“Bless those who persecute you.” -The Gospel
Since joining the second edition of BDM 102 last March 2010, I’m no longer visible in any races since then. Although I registered in the Northface 100k in Baguio City, I opted to sell my race bib and singlet to a friend at the last minute due to a personal problem. Again I tried to join the Milo 42k when another friend paid my registration fee but due to unavoidable circumstance, I was not able to participate in that race. I did my best again to be at the starting lines of PAU Rizal province and Pagudpud and lastly in Camsur, but trying times are still hindering me in doing that.
In the last 6 months, I relocated three times already and its difficult to adjust in those varying environments. But one thing is sure -I will remain as a runner. And so literally speaking, although I’m no longer active in joining races for the last 6 months, I’m a regular runner in different places, particularly in those remotest area where there seems to be no runners at all. Take for instance, in one place here in Cavite, I can hear those bystanders telling silly jokes about me while I’m approaching their post. The best reaction to their sarcastic feedback is just to ignore them, because they can’t really understand why we RUN in such a way. They don’t believe we can run a 10 kms, how much more if they will hear us finishing a 102 kms or a 24 hours run?
Not unless your training ground is in The Fort or in MOA or in Roxas Blvd, you will be hearing many of those bawdy comments from those people who don’t know about running. I can still remember two instances in a race where a fistfight almost occurred between those watchers and my running pals because the former mocked vehemently the latter – in Milo half marathon in Batangas City and in QCIM 42k last year. If not for the intervention of some marshals, that running race could have been altered into a boxing match.
While I can’t blame my running pals during that time because maybe they were so tired and already irked by those negative comments, they must be careful not to lose their temper. Remember, we are always on the street and we are visible and prone to any retaliation. The rule of the thumb is -make friends and no enemies while running. That is for our safety. In order for us to enlarge our territory, we must deal those sarcastic jokes thrown at us as a good sign because in their point of view, we are different. Why different? Because they simply cannot RUN the way we are doing.
There are so many reasons why we are being mocked but I can only say one thing -Deep inside them, they want to be like us, but they can’t. All they can do is to watch us, walk a little bit but they will collapse if they will run. And what will you expect them to say while they see you running?
Just give them a smile. Maybe someday, they will join you because of your warm feet and a cold temper.
To God be the glory!