- Posted October 3, 2013 by
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It’s all about WALKING… by Mac Milan Day 3 Journal
“Slow is FAST…each stride whether I am running or walking…it’s all the same…what is important is the process of getting there…and the journey… the destination.” - Mac Milan, Day 3
I started my day with a breakfast, a two piece pan cake and an “egg-caldo.” Afterwhich, I started my morning prayer while waking inside UPLB campus. I am enjoying the place actually, the scenery, the serenity of the place, and the rain also adds a bit of drama. Not until I saw calendar of activities of the day of the city. They were celebrating “BAÑOMOS” a town fiesta according to one of the students in the said university.
Exactly 8:00 AM, I started walking from UPLB Campus to Calamba Crossing. The total distance that was covered was 16KM. I enjoyed walking going to Calamba Crossing because of the downhill type of terrain. The sun also gives me more “gusto” in doing my tempo walking. Since the Los Baños was celebrating their patronal fiesta the road going to Calamba is not that busy. The resorts along the way gave me an impression that the hot springs in the area are well taken care of by the people. I noticed also that there were a lot of sidewalk stores of different kinds of “puto.” As I arrived in Turbina in Carmona, I took photos of the SLEX. How I wish that there are allotted portion of it for bikers and runners. In that area, an uphill is already waiting for me to pass by. From Turbina to Batnagas City the total distance is at least 56KM more. The heat is already punishing me as I continue walking. The least that I can do is keep on hydrating myself and I kept on putting my improvised “cloth coolant.” From Sto. Tomas to Tanauan, the road terrain is purely a flat course. The junction to Tanuan and going to San Pablo gave me a bit of confusion. As I arrived in Tanuan, I took lunch and rested for a while before going to Malvar, the next town. I just kept on walking and not forcing myself to run until I reached Lipa City. In front of the city hall, I ate Lomi as specialty of the place. From there I kept on walking as sun sets as I go to San Jose. San Jose is known as the egg capital basket of the country. But more than anything else, San Jose has one of the best church structures in the country. As the day ends, I kept on walking and finally reaches Batangas City at about 7:45PM.
Today I covered a total distance of 67KM for 12 long hours of walking. Surely, others would say that I am too slow. Last year when I ran from Davao to Manila, I had a lot of wrong directions because I was to furious in getting there in my destination. Since, I am running solo and unsupported what I kept on doing is remind myself to enjoy the journey. It is then that I realized how big improvement the national highway we have now compared when I was travelling in these places few years ago. But why did I decided to walk today? At times, I have the tendency to make things fast. I remembered during my ultra-running competitions, for the first half of the race I was leading the pack. But in the end, I am at the tail or worst would not even finish the race. Walking today, gave me the chance to really dig in more into my hearts the reason why I am doing this. I had the perfect time of really enjoying the journey…the places…the terrain…the heat of the sun… and even visiting churches like San Jose Shrine in San Jose, Batangas. Indeed, it’s not about get in there first… it’s all about now enjoying the journey… again, It’s all about walking.