Sunday, May 9, 2010

How I Started to Fall in Love With Running

From L-R: JM, Geoff, Junar, Raf, Goco, Ying, Earl and Me

Inspired by Early Runs, I'd like to start writing about running.

I remember getting a number of free invites last year from Ying on different running events. I keep turning them down, thinking I'm going to the gym regularly anyway, so what's the use of another physical activity? When HP AMG organized a run, I didn't attend as well. I didn't want to wake up 3am on a weekend just to tire myself out. Besides, that's the only time I get ample sleep.

However, last January, Ying invited me and other officemates to another running event - the "Takbo Para Kay Gibo" run. Was it peer pressure that made me go to a Nike shop to register? Nah, I don't think so. It was the start of a new year and I really wanted to do something new, so I gave it a try.

January 16, 2010 - After working Friday night shift, me and some officemates (Earl, JM and Raf) went straight to the Fort (Ying, Geoff, Junar and Goco came from a drinking session, haha!). I was excited and scared at the same time. I am not a fan of gym treadmills and 3km runs on them already tire me out. So I was expecting my body to fail an actual 5km race.

Surprisingly, I was able to keep up with Ying's pace, and able to finish within 30 minutes (the official race results were never released, confirming the event was just a campaign cover-up :p). I loved the feeling of running with around 3000 other people that time - the energy and adrenalin was just too great, that I wanted to do it again.

I wanted to push my limits further, that I signed-up for a 21km run next. That's the Condura Skyway Run for the Dolphins, one of the most anticipated runs of the year. That'll be the topic of my next blog, once I feel the writing mood again.

The Superposition