Entering the Hard Month

As of this day, late night of March 29, 2016, I weigh 134.2 lbs…coming from 136.2 from 2 weeks before.

I get by a very low mileage but sometimes, intense workout. I push an easy run even after graveyard work. My afternoon rush is a usual go as long as I am not very sleepy.

April will be a Hard month for me. I intend to implement my training in this coming month. It will be hard. I will try though. 🙂

Main target will be as follows:

APRIL 300-350 kms

MAY 350 – 400 kms

JUNE 300 kms

All glory to God!

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On Lacking Nothing.

Nobody, I’m sure, would want to be lacking anything. Nobody would want to be needing something and have such need remain unmet. Paraphrasing further, I’m sure without a tinge of doubt, that nobody would want to be constantly begging for something.

Simply put, to not lack something, one needs to be in abundance. 🙂 Sounds funny but true. To be in abundance, one must be prosperous, or is it vice versa?

Our God is a generous God. He gives, not just forgive. He prospers us. He make us abundant and He alone can put us in that state of ‘LACKING NOTHING.’

See the following scriptures:

James 1:5
New International Version
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

New Living Translation
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

Job 8:6
New International Version
if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state.

New Living Translation
and if you are pure and live with integrity, he will surely rise up and restore your happy home.

English Standard Version
if you are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore your rightful habitation

Psalm 34:10
The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

>>> connect : Proverbs 8:17
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

Psalm 37:25
I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

Proverbs 13:25
The righteous eat to their hearts’ content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.

Proverbs 28:9
If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.

Proverbs 28:25
The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.

Psalm 34:9
Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.

Joshua 1:8
New International Version
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

New Living Translation
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

English Standard Version
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Deuteronomy 30:9
New International Version
Then the LORD your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The LORD will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors,

New Living Translation
“The LORD your God will then make you successful in everything you do. He will give you many children and numerous livestock, and he will cause your fields to produce abundant harvests, for the LORD will again delight in being good to you as he was to your ancestors.

English Standard Version
The LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your cattle and in the fruit of your ground. For the LORD will again take delight in prospering you, as he took delight in your fathers,

New American Standard Bible
“Then the LORD your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your cattle and in the produce of your ground, for the LORD will again rejoice over you for good, just as He rejoiced over your fathers;

The key in the passages above is in Deuteronomy 30:8. 🙂 Please see it!

It’s clearly written. Some keys worth reiterating: (above these – is faith and trust in God)

  • righteousness
  • obedience
  • seeking Him

Now all we need to do is to do it. Take action! Return to the Lord! Consider the following verses:

Hosea 6:1
New International Version
“Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.

New Living Translation
“Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds.

Hosea 6:3
New International Version
Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

New Living Translation
Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.”

English Standard Version
Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”

New American Standard Bible
“So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.”

King James Bible
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let us strive to know the LORD. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land.

Hosea 6:6
New International Version
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

New Living Translation
I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.

English Standard Version
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

New American Standard Bible
For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

King James Bible
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I desire loyalty and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

To God be the glory!

 

 

Walking the Trails

Just last Sunday, I finished a race. All by God’s grace. The race is organized by the New Era Race Team. The Beautiful Horizon Trail Run – a 30-kilometer race route out and back from Talipusngo, Maragondon, Cavite. Anyways, the route is very scenic. The event started at 4:00am and joiners were given 10 hours to complete the course. A very generous time! I am the sweeper for this event and I did just that – err, somehow! 😮

I have a GPS record of the route. 3-GPS records as follows:

  1. 1st 13.5kms
  2. 2nd 8kms
  3. 3rd 9kms

However, since the route is new to me and I carried only 2 bottles for drinking, I had to decide during the race if I would – and if I could really wait for the last runner. I have 11 runners behind me in the last 9-kms of the race. I believe all are still moving (no matter how slow) but at least 8 is far behind. It’s too hot and the sun is unforgiving. If I rested too much – I risk getting cramps and enduring so much thirst, not to mention the hunger. I did carry nothing but 2 bottles in my hydration bag pack. No GU. No anything. No candies nor chocolates. I guess I had to make a judgement call.

Allow me to show you first the GPS details. As follows:

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(see the map elevation details)

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(see that tooth-like gray figure?) 🙂

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Last 9kms descent to Maragondon’s Road.

It was so hot during the last 7-kms of this part and there’s too little shade to hide at. I had about 250ml of warm water in my bottle. Thank God, there’s some marshalls stationed in the last 3-kms. Saved! While I still can run, I guess I will just have to wait for the others. So I stayed on a waiting shed for about an hour. 3 runners passed me. None else. So I walked to the finish line, and reported that there are still runners behind me. 8 to be exact, while I can initially recall 6. hahahaha.

Anyways, all 8 came within the next 40 minutes after I crossed the finish line. 1 though, DNF.

Of course, it was a successful event. 81 of 82 runners finished within 10 hours and 1 DNF due to a valid reason. The race course was properly marked that no one got lost. The route from Sunrise to the ‘desert’ part is really majestic and scenic and beautiful. Sad to say, not much pictures here since batteries almost drained and the heat of the hot sun really affected us.

All thanks to our Almighty God!

See the pictures below for better appreciation of the trail. (That’s me in CM50 white sleeves)

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TOP 3 MALE TRAIL RUNNERS

  1. Joseph Gentoleo 3:23:20
  2. Jelson Bestoir 3:37:58
  3. Chrisboy Aragon 3:38:30

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TOP 3 FEMALE TRAIL RUNNERS

  1. Penny Nepomuceno 4:32:52
  2. Ana Maria Mangubat 5:13:38
  3. Jilyan Ampog 5:14:11

CREW SEND-OFF. Before the rest go up their respective stations, and I rest. 🙂 Yes, that wacky girl is the MC. lol.

On top of the boulder near ‘Silyang Bato’. The sun suddenly hides – and there’s fog all around! lol. (I guess I have to go back here on a sunny day)

Non-consecutive selfie shots going down from the Summit. I was slowly waiting for the 6-runners behind me here.

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