By Kris P. Bayos
So I started running in the morning again. Kung dati ang motivation ko ay to be as close as possible in terms of fitness to my special someone, this time it is purely for my benefit. I didn’t realize, this habit of morning jogs would also bring me to a higher level of “fitness.”
People noticed that I lost a lot of weight after my 60-day vacation. And who wouldn’t lose weight if you were at the World Youth Day for two weeks, spending most of each day walking? I think even if I did overeat during those days, lahat naman ng calories na burn ko rin.
I spent four weeks touring. So it’s needless to say that I also walked a lot and gained more foot callouses in the process. Kahit American serving size rin ang intake ko doon, ginamit ko rin ang lahat ng kinain ko. I remembered nag jog din ako sa Central Park, sinundan ko naman ng buffet lunch kaya even lang.
Kaya lang, now that I’m back in the Philippines, I’m satisfying my craving for Filipino cuisine, lalo na ang white rice! Tapos, nagkasakit pa ako kaya kahit gusto kong ituloy ‘yung jogging routine that I established sa New York, I failed. Pero, actually I’m just justifying. Tinatamad na siguro ako. Ang hirap na naman kasi gumising ng maaga.
But after almost two months, I suddenly got inspired to wake up early again and run. Today’s the second day of my running and it’s a good sign because I rarely run every day. I usually run every other day or at least three times a week.
You know what got me to start again? On my first running day, na inspire ako. I woke up at 4 a.m. and went running at Rizal Park for 2 hours. At home, while I was cooling down, I got to read the Bible again and say my morning prayers — which I haven’t done lately, unfortunately.
The best part of it was that it was after running that I got a Eureka moment and conceived of the idea of fund-raising for the victims of the earthquake in Cebu and Bohol through the sale of Pedrito dolls. Sakto lang sa timing kasi mag a-anniversary na ng canonization ni San Pedro Calungsod. And I thought, it made sense. Who would San Pedro help the most, hindi ba ang mga kababayan niya from Cebu and Bohol, his fellow Visayans?
So ngayon, I am all the more inspired to wake up early for it is in the morning that great ideas surface.
Kris Bayos is the Secretary-General of YouthPinoy under the auspices of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Media Office and the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth. YouthPinoy is the maker of Pedrito Dolls which is again out in the market to help the victims of the recent 7.2 magnitude Earthquake that hit Bohol and the Super Typhoon Yolanda that devastated Tacloban City, Leyte and nearby provinces in the Visayas.