My side of the story is very different from all the participants of the race, because I was the very first runner to be injured. I passed out after our team registered/logged-in. The cause is I wasn’t taking proper nutrition and I was lacking sleep.
First attack was lack of potassium (Hypokalemia). I lost strength in my legs while I was running to my teammates heading to the registration. I got a big wound because of this. To make things worst there was a car following me from behind, good thing the driver has good reflexes and his car has good breaks.
Second attack was lack of blood sugar (Hypoglycemia), after the medic/doctor applied betadine and patched my wound I felt dizzy. At first I was shy to put my hands on his shoulder but I really needed something to hold on to. So I reached for his shoulder and he asked if I was feeling dizzy. I answered yes. Then it all went rainbow mixing colors after that. I felt like I was being carried about 10 meters from where I was. When my vision came back, I was surprised that I was still at the same place and hands were supporting me while I was sitting down on the floor. That was when I realized that I passed out.
Later I found out from Joshua Suarez that I was actually out for about 5 minutes, unlike what I originally thought, 20 seconds. At least I get to check one from my bucket list. To experience passing out, now that I have experienced it, I don’t want to double check it.
Then the people made me sat on a monoblock chair. While I was still analyzing what really happened to me,Â my vision became different. Some one asked me “Nagdidilim ang paningin mo?” (Are you seeing dark images?) I answered “Hindi, masyadong maliwanag”. (No, it’s very bright.) Then I heard one of the female doctors (later I found out her name was Cindy) said that I was experiencing Hypoglycemia. Then she handed me a clorets candy. I was able to open it even with my limited vision, unfortunately the candy was stuck in the wrapper that she had to take it from me and help me open it up. I took the candy and ate it. After about 2 minutes, my vision slowly came back to normal.
While my vision was going crazy, I thought of many things. What will I do if I get permanently blind? How can I take pictures even if all I can see are very bright images. It was a near death experience that made my learning curve pointing straight up to Heaven. I realized that I am not in control of things, God is. It was truly humbling.
I was then declared injured and will not be able to run my legs at the leg 8 of our team, I was the next runner. The race director brought two doctors with him and personally met me at the Runner’s Exchange Point 8. I answered all their questions honestly since I do not want to hassle them and to let all my teammates know about my real situation, plus lying is a sin. Good thing Paul Amerigo Pajo made a contingency plan for our team. So Joshua was the one going to take my legs.
I was a afraid of what my teammates had to say to me. I was expecting that they would say something regarding my situation or complain, but they were really supportive. They knew that I learned my lesson and gave me tips on how to properly prepare before the race. I never heard them complain nor did they shouted at me. I was saying sorry to Joshua, since he is the one who will be taking my legs, but he always assured me that it was OK. He jokingly replied that in return I should give him nice photos, I replied with a serious yes. Good thing the doctors allowed me to be a support crew for my team, especially for van2. That’s why I gave my best to support to them in all their legs, also I took pictures of them running. A small amount that I could give back to my team for what happened to me.
Lessons I’ve learned:
1. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
2. Eat your fruits and vegetables.
3. Be cool and be ready for anything.
4. Most importantly, God is in control.
Our team got zero penalties and we finished 11th place overall. No awards, just pure enjoyment that we finished the race, even though we were one runner short (me). True to the Pace Partner’s goals
“Our journey is about to begin.
We dream of conquering the IMPOSSIBLE.
We will focus on our PASSION.
We will always stay in FAITH.
We will FINISH every race.
We are the PACE PARTNERS.
We run not to COMPETE,
but to COMPLETE and finish the NEXT RACE.”
I hope another Epic Relay would be arranged next year or sooner. I want to join it again. But now as a real runner and as a support crew at the same time and I hope to run with the Pace Partners on that race again.
Thanks to Paul Amerigo Pajo for being our good team captain. To Joshua Suarez, David Bonifacio and Robert Coyne for taking the additional legs that I caused. To Joey Marcelo, Jeric San Agustin, Jay Silayan, Edrick Co and Arnel Vizmonte for being good teammates. And to other Pace Partners for the support they gave us. 🙂
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