Friday, November 25, 2011

10 Miler for the Riyadh Road Runners

I had my 3rd run for the Riyadh Road Runners this morning at the ROC compound. It was a 10 mile run complete with uphill and downhill routes. Gun start was at 8:00 am and the weather was really cold that I had to run with my jacket on.

I conditioned myself that I will finish the run even if it means I will be the last to cross the finish line. Luckily there were others who finished behind me. 

I was able to manage to get myself lost in one of the streets. I turned right in one of the roads and ran straight ahead. When I noticed that there were no arrow signs on either side of the road, I re-routed from where I came and realized I missed the orange cone where I should have U-turned. By the time I came on the right track, 3 runners were able to run ahead of me, putting me way way behind the pack.

Anyways, I finished the run in 1 hour and 37 minutes (unofficial). A job well done for me given the fact that during the RunRio Trilogy Leg 3: Unilab Run United 2 (in the Philippines) I finished my 15 kilometer run at 1 hour and 44 minutes. 

The early finishers were clapping and cheering loudly for each runner who was able to cross the finish line. 

As usual, a hearty breakfast was our way of ending our running event! =) 

The Pinoy Runners!

Posing for the camera in between post-race stretching.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Running with the Riyadh Road Runners

It's my 9th month here in the kingdom and one of my goals (aside from my nursing job here) is to be able to continue to run races. The first few months I've been here, I searched for running communities or groups here in Riyadh where I could join and be able to continue with my running and lo! I have stumbled upon Riyadh Road Runners through the net.

Riyadh Road Runners is a non-profit club that is made up of both social and competitive runners that was formed 30 years ago. Expatriates in Riyadh that is in search of organized running activities are very much welcome to join. 

The Running season for 2011 kicked off last September and will end on April 2012 (Races are held every 2 weeks). Since the weather here is Dry Cold and Dry Hot, there are no running events organized during the summer season.

I have only been able to join 2 of their races since most of the time I have work, but I've come to enjoy running with the RRR members. And like most runners I've met in the road (in the Philippines, Singapore and here in Riyadh), people here are courteous and would even shout some word of encouragement as you run. And boy! They run like Kenyans too! Most of them are very fast runners and an average runner like me would always find myself behind the pack. Nevertheless, I would enjoy the runs and ends up wanting for more. The next run would be a 10 miler on November 25. I hope I could keep up with them!

For those who are interested to inquire regarding how to join the races of Riyadh Road Runners, e-mail them at:

Or visit their site at:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Today's one of those days I feel so down... there were series of small but unfortunate incidents that just get out of hand and made me feel like crap. I'm old enough to be a cry baby and to think that I'm at work when I did just that. It sooo ain't cool...

I'd say, I'd blame it on my hormones.... it's such a lame excuse but what the heck.

But nevertheless, the "show" must go on. There's still WORK  to do. There are still patients that needs to be taken care of... Their burden is much BIGGER than mine. Who am I to complain?

I'll just force myself to believe in this:

"What doesn't Kill You, Makes You Stronger"

And so I hope...