real & virtual running buddies

been a drama queen the past days and perhaps you guys are getting upset already. but hey! my weekend MNL holiday did me well and renewed the happy spirit in me :-)

at the early break of dawn, my dad, my youngest sibling and i were already prepping for our early run.

it’s only 5am but the newly developed colinas verdes gate in bulacan, was already half-filled with cars parked notoriousl by other excited joggers!

was too excited to run again! been ages! my first 10mins was like, “wow! this is what i’m missing!”. was jogging in pace with dad, chit chatting with him, telling him how i miss home, how i miss them, thei company..and realising i miss running.

few more minutes, running gets sweeter and sweeter and sweeter as the peeping sun and the morning breeze made their presence known to me.

with the rolling scape of the jogging track, it was a surprise i didn’t feel any pain on my left knee. the run was sooo smooth i hardly got tired. we finished 2 hours later without even noticing how long we’ve been jogging.

sun’s already beaming to my face and gently reminding us that time’s up, we have to head home for the sunday service.

whilst walking back to the car, dad said, “kailan uli uwi mo? pagbalik mo jogging uli tayo ng ganito.” awwww!

then i answered, “oo nga dad eh, sarap noh? ulitin natin to.”

so till my next MNL break, i shall wait :-)


seems that e-rod hear about my plea to bring back VR, and just few days ago, received an invite to revive the thrill of running with a virtual buddy.

i’ve been missing my running buddies but because of my crazy work schedule (and that being all over), a VR alone can make me run once more with a company.

This is how it works:

Runners separated by geography do a training run “together” wherever they may be in the world. We set a distance (more or less) and meet at a specific time, so 6:00 am Manila time makes it 6:00pm US East Coast a day before.

DATE: 30 July 2008, Wednesday (Manila time)
TIME: 6:00 A.M. (Manila time)
DISTANCE: 10 km/6 miles (or whatever you wish)

The following are past participants and most of them have already committed to joining us. After the training session, each participant writes a quick recap of the session so that each of us benefits from this collective effort. If you don’t have a blog, fret not, just comment on one of our blogs about your experience.

  1. E-rod – Newport Beach, USA/Freeport, Bahamas
  2. HitMe – Quezon City, Philippines
  3. Banggi – Makati, Philippines/Saigon, Viet Nam
  4. Ben – Manila to Makati, Philippines
  5. Renz – Metro Manila, Philippines
  6. Marga – Parañaque, Philippines
  7. Caloy – Davao, Philippines
  8. TRF – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  9. Gretchen – Truckee, USA
  10. Rick – San Francisco, USA
  11. Nora – Kent County, UK
  12. Steph – San Diego/New York, USA
  13. TBR – Paranaque, Philippines

So what are you waiting for? Lace up those shoes and come join us.  Comment on this post with your city/country to let us know you want in.

*If you have an injury that keeps you from running, participate by cycling, swimming, blading or anything that involves self-propelled constant motion.

* i’ll research now for a good running path here in sai gon! wooohooo!


8 Responses to “real & virtual running buddies”

  1. 2 Sadji 29 July, 2008 at 2:14 pm


    I’ve known your site thru Howie’s and since then I became a frequent reader of your blog. I’m here in Abu Dhabi UAE (GMT+4)with my wife and 2 kids.

    Now my target is to run 5 Km but I think it will take me years to do it. I’m not the athletic type but I tried at least once a week to go on jogging (most of the time walk), and sometimes my wife accompany me on weekend morning to jog/walk on our way to fish/vegetable market.

    Anyway, I want to be in. Maybe this time I will be forced to jump out of bed.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. 3 lonerunner 29 July, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    can we start a Virtual inuman session after this? Marga! paging Marga! Margaaaa! heheh

  3. 4 banggigay 30 July, 2008 at 12:14 am

    eric! i still am up looking for some fantastic jogging track in the city. arrrg!…but let’s just see how it would go tomorrow!

    sadji, hello! welcome to my crib. be forwarned though that my site is no way near Sir HS site’s depth in content. i post mostly ramblings and rants unlike his that are of national concern. anyway, yeah of course! you are welcome, i’d add you in the list! :-) so someone is running from abu dhabi eh? :-) woohooo!

  4. 5 banggigay 30 July, 2008 at 12:26 am

    pssst! lonerunner that means then revealing ur oh-so-secret identity eh? but hey! i don’t drink like margaloo does, i’m in no way in your league. hahahah!

  5. 6 margaloo 30 July, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    did i hear my name??? hahahaha!

    sorry alcohol abstinence muna until o3! booyeah!

  6. 7 chaia 1 August, 2008 at 10:26 am


    Isali mo ako!
    bad timing lang i was in Melbourne :) ill put it on my blog :D haha sorry we are on the flip-side of the world sooo when is the next run? next week ? :)

  1. 1 Reviving the Virtual Runs « A One-Live Cat’s Life Trackback on 1 August, 2008 at 10:55 am

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