Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Resurrection

There is no excuse for not training.

Simply put, you failed to train because you were lazy. You find all the excuses (alibis actually) in the world why you couldn't possibly run but the truth is, you just lost the passion.

You hate to admit it but you're slowly being hooked to stay comfortably under the covers of your soft bed during rainy mornings, and have become a T.V. addict during late afternoons.

You just wish for something or someone or anything that would alter this curse and snap you out of your comfort zone.

Then it happened.

Your birthday is fast approaching and you suddenly remember why you thought of running in the first place.

I started training in May 2007 to run my first 5K on my 50th birthday the following year. It's my way of telling (more of consoling) myself that "Life Begins at 50".

Because of the storm, my first 5k race was rescheduled to July 6, 2008--exactly one month after my 50th birthday.

It was a dream come true for me! I had lingering doubts if I could ever do it but I eventually did. I finished my first 5k race at 38:27 minutes.

The memory of finally crossing the finish line started to play in my mind again. I vividly recalled I challenged myself that on my next birthday, I will run 10k.

I trained for 14 solid months to run 5k on my 50th birthday but this time around, I haven't run for 5 looong months. Sure, I lack the proper training to run 10k last June 7 but I just felt in my bones that I had to do it. Ready or not, joining a race to celebrate my 51st birthday was the best way for me to be back on track again.

Yes, I ran 10k one day after my 51st birthday during the Mizuno Infinity Run. This proved that if you only put your mind into it, you can do what you want even though it seemed impossible.

This was the antidote I was hoping for. After the struggle I went through in overcoming the Buendia flyover, the whole agonizing experience jolted me from my "quarantine" and resurrected the passion hiding somewhere deep inside me.

Last June 21, I celebrated Father's Day (one of my multiple roles) by enjoying my longest run ever.

I left the car at home and headed for my favorite hilly route in BF Resort Village. I clocked 1:32:39 upon entering our gate. My thighs and feet were aching but my heart was fully alive!

Along the way, I passed by men and women half my age who were only walking on the uphill route. This boosted my self-confidence and inspired me to run even faster.

There were times, however, when I was almost tempted to stop or walk back home because of the pains in my lower body but I told myself I have no right to call myself a runner if I don't push myself to the limit.

Yes! The passion is back!

I am running again and I hope you won't get tired seeing me at the race for the next 51 years hah hah hah . . .


  1. Hi Nora. I believe everyone in the Phils was happy to see you at the Mizuno Run. It was a great return for you and running a 10K on top of that. I won't be surprised if I see you at the Mizuno Run in January when I make my return. Take care and Happy Running!

  2. Dear Nora - As what I have posted in my latest blog, we have our individual reasons to skip/forego running on a lazy day, but, not giving in to the temptation makes our run more meaningful. PASSION as you said fuels our interest. Keep that PASSION flowing!!!

  3. The races will be alive again with your re-appearance. Welcome back running "superstar Nora". Can't wait to see you again. Milo?

  4. I'm looking forward to seeing you again Wayne. I hope this time, we can run together. I will definitely be at the Mizuno race in January 2010. There's a prize for the highest improved time in pace heh heh . . .

  5. Hmmm . . . will visit your blog as soon as I can, Amado. Na intriga naman ako kung anu-ano reasons mo. Yes, let's keep the fire burning! Hope to see you at Run for Home. Will be skipping Robinson's Run.

  6. Glad to be back, Vener! Sorry, I won't be joining Milo this year. I promised myself the next time I'll be joining MILO, it will be for the full marathon . . . maybe 10 years from now? hah hah . . .

  7. Hi Nora! Glad to hear you're into it again. The good thing about the running boom going on in the Philippines now is there are more weekend races you can choose from to run anytime you feel like it. Just take it easy, enjoy your training runs, stay injury free and I'm pretty sure you'd be signing up for the Milo marathon in a year or two. :)

  8. Hi nora, hope to see you in the coming races! We are happy to know your back in the running circuit again!

  9. Bong, one step at a time. I'm aiming for 16k this Sept. Let's see what happens after that. But for sure, I'll run a marathon--hopefully before I turn 70 hah hah . . .

  10. Bro J! Hope to see you and Baby this July 19 at the Fort.

  11. Go, Nora, Go!!! It's always hard to get motivated and you constantly have to look for your goals. Glad to have you back and hope to see you at a race soon. I'm putting all my energy in training for the Globe 21K. Hope to see you there!!