So we will RUN, all together our hearts aflame, with a heart that can’t be tamed, our God O glory to Your name, Jesus! – from the song Run by Hillsong Australia from the album This is our God.

I have been running in the treadmill for around 10-15 minutes prior to a work-out session for almost 3 years now. Some of my friends have been trying to convince me to try joining a fun run and then I saw this commercial in TV with actor Derek Ramsay about a big running event in Fort Bonifacio sponsored by RunRio and Century Tuna. I said I wanted to give it a try.  I finally came to register in the Timex store (Mall of Asia Branch) last January, 2010. With the influence of a friend, I hesitantly registered for the 10K event. I have never finished that far in my whole life but my friend teased me that 5K is too easy and then the rest was history.

I never really intensively prepared for the event. I just continued my regular treadmill run and tried to extend a little longer. The last workout before the event, I barely reached 30 minutes and my legs started hurting already. I was afraid that I won’t finish 10K. A day before the run, I told myself that if others can do it, there’s no reason why I can’t. I know that God will give me the strength; so I set a goal of finishing the race in less than 1 hr and 15 mins.

The day of February 21 came and up until right now, I still can’t believe that I did 10K in my first ever race. Even better, I finished it faster than I expected and I ranked 151st in my division. Below are the results I got from RunRio.com. God really gave me the strength and endurance that day and I am really thankful for that day when God introduced another chapter of my life; another journey to take. I have joined 4 events ever since (with 2 trail runs) and I know for sure that there’s more to come.

NAME:      Derwin Parfan
EVENT:     10Km
DATE:     February 21, 2010
BIB/DIV: 10199 / M2529
TIME:     1h:6m:36s (gun) / 1h:5m:40s (net)

For race results, go to http://www.centurysuperbodsrun.ph/

I was listening to the song “Run” by Hillsong while writing this post. It reminds me of my journey as a Christian that I should never stop running!  The song says that we should surrender to bring Him fame and desire for God to be praised and glorified forever and ever.

Watch the video here:

Check out the complete lyrics here:

<a href=”http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/h/hillsong/run.html&#8221; target=”_blank” title=”Run lyrics by Hillsong”>Hillsong – Run lyrics | LyricsMode.com</a>