Saturday, May 4, 2013

How i found the runner in me

Found out about run.ph's facebook fan page and just so happens that they have this contest to share your running story and photo and win a 21k race kit and a team run.ph dri-fit shirt. While the chance to represent team run.ph sounds awesome as it might be my chance to possibly get to know other runners, the mechanics that the most number of "likes" photo will be deemed the winner is a bit off for me. (Visit www.facebook.com/run.ph)

Anyway, i like writing about my running as much as i like the actual running (although doing it in my iPhone now makes it a bit cumbersome and makes me want to stop) and thinking about it, yeah, i havent done my running story yet. So its fitting that i write about it now. Anyway even if i dont make it to win, i still get my fill in writing. So here goes.

I started running when i was given a free Condura race kit for 5k last 2012. Although i didnt get to run it as it was the morning after my dad's bday. I started running just to see if i can. Afterall, what can be hard in running? Of course my first run was a total disappointment. I couldnt run quite as i expected.

I'm the type of person who don't give up easily on what i want to do. I've done PSP, airsoft, photography and i pretty much excelled on those - i learned to hack my own PSP, got to be a gunsmith for airsoft guns, and became a beginner's trainor for photography in our company. So the logical step i made - I learned about running and even started blogging again.

Its a good thing there's lots of reading materials on running in the internet. There are so many runners who's very much willing to share their experience about traning plans, nutrition, gears and everything there is about running. So its really easy to trust the most common of those posts.

So while my first objective was to know about running and how i can manage to run a 5k in a consistent time (of which i did in the last Rexona run). I also got to absorb the discipline attached to running. The best so far among the many benefits is that i cut smoking and ate healthy foods. It really did come out easy to do those things as the benefits were easily seen. The improvement it made in my body was the best prize i ever got. So from running to see if i can do it, it turned to running as a part of my life to live healthy and hopefully longer to enjoy life with my family.

Of course as it is with life, there is a series of ups and downs. Nine months of running and i was already running 10k races and gearing toward training for the half marathon, i got injured. It seems i was hit with the common beginner's "aiming too much too soon" story. And so it was a setback of another 2 months before i was able to go back to training for that much anticipated HM. The key here is to never give up and just keep running.

As i mentioned about my blog (runnerinme.blogspot.com), i also got into blogging again as i got serious into running. I also mentioned that i'm really "alone" in this hobby, so my blog became my running buddy. Rants, training plans, running thoughts and all are in there. I didnt even publish it or even got to show it to anyone until after several months. As i was afraid that i wouldnt be able to sustain it. But i did publish it eventually. So the in-betweens in my running story can be found there. The title of the blog is about the runner in me and how it developed and continues to do so. While it seems that the blog is intended to talk about "me" - it doesn't. It talks about the runner - in me, in you, in all of us. I hope i could impart the readers something to bring out the runner in them too. As i want them to see and feel the beauty of running and the change that it brings to those who commit to do it. Its just this morning that I got to run my longest ever at 18k, and i dont plan on stopping anytime soon. And the collage i put here will continue to grow with it (special thanks to grupong pagong runners and kit elma for the photos).

That's my story. See you at the finish line guys! (Hopefully the Run United 2 would be my first HM) Race safe!

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