I have stopped blogging about my runs and races in 2014, but I did not stop running. In those three years of online journal hiatus, I did many more ultramarathons and marathons, I became a member of Paksit Running of Paksit Photos, experienced a taste of the podium (once in a blue moon), and I also finally joined races outside of Cebu, specifically in Manila, Bohol, and Iloilo.
I have also found other training playgrounds aside from the oval in Abellana Sports Center, Willie’s and Ayala Heights in Busay, and the so-called Three Bridges. The new happy places include Cebu Business Park in Ayala, Camp Lapu Lapu in Lahug, and Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu. I have met new road friends, too.
Basically, those three years were as vibrant and as storyful as before. This year, I want to start online journaling my races again, and this is my attempt to become as consistent as the younger Warat Runner.
Cebu City Marathon, 42KM
Kyoto International Marathon, 42KM
I got this slot through the lottery, which means this race was really meant for me. Imagine this, out of 65,948 lottery entries from around the world, I was among the 16,000 runners who made it to this year’s prestigious Kyoto International Marathon. It’s truly a DREAM COME TRUE! Glory to Daddy God and to the Universe! I’m going to publish a special race story and vlog about it soon.
Runrio Trilogy, 21KM
Trail Chix, Run for Brian, 12KM
It’s a run for a cause organized by Paksit Photos and Three of Me to help raise funds for one of our teammates, Brian. It’s a very colorful all-chix run and the ladies surely had a great time gracing the trail.
Runrio Trilogy, 32KM
The only reason I signed up for this trilogy race – these siblings. We bully each other on the road and that’s how we are able to finish strong.
All-Women Ultramarathon, 50KM
Another surprisingly awesome 50KM finish! I cried because I couldn’t believe I finished this race faster than my previous ones. Fine, I really cry every after an ultra! It’s actually bliss!
Convergys Family Run, 5KM
My sister, Nova, signed me up on this one! I was among the first 50 finishers who received a limited edition medal. Happy to represent my sister’s Team Microsoft!
Run for ERUF, 12KM
Hunat Sugbu | Dagan Para ni Maning, 21KM
Iron Girls, 5KM
There is always more to start and finish line photos that makes every run worth immortalizing. I have witnessed how these girls have prepared for this run. The commitment and passion they have demonstrated during our training are truly admirable. They remind me of the many reasons why I love running.
Some of you might say, “it’s just a 5KM,” but for me and for these girls, this fun run is meaningful. To say that I am proud of them is an understatement. Fate brought us together to Make Moments, and those (sometimes rainy) nights we spent running and training together definitely brought us even closer.
Congratulations, Gbby and Ms. Grace for conquering your FIRST. Refinyaj and I are more than happy to welcome you to our crazier, happier world. See you again on the road, certified #Irongirls!!!
Runrio Trilogy, 42KM
When I started running eight years ago, I only wanted to run for a cause. Crossing the Finish line back then means supporting the organizations behind my advocacy while challenging and improving myself, as well.
Finishing a run now means running for and with the people I love, empowering myself to brace my life’s storms, and fulfilling my soul’s purpose to inspire others to conquer, too.
I did another 42KM marathon last weekend, and while it reminded me so much about how arduous life really is, it also reminded me that I’m tougher just the same. 😉
Congratulations to everyone whose #hearttofinish pushed them to finish stronger and happier than ever, to the unsung heroes of the road who made sure runners can have a fun and safe run, to the organizers and sponsors who made the event possible, and to my Team Bang, Team FM, and Paksit Photos siblings who continue to inspire the Warat Runner in me to keep running. Omedetto gozaimasu!!! ❤
Bohol International Marathon, 21KM
Finishing a run, no matter the distance, always feels good but finishing a run with and for the people you care for always feels best.
It took us forever to decide to do this destination run. We had trilogy runs to prepare for prior to this that everything related with the BIM had to be arranged on the last minute.
Our squad came to Bohol with only one goal – to help make Jay and Ms. Grace’s dreams come true…and we’re glad We Made It!
Team BANG x Team FM proudly congratulate our new official Marathoner, Jay san, and Half-Marathoner, Ms. Grace. A shout out to Den for her new personal record, and to the bulliest of us all, Niz, for her Pau.
A shout out to Coach Paul James, Yshy, Precious, and Ter from my Paksit family for gracing the podium and for finishing the race! Always a proud sister here. ♡
A shout out to my best best-friend-in-the-whole-wide-world, too, for rescuing me again even if my SOS was sooo last minute. Hahaha. I definitely share today’s little victory with you. ♡
Congratulations to all the Bohol International Marathon finishers. Eat well, rest well, and recover! See you again on the road!
Run Isko Iska 2018, 16KM
I will keep on updating this entry. I’m also eyeing the following races I haven’t registered yet – Halong Bay International Marathon, and UP Cebu Run.
42nd Milo Marathon, Cebu Leg
Running is an individual sport but running with a group makes a difference to an individual. There is an incredible sense of community when you are part of a running team and when you run with your teammates. You get your own pacer and cheerleader, too.
When my Paksit Photos teammate, Marie, showed up and told me she’ll run with me to the Finish Line, I forgot about my upset stomach and I was reminded, too, of my goal to beat my previous personal record. I made it and I couldn’t have done it without her push. Thank you, Marie!
Team FM x Team BANG. Everytime I remember how we started as Team FM, I can’t help but laugh out loud. It’s amazing how daunting memos have paved way for a fellowship of Mother Earth’s stewards. It’s amazing how running for a cause has brought us all closer. ♡♡♡ Congratulations, Paksit Photos sibs, Team FM and Team BANG!
Xoxo and keep running,