Earned Not Given
by: Amanda Ramoso
I’m 23 years old. my maximum weight is 98 lbs my height is 5’5. I’m underweight and i started joining fun runs only this year. I run my first 5KM and i tell you running started to beat the person inside myself. As i started joining fun run i also started to received a lot of comments, like “baka makalas ka”, “baka tangayin ka” but it doesn’t stop me. Because running became my ultimate escape from reality.
After I cross every finish line and it made me realize something real and simple, running is not about winning it’s about you and your relationship with yourself, to your family, to your friends. It’s about being able to look in your friend eyes and know you didn’t let them down.
Everytime I run I always tell to myself, “Isn’t about being the best it’s about being better today than you are yesterday.”
I run for so many reason… I run because i enjoy it… I also run because i can.
I run because every time i saw that turning point and the finish line i felt serenity and I love the joy of having high fives with my friends. I don’t know if anyone realize this, but this is what I want to do when I get older… I don’t run to win races or become famous, I run to win my personal race – my race against myself – against being upset, against being lazy, against being passive – I win every time I wear my running shoes, because I have created a new future for myself. I am winning against becoming a person I didn’t want to be.
So I dare you to win, I dare you to start winning, to start trying, to set goals. I dare you to run, don’t worry about how fast or far – just fall in love with it, stay in love with it, play with it, treat it like a friend – because sometimes – running can be the best listener in the world – it will always let you win.
January 2013 : Run 800: 5km
February 2013 : Run to Saves Lives: 3km
March 2013 : OFW Run : 5km
April 2013 : National Geographic: Earth Day Run : 5km
And more to come — END
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