I was a sedentary, spend-the-whole-day-at-work-and-home person until…
4 years ago – I watched my brother join a run and saw how upbeat everyone was and so, the running bug bit me.
10 weeks later, I joined my first 10km run.
3 years ago- I ran my first full marathon (See summary of my first year here).
2 years ago- I wanted some variety so I shifted to Filipino Martial Arts. I did very little running.
6 months ago- Hubby, conniving with our good friend JN and my sisters, Jehan and Sandi, registered me to The Bull Runner Dream Marathon (TBRDM) 2015. At first, I protested saying that I’m done with that marathon (which is, in case you don’t know, the first and only marathon in the world that caters exclusively to first- and second-time marathon runners.)
But a few days after that, I changed my mind and excitedly confirmed my registration by personally paying the fee.
After paying the fee, I trained…not.
4 months ago- hubby convinced me to join a running group coached by champion triathlete Jojo Macalintal (fondly called Jomac). He analyzed my form and technique and I learned that I had to change a lot of things “Coach, I’ve been running the wrong way all these years!” I said. “Well, it’s not really wrong, it’s just not efficient,” he answered. Oh my coach, always mild-mannered and encouraging.
Anyway, since my running was very inefficient, I was embarrassed to tell him that I registered for a marathon. I kept it a secret until..
1-1/2 months ago – I told hubby that I was backing out from the marathon because I felt that I was just beginning to learn how to run well. He sort of said “Okay, if that’s your decision”.
The next day he told coach. Instead of my expected “I-can’t believe-you-had-the-gall-to-think-you-can-run-a-marathon” reaction, coach shook his head and said “Sayang naman. Maganda ang TBR. Kaya mo naman tapusin yun. Enjoy mo lang.” “Ahh, okay,” I nodded slowly, not really convinced.
Anyway, from that time on, he gave me a specialized training plan (actually, a cram plan) which I tried to follow diligently.
2 weeks ago- I ran my first organized run in 2 years. Before that I said that that 21-km run would be the gauge if I’ll push through with the marathon. And much to my surprise, I finished, not fast, but strong and happy :). Read the story here.
And so today, Monday, at 9 AM I said, “That’s it, done with the last training drills before the marathon!”
- Tomorrow, Tuesday, I’ll run one hour, easy.
- Wednesday, 40 minutes, easy.
- Thursday, 30 minutes, easy.
- Friday, rest.
- Saturday, 20 minutes walk plus dynamic stretches.
- Sunday, MARATHON!
Do you think I’m ready? We’ll see.