RUN and Wear your Sweetest SMILE!

Filipinos are known for having the sweetest smile in the world, a simple smile will lighten each of our day,  but what about those children suffering from facial deformities? Can they still have that sweet smile? That is why, Operation Smile an organization that has changed the lives of thousands of children and young adults around the world suffering from congenital facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate was founded.

FRIENDS, Operation Smile will celebrate its 30th year on November 2012 and they targeted  to have a free life changing reconstructive surgery mission to atleast 1,500 Filipino children and young adults. Reaching this goal, they come up this fun run dubbed as THE 500 SMILE RUN.

This is our chance to help and gives back those smiles that they’ve been waiting. Let us all support this cause. Proceeds of this event will go directly to Operation Smile Philippines. Friends, they all need us, so please come and register and lets make difference. This event will surely make your heart smile. 🙂 Tara Na! Takbo Na!

Registration Sites

Chris Sports (Registration Period: September 23 – November 3, 2011):
SM Fairview
SM Manila
Robinsons Place Ermita

Puma Stores (Registration Period: October 7- November 3, 2011)
Bonifacio High Street
Greenbelt 5
Cash N’ Carry (Buendia)

Smart Business Centers (Registration Period: October 7- November 3, 2011)
Ayala Avenue Head Office

Race Categories & Fees (Manila)
500meter dash for children Php 300
3 kilometer run    Php 500
5 kilometer run    Php 500
10 kilometer run   Php 650
16 kilometer run   Php 800

Race Categories & Fees (Davao)
3KM, 5KM and 10KM  PhP 350.00
16 KM    PhP 650.00

Race Organizer: Ian Alacar

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My RUNniversary – One year of RUNNING, GIVING and GOOD HEALTH

Somebody asked me, why do I run!  what will I get in running? I’d come to realize that my answer has changed. I ran to lose weight. Then, running become a sport for me, running made me a better person.  As time goes by,  I’d come to realize that running is a passion, it is a form of socializing, a healthy one. I was once a party goer before, a heavy drinker. When I come to know running, everything has changed, literally. It has a dual purpose, self fulfillment and  goodwill. I enjoyed everything all about it, whether it is for wellness and or for competition. I am glad that I am able to share through our registration fees, I knew some parts of it goes to various organizations. Running is a solo sports, that you can do it by your own, in any given time and anywhere you’d like to run, even in shoes or simply barefooted. Through running, I come to know a lot of friends, I got self confidence and most especially I gain respect. This is what I wanted to be, running makes me a whole person.

my first fun run (5km) as you can see mejo heavy-gat pa ako dito 🙂

In a year of running, I have done 1 (3kms barefooted ), 6 (5kms), 3 (10kms), 9 (21kms), 1 (42kms) and 1 (57kms). A personal records of 22mins 36 seconds for my 5km, 50 mins for my 10km and 1 hour and 57 mins for my 21km. I officially ran 351 kms for my races and spending Php 8,900.00 for my registration fees.

Beating my PR’s is hard as running your first fun run, you need to train harder to be able to get a good shot. You need to have a good sleep, eat and drinks a lot to get hydrated. You have to put yourself in every running event if you wanted to beat your own PR’s. I started as slow runner, as well as the others. When I embraced running in my system, I undergo speed training and then endurance. I tried to look for a group that teaches everything about the sport, I am glad I found Adination of Runners. They taught us to be a better runner, from running techniques, forms and body movements, life threatening drills and work outs (LOL). Everything you wanted to know is all here, and I am so thankful to have adination.

My first full marathon took place at the skyway, it started as a (trip) when I told my buddy to register for FM. The plan was just to finished the race, no time limits. I am glad I was able to finished it in 5 hours and 11 minutes. I know I was not prepared for it, having no training prior to this event. Lesson learned, TRAIN! if you wanted to have a good time, preparation is a must.

sprinting to the finished!

I had competed my first out of town race in Baguio City. I was thrilled by the HILLS, it was also my first time to race in such type of weather. It was a vacation with a twist. Thanks GOD for the good break. And I wanted to try it again and again. CAMSUR, CORREGIDOR, SUBIC, CEBU and DAVAO is in my lists.  🙂

with ANR friends

Come June of this year, my first Ultra Marathon Dream took place, The Valley Trail Challenge, a 57kms trail run happened in a beautiful place Nuvali. Oh My, it was the hardest race I’d ever had, but it is the sweetest finished I embrace ever. Running and walking along the trail for 9 hours and 40 mins gets me insane. I fought every hindrances along the trail, whether it is physical or mental challenges that took place. I was dehydrated, I was bored! but I WON! I dedicated my finishers medal to my father who happened to celebrate fathers day a day after this event. So amazing!

sweet victory!

July 3 happened to be my first RUNniversary, I ran 10km for YAMAHA Run for Heroes. I make sure that this event went well and so much to remember.     Ofcourse, I did something to get remembered, it was a complimentary race kit, I enjoyed the race track chatting with fellow runners. On my way to the finish line, I was barefooted and sprinted all the way to the finished while my shoes held up high. I was the most happiest runner at that time. Believed it or not, I still had a good time, 1 hour and 35 seconds is not bad. 🙂

yamaha run my runniversary run

I am now preparing myself for my next Ultra marathon race, this time it will be a 65km road race from Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija to Dingalan in Aurora Province. This will be the hurray for my 2nd year in running. Such a good start. Heromi Goes Ultra! May God be with me at all times. Goodluck nalang sa akin. 🙂

stay fit 🙂

If you want to have a combination of passion and wellness, try RUNNING! its easy as 1, 2,3! RUN!

Happy Running!

Heromi, your running buddy! 🙂

Thank you to those free complimentary kits given, to my friends who shouldered some of my registration fees and some of my running gear. Arigato!

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A Trail Run to Remember – The Valley 57km Trail Challenge

What made me decide to run Ultramarathon? It started when i was given a chance to pace/support Coach Mar on his quest for BDM 160. Since then, i keep on telling myself that i have to do Ultra Running.

One day, Francis shared me a link about The Valley Trail Challenge, he convince me to give it a try, at first, I was hesitant about it because its a trail and its a 50km trail and my focus was for PAU 60 which is a road race. To make a story short, I said YES, granted that we will be doing some trainings and he was okay about it. I come to register ( actually Thea registered for me ) and training takes place. We did our first LSD at Carmona-Dasma-Tagaytay.

At km 50 ( carmona-dasma-tagaytay ) LSD with Francis and Max.

After that LSD we did it again after 2 weeks which we dubbed it as BULALO CHIKA RUN from Zapote-Tagaytay.

Zapote-Tagaytay at km 40 with Janielle

at km 35 Cubao-Tanay LSD (Easter Sunday)

That was our last LSD. We, then focused on our weekly races and some ANR training.

ANR Session with Ms. Sharon ( umeepal lang pala ako dito )

Goldilock Run May 15 2011 with Idol Jayson!

Greentennial Run May 22, 2011 with Idol Pepper and MP. (photo courtesy from Dhes )

5th sunday run with Ultramarathoners Daphy and Jayson! ( photo courtesy of Soi )

PAF Run with team Moa ( photo courtesy from CJ )

AKTV Run with Thea

Mizuno infinity Run with Idol Jayson ( photo courtesy from Mother Relly )

Those are my race before this great challenge. Come June 17 a day before the race, it was a hard day for me, my shin ached, sobrang kabado for the race the following day. My friend even pay me a visit just to make me calm, yes, i was! for a meantime! until Jayson arrived at my place, dine dine dine while waiting Thea and Rey.

We arrived in Nuvali at around 4am, I’ve seen alot of familiar faces participating the event. Chit chats with team MOA peeps para lang mabawasan ang kaba. Seen others do some stretching while others just preparing for their things for the challenge.

Team MOA before the race proper. ( thanks JCee for the pic )

At exactly 5am we gather at the front of Nuvali clubhouse to formally start the challenge. I was so nervous at that very moment, I was asking myself what the heck i am doing here? but then again, I need not entertain negativity, so LET’S GO!

The trail was tough but i was amazed by the scenery it brings back old memories way back in the province. Back to the quest, it was hard race for me but it really challenge me alot.

the last trail of the first loop ( photo taken by JOJO )

Arrived at the finish line for my first loop with Sir Jonel ( photo taken by Ruby )

It was 9:26am when i arrived at the finish line for my first loop (28.5km ). I saw Daphne and we waited for 10 minutes to go on for the next loop. It was extremely heat! I do walking in most of the route. It was a powerful walk! I was dehydrated then, I was worried because it was my first time, don’t know what to do and my upper back was aching too. To add more challenges in taking that trail is i suffered skin chafed in both legs. I felt boring along the route, especially when there were times na ako lang ang naglalakad. I was thinking to rest for a minute pero ayoko tamarin. I knew myself, so i continue running and walking. The second loop was very far for me and it was very hard, very very hard! to the point that i was thinking to DNF’ed. But then again, i always keep in  mind that i should cross it even beyond cut off time. My goal was to finished and text my friends that i have crossed. 12 noon, it was a good weather, it was such a breezy and cloudy day. It seemed that the weather is going to cooperate with us. So, i have to grab the chance to run run run! I need to get in track. Yes, i did! I was in track again. I was counting hydration stations as my basis where i am, and how many kilometers left. I keep on moving and moving until i reached the last hydration station. I know i am going to cross it on time. It was a celebration for me. I was then the most happiest runner at that time, i knew i was.

few meters to the finish line, i was greeted by Jojo so i need to walk.

Few more steps to the finish line

at the finish line ( thanks jayson for the photo )

Finally i have completed the challenge, the challenge that made me walk, run and sweat for 9 hours and 40 minutes, the challenge that taught me to be tough, to be patient, to be positive at all times. It made me realized that this is just a single sacrifice compared to what Jesus made to us. Thank you Lord for the strength!

do i look tired? yes i was... ( photo taken by jayson after i crossed the finish line.)

I was asked if i am going to do it again, YES YES YES! more Ultra marathon to come.

Thank you for reading!

Heromi 🙂

( for my LSD and This event Gear )

Nike drifit long sleeves, Fila Short, New Balance Shoes, Dunlop Socks, Nathan Hydration bag and this Royal Hat (LoL).

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