Great Things Start From Small Beginnings

Sep 19, 2011 by

Some of the runners for Milo Marathon were there not really to run but to do paduding. “Paduding” is a Hiligaynon word that means “to flirt, to trifle, to commit an act of coquetry and tease.” It must have something to do with the slang dude, which of course means a male fellow; the object of paduding. Not to discount of course, that paduding can also be committed by the male of species to attract another.

I made a life-changing sacrifice of not going out last Saturday evening to run for this year’s Milo Marathon in the 5k category. I’m taking baby steps in my unprecedented career as a runner, starting off with that hilarious 3k run I participated in for the UPV Foundation. I dragged my friend Moniq in this self-testing-endeavor which apparently, we finished with flying colors. I completed my race in 33 minutes (or less, I think) and Moniq ended her run in 35 minutes. Amazing, isn’t it? We’re talking about two embudo drinkers who did not do any training nor glugged up some weird Goo. We just ran and we did not stop.

Now my issue is not really about my success as a finisher. My issue is about those who kind of messed up the purpose of the Marathon (or was it half-marathon?):

1. Girls who arrived at 5 AM in heavy make up. Must be a make-up test for water-proof cosmetics?

2. Teenagers who came in hordes and were too eager to pose at every freaking corner so they could tag themselves on facebook afterwards.

3. Yuppies who came in hordes and were too eager to pose at every freaking corner so they could tag themselves on facebook afterwards.

4. Guys who wore DoctorDre headphones. What the hell?!

5. Moms, Dads, and their children, all walking hand-in-hand in the middle of the road blocking the rest from behind. Go to the freaking mall, Von Trappe people!

On the lighter note, Iloilo City has the biggest number of registration outside Manila for this year’s Milo Marathon, pegging it at 12,000 runners or more. It’s great that our city is embracing the wellness paradigm through marathons, and I look forward to joining more of these in the coming months. Minus the irritants I just mentioned above.

Last year's Milo Marathon at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand

This year, the finish line was at the Iloilo Sports Complex. Very nice set-up! In the photo are the 21k runners (who are both Ironmen finishers 2011), Gus Banusing and Kevin Piamonte.

5 Comments

  1. maita

    tawa ko sa “von trappe” people!!!LOL i just love reading all your blogs bob!

    • bobby

      Hahaha!!! Thank you N Maita! Heard so many good news about you from Moniq! So happy that you’re super enjoying the breeze of blessings out there! =)

  2. Lili Vallejo

    Hi Bobby! I’m glad somebody understands! i completely agree with the things you enumerated. I labeled them “nuisance runners” by the way, in analogy to campaign nuisance candidates. You should’ve seen the high school girls in front of us wearing dangling earrings and even bringing their “hello kitty” purses with them. Good grief! It was like a zoo in front of us, what with all the shrieking hyenas in heavy makeup. It seemed a bit unfair for those like us who spent weeks at the sports complex, training so we can have a good run and a good time. The horror! It was a good thing, though, seeing Iloilo up on its feet. Thanks for this post.;)

  3. Lili Vallejo

    Hi Bobby! I’m glad somebody understands! i completely agree with the things you enumerated. I labeled them “nuisance runners” by the way, in analogy to campaign nuisance candidates. You should’ve seen the high school girls in front of us wearing dangling earrings and even bringing their “hello kitty” purses with them. Good grief! It was like a zoo in front of us, what with all the shrieking hyenas in heavy makeup. It seemed a bit unfair for those like us who spent weeks at the sports complex, training so we can have a good run and a good time. The horror! It was a good thing, though, seeing Iloilo up on its feet. Thanks for this post.:)

    • bobby

      Thanks for dropping by, Lili! Yeah, I kind of got annoyed by those nuisance runners, but after the race, I thought it was fine because the run would benefit the less fortunate (shoes to be given away by Milo!)… So they had to accommodate as many runners (and non-runners, as we have seen hahaha) to get good registration profit. Hehehe! Will I be seeing you at the Run United (by Unilab) on Oct 2?

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