Conquering Trece Martirez City

31 10 2010

“RUN with patience the race that is set before you.” -Gospel

Oct. 31, 201

Place: Trece Martirez City

Time: 2 hours 22 minutes

This is the nth time I conquered this place by means of running.

See you at the road.

God be Praised!





Make A Difference

30 10 2010

“When I run by myself I have my most intimate thoughts. I look for meaning in some of my important memories, I work through present difficulties, and I try to chart the best course for my future. I also do a lot of dreaming when I run. I can’t tell you how many state championships I won in my mind back in high school, how many NCAA titles I won in my fantasies at the University of Colorado, and how many Olympic medals and major marathons I’ve won in my head in the past few years.” -Kara Goucher

Oct 29, 2010

Ternate Cavite

Time: 2 hours 11 minutes

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That RUN yesterday started my training for the BDM 151K, and tomorrow, I’ll do a 12K.

Nov. 1 -4×1.00(3.00) speed work

Nov 2 -OFF

Nov 3 -25 kms

Nov 4 -21K

I will end my sharing with this…

There is a nine-year-old student sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there appeared a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants is wet.

He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It’s never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it.

When the girls find out, they’ll never speak to him again as long as he lives.

The boy believes his heart is going to stop, he puts his head down and prays this prayer, “Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I’m dead meat.”

He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.

As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy’s lap.

The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, “Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!”

Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy.

The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out.

All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk.

The sympathy is wonderful. But, as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else–Susie.

She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. “You’ve done enough, you klutz!”

Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, “You did that on purpose, didn’t you?”

Susie whispers back, “I wet my pants once, too.”

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good helping others.

Find those opportunities, you will make a difference in someone’s life.

God be Praised!





Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk!

29 10 2010

“When I think about running, it feels like the best 45-minute investment I make in a day. It’s enjoyable, it makes me feel better, and it’s probably paying dividends way into the future. Running is a really easy choice.” -John Fixx, son of running legend Jim Fixx

Oct 23, 2010

Running 2 hours 23 minutes

So proud to conquer another place by means of running.

And now, let me share this: Enjoy reading.

When your heart has been broken, you can either wallow in self pity about someone you can’t control, or you can pick up and move on, knowing that there are millions of people out there you haven’t met yet – one of whom has to be looking for someone like you.

I was very happy with my ex-girlfriend. She was a great person, a woman of my dream. We complimented each other perfectly and were so happy that God placed us into one another’s life to be a source of blessing and encouragement. We were planning to get married and were looking forward to that day. Our wedding preparation was on its early stage. Then, all of the sudden, we were forced to break up. And, this break up was very devastating.

It all started one morning when I called her for our daily prayer and devotion.
“I need to talk to you,” she told me.
“Go ahead, talk to me,” I replied.
“No, I can’t talk about this over the phone. I have to meet with you in person.”
This sounded extremely odd. We never had an argument. We were growing very close and had shared almost everything over the phone. Now, what was it that she couldn’t talk to me over the phone? In an instant, my heart started to race as I guessed where this could be going. I’d heard that phrase before. I couldn’t wait to hear what she had to tell me; therefore, I insisted that she delivered her message over the phone.
Then she got straight to the point, “I need to take some time off from the relationship.”

Those words hit me like a ton of bricks. I never saw this coming. Everything had been going smooth with our relationship. There had been no warnings, no fights, and no change in temperature. She always seemed to be happy with me and was always enthusiastic about our wedding plan. I couldn’t understand the meaning of this.
“What is the matter,” I asked her franticly.
“My ex-boyfriend had popped up back into my life. And I realized I am not over him yet. I need some time off to think of where to go from here.”
At this, I felt the ground giving out from under my bed. I was shaking. No! That couldn’t be true. I loved her so much. I started to cry, and I hang up the phone.

I didn’t believe I was about to lose the woman of my dream, my whole world was about to collapse. I gave her a call the following day with the hope of saving the relationship. I reminded her that she always told me how much of a blessing I had been into her life. I reminded her that she always told me she loved me. In one of her emails she wrote to me “I am so glad that God has blinded the eyes of the others before you because I truly think you were handpicked for me.”
I asked her if the words she always told me were all lies. She told they were all truth.
If they were all truth, how this ex –boyfriend could become an issue?
“You won’t understand,” she answered me. Of course I couldn’t understand.
She made up her mind to go back to her ex-boyfriend. We had our farewell prayer on the phone that day. It was very emotional. And then, she was out of my life.

The pain that occurred from this breakup was extremely devastating and one of the worst things I had ever been through. In the weeks that followed, I was crushed under the deepest agony. I couldn’t eat. I lost so much weight. I was crying all the time. At work, I would often retreat to the bathroom to ease up my pain with tears. Life became unbearable and completely empty without her. Sleeping was another challenge. I couldn’t sleep for more than an hour in a given day. Each day, I was exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally. My entire world had collapsed. She was gone.

I was filled with feelings of depression, loss, abandonment, anger, pain, grief, jealousy and betrayal. I was bordering insanity. I needed to see her. I needed to cry out to her. I needed to talk to her so badly but I couldn’t. She was out of my life. I resisted the urge to call her. I had already decided not to contact her. Staying in touch with her would only cause me more pain than I could handle. In addition to that, crying my pain out to her would make me look like an extreme jackass who couldn’t cope with being without her. As the say goes, “If you can’t save a relationship, at least save your dignity”.

There was no more hope. She wasn’t going to come back. I realized that there was nothing worth holding onto her. I was facing the monumental task of rebuilding my life after I had devoted so much to a relationship that just failed. The task seemed impossible at first. However, little by little, I forced myself to start picking the fragments of my broken heart. I still had no desire for foods, but I started to force myself eating. For I thought, if I don’t force myself to eat, I will surely die. On weekends, I would take myself out to movies and restaurants. I started to enjoy things that I would never imagine I could enjoy by myself. But, in spite of all my effort to forget her, the pain was still present. The pain couldn’t leave me.

To help alleviate my grief, I fully engaged in new hobbies and activities. I became very active in my church and my community. I wrote stories for my running adventures. I became busy with my life, always doing something. I even became very dedicated to my employer. I changed my work habits.

Then, I joined a fitness club and started to work out daily. I started building muscles and put on 20 lbs. I was no longer a skinny man but, instead I became a big and strong man, a complete different person. Everyone who would look at me could see the positive transformation that was taking place in my life. Some people were talking about the work of the Holy Spirit in my life where in fact it was the work of a broken heart.

In short, my broken heart experience had made me discovered a part of myself that I never knew existed. It had helped me bringing into surface some of the attributes that were buried deep down in me. I can look back in time and laugh at all the pains and sufferings I have been through. Back then, I could never think I would come out of it alive.

If you have been tossed unclothed in the desert, don’t lose hope. You can still walk out of that desert and out of your nakedness with a brand new suit, a pair of alligator shoes and a new song. I am a living testimony. Life is a long journey; it takes us places we never dreamed of; some are good and some are not that good, but we get out every time with a new experience or knowledge. And sometimes a lesson can be learned only long time after the event. A broken heart can also be a blessing in disguise. Suffer, grow, and overcome.

Here are some devotional words from the Bishop T.D. Jakes to help a broken heart understand that it is useless crying over spilled milk.

There are people who can walk away from you.
And hear me when I tell you this! When people can walk away from you: let them walk. I don’t want you to try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you. I mean hang up the phone and move on.

When people can walk away from you, let them walk.
Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left.

People leave you because they are not joined to you. And if they are not joined to you, you can’t make them stay.
And it doesn’t mean that they are a bad person, it just means that their part in the story is over. And you’ve got to know when people’s part in your story is over so that you don’t keep trying to raise the dead.

You’ve got to know when it’s dead.
You’ve got to know when it’s over. Let me tell you something. I’ve got the gift of good-bye. It’s the tenth spiritual gift, I believe in good-bye. It’s not that I’m hateful, it’s that I’m faithful, and I know whatever God means for me to have He’ll give it to me. And if it takes too much sweat, I don’t need it.
Stop begging people to stay.

If you are holding on to something that doesn’t belong to you and was never intended for your life, then you need to, Let it Go.

God be Praised!





So Humbled With The BDM 151K Invitation…Thank You S’ Jovie.

25 10 2010

“The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy…It is not age; It is not diet. It is the will to succeed. ” -Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon Champ

Oct. 22, 2010

Running Time: 2 hours 46 minutes 13 seconds

Distance: 25.3 kms

Place: Naic Cavite

Here, already running in 1 hour 32 minutes

With my running buddy for the day, Bishop Eddie Hernandez

Our turning Point…

In Naic Cavite Town Proper

Thank you Sir Jovie Narcise for the invitation to join the  upcoming Bataan Death March 151K Ultramarathon on March 2011. I can’t ask for more. This is my ultimate dream, to finish such long and great distance with God’s grace…

On Nov.1, 2010, I’ll start my 4 months training for this huge event – the mother of all Ultramarathons here in our country.

See you at the road.

God be Praised!

 

 





Undesirable Turns Of Events

24 10 2010

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I don’t believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them. ” ~G.B. Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, 1893

I was not able to join the Adidas KOTR this morning due to undesirable turns of events. Last night, I already prepared my things and about to travel at 5pm  when a friend arrived from Maddela Cagayan Valley. He visited me in my house and we played Chess just like the old times. It was in that moment that I heard in the news that a tropical storm “Katring” has just arrived and will affect some parts of the country. As we continued our board games, it was raining so hard in my place here in Cavite and so I told myself that I will no longer be joining the Adidas KOTR. I’m also demotivated with the thought that I’ll only be participating in a 10k race which is not my forte.

We woke up at 5am only to find out that the weather was fine and so I badly missed the Adidas KOTR.

My Adidas KOTR Race BIB…DNS!

To recover the lost opportunity, I decided to run in 2 hours and 8 minutes today and conquered “Caputatan Bridge” in Maragondon Cavite. After that, I biked in 1 hour and 6 minutes. Great Feeling! : )

 

Have your plans not worked out as you thought they should? Or any undesirable turns of events changed your focus or goal?

Let me share with you a story, written by James McAlister.

I’m blessed and touched by it. Enjoy reading.

How should we confront the difficult times life invariably brings? One way is to learn from those who have succeeded in similar straits. Joseph the patriarch faced incredible trials, and his life holds many lessons to give us hope. Let’s look at four.

DELIVERANCE IS COMING

At age 17 Joseph (one of 12 sons of Jacob) was cast into a pit by his brothers, who plotted to kill him. Why? Because Joseph was their father’s favorite, and he singled Joseph out for special favors.

Plus, Joseph had two unusual dreams indicating that his family would eventually bow before him in subservience. They hated him even more for his dreams.

The eldest brother, Rueben, actually opposed the plot and intended to rescue Joseph. Perhaps he might even have furtively whispered, “Don’t worry, my brother. I’ll get you out of this pit and restore you to your father.” But in Rueben’s absence, the others pulled Joseph from the pit and sold him to slave traders bound for Egypt. (Gen. 37:2-22).

Joseph received deliverance alright, but it didn’t come in an agreeable, expected way. What only God knew, however, was that Joseph had an unbreakable appointment 13 years later to stand before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, to effect deliverance for those who hated him.

Has the hurtful sting of betrayal put you in a “pit”? Deliverance may not come when or how you envision it, but expect God to act on your behalf. (1 Cor. 10:13).

DELAY IS NOT DENIAL

A wealthy Egyptian, Potipher, purchased Joseph and soon put him in charge of his whole household. But when falsely accused by Potipher’s wife, Joseph was cast into prison and laid in irons. Despite his unfair circumstances, however, Joseph’s diligence motivated the chief jailer to make him supervisor of all the prisoners. (Gen. 39:21-23)

Then unexpectedly, when Joseph was 28, two fellow prisoners, Pharaoh’s chief cupbearer and chief baker, each had a puzzling dream. Joseph interpreted and gave the cupbearer good news: in three days he would be restored to his former position. But the baker would be executed. Desiring relief, Joseph implored the cupbearer, “Please remember me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house.”

But even though events unfolded exactly as Joseph had said, the cupbearer forgot him, leaving him to languish in prison two more years doing his duty. (Gen. 40:1-23). Perhaps you’ve asked God to release you from a painful trial and believe He’s forgotten because nothing has happened. His delay is not necessarily a denial of your request; the timing may not yet be right. Duty is what we do until deliverance comes.

YOU CAN HAVE A FRUITFUL FUTURE

When Joseph was 30, Pharaoh himself had two terrifying dreams. When none of his wise men could interpret, the cupbearer suddenly remembered Joseph, whom Pharaoh immediately summoned!

Stunned by Joseph’s insight, Pharaoh instantly made him Prime Minister and gave him a wife, who would eventually bear him two sons. The first he named Manasseh because “God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” The second he named Ephraim, “For, “he said, “God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.” (Gen. 41:51-52).

Able to forget even the treachery of his own brothers, Joseph could look to the fruitful work God had planned for him.

Have bitter circumstances caused you to expect nothing better or different in the future? On the contrary, your future can bear much good fruit-but you must assuredly set aside the bitterness of the past.

GOD’S PLAN IS BETTER THAN YOURS

At age 56, Joseph took his two sons to his dying father to be blessed, but instead of following the customary, accepted procedure, Jacob placed his right hand on the head of the younger Ephraim. This deviation greatly displeased Joseph, who immediately attempted to “fix” his father’s “mistake” by grasping Jacob’s hand to move it to Manasseh’s head. But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. . . . However. . . .” (Gen. 48:14-19).

Though physically blind, Jacob’s spiritual eyes had seen what Joseph could not see and overrode Joseph’s plan and desire for his firstborn son.

Have your plans not worked out as you thought they should and left you facing outcomes you’d wished to avoid? Perhaps God has said “however” to your plan because He sees what you cannot, and His way will indeed be better than yours in the long run.

Joseph experienced hard times much like ours: jealous betrayals, unfairness, unfaithful friends, tedious delays, and undesirable turns of events. But despite all of these, he grew and succeeded because of an unswerving trust and confidence in God. That should give us hope for ourselves, no matter what we must face.

Have a blessed Sunday.

God be Praised.





Bancod -Nice Place To Run

23 10 2010

“Life is all about risks and it requires you to jump. Don’t be a person who has to look back and wonder what they would have or could have had. No one waits forever.” -selected

Oct 19, 2010

Place: Bancod Indang Cavite

Time: 2 hours 36 minures 13 seconds

Distance: 24.66 kms

See you tomorrow in Adidas KOTR.

God be Praised!





Three Stripes…Yearly!

22 10 2010

“The road of life can only reveal itself as it is traveled; each turn in the road reveals a surprise. Man’s future is hidden.” -selected

 

White, Red, Blue, Yellow…Black.

What are those colors?

Uhmmm…Your  guess is right.

Those colors represent the singlets being given by Adidas King Of The Road in order from 2006 to present.

They are very nice ‘collector’s item.’

And this coming Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, I’ll be joining my 5th Adidas KOTR Race.

Also,my first race after BDM 102.

See you there.

God be Praised.

* Note: No more 21k when I registered and so I chose the 10k instead.