DocFit: Takbo Para sa Puso, 1 Mar. 2009

I also signed up for DocFit race when I registered for the 15k event of RUNew at the Nike Store in Bonifacio High Street. I decided to since I missed running DocFit last year and most of my fellow runners raved about it.

The Night Before the Race

Once again, a classic excuse, I didn’t get enough sleep. I was invited by Joey Ayala to witness Balagtasan, also known as literary joust, a National Commission for Culture and the Arts-Bagong Lumad Production documentary, capturing the timeless beauty of balagtasan in spite the birth of rap. Tribo Rap, Radio Sago, invited performers from UP, and Joey Ayala wowed the audience by their prowess in balagtasan. My role was to just come in flamboyant Filipiniana. It was a surprise for me, indeed, to have had a five-minute fame by dancing with the famous musical artist, Joey Ayala, while he was delivering his piece. Cecil, a fellow Happy Feet, together with her sister, came to watch the show.

Race Day

I arrived at the UP Film Center ground (Quezon City), venue of the race, with enough time to deposit my stuff at the baggage area and do warm-up exercises. Saw not too many familiar faces of my running friends since most of them joined the Botak race at the Fort. Well, except for Coach John who started his warm-up exercises already for the 5k event. Most of the runners, I noticed, were from the “elite” group. Meaning, record holders and fast ones, too!

My aim was to, at least, have a sub-hour time for 10k. However, I changed my aim the night before the race, from sub-hour to just finish the race with a good time.

It was a fast start for me but again, I reminded myself, to take it easy. I will not bore you, dear readers, with the details. For me, this run (I considered) was a good time, beating my UP Great Run PR of 1:02.36 (2007) by 14 seconds. And, I was happy with that.

After collecting my free goodies (oh, yeah, they were plenty of it!), I saw, finally, some pretty well known faces that of Run Unlimited and family, Prometheus Cometh, and Raymund. I didn’t stay long though for I had to go to San Fernando, Pampanga after the race. My heartfelt thanks to Run Unlimited for the photos and Prometheus Cometh for the ride. I went home with this in mind, “sub-hour 10k, you are just around the corner and intend to reach you!”

Run Unlimited, Prometheus Cometh, yours truly, and Raymund

A Well Organized Race

Race started on time, visible race distance markers, availability of “not smelly” portalets, race marshals knew their tasks, no hassles at the start/finish chute, strategically placed water stations, a systematic distribution of giveaways, plenty of freebies, the sound system and the emcee of the event were pleasing to the ears, and la la la. To top it off, race results were posted within the day.

DocFit: Takbo Para sa Puso was a race with 5k and 10k running events with categories for medical doctors and non-MDs. RunRio was the organizer.

6 thoughts on “DocFit: Takbo Para sa Puso, 1 Mar. 2009

  1. \”sub-hour 10k, you are just around the corner and intend to reach you!\”You\’re on the right track, keep on going. Just like in singing, practice makes perfect. I believe you can do it in no time.Great to see you in docfit, see you at the condura.


  2. You are the second person who told me that. I could have nailed that sub-hour during DocFit race but I was afraid I might be pushing myself too hard considering that I have a mild scoliosis. This condition is what really hindering me to go full blast. I think I just need to get a clearance from my doc first. Thanks though for the vote of confidence.


  3. Is there anything you CAN\’T do? you run well, you sing well and now you dance too? i could hardly reach my toes!Now, the revealing part. so all along, you have been controlling from pushing yourself too hard because of mild scoliosis. Partida pa pala sa amin yun! What if the doctor gives you clearance to go full blast? hmmp…Sige, don\’t forget to wink nalang, ok?:-)


  4. Hahaha! Jazzrunner you are one hell of a funny person! Thank you, kind Sir! I run for the sake of keeping myself fit. Running fast and improving PRs are just bonuses. I sing but I tell you I used to be out of tune. My elder sister was the one who encouraged me to sing. Since then I do free concerts in the bathroom! 🙂 Yeah, I do dance. I can dance hip hop, a little bit of ballroom dancing like cha-cha and boogie … I play the piano (just a little) and I play the guitar, too. But the one thing that I have never done was joining singing contest. For me, it\’s enough to just sing once in a while. I just know a little bit of that and this. Yeah, mild scoliosis is what stopping me to run really fast as I was advised a long time ago not to do high impact sports. But look at me now? Into running! 🙂


  5. Wow! Congrats Roselle! Muntik ng sub-hour! Konting-konti na lang, Roselle! I\’m sure you\’re gonna get it next time. But do get clearance from your doctor OK?Why did you go to San Fernando, Pampanga if I may ask? Good luck in the Condura. So sad I cant be there. I miss running races already.


  6. Hi, Ms. Nora! Still the happy golden girl? 🙂 Why can\’t you join Condura? Still in the south? Ever heard of PAASCU? Went to Pampanga to visit a school scheduled to have their accreditation. I was part of a survey team that reviewed its programs and curricular offerings. My area is Instructional Media Center, also known as the ever classic \”library\”. :)See you here soon and take care!


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