My Marathon Story

My Marathon Story

70 KM Banaue – Sagada Trail Run to support Kythe’s children with cancer.

Ultra Marathon Posters

Our friends from the Pinoy Ultra Runners are running once again for their life to support Kythe. This time, they will do a 70km trail run from Banaue to Sagada on February 9. Please support them by pledging P500 for every kilometer run (minimum of 5 kms.). All proceeds will go to Kythe.

Last year, Ben of Photographer on the Run, Jaymie- The Bullrunner and Our Awesome Planet (all proud members of Happy Feet) joined the Pinoy Ultra runners to raise funds for Kythe. The ultra runners were running the Philippines first 100km ultra marathon at the same time with the Manila Eliminations of the Milo Marathon. Ben, Jaymie and I were running a 42km Milo Marathon for a cause. It was a memorable first marathon for me and thanks for all the support!

I am a Marathoner and I live to Tell about it

Together the Marathon-For-A-Cause raised a total of P60,000 pesos to support Kythe. Ben and I turned over the money last September 22 (a mOrninG with Kythe). Thanks to all those who supported us! The money that we raised was only good for a week that supported the expenses of the cancer kids patients. Let me tell you about the sad reality of these kids and why we should continue to support Kythe in their endeavors.


Kythe is a volunteer organization that promotes awareness and supports children with cancer. Their vision is to improve the Quality of Life for pediatric patients by uplifting their spirits and strengthening HOPE in these patients and their families. Kudos to the Ateneans for starting up Kythe!

We went to AFP V Luna Hospital at East Avenue Quezon City to meet the children that Kythe supports. We interviewed a few parents and learned that anyone’s child could have Leukemia. There is no logical reason why it develops and the chances of survival is 1 is to 10. I immediately thought about Aidan and Joshua. How lucky we are that they are healthy boys. Leukemia is a very tough cancer to beat. The parents will bring their kids to the AFP V Luna children’s hospital because they would rely on volunteer donation support to fund the chemotheraphy treatments.


Ben and I with Tita Aida and Ninin of Kythe during the turnover of the P60,000 donation to Kythe. (see: a mOrninG with Kythe)

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Run for FAME

Run for FAME.jpg

I have a lot of backlog lately on my blog posts so I’m sorry for the multiple posts in one day. I have a lot of stories to tell and I can’t wait to post all of them.

Congratulations to the [email protected] Feet runners who finished the Run for FAME last Sunday at Mall of Asia! FAME stands for The Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment. It aims to unite all legitimate shipmanning companies for a more formidable presence in and source of the world’s maritime labor force.

I try to keep running 10Ks to balance off all the food trips with my wife. Recently, we went on a food trip in Marikina and I can’t wait to share with you our discoveries. We ran a total of 11.5K around Mall of Asia and my legs hurt a bit probably because of the additional weight gained from the food trip.


My Marathon Story

The Great UP Sunday Picnic Brunch

H@ppy Feet @ Great UP run
It was my first time to run under the trees of the famous UP oval for the Great UP Run. Now I understand why a lot of runners do their training runs here because of the scenic route and the shade offered by the trees. I’m starting to become a run-aholic like my friends from the [email protected] Feet running group.

H@ppy Feet Picnic @ Great UP run
[email protected] Feet organized a picnic near the lagoon in UP as a bonding moment for the group. It turned out this was one of the best Sunday Picnic Brunch I ever had.

The Great UP 10k Run

I recorded my personal best of 75 mins for a 10k which is still relatively slower than most runners. I aim to go sub-1 hour for my 10k run and sub-7mins/km pace. I lost 1030 calories but I think I gained more than that from the picnic. I’m running these days just to keep my current weight.

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Takbo Para Kay Ariel

Takbo Para Kay Ariel
[email protected] Feet Members running for 2nd Lieutenant Ariel M. Toledo

TAKBO PARA KAY ARIEL. Sino ba si Ariel?
“This is a FUN RUN for a Cause. Proceeds will go to 2nd Lieutenant Ariel M.Toledo, Phil. Airforce, Philippine Military Academy Class of 2006-MANDALA’s Magna Cum Laude and Valedictorian, 27 years old, who has been orphaned and now diagnosed with Cancer of the Bile Duct. He is in need of an amount of US$55,000.00 or approximately Php2,600,000.00 for one continuous therapy and Php2Million to cover other expenses for his sustenance and pending bills to be paid in different hospitals. His story was recently featured in ABS-CBN’s Maalala Mo Kaya (June 20, 2007). “

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Takbo Para Kay Ariel

I’m happy that I met the [email protected] Feet runners group. These group are passionate about running and even supports causes such as Takbo Para Kay Ariel. I met them in the blogosphere when I was preparing for my Milo Marathon and looking for blogger runners. These group of people are the official source of runner’s information in Manila!

Here is an un-official list of [email protected] Feet Blogger Runners:

The Bull Runner ( Coffee Mug (
o.O Surviving this lonely planet (
Photographer on the Run (
Habang Tumatakbo (
a one-live cat’s life (
Hit me with your best shot… (

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Mommy Milkshake Marathon

Mommy Milkshake Marathon - 6

We love supporting this Mommy Milkshake Marathon last Saturday sponsored by Barbizon, for many reasons:

1. This was the first time our entire family run together for the 2k Fun Run. During the Milo Marathon, Aidan wanted to run with me but it was so hot. So this time, I was able to ran side by side with Aidan together with Rache and Baby4.

2. This was my first run after the long 42k marathon and I was hoping this gets back back into the groove of running. (without fear of dehydration, hahaha)

3. Aidan is still breast feed until today. This is actually one of the reasons why we always bring Aidan with us on road trips and travels outside Manila. He is also healthy and rarely gets sick.

4. I finally met the [email protected] Feet runners: the Bullrunner, Bangingay, Ben Chan, etc. It’s great to meet with fellow Filipinos who loves to run and a few of them are also into Nike +.

5. I do hope Aidan is able to remember his first 2k run. I’m dreaming of the day that we ran a 42k Marathon together…

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The Barbizon Mommy Milkshake Marathon by the Bull Runner

Mommy Milkshake Marathon
2k in 30 minutes for the Diaz Family…. not bad 🙂

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About Diabetes — What You Should Know About Diabetes

One of my realization as a food blogger is that I should also be responsible for my health and the health of my readers. To celebrate the Diabetes Awareness Week (and for consuming a lot of gelato this week), I would like to share with you a free Diabetes book from the Ampalaya Plus team. All of us are in danger of this illness, and with all the desert and sweets I am consuming, I’m looking for preventive ways on how to avoid Diabetes.

What You Should Know About Diabetes

“What You Should Know About Diabetes” is a book written in English/Tagalog designed for easy understanding for the diabetic patient, its family members, caregiver, househelp, etc. The book includes a sample 1-week menu plan for a diabetic patient made by a registered diabetes dietician from UP PGH. The book was written by 3 doctors from the UP College of Medicine. In the face of dire predictions about diabetes incidence increasing in epidemic proportions worldwide (the Philippines will be among the top ten countries with the most number of diabetics by 2010), this book would help create a better understanding of the disease and help empower people to avoid or cope with this illness.

In addition to the book there is a Diabetes ID Wrist Band (DIWB) give away . The DIWB is for diabetics who are at risk of passing out or losing consciousness due to their condition. The DIWB gives critical information regarding the health condition of the wearer thereby saving valuable time for the diabetic patient.

The book and DIWB are being given free to the public. To get a free copy of the book, just send a self address stamped envelope (P45 for Metro Manila and P68 for Outside Metro Manila) enclosed with a box top label of Ampalaya Plus Capsule with your Name, Add, Bday, Email and Cellphone written on it. Send it to:

Ampalaya Plus Free Book ,
2/F No. 59 Betty Go Belmonte St.,
New Manila, Quezon City

For More information:
Visit the official website or email [email protected]


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I am a Marathoner! I live to tell about it…


Jim, my boss, was right that I will be a totally different person after finishing my first 42km marathon. Now, I know why only a few people, 1/10th of 1% of the world’s population, even attempt to run a 42km.  It was incredibly tough but at the same time, fulfilling for me.  We finished last, together with Momer and Jane, at 7 hours and 43 minutes.  I never doubted for a moment that I will finish the Marathon and I was determined to raise enough donations for Kythe (almost >P500 for every kilometer covered). 

The race started at 4.30am and we arrived at the finish line closed to noon time at 34 degrees centrigrade!  It was so hot that during the last 2 kilometers along Roxas Blvd, I was not sweating anymore. Also, we started to walk at the 31km point, so just imagine walking from Kalayaan Flyover –> Buendia –> Roxas Blvd and until the finish line at the Quirino Grandstand. Surprisingly, I did not feel any cramps on race day and the following day, my entire legs didn’t really hurt that much.  We had the privilege of running side by side with some of the Ultra-Marathoners who were already on their  >70km mark. They really are super individuals and I admire their courage.  Congratulations Olive for finishing 100km!

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Ultra Marathon Part 1 by Run For Your Life Official Blog Site

Ultra Marathon part 2 by Run For Your Life Official Blog Site

How to do a 100KM Run by UP Mountaineers

After the marathon, I was over dehydrated that I was in a state of electrolyte imbalance and potassium levels were abnormally low. The medical term for this condition is HypoKalemia.  We knew that marathoners die from either HypoNatremia (low sodium levels) or HypoKalemia (low potassium levels) and we were advised to drink a combination of water and gatorade throughout the entire run to avoid this. Unfortunately, due to my lbm sickness several days before the marathon and the scorching heat that morning, I suffered from HypoKalemia.  I was still able to eat lunch but when I went home, slept a bit,  that’s when my condition got worse.  Some of the symptoms I experienced was headache, nausea, vomiting, and numbness of the hands (which felt like a stroke).  To stabilize my condition, I ate banana, drank gatorade and an extremely salty campbell mushroom soup but all I did was threw it all up.  That’s when I decided to go to ER for precautionary measure. I decided to l et myself be admitted and was at the hospital for two days after the marathon.


Thanks for all the support and pledges for the Blogger’s Marathon-For-A-Cause!  My entire family was also there to support me and I felt really special that I don’t know how to react to the overwhelming emotions.  I cried as I approach the finish line and boy, I finished my first 42 km Marathon!  Thanks to the P&G Marathon team for waiting for us and for ensuring that the clock and finish sign is up until we crossed it.

For your pledges, I will give you a receipt from Kythe once I turn it over to them.  You can give me your pledges via the following options:

1. Personal EB. We can meet up in Starbucks 6750, Makati any time during next week. You can text me at 0928-558 8500 to coordinate the schedule.

2. Paypal. You can also send the donation via paypal. 

3. BPI. You can deposit your donations via my BPI account. Let me know so that I can email you my account details.

4. For the other bloggers, who joined the Blogger’s Marathon-For-A-Cause, let’s meet up with Kythe next week and turn over the donations. Thanks so much for all your support!!

Related Posts:

fUll MaRathOn exPeriEnce by Ben M. Chan

The Milo Manila Marathon by the Bull Runner

Pia Cayetano’s Blog ( we saw her run past the marines)

Thanks again and I aim to finish my next marathon below 6 hours (at least) !



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Conquering the 31st Milo 42k Marathon

31st Milo Marathon
The moment has come…to face one of the biggest personal challenges in my life. I aim to conquer my first 42 kilometers Marathon tomorrow at 4am for the 31st Milo Marathon. The marathon starts in Km. 0 at the Rizal monument, going all the way along Roxas Blvd making a U-turn in NAIA road going to Buendia. From Gil Puyat, the race continues all the way the entire stretch of Buendia crossing over the Kalayaan flyover to the Fort. Then it passes the Fort area passing through Lawton avenue until Heritage Gardens near C-5 which is the 25km point. Hopefully, I will survive on my way back and reach the Quirino grandstand safely at 11am.

31st Milo Marathon

I can’t imagine how the Ultra-marathoners (see Run For Your Life) will survive running the 100km starting from U.P. at 7pm tonight and also ending in Quirino grandstand in sync with the Milo Marathon for their last 42km. We joined forces together to dedicate our marathon run for a cause to Kythe. Thanks to all the people who sent me their pledges!! Collectively, for every Kilometer I finish, I will be donating P500 to Kythe and I do hope to complete the 42km tomorrow. I actually have a bad stomach since last week and I do hope that the meds would take effect in time for the Marathon tomorrow. There is still time to send me your challenge pledge (via email [email protected] / text 0928 – 558 8500) (see Blogger’s Run For a Kid’s Life) and to other blogger-runners who decided to join in the Blogger’s Marathon-for-a-cause.

If you have time, please watch and support us tomorrow morning for the 31st Milo 42k Marathon run. If you decide to support, you can give gatorade to the runners or just a simple cheer would do to encourage our spirits to complete the marathon. If not, make sure to avoid the marathon race route tomorrow morning since it will be closed for 7 hours. Thanks for all your support and say hi when you see a fat guy running hopelessly in green milo marathon shirt with P&G logo at the back.


Jim’s Top 10 Tips for Running a Successful Marathon….

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Blogger’s Run For a Kid’s Life

A Blogger’s Marathon-For-A-Cause

Dearest Our Awesome Planet Friends,

I’m not a runner. I never imagined in my life that I can run 10k. I have used all the possible excuses I can think of — I’m too fat and I cannot handle my weight, it is so boring to run for more than an hour, it is better to sleep to regain energy than to run, it is too hot and I don’t want to get darker than I already am, etc. etc… I realized that I’ve been eating too much when I gained the equivalent weight of Aidan (around 30lbs+) ever since he was born (that is when I started blogging).

Thanks to my boss, Jim Lafferty, who motivated us to run and we formed the P&G Marathon team. I started running since January but I was not disciplined enough to follow the Marathon training plan to the letter. Not until I got Nike Plus, it changed my entire running life. It is my loving companion during my run. Nike Plus would give me statistics about my pacing and how long / how far I already run. It lifts my spirit with the power songs when my legs are already telling me to quit. It plugs me into this virtual community of runners in the Philippines and all over the world. That was good for 21K or half a marathon. I survived the 21K Run for P.E.A.C.E. and 21K Adidas King of the Road. .

On July 22, 2007, I hope to become part of the elite group of the 0.1% of the world’s population who have run a full 42 kilometers marathon. I don’t know if I will finish the 42km run since I’m running at my heaviest weight. I would like to make it meaningful and to run like there is no tomorrow. In partnership with the Pinoy Ultra-Runners’ Run For Your Life, I’m dedicating my first Marathon to Kythe. Kythe is a non-stock, non-profit organization that caters to the psycho-social needs of pediatric patients (especially those with chronic illness, such as cancer) in government hospitals around the country. I would like to solicit donations as part of my first marathon, and 100% of the proceeds will go to Kythe.

Kythe runs various activities and programs for pediatric patients, from in-house playroom activities, and bedside activities like reading books to children, to out-of-hospital trips like visiting zoos, museums, etc; With available but limited funds, they also cater to the medical needs of some indigent patients. It is currently supporting ~9 affiliate government hospitals, and has supported and uplifted the lives of hundreds of patients and their families. More difficult than running my first 42km, their task is way over challenging given the number of patients in various hospitals to support, and very limited resources and fund to support them.

We need your support. The mechanics is simple and patterned after a marathon challenge pledge. I got the idea from Christian Pobre who used to do a Marathon-for-a-Cause for Bukas Sarili. You just need to pledge an amount P10 per Km. If I finish 42km, then you just need to donate P420. If you are generous, you can pledge P100, or $1 or even P1 will do. 100% of the proceeds will go to Kythe. Please put your pledge in the comments section and I will contact you via email on the easy ways to give the donation.

For the bloggers who will also run the Milo Marathon on July 22, let us make this a blogger’s marathon-for-a-cause. You can run as short as 5k and collect pledges / donation from your family and friends. Let me know if you are joining so that I can include you in the list of the Bloggers Running for a Child’s life. We will do a simple dinner/ ceremony afterwards to give the donations to Kythe. Please don’t forget to register in the Milo Marathon this week.

Thanks for all your support in advance. May God reward and bless you for your generosity.



Email me at [email protected] for your pledge or text me for your pledge at +63 928 558 8500

My Marathon Story

Run For Your Life

These guys are crazy to run 100k…

Run for your Life

“Run for your Life”
100km ultra-marathon fund-raising for Cancer patients

Witness a group of ultra-marathoners as they try to formally complete a 100km single-push distance across the cities in Metro Manila. Running 10km is a joy-ride, running a marathon of 42km is epic, but running 60km is crazy, so what is running 100km?!

But crazy or not, this is the challenge that a team has set for themselves, a team of various athletes- some weekend runners, while some more regular- but all with the same passion to run. And this time, they will not just run for challenge and satisfaction – they’ll run for a cause.

A million people die of cancer worldwide, some without the means for expensive therapies and medicines or even therapeutic interventions. Cancer victims from the lower bracket of the society are on daily struggle to fight for survival, to get the chance for cure and come back in the society or be with their families. Like running 100km continuously, it seemed hopeless and impossible to get that chance to eventually survive or cope up with the stress of this deadly disease. With the “Ultramarathon-100 for a Cause”, other victims may just have that chance…

Join the Cause!! Donate to the charity fund and let’s all help
For your pledges on every kilometer, and every kilometer that we run – we contribute directly to the cancer aid fund, and hope to improve the lives of cancer patients as they try to win the battle against this deadly disease.

We are all on the Run, for their Lives… 🙂

The Run

100 kilometers is an intimidating and offensively long distance to be covered on foot. We don’t know if our runners can finish a 100km ultra-marathon, and so we want to find out. They will all be doing this for the 1st time. Running a long distance of 100 km may be completed in the span of 11-16 hours for a 1st-timer. It is no easy task. At a certain distance, exhaustion, pain or injury may set in making – even the iron-willed long-distance veteran runner to quit. Not many people can even finish a full marathon of 42 km, imagine a 100km distance.

Why are they doing it? Every runner has his or her story, some do it as an ultimate test of human endurance, others, simply want to take on the challenge. But these runners don’t just run because they think they’re strong – they run because of their love of the sport, and the feeling of freedom that comes with it… But the joy of running is doubled when you know it carries a meaning, when it has a purpose… This July – the runners will not be running with just their legs and muscles – they’ll do it with their heart, the heart to run as a passion, and the heart to care for someone.

The Cause

The team will be running to help Kythe in their medical assistance support and “Child Life Program” . Kythe is an NGO that caters to the psycho-social needs of pediatric patients, in government hospitals around the country. They set up this Child Life Program in various government hospitals and their volunteer-specialists conducts developmental, educational and therapeutic interventions for children (and their families) under stress.

Kythe runs various activities and programs for pediatric patients, from in-house playroom activities, and bedside activities like reading books to children, to out-of-hospital trips like visiting zoos, museums, etc; With available but limited funds, they also cater to the medical needs of some indigent patients. It is currently supporting ~9 affiliate government hospitals, and has supported and uplifted the lives of hundreds of patients and their families. More difficult than running a distance of 100km, their task is way over challenging given the number of patients in various hospitals to support, and a very limited resources and fund to support them.

With the ultra-marathon for a cause campaign – we hope to raise fund and directly support the Medical Assistance and Child Life Programs, and uplift the lives of this children. Let’s all support them, thru your pledges or donations!

(for more information on Kythe – visit

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