Saturday, June 6, 2009

Janine+ the Go Getter!



We started our first 10km together in the very hard Mens Health Urbanathon 10k challenge. There were tires to run on, planks to balance on, trucks and a wall to climb over. From that day, we continued doing 10km races.

We did our first 15km at the Mizuno Race and suffered from the heat and lack of water. We did that again the next month when Mizuno had another 15km race. There were ample water but the heat was worse.

We did our first Half Marathon but in different places - hers in Fort Bonifacio via Adidas race, me in Kota Kinabalu. I "hit the wall". She got a runner's high!

Then, we decided to go further! Next target was the New Balance Power Race in Clark! This time, its a 25km race.

Janine would always say "its just 5km more from what we've done (from 10km to 15km, and from 16km to 21km and at that time from 21km to 25km)" but that didn't take away my fear for this race. If I burned out at 21k, how much more if it's 25k? That additional 4km distance was dreadful! I didn't have the confidence that I needed but there was no way I was going to back out from this! So I ran it. And she ran it. This time, I got the runner's high and Janine "hit the wall". We both got aching shoulders and woofed down our lunch later that day. We both survived that race and went back to running.

We did the Condura Half Marathon. We did the Greenfield Half Marathon.

More finisher medals. More stories to tell. More pain! More pleasure! More distance!

Sadly, she wasn't able to register in time for the Singapore Sundown Marathon. So that was the first time I ran a longer distance without her!

No worries though. I'm sure we will be running again soon - either short or long races.

But one thing she can never get me to do is an ultramarathon. I won't be convinced by her "It's not that hard - it's just 60km more from a marathon!" speech! Save that for your sibling instead! HAHA!




But thanks for making a long distance race a lot more interesting!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY! WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST THAT LIFE CAN OFFER!




MORE CHALLENGES AND MORE DISTANCES FOR YOU TO CONQUER! :)




5 comments:

Rico Villanueva said...

Janine+, happy birthday :-)

Nice birthday gift, RFB

jinides said...

happy birthday J+!!!

janine+ said...

Aw, I'm touched, RFB. You're the best running buddy ever!!! Thanks! Samahan mo ulit ako on my first full marathon soon. hehe. =)

Rico & Jinides: Thanks! =)

Running Fatboy said...

Where's the paaaaaaaaarrrrrrtttyyyy !!!!

22loy said...

hit the wall?