Watch Me Entertain Myself!

Sacha Guitry once said, "You can pretend to be serious, but you can't pretend to be witty." Oh yes, I'm the great pretender.
(pilot episode: 20 January 2004)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Run

“Oh well I’m the type of guy who will never settle down...”

While catching my breath in between sets, I noticed my trainer Ken looking thoughtfully at me, so I stared back at him, puzzled.

“You do 15 minutes on the treadmill, right?” he asked.

“Pant, pant—yup—pant, pant,” I replied.

“So how many kilometers is that?”

I frowned. “I have no idea. I only look at the number of calories.”

Ken laughed heartily then said, “I’m gonna sign you up for one of those Sunday runs.”

“I kiss ‘em and I love ‘em ‘cause to me they’re all the same
I hug ‘em and I squeeze ‘em, they don’t even know my name
They call me the wanderer—yeah—the wanderer”


I like Ken. As a trainer he’s cheerful by default, easy to get along with, knows how to encourage me, and laughs at almost any and every joke I crack. Sure, he has his off days; during those times, he’s just quiet and pensive. But then I didn’t hire him to be my clown.

He likes to spring surprises on me. One time he asked me if I could bring my swimming trunks for our next session. I ended up doing aqua calisthenics for several sessions. Another time he just appeared with a pair of gloves and boxing wraps. But he and I were both surprised when I actually enjoyed boxing!

But the one suggestion from him that I’ve always resisted is running. He first approached me with the idea three years ago, and every time I resisted. I was never a big fan of running simply because, well, it seemed boring. I’ve ran once or twice when I was in high school, and though the Ateneo campus is a great place to jog around, I got bored. But I was a high school student then.

“Well, I roam from town to town
I go through life without a care
I’m as happy as a clown
With my two fists of iron, but I’m going nowhere”


So back to Ken, who was trying to describe to me what 5 kilometers meant: “Start from Paseo de Roxas, go down Ayala then turn right to Buendia, then go all the way to Paseo. That’s about two and a half kilometers. So just double back, and you’ve done five.”

For some reason, I didn’t feel like resisting the idea this time. I imagined the route. Heck, I can achieve that by walking, I told myself.

Ken could see the gears in my mind whirling. “Sige, one day I’ll just sign you up for one of those Sunday runs at the Fort.”

I raised one eyebrow at him but kept my mouth shut. Hmmm, a five kilometer run. Can I do it?

“And when I find myself fallin’ for some girl
Yeah, I hop right into that car of mine, I drive around the world
Yeah I’m a wanderer, yeah I’m a wanderer—
I roam around, around, around, around, around, around….”


— “The Wanderer” by Dion

8 comments:

Kiks said...

i never ran this morning because i was just too lazy to.

the post looked lazy at first but the pace of the read was good, not enough to make me sweat or pant but got my adrenalin. rushing.

so do tell about the Ken run when it happens.

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cant_u_read said...

elusive. non-exclusive.

of course u can do it. lalo na when one (or more) of "them" is in the run too. fun itoh!

Ming Meows said...

walk lang ang kaya ko. It's hard to catch my breath when I run.

joelmcvie said...

@YOUR ROYAL RYENESS: I think kaya ko naman. I'm not sure, though, if having "them" around is enough motivation for me to run. Cuz I might just run in the opposite direction, screaming, LOL!

Rainbow Runner said...

mcVie! Let's run! tara! tara!!!

joelmcvie said...

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rubypurple said...

go for it! :)
sometimes it's fun and sometimes it's lonely. It all depends on you. hehe.

I run around the salcedo park area coz there are less cars. I think 2 laps around the area are enough for a 5 km run.