“You’re joining the 16K run? For real? To think that this is your first time to do it?”
Yep, I used to hear these lines when I first told my friends about my decision to join my very first run. Not that they don’t believe in me. It’s just that it’s not typical for anyone to do a 16k (or even 10k) for his first ever run. Most of them, started with their 5K or even 10K first.
But I was that determined! I knew I could make it.
It was really hard. I struggled. But I thank God I made it!
Talk About Being A Radical
Radical as defined by merriam-webster dictionary;
: very new and different from what is traditional or ordinary: extreme
That hit me! I don’t go the usual way. (No bragging intended)
I’ve always loved to run.
Oh, let me correct that. I accidentally fell in love with running.
How It All Started
It was in those days (Circa 2010) when I was still practicing my nursing profession, (I’m a Registered Nurse by the way) that I was living a not so healthy lifestyle.
I loved drinking and smoking. I was a chain smoker who can smoke up to 2 packs per day.
Oh boy, did it feel so right. I felt satisfied. I felt calm. I thought that doing the comfortable means doing the right thing.
Not Until It Has Taken Its Toll On Me
One time, at home while I was alone, I felt something weird. I felt as if my world was shaking, literally. I felt dizzy.
I asked my cousin, our neighbor, if he could drive me to the nearest hospital. I felt so uncomfortable. I was panicking.
And the unexpected thing happened…
150/90 mmHg. That was the reading they got after taking my blood pressure.
I felt cold but I was sweating.
I needed a second opinion from a cardiologist and that’s when I got diagnosed to have a hypertension. I had to take maintenance medications just to have it normalized.
New Life. New Beginning
That’s when I decided to live a healthy lifestyle. I intentionally cut my bad habits.
I was determined to change for the better.
I had to exercise.
It started with a mini run at the park until it became a habit, that went on and on.
I fell in love with it that it became a craze.
You see, my passion for running rooted from something painful, an adversity for that matter. An experience brought about by my past mistakes. I had to learn my lesson the hard way.
As the Cliche Goes, “Everything Happens for a Reason”.
I’m grateful for having experienced such, for without this experience I wouldn’t have discovered one of my passions.
And it all boils down to one thing now. That is LOVE!
Love for the life He has given me.
You may be in a situation where I was before. You think you can never get healed from your bad habits. That it’s too late for you to do the right thing.
You may think that you’ll forever be stuck in your present situation now. That it’s too late for you to dream.
Life is too precious to be wasted.
It’s never too late for you to achieve that desired lifestyle you’ve ever dreamed of.
Everyday is a chance for us to grow. Just take it one day at a time.
What this Blog Offers
This blog exists not just for the purpose of sharing my story, but also to impart whatever learnings I got from my running experiences and life in general.
May this inspire you to live the life you want, fulfill your passion and continue to dream big.
Just keep the fire burning!
We will all soon finish the run. But at the end of the day, it all comes down to this…
How well did you run yours?
I invite you to take this journey with me towards a radical change.
Together let’s Run freely. Breathe in wellness. Finish Strong!
See you at the finish line!
March “The Radical Runner” Nacino