“Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.”–Jack Nicklaus (American Professional Golfer, b.1940)
Since my recent injury last Sunday (Milo Marathon), I only did one practice yesterday, a 1 hour and 10 minutes tempo run. Sadly, there’s still pain on my right foot, but it’s bearable at that moment, hoping I could last a 42k tomorrow. And I have a big burden, leading the group for 5 hours flat as ‘Official Pacer’ for the Quezon City International Marathon together with Ultra-runner Arman and my buddy Romy Irevera.
I did not apply as a pacer, but a guest blogger-runner supposed to be. However, when I met Sir Rene aka Jazzrunner during the ROTARrun, he said, ‘mag-PACER ka na lang kaya?’ I hesitated first but thinking it’s a good opportunity to be a part of QCIM, I agreed.
Things were going smoothly until last Sunday’s mishap where I did not finish the supposed to be 42k bandit run and first in a series of our fund drive campaign for team hardcore’s TKO 250 kms. And If ever I’m so blessed to persevere and finish these grueling marathons, I’m not worthy to claim that I did a 250k but a 225 instead for I stopped at km 25 last Sunday.
The culprit? Injury.
Tomorrow’s race will be crucial for me because If that ‘pain’ will not vanish, (forbid it to happen) then it’s about time to heed my doctor’s advice, “Give myself a break.”
That means, I will not join the Subic international Marathon and Pasig River International Marathon, both 42k although I’m already registered.
But I’ll do my best tomorrow.
And praying that legions of my guardian angels will guide me and give me the strength to finish this race.
Above all, let His will be done and not mine.
God be Praised!
‘As the Lord pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.’ -Psalms 103:13