Archive for August, 2010

Meeting A Hero After The Run

Last Saturday, Aug. 21, was the 27th death anniversary of our hero, the late Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr.  On this day, Jamike, Caecilia and I were scheduled to run 2 hours and 40 minutes as indicated in our marathon-training program.

During the course of our run, Caecilia and I chatted about many things while Jamike was quietly listening to his Ipod, not interested in women banter.  All these exchanges and halfway through our run, I still did not know what ‘heroic act’ we would be doing after this run.

I kept thinking the action did not have to be worthy of a front-page report; it just had to be simple.  Then an idea popped out.  We could by snacks equivalent to the total number of kilometers we three ran and donate these. The total distance we each completed was 21 kilometers; adding it all up, I had to buy 63 pieces of something.

After a sumptuous breakfast at Pancake House, Jamike and I went to Red Ribbon and bought 65 (this figure sounded better) pieces of mamon. We donated the food to a home managed by a nun who takes care of boys.  In what I thought would be a simple exchange of greetings while handing over the boxes of mamon, Sister Janet invited us in for a short chat.

Sister Janet is American and watches over 13 teenage boys.  She proudly told us that all the boys go to school, some in universities already and doing well.  A few of them still have at least one parent they visit once in a while and the others are orphans.  She also shared with us that she has not gone home for 11 years because no one will be able to look after the boys.

-with Sister Janet & some of the boys-

I knew this act of giving would make us feel good but what I did not expect is that we would be blessed with meeting a real life hero.  Sister Janet gave up the comforts of life in the US to stand as mother to these used to be lost boys.  She is truly commendable.  I’d do this all over again.  Simple acts, simple gifts, great returns for the soul.

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August 21: Your Hero Run

In the month of August, we commemorate our heroes Ninoy and Cory Aquino who dedicated their lives to serving the Filipinos. It is this love for country and selfless giving that inspired us members of the iamninoy-iamcory runners to take our love for running up a notch by being heroes through our own simple ways.

On August 21, the day of Ninoy Aquino’s assassination, we invite you to do a ‘heroic’ run in your area.  The idea is to bring out the hero in each of us, whether it be raising funds for a person in need, a certain charity or if you can’t think of any, run for our beneficiary, the 57-75 Movement.

The heroic act may not necessarily be a monetary donation. It may be in other forms.  You can donate old books to a school and run the equivalent distance (in kms) of the number of books you donated.

Please share with us your hero story for that day and send pictures as well at We will gladly post them in this site.

Although running is an individual sport, we can touch many lives.  Make a difference on that day.  Be a hero.

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The Marathon

The Marathon is the longest running event with a total of 42.195 kilometers. It is the ultimate test of a runner’s stamina, strength, perseverance and endurance.

Its history goes way back in 490 BC, the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger who ran this distance from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians have lost the Battle of Marathon.  The story states that he ran this distance all the way, non-stop and died after he announced their victory.  Pheidippides also fought in this battle.

Because running and completing a marathon is a grueling journey, any one planning to embark on this must be fully committed to it for it involves months of training.  For 16 weeks or so, the runner must make training a priority;  the dedication and perseverance is key to a successful finish.  In fact, it is the challenge as well as the difficulty in crossing the finish line that have attracted runners to pursue this and for the elite runners, to attain a new personal best.

Over the years, the marathon has gained popularity and continues to do so.  Some famous personalities have done this; to name a few are Pres. George Bush (3:44:52, Houston Marathon), P. Diddy Combs (4:14:54 NYC Marathon), Oprah Winfrey (4:29:20, Marine Corps Marathon), Katie Holmes (5:29:58, NYC Marathon).

There are more than 500 marathons organized worldwide each year.  Five of the largest and most esteemed races are the Boston, New York City, Chicago, London and Berlin marathons.  Other noteworthy races are the Amsterdam, Paris, Rotterdam and Stockholm.  The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon.

It must also be said that having a full medical check up would be a wise move to do prior to undertaking an exercise routine in preparation for the marathon.

Below is a table showing the fastest times ran by both genders at different races.

Table courtesy of Wikipedia

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