On Days When I Can’t Run…

29 04 2011

“Stamina will get you there, but speed will get you there first.” -Peter Coe

Kahapon, ako ay nag post sa aking FB account ng ganitong shutout: “Masyado ng magastos ang mga running events kaya para sa kin, mas OK ng tumakbo na lang sa comfort zone ko ng mahabang ruta kahit walang medal o certificate. I just love ‘pure’ running.”

At ang post na yon ay umani ng maraming  reaksyon na pumapabor sa king sinabi.

Nais ko lang pong linawin na ang mga binitiwan kong kataga ay sarili ko lang pananaw  at ayokong mang impluwensya ng mga kaibigan at kakilala ko. Siguro, dahil na rin saking katatayuan sa ngayon. Sino ba naman ang runner na ayaw makasali sa mga Races? Once a runner, you will always be a runner, it’s in your blood to join races to enjoy every moments of it.

May mga panahong  naiingit ako sa mga kasama kong nakakatakbo sa mga races particularly in ultra-running events ngunit medyo kailangang kong ikunsider ang aspeto ng pananalapi . Hindi katulad dati na kahit ano at sang patakbo, asahan yung andun ako.

Ngayon, magiisip muna akong mabuti kung kaya ba ng budget at kung hindi bakit ko naman pipilitin? At mamapansin nyong masyado ng mahal ang mga patakbo. Nung 2006 kung kailan ako nagumpisang maging mananakbo, ang mga registration fee lang nun ay nasa P200-P300 at yun ay 21k na, meron pa ngang 42k. Peo ngayon, P750 – P1250 ang 21k. At kung kokumpyutin mo ang magagastos sa isang race, kasama na ang gas, food etc gagastos ka ng P2,000 sa isang race lang.

Samantalang kung itatakbo mo na lang yun sa yong comfort zone,baka di ka pa gagastos ng P100.

Sa panahon ng krisis, kailangang magisip din tayo at di lang takbo na lang takbo sa mga races. Kung elite runner ka at pinagkakakitaan mo talaga ang mga patakbo, di masama na sumali ka sa mga races dahil kaya mo namang mabawi ang mga nagastos mo, pero kung finisher lang ang habol mo, sapat na sigurong maranasan mong mag join ng races ng isa dalwa hangang tatlong beses. After nun, think many times if it’s really necessary to join races  because it’s no longer practical.

Ako nga kung kokumpyutin ko ang mga nagastos ko sa kulang kulang na isandaang races na nasalihan ko, nasa P125,000 ang rough estimate nun. Hindi sa pinanghihinayangan ko yun dahil nakaganda naman sa postura at katawan ko pero sana, I put that in a bank na lang at tumakbo na lang ako dito sa ruta ko. Yung mga medals, trophies at certificates kayganda lang pagmasdan pero sa panahon ng tag-gutom di mo naman maisasangla o maibebenta ang mga yun, at hindi mo rin naman maipagmamalaki sa iba dahil wala naman silang pakiaaalm sa Sports na pinili mo.

Ang tanging pabuya mo lang o incentive ay alam mo sa sarili mo na nakatapos ka ng distansyang hindi basta basta matatakbo ng isang ordinaryong tao-pero nagawa mo.

Pero marahil ang mga nabangit ko ay mga sentimyento de asukal ko lang dahil hindi na ako makasali ng mga races. Kung di lang sa mga mabubuting tao nagpatakbo sa kin ng libre ngayong year na ito, sana’y wala pa rin akong nasasalihan ngayong 2011.

QC 42k…Skyway 42k at Fat Ass 24 hours… tatlo pa lang at di ko alam kung masusundan pa.

Regular pa rin naman ang aking pagtakbo, yun nga lang hindi na sa mga races. Sana lang, may lumutang na isang Race Organizer na di puro profit ang iniisip, yung tipong P200 – P300 lang, 21k na, may singlet pa.: ) Dito nga sa San Pedro, may magpapatakbo ng 21k, P100 lang ang fee, may singlet na, may pagkain at goto pa at hindi politician ang organizer.

Ngunit bihira na siguro ang ganun at mabibilang na lang sa daliri.

Dapat siguro, magkaron na ng batas at regulate ang registration fee. Kasi kung di ganito ang gagawin baka sa 2012, aabutin na ng P2,000 ang mga takbuhan. Pero hanggat marami pa ding  sumasali sa mga races, hindi magbababa ng fee ang mga Race Organizers na yan.

Pero ako, mawala man ang mga races, mananatili pa din akong mananakbo.

Sana po kayo din.

Bukas nga pala, tatakbo ako ng more than 30k from Naic to Ternate Cavite and vice versa.

See you at the road my friend.

God be Praised!

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Intramuros Heritage Run 2011

28 04 2011

I just received an invitation, please see some details below:

Greetings!

We are organizing a fun run, “Intramuros Heritage Run 2011”, for the benefits of Kaisa-PGH Alay Medisina, an on going medical assistance program for over two decades, and for the rehabilitation of Bahay Tsinoy Museum, and CCFCFPAI Kalookan Volunteer Fire Station. We would like to invite your runner’s club to join us on this event. We are commemorating Jose Rizal’s 150th birthday this year. And May is also our National Heritage month, it is in this spirit that we have scheduled the run on May 15th.

After the race, we are treating all registered runners to visit our Fort Santiago, Casa Manila and Bahay Tsinoy Museum for free.

We look forward to having your club to be a part of this celebration. We hope to hear from you soon.

If your club has inquiries or questions please don’t hesitate to ask and contact me through the email address provided.

Sincerely,

Clarissa Lee

Member of Kaisa





A Man Who Test God…

18 04 2011

It was a fine morning when the sun was in its zenith making the multi hued poppies across the meadow to beam brilliantly and gaily dancing with the far wind. A gangling fellow, worn-out and exhausted, stood behind the big oak tree looking directly at his field, verdant bestowed upon his eyes. His cerulean old shirt, tested by time was murky to look at and his aged hat rested on his head covering his thin black hair was a messy thing. He sighed deeply as he stared at the lifeless scarecrows and upon looking at it with a pang of curiosity, a loud roar from beyond perturbed his solitude. He looked up and saw the clouds turned gray, stirred in the vast sky and he looked perplexed and terrified. He got his hat over his head with eyes still fixed on the insufferable scenario he ever saw. “It could be the end of the world,” he cried and knelt down on the earth. He closed his eyes as if afraid what would happen next.

A sudden voice spoke up at him and he knew it came from the stirring clouds. He clandestinely opened his eyes and the clouds held its position as if nothing had happened. He stood up astonished. “Who are you who spoke to me?” he loudly asked upon looking at the open sky. “I am, God!” was the reply. His astonishment grew like a wildfire in the forest as he heard the thing. He looked around to find out if someone was playing a hoax on him. But he was disappointed. His thoughts were indecisive and he’s still uncertain whether it was God who spoke to him or not.
“Did I fear you my son?” asked God compassionately. The man thought of a witty thing to test if He’s really God. He grinned on the brilliant idea and faced the vast sky with pride and buoyancy.
“Now stranger, you’re saying you are God? Prove to me then your ambiguous claim,” said he.

There was a sudden silence and the wind hath passed to and fro. The man waited frantically for His answer. Then God replied: “What is it then my son, you wanted?” The man thought deeply, walking from here to there, looking at the tree standing like sentinels, to the verdant mountains and alack, a decision came as he rested his eyes once more to the scarecrows. Then he said to God: “If you are God really, make those lifeless scarecrows be human like me, for them to plow my field and so me to take my rest.”

Then without much ado, the scarecrows turned to be humans and they’ve started plowing the field. The man, delighted and stunned, looked them with amazement. “And so you believe to me now my son?” God asked to the man. “I still not,” was his proud answer. He weighed things wisely taking advantage for his own sake. “You could be anything than God?” “Ask one more thing my son and I’ll prove to you that I am God.” The man smiled slightly and he opened his mouth to speak up. “Do prove to me the real you upon giving me a mansion with thousand of rooms, with hundreds of servants, silver walls, and a landscape of beautiful foliages and flora. Give me a room filled with gold that even the faraway kings will kneel down before me to see my riches.”

The man waited for a moment for his wishes to come true and he smiled lavishly thinking of the idea. “And that would come true my son,” said God and all his wishes loomed on his eyes. He was now a thousand times richer than a king and he need not to plow his field anymore. His rich could even buy a soul. “Then you believe me now my son that I am God?”

The man still feeling a want of satisfaction answered Him: “You prove to me that you’re God by making the scarecrows human; by giving me the wealth I least expected. But one thing more I wanted,” he said to God. “What is it my son? Tell me.”
The man on his new clothes standing in the midst of his riches shouted: “I wanted to become God and have the powers you all possess!” Then he smiled of the thought that he could be the most powerful creature on earth; that he could be God and be worshipped by the world.

“But that is impossible my son,” God replied. “Then you’re not God! Do prove to me by doing so.” The man demanded impatiently. God sighed deeply and said: “Then you will be god.”

The clouds stirred again and the man, with the wealth the world could envy, stood amidst the open field and became a lifeless scarecrow, the god of the fields.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY(“,)





Prayer For Today

16 04 2011

Dear Lord, as I arise
And bend my knee to pray
I ask please place your guiding hand
Upon this busy day

All my yesterdays are said and done
Tomorrow may never be
But I give you full reign over this day
To make the best of me

May each little word I speak
Be filtered through your love
May all my thoughts be connected
To the heavenly courts above

And use my feet to take me
To where you want me to be
Guard my eyes that they would only
See what you want me to see

Give me a heart that longs to show
Others the way back home
And with these two hands help me
Fashion glory for your throne

From the great expanse of eternity
One day is all I can borrow
So help me Lord to take care of today
And we’ll talk again tomorrow.





Gift

15 04 2011

Today before you think of saying an unkind word
Think of someone who can’t speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food –
Think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife –
Think of someone who’s crying out to God for a companion.

Today before you complain about life –
Think of someone who went too early to heaven.

Before you complain about your children –
Think of someone who desires children but they’re barren.

Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn’t clean or sweep –
Think of the people who are living in the streets.

Before whining about the distance you drive –
Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job –
Think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.

But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another – Remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one maker.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down –
Put a smile on your face and thank God you’re alive and still around.

Life is a gift,
Live it,
Enjoy it,
Celebrate it and
Fulfill it.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY(“,)





Idols

14 04 2011

Idolatry is anything that diverts our attention and devotion to GOD.

We now live in an idolatrous world that worships practically anything: celebrities, hobbies, jobs, sports, money, cars and other possessions. Many of us exert all our energy, time and money into these things that we no longer have room for GOD. Once we discard GOD, we therefore strip ourselves of HIS grace and later become pagans in our own way of life and the laws of evil will start to rule.

Sadly but true, Christians are now waging a battle against widespread secularism, materialism, greed, sex, drugs, different vices, power-worship and many more.

Each of us is therefore called to live a victorious Christian life amidst an idolatrous environment.

Let us therefore continue being the salt of the earth so that others will see the difference serving a true living GOD. HIS word will always prevail and remain powerful (Acts 19:20).

TO GOD BE THE GLORY(“,)





Blind Spot

13 04 2011

“…Jesus told them(disciples) “All of you will desert me….Peter replied, ‘Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ Peter said to Him, ‘Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.’ And all the other disciples said the same.” MARK 14:27-31
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Peter was confident. He had no doubts. He couldn’t imagine any circumstances in which he would “fall away” from following Jesus, as He had prophesied.

Peter boldly declared that he never would fall away. But Jesus warned that he would deny Him three times that very night. This was not possible, Peter replied, for he was ready to go to the death for Jesus!

Then, just a few hours later, Peter did exactly as Jesus had predicted. He fled when Jesus was arrested. Then he denied Him three times, even cursing and swearing.

Through these events, Peter realized he had a huge “BLIND SPOT”.

Thinking he was strong, he had no idea how weak he truly was.

He thought he could face any problem, but he didn’t realize how quickly problems could overwhelm him.

He thought he was firm in his convictions, without understanding how quickly he could be shaken.

Peter’s experience provides a powerful lesson to all of us.

No matter how mature, strong, or experienced we think we are, we inevitably will go through situations that stretch and challenge us.

Like Peter, we will see things about ourselves that may surprise and disappoint us…

Making us realize just how weak we are in our flesh and how much we need Jesus!

Today, ask God to help you to recognize any blind spots in your life.

Ask Him to open your eyes to areas where you need to change.

As you go through life, humble yourself before Him and seek to be humble in your relationships with others.

Constantly submit your life to God.

Be teachable and ready to recognize any blind spots.

GLORY BE TO GOD(“,)