my-pace-avatar1Hi there! This is the site of Pinky Benitez- a Pediatrician, runner, and newbie-photographer. When she is off-duty, you can probably pace with her along Roxas-CCP-MOA or UP Acad oval routes. Camera comes in handy, whether she’s at work, while running or just hanging out with her friends. Read-on and witness her love and passion for kids, staying fit, and capturing milestones of her life.



With so many people taking running, many mistakes are being made by them because they are not receiving the gospel according the marathon clinic protocol. So in order to save them from themselves, here are the 10 commandments for new runners.


This should include a treadmill stress test if over the age 35 or if you have high blood pressure, smoke or have high cholesterol or family history of heart disease or diabetes. Also if you have symptoms of chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, unusual tiredness or shortness of breath.


They should have a heel thickness of at least ¾ inch. Thy shoes should be ½ to 1 sizelarger than your regular street shoes or thou shalt surely get black toenails.


Never, never run in a “jogging outfit” with long pants or thou shalt surely die from heat.


Or thou shalt have to run to the doctor for indigestion.


Not only before and after you run, but every chance you get during your run. It will keep thy soul cool but is even better for thy kidneys because it prevents dehydration.


Otherwise, always run like you walk with your heels down first.



If you can’t talk while running, thou shalt wear your lungs out. Always run at conversation pace.


In between each running day, observe a rest. Never run two days in a row for the first three months of running or the muscles will rebuke thee.


They can see it for themselves anyway. Always try to maintain humble in thy super state of health.

This piece of information was handed to me by a certain elite veteran runner known as “Tiger” of Davao City sometime in January 2009. I noticed them doing their daily training at 6am, and it was only on the second day when he slowed down and paced with me. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to seek tips from him so I used the pick-up line, “How long is this oval in km?”, and our conversation went on and on about how he used to run in the high school varsity and for the past years he regularly joins the Milo marathon leg. He even complimented how fast I run and that I can be faster if I lose more weight! Half-way through my cool-down routine he handed me this piece of paper that containing “The 10 Commandments of Running”. Browsing through it I gave him a sheepish smile when  I realized that I just broke rule number 3 because I was wearing, why of all days, my pair of jogging pants!

Note: These commandments were written a long time ago and I think some rules has been modified through time.

Running Quotes I Like

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

“Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, “I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.” It’s more then just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better then anyone else. It’s being creative.”

“Having a true faith is the most difficult thing in the world. Many will try to take it from you.”

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

“You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.”

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”

“Life’s battles don’t always go to the strongest or fastest man,
But sooner or later the man who wins is the fellow who thinks he can.”

“Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.”

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

“If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”

Something inside of me just said ‘Hey, wait a minute, I want to beat him,’ and I just took off.

You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.

What kind of crazy nut would spend two or three hours a day just running?
(This is how Steve reacted in Junior High when he saw the High School Cross country team running)

“A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.”

“A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy 2 miles. Not with me. If I loose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself.”

“Man imposes his own limitations, don’t set any”

-Anthony Bailey

“Human beings are made up of flesh and blood, and a miracle fiber called courage”

-George Patton

Vision without action is a daydream.  Action without vision is a nightmare.
-Japanese Proverb

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up.
It knows that it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle
when the sun comes up you’d better be running.

(But, unless you’re a runner, you won’t understand.)


Real athletes run others just play games

Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.
— T. Alan Armstrong

The greatest pleasure in life, is doing the things people say we cannot do.
— Walter Bagehot

My feeling is that any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy.
–John Bryant

Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste death but once.
–Julius Ceaser

The nine inches right here; set it straight and you can beat anybody in the world.
–Sebastian Coe
(as he said this Coe held his fingers up to his head)

The great thing about athletics is that it’s like poker, sometimes you know what’s in your hand and it may be a load of rubbish, but you’ve got to keep up the front.
–Sebastian Coe

Tomorrow is another day, and there will be another battle!
–Sebastian Coe
(a few minutes after a 2nd place finish in the 800m Olympic Games final in Moscow 1980,
he later won the 1500m , he had been favored to win the 800m)

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
— Confucius

All it takes is all you got.
–Marc Davis

Run like hell and get the agony over with.
–Clarence DeMar

The five S’s of sports training are: Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill and Spirit;
but the greatest of these is Spirit.
–Ken Doherty

The only tactics I admire are do-or-die
–Herb Elliott

Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
–William Faulkner

You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.

Ability is what you are capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
–Lou Holtz

It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it.
–Brooks Johnson

If you run 100 miles a week, you can eat anything you want — Why? Because
(a) you’ll burn all the calories you consume,
(b) you deserve it, and
(c) you’ll be injured soon and back on a restricted diet anyway.
–Don Kardong

Other people may not have high expectations of me, but I have high expectations for myself.
— Shannon Miller

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
— Will Rogers

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
–Theodore Roosevelt

You can fight without ever winning,
but never ever, win without a fight.
–Rush (the Band)

I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards.
— Alberto Salazar

“The thing about Pre is that he ran as hard as he could every race, and if you were going to beat him, you were going to have to run harder than he did.”

–Bob Kennedy

“When you are a up-and-coming runner in the U.S., and making some breakthroughs in distances, Pre is still the man that you are compared to. It’s always based on Pre.”

–Bob Kennedy

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.
-Lowell Thomas

Good judgement is the result of experience, experience is the result of bad judgment.
–Mark Twain

Stadiums are for spectators.  We runners have nature and that is much better.
–Juha Vaatainen

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
–Booker T. Washington

Running is real and relatively simple…but it ain’t easy.
–Mark Will-Weber

Once you’re beat mentally, you might as well not even go to the starting line.
–Todd Williams

“The will to win is worthless, without the will to prepare.”

“Cross Country: No half times, no time outs, no substitutions. It must be the only true sport”

“Running is a mental sport…and we’re all insane!”

Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder.

“If you want to win a race, you have to go a little berserk.”

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars

– Les Brown

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you want to make God laugh, just try and make plans for the future.

– Ron Litzler

The true test of a man’s character is what he does when he knows he won’t get caught.


Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

-Thomas Jefferson
“No one ever drowned in sweat.”

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”

-Dan Gable

“To win without risk is to triumph without glory.”

-Pierre Cornielle

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.”

“”Only think of two things – the report of the pistol and the tape. When you hear one, run like hell until you break the other.”

-Sam Mussabini

“It’s rude to count people as you pass them. Out loud.”

-Adidas ad

“Cross Country – Finally a practical use for golf courses.”

“Some people don’t have the guts for distance racing. The polite term for them is sprinters.”

“Cross Country philosophy…the faster you run the faster you’re done.”

“Pain is only temporary,
Pride is forever,
Pain passes with time and Time passes,
therefore Pain is just a strain on the Brain without Refrain,
and that’s why Cross Country runners are Insane.”

-t shirt

“Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant.”

-Dr. George Sheehan

Sunshine is delicious,

Rain is refreshing,

Wind braces us up,

Snow is exhilarating,
There’s really no such thing as bad weather,
Only different kinds of good weather.”

Pre-QC International Marathon

A week from now, i will be joining thousands of runners from all over the world in the 1st QC International Marathon. I’m having mixed emotions as the day itself nears because I am not mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically prepared for it.  For one, i lack proper training- for the past weeks I run when I want to or during my “jogging” dates in Marikina Sports Plaza with my one and only running buddy these days, Karen (Fresco). Since there has been flood within that area brought by typhoon “Ondoy”, we stopped running together. I opted to run a week later in U.P. Diliman, but everything that followed were “lonely” runs. This morning, I failed to wake up early (again) to run. I panicked not only because I was not able to have my planned LSD,  but also because my QCIM race kit seemed to be missing. So with 7 days left on my calendar, as I am writing this, I really am anxious and I don’t know what to do.

Maybe, I thought, thinking about the race ahead, doing something related to running, blogging would psyche me up. This is why I have this entry today.

Think about running. Think, think, think.

I think I want to run in U.P Diliman later.

I think on the QCIM race I will wear the singlet.

I think another CLP (carbo-loading party) is something good to look forward.

I think I will enjoy and finish the race. It will be PR. Afterall, this will be my first half marathon.

That’s the spirit. Go docpnx!


I am a runner. I am my own competition.


I started running 7 months ago. I run 3-4x a week. My personal best time (or the fastest run I finished) is 25:35 in a 5km race; my longest run is 17.5km in Tagaytay City; and my total mileage reached around 350-400km. I can run non-stop for at least 1:30:00. As of today, I already joined 14 official races (10 5kms and 4 10kms) from which I collected 2 Golds, 2 Silvers, 1 Bronze, and 2 Runner-ups.

I am a runner. I am not perfect.


I got tired of my running routine. The runner’s high was starting to fade. I lost the enthusiasm of getting up early for a run. My legs and feet were hurting which became an easy excuse from not regularly running like I used to. Hence, my weekly mileage has declined and my performance was not at its best. To top it all, I stopped my running log/blog even before I got the hang of it.

I am a runner. Running is fun.


Probably it was my old running shoes (Nike) causing the occasional injuries. I was wearing the wrong shoes for my foot type (forefoot strike), that I learned from Hector of Secondwind Running Store. What he recommends is a Mizuno Wave Elixir. You can say that it was a “love at first fit”. This pair is indeed my “solemate”. Buying a new pair of running shoes motivated me to run more and keep a running log this time. The best part is, I love running again.

I am a runner. In a race, there’s always a plan A and a plan B.


My short-term goals are: 1) to increase my mileage by 5-10% per week; 2) to do core exercise training for better performance; 3) to keep a running log (tlp- the little pinkbook); 4) to bring home more podium finishes :D; 5) to support charity runs especially for the sick, kids, etc; 6) to join LSDs (long slow distance run), CLPs (carbo-loading party) and running clinics; and 7) to share the love of running with my family and friends (special mention to 😀

My big dream, like any runner out there, is to finish a full marathon (42km).

I am a runner. I will be running for life.

Note: This is an excerpt from the little pinkbook (tlp) dated May 30, 2009

Skirt+Shorts = Skorts

I’m a girly girl. When it comes to running attire, I love to wear what offers the utmost comfort and, being the kikay that I am, as chic as possible.  Way back, I was hesitant to wear cycling or short shorts; jogging pants was a big no-no and casual shorts was not an option. Until late last year (2008), my running life (or wardrobe emergency for that matter) was resuscitated and amazingly saved. In a cover of the Runner’s World Magazine (thanks to db), I saw this runner, a woman, clad in skorts. Yes ladies, you heard it right! A skorts is a cycling shorts underneath with skirt on top (see the picture below). Ohh my, a new era in running world has begun when us, girls, can conquer the road equally as the boys with added gracefullness to our own credit.


pats and me sporting the new look: speedy, sexy, cool

Ever since I got this kikay-find(from Nike BHS) I never stopped wearing it- from my easy/recovery runs to the official races (where I had the chance to show them off up in a podium). Sure practicality is a must, but the skorts is comfort-and-fashion combo, what else could I ask for? I was not at all prepared to unravel it’s extra worth, that is, boosting my confidence, when I was speeding up on a race that I was able to overtake a group of boys. And I could only tell from their panting when I passed by them that they realized I was a girl…in skorts, who just left them 100m behind. Well, as this girl crosses the finish (with or without a new PR or medal), that girl-power skorts, without a doubt, completes the finish look. So ladies, gear up and  run a la mode in your own 5-, 10-, or 21-KM runway.

Confessions of a Running Addict

hi everyone! i’m pinky (docpnx). i am a running addict… i’m one of the running MDs. I started running on a treadmill for hours until i got bored so i began running in the “real” running world. I used to run along roxas blvd to CCP then eventually reaching MOA before i was finally conviced to join an official race. It was the New Balance power race that “devirginized” my 5K runs which, with the first timer’s luck, i ended up bagging the 2nd place! Indeed the firsts are the ones that you won’t forget. Since then I really got hooked. As the saying goes, “Once you pop, you can’t stop”. What’s keeping me euphoric are my 4 podium finishes (including the RUNew and Docfit runs) and 1 win for age category among the eight 5K races i joined. I never thought I’d be able to run longer distances. But getting out of my comfort zone was the next logical step, so i began to increase my mileage. To date i had 10K races on my running log and still counting… I have to go back to my daydreaming about half marathons for now. See you around.

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