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Once Is Not Enough: Inspirations to a Multi-Marathon

Completed your first marathon?  Congratulations!  Now what?

Running is one of the most addicting sports there is with all its benefits, relatively lower risks, and not to mention practically free, and the marathon may be the “holy grail” of long distance running.  Completing a marathon is definitely a life achievement, but for many people finishing just one is simply not enough.

My first ever marathon finisher’s medal via the 33rd National MILO® Marathon (Manila Eliminations)

As of August 10, 2010 I’ve completed 10 marathon distance or longer races (3 of which were ultramarathons of at least 100 kilometers) and some more long runs.  Despite having done it that many times marathons never get easier, or shorter, that’s why it’s never something to take lightly.  So what keeps us going through that 42.195K over and over again?

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My Marathon Wish

I may not have run the best marathons in the world, and I need not to, to know what makes a great marathon.  As a runner who has joined quite a few marathons locally and one internationally, I’ve had my fair share of good, bad, and noxious races.

Darkness that is SIMLast year I got tired of a string of heartaches from poor races.  The lone marathon that I’ve prepared for, the infamous Subic International Marathon, almost broke me into tears, literally, as I felt abandoned by the organizers in the midst of the race in the absence of the basic but dire need—water.  I knew for a fact that I would’ve reached my goal of a sub-4 hour marathon that night had the race been at least decent.  And that story was just one of the few.  If I can’t get “my race” in the Philippines, I might as well get it elsewhere—and I found it in Singapore.

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