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NYC Marathon Week: At the Expo

Claiming Our Race Kits:

It was Nov. 4, Thursday, the first of three days for race pack redemption.  We set off to Javits Convention Center in the morning eager to lay claim to our race pack and our loot.  There was a fiesta atmosphere and the place was packed.  With the convention center full of eager runners, you’d think we’ll take some time to finish.  The redemption was so efficient we didn’t even have to queue.  We were done in 15 minutes tops from race kit claiming, to D-tag check to claiming of goodie bags. It was an organized chaos.  You can see excited faces and hear excited voices in different languages.  The world sure is converging and preparing to run in New York!

Runners of different cultures and nationalities aptly welcomed. Maybe someday, we'll see "Mabuhay!" there. 😉

A huge crowd gathered on the first day of race pack redemption. The runners were a happy bunch!

Happy I didn't have to line-up for my race bib. 🙂

Jun claiming his race bib.

Our entry passes to the marathon finally claimed!

NOW, TIME FOR SOME SERIOUS MARATHON GEAR SHOOOOPPING!

Posed below the Marathon Store entrance while waiting for Jun only to find out later he was already inside! I guess you know who's more excited to shop here.

So many choices... so little funds! haha How I wish I could take them all home!

The one that first caught my eye won me over!

JUST A COUPLE OF MORE THINGS THAT CAUGHT MY EYE…

Would love to wear something like this someday. Maybe on our 25th, hon?

AND WE SAW FRIENDS HAVING FUN AT THE EXPO, TOO…

The Sole Mates with Dra. Lora, a TBR Dream mistah who's into her 3rd marathon.

Our NYC mara journal wouldn't be complete without good friend Jay Nacino who jump-started this dream.

me, JC Manas, Jun, J Cu Unjieng and Ting Joson

With training buddies, Miguel & Jaymie Pizarro (The Bull Runner) with their kids Nia & Anton and TBR Dream mistahs Deo & Mayda Custodio.

It was such a fun day.  Our eyes feasted on a lot of running gears and paraphernalia.  It was 2pm when we finally realized we were hungry.  So, it was time our lips feasted on some good ol’ American burgers!  On to our favorite NYC burger joint — Five Guys!

Next:  Our NYC Marathon experience.

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NYC Marathon Week: Running with Ryan Hall and Bart Yasso

Our first few days in New York were packed with sight-seeing, shopping and spending happy moments with my family. I nearly forgot that we should have an easy run to get our muscles working and get the feel of running in a cold day. So the pink sole and I went out on cold 5ºc windy day and ran 6k around Northvale. It was exciting to run in a new route in very cold weather. But I know my day will get even more exciting.

Dressed in 2XU compression tights, 3 layers top (tank , long-sleeved dry-fit shirt and a jacket) with a cap over a thick beanie, gloves and my pink and gray lunar glides, we set out for a quick 6k run — a dress rehearsal.  The first kilometer was a BRRRRR (HAHAHA).  I was cold to death.  I wanted to run faster so I can already heat up but my legs felt cold and stiff.  We reached Northvale Park and ran rounds.  I tuned in to what I was feeling the whole run mindful of how I will adjust my gear at race day.  My face felt very cold and my eyes hurt and became watery because of the wind.  I never wore shades while running but noted I might have to this time.  After 3 kms, I felt hot enough to open my jacket wide and  removed my beanie.  The breeze would still make my ears very cold when I was just wearing my cap.   One thing that felt cold the whole time was my lower back and my thighs.  I don’t know why but I definite took note of that.  My coughs and colds seemed to be tamed at that point.  While my nose wanted to out-pace my running, my coughs didn’t give me any problems at all.  It was when we got home and stopped running that the coughs came and boy, how they did!  I swear I was coughing incessantly in the bathroom for around 15 minutes.  Jun and my sister got concerned and would knock to check if i was okay.  Even I got a little scared at one point as my eyes were already all watered and red and the coughs wouldn’t stop.  Huh, those 15minutes were a lot more tiring than our 50-minute run.

test run in Northvale 3 days before marathon day

The test run was a success!  It made me throw all my gear out the window EXCEPT of course my fave Nike Lunar Glides and jacket. HAHAHA  Gotta go back to Nike Town!  Yey!!!

Running with Ryan Hall and Bart Yasso

We went to the city after lunch and went around 5th avenue before proceeding to my next short run that day. I had the privilege of running with Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall and running legend Bart Yasso at the Run by Foot Locker Store. I submitted my entry a day after arriving in NY and got accepted the next day. Isn’t that amazing?

So by 5:30pm, I went to 34th E 14th street where RUN by footlocker shop is located. Mariel opted not to join me and do more shopping instead, hah! As soon as I arrive in the store, I registered and got a beautiful running tee from Footlocker, another long sleeve shirt from Nissan, a Runner’s World and Marathon Magazine. Few minutes after, Ryan Hall and Bart Yasso arrived, the organizer discussed the run and the route. And so, 30+ plus runners went off for an easy 5 mile run. Of course our easy is like walking for Ryan and Bart. Running while chatting with each runner and of course taking pictures with them. It was such an amazing experience. After the run, all of us got to have our magazines signed and of course the experience wouldn’t be complete without our pictures taken with Ryan Hall and Bart Yasso.

With the privileged few. I think I was the only Filipino there!

Hoping to get some energy for the marathon from the two if I stayed close. 🙂

Mr. Yasso, I only did 6x800 during my training. Do you think that will be enough for me to finish on Sunday? 🙂

With Olympic Marathoner Ryan Hall

With the legendary Bart Yasso

So much excitement for one day.  The next day brings more…

Next:  Claiming our Race Kits at the Expo

Special Assignment

Two Saturdays ago, we were part of something that’s special to the Sole Mates — the soft launch of our church’s running ministry, RUN924. A talk on the basics of running  by Coach Rio dela Cruz  aptly titled ” Running 101 with Coach Rio” was presented with special participation of Beth Siojo who also introduced trail running basics.

It was a busy month prior to the event. As soon as Coach Rio pegged a date, we started work —  reserving a venue, gathering the core group,  planning details of the event, promoting it and doing all the nitty-gritty details one needs to do for an event like this.

We had an overwhelming number  of registrants on just the first week of promoting it such that we felt our current venue will not be able to hold the over 300 registered.  We just shot a video ad (a cool one if i may say with all actors wearing a Coach Rio do) which we did not show anymore for fear of registrants further ballooning to a number our venue cannot accommodate.  We treated it as a happy problem.  We prayed about the venue and continued working on getting CCF’s main theater to accommodate everybody.  Meantime, we stopped all promotions but on-line registration kept adding-up. Finally, we were able to secure the bigger venue just a few days before the event. Phew, just in time!

Then typhoon Basyang arrived and made its presence really felt.  Work got stunted due to brown-outs.  The team couldn’t email presentation files we had to consolidate.  We prayed… we worked … and we prayed.  We thank God everything turned-out A-okay!

We were blessed with a good turn-out, good venue, good weather and most of all a good number of additional volunteers. Yey!!!

Special thanks to Coach Rio and ultramarathoner, Beth Siojo who graciously shared their time, experience and expertise! God bless you both!

Our take on this assignment:  God only requires a willing heart.  He will provide the ability, resources and the time so we can do the work He has planned for us to accomplish.

Praying that we be faithful stewards of this work He has entrusted us… What a great privilege to serve…


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