A Semi-Charmed Life: Mike's Journey

Learning things from scratch ...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Running ... while Raining... hard!

It was a Saturday afternoon that we came as early as we can in the race grounds for us to get a good place to park, visited shops around BHS, and just ate a Double Brothers Burger hrs before the assembly time. As i look in the sky it was getting dark that afraid it might rain. Rock and Run is going to have a concert then that wirings might be a problems and will not have it anyway. And so the assembly time was met, runners are lining up cheering while the people at the stage doing music(i forgot the term for them), runners are hyped up ,jumping and shouting that let's get this race on!

As the rain slowly stops, me and my friend joined the runners and while still the rain showers are getting into our singlets , im afraid that my Garmin Forerunner will malfunction , that i'm not aware of it having water resistance at all. As the rain suddenly became stronger and stronger the race organizers decided to move the fences and counted that the race will start... and so it begins...

The first 3 kilometers for me was a fun thing to do that im doing quite fast and running seems very cool , while on the 5th kilometers the rain is really hitting you hard on your head and the wind will slap you with water that was really painful on the skin, so sometimes i had to close my eyes while running just to protect them. As i am heavily breathing... because of the hard rain pouring , i couldn't inhale properly from those water drifting all over my face. And suddenly, side stitch killed my running pace that i really had to stop and think of how to overcome it. I think i stopped for almost a kilometer of walking. And then when i saw people passing me and my stitch was slowly disappearing , i told myself to run my pace again but couldn't run perfectly with my goal pace due to the rain and i need to weigh things with my side stitch that i' just felt.

After i noticed that my garmin alerted me at 8km i had to think fast if i would change my pace, but decided to hang on it well just below the target goal pace. Running in the rain that time was a first for me and when in my training and it was raining, i need to go and look for a shed and wait for the rain to stop and continue after it slows down somehow. So i did finished the race while raining hard and my GF305 is still working telling me i just had a new PR ( 52:29 for 10km, i need to check the results for later). After this race i might have a different view from this point on that it is a measure of dedication and determination to finish what you have started no matter what the condition will be. As i saw this simple post saying  “You know, it’s not always sunny on race day” (thanks for the image)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Marathon is coming...

It has been a rewarding month since we started training for the Milo Marathon coming this July 4, i know this was a crazy decision to join a marathon with just 5 months of running. But i told myself this is a big challenge that i need to complete within a month of training. And so it started this June , 3 times a week (1 tempo,1 interval and one lsd) . Last week we finished a 32km lsd and was satisfied for the results running up almost in Tagaytay. But our training has less than 2 weeks to finish .

I don't know what might happen within the run but everything is settled. I honestly say i wanted to be in the finish line at about 5hrs or less and so i could only say =
"what 42.195? "

From the grounds of my Android work to the roads i am conquering every week i know i have a lot of things to do and accomplish but for now , i can only live and do my best for today, that i will be there in the future accepting every challenge and to see what has been the results from the past of every hard work i made!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cause and Effect

After dropping the bomb , i just told myself to move on and be prepared for the next big thing (hopefully this time it will be better) . There are a lot of things i didn't do in the way i started the year 2010, but i somehow learned most of them.

My lifestyle became my foundation and motivation of doing difficult. Now i am going to do things i have never imagined in my entire life until this year.

What would be the causes of these actions are going to be good or bad that these effects will definitely change more out of me and making me a better and more prepared for the coming challenges in the coming years!

PS: i'm jobless and training for the Milo Marathon in the moment!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Half Marathon Experience

Before venturing to this distance i had 3,10k races(of course got 5, 5k races also) in which one of those i got injured from a stress fracture(severe over-pronation = foot with the wrong shoe type). And so i wanted to have this feeling of earning a medal from a race so i challenge myself to a 21k that RunRio Trilogy is giving. I joined them before for a 5k race but as i watched people finishing the 21km line i felt curious and wanted to try it myself, and so it begun!

After last Sunday's run together with master Jhunn's desire to go with the distance i managed to finish my first ever Half marathon (Nature Valley RunRio Leg 2) with a time of 2:32:26 not bad for a beginner who just started running last February. To the point in which i had recovered from a Basketball ankle(both) injury in that i tried running as a therapy and now i am loving running since then. And after i found myself walking maybe because i really did not have a great rest the day before the race due to some agenda i needed to do. But hey did some fast pace running in about 2km's and passed some runners hehehe . And so i did have the medal i am aiming for plus the finisher shirt and hey we have a free pint of hagen daz!

Now the task for a Full Marathon is the next question.. ("Milo Marathon naman? - master Jhunn")