Just about every plan I had with this race didn’t come to fruition—from registration to meeting targets. At the same time some of the unexpected came to be, both pleasant and repulsive, making this one of the most stressful but interesting races I’ve had.
Decision at the 11th Hour
The previous “prestigious” event that I was really preparing for found me flabbergasted—with so much disappointment at that race I felt like I had to get redemption somehow. Prior to the said event I wasn’t really thinking of sweeping all the “International Marathons”—all I was aiming for was to support our city’s initiative (QCIM) without sacrificing my dream of running at the SCTEX in a decent manner. For the latter the goal was simple: aim to run my marathon with hardly any walk breaks. Unfortunately even though I got a new PR I didn’t fulfill my “simple” goal.
By the time I truly decided on joining the race registration was already closed. It really took me a while to decide to sign up because the day of PIM was the day after my birthday—would you run a marathon the day after your birthday after you had just finished two marathons back to back?
Knowing that registration was already closed I was seriously considering a last resort—yes it’s doing the “B” word that I don’t encourage. It’s not a matter of not wanting to register; it’s just that I can’t. I was so desperate to join that I event filed a leave from the office to go to ABS-CBN Foundation to try to register, but failed. So when life gives you lemons make lemonade—in this case if I was to run as a “bandit” might as well make it a more purposeful act—be a pacer… again!
Meant to be
Heaven was hearing my prayers—I found a “legal’ work-around to my “B” problem by getting the race number of a fellow runner who registered double, one for the full marathon and one for the marathon relay with Team Logan (more on this later). Although race bibs are not transferrable it at least allows me to join the race “legally.” At that moment I was just ecstatic! Finally just a few days before the race I’m “legal.”
Another “But Wait, There’s More” Moment
Barely 48 hours before the race I was offered complimentary race kits by Sir Rene courtesy of Quezon City Hall—at first I was reluctant because I already have a kit and didn’t know it was complimentary but due to the urge of fellow runners I again signed up with the idea that I’ll have a kit under my name—full legality and not just a workaround. But wait, there’s a catch.
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my friends who greeted me for my birthday yesterday, November 07. I was really overwhelmed and am sorry if I wasn’t able to respond to your greetings individually (greetings on my Facebook wall exceeded way beyond what can be conveniently displayed) but rest assured I read them all (through my email). I’d like to thank as well Microsoft Philippines for giving me a licensed copy of Windows 7 Professional as a birthday present.
To my takbo.ph family as usual I’m deeply honored to have known you guys and one again was overwhelmed with the overflowing support you give me, fellow runners, and the running community as well. I really appreciate all the efforts and the love you gave us earlier during the race.
To Craig, Michelle, and Justin of Team Logan once again you truly are an inspiration to a lot people, myself included, and thank you for giving me the honor of letting me run with the team. We’ll miss you for the time being and have a safe trip!
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Spontaneity at the Philippine International Marathon: