Pages, one of Cebu’s best sports writers, told awardees and their relatives present during the 29th SAC-SMB Cebu Sports Awards that failure leads to success.
He shared with those present a gem of a quote by sports legend Michael Jordan, who said, “I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times, I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot…and missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life…And that is why I succeed.”
In running, as in real life, failure is but part of a cycle that leads to success. It’s easier and faster to see the connection in sports, where training and preparation bear almost immediate fruit.
FOR most people, the hardest part in running is starting. In my case, it took me over a year of constant soliloquies—”I have to get fit, I have to exercise, I have to start running”— before I actually laced up and entered the Cebu City Sports Center.
The idea of running can be daunting. Five kilometers might as well be 50K for someone whose idea of rigorous walking is to visit all the shops in Ayala Center Cebu. Three kilometers might as well be a jaunt to Timbuktu for someone who’s never walked farther than the office canteen.
BUSINESS LEADERS BY DAY, UNGO RUNNERS BY NIGHT. (From left) Joy Polloso, John Pages and Sheila Colmenares during their pictorial for a series of posters showing how running is a sport for everyone. The posters are part of the Ungo Runners Think Pink campaign to get more people in Cebu running. CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE IMAGE. (PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALEX BADAYOS)
I thought I was running to the moon when I decided to run 10K in last year’s Milo Marathon Cebu eliminations even if I still couldn’t complete running an entire circuit at the CCSC tracks without crumpling out of breath. When I made up my mind, it was still more than two months away.
“The body does not want you to do this,” 1980 Boston Marathon women’s champion Jacqueline Gareau cautions, “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.”
Gareau’s statement resonates even more with people like me as she started running to rid herself of a cigarette addiction.
It’s hard to start running. It’s hard to get out of bed earlier than usual to hit the road until you are out of breath.
Organizers of the Cebu City Marathon have formally announced that New Balance will be a major sponsor of the second edition of the premier run in Cebu. John Pages and Meyrick Jacalan said in this morning’s launch of the Sprint Race Timers that instead of issuing running singlets, they will be giving away limited edition New Balance shirts imported from the United States.
Pages said, however, that only about 4,500 shirts are available and a certain number will be allocated for each distance: 5K, 21K and 42K. The shirt costs close to P1,000 and since registration will likely be lower than that, it is more than a bargain for the runners. The Cebu City Marathon is scheduled on Jan. 9, 2011. Organizers will be announcing details of the run in the coming weeks.
Below is the design of the shirt. Click on the image to enlarge.
“What was in those beans?” I chuckled to myself on my first pass by the Cansaga Bay Bridge on my way to Liloan early this morning.
John Pages, the person responsible for my addiction to running, sent me a coffee brewing set because he wanted me to try preparing one using a French Press. I brewed one cup as soon as I woke up yesterday morning and proceeded to suit up to run for work.
My day had already been planned: I was to run to work, write my column piece on Joel Garganera, perform my news desk duties, meet with the Visayan Electric Company (Veco) staff for lunch to discuss a fun run they were planning, and run back home at night.
I had formulated my lead for the Garganera column piece in my head but I felt something was amiss. I felt I knew Garganera based on the several occasions that I interviewed him, many times while on the run, but I was anxious I was incapable of doing justice to his story.
On Feb. 9, 2009, I couldn’t run one kilometer. On Feb. 9, 2010, I ran 34.34 kilometers to celebrate my 34th birthday. I did it barely two days after running a grueling 21.7-kilometer Condura Run that passed a steep mountain called Skyway in Metro Manila.
The idea to run one kilometer for each year of my life occurred to me in the typically nostalgic days leading to my birthday. When I told John Pages, the person mainly responsible for my—and that of a thousand other Cebuanos’—addiction to running, he was very cautious. I had doubts, myself. It was too soon after a 21K race and I wouldn’t have time to recover. My wife, who is also my running partner, was just as cautious.
But there’s something about milestones that can unstopper an internal reservoir of valor and craziness. The birthday run became, for me, a blister that wouldn’t go away.
Having never run longer than 23 kilometers, I decided to split my birthday run in two legs—a 19-kilometer route to work in the morning and a 15-kilometer stretch to run home from work in the evening.
Still tired and sore from the Condura run, I was prepared for hell.