NYC Marathon: A Great Gift

After months of uncertainty, we can finally rejoice “We’re definitely in!”

Oh, the things we had to hurdle to get here…

I have Jun to thank for for giving in to good friend Jay’s (Prometheus Cometh) prodding to join the lottery for the ING NYC Marathon in first quarter of this year.  I thank him now but I was incredulous when I found out in April that he enlisted the both of us without my knowledge! Then amazement followed that not one but both of us were picked! I mean, I don’t think we’d even consider going if only one was awarded a slot.

I really didn’t take it seriously at first.  How can I when I was still in the thick of training for my first full marathon at The Bull Runner Dream Marathon scheduled barely one month after we received confirmation of our official entry.  We let the months pass with me not really taking this seriously.  It was months later when it became apparent that the blue sole was really getting serious about going.  However, I couldn’t see how I can go.  I was in a crossroad in my career and I was on a look-out for a new job.   How can I go on a vacation leave if I am starting a new job?

The blue sole and I had a heart-to-heart talk and agreed that we would pray hard about it and let God work in our situation.  Meantime,  we agreed to do our part —  I’ll continue my job-hunting and  we will both train for the marathon anyway.  Hoping that when God says YES to our plans, we are both prepared to go and tackle the marathon of our lives!

So, train we did trying to keep our focus even when there are just a lot of things that need to be worked-out.  There were indeed low moments when Mariel would not be training consistently feeling she wouldn’t be able to go anyway.  Somehow, we are able to pick things up, trying our best to be positive amidst the uncertainty.  Then, things began to go our way.  Good things just began to happen one after the other.  I joined the Runrio team.   Mariel found a new job she’s really excited about.  Not only that.  She found a new employer so understanding and supportive of her NYC Marathon dream that she was even granted 2-week vacation leave short of a month after starting work as part of the negotiated package!  Also, we are almost at the peak now of our training with the Pink Sole  having completed her 30k  and me my 32k last Sunday.  It was a serious but enjoyable run with running friends  Miguel and Jaymie (TBR).  Mariel and I  rejoiced with a BIG question mark still in our minds though — Will we be granted a US visa?

Oct 7, Thursday,  came and we arrived at the US embassy an hour early for our 7:30am schedule.  We breezed through the process.  We didn’t expect it to be that fast.  By 8:30am, when our friends Jaymie and Aljo were just texting us their Goodluck wishes, we have already been granted our US visas and on our way to our breakfast celebrations! YAHOOOOO!

It was just amazing how everything fell into place.  I guess, it was meant to be.

WOOOHOOO!!!   NYC  HERE WE COOOOME!!! 🙂

What a great gift this is today, our 17th wedding anniversary! THANK YOU LORD!!!

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24 Responses to “NYC Marathon: A Great Gift”


  1. 1 allyn October 10, 2010 at 12:00 am

    my friend Marilou is also celebrating her 17th with her beloved Jun .. ooops same name too… wow.
    Happy Anniversary!!!

  2. 5 hotlegsrunner October 10, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Congratulations! My friends (also a couple) said they got in easily also before coz they like international teams registering for this race. They also got in the first try. Will try to do the same and hope we will be as lucky as you guys for next year’s race =)

    God bless, good luck and have fun =)

    • 6 thesolemates October 10, 2010 at 11:30 am

      Hi Julie!
      Yeah, it’s so cool that there’s a bigger Phil. contingent this year. Hoping we really enjoy our run and of course, the trip. I hope you and the hubby also get slots for next year. Take care! -Jun & Mariel

  3. 7 i am a frontRUNNER October 10, 2010 at 5:37 am

    go solemates!

  4. 9 gail October 10, 2010 at 9:43 am

    wow congratulations solemates! rock that run! 🙂

  5. 10 thesolemates October 10, 2010 at 11:31 am

    we’ll definitely try! thanks gail! 🙂

  6. 11 jazzrunner October 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Wishing the Solemates a great adventure run. Lotsa thrills and fun for both of you!:-)

  7. 13 Jay October 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    BI talaga ako no? Congrats and good luck! See ya at the starting line!

  8. 15 Bro J October 11, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Go Solemates! God gives the desire of the hearts of those who have their faith(translated as trust and obey)in Him! Continue to give glory to God in running this race! God bless! GO go go Solemates!

  9. 17 mixednuts October 11, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Woohoo!!!!! Congratulations Jun and Mariel. I am sure you will have a great time. It was meant to be. Happy Anniversary!

  10. 18 thesolemates October 11, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Mayi, thanks! Congrats on your first marathon! 🙂

  11. 19 Nora, the golden girl October 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Happy 17th Wedding Anniversary, Jun and Mariel! Stories like this really make me cry. I’m soooh very happy for the both of you. It’s great to know that in this age and time, there are still couples who stay in love with each other for 17 years! Could ‘running together’ be one of the secrets? Makahanap na nga ng runner-boyfriend hah hah . . .

    Good luck in your training for the NYC Marathon. A great gift indeed!

  12. 20 The Sole Mates October 14, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Hello Nora!

    Nice to hear from you again! Running together definitely helped. May added early morning dates pa. hahaha Gusto mo ba talaga? Sabihin mo lang and we’ll be praying for a runner-boyfriend for you. 🙂

    Thanks for the happy wishes!

    Jun & Mariel 🙂

  13. 21 m8parco October 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Congratulations. Inggit na inggit kami.

    REgards Mark & Tiffin

  14. 23 Nora, the golden girl October 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Game ako! Pero dapat malinaw ang prayer: runner-boyfriend lang, hindi runner-husband haha…

  15. 24 iamninoyrunners November 3, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Good luck Jun and Mariel. Have a safe and fun run. I know you guys will finish but most importantly enjoy the run, the trip and the time together at NYC.


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