Many thanks to Betty Romero of Lifeline Foundation for inviting me to join the Dance for Life, a four-hour dance marathon held on November 22 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. If not for the invite, l wouldn’t have known that she knew my friend Ruth from way back.
The warm up dance was led by no other than the Police Zumba Group. Then it was followed by the playing of non-stop versatile vintage sound with all the staple grooves of the 60s and 70s jams, urban beats of the 80s and 90s including a taste of hip hop dance led by a Zumba instructor.
I could have danced, danced, danced up to the end of the dance marathon, but Ruth’s baby Solenne was tired already so we decided to cut short our dance participation and capped it with a dinner at Harbor View.
The dance marathon was well attended and very well received by a large group of participants. Given the success of this event, l wouldn’t be surprised if there would be a repeat next year. Congratulations Lifeline Foundation and to all dance participants for a job well done! Here’s Lifeline Foundation’s Dance Unite Post Event Release-final report.
I didn’t expect much from myself this time. This was one of those moments when I felt like not running at all. I think I did OK. The results showed that my time was indeed OK but still pretty far from my target of a sub-hour.
Anyway, just let me share with you instead some tidbits of what I’ve read from Mr. Galloway’s Book on Running. The chapter is about motivation. It tells the success story of Dave Wottle, 1972 Olympic medalist. He became an Olympic medalist because he trained himselt to reach his potential. Whatever he did that fateful day, he surely made a name in the running history. The book further says, “but each of us can use this same type of power inside to get out the door on the “bad” days, to keep going, and to dig down and pull out the untapped strength.” Very nicely said, right?
At a certain point of my running in this race, I did entertain thoughts of quitting and the I-don’t-care-attitude-and-so-what-if-I-DNF. But the runner in me made me push myself to reach the finish line regardless whether I get a good Personal Record or not.
To continue … the book further says, “…when you get the body and mind working together, you’ll find the resources inside to do anything that is realistic, and some things that are not. You’ll certainly be a happier and more motivated runner than someone who runs faster but lacks this body/mind integration. Body, mind, and spirit only come together when you’re running within yourself. Most of us are close to maximizing our physical capabilities, while using only a fraction of the potential of the other two. Running is one of the few growth experiences in life which can naturally balance all three, allowing us to reach our unique potential in speed, distance, and in life.“
After reading that chapter, I felt better. A realistic goal to reach my potential as a runner is all I need.