Yesterday was like ordinary Sundays or race days for our family except that we left our home an hour earlier to pick up my eldest child in her dorm to run with us. We arrived early at the venue but the supposedly starting time was moved 30 minutes behind the schedule due to some technical problems.
I took that opportunity to warm up and later to chat with friends like Neville, Dhang and of course with my children.
At around 6:30 A. M. , when most of the runners were restless and impatient, a simple ceremony and acknowledgment of sponsors took place before the count down.
In my first loop I ran with my youngest child. We were happy running together but after a while he complained of the scorching heat of sun and lack of water station along Katipunan area. I offered my hydration belt but he said I might it need later. He even asked me to go ahead as he will rest for a while. I continued with my run but the heat started to affect me too. I was even tempted to stop after the first loop (7.5KM) considering that I have several good reasons to justify if ever I will DNF. I could claim I was too tired a day before after running 80 mins in TBR Bull Session and playing four hours of badminton.
But knowing myself very well, I would not allow that to happen, I never give up easily. I always finish what I started so I decided to continue and to treat this as another long run in preparation for my dream marathon in May. I patiently ran the heartbreak hills, and endured the heat until I finally crossed the finish line. It was my worst 15K but I was able to reinforce my character. I was able to grow to be a better person.
In addition, I was awarded a medal too, which I wanted to interpret as a recognition of the fighting spirit of a true runner deep inside me. I think it is a very good tool and motivation to start anew, to dream big and to strive more not only in races but in life as well.
Thanks Amazing Kidney Race for being an opportunity to further strengthen and test my principles in life.