October 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Condura2010, originally uploaded by m8parco.

“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”

Paulo Coelho

Many people dream of running the marathon and some actually complete one. I did my very first marathon early this year at the Condura. I always knew I would one day run a marathon and I was waiting for the right one. In a way it was everything I imagined it to be. The cramps and pain at the last five kilometers was what I expected. The marathon humbles those who do not prepare properly. I was humbled, I was hurt but I made it.

I had dreamt of running the marathon after repeatedly watching the short Olympic clips of Abebe Bikila running the cobble stone streets of Rome as well as his grand entrance into the Olympic stadium in Tokyo . But I had turned my back on running the marathon for thirty years. I would run as far as a half marathon and I shut my mind on the possibility of running a marathon. Fear and pride but mainly fear kept me from entertaining any thoughts of running a marathon. Deep inside me was an ardent desire to run and complete a marathon. But early this year the universe conspired on me. All roads led to the starting line of the Condura marathon.

My training was going well. I had been running consistently for the last 2 years. I had my ups and my downs but I was finally running regularly and getting some long runs once a month. I was in pretty good shape for my age. I had lost a lot of the speed in my youth but I had made that up by running consistently. I was slow but consistent.

The schedule was perfect. I always told people that the best time to run a marathon in the Philippines was in the 1st two months of the year. The weather would be nice and cool with very little chance of inclement typhoon weather.

I knew the organizers were top notch. I ran the last two Condura races and I was confident that they would be able to put together a well organized race. The marathon was hard enough as it is and I did not want to worry about anything else.

I had hometown advantage. Running overseas is not only expensive but you miss all the little things you have at home. I can sleep in my own bed, I need not worry about all the other logistics issues which you face when running overseas.

Peer pressure brought about by the running boom in the country also helped push me to run. I had so many friends running the marathon. People were lining up to join marathons like lemmings in a mass migration. I too joined the bandwagon and I finally committed to run and slowly completed marathon and fulfilled one of my dreams.

One big thanks to the Universe and all who conspired to help me fulfill my dream.

See you all at the (marathon) starting line.


Square One

October 20, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Jakartar LSD 010, originally uploaded by m8parco.

It is like playing snakes and ladders and I just slid all the way back to square one. My running fitness has gone from race ready to pedestrian pace. My weight has ballooned up to several kilos more and my waistline has also increased.

I guess this sometimes happens to us. This is actually not the first time this has happened to me. I remember breaking my knee and losing so much fitness. It was really had work getting back to running shape. Today the challenge is finding the time and motivation to get myself back to race fitness.

Wish us luck and see you at the starting line.

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