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Macau Marathon: A Whooping Cash Prize and Double Win for Kenyan Runners

Both Kenyan winners in the recently held Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon are awarded with a total cash prize of US$ 40,000. That’s a whooping Php 1.7M++ cash prize!  

To win this prize, you need to be the first (US$ 20,000 prize), has to break a previous event record (US$ 15,000) so that you can get extra cash as bonus (US$ 5,000).  

Marathon winner Kenyan Chemlany Stephen
Photo source: Macau Daily Times

42K Top Three Athletes (Male Division)

Chemlany Stephen (Kenya) – 2:12:49 
Maisei Julius Kiplim (Kenya) – 2:12:53
Gemeda Haile (Ethiopia) – 2:12:59

42K Top Three Athletes (Female Division)

Jepkemboi Chesire Rose (Kenya) – 2:31:28 
Reta Tsega Gelaw (Ethiopia) – 2:31:28
Nyansikera Winfridah (Kenya) – 2:32:27

I witnessed how fast these athletes are during the race.  I was still running the first loop and here they are, who whizzed past me, like a speedy car on their way to finish a full marathon.   They maintained a pace of 3 min/km.   Amazing! 

The 30th edition of the Macau marathon had a total 6,000 participants.  It was participated by both local and overseas runners from 60 countries.  It has a cut off time of 5:00 hours for the 42K and 2:30 hours for the half marathon.  

Why Do You Run?

So you’ve been running, say for months, or in years. No longer a newbie that you were then. And may be have been running and joining races more often, or are looking forward to races scheduled this year.  I quote from my previous entry, “RUNNING … it’s painful, tedious and most of all, exhausting. It goes beyond the physical benefits.”

Every runner has a goal. Your goal might be the same, or different from mine. Some run with any of these goals in mind.

To be physically fit.
To run a half or full marathon.
To be one of the elites.
To finish an international marathon.
To improve speed.
To develop endurance.
To lose weight.
To stay healthy.
To relieve stress.
To meditate.
To run with my crush. Ahem!
Et cetera.  Et cetera.  La la la.
Endless goals!

Why is it necessary to have goals? For two reasons. First, goals give you focus. Second, they give you direction. I have encountered some runners who were a little lost why they were into running in the first place. “What is your goal?” This is the question I always ask from them but sometimes they can’t give me a clear answer. Since it wasn’t clear to them, they became frustrated with running. Instead of it being a fun activity, it became a chore, a boring chore. Since it’s no fun at all, they eventually stopped running.

Focus. Without focus, it’s difficult to achieve something. Focus adds spice to this delectable addiction called running. Even if there are distractions, focus gives one a clear direction.

Direction. To achieve a goal is easy. It becomes difficult when one doesn’t know how to sustain it. Okay, so you’ve finished your 5-km race, etc.  So what’s next? Whether you have achieved or did not achieve your goals, you need to reexamine them.

Don’t worry about the destination; keep your eye on the ball in the present with what you can do now. Do something every day to move a little closer to your objective. (Source: Principle no. 6: the basics of success)

Why do I run?

Running …

It’s painful, tedious and most of all, exhausting. It goes beyond the physical benefits. The intense exhilaration and euphoria that comes after finishing a run is what motivates me most. My practice runs gave me a wonderful and rewarding experience.

I have continued to run, recreationally and competitively, and have even won some awards including a cash award for winning first place. It’s not much but I was happy with it.

I believe running is not about who can run the farthest and the fastest. I’ve known some runners who are seriously training. I congratulate them for their dedication and passion for the sport. Some have set a quite impressive personal record. Good for them!

As for me, I will run for the sake of keeping in shape.  Running is still, as what my blog says, a quest for self mastery.

How about you?  Why do you run?

For the Love of Newton

Sir Isaac Newton, was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian who is considered one of the most influential people in human history. – Wikipedia

That’s Sir Newton. He comes with me. He runs with me when I do practice runs. He still have yet to race with me though.

Sir Newton, welcome to the 21st century!

It took me sometime to start an article about this new running shoes that hit the town of RUNNR store. Not an easy task. Reading from the various sites, I had a nosebleed (literally), of course.

Passing by RUNNR one time, couldn’t stop myself from staring at the colorful display of shoes with the name Newton. Not a familiar brand. Then, off I went to Speedo for window shopping.

Three days after the launching of RUNNR, I got this new pair. Oh, I didn’t splurge. Somewhere out there two angels graciously approached me after the Globe Run for Home race. These kindhearted souls offered me their RUNNR discount coupon. Wow! Abundance! Couldn’t believe it! So, I got this pair for only half of its original price. You know who you are. From the bottom of my heart [and feet] thank you very much.

Why Newton? I didn’t want it. Well, I did like it because the color is nice, especially, the green one. I really wanted to try Asics Kayano but for some reason Newton got in the way. Well, blame it on the gait analysis. The results showed that I do the midfoot strike. “Huh?” “What does that mean?,” I said to myself. The results showed further that my right foot needs stability. So, I got the Newton (not the green one) with the light blue color intended for runners that need stability. Does this mean am going to be a fast runner now that I have Newton running shoes? Not really. By the way, Newton is designed for forefoot and midfoot runners. If you are not a forefoot or midfoot striker, then, you are spared from buying this pair. Please don’t be sad just because some runners are using it. There are still good running shoes out there.

What is a footstrike? I came across an article explaining the running technique of footstrike–heel vs. midfoot vs. forefoot: how do elite runners land? Please don’t think am elite, OK? Because I am not. Interesting article though. It is a actuator’s lugs that extend from the base of the forefoot region promoting a natural running technique as if you were barefoot. To know more about these running shoes please visit Newton’s site.

So far so good. Breaking in of the new pair yielded the following results:

First day: Walking them around in the house. Good!

After 2 days: Running in them initially for a good eight kilometers. Good!

After 5 days: Running in them on the track oval for speed training. Really OK!

Sunday for a long run: Running in them for a 18k LSD. No pain. Excellent!

In terms of fit, the pair is just right. It’s so light and comfortable.

I recommend more kilometers to further break them in and …

Newton or not, performance still depends on the runner. The shoes that we are wearing are just but an extension of our running performance. As what Mr. Jeff Galloway said in one of his running books, “looking for the right shoe is like a quest for the holy grail.”

I still have yet to find the RIGHT one. Do you?