I was swamped with work today when I stopped and thought, "Wow! March 22 was two days ago!"
March 22 might be insignificant to you guys but for me, it means a lot. It was March 22, 2009 when I woke up early on a Sunday morning to drive all the way to BHS Makati to step on the Condura 2009 5k starting line. I could not contain my excitement and nervousness for this race....
....for this was my first ever race.
3 pairs of running shoes, a pile of singlets, racebibs, 3 finisher medals, and a Garmin later, I still could not believe what I've achieved these past twelve months:
3 5k fun runs
9 10k races
which resulted to:
a 10-pound weight loss (although I still need to lose more)
a 30-point drop in cholesterol count
a 4-point increase in HDL
a 26-point drop in LDL
a 22-point drop in triglycerides
countless greetings of "hey! you lost weight ey?!"
I am glad to have found running, and I will continue to run as much as I can for the rest of my life. For in running I have found solace from the daily grind at work. It has become more than a hobby such that I've become passionate into learning everything about it to improve my running form, pace, and distance.
I enjoy reading all your running blogs (I really do!) and how it has changed your life. It fascinates me that there are other people out there like you who are as passionate with running as I am. The wonders of the Internet age has made me discover your posts on running. It really is a privilege for me to be reading your posts as I hope you do so with mine.
I still have lots to go, I'm afraid. There is still the urban Everest that I would like to conquer. The 26.2 mile journey that only 0.1-2% of the world's population have accomplished ---I want to be part of that. A marathoner. If not this year, hopefully before I reach 40.
"To describe the agony of a marathon to someone who's never run it is like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind." ---Jerome Drayton
For now, I'll take it one step at a time. Tomorrow night's another run. Sunday morning's another race. And so on and so on...