- Posted October 3, 2013 by
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From the map, my journey is still a way long to go.
From the distance kilometer to my end destination, it seems that it is impossible.
But what keeps me going today, it’s the dream. The big dream that begins in the very moment when I said “YES” and the rest was the history.
I started running at about 1:00PM a while ago due to the heavy rain. The whole morning I devoted it in praying with the priests in the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette. After lunch, I started fixing my running arsenal and my new rain coat. For about two kilometers, I started walking and observing the weather of the day. From Silang, Cavite welcome arc I started running. I just stopped from running whenever I see a kilometer distance, location directions, and others.
Today I accomplished a 64KM run for long eight hours of running and walking. It took me five times to refill my hydration bag with water and three times that I stopped to eat (heavy meal). For about three times, I have to stopped and remove my rain coat and start running again. For the first 21KM, I really tried to maintain my pace of eight minutes per kilometer. From Silang, Cavite I passed through Carmona, Biñan, Cabuyao, Calamba and finally in UP Los Baños, Laguna. Generally, the streets were very busy with trailer trucks, jeepneys, buses, tricycle and others. The roads are not that actually friendly for runners. Since the area where I ran a while ago are in urban areas pollutions are everywhere. But being an ultra-runner I learned already how to manage situations like this. However, I find the drivers in those areas as very responsible and caring drivers for bikers and runners.
But if there is something that I learned today, that is to be more aware of myself in embracing this advocacy by simply valuing my very own LIFE. In Brgy. Sabutan in Silang, Cavite I managed to passed by in the area where Kae Davantes was found. I remembered most of students in La Salle who happens to be her colleagues in their company asked me to include her into my prayers. As I passed by on that bridge, I stopped and offered a decade of rosary for her soul and for justice. In my prayer, I realized that life is too short. It is in this regard that in as much I value others dreams and lives, I must in myself also do the same. But still, in touch with others journey.
As I arrived in UP Los Baños, Laguna I was amazed by a group kids running towards me selling sampaguita. They asked why I am running? Where in UP will I stay? Etc. all I said was, “let’s have a picture taking?” After which, I decided to buy the last pair of sampaguita’s from them. I asked them, “what are your dreams?” I took a solo photos of them. I asked them also to share with me their dreams.
My run today, simply connects me from my inner soul. I had realized that what I just did was to run. But this time, I am running bringing with me their dreams, their aspirations in life, justice for the oppressed, and lastly… I’m running simply because I value life.
This run is not about distance…
This is not about doing the impossible…
But it’s all about LIFE… DREAMS… and lastly…I must keep on going…