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We Run We Care We Share

Posted by on 20. November 2017

We Run We Care We Share is an intimate run for a cause spearheaded by Reyes Tacandong & Co Foundation Inc.  For me, it was a chance to meet up and run with former mentors and colleagues in the audit profession. 

We Run We Share We Care

FAA Babies

FAA Babies

We lived on a routine of meeting tough deadlines while servicing several audit clients.  We’d spent hours and at times even days at the office chasing deadlines.  Behind the chase are the people you get to share a laugh, a rant, and the tale of the sleepless nights.  That’s the life of an auditor and that’s the foundation of who I am today.  The core group of Reyes Tacandong & Co were my mentors and colleagues who I shared those sleepless work nights while sharpening my skills in the world of audit.  That was years ago and we’d have our different success story to tell but being with them at the run brought back all the memories of my times spent in the field of audit.

When I got the message from Ms. Carol, whose been among my favorite managers then partner, that RT & Co was doing a run, I couldn’t pass up the chance to share my passion with my former mentors and colleagues plus McKinley West and Bayani Road area is among my favorite routes because of the rolling elevation.  Arlyn, whose been my seatmate and among my closest friends in audit was also joining so I asked her to switch to 10K and promised to pace her til she finished.

With Ms Carol

I ditched the car on race day and just took the cab knowing that there are limited parking slots at McKinley West. It was good that I had an Amihan Go Lite Belt as I was able to fit my phone, my money, my home keys and an extra shirt in the belt.  I arrived around 30 minutes before the start of the race and it was an intimate crowd.  I could count the faces of the regular runners I see but I did see a lot of faces I used to work with back in audit.  Arlyn, Paul and Joseph came a few minutes before gun start so Paul would be pacing with Joseph while I’ll be pacing Arlyn on her first ever run.

At gunstart, we joined the crowd eager to run at the start of the race but since Arlyn had to retie her shoes twice  at the first 300 meters, we ended up at the back of the pack.   Since this is Arlyn’s first ever run and I did want her to finish the race, we started slow but we  run on the descents.  From the back, we slowly passed some runners.  I would encourage Arlyn to run faster on the descent and once we are approaching each water station.  The first part of Bayani Road was a net descent so there were a lot of opportunities to run.

With Joseph, Arlyn, Cocoy Tacandong, Paul and Ms Carol.

With Joseph, Arlyn, Cocoy Tacandong, Paul and Ms Carol.

We went at conversation pace and a few runs just letting Arlyn to go at a pace she was comfortable.  After all, she was just supposed to do a 5K run but I let her shift to 10K run.  I would tell her some ways to pace herself or how to approach a climb.  I would tell her to run and until we reach several light post or the water station.  The key was to keep her moving and also keep her mind occupied of not giving up on the race.

We’d hit the 4K mark at the C5 u-turn and I told her it’s mostly uphill from here.  We then shifted to running on flats and walking on the climbs.  I did run the long climb in Bayani Road and just waited for her on the top of the climb since I couldn’t resist the climb.  Whenever we’d see someone slowing down in front of us, I’d encourage her to run so we can move forward.  Then we were back on the Lawton Area for the last two kilometers of the race.

Boybas Unite

Boybas Unite

We took the route in Lawton and Arlyn was struggling a bit but she endured a went on to finish her first ever 10K run.  More than seeing her finish her run, it was nice catching up with her as due to our busy schedules, we haven’t really been able to keep in touch for a long time.  We caught up with our former colleagues after the race before having breakfast and calling it a day.

10K Mission Accomplished.

10K Mission Accomplished.

19 Responses to We Run We Care We Share

  1. Alli Rutherford Smith

    What a great way to meet up with workmates from the past! I’m impressed that it was Arlyn’s first 10K race and she finished with you beside her and coaching her all the way. It’s true that some friendships are forever.

  2. Lisa

    What a great idea to combine coworkers and charity. I love that you do runs for a cause.

  3. Sarah Bailey

    What a fantastic sounding run, I love the idea behind it of running, sharing and caring that is a big thing.

  4. Everyday Made Fresh

    What a great 10K. I have a friend who travels to Disney for all of their runs. I just haven’t ever been able to get into it like she has.

  5. jenny at dapperhouse (@dapperhouse)

    WOW! Arlyyn is brave to do a 10K on her first race! You are so kind to stick with her and help her finish.

  6. Farrah Less G.

    Running is one of my fitspiration, and to run for a cause is always fun thing to do. Not much of this kind of event in our area but if there is I always go.

  7. Our Family World

    Catching up with old friends is such a nice experience and you guys did something more than just getting together! That’s awesome. I love how you encouraged and motivated your friend to finish the race.

  8. Amber

    You guys did an amazing job. I’m not sure if I could do this. I tend to just donate to charities instead of running for them. I’m lazy that way 😉

  9. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    Oh that looks like a fun race! It’s great you were able to participate in another race! My husband has been really into running lately. He would love to do a 10K.

  10. natalielovesbeauty

    Wow what a great accomplishment! You must be so proud of completing this run for a good cause!

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