Happy Hour

November 11, 2008

VSO Bahaginan Recap

Filed under: Races — levyang @ 5:57 am
  • Looked and felt like a runners’ feast/fiesta in last Sunday’s race.  Seemed like the bloggers were everywhere raring to go 🙂
  • Saw Philip who told me he’s going to take it easy and slow for this race in preparation for the big one at New Balance Clark.  I asked him, “How slow is slow?”  He said, “About a 5min/km pace”.  As it turned out, Philip ran a very slow 1:09:33 for 15K course, or a 4:38 km/min pace 🙂  What a lazy bum 🙂  
  • Finally met Wayne (SFRunner) and wished him well for the day’s race.  Lots of bloggers had photo-ops with Wayne 🙂
  • Thought I saw Bald Runner so I ran up to say Hi, only to find out that he was about 30 years younger than the legend himself 🙂  
  • This race had a lot of firsts for me:  Philip lent me his Garmin 405, so it was my first time to wear the device and see what the hoopla was about.  And it was also my first time to run with a group.  
  • I took up Jaymie’s (Bull Runner) invite to run with her group.  The group included JunC, Dindo (DATC), Councilor Doray and Jay (Prometheus Cometh).  Annie Agoncillo was supposed to start with us as well.  But I guess she’s just like Philip and lined up at the front of the pack 🙂  Finally met Taki as well who ran with Joe (Loonyrunner) and Wayne.  As usual, Joe had his trusty backpack with him when he ran – the secret to his success 🙂    
  • I’m glad I decided to run with a group 🙂  It was real fun swapping stories and experiences with each other 🙂  For the first part of the run, I ran with JunC and Jaymie.  At the turnaround before going inside Heritage Park, I ran with Jay.  
  • Had a good conversation with Jay going – that is, until we reached the dreaded McKinley Hills.  I was all quiet at this point in the race while Jay was still yakking to his heart’s delight 🙂  
  • Was surprised to see Wayne walking at this stage because I know him to be a fast runner.  The jet lag and the humidity must have taken its toll and it was a good thing we saw Doc Joe on his way back so that Wayne will be in good hands.  
  • I guess I was too quiet, enough for Jay to ask, “Are you OK?”  I told him to go on and regale me with his stories as I was huffing and puffing my way up the hills 🙂
  • Lots of greetings like “Go Kuya Jay”, “Galing! Kuya Jay”, “Konti na lang, Kuya Jay”.  What can I say? It’s great to run with a celebrity 🙂  
  • Struck a few weird poses for the Photovendo photographers 🙂  Will do anything to get ourselves published 🙂  
  • Lots of higad on our way back to the Finish.  Good thing there was Mark Parco to warn us to stay in the middle of the lane.  
  • Finished with a time of 1:30:41 by the Garmin, distance of 15.07kms.
  • I should say that my trusty Timex looked Jurassic when compared to the Garmin.  That thing is so darn accurate.  It sends out a beep after every kilometer showing your pace for that particular stretch.  And it beeped right at about the same time that Jay’s did.  But unless Garmin can make a waterproof watch, I’m sticking with my little ol’ Timex here 🙂
  • Congratulations are in order for President Rio for another well-organized race 🙂  Looking forward to the UNICEF run, Coach!  
  • Jaymie, et. al. still did a 5K run after the race.  While Gerard, Potch of Team PMI and I went to the AFP grounds to watch our Kapitan, Rayzon Galdonez, in his triathlon race.  Rayzon finished 3rd overall, next to George Vilog and Ryan Mendoza 🙂  Congrats Kap!!!
  • It was a big weekend for Team PMI:  Monica Torres placed 3rd overall in the Powerman Duathlon in Malaysia 🙂  Way to go, Moni!!! Mama Rizz Santos meanwhile is in the midst of completing her MS 150 miles Bike Marathon in Las Vegas 🙂  The Manglicmot kids, Bambam and Umbay, also swam in Hong Kong 🙂  Naks, pang-international na ah 🙂   
  • Yes, it was a most enjoyable run for me at VSO 🙂  Don’t think I’ll be giving up group runs anytime soon 🙂  Thanks to all of you for making Happy Hour……mmmm…..happy 🙂  See you all at Clark!




  1. Hi Levy. Were you running with Jay on the way to McKinley? Jay greeted me as he passed by with another runner.

    Comment by ibetlacbay — November 11, 2008 @ 11:05 am | Reply

  2. I wonder who was the lazy bum, looking at the pictures on photovendo. It was because of my pacemaker that we ended up running a bit faster. Found out later he is also quite competitive. Glad I know for the future.

    Comment by Philip — November 11, 2008 @ 11:16 am | Reply

  3. Buti nga Kuya Jay at hindi Tito Jay ( at least bata pa itsura) !!! Or maybe Bro J (that would be a case of mistaken identity) !!! It was fun running with you Levy! Next time let’s run after Philip!

    Comment by prometheuscometh — November 11, 2008 @ 1:34 pm | Reply

  4. Hi Levy. Thanks for the encouragement last Sunday but more important, great meeting you. BTW, Lakers 6-0 and Lincecum won the Cy Young! See, I can still read the sports pages here!

    I vow to you and my bloggers that the walking will not be repeated at Clark! Take care and I’ll see you this weekend!

    Comment by sfrunner — November 12, 2008 @ 5:55 am | Reply

  5. Hi Wilbert,

    Thanks for the visit!! Yes, I was running with Jay at the start of the turnaround at Heritage Park. Yes, I remember saying Hi to you on our way to McKinley. Hope to see you in Clark 🙂

    I’m glad you’ve found your true competition in these races 🙂 Will see you at Clark

    From what I see in your splits, di ka naman nalalayo kay Ipe eh. Kaya mo yan. As for me, I’m happy where I am 🙂

    Don’t think the Lakers are ever gonna lose this season. Lincecum was most deserving of the Cy Young even though he’s a Giant 🙂

    Comment by levyang — November 12, 2008 @ 7:34 am | Reply

  6. Good run man! Noticed you took it easy. I kept waiting for you to pass 🙂

    See you sunday!

    Comment by Javy — November 12, 2008 @ 7:59 am | Reply

  7. Hi Levy,

    Nice running and chatting with you. I enjoy reading your blog and your exchange with Philip is just hilarious. See you at Clark.

    Comment by JunC — November 12, 2008 @ 10:15 am | Reply

  8. Javy,
    Truth be told, I’m just mentally exhausted from all the racing this year. Just wanted to have fun that day 🙂

    Thank you very much for the visit 🙂 Twas great running with you guys. Sa susunod uli ha 🙂

    Comment by levyang — November 12, 2008 @ 10:58 am | Reply

  9. Levy. Yes, Lakers 7-0! And Lincecum…..I was stunned on that one. I’ll see you this weekend at Clark!

    Comment by sfrunner — November 14, 2008 @ 2:32 am | Reply

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