Yesterday was my birthday and I availed of a birthday leave from First Balfour.
I ran 47. Would have wanted 47 kilometers but two factors contributed to me settling for 47 minutes.
First was that since it was a Wednesday and a workday, my fellow 83neans were understandably not around to accompany me on a long and slow distance run. Running long can be boring and the presence of running buddies helps a lot to make it more enjoyable and relaxing.
Second, Marcel had no classes on that Wednesday and fortunately was available to be with me the whole day. Doing 47 kilometers would have robbed me 7 hours of quality bonding time with my son.
Thus, I went for 47 minutes of running inside our village late yesterday morning while my son gave company to her lola. After this heat training run, my son and I went to Alabang Town Center where he enjoyed his favorite meal of inihaw na liempo from Reyes Barbecue. It was my treat to him on my birthday. We are blessed that my son does not have an expensive taste. On my part, I had a big bowl of Mongolian.
Later that night, our family -- my son, my wife, my mom, my sisters, and my nephew trooped to the Ascension of Our Lord parish church in Paranaque to offer a mass for my departed father. 9-11 is his birthday, too.
Simple yet meaningful way to celebrate a birthday. What is important is that one is with loved ones.
Thank you very much to all those who remembered and greeted me. I am now three years away from the big 50. With a little help from running, we 83neans hope to be one of the younger looking golden boys out there. 50 is the new 40.