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Snapshots Thursday: JourneyingJames meets Eduardo Buenavista

You can call it luck. I call it divine appointment!
I just trained with the fastest Filipino runner. (yeah! \m/ astig!) 
Well, I run the 400m track once while he did 2 loops. He is so blazin’ fast that I cannot capture him with my low-tech digital camera. I have to approach his coach and politely ask for a picture.
Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista stands 5ft. tall but runs super super fast. I am just amazed on how this GenSan-born athlete gracefully cuts into the air as he complete one loop after another. He is literally flying with perfect strides and effortless running form. What I did was just to stare and try to keep at his pace. Ok, delete that ‘try to keep at his pace’ thing ‘coz I really can’t; or maybe in the near future.

I am doing my “speed training” while he do his ‘regular’ training run. I must say that his cool down jog is still faster than my intervals. Look at my tired face while he is all smiles.

Google his name and you will be further amazed at his feats (Vertek’s PR):
3K- 8:17.14 min. (Manila 26 05 2002)
5K- 13:58.43 min. (Busan 10 10 2002)
10K- 29:02.36 min. (Busan 07 10 2002)
Half Marathon- 1:02:58 hrs. (Manila 06 07 2008)
Marathon- 2:18:44 hrs. (Oita 01 02 2004)
3K (SC)- 8:40.77 min. (Kuala Lumpur 12 09 2001)

He also holds the Milo Marathon Course record with the time of 2:18:53.

Watching him run is pure motivation to train harder, smarter and more consistently.

Oh, btw, he will not join the Milo Marathon this July 4 as he sets his eyes on ______________________. That would be kept as a secret for now.

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  1. MinnieRunner
    June 24th, 2010 at 02:29 | #1

    Wow, he is sooooooooo fast James! Gusto ko rin siya ma-meet, alongside with Bolt!

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  2. Maan
    June 24th, 2010 at 03:02 | #2

    "holy cow" is all i could say. can i just say, i'm so jealous!!!

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  3. Kenley
    June 24th, 2010 at 05:20 | #3

    That is absolutely amazing James. How awesome to train on the same track with an elite huh? Some day, you will be there too, as I see your progression. Just take care of your systems. Great times too as well for Eduardo Buenavista! I did google him to see the times. Wow, astonishing. I suppose now, you are super hyped up to go run fast huh? Well take care and thank you so much for sharing. God Bless. Use your wings God gave you brother and fly!

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  4. journeyingjames
    June 24th, 2010 at 06:42 | #4

    @Madz: Bolt, you're next! haha! terrenzo is coming to town, ironman

    @maan: see i told you. ok lang yan, you were with Kenyans and team powerpuff during this time.

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  5. journeyingjames
    June 24th, 2010 at 06:44 | #5

    not only juts an elite, but an Olympian at best. HYPED, i am!!! you are an elite in your own right too sir

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  6. jazzrunner
    June 24th, 2010 at 07:28 | #6

    The poster says it all, James! Nice post!:-)

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  7. journeyingjames
    June 24th, 2010 at 09:56 | #7

    thanks sir rene! you're photo picks are inspirations too!

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  8. RunningAtom
    June 24th, 2010 at 16:12 | #8

    Wooaahhh…. masilayan ko lang ung mga training ng mga Elite, masaya na'ko, pano pa kaya pag may letrato tulad mo? :D

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  9. dong ho
    June 26th, 2010 at 10:28 | #9

    the small but powerful guy himself. whoa!

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  10. Anonymous
    June 30th, 2010 at 08:47 | #10

    galing nman!!!! nkakahawa daw bilis n "vertek"…

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  11. journeyingjames
    June 30th, 2010 at 08:57 | #11

    makikita mo nmn sya sa baguio kapag akyat mo alfred.

    anonymous- sana nga. we will see sa milo if i get a new PR. thanks for the comment!

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  12. Jennybave Bergonia-dela Cruz
    December 13th, 2010 at 08:40 | #12

    Amazing man!!! he won yesterday!!! Milo Marathon Finals!!! super bilis…=)

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    journeyingjames Reply:

    indeed! sarap nya makasabay sa training, its like he is flying while you are dragging your feet.haha

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