Running For My Sanity


Metaphorically, I have been a good runner all my life. Literally, I am starting to show decent progress in the past month. I run twice a week after work in the park. Like a hamster on a wheel, I go round and round. Before I adopted the habit, I thought I won’t stand circling the path there, but I found it gives me structure. As I become stronger and build more stamina though, I imagine I’d move on from there and just go where my feet take me.

The first time I ran, I think I lasted only 15 minutes. It’s as pathetic as a cheese attempting to do a cartwheel, I know. These days, I log 4 kilometers every run in 30 minutes. It will not change the world but I’m quite happy with that. Since the past month, I’m able to sustain the habit and enjoy it. You will remember I had frequent and exacerbated asthma attacks just last year, apart from the rise of the kidney problem, so being able to run like this brings me a lot of pleasure.

Apart from the workout, I appreciate the isolation of running, how it serves as alone time, and how appropriately exhausted I get after. It is a fantastic way to release stress, to think, and also not to think. The only problem I get is I’m beginning to lose weight and it is not exactly a good thing as I don’t have a lot to lose to begin with. But over all, I’m satisfied with how this new activity is turning out for me. Les, if you are reading this, I’m sure you’ll be cheering for me.


25 thoughts on “Running For My Sanity

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  3. I’ve been walking a lot these past few days, for the same reason, it serves as a good alone time. And I really like walking in the first place so it’s a win-win. Wish I could jog too, though. But he was the one who encouraged me to and we used to jog together so I’m not seeing myself jogging for quite a while.

    Can I lose weight by walking? I’m willing to walk for like, two hours a day, if that’s enough.

    • you can lose weight by walking pero dapat brisk walking, yung tipong kasabay ng beat ng fast song. i also enjoy walking. nako bigla ko tuloy naisip ang long walks by the beach, naks!

      • I can’t brisk walk without looking like a thief, though. 😆 Pero diba, ang fun ng walking. Especially at night. I just find it really comforting. Kung hindi lang delikado sa streets ng Mandaluyong I’d be walking every night when everyone’s out and sleeping.

    • hindi pa ako sumasali sa events. sa tingin ko hindi ko pa kaya kasi isang buwan pa lang naman pero hindi naman malayo na subukan ko din. pag meron sa cebu?

      • ok lang yan. Basta consistent ka lang sa pagtakbo and just enjoy every time you run. basta give it a go sa mga running events this summer sa Manila or sa Bataan. 🙂

        I hope you can join in the Cebu Marathon next year!

        • marathon? nako hindi kaya! sa tingin ko wala pa ako sa level na gusto ko talaga sumali sa events. gusto ko kasi yung pagiging solitary activity ng running ko. natutuwa ako every time i do it kasi it gives me a sense of satisfaction. it makes me feel strong.

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