Running a marathon is an extra ordinary feat, an achievement worth of what your mind can take, a test of how tough your physical limitations argue with your mind and vice versa, in short, its a no joke. It’s a runner’s pride that others will just dream of achieving. Some take this as light and even laugh at it. Some has the audacity to make a crash course out of it which takes their ego to a bump. It’s like disrespecting themselves thinking that they can own the distance. I feel sorry for those runners that didn’t train for the distance as a whole. Now they have a reason why they need to train, because they will have their own revenge, for themselves and lastly respecting the distance itself.
The mecca of all of those runners on a hunt for that dream. They start with a jog, then a 5K, leveled up to 10K, pick up the pieces joining 15K categories then setting the pace up until a half half marathon. The longest training, muscle conditioning and long runs they can endure took them to that elusive target to raise the bar to its highest possible to reach the goal of running a “marathon”. Jaymie Pizarro and her brilliant idea of conducting a marathon event for those who seek, The Bull Runner Dream Marathon.
Still in its infancy stage, this unique race features those who dream of running and finishing a full marathon or 42.195KMs. I myself registered way back last year because i wanna debut my 42K in this prestigious occasion, but my forecast was off, i started my first PAU Tagaytay-Nasugbu 50K ultra marathon last November and debuted at the 2nd Quezon City International Marathon before 2010 ends, then got myself injured after a week at the 34th National Milo Marathon Finals 21K. Sad to say I had to give up and sell my slot at the 2011 Fat Ass run to a good friend Jess Agoo of Team Snail Runners/HOB. At the height of my ITBS injury last January, I realized that running Jaymie’s event will no longer be the sweetest candy at the finish line while nursing a nag. I wanted a “virgin” to conquer the mental road of a 42K distance, because for what its worth. It’s a great feeling indeed! 🙂
14 days before the event, I started running 5K again weathering my right leg. No more pain, then followed it up with a 10K after a few days, still in good shape. When i realized that my right leg is at a 100% during our long slow distance run (LSD) , my left leg started acting like a spoiled brat. I thought it will be a serious type, but brushed it off and went back to higher pace, it eventually faded. Midweek of the TBR hype, I decided to survey friends from the running community if I can get a hold of a pacer bib for this Sunday’s race, lucky enough with the help of FB, Twitter and Gary Chua, I was able to get one with the most generous runner from the UP aNR group, Ate Glo Labao. She kindly gave her pacer bib. 🙂 I dont know who to pace yet, but eventually, Gary topped my list since he doesn’t have one yet.
I once dreamed but right now, its time to pace a dreamer from KM 0-42. Setting was at Nuvali located in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. A long stretch of commercial cemented road with a couple of tough hills to conquer that will set your limits. Gunstart at exactly 0200 MNL. It was also a history in the making where the super full moon blooms to its brightest at night, 14% bigger than the regular, the last sighting was 18 years ago. This was a perfect place for the Dream Marathon stage. We had tons of picture taking for the dreamers and different running groups all in high spirits to support the virgins. Touching to see that family and friends of the Dreamers were there to support at the start line as well. I told myself “Iba talaga ang feeling kapag andyan ang pamilya at mga kaibigan”, gives you the ultimate boost and the no quit attitude to finish.
I wasn’t familiar with the route as i only visited Jaymie’s website to get the road map. It was a loop, It didn’t occur to me when we finished the first loop and repeat all the way up. The hills were tough, dragging and steep portions was visible enough to for us not to challenge them as we run. We went on Galloway mode (5:1) with Dreamers Mich, Gary, Leo and Ellen. Argo and I are the only pacers, He took over Leo from the start. Halfway on the last U turn before heading back to the startline, we had the longest sprint, the burn was there which i crave for since QCIM2, we slowly picked up the pace approaching the last U turn. On that second U turn, inclined road took a toll on Gary’s right quad and we then started easing our pace, walked a bit andshake the aching leg off. Were almost a KM away from Ellen and Mich. They did slow down during our last sprint (max 4:30 aprox 1.5KM), Ellen told us that her ITBS is in a bad shape too, but her spirit is intact! Mich is also checking her pace. On our way back walking on the steep hill right after th bridge was the Dream Chaser’s tent where Ate Maan Catolos waiting for Gary to immediately change gear from VFF to running shoes. While his transitioning, I tried to hydrate and grab a bar of Cadbury hehehe. My dreamer suddenly picked up the pace while checking his right quad, unbelievable, this Dreamer is built to last.
Met Maridol and Tere (Kap este Major), the girl is gunning for a good PR with the soldier around. The last 2KMs of the of the first loop ended with a massage and Bodivance applied the Stuff works wonders, my calves are as relaxed. It doesn’t feel tired, maybe thats why we were able to stab a couple of KMs pacing at 5:00 mins. The Chasers were are up for the cheer boosting each runner that passes by. Thank you Alabang runners for the loud cheers, my buddy needed that as we head back at the starting line reaching 21KMs 3hrs5mins, half way to go, 1 more loop and were done. We were slow during our first attempt conserving, Gary and I had a debate that we could be on a negative split if we are to hit his PR. We both agreed.
Finally met Beeps from the Chaser’s tent, upon hydration, we told Beeps that Gary is suffering pain on his right quad. So the ending was to just walk and did a couple of stabs until the first u turn. Beeps was able to pace a runner and taught him how to do power walks like Doc Art. We are both doing the trick like devils during the entire route and its a good practice with an average of 9mins/KM if were not running. Saw Ms. Christine Jacobs (killer smile), Bearwin Meily (nice pace) and Helen Arabia (Team CB/BR) on their last 12KMs. Too bad my left ITB started acting weird at the 31st KM. But hell no. We are gonna hit a good PR for Gary!
There were no dull moments because I always try to pull out my digicam from my pouch. Familiar faces, running friends were given a slight photovendo op as we enjoyed the route, no escape for the Dreamers, Chasers and Pacers hehehe. I almost forgot the Gummy Bears and Chippy was awesome. I cant say any bad words with the stations, gels, med aid. Gatorade, water, sponges, foam rollers, bodivance, bananas, Cadbury chocs. Its like heaven for the runners, pampered to the max.. sarap! Kudos to Ms. Jaymie and the entire crew 🙂
As we head back to finish the last 9KM, My Dreamer still has gas left on his tank as we power walk and stab each downhill with our usual speed. Odd to see that there are still runners at the start of the second loop when were heading back. If I’m not mistaken this was at the first 7KM of the second loop. I wonder if they can finish on time with sun trying to inch its way 😦 Time check to hit the good PR for Gary during the last 5K. Maan Catolos was waiting at the final KM of the Chaser Tent, paced a little and hand over Gary’s Gatorade. We were able to visit all hydration stations on a good note because of all the power walks and 5min pace. I hate to abuse the stations but we need them. Sun was up, heat penetrating as we meet and passed by Team Boring before the last uturn to finish. 1.5K and passing by Sir Raul while swinging his foam roller like Babe Ruth to us. hahaha that was fun indeed. Thanks to Team Boring for the banana and off to the Finish line we go.
Approaching the sidewalk, saw Miriam Quiambao, nice last boost (pretty nya!), Gary went really fast and stepped into the wood stairs and saw his feet twitch a bit, lookign at it like he’s gonna slip but managed to find his balance (kinabahan ako dun). As we stride from the resto up until the finish line, all you can hear are cheers, support and claps! I let go of Gary on the last turn for him to have his glory while I ran on the side. He is now indeed “Fatboyslim”… dropping the call sign Fatboy. 2 marathons + a PR at TBR Dream Marathon, nothing I could ask for. I’m happy for Gary’s success, being an accidental pacer and helping a friend from 0-42 is my Dream Marathon, no need for a finisher medal and it feels so damn good 🙂
Congratulations to the new Full Moon MARATHONERS of Team CB, Helen, Maridol and Suzi. To Cess, Ellen, Doc Art, Bilz, Daie and Gary hats off to you guys. Fellow Team CB pacers, chin up! Good Job guys, another 100% success rate. We are strong and tough! TBR Chasers, thank you for the cheers and support all the way!!
MARATHONERS now of Team Snail Runners, Six:30 Group, HOB, Team Boring and Powerpuff Boys! Big pops to you guys! Congratulations!
To Ms. Jaymie Pizzaro, a job well done, arguably a fine race for a Dreamer, you and your crew did a great job for the Full Moon Marathoners.. Congratulations 🙂