I was a part of the 1st “running boom” in the country and I was glad that I became an average Marathon Runner then, having finished local Marathon Races held in Metro Manila. But going to another country to experience finishing a Marathon Race was just a dream. I just realized this dream when I concentrated writing my running experiences on this blog.
Through this blog, I came to realize that I could be a better and faster runner if I concentrate and focus on my training. This was attained when I was already retired from the military service. Focus and consistency on training made me aware of my strengths and weaknesses in running plus the fact that I have the valuable time to do what I want.
This blog started with those weekly fun runs, road races, and Marathon Races in Metro Manila; then I gave birth to an Ultra Marathon Race which ultimately made me as a Race Director/Organizer; created a National Sports Federation For Ultrarunning; promoted Sports Tourism through Ultra Marathon in different parts of the country; brought some elite ultra runners to international races; and now trying to become a strong and fast mountain trail runner.
But the problem is that, my age is fast catching on me. I am not getting any younger. And my speed on my past road races is not getting any faster when I run in the mountain trails. Obviously, running on mountain trails is more challenging and dynamic. But I have learned to love running on the mountain trails for the past 16 months.
Whenever I am running in the mountains, I always think and ask this question to myself, “When will I stop running and retire from it?” But whenever I try to answer this question mentally, I would propel myself with a stronger and faster “kick and lift” on my tired legs! I guess, my brain has answered that I am still strong and be able to endure whatever challenges and pain that my body would encounter.
As for me, Running is a Lifetime Commitment. It is a Passion, a Hobby, an Easy Job, and a Cure!