All I Really Need to Know I Learned from a Liempo Run

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


All I really need to know I learned from a liempo run.
All I really need to know about why I run and how I run, I learned in our Ortigas liempo run.
Running wisdom is found not in the pages of Runners World, but in the hills of St. Martin and on a plate of Chiggy's jumbo liempo.


These are the things I learned:

Share everything - what Mar knows, how Rico trains, how Gerard beats his shin splints


Trade stories - your breakthrough runs, how you feel, the beats & aches of runners' hearts
Have a balanced training plan - long run some, tempo run some, do hill repeats & intervals.

Take a break when you can. Rest is balm for tired bodies and restless minds.


When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, trade high-fives and stick together. Keep an eye on Gingerbreadman who veers toward the center like a King of the Road.

Be aware of wonder. Remember how you almost fainted the first time you climbed St. Martin, but how great that feeling of reaching 7-11 at the end of the road.


Remember how Pio survived the GBM pace to complete his first 21K with a big smile.


Imagine Gail doing hill repeats enroute to her first-ever 10k, and then chomping on her celebratory liempo with a sparkle in her eyes and glimmer on her face.


Smile at the thought of Tracy suddenly sprinting up the hill when teased about the ghost of St. Paul.


And then remember the word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK. That applies to you too Mr. Gingerbreadman. Everything a runners needs to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule, Love, Wilnar's talent, Carol's wisdom, Lorie's humor, Chelly's dreams and the answer to Bong Y's undecided heart.



Think what a better world it would be if all - the whole world - throw away their worldly concerns - even for just a while - and just run. Or if people get together to share a run and a meal of liempo thereafter. To reminisce and create new memories. To collectively celebrate life's little successes and triumphs. This is the essence of the liempo run.

And it is still true, no matter how long you have been running - when you go out into the world, it is best to keep an eye on each other and stick together. The hills may be tough, but at the end of the run the jumbo liempo awaits!





6 comments:

gerard September 22, 2009 at 3:24 PM  

Ah yes, how I beat my shin splints!

I may look weird in them but the tights help in cancelling out the pains caused by shin splints.

Hoping for another liempo run, this time, I won't skip the celebration!

Rico Villanueva September 22, 2009 at 4:31 PM  

Gerard, ok lang yan....uso na yang tights...buti na lang non-conformist ako. Haha!

mykolant September 23, 2009 at 5:08 PM  

Nice post, Rico! Mabuhay ang liempo!

Rico Villanueva September 23, 2009 at 5:25 PM  

Yeah, Mike. Long live Liempo Run! Sama ka next time :-)

Gail September 24, 2009 at 10:32 PM  

yah 1st 10k! yahoo! :) thanks for posting the pics rico! liemporun ulit! wag naman thursday. how about tuesdays?

Rico Villanueva September 24, 2009 at 11:58 PM  

Hi Gail, congrats uli :-) The Liempo Run is extra-special, ran only once in a while. We shall let you know if we are doing a repeat :-)

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