Monday, December 28, 2009

It has been saddening for our Fort Strider’s family for the passing of our good friend kuya Larry from a motorcycle accident in Bicol. I remember meeting kuya Larry at the Mizuno run clinic 3 years ago and he was the one who invited me to join the Fort Striders club. He was also there at my first running event during the first Run for Hope at Rockwell Powerplant. I’m sure some of you may have already bumped into him a couple of times since he is one who readily volunteers as a pacer.

Kuya Larry has been an inspiration to me. He once said that running is the best investment one can have. You’ll never miss him every time you meet him during your runs because he’s the type of person who would practically greet everyone he passes by.

Kuya Larry, you will always be remembered. And for everything, thank you.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

17.5KM Long Run and 80KM Long Bike

I had agreed to the invitation of my friends to do a long bike last Sunday. I wasn't signed up to any race event so I thought it was a great idea to have my bike experience its first long journey. The longest it has traveled was around 45KM in a single journey.

Prior to Sunday's long ride, I had to do a long run just to complete my weekly mileage. I thought the Saturday before the long ride was the perfect day. I logged around 17.5KM last Saturday.

I met up with my friends at Kalayaan corner C5. We passed by C5 heading toward Eastwood. We passed by Antipolo until we reached Morong and headed back passing by Cardona, Binangonan and Taytay. At Antipolo we had rice stew (yup lugaw). Going back at Binangonan we passed by a buko stall. I don't know if someone else would agree with me, but drinking buko juice seemed a lot refreshing than drinking a bottle of Gatorade.

After getting back to Manila, we passed by a little bit at Joy's place where we each had a glass of Herbalife shake. I couldn't believe burning 2000 calories could easily feel well replenished by a single 80 calories shake. But really, I felt so full and well nourished after the shake that after reaching home, I had no qualms on heading to Glorietta to accompany my wife shop.

It was my first 80KM ride and it was a fantastic experience that should have a regular slot in my training.