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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?

Third Milo Race, Third 21K

Didn’t have enough preparation for the half marathon race. On top of that the weather the previous week didn’t cooperate. It rained when it was time to have a practice run. But that didn’t deter me at all.

Friday night, I had to meet Queenie to get my road ID but ended up in a Milo Support Group Meeting by runners. Though I didn’t know most of them, they’re a good bunch of people to be with. Had to leave early though since Friday’s the best time to get a good sleep before a race. runners meet for a Support Group strategy for Milo Marathon

L – R: Forefoot Runner, one of the active leaders/members of; Barracuda Running whom I haven’t seen since November 2008; that’s me

Wondering what made me look up and stare up at the ceiling


Woke up as scheduled and left the house in high spirits. Arrived at the venue with enough time to deposit stuff at the baggage area and do warmup exercises. As I was on my way to the baggage area, I saw Doc Lyndon. After exchanging pleasantries, off I went to the baggage area then jogged the remaining distance going to the starting line.

Inside the holding area, saw some runners. Team Logan (Craig and family), Run Unlimited and his wife Cristy. Bro J was also there.

Running in this race was a new experience for me since it was like beating my 10k PR two years ago and going beyond the 16k Yakult route. The other major challenge was going up and down two flyovers once again. “I wonder how how the 42k runners are doing by this time?” Just a thought of mine while waiting for the gun start.

Last minute instruction was announced by the race organizer. One thing that registered in my mind was the cut-off time for 21k–two hours and a half. “Can I beat that?,” I said to myself. Then, the gun was fired right on time.

As I’ve mentioned before, I rarely talk during a race. I do acknowledge a fellow runner by just raising my hand. Running past Baclaran area, one of the lady runners asked me why I was not in the 42k. I tried to answer her politely (even out of breath that time) that I was not ready to run that distance. To discourage further discussion while running, I had to slow down a bit and allowed her to run past me. Effective!

After the Heritage EDSA flyover, saw the 10k runners. Ahead of me was a familiar runner and I just said “hi”. I was caught of guard when from a group, a 10k runner tried to talk to me. “Oh no, not again!,” I said to myself. I had to shift gear (just like a car) and increased my speed (literally speaking). Hahaha! That runner was a classmate of mine during the Mizuno Running Clinic. Sorry classmate. Let’s chat when I’m not doing a race pace, please.

On my way to the second turn around point along Buendia, I saw Lonerunner doing his practice run. After a few minutes, a Milo car following a fast runner with a board on top of it showing race time 2:16, and with seconds ticking. I was pretty much below my target time.

Then I saw them. The bubbly support group who excitedly asked me what I want. I did ask for a bottle of water. Hearing them cheering was enough encouragement to run. Thank you support volunteers. You know who you are.

On my way back after the last turn around point, I saw them ( volunteers cheering, giving me so many stuff. Gene (Barracuda Running) I will never forget your stance! What spirit! What energy!

This photo was taken by Marvs as I was on my way to the Finish Line which was approximately 800 meters away. But that few distance seemed to be an eternity of running. One thing I couldn’t forget was Marving shouting at me, “serious!” Which means, I was not smiling when this one was taken. Thank you Marvs. I was dead serious to beat my Condura PR and the Milo cut-off time, you see. Reaching the finish line was a mixture of feelings–tired but happy. I made it! I beat my Condura by three minutes. Made it within the cut-off time! Run Unlimited and his wife Cristy were there to congratulate me. Thanks to both of you.

Taken with fellow runner/blogger Bro J whom I didn’t see since the VSO Bahaginan fun run last year. Thank you Bro J and congratulations for finishing strong!

Amazing day! It didn’t rain!

It was the first time to have a 21k event included in a Milo Metro Manila eliminations. Kudos to the race organizer! A pretty much improved race organizing! I take my hats off to the leadership of Mr. Biscocho and the Milo team.

(Photos Courtesy of Marvs, Rachel, and Bro J)

Girl Power: Will Women Outpace Men?

Have any of your running friends approached and told you some of these things? “You’re strong and fast!” “PR?!” “Podium finish? Wow!” “You’re my target.” A good friend of mine even said this to me, “You’re my target. Beating you one of these days is my nirvana!”

Some male friends in the running world have said those either thru e-mail or straight to my face. And to hear one is like music to my ears. My heart sings with joy! I consider their comments as compliment. Not being humble here but just being realistic. I’m no fast runner. If ever I get to win for finishing strong … call it pure luck … a bonus. I know for a fact that in one of the races soon they or most them will eventually outpace me. Not because I did not train but the underlying reason is more scientific.

Are men faster than the women? My answer is YES. Hear me out fellow female runners. Those guy friends of yours who are doing either a 3k or a 5k run for-now-with-such-a-not-so-fast-race-time-and-a-not yet-so-serious-runner-for-the-time-being will eventually outpace both you and me.

A woman’s body, with its reproductive system and flexible hips, is designed to bear and nurture life. The truth of the matter not one single muscle cell in our body is discriminated just because of our gender.

Sway those hips of yours by just merely walking. Men, even if they’re running fast will stop, stare and admire. And you eventually outrun them! Now, that’s what I call “GIRL POWER”.

Hahaha! Just kidding!

On a serious note, men’s structure especially in the areas of the hips and pelvis are intended for strength and speed. All right. I can hear you saying to me, “Are you sure? I’m training and doing workout!” Well, I had training, too. What I’m saying is that, for example, even if we receive the same training, have the same ability and running background, men still have the advantage because muscle development and strength in their body are far greater than that of women.

In one of the 10k running events I joined in the past, the overall winner was a female runner. Does this mean that women will eventually outpace men? This one of the questions that has baffled the running community for years now and the answer is quite vague.

I’ve read from a leading article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine states that: “Although serious consideration does not indicate the slightest chance of a woman being the fastest human on the planet at distances of 100-200m, there are factors that may favour women over longer distances.”

A scientific evidence that put women at an advantage [in long or ultra distance race] is their natural ability to run aerobically at a higher percentage of maximal oxygen uptake, resistance to oxidative stress and a higher pain threshold. In addition, that amount of fats that most women wanted to get rid of is what helps women succeed in running a marathon or ultra distance event. I am not in the position to recommend this though. Any female runner who will excel in this area also opens herself for long term risk, injury, and burnout.

Some of my running buddies have tried, conquered the distance, and bravely reached the finish line with a pretty good time. So courageous! Admirable inner strength! I still have yet to try it [the full marathon]. And at the rate I am going, I think I am not yet prepared. It takes a lot of physical and mental training. Will get there eventually. Not just in a hurry. We’ll get there …

To the men running out there … celebrate! However, be on guard for any eventuality of being outpaced by female runners using their girl power.

(Photos Courtesy of PhotoVendo and Club EOS)