"It's your Bicolano Penguin's fourth anniversary. It has taken a roller coaster journey, but I know your blog will always be something to cherish. Keep writing, BP."
Got this text yesterday from fellow blogger Mau Gines (aka Wandering Jouster). She knows of what she texts about as she is actually the one who helped me start my running blog on November 5, 2011. I wrote an article and emailed it to her and presto, the Bicolano Penguin was up and running in the blogspot platform.
The subject matter of that first article is the 2011 Mayon Trail Run and the first words of that article go something like - "Clamber. Waddle, Crawl, and Trudge." Fittingly so, as majority of the 358 articles that have since been posted in the BP blog have dealt with ultra marathons, marathons, fun runs, bootleg runs and long slow distance runs where my running buddies and I have either clambered, waddled, crawled and trudged to a back-of-the-pack finish.
But no matter the slow locomotion, I still feel very much blessed to be running and blogging about it. There seems to be an umbilical cord between the 2 passions: I run to write. I write to run. Curro scribere. Scribo currere.
And there have been many runs that have brought great joy for me in my blogging. Here are a sample of 9:
1. NegOR 100 : At 103 kms, my longest ultra marathon thus far.
2. 2012 Bicolano Penguin Anniversary Run: The very first BPAR showed we can have running that is free.
3. Bagolatao Adventure Run: This bootleg run has us finishing on a white pebble beach.
4. Bataan Death March 102K Ultra: Survive we did.
5. 2014 Mayon 360: Band of brothers and sister on the best ultra in Bicol
6. 2011 Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore: First time to run a marathon abroad
7. ARC Run: Sense of community from my favorite running store
9. DC Comics All Star Fun Run : Bonding time with my son
The symbiosis for me is that both running and writing involve an endpoint to be achieved - in running the finish line, and in writing the time you put the pen down after finishing a written piece. And when the end point is reached, a surge of happy feeling brought about by endorphins comes cascading. Runner's high and writer's high have been abundant for me in my four years of blogging. And just like running, reaching the endpoint is much sweeter when there are friends and familiar faces present to give you a cheer (in running) or comment/feedback (in writing).
Thank you to all those who have liked and followed my running blog. I derive inspiration from your support. The writing and the running continue.