I haven’t been writing articles since Wednesday because I got disoriented with my writing schedule because of work. But earlier today, after doing a very short run and exploring IT Park to my place here in Cebu by foot (which I also intend to write later), I finally decided to write about 3 things. To start off, my first article, but technically my second, is about doing a 31-K run last Saturday.
I’ve made a promise to myself that I will be doing a birthday run and the distance of which is the same as my age. Since my birthday falls on a Monday, I’ve decided to do it on a Saturday to give me time to rest on Monday in time for my flight for Cebu the following day.
I started very early in the morning, around 4:30AM from SM Bicutan going to Bonifacio Global City passing by the road leading to Heritage Park and then going back to the main road and to McKinley and to BGC. The killer hills inside McKinley got me exhausted so I opted to stop by the nearest 711 store to buy me some drinks and yema.
Again, I was attacked by my cramps when I was on my way to the British School. Darn those cramps! But I still managed and was able to complete my birthday run.
I gave myself a tap on the back and treated myself with a hearty meal/breakfast at Jollibee. Didn’t feel tired that much, there was no soreness, the only thing that made everything difficult was when I got cramps because I could have gone farther without them.
As if 31K wasn’t enough, I ran again the next day, around 6K plus another 6K of cycling. This time I wore my Asics GT2150. And what a relief!!! They were nice to me and didn’t give the usual shin splints and blisters on the medial aspects of my feet. It was like I have pillows and springs on my feet. We have this love-hate relationship since the time I got them last December so I hope this time around it will permanently have a change of heart on me and always be nice to me. The socks and adjustment of laces did the trick.
Others may say it’s crazy, but for me it was a commitment to myself and to my passion. It also served as my long run training for my first ever Marathon in March. I could not explain the fulfillment that I’ve felt after running my 31 at 31 event. It was the best gift by far.