1st RUNniversary: Accidental 10K-er

August 17, 2009 marked the first year of my destiny with running. How time flies so fast. I didn’t even notice it until my friend reminded me when we were at the Kenny’s Urbanite Run. In effect, the Kenny’s event became my pre-anniversary 15K run.

A Flashback to August 17, 2008: The 2008 Men’s Health 10,000 KM Miracle Run 

It all started with email invites between me and my officemates. Back then, we probably had no idea what we were getting into. The obvious reason was that running was good for the health. It was a great start. Twelve of us eventually joined the run. We all had designated partners to run 5K each (race rules allowed 2 runners to run 5k each to complete 10K).

Excited for our very firts race Excited for our very first race

Epitome of a Rookie Runner. Back then, I felt like a college freshman. It was new territory. It was overwhelming. I did not know anything about running, except to set the treadmill speed between 9 to 12 kph. The only thing I wore that was related to running was the MH T-shirt. Other than that, you can immediately say that I was a rookie runner – basketball shorts, cross-trainers and a chronograph watch.

My Miracle Run. Come race day, I suddenly found myself without a partner as he couldn’t make it. It was 5 minutes before race start so I decided quickly to just run 10K. I didn’t know if it was the right thing to do. My mindset then was more of ‘bahala na’ as I was there anyway or I can always stop if anything went wrong. Even if I knew nothing about pacing then, I thought it best to run moderately during the first 5K and, hopefully, have enough left for the last 5K. It all didn’t go well as planned as I was very tired by the 7K or 8K mark. The only thing that kept me going was I wanted to finish regardless of the time. Fortunately, I made it! I finished my first 10K.

A blessing in disguise. Looking back it was a blessing in disguise. It was the kind of start that gave me the confidence, motivation and habit to continue running. I’d call it my destiny with running. My miracle run.

Mission Accomplished Mission Accomplished
Winners in our own right Winners in our own right

Special Thanks to Patrick Oliveros for the pictures.


2 Responses

  1. Hello Mr Faltfoot runner, friends pala kayo ni Dennis and Mark Cordova.
    Same company pala tayo. ehehe!

    Hi Argonautquest! Wow, small world! It’s very good to know that we all share the same passion. Let’s all run together some time!

  2. Congratulations on your running anniversary Jan, here’s to many more running years to come. You should have approached the group this morning, we had breakfast pa after.

    Hi Gingerbread Running. Next time, I will join you guys. It’s been a long time since I last joined takbo.ph breakfast. Had to go home after the race to take care of my kid. 🙂

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