My Second Half-Marathon

A month and 5 days from now, Run United 1 will be held in Manila and will give way to us “runners” to conquer different roads of the city and experience another achievement for 21k (13.1 miles) distance. Dated March 17, 2013, there had been hundreds of participants who joined and registered already. I was in Mall of Asia last February 3, had my dinner with a friend in Savory and asked him to go with me at Toby’s Sports. Being a bit familiar with the place, I knew where to go to register but noticed that there was nothing on the register area but for another run event named Color Manila Nite Run 2013, and then I was informed that RU1 would start their in-store registration the next day Feb. 4. We left after roaming around the area looking for stuff we might like but ended up empty handed and bought nothing since we really didn’t plan to buy anything there.

Actually, I’m not able to follow my personalized training program for this half-marathon due to badminton training. For some reasons, badminton is what I like the most as of the moment although I’m not training for any tournament I always wanted to be competitive in this sport. I already went through some rejections and frustrations for this game and I think it’s time to get in the circle where I feel I belong. I knew I improved a lot not only with some educational techniques and training tips from my friends but with being more focused and well-disciplined person.

Running and Badminton are both interactive when it comes to socializing. You meet friends here and there and also encounter people who are not that sociable enough to mingle with you.

On my first few weeks of training for my second half-marathon, I tried improving on my endurance and as they say: No pain no gain. To stay strong, I started with my strength training if I’m not running or if I’m on my free day, I hope I’m doing well even if I don’t have a coach yet.

My time previously for my first half-marathon was at 3 hours and 20 minutes. Kind of a slow runner I was but never had I give up and that’s one of my mantra. Also, I always tell myself to focus on how I run and how my body reacts to it if I hit the right rhythm and not unto others so I just always look straight ahead 20 meters away from where I stand. It’s me myself and I that are competing and not with other factors such as fellow runners and weather conditions.

I’m excited to for this event and looking forward to see the finish line and this sign where it will say: “You ran 20k” because it gives me goosebumps and exert my remaining energy to hit the finish line and get my medal. Another achievement to be expected and speaking of expectations, I’m not expecting to improve that fast because it has to be gradual unless you are a superhero like Spiderman.

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