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Let It Rain: The Rock and Run Experience

The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands…. – Deuteronomy 28:12 (NIV)

I prayed to God for the rain to stop. But God has a different plan. He wanted to show that he is sovereign in all things. He made the rain pour heavily into the streets of Fort Bonifacio for more than an hour. As usual, the Rock and Run event pushed through with no delay. There were no live bands that played along the route as  publicized previously, no concert afterwards (maybe there’s one but I left the event after I finished); but I can say that the event was one of my most memorable run so far.

Wet look after running in the rain for almost an hour
with my brother Meldrin

I joined the Rock and Run event yesterday (June 19th) in Fort Bonifacio for one major reason; it won’t be held on a Sunday morning unlike majority of the racing event out there. For me, Sunday morning will always be best spent in my local church in Bulacan. Before the race, we went to Fitness First to change clothes. When we are about to go to the starting line at around 5:25 PM, heavy rain started to pour. I looked at the dark clouds and I felt like it will never stop just in time for the gun shot at 6PM. My running buddy Aileen decided not to risk her health and went back inside the gym to just run in a treadmill. I initially hesitated but my adventurous nature still convinced me to give it a try. This would be another experience that I will definitely cherish and I’ll just worry about the aftermath of possibly getting a cold or a flu.

Starting line before the rain

While still raining heavily, the 10K race started at around 6:05PM. The band tried to play but I think they have to turn off the sound system for safety reason so they just improvised using drum rolls to keep the excitement going. The participants (including me) started shouting while running. We heard thunders but the noise coming from the runners was loud enough to keep us going. After around 10 minutes, you can only hear the constant rain drops. There was no more shouting. I guess it started to sink in that we are running wet all through out with heavy wet shoes and clothes. I was afraid that I won’t finish the race. There were some flooded areas that made the route even more difficult. Worst, I was  forced to look down while running because my face and eyes cannot bear the heavy rain. Knowing that it’s a bad move to look down while running (we always have a tendency when we get tired), I looked up and told myself “let it rain, let it rain”. To my amazement, the rain gave me renewed strength. I started to run faster than ever, since I started racing last February. I finished the race in 54 minutes and 40 seconds. Thank God! I never went below 1 hour in a 10K run. This was my best finish so far after a 1:01 clock time last April in the Mizuno run. Congratulations as well to my brother Meldrin for finishing in the 5K category.

Literally, this event is indeed a wet and wild experience. While the race is fondly called “Rock and Run” because they are supposed to feature live band performances from the stage and along the route, it turned out to be “Rain and Run”. Thanks to the organizers for still pushing through. I know they hesitated as well because they didn’t expect the sudden change in the weather but I want to give a big KUDOS to them for still letting us experience running while raining. I did not hear any complaints about misleading signs, incorrect turns etc. I will definitely not criticize them for not having the “Rock” atmosphere because it is no longer important that night. Congratulations to all, with brave souls, finished their respective events (3k, 5K, 10K). For those who chose not to continue (I saw several people who decided to stay in the gym or just joined the spectators), you have made a good choice for not risking your health but you missed all the fun! Even though I failed to bring my iPod touch (I always play music while running), the song in my heart motivated me to give my 100% strength. God made it rain for a specific reason, so I said in response “let it rain, let it rain!”.

More pictures in my Flickr page here.

Watch the You Tube video of Michael W. Smith’s song entitled “Let It Rain”.

CCAP Fun Run Night – Mall of Asia Complex

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will RUN and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)

After 2 consecutive trail runs outside Manila, I went back to road running last night (May 23, 2010) courtesy of CCAP (Contact Center Association of the Philippines) in Mall of Asia Complex. This race is another unforgettable experience because it’s my first time…..

  • To join a race at night. Just imagine that you don’t need to worry about the heat of the sun.
  • To race in Mall of Asia complex (near my office). I have run in Mall of Asia (MOA) for practice but this is the first time I joined an official event here. I think MOA is now running 2nd to Fort Bonifacio as the favorite venue for fun run in the Metro.
  • To be with a lot of office mates. It’s a good thing that the event was dubbed as the Call Center Fun Run night. We had our own registration in the office. More than 10 TeleTech employees from my account joined (Asher, Arnold, Jane, Ice, Arjay, Richard, Raymond, Oscar etc.).
  • To run with fever and headache. I woke up early Sunday morning feeling sick. Thank God I made it to the finish line.
  • Not to miss a church service in Sunday morning. I felt guilty that for my past races, I have to skip our church service in Bulacan. This time, I went to church in the morning and then run at night. Put God first!

It’s a good thing that CCAP organized a fun run for call center/BPO employees. Despite the graveyard shift, this is a venue to promote healthy living and fit body. The organizer said that they will hold the event every year. Given that it’s the first run organized by CCAP, here’s my review of the race pending the results that will be posted in this blog soon.

  1. The gun shot for 10K is supposed to start at 9:20Pm but it started 40 minutes late. When we arrived there at 9PM for the assembly, we saw a lot of participants still lined up in the booth to claim their race kit and singlets. It’s a good thing that they asked Fitness First representatives to hold a warm-up dance/stretching session and I think most of us enjoyed it.
  2. I don’t have a sports watch that can accurately measure distance but judging from my past races, I really don’t think that the route is just 10 kilometers. I believe it is somewhere between 11K and 12K. Last week, I joined the Men’s Health Trail Run in Nuvali, Laguna and I clocked 1:08 after passing through several rivers and traversing a difficult trail. For the same distance but this time running on a concrete road, I clocked 1:09. Something is not right.
  3. Given that it’s Sunday night in the première entertainment mall of the country, we had some delays because of passing vehicles. They tried to block some roads but the traffic is just too heavy to prevent all vehicles from cutting through our routes.
  4. Given a lot of BPO/Call center companies in Manila, I think that the event was not successfully promoted. The number of participants was less than I expected. In fact, the event was only posted in only several days before the run.

Enough of the negative sides; I still want to give a big KUDOS to CCAP for coming up with this event. The winners section also had a separate group for call center employees and guest/élite runners to give a chance for amateur runners like us. I did not win a medal but my running buddy Aileen Canos won 3rd place in the 10K female category. This is her 2nd medal after finishing 7th place in the TNF 100 run in Baguio. I went more than a minute ahead of her so that’s my consolation. 🙂

with Aileen and her 3rd place medal
with Aimee, Raymond, myself, Aileen, Asher and Arnold

Check out the complete set of pictures in my Flickr page here.

The night did not end after the race. We still went to a bar in Makati with Aileen, Xian and Kaye to celebrate Aileen’s victory. I don’t know what happened but although feeling tired, my headache was gone. Isaiah 40:31 is indeed a verse to remember last night. He said that those who trusts in Him will renew their strength. We can run and not grow weary. We can walk and not faint. Let’s hold on to God’s promise and continue to enjoy his blessing of a physically and spiritually fit and healthy body.

Below is a famous praise and worship song in our church by Don Moen. The song is entitled “Like Eagles”. Watch the YouTube video and lyrics here:

Men’s Health All Terrain Race 2010 – Nuvali, Sta. Rosa Laguna

The result of my 2nd trail run is out. Check out the link below for the race results. I ranked 59th out of 266 runners in the 10K division with official finish time of 1:06:05. The event was held last Sunday, May 16. I think I’m enjoying trail run better than the races in the city.

Fast Forward to the near future - Aileen, myself and my brother Meldrin!

Run for His Glory!

I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. – Psalm 119:32 (NIV)

This is my first post in this personal blog. I initially thought of using my full name as the title of the blog but I chose to name it “Run for His Glory” to let everyone know what I’m passionate about. I started a passion for running February of this year and I have  joined 4 races ever since. I would like to share my interests, hobbies and experiences in this site while highlighting my lifetime goal and that is to run (spiritually) for God’s glory. In the places I’ve seen so far whether it be a leisure travel, mountain hike or cave exploration; I would like to highlight how majestic are God’s creations. In the races I have joined so far, I would like to point out that to achieve a goal, you have to finish the race. And that is exactly what Christian life is all about. We should never give up our faith despite what’s happening around us.  We run the race to win, knowing that the prize is eternal life in heaven. Only one life it
will soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last!