It’s been a fantastic 2012, a year of unplanned races with most of them joined in a whim.
Most of them turned out well, giving me some podium finishes. 🙂
My favorite award though is from my longest race which is the West Coast 200k Ultramarathon and the shortest race which is the Amway 5k Fun Run.
The West Coast 200K Multistage Ultramarathon in November 2012 was a test if I can still run an Ultramarathon after a long hiatus from joining ultramarathon races (the last being the Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon in 2011).
The Amway 5k Fun run this January 2013 was a test of speed given that my training has been focused on endurance and being patient with running at a slower pace. It wasn’t really fast at almost 3+minutes off PR of 22:40 but I was just glad to know that legs aren’t as rusty.
“We run the race to win, all the way to the end…”
This verse probably captures my whole 2012!
No, I’m not talking about podium finishes in races; which is obviously a win.
2012 being unplanned, spontaneous and challenging with lots of wrong turns and detours caused me to WIN in life.
I’ve WON in RACES where I FAILED to meet my expectations for myself. Learning from own race mistake is probably the best training I could get. I’ve learned that it’s not always about beating your personal record.
I’ve WON through learning that TRAINING requires maintaining a healthy diet and complete sleep. This has always been a knowledge that I’ve never applied. I thought I already workout and is at an ideal weight, But it wasn’t just about that! This year,I strictly followed the PALEO DIET with the help of Crossfit Manila for a month and eventually has made it a lifestyle 75% paleo (25% Mcdo. Kiddin!)
I’ve WON by learning plot my own training program, monitor my progress and motivate myself. I am thankful that I have Crossfit Manila as my crosstraining partner with supportive Coaches and community. Thanks especially to Pau and Matt who have been supportive in guiding me on what to do as extra strength training.
I’ve WON by Paying it Forward; sharing what I know and what I’ve learned to friends who wanna get into running or simply just wanna be fit.
I’ve WON by letting Go
……. I’ve won tons of NEW FRIENDS.
…….I’ve won by keeping old friends
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In my CAREER AND BUSINESS,
……I’ve won by keeping GREAT clients in the management consultancy
……I’ve won an opportunity to explore and expand business ventures through the products that I really believe in, my HYDRATION PARTNERS
……I’ve won through the ups and downs in the business and career which reminds me to be a better guardian of whatever of I am blessed with.
2012 was about WINNING in LIFE!
No, this is not a late post. I have actually considered the end of January as the end of my year 2012. This has been in my draft folder for a while awaiting for the conclusion of the longest (continuous) and toughest race of my life – the Bataan Death March 160 K Ultramarathon.
I have WON a 29-hour battle! I am now a proud Pinoy-miler. I’m one of the 8 girls in the league of finishers (5 local, 3 foreigners) since its inception in 2011. I finished as Second Female as I conquered 160 kilometers.
I am still in awe how I fought the battle. I am overwhelmed by the Congratulations, pat on the back and kind words.
They say Running and Ultramarathon is like LIFE. You have to give your best in each stride sans any physical or mental difficulty. You have to keep moving forward knowing that we are mere tresspassers and we have a destination.
I have reached my destination on the 27th of January – the finish line in Capaz Shrine. I have conquered a total of 360 Kilometers. I have not failed those who have pledged support and have donated to the cause I am running the ultramarathon for – the Indigents! You can still donate. For those who have donated, kindly confirm thru firstname.lastname@example.org