Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ding, ang bato!

Background.  When young Narda witnessed a falling star late one night and went to investigate where it landed, she found a strange little stone with the word Darna written on it. Hearing others approaching, she popped it in her mouth and in a moment of impetuousness, swallowed it. Instantly she was overtaken by a sensation of travelling through space, and collapsed.

She was found by her guardian who took her home and put her to bed. Later she asked Narda what had happened, and the young girl recounted the story of her find. But when she said the word that had been inscribed on the stone, she was instantly transformed in a flash of lightning into a tall Amazonian woman, a mighty warrior from planet Marte

"Ding, ang bato!".  Was uttered by our very own Vilma Santos during her stint as Darna in 1973 (Lipad, Darna, Lipad). Hailed by as one of the Top 50 lines from Pinoy Movies. You'd usually hear it from Pinoys especially when being asked to do a daunting task. Expecting that once the stone has been swallowed and shouted "Darna!" that one will get some mystical powers and will be able to do the job with ease

Before things gets confusing, this is a blog about running and not about Pinoy Komiks. So you are in the right website and was not redirected to somewhere else. And no, we are not going to talk about how Darna originated from a character named Varga.  Or who is the better between Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera that's because the best one for me is the first actress who played the role - Rosa del Rosario (Darna, 1951)

The Low Slow Distance Run.  I've said before that Run United 3 2011 is just around the corner and because of that I needed to rack up my mileage in order to prepare my legs and lungs to cover 32 kilometers. Though I don't have any plans on running it on race pace, and I highly doubt I can, I want to simply cross the finish line with a big smile and not thrashed. Since I only signed up for 5km at Adobo run, I have to cover at least 22 kilometers just to meet my quota for the day

I arrived at 530PM at Aseana City and with no time to spare, immediately started to hit the road. Based on my estimate, I should be able to complete my long run in 2 hours and 34 minutes. That is, if I am consistently covering one kilometer every 7 minutes (about 11 minutes per mile). With my gunstart scheduled at 820PM, I only have 6 minutes as leeway

My route isn't exactly new to me since I've traversed it several times during RunRio events. But I was in for a big surprise. Didn't realized that it would be dangerous taking this path at night. I was at the mercy of both private and public vehicles when I was in Diosdado Macapagal. There's no sidewalk to run on because public utility vehicles converted it into a parking space. Then there were sections of the route that didn't have enough working light posts like the one in M Jalandoni Street

"Ding, ang bato!".  Now here comes the clincher, since it was dark, for obvious reasons, I was having a hard time spotting and avoiding those small stones scattered on the road. Running on a pair with only 2mm protection isn't exactly enjoyable especially when you kept on stepping on those little critters. Aseana City was no exception. Since the place is being developed there were lots of stones laying around. I even stepped on one while I was sprinting my way back to the finish line. That was a bit painful

It's All Good.  Despite all the hurdles I have to overcome, I had fun at Adobo Run After Dark and was able to cover a total of 27 kms that night. I was extremely tired and didn't stay long for the fanfare. Based from that data, I estimate that I'll be able to finish 32 kilometers (Afroman Distance) in 4 hours. Not bad, in my opinion.  For now, I will relish my 5km finishers medal

Because of this entry, I think I already have a good idea which Pinoy Komiks character I will portray on the next Adobo Run. Nope, not Darna. Maybe, Ding

(darna info & image credits:,,


RunningAtom said...

haha... naaliw na ako sa pagbabasa ng first few paragraphs mo about Darna, napunta naman sa running ung topic! More Darna history please, enough with running! LOL!

Next Adobo Run, tara sali tayo, ikaw si Ding, ako magda-Darna =p

Daves said...

ahahaha! cge ba! magbibitbit ako ng malaking bato :P

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