SIM 2009 – my side of the story

I love to go to Subic, simply because of the Duty Free Shops. I’m a chocolate addict, (Hi! my name is Let and I’m a chocolate addict!) and whenever we got the chance to go to either Subic or Clark, you would find me in the Chocolate section of shops here. But it’s a different story now, we drove to Subic because Erick would be doing another full marathon at Subic International Marathon.

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Last Monday,Β  I asked him if he is physically ready in doing another 42K after the last QCIM, I told him he’s no Ultrarunner or hardcore like many runners who were doing the TKO250. These runners are physically, mentally and emotionally ready in doing back-to-back-to-back full/half marathon. It was only last Thursday when he decided that he would push through with run. I told him to run in an easy pace and not to push himself too much to prevent any injury which he agreed to.

We left 10AM yesterday for Subic, but we have to check-in first at Holiday Inn Clark where we will be staying. After leaving our baggage at our room, we’re on the road for Subic. Erick doesn’t want to be late.

24102009(004)On the way to Subic via SCTEX

We arrived at Remy Field around 1:30PM.

let'sWith Bro. Ronnie aka RunnerforChrist

Erick getting ready.

24102009(008)On his way to the shuttle bus

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My turn πŸ˜€

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The bus left not later than 3PM, I prayed to God to give Erick the strength and courage to finish the race no matter how long it would take him to. And to guide him and keep him away from any harm. I really don’t know what to expect! All we could do was wait!

HOURS LATER:


This is what Erick looked like after finishing his race:

24102009(032)He became nauseous after the race and went straight to medical team (Notice how he’s still smiling!)

24102009(034)I gave him iced-cold softdrinks and chocolate bars

He said it was a tough race, and water was the only available liquid he could get from the water station, there was only limited Pocar, good thing he has his hydration belt with him. Despite all of this Erick got to finish his fourth marathon in 3hours 56minutes, which was a best for his personal record. The medal look good!

Congratulations to all the finishers, it was a tough course (Erick said) and I envy all of you for doing a full marathon, it’s still one of my goals, a goal that I hope I could achieve (in the near future). Praise be to God for keeping my husband safe and sane! To God be the glory!

erick'sPhoto courtesy of Bro. Ronnie

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10 thoughts on “SIM 2009 – my side of the story

  1. Wow, Let, ang galing ni Erick. To achieve a personal best under those arduous circumstances is really admirable. I saw him at the first few kms of the race. Nice chatting with him for a while but I knew my pace was way too slow for him so I asked him to surge on. I hope he is well-hydrated now, and still glowing inside from that personal achievement. Again, congratulations πŸ™‚

  2. Craig Logan says:

    You’re crazy bro, but I think that “just happens” when you catch the “running bug”. proud of you! Team Logan

  3. Excuse me Let pero HARDCORE and asawa mo! Lintek sa PR! Idol ko na si Erick. When I grow up I want to be just as hardcore as him! Sa Condura ako mag42K, SABAY TAYO?

    • Let says:

      ipabasa ko kay erick comment mo, alam ko na isasagot nya. “hardcore ka din. ang lakas mo din.” πŸ™‚

      ayaw ko sumabay sa iyo. iiwanan mo lang ako. 😦 ang bilis mo din kaya, hindi ko kaya mga pace nyo. wala pa sa relo ko yung pace na 5minutes per kilometer, hanggang 6:30 lang ang meron sya. πŸ˜€

  4. jeff says:

    tanong ko lang sana kung si erick yung may flashing red light sa likod at may dalang flashlight? kung siya yun. pakisabi maraming salamat!

    • Let says:

      hi jeff, thanks for dropping by my blog. Yap, I think sya yon, ginamit nya yung blinker ng bike nya at may LED flashlight siya. I will tell him you say thank you, what did he do BTW? πŸ™‚

  5. Jeff says:

    hi let, kaming dalawa magka pace from kilometer 15 up to kilometer 40. naiwan ko sa support vehicle namin yung flashlight ko, pero siya meron (boyscout nga ang dating, laging handa), laking tulong ng may flashlight. at laking tulong ang merong magbibigay ng encouragement habang tumatakbo.

    • Let says:

      nabanggit ko nga sa kanya kanina, baka daw ikaw yung ka pacing nga nya. walang anuman daw at kita daw ulit kayo sa next run. sobrang dilim nga nung dumaan kami pabalik ng Clark, nakakaawa yung ibang mga runners na hindi pa tapos, tumatakbo sila sa dilim na halos walang makita at wala nang water station.

      ikaw ba yung na meet ko din nung nasa finish line na kayo? takbo ka ba sa Linggo sa PIM?

  6. sfrunner says:

    Hi Let. Good post. Sorry I haven’t been by the blog in awhile but I’m catching up with everyone’s blogs.

    Hope things are well with you. Please take care. – Wayne

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