When I started working as a call center agent, my active life as a stay at home mom of seven went sedentary. For seven and a half hours, five days a week, I sat in front of the computer, took in calls and typed. It was a routinary job, boring for some, health hazard for many. Since it was my main source of income, I did what every mom needed to do. Stay and learn to love what used to be a very taxing job. Through the years the hard work had paid off, well sort of financially. And with the confidence and independence, I learned that there were still worlds I need to discover as well as opportunities on how to learn and earn more.
I also realized that getting fit had become a rarity, as far as time and attention was concerned.Though I did not gain that much, there were days that I felt I could have been more active. So I just get by with brisk walking and taking the stairs when the elevator or escalator was not working. The last time the company had a sports event was two years ago where I joined the hip hop class. I also had the chance to wall climb. Though the hand-me-down Reebok shoes from my nephew were a bit old, they helped me a lot to gain my footing. Luckily I did not fell from the wall and finished it with flying colors which was not too bad for a first timer.
|Warming up with picture shots before we hit the tracks|
I said to myself then that such experience deserved not just a second try. Each time the company gave surveys I usually point out to have more sports activities that agents can take advantage of. I was not really surprised when a Fun Run was announced.
A few weeks after the registration, I saw my name on the list of 3K runners. What more, most of my friends were there as well. I should be thankful, problem was I did not have any running gear. Since I did not want to have the registration fee deducted from my payroll in case I changed my mind, though it was a free one, I might as well have myself prepared and buy me a new pair of running shoes. I asked around which brand would be the best, but the experience I had with the last pair of shoes I used at that sports event two years ago keep coming back. Good thing my memory was still sharp, and that's when I remembered the brand. "Reebok, " and off I went to the warehouse store so I can get a discount. I asked the salesperson what I needed. I added it will be my first time to join a Fun Run and plan to used the shoes for wall climbing in the future. I gave him the impression that I want to get my money's worth since I plan to use it for a long time.
Honesty went a long way. He gave me options, and finally I found what I wanted. He gave a short laugh when I told him there was no need to wrap it properly as I plan to use it immediately so I can get the feel of them. I was excited to wear my new shoes and that's what I just did. This was a day before the Fun Run.
That evening I tried to get as much sleep. The Assembly time was at 4:30 in the morning. I left home at 3:45 am to meet my friends at the office. Upon arriving, I went to the locker room, left my belongings except my ID and phone, grab a light breakfast and went off to see my friends. We were excited as we head to Bonifacio Global City.
Nobody could miss the event place. There were lots of people heading in one direction. Though it was still dusk, I got swayed to have my picture taken at the photo booth. Besides it was free. And that was not just the free photos I got that day. Since I am the most senior in age among the group, they cannot help but notice at the skimpy shorts I wore. I told them I am more comfortable running wearing them. Besides, at my age I felt I did not have to explain every move or gear I wore whenever I want to.
|Before the Run starts|
In a few minutes, the race was about to start. The crowd was enormous. There were local and foreign press even who took our pictures.There were Managers of different Convergys' sites, clients, even local personalities. Some parents also had their kids joined, even in strollers. I can no longer contain my excitement. The race started with the 15K runners, next was the 10K counterparts, then the 5K registrants . Finally it was our batch.With every countdown, there was a roar of acknowledgment from the crowd. And with every roar, my heart skipped a beat, until the gun shot signaled the start of the race. And off we went . There were lots of runners that I could hardly move. I told my friends, in between breaths that I'll take my own route, and ran away as fast as I could.
I have not been running for a very long time. I cannot even remember when was the last time. But on that day, I felt like a kid again, without a care in the world and who just wanted to finish the race. Every time I slow down, with sweat sticking on my skin, to the point of tasting it, I got a different kind of high. Such adrenalin I never thought I had. The volunteers who guided the runners where to go, the traffic enforcers who made sure the race will not be interrupted, even the water supply for runners, filled in glasses , ready to drink in a hurry, all added to the color of the event. I also found out that my 3k run was short lived after finishing ahead of my friends. I realized that I want some more. And that brought a smile to my lips.
|Skimpy shorts and Reebok blend well with me|
|Still looking great after the race with UM Alex and my friends|
Not bad for my first Fun Run. Not bad at all.
(images credit to facebook.com)