First of all, this post wasn't supposed to come first this year. There was supposed to be a Happy New Year's post, a New Year's resolutions post, a "what-I-did-til-now" post, and another post. But right now, those will come after this.
If you want to read about the TNF Thrill of the Trail, read it from my friend's blog - HighAltitude.
I'm posting to pour out my disappointments of not being able to join this run! Well, not a fault on my part mind you. I was looking for a way to register for this run.
After hearing about this run last year from Jerry, I've been looking forward to it. I went to TNF-MOA to get my trail shoes fixed and asked them about the registration - this was 2 weeks after I heard about it. And guess what - they said the registration was closed!! Well, they had a poster of the run for all to see, and here I was hearing that the registration was closed! I was disappointed wondering how this race closed registration so soon?!
Then I remembered the complications in last year's TNF run, how, despite closing of registration, they allowed on site registration and it messed up the results. I thought it was fair that only a certain number of people be allowed for this run. But still, I was disappointed.
Forgetting about it, it came back when Jerry mentioned it a few weeks ago, then discussing with my friend RJ about not being able to register, I found out that he had the same issue. It was worse though because he - some one who won 3rd in his age category - didn't get a chance to register!!! Why isn't a placer given special privileges in this kind of thing? I, too, ran in the TNF100 20k and did pretty well finishing at 2:01:xx.. Then, topping this off, hearing that joining a running workshop, a week before the race, gives you the opportunity to register!! It is just NOT FAIR!! Well, I heard that the registration was done on an invitational kind of thing. But still!! I don't think you should deny people their right to experience the thrill of the trail. And this is after you advertise it to the public..
Hopefully I will get to run in the next trail run. Congratulations to all who ran this race. Congrats to Jerry for finishing 7th overall.
Note: I heard that the Philippine Marathon will be postponed. I hope it will not. I'm training for this run, and having this kind of news just puts me off my rhythm.