“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” -Romans 12:2
I was able to watch this movie ‘Transformer: The Rise of the Fallen’ twice already. The first one was last June 26, 2009 in Festival Mall Alabang and the second time was last July 3, 2009 in SM Muntinlupa City. I was awed by the the story, those tremendous special audio and video effects and almost non-stop action throughout the entire movie. What’ s so special about this film was the way those high-end cars and airplanes can transform themselves in a blink of an eye into powerful robots ready for warfare and vice versa.
Let me focus my today’s writing in the highlighted word ‘transform.’
First, in running. Every runners must experience this word in his or her life to stay in this sports for a long, long time. There must be a transformation. Running is a continuous process and lessons must be learned in order for us to grow and keep moving. Once you became a marathoner and then an Ultra-marathoner, you will not stop there, retire your singlet and hang-up your sneakers. There must be a continuity!
From a slow runner to a speedy runner; from a speedy runner to an endurance runner; from an endurance runner to a speedy runner…Not unless you are an elite runner already, there must be improvements so that boredom cannot creep into our minds and eventually lead that to our downfall. I have heard some runners who are no longer running nowadays because after they reached the pinnacle of their running careers, they lost interests, got bored and quit running. That’s should not be the case. Real runners always plan ahead to keep him motivated. Would you believe that while running in Botak100, I’m already thinking of my next Ultra-marathon next year which is the 2nd Bataan Death March 102k Ultra-marathon?
And to keep me inspired, After I finished my 3rd Ultra-marathon and 4th marathon and competing in 59 racing events in my 3 years as a runner, I have already set my next goal:
August 9, 2009 -Milo 21k in Baguio City
August 23, 2009 -Milo 21k in Naga City ( if I cannot join Cobra Ironman)
August 30, 2009 -Milo in Legaspi City
October 17, 2009 -Subic 42k
This time, I will train for speed and hopefully regain my former momentum since there will be no more Ultra-marathon set from August-December 2009.
My long term goal is to join all Milo racing events in the provinces, at least thrice a year and complete that before 2012. And a sub4 in Milo 42k next year!
My dear friend, always aspire to be a better runner. Beat your previous PR, continue conquering places and run like an animal. Only in these ways, you can stay motivated, focused and inspired. But if at the end of the day after doing your best, you were not able to achieve it, don’t loose heart-there’s still another day to try.
That movie can never happen in a real life, but as a runner we can do that. We can transform from a rusty, slow runner to a nimble and expeditious one.
It’s only in your mind.
Why not try it today?
God be Praised!