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

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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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STK Alabang + Job Health Update + Bb. Pilipinas 2011 April 14, 2011

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I apologize for the late post. I’ve been so busy this week that I haven’t had the chance to update. Sunday was such a successful day for a lot of people.

I joined my first sprint triathlon in Alabang. It was such a great experience! It actually made me think that I may have found my niche while still building on the bike and run. My times weren’t that great. I was targetting a sub-1:20, which I got, but was secretly hoping for a sub-1:15. I wasn’t able to train much that week as I was recovering from the duathlon, but I’m glad that I didn’t get any cramps or side stitches. Had a so-so swim. I’d forgotten what it was like to swim on a 50 meter pool, so that was a bit of a struggle for me. And with only one short swim workout on my belt for the week, well, it shows in my swim split. The transition area was a bit far from the pool. It was a good thing I put my slippers near the gate so I could jog to the transition area hassle free.

I hopped on my bike and was surprised that there was a guard in motorcycle leading the way. The marshals were a bit confused if I was part of the mini sprint or the super mini sprint because I was the first out of the pool for the super mini sprint. Took it easy on the first loop so I could get familiar with it. During the flats and downhills, I tried to go down to my drop bars to test my speed. A few minutes later, some guys from the super mini sprint were already passing me. Some of them were friends of mine so we were cheering each other on. I reached the transition area again and prepared for the run leg. I left my race belt at home so I had to resort to pinning my race bib on my suit. I figured I had enough time because I didn’t see any women getting into the transition area yet. The run leg was a bit of a struggle for me, as it always is. It was only 3.2k, but when I started running, I had to stop to walk in the beginning. Mark ran the leg with me, as usual. He had my dslr in tow for full coverage! HaHaHa. Bumped into Nino at the water station who was already running back to the finish line. We cheered each other on and poured water on each other. We were just really enjoying the race as it was the first for the both of us. At around the u-turn in Pagaspas, Mark and I spotted a girl who was running in our direction. Uh-oh! I was planning on walking a bit more before jogging, but we had to pick up the pace. At the back of my head, I just kept thinking, “this is yours to lose. Sayang lang effort mo. Keep pushing!” The last few meters to finish line were probably the hardest I ran in the race. She was slowly gaining ground and I had to sprint to secure my finish. She was one helluva runner! I finished with a time of 1:18:09. Not bad for my first triathlon…but I know I can do better. The snacks after the race was fun. I was able to chat with a lot of friends from SBR and Team Secondwind as well. All in all, a really enjoyable race.

After the race, Mark and I dropped by the Days with the Lord – Agape batch. Had a quick chat with our friends who we had hardly seen and of course, said our thanks to Kuya Jess for a successful race. We went home to eat, rest and take a shower and at 5:30pm, we were on our way to Gateway. A lot of our friends from UP Arki were already there. We got our tickets for the show then made our way to the Rachel Allen Finals Night at the Sapphire Ballroom of the Gateway Suites. We got there just in time as Sweet and Thristian (Job’s parents) were just setting up. This was the first time we met. I bought some shirts and baller ID’s from them and they told us all about Job.

Job and his parents are scheduled to leave for Taiwan sometime next week for his operation. They more or less have the funds for his operation already. These were collected from the shirts, baller ID’s, pledges, and various fundraisers they’ve been holding for the past few months. I was a little worried because my run is scheduled for May 15, which is AFTER his operation. But his parents assured me that the money raised from the run will go to his post-op medications. They already have the money for the operation, but the post-op is another thing. Job will need lifetime medication after his transplant, which still costs a lot. They will also need help with their day-to-day expenses in Taiwan. They were hoping to get a little help from PCSO, but were denied because they chose to have the operation done outside the Philippines. There has only been one successful pediatric liver transplant in the Philippines. However, the patient was about three years old. Job is only 10 months, so his parents decided to have it done in Taiwan where the statistics were much better. Let’s all pray for the success of Baby Job’s operation!

We ended the night at the Araneta Coliseum where we watched our batchmate win Bb. Pilipinas Universe. Yup, Shamcey Supsup. If you saw the group of people in red going wild, waving tarps and boards with her name on it, that was us. Our batch has always been very close knit and supportive of one another from the beginning, so to support Shamcey in her quest for the crown was no different. We literally jumped off our seats when they announced her as the winner. Truly the epitome of beauty and brains. We used to joke around in college and call her Bb. Pilipinas. Who knew that it would come true after a few years?! Congratulations, Shamcey! Truly well-deserved. IKAW NA. IKAW NA TALAGA!

 

Countdown: 6 weeks, 6 days till I run for Job March 27, 2011

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What a weekend this has been! Saturday morning was spent biking around Daang Hari. Boy, was it HOT and WINDY. I haven’t been riding my bike out much because of work and other things, so I was very excited to be riding in DH again. I’d been a little worried with my lack of training and was pretty intimidated with the uphills going back to Petron from the turnaround point. Luckily, a friend of mine gave me some tips which I tried on the road yesterday and they worked! Woohoo! The headwinds and the crosswinds were really tough, though. There were times when I thought I would get blown away by the wind. Did around 41km followed by a short 30 minute run to complete a brick workout. The run may have been short, but it was H-O-T!!! I think it was around 10am when I started running around Westgate. I’ll be doing my first duathlon in Alabang next week, and I expect to be doing the last run leg more or less at the same time. I really really hope there will be enough aid stations or else I’m DEAD. Scared and excited at the same time. No target time for this race, just want to be able to finish. 🙂

Of course, the weekend wouldn’t be complete without a run down of our pledges. Quite a number of people have been kind enough to send in their pledges. I’m still in awe every time I check the grand total. Big pledges, small pledges, they’re all the same – they come from the heart! On top of that, there were about nine people who offered to run with me. Thank you so much! Let’s keep this streak going. 🙂


On a side note, I stumbled upon this blog today. Willie Revillame humiliates a crying 6-year old boy as he dances. I can’t believe the MTRCB and other media execs let this douche bag get away with things like this! And I can’t believe this boy’s aunt just stood there clapping! 😦

This is it! I’m running for Job! March 24, 2011

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Thank you so much for finding your way to this site. My name is Mara Guevara. I’m an Architect by day and wannabe triathlete at night. I’ll be celebrating my twenty-sixth (26th) birthday this 08 May 2011. This year, I’ve decided to hold a benefit run for Job Tyrese.

Job Tyrese is a nine month old baby who was born with Biliary Atresia – a fatal, serious and rare liver disease that affects 1 in 15,000 newborn infants. His liver does not have bile ducts which are supposed to help the liver drain out bile to pass it to the intestines for proper food digestion. This disease is destroying his liver. He has yellowish eyes and skin (jaundice) and his stomach is noticeably bigger than normal babies’.  When he was two months old, he underwent a Kasai procedure. This procedure temporarily provides a passageway for his liver. Unfortunately, the procedure was a failure. His only option at this point is a liver transplant which costs approximately Php 3 million.

Job’s parents are newlyweds who work as nurses and only make enough money for daily expenses and medications. They started a blog(http://www.hopeforjob.blogspot.com) to raise funds for their son’s liver transplant, and this is where my birthday project begins.

On 15 May 2011, I commit to running as many kilometers as I can for three hours in an effort to raise funds for Baby Job’s liver transplant. I will be accepting pledges in two ways:

  1. You can pledge a certain amount for each kilometer that I complete. Minimum pledge is a measly Php 10 per kilometer. So if I finish twenty five (25) kilometers in three hours, you would have pledged Php 250 for Job’s cause.
  2. You can pledge a fixed amount regardless of how many kilometers I finish. Minimum fixed pledge is Php 250.
  • The amounts stated above are the minimum. If you wish to pledge a higher amount, then that is most welcome.

As this is a benefit run, I am minimizing expenses by providing for my own hydration needs. There will be no aid stations, kilometer markers, free singlet, medal, or other luxuries provided in other runs. My only aid station will be my car. I will provide for my own electrolyte drinks, salt tabs and energy gels. All you have to do is pledge for Job.

For those of you that run, feel free to accompany me so I don’t get bored. HeHeHe. You can run with me for one kilometer, ten kilometers or even for the entire three hours. You can even bike alongside me, if you want to. It’s up to you. What’s important is that I raise funds for Baby Job.

For fixed pledges, you may deposit them to the following:

PS Bank Boni Serrano
Account Name: Ma. Charissa F. Guevara
Account Number: 091-111-00438-8

Please make sure you scan and email your transaction slip and email itmarafguevara@yahoo.com.

For kilometer pledges, please email me (marafguevara@yahoo.com) or text me (0915 937 5899) the following:

Name
Contact number
Email
Pledge per kilometer completed

I will also require a minimum downpayment of Php 150, to be deposited to the above mentioned bank account to ensure your pledge.

You can also pay thru paypal:

Thank you and hoping for your kind consideration!

– Mara