Summer 2006 Profile
Mic grew up in the Philippines,
where running just for exercise and pleasure is almost unheard of. He has now
lived in New England for 11 years. Working as a physical therapist, Mic
recognizes the importance of good exercise habits. Yet he describes himself as
completely sedentary, other than gardening in the summer. He wants to train for
the marathon to improve his general well-being.
Mic's Race Results & Update
minutes per mile
Are you still running, four months later?
Yes, but not
as much as I want to. Summer has been very hectic for me, vacations, travels,
etc. I run about one to two times a week for about two to three miles every
run. I try to run whenever I can. I would like to resume a more rigid running
schedule. I was supposed to run with Betsey for the Run to the Beach, in NH,
but we did not get in. I intend to run more races in the future—short
runs like 10Ks or half marathons. I intend to run the BAA half marathon in
October. I am not sure if I will commit to a full marathon anytime soon because
it entails so much time and energy.
What else has stayed with you?
that I made. I still talk to some of my teammates and go out with them to
socialize. I also earned a lot of respect from my other friends and
acquaintances and family because, to most of them, running a marathon is one of
those insurmountable things in life. The fact that I did it is just incredible
marathon, I was already a healthy eater, but I did not eat breakfast. Now I
make sure I eat a healthy breakfast, like toast, juice, etc. I continue to eat
well, focusing on fish and other seafood and vegetables.
What it all meant
It was a big
accomplishment because I was able to test my limits and push myself as far as I
could go physically. I had a hard time during the last few miles of the
marathon, but I pushed and pushed and pushed. Running the marathon was not just
a physical test but also a mental one, and I think I succeeded because I pushed
myself in both areas. I am not a quitter. When I put in my name to join the
team, I made a commitment that I would make it to the finish line on April 16,
2007, and that I did.
training for the marathon has been one of the best experiences in my life. It
made me healthier and appreciative of what my body and mind can do.