from time to time to give her feet some rest. We finished the run together with 40 min. on my sports watch. I continued to run another round and had a time of 13:57 for the additional 2.2K run. I ran a total 0f 6.6K. This was the first mileage of Turby, my Nike+ Turbulence. I have already given it a name.
Sunday morning was another day to test Turby. There were lots of runners when we arrived at UPD. It was part of the route of the QC Red Cross 10K run. It gave us a boost to run. It was as if we were with the race minus the race bibs. Swthrt ran another 4.4K while I did another 6.6K. Again, swthrt felt pain at the arc of her foot and shins after running several kilometers. This has become a usual occurrence for her. To runners out there, what do you think causes the persistent pain? Do we need to change swthrt’s shoes?
Monday, swthrt had some laboratory exams done at the hospital. After which we went to BHS to register for the Nike+ Human Race. It was unfortunate that I did not bring with me the sports kit which was needed for the registration. I should have listened to swthrt, hehehe. Anyway, the registration will be open until Aug 30 and so I plan to register today after work.
Of the two days run, I was not able to test the sports kit. I’m planning to test it today when swthrt and I will run this afternoon. Hopefully it will not rain, since I heard from the news that there is a typhoon named Lawin within the Philippine Area of Responsibility according to PAGASA.
Friday, August 22, 2008
In our own personal race in life, we have goals. How determined are we to accomplish these? We attend seminars, trainings for our personal development. Do we have the discipline to do the tasks assigned to us? In our spiritual race, have we set our eyes on the reward of being with Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith? Are we disciplined and willing to trust and obey the coaching of Jesus? God trained us through the different experiences we have in life. Have we learned and gained wisdom from these experiences? We will always hear that discouraging whisper telling us to stop, that we are liable to fall, that we give up on this goal. Let us not listen to this little voice. Let us persevere in finishing the race and finish it strong. God bless us all!
“ Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I was set to run a 5K pace at 7.5 min/k. I felt confident that I can finish the run and beat my time during my simulation run (1:19:00). It was a good first round for me. There were enough water in every water station. Gatorade, which was one of the sponsors, were also available for the runners. One thing I noticed, runners don’t mind throwing bottles of Gatorades which they don’t even consumed half of it. For me it was a waste of money. Maybe next time sponsors like them should think of having smaller containers. What I did was I brought along with me the bottle I took from the first water station. It took me 36+ min for my first round (5K).
On my second round, the sun was already up and I felt the heat on my face and nape. It was a good thing I have the bottle of Gatorade and need not wait for water stations for my re-hydration needs. As georgieboy had instructed me, I should be able to run comfortably on the second round. Since I already knew the course, I can determine where to give it a push and where to slowdown. I reached the finish line at 1:12:57 (unofficial - from my sports watch). I was really happy to have run this race. As the slogan goes – “I made a difference”. I was also very thankful of having a supportive wife who’s always there for me. We were also glad to meet “Run for Change’s Eric, the Passion Runner.
After the race, swthrt and I went to Kopi Rotti at Katipunan Ave. to have a cup of coffee, toasted bread with butter, and coffee bun. It was a wonderful day! Praise God!
My insights today was not actually about the race I just joined. It was about the race of life. After the race last Sunday, we went to Bulacan to attend on the interment of my uncle who died from various complications due to diabetes. Maybe this is one race that nobody wants to be first, but everyone was in it including me. Just like in any race, we train hard to prepare for it, to be able to finish the race. We eat the right food to give us energy. We practice the course to be familiar with it. We even train on hills to overcome courses like it. But for our spiritual race, how much have we trained? Are we ready to reach the finish line and say, I have ran a good race? Are we eating the right spiritual food for our souls? Are we familiar with the voice of our great coach in life, Jesus Christ, that while living in this life we trust and obey Him? Have we learned the lessons of the different hills we encountered in our life and be victorious over it? It will not be an easy race but God has given us His word through the bible. He gave us time to meet and worship Him. And He gave us lessons in life to make us better, victorious Christians. God bless us all!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say again rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
– Philippians 4:4-7
Amidst all crises and news of war around us, where can we eventually find peace? In the letter of Apostle Paul to the Colossians, he wrote: "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as a member of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." (chap 3 vs 15)
Trials and conflicts are part of human existence. In our daily activities, we are faced with problems that lead us to fear and apprehension. News headlines on price hikes, terrorist acts, and political instability make matters even worse. As Christians, we are called to seek peace and to live harmoniously with others (1Peter 3:8-12).
But whatever circumstance that you are in, hard as it may be, do not be troubled. God is just a prayer away. Lift up your worries and concerns in prayer with thanksgiving and the Lord will give you peace .
Since when did you pray for peace? For yourself? For the nation? Seek God now and you will realize the true meaning of peace and joy that could only come from Him through Christ Jesus.
Published in NAMRIA Newsletter Vol. IV No.2, 2000.
Date: Aug 12, 2008 Distance: 4.4K Time:32 min Place: UP Acad. Oval
Monday, August 11, 2008
In the morning of August 09, 2008, I ran the same 10K route which I previously run a week ago. This is in my preparation for the Men’s Health Miracle run. I started at 5:50 in the morning. It was a fair weather condition and seems that the sun will be up in a matter of minutes. At the start, I ran at my 5K pace of 7:45 min/km. It was an easy run to K5 which took me 38+ min. Again, I took a brief stop at Shell Select to buy a bottle of Rush. It was not an easy run anymore on my way back. The sun was up and I really needed to take a sip of Rush at least every 200 or 300 meters. This time I did not feel the pain on my foot which I had during my first 10K run. I finished the course with a time of 01:19:02. It was chicken adobo (becoming my regular food after a long run) and rice for breakfast. It was great to know that I did it again with lesser effort. It gives me confidence that I am ready to finish a 10K race.
Running the same route for the second time will give you confidence that you can do it. Being prepared from the obstacles and difficulties you experienced in the last run makes you think that you can do better. But reality will tell you that you will have a different experience in different parts of the course. And as I was running in the difficult part of the route, I could hear in my head the voice of georgieboy telling me you do this, or do that….as if he was right beside me coaching on my run. I finish the run and gain new experience to become a better runner.
You can never tell that – “you’ve been there, and done that”. Just like in the race of life, we sometimes experience almost same situations in life. But the way we will have to deal with it will be different from the first time we encounter it. We can never be proud to say that we know what to do because we have done it before. God allows different experiences in same situations in life to make us better Christians. He wants us to listen to Jesus in every moment in our life. To trust and obey God, it is only then that we will know what to do. Jesus is our greatest coach in this race of life. How much of our time have we spent with Him? Are we ready to listen, trust, and obey Jesus? God bless us all!
After a week of suffering from vertigo, swthrt wanted to be on the road again. Every Saturday evening we run at UP. This time I suggested that we only do a walk. We did two rounds of the academic oval (2.2K). It was a good recovery walk for us (for her after the vertigo, for me after the morning run). We also get to talk on lots of things and have a great bonding moment.
Mommy Milkshake Marathon
It was an exciting Sunday morning for us last Aug 10. The whole family joined the “Mommy Milkshake Marathon”. A fun run on the advocacy on breastfeeding. It was a 2.6K run around Bonifacio High Street. The race started at 8 o’clock in the morning. Our eldest son, JM was eager to finish the race soon and went ahead of us. Swthrt and I kept pace with our youngest son Josiah. He was having fun and even asking me if he could pour the water onto his head just like what runners do in a race. It was a very good experience especially for the kids to introduce them to sports at a very young age. After the race, there were snacks and freebies given to the moms and other participants. Congratulations to the organizers! It was another great bonding moment for our family.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Yesterday I was able to do my 5K run at our office compound. This is where I started to run. We are blessed to have an office compound here in Fort Bonifacio, big enough to run and away from pollution. One loop is approximately 500m. The course is also ideal for running because it is not all flat. Before, I can’t even run the whole loop without walking. I do the runs after office hours. Our flexible work schedule at the office allows me to be off by 4:00pm, if I punch in by 7am. I usually start my runs at around 4:30pm.
Aug. 06, 2008 Distance: 5K (10 loops) Time: 36:57:55
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him.” You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
- Matthew 14:25-31
Walking in faith
Today, new discoveries, inventions and technologies develop in very fast paces. Mankind seems to conquer everything, and miracles are things of the past. But there are times in our lives that we need more than what the solutions of this world can give. Depression due to worries of high cost of living. The fear brought about by losing a loved one to an incurable disease. The anxiety in thinking how we can protect our family against imminent dangers. These are only a few things that need firm resolutions.
We have our own winds in our lives that distract our attention in coming before God. What it takes is for us to have faith in order to prevail over them. Faith is to trust and obey God. Let us try to have more of it and see the wonderful miracles God can give.
God bless us all!
Published : NAMRIA Newsletter, Vol.5, No.2, April-June, 2001
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Oat Bran Oatmeal Cookies
3/4 cup olive oil (or soya oil for substitute)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups oat bran
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
raisins, nuts (optional)
Direction: Beat together oil through vanilla.
Add oats through baking soda and beat well.
Add raisins or nuts, if desired.
Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 12 minutes at 350. Cool on wire rack.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Date: August 2, 2008 Distance: 10K Time: 01:19:48
Setting a goal and being determined on doing it makes one’s run more meaningful. You know that you have accomplished something. But running the course is something else. There will always be obstacles along the way. There will be different experiences in different parts of the course. Just like in the spiritual runs, we can set goals to make us grow in our trust and obedience to God. We can make ourselves determined to be sensitive in His leadings. And our ultimate goal of finishing the race and be with our Lord and Savior. The course is not at all easy; it’s not all flat roads. These things makes us better runners, better Christians. But if we focus our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith then we will have the strength to do it. How about us, what are our spiritual goals, commitments that we set for God’s pleasure? What are the experiences we have? You will be surprised at how God has given you strength to do it. God bless us all!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Race for a healthy lifestyle
by Aubrey George T. Corpuz
(This article was first published in the latest issue of the NAMRIA newsletter.)
George at 169lbs(left) and him with son nonoy at the finishline of the 29th National Milo Marathon 42K finals.
Studies show that cardiovascular-related diseases are already among the top five killers in the country. If you are overweight or obese, chances are you will later suffer a heart attack or stroke. And if you have relatives who have suffered from or are suffering such diseases, you double the risk.
More than a year ago, it was so exhausting for me to carry a 169-pound frame for a 5 foot 3 ½ inches height. Reaching the third floor using the stairs already stimulated my sweat glands, and caused me to breathe deeply. Traveling from the main building to the RSRDAD office (about 500 meters) really knocked me out. Aside from scandalous snores, I also occasionally experienced a somewhat needle-pricking sensation on my chest. Until one day, I went to the NAMRIA Clinic to check my blood pressure for a suspected alta presion and I was really shocked: 160/110 for a late 20s guy! Taking maintenance medicines was an option if I wanted to live longer. If my lifestyle continued, what would happen when I get 30 or 40, or can I even reach the age of 50? Maybe I should find another alternative, I thought, other than taking Pritol, Lipitor, Betaloc, Calci-bloc, Neobloc, Acupril, Diazepam, or Trazepam the rest of my life.
It was good to learn that we have officemates who were then regularly participating in fun runs. But the problem was, whether I could complete the five- kilometer (5K) run or not. The Takbo Para sa Kalikasan of ABS-CBN/DZMM was scheduled on February 2005. The invitation was received in January, a month before the run. I had four weekends to train so that I would finish the then grueling 5K. During practice, I had to walk and jog alternately, since my body weight tortured my legs as I pounded the ground. After logging some kilometers and shedding a couple of pounds, I told myself that my only goal is to cross the finish line. Luckily, I did not only complete the fun run but I was among the top 10 percent finishers with a pretty good race time. That was the time when I started to join every race, and I overcame the crucial start of a healthy lifestyle.
Invitations from various race organizers and running clubs kept pouring in. Almost every month, we participated in various races. There were times when we joined three consecutive races in three Sundays. From less than 10 regular runners, we ballooned to almost 40 including NAMRIA dependents. We are now starting to gain recognition from the running community as among the national government agencies that are actively participating in road races. All of us are enjoying the healthy benefits of running. From the friendly 5K we have also tried longer races such as the classic 10K and 10-miler, the heart-pumping 21K (half-marathon), and even the killer 42.195K (full marathon).
Health experts always tell us that the road to a healthy lifestyle is to have a balanced diet and to engage in exercise or sports. Running is highly recommended, since this is the cheapest and most convenient way to get back into shape. Cheapest because all you need is a good pair of running shoes and most convenient because as long as there are roads, there is running.
After a well-disciplined training program and logging 70-80 kilometers per week, I was able to join and complete two full marathons, the Third Manila Marathon and the 29th National Milo Marathon-National Capital Region elimination leg. A number of our runners also joined a half-marathon event during the 3rd Armed Forces of the Philippines-Department of National Defense Invitational Marathon and are expected to participate in full marathons next year.
From the hefty pounds with 36-inches waistline, I now only weigh 120 pounds with a size 28 waistline. That’s the ideal weight for my body mass index. Of course, my blood pressure has also reached the normal range to 110 / 80 and I can chomp guilt-free of whatever food I want, since I can burn thousands of calories within my running workout days.
For beginners who are interested in running, feel free to get in touch with us, so that we may assist you along the way. This holiday season is the best way to start engaging in exercise and sports since we will have a long Christmas break. Moreover, statistics show that the month with the highest cases of cardiovascular-related death is January. Why? Blame it on the all-day, all-night gobbling up of tons of foods and gallons of alcoholic beverages during merrymaking and reunions in the Yuletide season. The verdict: high-blood pressure, over-fatigue, and stress which may lead to stroke and heart attack. We can all prevent this if we will involve ourselves into sports and eat a well-balanced diet. This year’s been a good year for us NAMRIA sports buffs. We also give special thanks to the Administrator for his unwavering support to the Civil Service Commission’s physical fitness program. We have ran whopping 17 races and hope to break the record next year. We are also projecting for at least 100 runners to join us in various races. Have a healthy Holiday Season and a healthier 2006. Keep on running!!!
The author is currently employed as Media Production Specialist at the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He is the Assistant Editor of the NAMRIA Newsletter.
A true friend
Looking for a meaningful topic for this issue’s article had been difficult. The idea, however, came unexpectedly during one weekend. It was from an episode about friendship of a popular television series which featured young people.
These days it is hard to find a person with whom you can share your dreams, your victory or your defeat. It is difficult to find someone you can trust, someone you can depend on, someone you can express your feelings to without fear of rejection.
As friends, the youngsters in the show were able to experience love and concern for one another. Then of course, there were times when this was not the case. Notwithstanding the sorrow and pain, they remained friends. Why? Because they learned to accept one another for who and what they are. They were willing to humbly ask for forgiveness and ready to give the same. They learned to be sensitive to the needs of another and give wholehearted support. They sowed words of encouragement. Love for a friend meant willingness to make sacrifices, even to risk one’s own life if necessary. Aptly enough, the title of the episode was “Insights”.
In our daily living, have we found someone whom we can consider as a true friend? Have we treasured this person? Have we learned to show understanding, acceptance and forgiveness for whatever pain may have been inflicted on us? Are we willing to give our life to this person we call “friend”?
Someone was able to do all of these. His name is Jesus. And He is waiting for us to accept the friendship He is giving.
Published: NAMRIA Newsletter, Vol.5, No.3, July-September, 2001
I started running last May of 2008 with some push from my officemates. I have always wanted to run and join races but I got to many reasons not to. As they say “Kung gusto may paraan, kung ayaw may dahilan”. But the effects of being overweight have gotten into me. Big tummy, getting tired easily, sometimes chest pains, to name a few. I said to myself, I wanted to live longer. I wanted to be with my loving wife and see our children and grandchildren grow. I told my wife, “I will try to run and have an exercise”. And she gladly supported me in my desire of having a good healthy body. And not only that, she is now running with me.
I started with a walk-jog program until my body had adapted to running. After a month of training, I finally got the courage of joining my very first official race. I registered for the 5K event of the “Rush to Infinity Run 08” held at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City last June 29. I finished the race. And the rest is history……