Day 2:An Eye For An Eye And A Tooth For A Tooth!

31 03 2010

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” -Proverbs 16:9

Day 2: Cavite City-Noveleta-Rosario-EPZA-General Trias-Malabon-Manggahan-Trece Martirez City-Mulawin-Tanza-Naic-Maragondon- Ternate Cavite.

From 11:45 pm to 10:22 am, another 70 kms.

After resting comfortably in a cozy house in Malabon Cavite courtesy of a good friend who opted to be identified as just ‘Mr.Anonymous’ only, I woke up at 10 pm and ate a heavy meal, sinigang na baka, rice, 2 bananas and hot chocolate. It was a very good meal and I felt I’m ready again for another 70K, but prior to that, I applied ice on  my feet and elevated it once in a while. There’s occasional pain but still tolerable. I can still feel the pain on my heel due to that accident somewhere in GMA zigzag road on my day 1.

I went back to Cavite City via a jeepney, travel time was only 30 minutes because there was no traffic. I went to my km 70 which was the McDonalds fast food chain, took some pictures from my only source of photographs, a lowly Nokia N70, but to my disappointment, as I’m downloading it now, the outputs were corrupted…it was blurred again.

I lost it totally. I took more than 10 shots during that day 2 event, only to be frustrated later on with  a bad result. 😦

Anyway, things like that will never hamper my spirit to move on…

Unlike on my first day, there were lamps on electrical posts this time that guided me, on most parts of this ‘Run for a Cause’ except on some areas from Malabon to Manggahan. On those critical areas, I relied heavily on prayer and I sung songs that I learned in the Church when I’m still a Preacher back then. I’m also more accustomed to those ‘dogs’ now and a little bit braver in confronting them. In one instance, a dog attacked me but I just walked away, pretending I didn’t see it. Also, I showed those dogs my teeth and I growled  as though I’m ready to bite them too, and they just ignored me.

My backpack contains the following: A Bible which I read during break time, sunblock, first aid kit, head lamp, blinker light, extra shirt, extra short, extra cap, money, ID, atm card, credit card, a knife, 3 socks, plenty of Power gels, Gatorade Powder, soap, a perfume, alcohol, toilet paper,  toothbrush, toothpaste and 2 bottles of mineral water.

My belt bag contains: Nokia N70, iodized salt, immodium, alaxan fr, choco and coffeee candies, power bar and small flashlight.

When I’m still a kid, I dreaded the dark and the dogs so much, but now I can look to them straight from the eyes. I’m still shaking but no more trembling.

In a long route from Malabon to Manggahan, alone and in the dark, I saw a small nipa hut on the side, and I went inside  to sleep for 30 minutes. The place was too serene and calm and the air so fresh. I’ll never forget that moment.

I ate four times for this event, in 711, in Jollibee, in Lolo Claros and in a Turo Turo Store.

I’m thankful that still  some of those pictures were intact…Thank You Lord!

This was where I ate hotdog sandwich, a donut and a mild coffee.

Reporting live here from Ternate Cavite…Day 2 was accomplished!

I will rest in Naic and return here again tomorrow for my Day 3.

Please allow me to rest.

I’ll share many stories after this event.

God bless us all!

“THE RICHEST PEOPLE ON EARTH ARE THOSE WHO INVEST THEIR LIVES IN HEAVEN.”





Day 1-The Nightcrawler!

30 03 2010

“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…for YOU are with me!” -Psalms 23:3

My day 1 was done and so the journey will continue…

From San Pedro Laguna all the way to Cavite City, a distance of 70 kms based on our Cyclometers (team TURBO) FROM 10 pm up to 8:30 am, a ten and a half hours running and walking, including several stops and rests along the way.

This run was unforgettable for I’m all alone with no vehicular support and thrice did I escaped a ‘near death experiences.’

-Along Carmona to GMA zigzag road where it was so dark, good thing I have my blinker light and headlamp. I almost slipped head first when I accidentally set my foot on a big stone, causing a minor pain on my Achilles heel later on.

-Along Aguinaldo Highway, stray dogs attacked me.

-Along Noveleta Cavite, a tricycle driver almost hit me when maneuvering from the blind side.

It was so unfortunate that some of my pictures specially at night were not presentable. It was either blurred or defective. Also, there’s no one to take my picture while running, except for some where I instructed them to do so, but a new friend from Noveleta Cavite, MR. Victor Mancilla, saw me and he even escorted to my km 70 this morning.

I started at 10 pm so that I could not experience the intense heat of the sun during the day…

Oh my, my hand was shaking. 🙂

As I bought a Regular Hamburger, I asked permission from the security guard to take a picture of me. It was taken at around 1 am.

Ohhh not again…

At 3 am, I ate rice and burgersteak.

I arrived here at 6 am…

I rested my feet for 20 minutes here in Lido Resort, Cavite City oh boy…I’m tired!

I’m eating a ‘power bar’ while resting.

Not happy feet, but ugly feet. 🙂

Time to change socks…

Time to run again…

Cavite City here I come…

Mr. Victor Mancilla, first time to meet him as he escorted me in the last 4 kms of this Run for A Cause. This wonderful man is also having his ‘bike for a cause’ for the chosen children as he was inspired by this blog. Thank you brother. 🙂

I continued to run again, my finish line for this day is fast approaching.

Again, thank you very much…Sir!

I made it at km 70 at M’c Donalds Cavite City at 7:30 am.

I rested 3 times, in Shell GMA, in Petron Aguinaldo Hiway and in 711 in Binakayan Kawit Cavite.

I slept from 10 am up to 3 pm here in Malabon Cavite because I’m so tired and I’m renting a pc just to update my journey.

I love running at night and maybe I’ll do it again tonight, for my second day.

I thank the Lord for His protection and guidance.

Indeed, the Pacita-San pedro-Landayan-Binan-Carmona-Zigzag-GMA-Palapala-Dasmarinas-Imus-Bacoor-Binakayan-Noveleta-Kawit-Cavite City were conquered! 3 days more…

Allow me to rest. For the meantime, I’m happy to be called ‘the nightcrawler.’

To God be the Glory!





The Journey Begins…

28 03 2010

“When you set out on your journey, pray that the road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge.” -Constantine Peter Cavafy

In a couple of hours, my 262 kms journey for 4 days will begin.

Few changes just before I set my foot to those unknown territories…

1. There will be no more time schedule for this event. At first I said my schedules will be 2x a day activity, 4am to 10pm and 4pm up to 8pm. I changed it so that my journey will not become a monotonous task. I will run/walk anytime of the day or night depending on the situation or the leading of my Companion-our Lord Jesus Christ! I will try to finish a minimum of 70K a day on my first 3 days and still I can go farther if  I’m still alright. I can start at 12 midnight or very late in the morning, that depends really on the situation and my condition.

2. This Run for A Cause will be based on three principles: Simplicity, Integrity and Charity. I will elaborate it once this event is finished.

3. Since I don’t have a vehicular support or running companions, I’ll be expecting some delays or ’emergency stop’ once I feel there’s something wrong. Safety is also my first priority, but I’ll definitely resume this activity in the place where I stop.

4. I can also apply here  a 24 hours Run/walk as I did last January 7, 2010 in Fat Ass 24 hours Run in Clark, but still, it depends. This is also a good training for my TNF100K this coming April 24-25, 2010 in Baguio City, in terms of endurance.

5. I appreciate  Team TURBO for being with me as we recon my 262 kms route by means of biking using our cyclometers. The past few days were too tiring, but nonetheless, we were able to check the accuracy of the distance. I was able to distribute my shoes and other supplies just in case  in key areas in Malabon Cavite and Naic Cavite where I do have some friends who allowed me to use their homes as my ‘drop out’ point. So it means I don’t have to carry bag containing those stuffs. What a big relief!

6. I put 3 pockets and a zipper on the chest area in my official singlet so that I can place food and other things on it while running. It’s important at night where there will be no more available Sari2x stores along the route.

May the good Lord bless this event.

God bless all of us.

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3/29/2010 Donors/Sponsors  Update: HOLY RUN on HOLY WEEK 250 Kms RUN For the Chosen Children From Laguna to Almost All Towns of  Cavite.

Dante Oliver P50

Robert Cruz P50

Erick and Let Guieb P500 (received)

Mesopotamia P25

L.Aniel P25

Amazing Grace P35

Conrad Aquino –

Juvy Pagtalunan -P500 (already received)

code name:Matthew P5 per km for every km that I can run

code name: Pinay from Boston $50 ( already received)

Billy and Mai San Juan P1,000 (already received)

Danny Almendrala –

‘Anonymous’ UK30 (already received)

Pinay from Dubai P2,000 -to be used as my budget (already received)

Kenley Jones $50 (already received)

Jerry Lita -mineral water and Gatorade

Melvin Parungao-P300 (already received)

Charlie Chua -P1,000 (already received)

You can deposit your donations on my BDO Savings Account no. 598-002-7964, Fernando de Lara, on or before April 6, 2010. After doing so, send me a notification via sms to this number 0928-5548057. That ‘foundation’ monitors this activity via this blog and my facebook account, so you can have the assurance that your money will be given to them.

God bless you All!





Runner In Pain!

27 03 2010

“Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load.” -selected

photo courtesy of Jeremy Go via his  facebook account.

I’m nervous, excited and elated with the way my 4 Days Holy Run turns out to be one of the most challenging events  in my entire career as a runner.

Nervous because this will be my first time to do such feat, a 262 kilometers in 4 days.

Excited because I will do it for a worthy Cause and I will run 4 ultraMarathons in 4 days. (three 70K and a 52K on the last day)

Elated with the way friends and new friends support this ‘Run for the Chosen Children Foundation.’ To all of you, this blogsite will always remember your good deeds.

As I said on my previous posts, whatever amount that can be collected, whether it’s only a P100 from a good donor, it will be handed to that Foundation. The amount is irrelevant here, what matters most is the condition of the heart being a cheerful giver! It turns out that donors poured in and I have now more than a hundred pesos to give courtesy of those donors. (I will post the total amount on or before April 6, 2010, when I will surrender the proceeds to that Foundation.)

Aside from money…I will be sharing my ‘PAIN’ to those blessed children. By running/walking a 262 kilometers against all odds and elements, PAIN will always be my constant companion. It will be a gargantuan task but I’m glad to do it and will do it again if time permits.

Two days to go and I’m off to a distant land, an uncharted territory, out of my comfort zone. This is not a race against time but against human will. Survival against extreme conditions, heat and agonizing pain.

Lord, help me finish this one for this will be a personal triumph not only for me or to those donors and sponsors, but most specially-to those CHOSEN CHILDREN- for they are always in PAIN, and I’m glad to be a partaker of their experiences, at least for this Run for a Cause.

To God be the Glory!

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3/28/2010 Donors/Sponsors  Update: HOLY RUN on HOLY WEEK 250 Kms RUN For the Chosen Children From Laguna to Almost All Towns of  Cavite.

Dante Oliver P50

Robert Cruz P50

Erick and Let Guieb P500 (received)

Mesopotamia P25

L.Aniel P25

Amazing Grace P35

Conrad Aquino –

Juvy Pagtalunan -P500 (already received)

code name:Matthew P5 per km for every km that I can run

code name: Pinay from Boston $50 ( already received)

Billy and Mai San Juan P1,000 (already received)

Danny Almendrala –

‘Anonymous’ UK30 (already received)

Pinay from Dubai P2,000 -to be used as my budget (already received)

Kenley Jones $50 (already received)

Jerry Lita -mineral water and Gatorade

Melvin Parungao-P300 (already received)

Charlie Chua -P1,000 (already received)

You can deposit your donations on my BDO Savings Account no. 598-002-7964, Fernando de Lara, on or before March 25, 2010. After doing so, send me a notification via sms to this number 0928-5548057. That ‘foundation’ monitors this activity via this blog and my facebook account, so you can have the assurance that your money will be given to them.

God bless you All!





Dangerous Route!

25 03 2010

“Your life will either shed light or cast a shadow.” -selected

There are so many dangers when running the Laguna-Cavite-Batangas route this coming March 30 to April 2, 2010.

Consider the following:

-heat elements

-injuries

-accidents

-dogs

-dehydration

-ultraviolet rays which are harmful to the skin

-careless motorists

-notorious people specially at night

-other elements

A friend advises me not pursue this ‘Run for A Cause.’ He said I can gather sponsors and remit directly the money to the foundation without running that elusive distances. It’s too risky he said specially when running against many elements and you’re there out of your comfort zone.

He maybe right, but you know, safety and security is everywhere too specially if you have God to guide you. And sometimes, those in their ‘comfort zones’ are not spared.

Let me tell you a brief story:

In his book, The Fisherman And His Friends, Louis Albert Banks tells of two men who were assigned to stand watch on a ship  out of the sea. During the night the waves from the raging storm washed one of them overboard. The sailor who drowned had been in the most sheltered place, while the one who survived was more exposed to the elements. What made the difference? The man who survived had those elements to hold on to. On the contrary, the man who was lost was in his  comfort zone but it had caused him his death.

I’m not justifying my course of action regarding this event but I’m putting my life at risk here. I maybe insane, lunatic and weird in the eyes of other people but I want to explore what lies ahead in running out of my comfort zone to the unknown. This ‘run for a cause’ a 262 kilometers event definitely will not make me popular, rich and powerful  but I will be one of the happiest runners alive if  I could finish this.

God has not promised to keep us from dangers, but to keep us through them.

Dangerous route- it’s immaterial as long as you have a BIG GUIDE to take good care of you.

And even if you’re in the safe route, it will not guarantee that you’re secured.

Remember the short story above.

Let us face those risky elements and say, “God is my refuge and fortress, in Him will I trust. I don’t know what I would do without the Lord.” Psalms 91:2

Can you?

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3/25/2010 Donors Update HOLY RUN on HOLY WEEK 250 Kms RUN For the Chosen Children From Laguna to Almost All Towns of Cavite and Nasugbu Batangas

Dante Oliver P50

Robert Cruz P50

Erick and Let Guieb P500 (received)

Mesopotamia P25

L.Aniel P25

Amazing Grace P35

Conrad Aquino –

Juvy Pagtalunan -P500 (already received)

code name:Matthew P5 per km for every km that I can run

code name: Pinay from Boston $50 ( already received)

Billy and Mai San Juan P1,000 (already received)

Danny Almendrala –

‘Anonymous’ UK30 (already received)

Pinay from Dubai P2,000 -to be used as my budget (already received)

Kenley Jones $50 (already received)

Jerry Lita -mineral water and Gatorade

You can deposit your donations on my BDO Savings Account no. 598-002-7964, Fernando de Lara, on or before March 25, 2010. After doing so, send me a notification via sms to this number 0928-5548057. That ‘foundation’ monitors this activity via this blog and my facebook account, so you can have the assurance that your money will be given to them.

God bless you All!





A Wealth Of Poverty!

24 03 2010

“The poorest person is one whose only wealth is money.” -selected

I pity  those politicians who use their power and influence just  to acquire  more wealth,  in illegal ways. It is not only applicable to those politicians, but to any individuals  who are in the position to amass great wealth and riches.

There’s nothing wrong if you aspire to become rich. Money is a good servant but always remember that it is a cruel master.

Let me illustrate my point:

A band of gangster in France got away with more than $3.5 million. But the thieves had a problem. The loot was in French coins worth only about $2 each and weighing a total of 17 tons.

A Paris newspaper taunted the bandits with this statement: “You can’t buy a chateau, a car, or even a pair of shoes with bags of change. And if you go out to celebrate your coup, the owner of the smallest cafe will become suspicious before you drop the tenth coin on the counter.” The article continued, “Their punishment is included in their success. They will have to spend their loot franc by franc. They can buy millions of bottles of soft drinks. But what else?”

Those robbers had what might be called  a wealth of poverty. Although they were rich , they couldn’t spend their money for anything worthwhile.

Their situation reminds me  of people who spend  a lifetime accumulating things while making no provision for eternity. They have material wealth  but are spiritually poor.

Jesus said, “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and steal…”

How much better to heed Jesus’ words. Anything else is just a wealth of poverty.

Let me end with with a song…

“I’d rather have Jesus than silver and gold, I’d rather be His than have riches untold.

I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands, I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hands.” -Miller

Please pray for my 4 days Run for A Cause. Thank you very much.

An ‘anonymous’ Ultrarunner pledges P1,000 for my Run For A Cause 6 days from now. To you Mr. Anonymous, may the good Lord returns that amount to you a hundredfold. God bless you for your generosity. A child will be happy for this 🙂

To God be the Glory!





Keep Digging!

23 03 2010

“You have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” -Hebrews 10:36

Endure and persevere, that is the bottom line.

Let me tell a short story:

AJ was forced by illness to take a leave of absence from his medical practice. He then decided to write a novel. But when half done, he became disheartened and threw his manuscript into a garbage can.

Totally discouraged, AJ was walking and saw a man digging in a bog, trying to drain for use  as a pasture. As AJ talked with him, the man said, “My father dug at this bog and never made a pasture. But my father knew and I know that it’s only by digging you can make a pasture. So I keep on digging.”

Rebuked and motivated, AJ went home, picked his manuscript out of the garbage can and finished it. That novel , Hatter’s Castle, sold 3 million copies  and AJ Cronin (1896-1981) left his medical practice and became a world-famous writer.

Source: Our Daily Bread

At times, you and I may feel trapped by circumstances that demand patience and persistence. Are we willing to keep digging away at whatever ‘bog’ God has assigned to us? The book of Hebrews tells that we have ‘need of endurance‘ and that we must ‘run‘ with endurance  the race that is set before us. How? By looking unto JESUS, the author and finisher of our faith.

Each of us is running a different kind of race called ‘life.’ Let’s have a courage to face each day with a hope that things will gonna be better and brighter. Even if our work seems insignificant, let’s keep digging.

Keep digging, even if:

-the sky is dark and you can’t see the sun.

-the scenario turns  from good to bad.

-the circumstances do not favor you.

-the wicked prospers and the righteous suffers.

Let me end with a prayer: “Oh Lord, evil prospers, falsehood reigns,

And darkness  dims the light; But I rejoice to know that Christ,

Will one day set things right.” Amen.

Let me acknowledge a dear friend who did a very nice ‘layout’ on my three king of the road singlets…

I’ll use it during my training. Thank you Elvis Reyes for a very nice job. 🙂

To God be the Glory!

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3/23/2010 Donors Update HOLY RUN on HOLY WEEK 250 Kms RUN For the Chosen Children From Laguna to Almost All Towns of Cavite

Dante Oliver P50

Robert Cruz P50

Erick and Let Guieb P500 (received)

Mesopotamia P25

L.Aniel P25

Amazing Grace P35

Conrad Aquino –

Abet’s brother  P50

Juvy Pagtalunan -P500 (already received)

Jinoe and Quennie Gavan –

code name:Matthew P5 per km for every km that I can run

code name: Pinay from Boston $50 ( already received)

Billy and Mai San Juan P1,000 (already received)

Danny Almendrala –

‘Anonymous’ UK30 (already received)

Pinay from Dubai P2,000 -to be used as my budget (already received)

Kenley Jones $50 (already received)

Jerry Lita -mineral water and Gatorade

You can deposit your donations on my BDO Savings Account no. 598-002-7964, Fernando de Lara, on or before March 25, 2010. After doing so, send me a notification via sms to this number 0928-5548057. That ‘foundation’ monitors this activity via this blog and my facebook account, so you can have the assurance that your money will be given to them.

God bless you All!