Ta­bal ready for Laoag chal­lenge

Sun.Star Cebu - - PRIME SPORTS - RSC

Cebu’s run­ning pride Mary Joy Ta­bal will use the pass­ing of her fa­ther last year as a mo­ti­va­tion to achieve new heights and be­come a six-peat cham­pion in the 42nd Milo Marathon in Laoag City on Sun­day, Dec. 9.

It can be re­called that it was an emo­tional ride for the South­east Asian (Sea) Games gold medal­ist Ta­bal last year when she won her fifth straight ti­tle less than 24 hours af­ter her fa­ther, Rolando, died.

Ta­bal has moved on from the pain and cho­sen to re­mem­ber only the good mem­o­ries left by her fa­ther. Be­fore fly­ing to Laoag City, the fam­ily of Ta­bal com­mem­o­rated their fa­ther’s death an­niver­sary.

“It was a pos­i­tive and lively an­niver­sary. Re­mem­ber­ing him as a fa­ther and pay­ing thanks to him. I also asked for guid­ance for my com­ing races,” the 29-yearold Ta­bal told SunStar Cebu. “The emo­tion will help me push more and give my best be­cause my fa­ther will al­ways be proud of me.”

The camp of Ta­bal is not re­ly­ing only on the pray­ers as they have left no stones un­turned in re­gard to the train­ing pro­gram for the gru­el­ing 42-kilo­me­ter race.

“Right now I’m phys­i­cally ready be­cause I know I have sat­is­fac­to­rily com­pleted the train­ing re­quire­ments. I think the only thing left is to pace my­self emo­tion­ally since the marathon is a long en­durance sport, and so many things can hap­pen on the race,” she said. /

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