If somebody would approach me few months ago and tell me that I would participate in a fun run, I would think that the person is just kidding. I have friends who invite me to participate in marathon from time to time, however, I would often dismiss their invitation since I thought that those are for ‘sporty’ people and I am not the ‘sporty type’. Yes, I play badminton and volleyball with some friends once in a while but just for fun. I run once in a while for exercise but not because I want to participate in a marathon.

When I was invited to join the “Takbo Para sa Kaalaman, Kalusugan, at Kalikasan”, I didn’t know what came into my mind that made me say “yes”. I realized that I only have 2 days left before the run. Since I already have scheduled activities for those days, I was not able to prepare myself physically.

The time to run came. A lot of runners assembled themselves along CCP Complex. Media people who were covering the event were walking to and fro. Organizers are busy bugs as they make sure everything is in place.

We were asked to assemble. I took a deep breath and waited for the gun fire as I started to stride. Half-way through the run I felt so tired. Good thing that organizers positioned a water station along the way – an oasis! After my thirst was quenched, I continued until I reached the finish line. Running is tiring yet invigorating!

This is how I look after the run! Wet look! Hahaha!

Just a pose in the Start/Finish line.

As I savor the wonderful feeling of finishing my first run, a  friend distracted me and said, “Audrey, you finished your first run! Join us in the next!” I laughed as I tried to catch my breath but I said “Yes, let us register for the next run!”. Funny as it seems, this experience gave me a different perspective in running.

I met the youngest runner for that specific event. Her name is Princess. Her Dad told me that she started running when she was four years old. The first time she joined a competition, she was registered to run 1 kilometer. However, along the way, she joined the adults up to the 5-kilometer race and finished third place! Imagine! Isn’t that inspiring?

A picture with Princess

I had breakfast with Princess together with her parents after the run. She fondly recalled the media interview that she had earlier after she crossed the finish line. She asked me to watch her on TV.

A day after my first run, reality sets in – feeling of soreness was already present.  I used to experience this kind of soreness after a Tae-bo session which I have not done for months. I somehow miss this feeling of soreness. Hahaha!

When I checked my twitter earlier, I saw a tweet from a renowned Triathlete, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan! Her message is so motivating!


About Audrey

I am not a typical “girl-next-door”, But I am striving to be a woman of valor. I cannot turn the heads of many people, But I can touch their lives and still be humble. To please my Creator, that is my main goal, To let Him mold me, for me to fit in my role. My other wish is to have a pure soul, And to have a zealous heart like a burning coal. Strength and honor must be my clothing, Purity and honesty, for me is an important thing. To be a woman of principles, that’s what I’m preparing, To make God proud of me as I keep on dazzling. I may not be as perfect as what I want to be, A soldier in the battle that is what I can see. I’ll keep on fighting to solve life’s mystery, To win the battle is the best reward for me!
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2 Responses to It is Fun to Run

  1. prakash says:

    Brave Girl, Audrey!

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