I am not a good runner, but I love doing it.. i love the rush it causes inside me.. the experience of sweating is like adding up time to my life’s hourglass.. and the sound of my breathing gives me that fire to push and go beyond my limits.
one of the first things I included in my bucketlist many years ago was to join a marathon. I first joined the milo marathon in 2008.. for beginners like me, the 5k route felt like a full marathon already (im sure journeying james would not agree that 3k & 5k distances won’t make up the definition of a marathon).. nonetheless, reaching the finish line was more than a great experience for me. 2009 Milo Marathon came and it was really fun to be running with via yang and Pilosopong Tasyo. This time though, the finish line was not just a completion but a gift celebrated with people dear to me. i never saw myself running on a regular basis during those times, but I made sure I join if there were opportunities for it.
Until I decided to leave home and start a new life here in the metro.. I had no friends. Worst, I was like trapped in the past and in the memories of home. Everything around me was lonely that I felt I needed to run non-stop to deviate myself from all the pain. Aquaman advised me to start running.. and just keep running until it melts the negativities away.
Then I started to find comfort in every time I spent with running.. I was still alone but it started to fill me up in mysterious ways. I was still lonely, but every finish line brought me to a different level of bliss. I then found myself joining more marathons. I wasn’t into making my best time, rather, I just made sure I enjoyed each run I did. http://www.runningMYA
i consider my runs even more special because I get to take part with the causes they were made for. Most, if not all runs are organized for a good cause. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone: I run and I help. Not to forget, I started to gain friends who were also into the sport which more or less allowed me to open my doors to building new friendships. it was becoming more like gifts given to me.
2012, I am happy that once again, ill be running my third milo marathon this july. I am not actually too prepared for it, but just like any run that I do, ill do it for the cause and the happiness it shares with me. I am really excited that this year’s milo marathon will mean more and more and more shoes for children who need one. Just thinking of the happy faces of the children who would be receiving their shoes makes me want to cry happy tears while dancing around. I am just really thankful that there are so many generous souls ready to give their share.
I’m running the 21k distance and hopefully I complete it injury-free. It will be nearly two years now since I embraced running, and I am very happy to say that I have ran quite well. I may not yet be whole right now, but I am definitely a lot better and stronger, in my heart, mind, and spirit.
Running did not really teach me to forget what love is. rather, it taught me to love more even if you are still broken. i'll continue to run as i continue to heal. because at the end of the day, just like reaching the finish line, letting go and moving on is not a sprint but a journey to be embraced.
Ako si MYAngligaw, at ito ang kwento ko. What’s your running story?
Check out milo marathon website for more details http://www.nestle.com.ph/milo/marathon/thecause_about.html