Top of mind, this is what I wanted to tell the year that passed: Hey 2012, you suck!
Then, I browsed through my iphoto library for over a couple of hours and discovered a treasure trove of fond memories of the past 364 days. Instantly, I recalled what one of my dearest friends repeatedly told me: You’ve been blessed. He’s right. I am blessed—despite the hiccups, bumps, and bruises along the way—and I am truly grateful.
And so, dearest 2012, forgive me for being melodramatic. Allow me to thank you for the wonderful, meaningful, and unforgettable experiences this year. You took me on great adventures from Cebu to Berlin, gave me new running and tri-obsessed friends, and took me from the edge of fear to building my confidence and mental toughness in a way I never thought possible.
Here are the highlights of my running life for 2012. There are so many that this is a two part series! Oh, and if you wanna read more about it, just click on the titles to read the full blogpost…
TBR Dream Marathon 2012: Last March 22, 483 marathoners were born. It was our 3rd TBR Dream Marathon, but it always feels like the first. TBR Dream Marathon, where everyone who crosses the finish line is a winner. Sweet!
Tri United 1 & 2: The shorter distance of Tri United 1 and 2 at Laiya, Batangas prepared me for Ironman 70.3, not just physically but mentally. Bonus that these were well-organized and fun!
Ironman 70.3 Cebu: It was this race that I worked oh-so hard for during the first 7 months of 2012. Training for it was challenging and, as Coach Andy likes to say, character-building. This race made me tougher, stronger, and even more bullheaded. Is that a good thing?
Berlin Marathon: My 8th marathon. After the rigors of triathlon training, I gave myself the chance to enjoy myself with my first love, running. I had a blast running Berlin with my best running buddies. Truly one of the most memorable experiences. Thank you to Unilab Active Health for sponsoring my Berlin adventure.
Running in Prague: After Berlin, we spent two days in the beautiful city of Prague. We “ran” a recovery run…to McDonalds.
TBR Dream Team Run: Half the distance but thrice the fun! This was our first TRBDM alumni run. It was a team run for 3 runners running 21k together. One of the most fun 21k races ever!
Laguna Phuket International Marathon: I was lucky enough to be invited by Laguna Phuket to join their fantastic and scenic event. My hotel, Hotel Angsana, was the best too!
– Finished the 10k even if I had diarrhea! Waah! –
Angkor Wat Half Marathon: A flat and fast run through the ancient temples of Angkor Wat! I was speechless as I ran through the sites. Truly moving and astounding. Thank you to Unilab Active Health for sending me.