4x100m relay 4x400m relay 10-for-10 100m 100m dash 100m hurdles 110m high hurdles 110m hurdles 200m 200m dash 400m 400m hurdles 800m 2012 London Olympics ABL allen johnson Aries Merritt ateneo ateneo basketball league Ateneo Track & Field Athletics Barcelona basketball boxing carl lewis Celeb christophe lemaitre D2003 Daegu Darya Klishina Darya Klishina (Дарья Клишина) david oliver dayron robles derek redmond Diamond League European Championships football Helsinki henry dagmil heptathlon high jump hurdles injury Istanbul Javelin Jumps liu xiang Liu Xiang (刘翔) London Long Jump Manny Pacquiao marestella torres Moro olympics Philippines plyometrics pole vault Rene Herrera rizal Russia sprints Track & Field track beauty track beauty of the week training triple jump Tyson Gay uaap ultra Usain Bolt Verena Sailer weights World Championships World Indoor Championships Yohan Blake
Refreshing (18 September 2010)
September 18, 2010Posted by on
For the first time in two months, I trained in Ultra again. The moment I stepped out from my car and glanced towards the 110m starting line, I saw familiar figures clad in blue and white. My former college team was training too.
It’s refreshing to share the track with an actual track & field team, instead of the usual oval habitues. More importantly, seeing familiar faces (dwindling familiar faces at that) was a welcome change since I usually train alone.
I tried my utmost not to lurk among the current team, fearing the minute possibility that I may just quit my job and pursue track full-time. Besides, it felt awkward being among all those familiar yet unfamiliar faces.
The sight of the high jump and pole vault mats brought forth memories of the 2005-2006 season, when Rizal was under repair prior to the Manila SEA Games. A deluge of fond memories ensued.
As always, I snapped out of my reverie. I tend to gravitate towards my previous Nietzschean approach to track. I sometimes forget that I’m training for track in the same way as my idol, Wilfred Uytengsu, trains for the Ironman triathlon. I am not a professional track athlete. I am not a student-athlete.
In the midst of my quarter-life vision quest, clinging to the past is counterproductive. It was a good thing that my good friend Mark (who is training for a triathlon) decided to tag along. Being in the same industry, his presence was a stark reminder that my college days are long gone, that I have more important issues to face.
Nevertheless, I welcome the few hours I spent each day training. It’s an opportunity to take a step back and evaluate.
The workout itself was, as I always say, GREAT! The youthful energies of the current team seemed to have rubbed off. I did plyometric hurdles drills and five step hurdle clearances just to get the hurdling groove back. I also used a starting block for the first time in almost three years!
Plyometric hurdle drills
5-step hurdle clearances