Jul 29, 2013

Post Run Update: 37th Milo Marathon

A day after the 37th Milo Marathon, having ran on the 10K category, here I am enduring muscle pains on my thighs, calves, hips, butt, and back. I call them my battle wounds hehehe.  I've gone through even worse pain during the first few days of my Tai ji training some years ago, so I know I'll live through this.  Usually, it's the 2nd day after the workout when I feel the worse, so tomorrow, I'd probably be groaning more when I go up and down the stairs.  My knees are surprisingly in a somewhat better condition, so I am not limping.  I can walk normally although I wince internally sometimes.


Tired but happy runners
  
This is my 2nd time to run in the 10K category and my first time to do so with Milo.  I can't help but notice that the enthusiasm in this category pales in comparison with the 5 and 3K categories.  Ah maybe because there are more younger folks there. The 10K category probably has more of the more serious runners.  I suppose so, because I have not spotted even one runner ever taking a selfie or a group picture along the race route.  This is the intermediate category, I suppose and you can really feel the more competitive spirit thicker.

Still, as in any race, I only try to beat my own self.  There is no point in trying to outpace other people, unless I am aiming for a top spot.  So, at gun start, I walked.  I let the eager ones get ahead of me and I waited until the crowd is thinner before I started running.  On certain intervals throughout the route, I kept putting my hands up, sitting on my head or way up above my head and shaking them from time to time.  I don't want to have a repeat of the fat fingers hehehe.

Still alive and kicking


I clocked at 1 hour, 32 minutes and 6 seconds but I am still waiting for the official chip time.  I did not meet my target of less than 1.5 hours, but it was a good try and still is a good run even if I got tired too easily.  I'm thinking it's probably that time of the month or I just simply lacked practice.  What's important though is that I finished the race strong and am still healthy by my standards hehehe.      

So why am I paying up for an event where I get my body beaten?  It's really kind of hard to explain, but when you're into running, you somehow get it.  And while on the running route, I do ask myself that same question from time to time.  I just remind myself to go on and finish the race.  When that is not enough, I think of those kids who will be the happy recipients of new running shoes and it never fails to give me a boost.  Actually, it's not just about the shoes but what Milo Marathon believes in, which is this:



It's not just about winning and getting a medal...but about building champions in the game that is called life.


P.S.  We were not able to go to the Taba Congress anymore.  When the adrenaline rush wore off, we were all dead beat.  Maybe next time.  

P.P.S.  Finally got my official time - Chip time: 1:30:18 (Source)  I missed my mark by 18 seconds...not bad hehehe.  


25 comments:

  1. Cheers, sis! Grabee you are really into it! I envy your passion and discipline. :)

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  2. Congrats sis! I agree with the last words. Winning is not really about the medal...

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  3. Kampai! I admire you sobra. I hope someday i can join a marathon too.

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  4. This so inspiring to all runners out-there. congratulations!:)

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  5. Yeah!! great to see you complete that marathon!! Way to go!!

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  6. It is nice to have your physical fitness for a cause too...its like two birds in one stone! Keep it up, Aileen!

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  7. Marielle Faye GarciaAugust 2, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    I always wish of someday joining a marathon. Well, maybe I just haven't found the right time to do so yet. :)

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  8. Congratulations on a 2nd successful 10k run Ai! I wonder if I can do that?

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  9. Hooray for another achievement! Congrats on your successful 10k run!

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  10. I just hope this kind of huge marathons will also be launched here in the province.

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  11. congrats to your achieve, i am sure next time you will beat your target time..

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  12. congrats on finishing your second 10k run. :-) i can somehow relate to the part where you mentioned that it's hard to explain why you're paying for something where your body gets beaten and get all the body pain. when i was still mountain climbing, that's the same thing i was feeling but i just remind myself to go on and finish the journey. we don't just climb mountains kasi, most of the time, we bring along donations for the katutubo or locals of the mountains like school supplies for the kids. we also conduct medical and dental missions up the mountains. it's really so fulfilling that you not only conquer the challenge, you get to help other people as well. :-)

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  13. Way to go, and congrats for another achievement unlocked! LOL ... I use Bengay for all those muscle pains. You may want to try it out...

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  14. Thanks Meikah...I usually just wait it out until the muscle pains are gone...if the pain lasts for more than 3 days, that's something I should be worried about, meaning, I have an injury of some sorts.

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  15. Very fulfilling nga yung medical mission nyo. That's a very noble cause and when you do things with a purpose, the hardships sometimes are irrelevant.

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  16. Milo Marathon is held in different provinces nationwide sis. Where are you from ba?

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  17. what a fulfilling experience.. 10k isn't a joke.. proud of you sis! keep it up and congrats!

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  18. wow, that's quite an achievement. in the end, all that matters is beating your own personal record. next time i'm sure you'll clock in at less than 1.5hrs.

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  19. Galing, sis. So inggit naman and congrats. 10K woohoo!

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  20. congrats! any plan of joining the last ironman in cebu next year? hehe...

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  21. I don't think so sis hehehe...first, I still don't know how to swim properly and definitely not in open water, I don't know how to ride a bike (I never did learn that when I was a kid) and I have not ran a full marathon (42K) yet.... Compared to those triathletes, I'm just a toddler learning to run hehehe.

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  22. Sis, tapos na ba yun Milo sa Baguio?

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  23. Is that you Mom Maye? hehehe

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  24. sis sa November 3 pa. If ever I will join I would do the 3k (kiddie) hehe. I am so out of shape right now lol

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  25. How I wish I can run marathon like you. It's on my bucket list.

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