Tuesday, September 2, 2008

THE NIKE HUMAN RACE: Blessings, pure luck, or coincidence?

1. I thought I would not be able to join the Nike+ Human Race because I don’t own a Nike+ Kit or even the Nike+ sportband. But just for fun, and with the dire need to really have it, I joined Photographer on the Run’s Photo Essay Contest. He will be giving 5 Nike+ sportband for those who would please him with their running stories. I submitted my running story, entitled “Running Mom” and waited for the result for almost two weeks. Three days before the race, I would be able to hear one of the biggest surprises of my life! I won a Nike+ Sportband. So I headed to BHS to claim it and eventually registered for the race.

2. A day after I got my sportband, I discovered that my unit was defective. And it took me two more days to decide if I was going to inform or I was just ignorant to use it. Hahaha! I headed back again to Nike BHS on Saturday night to report it to Ethel (?) the good lady in the registration booth. So Ethel got my number and reported it to Mr. Ben Chan aka Photographer on the Run. I got home worried if Mr. Ben would replace my unit, otherwise, I would not be able to join the race the following day. I just prayed to God. Sabi ko bahala ka na po magdecide kung ano po ang plano nyo.

3. Race day. My cellphone rang and received a message from Mr. Ben Chan saying: “ Gud morning. I have ur replacement nike sportband. Please pick it up at d PHOTOVENDO booth n d race start. :-)” It took me few seconds before I realized that I would be able to join the race. I texted back Ben and said thank you.

4. Although I didn’t beat my PR because of the hilly course, I enjoyed the race. Coach Rio, The Nike Team, Photographer on the Run and the rest of the sponsors did a good job. My Nike+ Sport band worked well. It registered my run and I was able to sync in my data at the counter.
with running buddy and officemate BroJ

5. And what was the best thing that happened to me that day was this…. While Brother J and I were falling in line at the PhotoVendo, the announcer suddenly called my name and race number. I was shocked to know that I won the 7107 Islands Cruise Gift Certificate! A 2nights/3days island hopping in Coron, Palawan! Wow!!! Is it a blessing, pure luck, or just a coincidence?

Keep on running a perfect race… God Bless!


RunningShield said...

Great run. Good job . hope to meet you soon - Patrick concepcion / running shield

gemini said...

hi runningshield,
thanks for dropping by...i'm also a regular visitor of your site and i'm quite impressed of your running stories not to mention those impressive photos taken by mr. ben chan!
btw, can i link your site to this site?
hope to meet you too in future races...
see you on the road!

Bro J said...

congrats gemini! It was a good run also. Adidas KOTR naman.

gemini said...

running buddy bro j, yes it was a good run...i'll try to improve my PR on KOTR. hahaha!

Bro J said...

i gave you an award.