A Flicker fom the Past

A year ago, The Argonaut joined the Milo Half Marathon. A couple of naiads, nymphs

Argonaut into another challenge...

gods, demigods and mortals had seen him finishing his 1st decent half marathon for he was able to meet the cutoff set by the race.

He was able to gun his personal best at that time despite of the attack of Zeus lightning bolt on his calf and the curse of thirst convened by Bacchus at his throat which luckily he managed. The lurking Medussa was there yet good thing that the Argonaut stayed focused in his will.

Argonaut may not be able to outrun Atalanta, or even the mortal Wilnar, but at least he can persevere; for he always try his best in everything that he does. He may be obstructed by the gods for being stubborn but his will and desire pursues… Not even a minotaur, a hydra or Cerberus could stop him from his quest.

Is he the son of Hermes?

A few days from now, The Argonaut will join again the Milo Marathon, yet this time he is joining the full 42 Kilometers. This may not be his first but his 7th (Ultra-marathon and marathon combined) yet, he is aiming for a better personal best this time. We will see if his training indeed paid off and if Athena will still give him wisdom, if Hermes will provide the swiftness and Apollo if he will provide the light. Hope the he will not experience the same way with Atlas,  with Narcissus who ended up being punished. We’ll see if he will be able to get the Golden Fleece this time…

Here is Argonaut’s last year account of the story

Pictures from last year

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Oh What a Comical Day! (Philippine Independence Day Half Marathon)

Sometimes, all you have to do is to laugh at it…

Post Race Photo:

It was undeniably a comical day for me today if not for some. Today, I was registered for a half marathon. Upon arriving at the site, what you can only do is to scratch your head at the very petite opening the race had in going to the coral just to check in; not to mention that there were busloads of runners trying to enter… It was like there was a famous artist that needs to be seen.

One, two three! Was that how the emcee said it? I didn’t even take notice of. All of us were surprised but we have no choice but to start. The sardines-like coral started to be emptied when the 5K, 10K, 15K and 21K started all at once!

Another funny thing! I don’t know what the organizers were actually thinking, but I was flabbergasted by how they fancy to begin the race. “Walang basagan ng trip… Gusto ko sabay-sabay kayong magsimula”

The throng of runners dispersed at 5k, at least… and it was a nice route until Km 14… I really thought that the race is going to end in a tasteful manner but it was astonishment! The marshals are unaware of the route making all the people confused and don’t know what to do until they either ran one loop or two short or over…

Marshal: Ikaw isang ikot ka… Ikaw 2… Ikaw wag ka na umikot, ok na yan…

I chose to do the longer route 3 turns in BHS because I know at what instant I’ll end up the race, probably 20 minutes or less after 2 hours. Too bad I didn’t get a medal; Rumors that the medals were offered to the other runners who ran shorter distances or that they are really short of one of a kind medal. Never mind… There’s no way my day will be busted… Oh did I say that they have lots of hydration station?  One point for the effort!

Takbo.ph peeps!

The race might be a total disappointment and worst for some but it still an experience learned and training accomplished.

Thank you Carlo Serrano for the photos…

Featured Photo: Insignia

Victory belongs to the most persevering. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Insignia

Whatever what you’ve been through… All the pains and struggles, the efforts, the beaten zombie-ish body and the “almost defeated face”… All of it… Will eventually turn into bliss when you finally found the finish line…

But when that day had passed, the insignia of triumph on the other hand will bring it back into vivid colors, like you were time warped…

At the end of your day dreaming you’ll realize… Oh what a crazy guy you are, but then again, you would always want to go back…