Violeta Quiliza is the club’s most competitive female runner. At the age of 46, she can easily beat other male runners with her best time of 48 minutes in 10K. She constantly won in his age group, even placed first during the 2006 Red Cross Fun Run. Misdiagnosed 5 years ago to have a small lump in her brain, she de-stressed herself through running. Upon knowing the misdiagnosis, she never quitted the sport. She eventually turned herself from recreational to competitive. Anyway, running was her first love during her early years in grade school. “Back then I ran from our house to the school with a hilly road,” she cheerfully said. She even recruited her husband, Arnold to also run for a healthier lifestyle. Now he runs everyday, more active compared to her three-day workout week due to demand of job in the office. The couple are often seen during local races in the Metro, and the friendly and relatively hilly course of Fort Bonifacio is their regular training ground.
Joseph C. Estrella, aka Jrunning is a husband and father of two boys. Friends call him Otep, others J. He is the newest addition to this group. He started running last May of 2008 with some push from us. He has always wanted to run and join races but he got to many reasons not to. But the effects of being overweight have gotten into him. Big tummy, getting tired easily, sometimes chest pains, to name a few, and he wanted to live longer. He told his wife, “I will try to run and have an exercise”. And she gladly supported him in his desire of having a good healthy body. And not only that, she is now running with him.
He started with a walk-jog program until his body had adapted to running. After a month of training, He finally got the courage of joining his very first official race and registered for the 5K event of the “Rush to Infinity Run 08” held at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City last June 29. He finished the race. And the rest is history……
Sheilah Mae thought running would not be able to squeeze on her busy schedule as a working mom with three teenage kids. Through the encouragement of her officemates, she started running sometime in 2002. But she never joined official races because she was afraid then that she would not make it to the finish line even in the kiddie 3K or the easy 5K. She will just run during athletics time in the office every Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 o’clock in the afternoon at the Philippine Army Grandstand. Back then, she cannot even finish a single round of the approximately 800-meter loop. Her first official race was the AFP-DND Gintong Pangarap Marathon on November of 2005. After one hour of finishing the 5K, she was challenged to improve her PR from every race that she joined.
Running became her outlet especially during stressful times at work and at home. She runs not to compete but because she loves doing it. Hope there are more running moms out there who would also find the many benefits of running. She believes in John Bingham who once said that, it is not the miracle of finishing the race, but the courage of starting it.
He’s one of the pioneers of running in our office. Long before the Running Club was established, Running Nuts is already active in this sport. Aside from the Milo Marathon, the GMA Kapuso Fun Run and the Takbo para sa Kalikasan are among the much-awaited races at that time. Capping his running career was joining the 2006 New Balance 25K Power race. This is one battle he never forgets. For him, it was literally a struggle for life. Asked if he wanted to join the 42K someday, “Let’s just leave this for the younger runners,” said the hefty 51 year old Running Nuts.
This lady runner of the club is very much eligible. During weekdays, she started her day by running inside the Fort Bonifacio grounds with her regular training buddy, Running Nuts. Though, they have no formal training program, these buddies can do back-to-back long runs, and don’t know the meaning of recovery runs. She just finished running the Adidas KOTR 10K in 1:20. Not bad for a busy woman like her. She’s eying to complete the half marathon soon… Guys should watch out of her, especially when she loss more baby fats…
Maybe it’s a good idea to feature our member-runners. Firstly, we are going to feature one of the club’s well-loved runners. What is special about him is his initiative when it comes to registration of races for the members. In his table, he had a separate folder exclusively devoted for running. You can ask him the schedule of upcoming races and he will never hesitate to give you one. He also acts as the club’s official photographer after races. At the age of 47 (actually he only looks like in his early 20’s), his running life is already a colorful one. He’s an on-and-off running addict who joins the 3K to half. He once tried the Philippine International Marathon for the Pasig River 42K last February 2007, but something wrong happened in the 25K mark. Like other beginner marathoners, he was not spared to hit “the wall”. Since then, he never tried to join distance running. He is happy joining shorter races like 5Ks and 10Ks. “Maybe next time, I’m going to try running the full marathon again,” said Tolits with his firm hope of completing it.