Woke up too early today. Excited? Not, really. Jitters? None. There must be a very good reason why am up early. I’ll be joining the 25th Executive Classic 10k event. This is the country’s only running event that is exclusively for executives, businessmen and professionals. Runnex is celebrating its 25th anniversary run and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to be part of their running history. A close to a thousand runners are expected to participate.
The theme for this year’s Executive Classic race is ”Human Energy for the Filipino Race” with the objective of promoting not only physical fitness but also energy conservation and environmental protection.
Runnex as a club has its rules on membership. And I qualified not because I’m a business person nor an executive but as a professional librarian. Yes, librarians in the Philippines are required to take and pass the licensure examination first before they can practice the profession. My license is my ticket in this event. A license to run.
I arrived in the venue just good enough to do my warm ups and stretching exercises.
While chatting with fellow Happy Feet runners, I was caught off guard when suddenly I heard the sound of the gun being fired. A signal that 10k race has just started. Out of reflex, off I went and just ran. Well, there was no pressure for I only compete with myself. Targeting at least a sub-hour this time. Crossing my fingers.
32 minutes for the first 5k distance wasn’t bad. I think I did well. Maybe the sub-hour target might be possible after all. I was wrong! I finished the run in 1:07! Though a bit disappointed, I consoled myself that it was a good practice run, especially, after not doing any long run during the week.
We didn’t go home right away because Totoy (center), a fellow Happy Feet, did a podium finish. He placed 7th in the 10k event Men Division.
Mon and the others wanted also to witness the awarding ceremony. Then, I saw Sir Jovie who waved at me. It was then at this time that I said to them, “Kailan kaya ako magka-podium finish?” (When can I have a podium finish?) Sir Jovie answered, “Malapit na ‘yan.” (It will happen soon.) Even Mon and Ipe agreed on what Sir Jovie said. I was so surprised that after I asked that question, the emcee announced…”8th place …” I heard my name! Whooah! I did a podium finish! It was a nice feeling to receive a winner’s medal and a gift certificate from a leading sports brand.
Top 10 10k event Women Division.
Baldrunner had his podium finish too!
L-R: Mon, Baldrunner, me, Sensei John
The lucky bib number which led me to victory.
12 thoughts on “License to Run, 7 Dec. 2008”
Congratulations on your race !!!!! you deserve it. you are getting good at your races
Thank you, RunningShield. 🙂 Having good runners to look up to like you, Ben, Joms, the Masters JediMon and John, TBR, Chai … [et al.], encouraged me to train more… my inspiration …
Congratulations, that was a good run. From running diva to running librarian. I guess it was because of the books. Keep it up Roselle and see you again.
Thanks, Run Unltd. Nice of you to drop by. Were you there? 🙂 I will link your blog with mine. Congratulations for finishing the Milo Marathon. What a way to end the year!
Congrats Roselle! Sarap siguro ng feeling sa stage. Also dreaming about that moment. See you at UP this Sunday!
Thank you so much Ms. Nora. It will happen to you and you will have a podium finish soon. 😉
Congratulations!We wish we were there to cheer you!!Regards Mark & Tiffin
And I would say the same thing for you and Tiffin, especially, for Tiffin. How was the 21k race? Congratulations to both of you!
Congrats on your podium finish Roselle. See you in future races!
Thanks, Bro J! I\’ll see you soon!
Happy New Year Roselle!
Happy New Year, too, Wayne!