aNR UP Group X’mas Party

So the guys were serious..they wanted to party! It was a spur of the moment decision for most to get to a place to unwind and celebrate the Christmas season after our running session at UP last Tuesday. Eat, drink and sing were the order of the night! We had been running together since October and its almost Christmas so what a better way to bond and have a nice get-together than… well (besides running) to party!

So we went to this place called Spazzio along Maginhawa Street (yes, the street Second Wind Running Store made famous) in Teachers Village, Quezon City. The open Veranda ovelooking the street is situated, of all places..on top of a bank! There’s a side garage entrance where you climb up its stairs and you’re immediately welcomed by a special ambiance that’s ideal for light dinners, a few bottles of beer or if you want to stretch your vocal chords a bit, a sing-along room in the inner quarter that will suit you just fine.

I got to know many of the runners personally, who i’m just familiar with from seeing their faces during our running sessions and its really a revelation for me that not only are they good runners but they can actually sing! 

Aside from the singing though, these group of runners were really revved up on the upcoming 5th Sunday run next January and this early, we are now preparing our roster for the 5k race events, the individual as well as the relays. Our representatives includes several sub-25min 5k runners, both male and female which will give other aNR groups some stiff competition.

I’m really looking forward to this event and give our group a chance to run, inter-act and compete with the other groups as well. In the meantime, cheers to all and may you all have a wonderful Christmas!


Outside the Spazzio

Enjoying some beers

We were in a bar, not a resort!

aNR UP Angels?

The guys' turn

While waiting for orders

We all had the place to ourselves

Why do professional fotogs take pictures like this?

Where is Noel?

Our sub-25mins 5k female runners from the UP Group! Watch out!

Carbo-loading for January 30?

Glo with her rendition of "Killing Me Softly"

Biggest Loser Contest / Party

Firstly, congratulations to all contestants of the recently concluded 1st Biggest (Weight) Loser Challenge last Friday. Frankly, i was really in awe and at the same time envious when these participants showed their new body figures. Most were very lean and bubbly while some looked gaunt, like drug addicts trying to break from the habit:-).

However, this contest did inspire everyone–that no matter the sacrifice and self control these runners had to endure and with very little time given to lose those excess weight, all came out winners, each a victor who would reverse our doubts that nothing in this world is impossible. Most importantly, these gallant warriors have reminded us of that simple saying, “if there’s a will, there’s a way!”

I hope everyone who made the effort to lose those excess poundage will persevere to maintain (or lose more) on those new-found figures. Special mention goes to Marga who i had rooted for since the very start. Seeing her weight before, you couldn’t imagine that she’d be able to shrink a vein even if she was running regularly. But now, the transformation has been palpable. More than 18 lbs has dissolved in a matter of 41 days and with continuous healthy dieting and exercise, she could become the new sex-bomb! I said, “could!” Go girl!

Congratulations to Brian, our eventual winner who lost a whooping 34 lbs! Ditto to Allan who came in a very close second only losing to Brian by 1 percentage point!

Here’s hoping too that the 2nd BLC will be launched soon. Also, i wish the organizers would reduce (pun intended) the joining fee of P1,000.00 which i find too hefty, to maybe, P300-400 per entrant so more will be encouraged to join. I would have wanted to join this contest myself as i have ballooned to 180 lbs as of now, but like a newly bought pair of jeans, my physique has already plateaued and “pre-shrunked” so not much will be lost if ever i diet and continue with my running.

By the way, the Christmas party was a sizzler, probably the biggest get together yet for the runners. Decent food, raffle prizes, (i won 2 gift certificates from Starbucks, thanks to Dyule), rousing fun games and the Milo give-away singlets, none of which fit my size, for crying out loud!

Here’s to a blessed Christmas season and continuous good health for the New Year ahead!

Happy running and reading to all!

(Thanks to Pio & Leandro for some of the pics!)

Group pic last night. Biggest gathering of members i had attended so far!

Brian, last Oct.30, 2009 at 200 lbs.

After a month and 11 days, Brian (L) last night at 166lbs. At right is second place biggest loser, Allan

Posing before dinner

With the good guys

Trying out my high tech, top of the line "SLR"

The cast!

Girl Power!

With Tim's group

Lining up for dinner

Rushing to pose

Thanks for the Milo caps