It has been more than a month after the Milo Marathon eliminations last July 4. The event has been stained with issues from cheaters, poor organization and the death of our fellow runner, Remus Fuentes.I wrote this post weeks ago but I didn’t post. Sometime during the mass last Sunday, I just felt the prompting to post this.
Blogs and forums were flooded with comments. I didn’t share my thoughts and my own opinion that much except to my close runner-friends. I guess there were three facts:
1. There were cheaters. I guess it is for the organizers to investigate, and for the cheaters to enjoy while it lasts. Good luck at the finals! Lol!
2. The race was poorly managed, there were no water at the stations when needed. The refilling was slowly and poorly done. And for there were no water at the last 3-5kilometers. (a sub-4 finisher I believe attested to that and my friend has a pic exactly on the 3rd k with packed up water station on the background=4:25 finish time). There were no sponges as promised and that was needed. Blue hot and dry sponges on the first loop, yes. Ambulance, were there, yes! If they arrived on time for those who collapsed, I wouldn’t know (But those who attended to other runners who collapsed would know.)
3. A fellow runner died. I saw some opinions/comments on his death and cause of his death which I think is uncalled for. We have a hurting family and your opinion is probably not needed especially if it would hurt them more. The best thing we can offer is a prayer for the family that was left behind.
As I am contemplating on my Milo experience, it is probably my worst race, given how far I am from my goals for the race. But I considered it the most victorious as I went home with so much learnings. And until now, my heart is filled with gratitude, singing praises, as I know my God is always near me. Read on my ordeal and you would say, I survived! DNFed!
After Milo, there is no way but to bounce back. As I am plotting down my training plan, I went into prayer and came up with my own training plan – A training plan that will not just keep me running on the roads, but running the race, called Life.
I will strengthen my core by going back to the Gym. I have a lifetime membership at Slimmers which I only used during those days when I had a buddy. Probably, it’s time to use it again before I become a Lola.
I will strengthen my relationship with God.
I pray that I would always live each day as an offering to God. “Raise your arms and heads up to pray, let The LORD Almighty know that your heart is open to Him, let Him see your face, not the crown of your head Allow Him to come and be a guide.”
I pray that I can always allot some time to know him more. “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight.” – 2 Timothy 3:16.
I pray that I would always draw strength from Him and cast away all the doubts that I have – “You with little faith, why did you give way to doubt?” – Matthew 14:31
I will increase my milleage and consider the possible collapse points that Bald Runner mentioned in his blog. I reviewed my Milo milleage and looking at it, I only started to be consistent with my long runs starting May. Prior to that, training was consistent for speed and endurance workouts but some long runs were missed out. The focus then was more of the Laguna Relay, not Milo.
I will increase my time with the Lord and be consistent. How many times do I miss on my prayer times? Probably, a lot. How many times did I pray and just get it done and over with.
I pray that I may be able to set aside all the worries of this world to hear him in a moment of silence, with Him alone. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
I will do some cross training to increase my fitness level. I started incorporating 45minutes to one hour of spinning at the gym and would soon be enrolling to a swimming class. (No, I’m not going into multisports. not yet!)
I used to join visits to the Elsie Galches, Missionaries of Charities or Bilibid Prison, at least once a month when I was still active in a prayer group. I went on leave with the group and the schedule got parked as well.
I pray that I would not always stay within my comfort zone and be able to see where I am more needed. ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
I will continue to religiously attend the Team Bald Runner Clinic in the company of my Team BR Professsionals Friends, the elites and Team BR staff. (Thanks to BR for this great, great opps!). Together, we’ll continue to hate and love those drills, the speed workouts, the endurance training, core workouts etc.
Lots of study shows that who and what we surround ourselves with affects us, good or bad. As the bible says also, “1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
I pray that I would take notice of possible bad influences for me, and not become one as well. I pray that I will see easily if I am in one, and would get out of it immediately. I pray that I would always be surrounded with people who would help me nurture my relationship with God.
When I started running, I never planned to be this addicted. I initially said, that’s it – after I’ve run a marathon, I’m done. Somewhere along the way, I said to myself, RUNNING, I will do this forever.
I pray that I will continue to persevere in my faith. And when the race is over, I would come in his glory and declare, “I have fought the good fight, I have completed the race, I have kept the faith.”
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