Monthly Summary Of My Training (March 2009)

31 03 2009

BIKING:

9 times this month =14 hours 11 minutes 59 seconds =353.6 kilometers

GYM:

7 times this month

RUNNING:

Distance:    281.6 kms.
Time:    35:47:51
(1 day, 11 hours)

3/30/2009 — 4/5/2009:    5.0 Mi    1:04:42
3/23/2009 — 3/29/2009:    35.9 Mi    8:15:38
3/16/2009 — 3/22/2009:    42.4 Mi    7:34:54
3/9/2009 — 3/15/2009:    40.1 Mi    7:31:42
3/2/2009 — 3/8/2009:    38.5 Mi    8:13:53
2/23/2009 — 3/1/2009:    8.9 Mi    1:54:13

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Bataan 102k Ultramarathon: Nervous But Exited!

29 03 2009

Barely 5 days before this momentous event, I can’t comprehend my feeling specially imagining how will I fare up and how will I perform to finish my first ever ultramarathon.

When I finished my first ever 42 kms, I’m so tired upon reaching the finish line, and the same thing happened when completing the next two 42 kms (I have a total of 3 marathons already in my three years as a runner).

Now, in regards to this Bataan 102 kms ultramarathon…During the race this coming Sunday April 5, after running 60 kms, I still have 42 kms remaining and that 42 kms will be done under the scorching heat of the sun, YAY! That’s really a tought test. Although I trained for this for 4 months, I just can’t imagine myself how will I perform and run, but surely, I will finish this race…with God’s help.

I’m nervous but exited!

5 days to go…

Some updates:

GOOD SIDE:

* I’m really so overwhelmed by seeing that this blog now has 10,048 hits at this time and majority of my readers are from foreign countries (you can see it at my flag counter). For the last 3 days, 450+ visited this blog everyday. Not bad since I started blogging only last October 2008 Thank you very much to all of you. To God be the Glory!

BAD SIDE:

* I have this injury on my right leg. The pain won’t go away even after applying some ice on it. I noticed this injury during last Saturday’s  slow 1 hour and 42 minutes training. I showed it to my running buddy Willy yesterday and he noticed that it’s a little bit swollen. Not a good sign specially when the ultramatahon is fast approaching!

“If My Name will be lifted up, I will draw all men unto you.” -Gospel





Bataan 102k: Why I Like My Race No.?

28 03 2009

In my previous post, I mentioned there that I really like my race number, and that is number 7. Why? What is in that number?

Consider this:

There are 7 days in creation, 7 days in the week, 7 phases of the moon, every 70 years was the Sabbatical, and 7 times 7 years was the Jubilee. There were 7 divisions in the Lord’s Prayer, and 7 deacons chosen by the apostle. Enoch, who never experienced death and was translated, was 7th from Adam; Jesus Christ was the 77th in a direct line. Our Lord spoke 7 times on the cross, on which He suffered for 7 hours. He appeared 7 times after His death, and after 7 times 7 days, He sent the Holy Spirit to the believers in the Jerusalem.

There appeared 7 golden candlesticks and 7 stars in the hand of Him who was in the midst; 7 lambs before the 7 spirits of God; the book with the 7 seals; the lamb with the 7 horns and 7 eyes; 7 angels bearing 7 plaques; and 7 vials of wrath. The vision of Daniel was 70 weeks; and the elders of Israel was 70.

There are 7 heavens, 7 known and popular planets, 7 wise men, 7 Champions of Christendom, 7 notes in music, 7 primary colors, and 7 wonders of the world.

I like this number because it is the holy number, beats out all others when it comes to the Bible.

7a

7b

7b2

7c

7 days to go before Bataan 102k ultramarathon…see you there!

” So on the 7th day, having finished His task, God ceased from this work he had been doing, and God blessed the 7th day and declared it Holy, because it was the day when he ceased His work of creation.” -genesis 2:2-3





I Am My Neighbor’s Bible!

28 03 2009

I am my neighbor’s Bible:

He reads me when we meet,

Today he reads me in my house,

Tomorrow in the street;

He may be relative or friend,

Or slight aquaintance be;

He may not even know my name,

Yet he is reading me.





Letters To the Pastor…

28 03 2009

Dear Pastor, I think a lot more people would come to your church if you moved it to Disneyland. -Loren, age 9, Tacoma

Dear Pastor, I liked your sermon on Sunday. Especially when it was finished. -Ralph, age 11, Akron

Dr. Billy Graham

The Reverend Billy Graham tells of a time in early in his ministry when he arrived in a small town to preach. Wanting to mail a letter, he asked a young boy where the post office was. When the boy had told him, Dr. Graham thanked him and said,” If you’ll come to the church this evening, you can  hear me telling everyone how to get to heaven.”

“I don’t think so,” the boy said. “You don’t even know your way to the post office.”

“I love Your Commandments more than gold.” -Psalm 119:127





Vague Newspaper Headlines…

28 03 2009

The following are real newspaper headlines around the globe. Can you see what the journalist meant to say? Can you also see more humorous interpretation?

-TWO SOVIET SHIPS COLLIDE, ONE DIES

-LACK OF BRAINS HINDERS RESEARCH

-HERSHEY BARS PROTEST

-EYE DROPS OFF SHELF

-KIDS MAKE NUTRITIOUS SNACKS

-QUEEN MARY HAVING BOTTOM SCRAPED

-DEALERS WILL HEAR CAR TALK AT NOON

-MINERS REFUSE TO WORK AFTER DEATH

-MILK DRINKERS ARE TURNING TO POWDER

-JUVENILE COURT TO TRY SHOOTING DEFENDANT

-COMPLAINTS ABOUT NBA REFEREES GROWING UGLY

-PANDA MATING FAILS; VETERINARIAN TAKES OVER

-KILLER SENTENCED TO DIE FOR SECOND TIME IN 10 YEARS

-SAFETY EXPERTS SAY SCHOOL BUS PASSENGERS SHOULD BE BELTED

-SISTERS REUNITED AFTER 18 YEARS AT CHECKOUT COUNTER

-MAN-EATING PIRANHA MISTAKENLY SOLD AS PET FISH

-ASTRONAUT TAKES BLAME FOR GAS IN SPACECRAFT

-HOSPITALS ARE SUED BY SEVEN FOOT DOCTORS

“What is desired in a man is kindness.” -Proverbs 19:22





Drug Test For Runners? (Part 1)

26 03 2009

Just recently, I read in an article that a random test for steroid’s use was conducted in the 2008 New York City Marathon particularly among winners. We have known for a fact that elite athletes including runners were involved in steroid scandal and that’s why I’m also thinking: Why not also implement it here in our country particularly in major running events?

Steroid (Juice or Rhoids, slang or other street name) which come in liquid or tablet form, can be taken orally or injected.

Athletes and other abusers take them typically in cycles of weeks or months, rather than continuously, in patterns called cycling. Cycling involves taking multiple doses of steroids over a specific period of time, stopping for a period, and starting again. In addition, users frequently combine several different types of steroids to maximize their effectiveness while minimizing negative effects, a process known as stacking.

Reports indicate that use of anabolic steroids produces increases in lean muscle mass, strength, and ability to train longer and harder. Many health hazards of short-term effects are reversible. The major effects of anabolic steroid use include liver tumors, jaundice, fluid retention, and high blood pressure. Additional side effects include the following: for men shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, development of breasts; for women growth of facial hair, changes in or cessation of the menstrual cycle, deepened voice; for adolescents growth halted prematurely through premature skeletal maturation and accelerated puberty changes. Researchers report that users may suffer from paranoid jealousy, extreme irritability, delusions, and impaired judgment stemming from feelings of invincibility. -www.drugfree.org

Although I’m not questioning the ability of our known top runners, for I believe majority of them are not using this deadly elixir, but I think it’s about time to conduct random testing to all runners specifically for those winners.

As one of my friends who is a former runner and now a biker candidly said to me yesterday upon seeing my singlet for the Bataan 102 that,” Sigurado ako, marami sa inyo na tatakbo dyan, gagamit ng steroid kasi sa layo nyan tyak may mga gagamit nyan.” ( I’m sure many of those who will join there will use steroid, the distance too far and I’m certain some will use it).” I told him, “Naniniwala ako na walang nagamit nyan sa tatakbo dun.” ( I believe no one is using that for those who will run there.) And this is his last remark, “Bakit? May drug testing na ba na ginawa sa mga patakbo dito sa atin at gaano ka kasigurado na wala talagang nagamit nyan eh malalaki ang premyong nakataya at yung iba eh pampaganda ng personal record?” (Why? I s there a drug testing conducted already during Marathons here and how sure are you that no one is using it, the money involved is very lucrative while some will use it to improve their PR?)

He may be right, or he maybe wrong…but I think it’s about time to implement it here in our country, like In boxing and in basketball…boxers and cagers are undergoing random drug test periodically. And runners must be tested too to erase any doubts particularly the non-believers like my friend.

How about you, are you in favor of randomly testing some runners specially those winners? I’m in favor, and I hope organizers will heed this call.

God bless us and see you in Bataan 102.

“I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.” -Psalm 40:8