Daily Archives: July 6, 2011

Arrivederci, Asics Lite-Ning!

This morning, I went to the trusty Mr. Quickie shop  have my Asics Lite-nine patched up. In the past few months, I’ve had the good ole sprinting spikes repaired thrice, in the hopes of prolonging its useful life. Despite (or because of!) all the patchwork, the spikes still look quite beat-up.

I bought the pair four years ago and used it as my competition spikes in my last season as an Ateneo student-athlete. It lay dormant in my room during the time I spent temporarily retired. I kept it in tip-top shape. In the time I spent away from the sport, I knew deep down that I’ll be donning these cleats yet again.

     

We’ve been through a lot, my spikes and I. I shelled out a good Php 6,000.00 for the pair, asking my friend Jeric to buy it in the U.S.

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High quality sprinting spikes are hard to come by in local shores. I can still remember the first time I wore the shoes to training. The fit was a bit light, so I had to use thicker socks. Nevertheless, it felt tailor-made for my feet. It was love at first sprint. The Asics Lite-ning, as the name suggests, is the lightest sprinting spikes I’ve ever worn.

Back then, I was still recovering from the psychological trauma of a broken arm, sustained during hurdles training. Having my feet shod in one of the best sprinting spikes ever made did much to boost my confidence. Soon enough, I surpassed my pre-injury competitive level. During my first and only foray under the 15 second barrier, I wore my trusty pair of Asics Lite-nings.

When I trailed in fourth place at my final UAAP, I also wore those magical blue shoes.

As I embarked on the comeback trail, my spikes have been a faithful companion. Despite it being worn out, I always get an adrenaline rush feeling its firm spike plate supporting my foot. Each team I wear the pair, I feel like running a 10-second 100m dash and a 14-second 110m hurdle race. For me, the Asics Lite-ning is more than just a shoe.

As a cardinal rule, my competition spikes have a lifetime of a year at most. After which , the worn out shoes will be used solely for training. With its usable life spanning a good four years, I can honestly say that every single Peso I spent on my Lite-ning’s was money well spent.

Driven

The first few days of GPP has run quite smoothly. As always, I budget my training time, not spending more than two hours. As much as I’d like to do more work, I really have to keep things streamlined. In terms of discipline, I’ve been relatively more rigid than in the past season. Instead of watching the boob tube (or surfing the net) way up until the wee hours, I make it a point to hit the sack as soon as I accomplish my post-training (bath, dinner, check mail, check blog) rituals. On average, I’m sleeping at around 5 1/2 hours on a weekday. It may not be much, but that’s the bare minimum sleep my body needs to efficiently get by.

I still get lazy urges though. Since I train alone, succumbing to these sedentary desires aren’t that difficult. Each time I feel sluggish, however, I think about the experiences of PNG 2011. I take a deep breath and picture myself at the finish line, stopping the clock at less than 15 seconds, way ahead of the pack.

With both intrinsic and extrinsic factors fueling the fire, I am able to pusmy body a little further. Indeed, there’s nothing like a good shellacking to wake up the senses. I am just twenty-five years old. I know for a fact that I still have it in me. I have not lost the edge. I’m on the right track.

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