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Journey to the finish line

Septermber 2007 - This is my journey to the finish line.  I have never ran a marathon, although I was a member of the Track team while in college (De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, class 1980).  Back then it was dream just run in one of the US marathons, like the Boston or NY marathon.  Now that I have been living in the US for many years, I took it for granted. Next year I will be 50 years (young).  I could go buy my Harley Davidson, if my wife will let me, or get me a Rolex or go on a cruise.  Instead, I have decided to run the Chicago Marathon, and this is my journey. April 2008 - That was how I wrote my blog overview in September 2007 and after five months, my journey took a sudden detour.  In March 2008, I was diagnosed with colon cancer.  My doctors tell me it is not a 'death sentence' (it seems that phrase is common lingo among doctors and cancer patients), but nonetheless a serious disease. I temporarily hanged my still-to-be baptized NIKE Pegasus running shoes to concentrate on this new challenge.  It is a setback but I will be back.  On with the journey....

May 2009 - As you can see I am back to running.  Logging distance between me and my cancer.  In March, I had a colonoscopy and it was good.  Since my last chemotherapy in October 2008, I go back to the hospital every six-week for my tumor count and checkup.  I still have a port-a-cath in my right chest (just in case my cancer comes back) but so far I have completed two memorable races.  I am getting there one step at a time, one mile marker at a time.  Thanks for your support.

Help make a stand against cancer.  Support Stand Up to Cancer    http://www.standup2cancer.org/ 2008 Goals Bank of America 10K Shamrock Shuffle March 2008 - got sick, did not start, but got a shirt Bank of America Chicago Marathon - still recovering, watched on TV 2009 Goals Bank of America 10K Shamrock Shuffle - March 29 (DONE!) CARA Lakefront 10 Miler - April 25 (DONE!) Magellan Half Marathon - May 17 (Did not start - due to injury) Rock N Rock Chicago Half-Marathon - August 2 (DONE!) Bank of America Chicago Marathon - October 11 (DONE!) Support me or cheer for me! I am a Charity Runner for the American Cancer Society http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?px=10708728&fr_id=19126&pg=personal

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Moving forward

Moving forward November 7, 2009 It has been almost a month since my last post here and many thing have happened.  It has been difficult for me to add to this blog after completing the marathon.  I had completed my journey, what is left to do is close th...

The finish (2 of 2)

The finish (2 of 2) October 13, 2009  .....So Nessie and I go past the starting line.  While these 4 guys concentrate on keeping their alignment, I take in the sights and sounds.  There were spectators everywhere, on the streets, on the bridge, just eve...

The finish (1 of 2)

The finish (1 of 2) October 12, 2009  (NOTE:  This is a two-part post.  I normally limit my post so it will not be a lengthy read and to focus on one message only.)  The clock read 2:20 am Sunday, October 11.  I had set the alarm for 4:00 am but I am al...

I did it....

I did it.... October 11, 2009 .....I finished the 2009 Chicago Marathon in 5:43:07.  I ache all over including those in my fingers (joke).  I have many things to tell but just very tired for now.  It was very emotional for me to cross that finish line. ...

Charity Runner Dinner

Charity Runner Dinner October 10, 2009 I just go to write something about dinner last night.  American Cancer Society hosted a dinner party for all its Charity Runners.  I went with my wife at The Westin Hotel downtown Chicago.  The event was a wonderfu...

Almost at the starting line

Almost at the starting line October 9, 2009  It is down to 1 day, 17 hours, 4 minutes, and a couple of seconds.  No much going on.  I am really sticking to the tapering program for the marathon.  Tuesday, I did 3 miles and then yoga (I added this).  Wed...

A good weekend

A good weekend. October 4, 2009  6 days, 8 hours, 39 minute, and a couple of seconds.  That's the count down time to the marathon next Sunday.  So, I woke up this Sunday morning going through the routine of preparing for the marathon.  Woke up 5 am, sin...

Graduation day remembered

Graduation day remembered September 30, 2009  We have our own ways to mark milestones or any significant event.  There are mile markers for runners (or kilometer for the rest of the world), birthdays, anniversaries, etc.  We remember them because they d...

My personal pacer

My personal pacer September 28, 2009  Yesterday, Sunday, I was so privileged to have my own personal pacer, DanielleP.  She is one of the marathon junkies I wrote about, and is one of the group leaders for the 12 minute pace group.  She normally leads w...

I got my bib number....#30865

I got my bib number....#30865 September 24, 2009  It's on, baby.  I got my official Chicago Marathon confirmation ticket in the mail.  I am bib # 30865.  It is definitely on.  I suppose I should not complain that I am assigned in the open corral and not...

Ready to taper

Ready to taper September 21, 2009  Man...oh, man.  20 mile run is done.  Whew!  I am ready and stoked.   My day started at 4:30 am with roller foam exercises.  It seems to me that this has been my best friend.  (I even bring it with me when I travel.  I...

Ready to run.... 20 miles or ...

Ready to run.... 20 miles or bust September 19, 2009  I could not believe I am about to run 20 miles tomorrow.  I have never ran this far.  Looking back, I remember taking that first step two years ago September 2007.  My journey started in Endicott, NY...

Spirit of the Marathon

Spirit of the Marathon September 15, 2009  I just watch this video that was sent by a member of my running group.  It is about the journeys of people running the Chicago Marathon.  It profiled my city, the lakefront, and gives you a sense of perspective...

Good karma or faith

Good karma or faith. September 10, 2009  I am Endicott, NY this week for work and having dinner at PS Restaurant by myself.  While waiting on my spinach salad, I reflected on this week's events.  I found a running trail (Rail Trail) near the hotel but m...

No pain no gain.

No pain no gain. September 5, 2009  ....it gives new meaning to the saying when you really feel the pain.  I am sure many of you have heard this said before and perhaps gone through such pain.  Pain from running different from chemo pains or headaches. ...

18 mile attempt

18 mile attempt September 4, 2009  Tomorrow's group run is 18 miles.  Another first for me.  I would have been looking forward to it except I hesitate because of my right ITB problem.  Since I had a disappointing run last weekend, I decided to see a doc...

East meets West

East meets West August 30, 2009  I did not do good in yesterday's group run.  We were scheduled to do 12 miles, I only managed 9 mile due to IT band problem.  I did not want to do further damage to it with 5 weeks to go to the Chicago marathon.  I am go...

16 miles and counting

16 miles and counting August 24, 2009  After doing 16 miles yesterday, I feel good.  I hurt but I feel good putting in a good run.  My right knee still bothered me and it would shoot up to my hip.  What helped me get through was Advil before and after t...

15 miles or bust.

15 miles or bust. August 16, 2009  If at first you don't succeed try again.  Yesterday was my group run and we were supposed to do 15 miles.  Never run 15 miles, so what is an extra 2 mile to add since I have already done a half-marathon.  I learned it ...

After rocking, rolling on...

After rocking, rolling on... August 9, 2009  Well, I am still reliving in my mind the half-marathon last week.  I was sore when I traveled for work Monday to Atlanta but energized.  Thank you for all the congratulations.  Doing the math, if I finished 2...

Rock N Roll Chicago Half Mara...

Rock N Roll Chicago Half Marathon. August 2, 2009  Did anybody notice the half marathon medal in my web page?  Whew!  That was hard work but I got it.  Well, what can I say.  That is one monkey off my back.....or at least half a monkey.  I could not be...

New York revisted

New York revisted July 30, 2009  The big apple.  Empire state.  City that never sleeps.  You all have heard the references about NYC.  I have been to this city many times and use to live in it too, thus the familiarity.  It is also home to the company I...

I have no excuse

I have no excuse July 25, 2009  I know I have been negligent in updating my blog but I have been keeping up with the adventures of others like Skye completing Harris, Hola back from holiday, or Muff really training hard.  As for myself, the easy excuse ...

Running with the pack

Running with the pack July 4, 2009   It is the 4th of July holiday here.  Lots of fireworks and barbequing, or just plain chilling out with friends and family at the lakefront.  You barbeque hotdogs, steaks, corn, and especially ribs.  It is also my gro...