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My thank you

BY: ALETH REBLORA
originally posted in (http://www.facebook.com/notes/aleth-reblora/my-thank-you/377527822266821)

photo credits to Team Buban! =)

I would like to thank everyone who supported me directly and indirectly.

First and foremost, I’d like to thank God for the opportunity, for the guiding light and for giving me strength to stand up when I fell.

And ofcourse to the best support crew ever: Mccoy, Ina and Aaron, who patiently went back and forth with my running buddy Paolo, fed me when I was too tired to even remember I needed to feed and rushed to my rescue when I tripped and wounded and bruised myself in the dark.

Paolo, who has been training with me, has been steady all through out and put up with all my kaartehan.

Dave and Maripaz, who were supporting Reylynne, who offered the best ice massage ever.

Doc Toto, Mar and CJ’s friends, who were supporting CJ, for the push and the cheer and the jelly ace (alam ko sayo yun CJ, thank you ha, the best ang jelly ace mo).

Bong, Anna and Keshia, who were supporting Kokoy, for coaching and super push and the by-the-roadside cold shower.  (Uy, thanks Kokoy…)

Ronnie, who believed and pushed me (and talagang made kulit to the point of katarayan) to aim high. And just now, I realized she was the angel who coordinated things for me and made alaga even if she was not there.

To Rod and my other teammates who, like Ronnie, believed I can do it. Your faith kept me going and gave me strength to continue to push.

Rej, who is a tough ironman but showed his sweet side by checking every now and then if i’m prepared and boosting my morale. (sorry now ko lang naalala…so ni-edit ko na lang.)

Gab, who, unbeknownst to me, coordinated all the support I got.

Wap, who surprisingly turned up somewhere during those skin torturing kilometers under the heat of the sun. It’s actually a nice break from so many strange faces I do not know. Also, for the advises you offered during the BDM training.

Doc Art, for the training plan, for teaching me power walk which helped me during those times I needed to recover without sacrificing precious time, all the BDM preparation advises unselfishly shared, the advises on the right meds to take when I got sick last week and for being my emotional punching bag when other problems affect my motivation.

From KM0 to KM102, I was a witness on how a team, THIS TEAM, really works.  The support and encouragement I got made me realize that I am truly blessed. Count on Team Boring to be coordinated, organized and be there even if you’re not expecting it. I am so proud to be a member of Team Boring. I cannot ask for more.

Also, thank you to the support crew of Team Darryl. I didn’t have the chance to thank them at the finish line. I just knew them by the mark Team Darryl at the back of their car.

Beeps, Milette, Racs and the HOB girls who cheered during the last kilometers.

The random runners I encountered during the race who greeted and pushed me on.

The random faces of support crews who cheered on the sides I cannot distinguish because it was too dark during the first half of the race. The locals who likewise cheered me on.

Chris, who coached me and gave me a strong foundation in running, supporting me with advises when I need them and made me stay focused on my goal, no matter what.

My officemate, Ms. Julie, who was there to cheer me on and believed that I can do it.

To all the other people who inspired me and I may have forgotten to mention, who ever you are, rest assured I want to thank you too.

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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in post

 

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The View from the Other Side of the Road

BY: CINDY SEVILLA
originally posted in http://www.facebook.com/notes/cindy-sevilla/the-view-from-the-other-side-of-the-road/10150292523594632

For a couple of years, I have been supporting friends and teammates in different running events all over the metro and in provinces. Although I’ve had my share of running medals, most are from short distances and it didn’t bother me at all. Sharing the road with fellow runners albeit not on foot but on support vehicles has its own perks and nuisances. And nothing beats the feeling of having successfully supported a runner cross the finish line.

Last Saturday, due to some temporary loss of sanity, I found myself on the starting line of the 2nd PAU T2N 50k Run in front of People’s Park in Tagaytay. Not as a support crew, but this time, as a runner.

It definitely felt different, it was weird but I felt calm. How many times have I seen the starting line on ultra marathons, but always on the side lines, never crossing that line. As the cow bell was rung, I said to myself: Here goes nothing and ran on.

I hear people say that 50kilometers is long and thinking of my 32km run, I won’t contest that. Well, yeah it is LOOOOOOOONG. But I realized there’s so much to think about, imagine, discuss and view along the way that I found no dull moment in my first ultra run 😀

* The runners: Running the route with good friends, acquaintances and even those that I don’t know makes it easier knowing that I am not alone on the road sharing the same passion. What touched me more are those who cheered me on their way back home (Junrox, Beeps) and those who went back to ask if there’s anything that we need (Toel &co, Irene & co, sorry to those that I cannot remember :D).

* The support crews: I can never find enough words to thank everyone who gave drinks, sprayed water, offered food, cheered and waved as we ran. It really helped to see familiar faces along the way pushing you towards the goal. Seeing Team Boring’s crew at each pit stop gave me sense of relief, I know they’ll help me anyway they can. Thank you! Special mention to Ronnie for organizing the support and all! Seeing other crews as well was enough to cheer me up. Jimmy of Team CB entertained me all throughout the run because my quirky requests 😀 Other teams, familiar and not, were very helpful as well. Thank you so much.

* The locals: I knew even before that most people along the road are friendly lots, offering us shade to rest and breaks to share their meals. Kids were smiling and asking for high fives, adults were cheering us on and at one point after reading the back of my shirt, someone said: Yakang yaka yan master! That definitely got me going 🙂
* The pacer: I cannot imagine then running 50km by myself neither would I even think of signing up 😀 But having Rej run with me and guide me along the way made it a whole lot feasible. Thanks coach! 😛
* The well-wishers: I didn’t tell most people of my plans but my dear friends even not being there with me during the run never wavered in their belief that I can finish the race. Gab, Pao, Bong, DocT, itay Joey, Tama nga kayo, kaya naman! 😀

8hours and 19minutes after, I crossed the finish line. The long wait of reaching Burgos Plaza in Nasugbu, Batangas, coupled with sore muscles, was all trivial compared to what and who welcomed me.

* Jollibee: A day before T2N, Gab told me that soon I’ll find out if why most runners of the first T2N weren’t too fond of the Pinoy fast food icon found on the last stretch. Not only does it look near yet so far, but as if taunting, it always had the smile on its face while my face twitched with fatigue.

* Sundo: As practiced in our team’s runs, most of my teammates who were participants as well and support crews were waiting a block away from the finish line, ready to run with me. They were already congratulating and cheering more for me. It helps that most in my team are faster than me, making a crowd of orange-clad runners paving the way 😀 What got me laughing was when I heard their complaints: ambilis ng pace natin, kakatakbo lang namin! LOL. Ay lab Team Boring!

sunduan

* The finish line: I was very surprised to get a bouquet of flowers from Wakakak girls (Cherry, Julie and Lorie), parang ms Universe lang! There were fireworks from Team CB and a big card from doc Art with messages from the team, my favorite being Wilnar’s message: Good luck bro! Happy bday! ROTF. Thank you so much guys! P.S. salamat sa balloons from Team Boring although na-late 😛
* The organizer: BR was there to give me the coveted medal, one that I know will end up as one of my favorite medals. He even said: ang engrande ng debut mo ha. Thank you sir, for the chance to test my limits 🙂
* The running community: After crossing the finish line, it was a blaze of hugs, cheers and congratulations, as well as text and FB messages. Thank you!
* Family: I didn’t tell anyone at home of what I planned that day, thinking that they might worry. After the race, I sent them messages saying that I finished a 50km run and they replied:

Kuya: Wow, dina-drive ko un ng 30mins ah!

Dad: Congrats! Ilang hours mo tinakbo?

And the best…..

Mom: Congrats! Napagod ka ba?

I didn’t know what made me think that they’d worry. Now I know it would be alright to tell them in the event that I would be crazy enough to run 100 kilometers or so 😀

A couple of days after, my blisters are healing; I can finally rise from a chair without pain; not use the elevator at the office and be able to walk straight; I can still feel the runner’s high. Remembering the view from the left shoulder of the road, I think it’s basically the same from across. It is both satisfying and worth celebrating, only that the left side is all about gratitude. Gratitude for the good health, good friends and good run. Thank you Lord 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

We’re Bored! Let’s Chat & Roll!!!

1. Just click the “Bored ChatRoll – Join Now” link or CLICK ME!
2. Create your own ChatRoll account / use your FaceBook account / or sign in as a GUEST
3. Then Chat away!!!

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in post

 

It’s our 1st Anniversary

Wow! We actually survived our 1st year!

And what a year that was!

TEAM BORING grew from the original 7 (4 runners, 3 support) who participated the 2nd BDM 102 Ultramarathon last March 6-7, 2010 to 22 members (as of writing).

The team is composed of individuals coming from different backgrounds. We have regular day jobs. Running is not our bread and butter. But we share the common passion for running, especially long distance running.

Are all members ultra runners? Well, no… not yet. But that’s part of the plan. To make every member an ultra runner…

Want to be a member? Then drop us an email (team_boring@yahoo.com) and tell us why you want to be part of TEAM BORING!

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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