What Makes A Run Memorable?

21 07 2009

“Training can get on a man’s nerves. There is no use or profit in denying it.” -ALF SHRUBB, winner of 20 British running championships between 1900 and 1920.


Last Saturday, some of my bosom friends decided to have our group ‘long run’ and we took the Daang hari Road, an almost 30 kms route. We were supposed to be not less than 10, but due to some unavoidable circumstances, only 5 of us showed up. Ferdinand Valdez, Bert Rodillas, Philip Opulencia, Allan Limpiahoy and me were all wearing a Milo singlet as we started our lsd at exactly 5:25am.

We have a wonderful time together, for our last lsd with the group happened last March 2009, a month before my BDM102. We were conversing and laughing all the way until in the 8 km mark that I felt something painful on my left  foot. I just ignored it thinking it will just disappear. At the turn around point in the Check point area in Daang Hari, I told them that they must run ahead of me, for I can’t bear the pain anymore. I decided to walk the last 15 kms of that supposed to be long run. Ferdie, stayed with me and we chatted along the way…

First time in my entire career as a runner  I almost did not finish a long run because of a bad pain, and that’s memorable for me.

What makes a run memorable?

The answers are as different as runners themselves.

– maybe it’s the weather.

– maybe it’s your companion and the conversation you have: most of the world’s problems have been solved during a run with a good partner.

– maybe you achieve a goal such as a PR on a regular course.

– maybe more distance than you’ve covered before.

– maybe it’s a combination of all of the above.

Whatever it is- have fun, for running was made for us to enjoy, even in the midst of pain.

I have so many memorable runs before, but last Saturdays’  was unforgettable too- for I was even tempted to take a ride going home because of pain but thank God for Ferdie, who was with me and I enjoyed our conversations.

I know a guy who claims that, for him, running is pure drudgery 90% of the time and pure fun 10% of the time, but it’s the way he feels during the 10% that makes the 90% worth it.

Let’s make miles worth the memories!

God be Praised!


Gallipoli is a 1981 Australian film, directed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee, about several young men from rural Western Australia who enlist in the Australian Army during the First World War. They are sent to Turkey, where they take part in the Gallipoli Campaign. During the course of the movie, the young men slowly lose their innocence about the purpose of war. They became runners and The climax of the movie occurs on the Anzac battlefield at Gallipoli and depicts the futile attack at the Battle of the Nek on 7 August 1915.

Gallipoli provides a faithful portrayal of life in Australia in the 1910s — reminiscent of Weir’s 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock set in 1900 — and captures the ideals and character of the Australians who joined up to fight, and the conditions they endured on the battlefield. It does, however, modify events for dramatic purposes and contains a number of significant historical inaccuracies. In particular the officers responsible for Entente command of the attack are depicted in the film as being British, when in fact most British historians agree that the blame for the failure falls at the feet of the two Australian Commanding Officers. -source: Wikipedia.org





6 responses

21 07 2009

Great Post! Running for me is a form of prayer, a moment in commune with God, which I believe,is just as spiritual as it is mental and physical. And the memories and moments of all these “highs” in the midst of all the lows( and walls) keeps us from lacing up every time and going the distance.

21 07 2009

A memorable run is not always a PR or a medal. A memorable run is when your body wants to give up but your spirit wants to continue.
Sometimes the thing that challenges us the most defines us – joan benoit

21 07 2009

a run or race is memorable when you DNF despite the fact that you prepared for it. as usual, nice post, ronnie.

21 07 2009

Well said, bro. andro…we run because of Him. Thank you for the visit.

God bless.

21 07 2009

S’ Patrick…you’re correct! And thank you for the visit. Nice to know that your blog is now okay.
God bless.

21 07 2009

Mismo! S’ Jovie…It’s unforgettable and will haunt you for months. Good thing is, that will keep you motivated and inspired to try again…

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