Monday, June 29, 2009

to give and not to count the cost

it was my first time to volunteer at the botak 100K aid station set up by takbo.ph & sponsored by sir amado's company (reinier pacific international shipping, inc). to be more honest, it wasn't really in my plans to join and be part of the support group there. it just so happened that certain events led to things that led me to being part of the crew.

we've had meetings about these, ung sa support mismo, daming nagpunta etc, pero when the actual thing was getting nearer, parang nagtaka ako why it seemed like, those people i was expecting to be there were "not there". nung una kasi ang dating for me is pwede shang gawing mala-outing kasi puro tropa ung kasama sa aid station eh, so its gonna be fun din diba ;) sa start, it was ganon. ang thought ko was, its gonna be fun! :) another mala-outing, pero may kasamang work, pero bottomline eh, fun sha :)

so there everything was "going according to plan" until nung saturday morning when i was gathering up the peeps for the grocery. medyo nagkagulu-gulo ung sked so the peeps who were initially going to be with me when we do the grocery were either, not going, or going to be late, or worse, not going to be there AT all. in the midst of all these hullabaloo. naiinis ako shempre kasi ung mga iniexpect kong andun wala eh so i texted a friend and told her na un nga, nafrufrustrate lang ako with what's happening, na parang, oh bakit wala sila,etc. after the usual "ranting session" ko with her via text (kasi alam ko busy din naman sha) i just continued with what has to be done (kahit na sa loob ko eh medyo bad trip na ako nun). pero keri lang. kailangan eh. at this point nawala ung thought na VOLUNTEER ako, na kahit anong mangyari eh dapat nandoon ako kahit wala sila.

eventually naman naayos na rin ung mga gamit para volunteers and sa runners (please see pictures here)

in the midst of all these whirlwind of events,napagkasya ko ang 3 happening in one day, grocery, ung despedida ni lauren, at ung actual manning ng booth. ang hirap mag organize ng tao, plus ako kasi ung tipong gusto ko things would go according to plan, pero at one point eh, narealize ko na, hassle naman if i let this rule my life diba, ung tipong i have to learn to adapt. (alam ko naman eh, ayaw ko lang hahaha).

in the midst of the pagod and all, parang at the start ako eh sige gawa lang kasi nag volunteer ka eh so gawin mo yan. kahit na at times parang ung iba eh kiber lang sa mga dapat gawin, work lang ng work. bahala na si batman if ma recognize ka man o hindi, basta deep inside eh, alam mong ginawa mo ung pinangako mong gagawin AND ung hindi ka mag rereklamo about what you are doing despite of all the hardships and hassleness you might encounter during.

the aid station gig showed me a different side of races which i usually don't think of or appreciate even. its harder pala to wait for the runners as compared to be the ones running na rin. hirap sha kasi, hindi mo alam at what point and time sila darating, lalo na for this type of race na 100K. shempre you have to able to provide additional energy man lang sa mga runners who pass by, and tipong hindi ka mag rereklamo with what you do as a volunteer, moreso when the runners are there.

humbling experience din sha kasi to provide whatever need the runners and their personal support crew would need, parang its time to give back na diba :) ang saya rin ng feeling when the runners express their gratitude with the support they get from us. not necessarily from those we know, but most specially dun sa mga hindi mo kilala na naka appreciate sa ginagawa mo.

sa mga pinagsilbihan ko kanina sa botak, salamat sa opportunity to be of service :)
sa mga kasama kong nag serve kanina, salamat sa company and pleasure to be of service to the runners

sa mga susunod, tandaan na to give and not to count the cost. pag may magpasalamat, ngiti. pag wala, ngiti sabay tanong ano pang pwede ibigay :)


may sense pa ba? hehehe :) basta thanks :)

hanggang sa susunod na karera.

APIR!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

no more training wheels

this morning, i had my first ever official 15K race at the mizuno infinity run :) never din i imagine that i would be able to finish a race almost on target with my intended finish time. my first ever attempt also at doing long runs without pacers. AND i was timing myself also while running, first time ko ata to see myself reaching 5K mark na sub 30, (i was at 28 something when i checked my timer), although i wasn't able to check na sa 10K mark, pero i was actually amazed at myself at today's race.

i wasn't really expecting to finish that strong pero i do believe i did.

for the past few long distance races, i'd always relied on my pacers to help me with the race (docE sa 21k botak, bongZ sa slimmerun 16(15)K, at sa 21(18)K botak). para akong batang nag bibike na may training wheels, hindi pa sure kung kaya na mag isang umandar at mag balance while moving forward. always relying on the training wheels whenever may sablay, may sasalo agad. na when i fail i can always go back and ask my pacers on how to approach the race, if pwede mag fast na, or mag slow man for a while. pero kaninang race was different

for some weird reason when i saw pojie wearing his iamninoy runner shirt AND with an official 15K bib, napaisip ako na the last time he was not wearing his takbo singlet in a race, nag cramps ata sha (baguio) or something, basta he wasn't at the top of his game. (true enough well, after my CR break at the start, he told me sa middle of kalayaan to go ahead, he'd just follow). pero, he never did na (well not until the last K na ata un sa paikot infront of fullybooked did i chanced upon pojie). while pojie was "out" na as my pacer, there was still rod, who accompanied me most of the time. okay naman, halos sabay, minsan na uuna na ako, tas bigla shang susulpot to catch up with me, at times, i'd tell him if we can slow down, pero for some weird reason, my legs/feet didn't want to slow down as much, so what really happened was, i went a bit faster pa nga, or i tried following other people in front of me! hahaha

upon reaching the turnaround point, i was thinking about slowing down na talaga, my legs were a bit tired na rin, and feeling ko baka kapusin ako sa end kasi, for once, i think i started out strong (which is not naman the style i usually use talaga). for some fortunate turn of events, rod was able to accompany me until sa may makati ave ba un, tas bigla na shang nawala. sa loob loob ko, i was thinking, he'd just come from wherever to surprise me tas ayos, may pacer na ako ulit. but no, until the end, di ko na sha nagpang abot hehehe :) (woah, humahalimaw na ba din ako? hahahaha) ayon, as i was traversing the long stretch of kalayaan flyover going back, i was able to run alongside TBR, and a few meters ahead, i saw a familar face, isang classmate sa mizuno run clinic. upon getting closer, i was able to read the paper at the back, HE'S the 1:30 pacer! yahoo! keri pa akong mag 1:30! hahahaha

pero sa katamarang palad, medyo di ko na kinayang mag strong finish sa dulo, upon reaching the foot of the kalayaan bridge, medyo i accepted na the fact na hindi ko ata kayang mag strong finish, walang pogi pose sa end tulad ng botak 21K hahaha. sa isip ko, since solo flight na ako nito, finish na lang muna. hayaan na yang PR na yan, hassle eh :) pero pride still made me go at it. since the stronger runners are still within sight, i guess i can still push myself at it. konting tiis na lang, i told myself. go lang! push push tulad ng mga sinasabi ng mga pacers ko before. nag stick din sa mind ko na "timmy don't walk, slow jog, let's go bro" kasunod nito ang mga katangang " ano senyo, 2 buckets?" kaya sige lang, fight! sugod! toma! hehehe

at the back of my mind, konti na lang ito pero bakit parang ang layo layo pa? pero sige lang fight. tapos, nung asa tapat na ako ng fullybooked ata, narinig ko ang isang familiar voice na tinatawag ako. aba! si pojie! tuluyan ko na ngang naunahan sha, pero at least hindi naman na ganoong kalayuan. natuwa na lang din ako nung nakita ko ung finish line,sabi ko sa sarili ko bibilisan ko na to, kasi kaunti na lang eh. sa awa ng diyos i was able to finish a bit over lang than my intended time, pero sige lang. nice fight, nice time. nice race. walang ulan. :)

after the race, i was able to realize na, wow, ang bilis ko naman (pero di ko unang naisip un, may nagsabi lang sa akin na "ganda ng time mo kanina! magaling magaling!... sobrang good bibes!) sa loob loob ko, wala namang mga bibe don ah hahaha. pero seriously, hmm i was expecting a good time, oo PERO based sa pacers ko. eh kanina, hindi naman sa nag mamayabang, hindi ko na nasundan ung pace na sinet ng pacers ko. it just boiled down to what i wanna achieve, at the speed that i wanted to achieve it, AND at time i wanted it. parang another realization through running na, i can achieve things if i really wanted it, if i willed it. no one else naman would be able to hinder me to achieve my goals except me.

this race was a big race for me. initially because it was a friend's comeback race. akala ko un na yun. pero there was something bigger in store for me pala. na sa race na ito, i can achieve what i put my mind into, with the support of others shempre,pero i need to believe it, and to will it for it to become a reality :)

i guess the trainings and the mizuno run clinic actually paid off huh? (plus it made me lose the excess weight na rin to make me go faster hahaha).

pacers will always be there, pero i will no longer rely on them. i navigate my own ship. i decide what to do, when to go faster, etc and no one else will be blamed if i fail, pero if i succeed, shempre group effort hehehe :)

thank you for pacing me. thanks for inspiring me.

APIR!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

something to think about.

got this on one of the forums in takbo.ph

some are pang pa good vibes, while others are pang reflect.

53 RUNNERS COMMANDMENTS

1. Do not be a whiner. Nobody likes a whiner, not even other whiners.
2. Walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run.
3. Do not make running your life. Make it part of your life.
4. During group training runs, do not let anyone run alone.
5. Keep promises, especially ones made to yourself.
6. When doing group runs, start on time no matter who is missing.
7. The faster you are the less you should talk about your times.
8. Keep a quarter in your pocket. One day you will need to call for a ride.
9.Do not compare yourself to other runners.
10. All runners are equal, some are just faster than others.
11. Keep in mind that the later in the day it gets, the more likely it is that you will not run.
12. For a change of pace, get driven out and then run back.
13. If it was easy, everybody would be a runner.
14. When standing in starting lines, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be there.
15. Getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape.
16. A bad day of running still beats a good day at work.
17. Talk like a runner. Singlets are worn on warm days. Tank tops are worn to the beach.
18. Do not talk about your running injuries. People do not want to hear about your sore knee or black toe.
19. Do not always run alone.
20. Do not always run with people.
21. Approach running as if the quality of your life depended on it.
22. No matter how slow you run it is still faster than someone sitting on a couch.
23. Keep in mind that the harder you run during training, the luckier you will get during racing.
24. Races are not just for those who can run fast.
25. There are no shortcuts to running excellence.
26. The best runs sometimes come on days when you did not feel like running.
27. Be modest after a race, especially if you have reason to brag.
28. If you say, Let us run this race together, then you must stay with that person no matter how slow.
29. Think twice before agreeing to run with someone during a race.
30. There is nothing boring about running. There are, however, boring people who run.
31. Look at hills as opportunities to pass people.
32. Distance running is like cod liver oil. At first it makes you feel awful, then it makes you feel better.
33. Never throw away the instructions to your running watch.
34. Do not try to outrun dogs.
35. Do not trust runners who show up at races claiming to be tired, out of shape, or not feeling well.
36. Do not wait for perfect weather. If you do, you will not run very often.
37. When tempted to stop being a runner, make a list of the reasons you started.
38. Never run alongside very old or very young racers. They get all of the applause.
39. Without goals, training has no purpose.
40. During training runs, let the slowest runner in the group set the pace.
41. The first year in a new age group offers the best opportunity for trophies.
42. Go for broke, but be prepared to be broken.
43. Spend more time running on the roads than sitting on the couch.
44. Make progress in your training, but progress at your own rate.
45. Winning means different things to different people.
46. Unless you make your living as a runner, do not take running too seriously.
47. Runners who never fail are runners who never try anything great.
48. Never tell a runner that he or she does not look good in tights.
49. Never confuse the Ben-Gay tube with the toothpaste tube.
50. Never apologize for doing the best you can.
51. Preventing running injuries is easier than curing them.
52. Running is simple. Do not make it complicated.
53. Running is always enjoyable. Sometimes, though, the joy does not come until the end of the run.

happy running! happy thoughts!