Meeting Rick Olivares
Last Thursday, in the middle of all race preps for TBR Dream Marathon—and right after fever and before another gastroenteritis attack (probably all due to stress)—I get a call from a sports columnist named Rick Olivares who was interested on writing an article on TBR for Business Mirror.
– Thanks to Rick for the photo –
We met the following day for what I thought was going to be a brief interview, but it turned out to be a long chat over coffee with a blogger/celebrity/journalist who has sacrificed much in the name of truth. We exchange stories on running (he was a track guy in his college days), blogging, and common friends.
This guy is fearless. And he only inspired me to stand by the truth even more. Admittedly, I have lost a friend or two due to my much too honest reporting (particularly my TBR Race Reviews). While it saddens me to think about the broken friendships, I am comforted by the fact that what I did was right (and I will continue to do so until God knows how long.) If I have to lie about a sucky race to please my so-called friends or rave about horrible shoes to appease the sponsors, then I might as well shut down this blog.
Rick’s article on myself is entitled BORN TO RUN. I love it because it makes me feel like one of the Tarahumara Indians in one of my favorite running books. (That’s as close to them as I can get! hah!)
Click HERE to read Rick’s article on BLEACHER’S BREW.
It’ll be published in Business Mirror May 17, 2010. Click HERE to read online.