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4 days to go! Running for JoB details May 11, 2011

Posted by escapingalcatraztri in Countdown, Fundraising, Job, Liver transplant, Pledge, Run, Runners for Job, Running for Job, The Brick, The Starting Line.
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We’ve got four days to go till we run for JoB! Are you excited? I am! Below are the details for the run.

Assembly time is at 4pm in the parking area of the College of Music in UP Diliman. You can look for a dark grey Altis with an SBR tarp on it. That will serve as our aid station. I am looking to start running by 4:30pm. If you arrive late, not to worry. You can wait by the car until the second round. Below is the route we will be taking. It is relatively flat and well lit at night to ensure security.

The route starts from the College of Music and goes out University Ave. Turn around point is at the intersection of C. P. Garcia. Right turn at the Acad Oval. From there, we can either continue going around the Acad Oval or pass through the back, along Quirino Avenue before heading back to the Acad Oval. The longer route is approximately 3.7 kilometers, while the shorter route is 3.5 kilometers. We will pass this route 5 or 6 times before we make our final loop along the Acad Oval.

We have a number of volunteers who will be waiting by the car to hand out refreshments and a few gels. We’d like to thank The Brick Multisport Store and The Starting Line Multisport Store for donating some gels and powdered electrolyte drinks. We will also try to provide bananas to help against cramping. Stocks are very very limited, so we encourage everyone to provide for their own hydration. If you feel that you cannot go on, do not hesitate to break away from the pack. You can go back to the “aid station” and rest there. We are hoping that we won’t have any cramping issues as the run will be during the late afternoon/evening.

Weather forecast for this week shows scattered thunderstorms. Tropical Storm Bebeng is out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility, but PAGASA is monitoring another weather disturbance set to hit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday. In any case, the run will continue as scheduled, rain or shine. Unless, of course, in extreme cases.

We will also be selling Lifesaver shirts and baller ID’s at the “aid station”. For those of you who would like to purchase a shirt, it is being sold for Php 330. Ballers are at Php 50.

If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. Thank you very much and I hope to see you on Sunday!

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Job picture post! April 15, 2011

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Exactly one month to go before I run for Job! Don’t forget to check out the “Help me run for Job” tab for run and pledge details. In the meantime, here’s a little slideshow of pictures that his parents took over the past few months. Isn’t he just adorable?! Enjoy!

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Are YOU running for Job? March 30, 2011

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I can’t believe that it’s already been a week since this project was launched. So much has happened since then which I am eternally grateful for. I’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding the run itself, mostly from people who are interested in running with me. As such, I’ve decided to release the details of said run.

On May 15th (Sunday), I plan on running in UP Diliman at around 4:30pm. If I start on time, I will finish running by 7:30pm. That gives me enough time to cool down after, freshen up, have dinner, and sleep early enough for work the following day. The UP Acad Oval is approximately 2.2 kilometers long. If I stick to the oval, I will be doing around ten or so rounds in the three hour time limit I’ve given myself. If I get bored, UP is so huge that there’s lots of streets to run around in. So far, I have a Nike+ iPod Sport Kit which a friend has loaned to me. If you are running with me and you own a Garmin, feel free to use it so we can get the average of the kilometers logged for accuracy. I will be posting my run log to show you how many kilometers I completed to ensure transparency in the collection of pledges. I will not round up the log. So if I finish 23.99 kilometers, I will only count it as 23 finished kilometers. I MIGHT have to change the venue if more people volunteer to run with me. As such, kindly leave a comment if you are interested in being a Runner for Job.

Just a little background on my running “experience”. I was never really a good runner. In fact, a lot of people are surprised that I’m actually running, considering how much I used to hate it. I even lost my first aquathlon because my run split was so slow. Anyway, I started running November of 2010 (just last year). A friend of mine signed me up for the 3k in the Run for Pasig, which was more of a walkathon than a run. HeHe. I joined the Men’s Health Urbanathlon soon after that where I did the 5k. I joined one more 5k race before doing my first 10k a month later at the QCIM. I made a promise to myself at the start of the year that I would finish a 10k by 2010, which is why I really pushed myself at that first 10k. After that, I registered for Condura’s 21k, but I had a terrible bout with rashes/skin asthma and had to cancel. Goodbye, 1k reg fee! 😦 A few weeks later, my friends and I signed up for the Animo Run in Clark. That was my first half marathon and my longest run so far. Boy, that was one tough course! The hills were killer. I’m just glad I survived that one! So anyway, to help you guys out with your pledges and for your reference, I finished that 21k in 2 hours and 34 minutes. For this coming run, I’m hoping to hit 25k or farther.

As you can see, I’m not a very fast runner. So if you do decide to run with me, expect to run an easy pace, especially if you’re a more seasoned runner. Remember that we are running for Baby Job. We’re not after any PR’s or what. We’re simply here to run. Again, thank you and God bless you. Looking forward to running with you. 🙂