PUSH: Persist Until Something Happens (Slowdown May to Run United)

It’s always fun to take a break from training after a major race. I always take a week off, a week without pressure to train and be ready for an upcoming race. I still workout during that week but mostly I do only what I feel like doing for the day. I also take advantage of the time to join other friends in their training and funsessions. But my slowdown week extended to two, to three…until I realized it’s almost the last week of May already.

I could have raced the Four Lakes 100 or Old Spanish Trails 65K in Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya. I was dying of envy seeing the photos of my friends who joined.

My attempt to paint the place I wanna be in.  It's always fun to get some time to do other things.

My attempt to paint the place I wanna be in. It’s always fun to get some time to do other things.

 

The truth is I’ve been stalling getting back in training. I know that if I start, it would be for a certain goal that I have shared with close friends. You know that feeling that you don’t want to start because you are not sure of the outcome.

Walk it out, and God will work it out…. This verse came timely on that Monday morning…

Faith is walking knowing it will one day work out (in His time.)

Faith is walking knowing it will one day work out (in His time.)

Indeed, this word got me moving. FAITH. And it applies both to sports and life….

So far, I’ve been consistent with training. I’ve never really stopped training  to maintain my fitness level and endure my previous races. But when I say consistent,  that means I do what is in the program.  I follow them strictly.  I try to hit the goals I have set even if conditions are not okay.

I run even when it’s the first day of my monthly visitor.

I always start my program reset with 200 meter sprints...

I always start my program reset with 200 meter sprints…

I lift before I leave the house.

 DEAD(after)LIFTDEAD(after)LIFT Selfie

I do yoga in between my hectic schedule.

The MAT shall bring it all together

The MAT shall bring it all together

I wish I can say I swim consistently though, hi Coach!

 Swim Squad swimming while I watch :pSwim Squad swimming while I watch :p

So far, I am getting the hang of running at an anaerobic pace again (in training). For months, I’ve had this mantra of I could run forever (maybe, let’s add faster.)  Of course, fast is relative. Most of the times, I’d get comments “You were too fast!” I appreciate that. But I know that I am still way too far from what I can call FAST. I am geeky in terms of numbers so I have them all in my log – you know those xyz’s of my mpk’s  and kph’s over the last five years. I am still too far from where I used to be and I am way TOO far from where I want to be.

Did I slowdown from running too much ultras? Or is it age? Or is it because my running form sucks? We’ve been discussing this in a chat group with other runners. We can do analysis and crunching but it’s all in the past now…

I know I have a goal and I got to work. I have started….and will finish the work I have started….

Thank God for encouraging friends and for giving me training partners who have the same goal!

Alfred, Natz, Kat and Mark

Coach Titus and his protege Sony Wagdos (PNG2014 5K silver medalist)

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The paYasso Crew

And family and friends who keep me sane outside of training…

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<3

I joined RUN UNITED 2. It was a last minute decision. My program was 1.5 hours run as I was coming from a heavy week and a loaded Saturday. Unfortunately, my bib was for 21K. It was an out and back course so I had no choice but to run the whole distance.

My Garmin won’t turn on so I do not know exactly how I was doing throughout. I was just cruising through the course, pushing when I feel like pushing, slowing down when I feel like slowing down.

I got a lot of comments, PM and text that I had my “Game Face On!” and this photo proves it. But it’s more of, “I want this race over!”

Thanks Running Photographers!

Thanks Running Photographers!

RU2 was fun! I always love running RU races even if I am more used to being part of smaller ultramarathon races. Props to Coach Rio for smoothly staging a race a big as RU! It’s a race where you see lots of friends, old and new. It feels great to see how the community has grown (and growing).  This race has been the first race of most running newbies I know.

Adidas Body Care booth at Run United 2

Adidas Body Care booth at Run United 2

Some of the runners lining up for their race photo souvenir

Some of the runners lining up for their race photo souvenir

RU is never a PR race for me given the big crowd.  It has always served as a training/tempo run for me. What I love about races like RU is it brings back memories of the enthusiasm I had in running when I was just starting – you know that feeling when I went home and posted that FB status, “I just run my first 5K marathon!” (Okay, I deleted that post na!)

My first running shoes!

My first running shoes!

Now, back to my race results….hmmm What race? Did I EVEN race? I finished the race and end up realizing how much work I still have to do.    The good thing is we are never defined by our best performance, nor are we defined by our worst. Our best and our worst is never our STANDARD, it is our starting point.

The only thing I can do consistently in my races is to smile at the Finish Line.

The only thing I can do consistently in my races is to smile at the Finish Line. (Souvenir Photo at Adidas Body Care booth)  Thanks for the race kit and the support!

It is time to PUSH. Pesist Until Something Happens. (I saw this quote somewhere but I can not remember where)

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