Ah yes, my first ever run.
Wait no, this wasn’t my first run. My first run was probably while I was young. I do remember joining the 1km run in BGC during the city’s infancy in 2001 when only The Fort Strip was the only memorable establishment there. I was only 15.
So this is my first run as an adult. There. Better.
Never in my life did I think I’d run at my age or in the future, unless I was in danger.
I joined this virtual run and boy did I run. I saw the Pinoy Fitness Balik Alindog virtual run event on Facebook. I think one of my friends marked the event as “Interested” and that notified me that a friend was interested in an event near me, I checked it out read about it on the event page, looked at the website, did a few more reading, said friend never did join the race but ANYWAY that’s how I got wind of virtual races. I had a lot of time in my hands, I was doing all this while I was in line of the Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly National Statistics Office).
I wasn’t looking for something I’d have to pay for, and this race was free to join. You don’t get a medal entitlement or a shirt, you only get a virtual badge, but whatevs. I just really needed something worth committing to sans paying anything yet so I can have a goal while walking. Walking being the only exercise I can do at the time. My competitiveness will pop out at some point.
You might ask, who am I competing with? Myself of course! I can’t do it? HA! I’ll show myself! *shakes fist in the air*
The cumulative virtual run actually started last January 15 and will end by the end of the month. I joined in January 21! I joined without thinking that I only had so many days left and guess the distance I registered in? 50km!
I only had 11 days to run 50 kilometers. ELEVEN days to finish FIFTY kilometers. Without any past experience with running. Can I really do this? Really?
After 14 runs (there were days I’d run twice a day just to really catch up), I managed 51km. Achievement unlocked! I hope I can join more runs in the future.
Do I have any tips for beginners like me? I can’t think of any, aside from “challenge your limits” but also “listen to your body too.” Maybe I’ll think of something else eventually.
I just want to pass out now. 😀