Saturday, May 29, 2010


An insider's look on behind the Secondwind Zone in the recently concluded The Bull Runner Dream Marathon.

a week has passed and there have been a lot of stories shared on the newbies experiences on their first marathon. we runners know that euphoric feeling that we experience upon completing our runs, much more if it is our first marathon. people say that you would never forget your first time.

this event was also a first for most of the second wind guys. for most of the races, they are the ones who are receiving support from the different races' marshals and their own support crew. this time, the guys support ALL the TBR marathoners and pacers, etc.

Here are some of the people you might have met during the TBR Bull Sessions, and during the marathon itself.

Team TAMA!

A group of girls (and boy) who dreamt of pursuing their dreams of having their first full marathon. Headed and coached by Hector Yuzon & Mikey Macainag, the group is composed of tambays at the shop.  This group regularly trained together every Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays for 3 months straight. Their strong finish in the TBR Dream Marathon is a proof of how these people seriously have something TAMA  going on :) Not in the picture Riki Quiroz.

Enzo Hipol

Definitely one of the fastest among the Secondwind Family, Enzo had his secret trainings here and there, balancing school work with training, he did surprise us all with his second place overall finish in the TBR. From initially just being in the top 16 runners during the 1st loop, and part of the top 10 runners upon starting the 2nd loop, Enzo slowly surprised everyone in the Secondwind Family when he slowly sneaked up from everyone to emerge second overall.

 Team CB of

Their tagline says it all : "Di Mabilis Pero Cute".These bunch of people you wouldn't take seriously on first look, but these people have big hearts. From being supporters of their fellow members in the previous full marathons, now its their turn to be supported. They've surprised us all with their "secret trainings" via the adination tiendesitas group, and their trainings have proven that what you put your heart into, you'd always succeed :)

here are some of behind the scenes from the Secondwind Zone guys.

team tama (secondwind) excited for their first marathon.
typical team tama, all funny and kenkoy before the start, but when the run starts, everyone turns into serious running mamaws and zone out to focus on their run (and in this case, marathon).

Hector: okay, team tama on three.
Team Tama: Three! TAMA!

The Secondwind Zone boys cheering on their Dream Marathoners at the start. 

as the rest of the Dream Marathoners were on their way...

Team Secondwind starts to think of how to go about their big task ahead.

since we had a vehicle, we were able to get ahead to the Secondwind Zone and set up our aid station while the runners were still running their first few kilometers on the other side (we were approximately 3K away from the finish line, but since this race has 2 loops of 21K, they were sure to pass by our place at least 4 times during the whole race), we had nothing to do for almost 30 minutes.  so while waiting...
team secondwind preparing their FRUIT and WATER station.
as much as we would like to call it FRUITS and water station, what we had initially were pears, kaya FRUIT lang yung inooffer namin. (hindi sa kuripot ah, wala kasi kaming nakitang ibang fruit na dala)

where are they? are they here yet? why are we up at 3AM waiting for people to pass by us?
some crazy thoughts from the secondwind boys while waiting.

before the guys decided to play patintero to keep ourselves awake, 
some of the "elite-ish" runners of the dream marathon passed by us already after 20+ minutes

check out the "motivation board" message of hector.
yan ang may TAMA! :) hehehe

 one of the bright ideas that came up while waiting was to track down the top contenders for this race (we were just bored, seriously) and to monitor their progress. (these were the marks written below).

as the night (or should i say day) progressed, we were able to get used to offering the runners our FRUIT and water.
we even sang a happy birthday song to Yan Dizon :) 

we never expected that giving support was this tedious PLUS the extreme hotness of the sun made the group go "bongkers' at times.


as the heat of the sun was getting hotter every second, each Secondwind member was assigned a task to speed things up in supporting the runners.
at the end of the day, despite the difficulties encountered during the race and as support station, moments like these keeps us motivated to support and always be there for each other :)

a lot of first time marathoners have sent their thank you's through facebook, etc. 
we/I  would just like to return the favor to all runners who let us help them reach their dream, without them we wouldn't be here.

thank you all and until the next race!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

what motivates YOU?

a friend twitted this link, and it got me thinking how should companies treat their employees. I do believe that there are a lot of companies with old school thinking that MONEY is the source of all motivation. upon listening and watching this video, it made me realize WHY i am like this, why despite the salary, etc, there are still things that i would like to DO.

still not getting me???

watch this video  and you'd understand what i'm talking about :)

what motivates you?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

kapag tumibok ang puso.

after learning how to bike last week, the next most logical thing to do is to get my own bike (agree?)
so since my classmate ellen was not available for today's session, i opted to check out and look around for possible bikes.

prior to today, i've already asked around where to get built bikes, or even bike parts just so i'll know in case i do get to built my own bike. so i've asked around some friends if they can accompany me to cartimar to check out stuff there.

being a newbie, i needed someone who knows how to get to cartimar, and at the same time, thank goodness for Coach Pio (hehehe!) for giving in to our request so off we went to cartimar.

since it was my first time to go to cartimar, i was not sure what to expect, other than, puro bikes ung pupuntahan namin, and that i should be looking for a "cheap" starter road bike that i can practice on and at the same time use for competitions (pagka mahusay na ako). so yun. i was not able to see much nice road bikes kasi most of the bikes i saw there were either 1. over budget, 2. not ok bike parts, 3. no size. after going around all the bike stores that were open kanina, and not being able to check find a suitable bike, we decided to head back to qc and retreat na. one last hirit though, we went to quiapo and extreme bike shop in panay ave, but to no avail.

while still in cartimar, Pio suggested that instead of looking for a built bike, why don't i just make my own bike. medyo it was far fetched since i don't know that much about bikes, but still i entertained that idea primarily because i wanted to have a bike na rin.

other than knowing how to balance and pedal, i need to know all these, and their functions too!

on the way to extreme i texted some biker friends who know something about bikes. i told him that we were looking for bikes nga, and that i was wondering if he knew if the other stores were open today. during the exchange of text messages, i told him that we weren't able to see something that would be "fit" for me. he mentioned that, don't be in a rush in getting a bike, and that i should get the one that will make my heart beat (in tagalog, basta bilin mo yun magpapatibok ng puso mo para di ka tamarin).

this statement had made me realize that, indeed, this is going to be a life long investment, and that i shouldn't be padali-dali with regards to buying a bike (and in life in general). so i thought about it, and decided that maybe it was not yet time for me to get a bike.

since it was very hot and humid, our group decided to have a halo-halo merienda to cool ourselves off before retreating back home. over merienda, Pio mentioned that there was a bike store somewhere near our place. i just brushed it off and continued eating my halo-halo.  after the merienda, our group dispersed and went home separately.

while driving home, i remembered what pio said, so before going straight home, i looked for that bike shop he mentioned, just in case i see something that would make my heart beat.

reaching the store, this is what i saw on their table.

Monday, May 17, 2010

no more kenkoy runner...

after being egged on to try biking (or even to start learning how to bike), i finally did it :)
i was finally able to start the second leg of my three-step "diabolical plan" as tracy would state it.
after running for almost a whole year already, i've decided to try to study how to ride a bike.

you might be wondering how come i don't know how to bike, well, i actually don't know either hehe

anyways. here are some of the pictures from session 1 :)

this bike made sure we we're confident enough with out balancing skills before we moved up to the next level.

happy new riders

classmate ellen (aquathlete extraordinaire) and i finally enjoying our (borrowed) bikes :) thanks to papapio and coach rj :) 

rj showing us how to do the "aero" position :) 

don't under estimate the powers of the basket and the side view mirrors of this bike hehehe

Team Project: Training Wheel

wilnar, rico, rj, timmy, ellen, tracy
not in picture: coach pio

the team was able to successfully teach us (ellen and I), how to ride the bike. since it was a very hot and tiring day, we decided to call it quits and drove to the nearest mushroom burger for some more story telling and bike riding tips from the masters.

the masters kept on egging us to get bikes na so that we can start practicing what we've learned, and eventually start joining races too.


we went bike "window shopping" :)

ellen kept on insisting that she'd want to get a cheaper bike first before heading into the real deal roadie bikes, so we tried looking at the mall bikes just so to give her an idea.

ellen also kept on insisting that for her, she'd want her bike to be either PINK or white (or any girly color)

at the end of the day, when everything went back to normal, i've started to feel some aches and pains all over my body.

here are some of the war scars i've had during the bike lesson :)

minor scratches from the pedal due to balancing drills downhill :) hahaha
 some kinda kalyo forming at the palm of my hands 
this just means i was holding on too tight on the handle bars.

despite all these, we were still able to go home with a smile on our faces, just like this:

Thanks to papa PIO for the pics (except for the kiddie bike pics, c/o Tracy).

until the next session :)