Love begins with one “Hello!”, and this is indeed true between me and the Team Kamote Runners. And here is our love story...
It was last January when I found an invite from my facebook notification about a Luneta to Tagaytay LSD. I laughed when I read it. I thought to myself, why am I invited here? I can't even do more than 10K of run. So I posted on the invitation wall and gracefully declined the invite. Despite that, the hosts from that invite were very persuasive and persistent in explaining to me that I don't need to run the whole stretch, I just need to run the distance that I will do at the Condura Skyway Marathon, and that is the sweet 16K.
So, because if their undying perseverance on me, I shy on declining and accepted the invite. I prepared myself for it but because of the excitement, I had a hard time putting on some sleep.
We started to run at around 12:30AM at the Kilometer Zero mark in Luneta. A few stretching, a solemn prayer and then were off. At the stretch of going to Coastal Mall I had a very hard time because I was not used to running at that wee hours of the morning. I am trying to keep up with them but my strength and endurance is nothing compared to them. Im so glad that Kuya Brian and Kuya Zaldy were very patient in pacing me. I truly appreciate their efforts to run side by side with me until the Kilometer 19 mark in Imus, Cavite.
The Team Kamote Runners was founded because of the takbo.ph runfest where they volunteered as marshalls, and since then they've kept the friendship and the love burning. They are a strong running group. Not only in terms of physical strength but their personal relationship with each other is indeed much stronger that their legs. Even if it was my first time to meet them then, I have been observing them. They were very compassionate in taking care of each other, assisting each other and caring for the needs of one another. Even to someone like me who is not a part of their team, they never made me feel any different. I feel so loved by them. Since then, I always wanted to be with them, on running events and even on bonding moments.
Yes, they got me at one “hello!”. Since then I never let go. I fell in love with them. So when they asked me if I want to be a part of the Team I have no answer in mind but “YES!”.
That was one of the happiest moments ever! I feel like I have found a new love, a love that will care for me, a love that will keep me, the love that will make me happy. I dont feel like Im a team mate, I feel like Im family.
The TKR Ladies!
A celebration after the Condura Skyway Marathon
As a new member of the Team Kamote Runners, I swore to keep and cherish the group as my own. I am now inspired to train more and work hard to keep up with their strength. I will be a one sweet baby “kamote” that will always be there for them and the rest of the runners. I want them to be proud of me.
My sweet life with the Team Kamote Runners has just begun, and I am looking forward to spending the rest of my sweet life running with them, until my last finish line...
Good Vibes and Sweet Running everyone! ^_^