The condensation trails left behind by jet aircraft are called contrails. Seeing them from the ground, they turn our heads up and view them with our eyes in wonder for such a beautiful sight.
Trails were definitely made in 2012 with my found passion for barefoot running. What started out as a recreation, health and fitness undertaking has become a guide post for me to be inspired and inspire, share time and friendship, and find fulfillment with humility and simplicity.
And for 2013, my barefoot running journey goes on…
Click here to view my Running Contrails 2012.
It all started in March 2011 when I conceptualized the 440th Aircraft Maintenance Group’s 1st Family Fun Run as part of unit’s pre-anniversary activity. It was intended to promote health and fitness and strengthen family cohesiveness among the personnel and their dependents (families). Surprisingly, a month later, the organized event went well and it was where my wife and I started the journey to our first marathon.
The event was a success that it was replicated by the Air Education and Training Command to include all Air Force units within Fernando Air Base in September 2011 as the Command’s 1st Family Fun Run with our 440th AMG tasked as the Unit of Primary Responsibility (UPR).
My wife and I ran the first marathon of our lives in the Cebu City Marathon 2012 and we were happy finishers. It was a life changing experience for us. Indeed running is addicting! In no time, I hit the computer keyboards of Riovana at the Bonifacio Global City and registered ourselves to the Condura Skyway Marathon 2012 for another marathon distance – 27 days after our first Cebu mary!
Our motivation was to run in the most prestigious and biggest running event in the Philippines and get that 4-inch “platito” finishers medal hanging around our necks and in our living room. Besides, it is only once a year where the whole stretch of the Skyway will be exclusively ran not by cars but by the people. Further, our run will add 6 trees as part of the 39,000++ mangroves to be planted in Zamboanga de Sibugay that will not only serve to protect the environment but also provide livelihood for the people in the area.
When Abebe Bikila won the Olympic Marathon in 1960 in bare feet through the cobble-stoned streets of Rome in the world record time of 2:14, he demonstrated to his competitors a well-concealed truth. The fastest shoes are the ones that slow you down the least, and barefoot running is the fastest of all.
– Barefoot Running by Lorraine Moller
Learning, Training, Motivation and Discipline
After sunset of October 4, 2011, I ran bare feet for the first time for 20 minutes covering 3.3K distance along the Fernando Air Base oval loop (my regular running training ground). It felt great! Running bare feet is running like a child again, careless and free! Blisters on the sides of my pinky toes served as a prize for running too long. Besides, my toes (except for the big ones) are “cramped” together as a result of wearing shoes since childhood.
I decided to run bare after learning about barefoot running (mainly through the internet) and practicing the technique in my Merrell Trail Glove minimalist shoes for a month as a “transition”.
Ateneo de Manila University Special Education Society’s (SPEED) No Speed Limit Fun Run 2012 was a success. This particular run was organized and supervised by a group of college Ateneans for the benefit of Batino Elementary School in aid to the further development of teachers in one of the largest public special education institution in Quezon City.
I intentionally joined this noble event for two reasons. First is my support to their aim. Second is for my passion in barefoot running.
The route was pretty challenging with uphill and downhill stretches in ADMU and along Katipunan and C-5 roads. There were rough portions for my barefeet but I still manage to control my foot landing. Hydration stations were sufficient with water only drinks. Marshals composed of students and local traffic patrolmen provided safety and cheering support. Some portions made runners feel unsafe especially during road crossings where marshals were not present. After event “freebies” like photo booth, free magazine, energy drinks, loot bags, and raffle draw added zest to the festive mode of happy finishers.
The Running Pilot meets Coach Rio.
After running barefoot in 3K, 5K, 6k, and 10K running events since October 2011, my feet were telling me to start going the distance. Indeed in barefoot running, our feet are the perfect messengers to our body and amazingly our body reacts naturally and correspondingly.
It was time to do the 16K barefoot-all-the-way! And I have chosen the Timex Run 2012 organized by Rio Dela Cruz’ Runrio. Timex Run is where actor Piolo Pascual gained respect from the running community when in 2009, he did a personal best 10K record of 47 minutes and 56 seconds while being paced by Coach Rio from start to finish. The term “sub-Piolo” 10K was coined since then. I have never made a sub-Piolo 10K so far…I’ve been attempting it!