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A CAUTIONARY TALE



So it finally happened. 
After years of close calls and near misses, I finally hit the deck. It was an early Friday morning at about 4:45 am of Jan 26 when the dreaded incident happened. I was on the 20th km mark of my scheduled 60-km bike ride when I suddenly got hit by a speeding motorcycle from behind.  The incident took place along Ayala Avenue Ext right in front of the South Cemetery (of all places to have an accident). I don’t recall much of what exactly happened or how it all came about.  I can’t even remember how I stood up or who helped me out.  It seemed like I was just going through the motions but completely in a daze.  After a short while, I found myself inside the Barangay Police Station giving a statement on the incident to the Barangay Captain together with the person who hit me. 
The atmosphere was calm and cordial considering what had just transpired early on. I was bruised up quite a bit with  minor scrapes and scratches on some parts of my body, a bad headache, a cracked helmet and a broken bike.  I knew we had to go through all the formalities but in my mind, I just wanted to go home.  After all was said and done, I had my ever reliable bodyguard/driver/sidekick Manong Abelardo pick me up so he can bring Renee (bike) and I home.  It was only when I got settled into my couch that I began to truly comprehend the gravity of what just happened and the various scenarios of how it could have turned out.  The “what ifs” started creeping in my mind... what if I got crippled, what if I can no longer run or walk, what if I died.  At that moment, I began to feel the aches and pains in my body, neck and head after all the adrenalin started to dissipate.  I came to the  realization that this is my wake up call, that I simply got lucky and said a short prayer to God and the Angels who have been watching over me.  

When you are riding on a bike on the streets, no matter how careful you may be, there is always a chance of being involved in a crash.  The bicyclist will, in most cases, be at the most risk for serious injury and usually takes the brunt of the damage.  Admittedly, I may be reckless and carefree at times but have always believed in SAFETY FIRST especially on the road. 
There are 3 things I make sure I have with me when I bike. 

1.The mandatory helmet which reduces one's risk of serious injury by as much as 85 percent.  My helmet sustained a crack from the minor incident alone. I can only wonder how I would have fared had I not been wearing one.   

2. Next is the indispensable cellphone.  In this day and age, the cellphone comes in handy for making those S.O.S. calls or even simply documenting the incident.  
Lastly, even when running, I never leave home without my 

3. ROAD I.D.  Since I like to run or bike alone, the benefit of wearing identification is that there is immediate information relayed to response teams whether you're conscious or out-cold be it your name, blood type or emergency contact information which can be very useful in emergency situations.

They say what doesn’t break you makes you stronger. In this case, I’d settle for wiser.  For now, I may just take it easy on the bike and concentrate on my running again.

Keep safe on the road everyone...
A public service reminder from Runningshield... 😊
A badly needed Tune-up
 Recovery Bike
Recovery Run 

PSE Bull Run 2018


The PSE Bull Run is usually my first Race for the year and has been since three years ago when I started joining the event.  I had originally planned on running the 21km but opted to do the 10k instead which in hindsight, worked better for me as I was a bit under the weather since the night before. 

The morning was quite nice and chilly that I hardly broke a sweat.  We traversed the familiar BGC route, Kalayaan, Buendia and back. Though it was generally a good route, it was a bit challenging.  Race started before sun up so the roads were pretty dark early on and I was consciously trying not to trip or fall into any pot holes.  Later on,  it also became a bit tricky to maneuver basically because of the sheer volume of runners from the 5,10, 21, 25 km categories merging on to the same lanes which got packed along with the walkers, selfie takers who seem to like staying in the middle of the road rather than pulling up to the side so other runners may freely pass. 

Overall, it was a good race. Nice way to start 2018 considering I was a bit under the weather but still managed to survive. 



2018

Starting the Year Right.
HAPPY 2018

Standard Charter Singapore Marathon 2017

I wanted to cap the year with an international race before settling myself into the groove of the festive season. I narrowed my choice to down to Singapore for quite a number of reasons. For starters, Sing is not that far from Manila (approx. 3 hours plane ride), the shopping is great and let's not forget the incredible food!  So I decided to sign up for the Standard Charter Half Marathon 2017. As much as I would have wanted to run the full marathon, I didn't feel confident enough and well prepared to tackle that just yet. 

From the onset, I have heard of a few horror stories with regard to the previous SC Singapore Marathon races; nightmarish baggage check-ins and baggage claims, super delayed gun starts and the humidity factor just to name a few. Needless to say I expected the worse but hoped for the best always keeping an open mind all through out. 

For starters, claiming of the race kit was a breeze.  It was quick and quite well organized. The expo venue at Marina Bay Sands was huge. There was a multitude of sports brands present and other exhibitors showcasing, demonstrating and selling everything from running shoes, apparel, computers, running watches, sports gels, energy drinks, eyewear and cycling gear to the latest medical therapy and treatment as well as promoters of upcoming races all over the world and souvenir photo booths. Whatever you’re after, it's all under one roof.

Towards early evening before race day, they started to clear Orchard Road of vehicular traffic; setting up barricades in anticipation for the race which is expected to draw a crowd of about 50,000 participants. 

The gun start for the half marathon  was only a few minutes delayed. Though the weather even at 4:30 in the morning was quite humid, it surprisingly got cooler as the day progressed with a little bit of rain showers keeping the sun at bay.  As far as the race route was concerned, IT WAS AWESOME!!! In fact, I found myself stopping a few times just to take pictures which I never do. Beginning from Orchard Road, runners raced through Singapore’s shopping district heading for the Arab Street enclave.  In the heritage stretch, we raced pass the National Museum of Singapore, the iconic Masjid Sultan Mosque, OId Hill Street Police Station, and traditional shophouses making out way to bustling Chinatown and the newly developed Downtown Core then making a U-turn towards Marina Bay Sands and headed back towards the finish line on the Padang.  After the race, I simply collected my race kit and headed back to the hotel via MRT without difficulty. Now it’s time to eat all I want and enjoy what Singapore has to offer. 

Despite the horror stories, I have to admit it was a beautiful race and would definitely consider doing it again next year. I know that this race was suppose to mark the end of this running year but I just may do one more before year end. Just maybe....😊




Orchard Road of vehicular traffic
The View During my Run
Post Race Meal ... " Chilly Crabs "
The winning smile :-)