[11.20.2011] 5 kilometers for a River

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(c) Run for the Pasig River @ Facebook

Earlier today, I, together with my friend, Cleigh, and thousands of runners (and “fun” runners that included students from different Colleges and Universities, families, and friends) participated in the Run for the Pasig River 11.20.2011.

There were 4 race categories: 3k, 5k, 10 and 21k categories. Cleigh and I went on for the 5k-run. We had been participating on Fun Run activities since more or less 3 years ago but today was our first time to participate in the Pasig Run together – I wasn’t able to participate in last year’s Pasig Run (10.10.10 Run for Pasig River).

The first time I heard of the 11.20.2011 Pasig Run, I really doubted if I would be able to finish the run in either the 5k or 3k category. I haven’t been involved in Gym activities or Physical Exercises and haven’t been playing any sports (as a form of exercise/practice). I stopped playing badminton since last year which I really missed now. I easily get tired these days. Climbing the stairs to the MRT station gets me really tired and gasping for breath. So I initially refused to join the Pasig Run.

Gave it some thought for a few days and since I missed my Fun Run days, I invited Cleigh to the event, and decided to run. And I’m glad I did. πŸ™‚

The 5k-Run started at almost 5:30 am. We finished, according to the timer, in 1 hour and 16 minutes (and 17 seconds). It was really tiring, though we finished it running and walking from time to time.

It was tiring, yet indeed a fun FUN RUN. I did not only have fun running and watching the other runners pass ahead us, but I was also moved by the event (during and after).

I am a shallow person. I get touched by simple things and when simple things get me, I become teary-eyed. Today’s event was no exception. Below are really simple things, simple good deeds thatΒ I came across during my 5k-run that touched my heart.

“Miss, your backpack is open”.

My friend Cleigh has always been a concerned citizen. A friendly neighborhood. She always take the chance when she could do something random and good. Our friends and I admire her for that.

During the run, two runners ran passed ahead of us. Cleigh immediately noticed that the backpack of one of the ladies was not zipped properly. Cleigh left me for a second, ran and chased the two ladies, and gently tap the lady’s shoulder to get her attention and she told them that her backpack was open.

Cleigh could be very playful, but she is one good soul I am proud to have as a friend. πŸ™‚

Cleigh (right) and I

She fell once, got up and finished the race.

I think she’s an elementary student, running with her father. They were behind us. Suddenly we heard something fell and a little commotion from the back. Cleigh and I turned around to see that girl fell from running. Soon, a random person reached and helped her get up (or maybe it was her father). She got up, her hand held by her father now, and as if nothing happened, no longer running, but they still continued toΒ  finish by walking.

Don’t let a fall get you more down. Get up and Stand up. πŸ™‚

Last, but not the least…

A Doggie running for a cause.

If this little dog can run, why can’t us? This dog didn’t just gain fans. It didn’t only run to get noticed, but I think it was there for a purpose – to inspire – if a dog can run for a cause, why can’t a man..? πŸ™‚ I thank this dog’s owner for bringing and letting it participate in the 11.20.2011 Run for the Pasig River.

The Dog that Ran for the Pasig River

This day had been tiring, but it was all worth it. πŸ˜‰

Proudly, I am now part of a Guinness World Record. πŸ™‚

And to end this post, I want to share with you my favorite marathon quote:

“I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.”

Mike Fanelli, running club coach



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