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Practice for a Better Marathon Experience

I’m not a marathoner or a runner in any case. I’m just a plain 27-year old yuppie who believes in an advocacy to provide quality education for our impoverished youth. Before, I was a working student to make ends meet and it was never easy. That’s why I have every reason to support an advocacy for good education, especially for those who cannot afford it.

When I first heard of Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon’s goal which is to provide 150-160 computer classrooms for different public schools in the Philippines, I just knew I had to take action and join this marathon called Kahit Isang Araw Lang Unity Run.

Our public schools may have quality teachers that provide good education; however, we’re already in a time of globalization that is fuelled by computer literacy. The Filipino public schools lack a lot in this facet of the education system and it’s about time someone stood up and execute to fill in the need—even by means of a marathon.

I’m all fired up to be there and witness another history unfold this coming January 22, 2012 at “Kahit Isang Araw Lang Unity Run”. I’m all for it and I’m thinking of ways on how to be prepared for this upcoming marathon. However, I’m not really a running enthusiast or a sports fanatic in any way. All I know is that I will join this marathon because I want to run for a good cause. My heart is prepared, but what about my body? How can I endure a marathon?

Endurance means the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity. Running or marathon is an endurance sport that takes a lot of focus, stamina, and agility. One of the key elements for a physical activity like marathon is consistency because while you pound your way to the finish line, a lot a physical as well as psychological stress becomes distracting.

While we know that consistency is the secret to overcome physical and mental stress in a marathon or any kind of endurance sport, no one can achieve consistency without the first step which is practice. Expert marathoners say that practicing for three hours or more every day for several weeks before the marathon is a good way to start.

Even Mr. Public Service @DanielRazon once tweeted: “Well-doing should not be seasonal nor occasional. If we practice, it becomes habitual. In good things, our memory must not be ephemeral.”

Constant practice becomes habitual, and once it’s habitual, it no longer seems like a difficult task. Even with that simple tweet from Kuya Daniel Razon, it teaches a lesson that in any aspect of life—may it be a physical activity like joining a marathon, or by simply trying to get by any daily work; practice indeed makes perfect. So get your running shoes and start practicing for the biggest marathon event yet to happen in 2012: “Kahit Isang Araw Lang Unity Run”!    [Contributed by Stacey Tee]


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