Admittedly I was not able to have enough time to train for my dream marathon. I even stopped for a month. The only training I had one month prior to TBR DM were Condura 21K and the Operation Smile 10K (Cebu).
I almost gave up and was thinking of just let this opportunity pass and will just do this next year. A lot of my friends told me to pursue it and never give up yet. I was still contemplating on not going to this event up until the send off party.
At the send off party, I finally saw almost all participating dreamers and the energy was there. From that time on I started to get excited and officially made a final decision to continue my pursuit of the marathon.
I didn’t have enough rest last Saturday, the day before the race. I don’t know what to expect either during the race. All I know is that, according to Roelle, expect that there is pain. Mental stressors were also lurking.
This entry then is for all those who believed I can do a marathon, supported me from day 1 of my training to the actual event, to the support crew/s, and everyone who have made my dream possible.
To my dear Snail Runners Alabang. I know how hard it is to prepare the things of and for the runners. You became our baggage counter, our free sari sari store, our massage therapists (Rodel and Crisan, thank you), say it you have it. Your cheers really made me smile and run further/farther. I was really tired, not to mention suffering from bad leg cramps, but you were there to make it go away, well at least temporarily. hahahaha! I really don’t know where you got the energy to still shout and cheer for all of us. Thanks for patiently waiting for me up to the very end. I wasn’t expecting to see you guys still waiting for me at the last 3 kilometers. You guys were the best!
To Team Boring. Sorry to invade your station guys. Thank you for giving me a massage, banana, and a bottle of Pocari Sweat. But seriously, you really wanted me to carry the BDM tarp towards the finish line??? lol! That last 3 kilometers for me was crucial I’m on the verge of really slowing down and just walk. But I still had the energy to run my last kilometer; thanks to your team. Hope to run with you one of these days. Pag ready na ako. hehehe. Just looking at your accomplishments, scary!
Tuesday Group (Cebu). It was so sweet to receive a good luck message from the Tuesday Group. For those who don’t know, they were the first running group I’ve met in Cebu. They always meet up at Abellana Oval every Tuesday and that’s why they called themselves as such. They’re cool! If you’re going to Cebu, look for them. I miss you guys!
To my pacer/s. It was only Titanium Runner who’s volunteered to pace me personally but towards the last stretch of the route, we were joined by Beeps. I hate them! I swear! Of course that was only a joke. They had me run like hell. Run like a bull was chasing me. They pushed me hard to make me finish before 7 hours. They also became my personal therapists on the route. If I were the pacers, I think this is what they’re saying at the back of their minds, “ang tigas ng ulo nito!!! (this runner is stubborn!)” hahahaha. Am I right guys? Thank you! See you on the road.
For my friend/s who believed in me and that I can finish a Marathon; for joining me in my LSDs and being patient with me.
To Jaymie. a big THANK YOU! Last year’s story about the Dream Marathon inspired me to join this year. The concept of a Dream Marathon pulled me closer to my dream. To the crew, chasers, water and aid station guys, to Mr. Lafferty, and to all the speakers during bull circles. THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS as well for a job well done!
Hope I didn’t miss anyone. To everyone who contributed to my success in the marathon, THANK YOU.