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Holidays, Skin Rash, and my 10K Program

                                                                         Source: via Ann on Pinterest

I started my 10K training program on the last week of November. I was perfect attendance on my weekday runs, while I looked forward to my long Sunday runs.

I told myself that this will be no ordinary training, as the colder mornings and festive mood are my big challenges. Never have I thought that I would give in to two challenges: holiday traffic and a skin breakout.

The horror of me staying up on the road for a few more hours (no kidding) due to holiday rush made me sacrifice (with regret) my two weekday early morning runs the whole week before Christmas. I sadly decided to report early for my work so that I could go home early, too, for one whole week. I realized that if I continued 6 AM weekday runs, I will get into the horrible holiday rush hour when I get home from work. I remembered commuting during that week with heaviness in my heart. With it, I decided that I really need to work from home in the next few months or years (but that’s another story).

Second, I had a strange skin rash that occurred in my both legs. They were red and a bit swollen and super itchy. I went to the doctor and found out that it was due to chemical irritants. I went under medication for a week. I still felt blessed, though, that I only got rashes this year. The last two years, I got flu as my Christmas company. It was not around this time.

I consulted the Runner’s World website and friends on what to do since my I lacked one week training. After reviewing my past weeks of my training program, I’m back to the tracks by Christmas week. Today, I close my 2012 with a 5K (my mom was surprised to see me eating at 5:15 AM. I told her I’ll eat earlier next Sunday for my 8K long run.)

Did I say this 10K training was no ordinary training?

Well, I guess I was not the only one who has experienced such setbacks. We plan on how we run, how far we should go, who we run with (or if we go alone, like in my case), how fast can we go, and how many times should we run. But any plan does not go as planned.

But it we get into the holidays and skin rashes, it does not mean it’s the end of the world.

Here’s my new year’s wish that every runner will get to receive miracles on their every run, and just continue running with a smile just in case things don’t happen their way.

Happy 2013, runners!

Give your old singlet and running shoes at Runnr!

2012 is about to end. I am sure you have attended a lot of running events this year.  During the last 12 months, you have accumulated certificates, medals, freebies, and singlets.

Instead of keeping your singlets, why not donate it?

Running store Runnr is accepting old singlets, even your old running shoes, to be given to the victims of Typhoon Pablo. They will accept donations until December 20, 2012.

Isn't it great to remember your best runs of 2012 while giving hope to our fellowmen?

Go the extra mile through Runnr!

Hate Cigarettes? Run against it through Sin Tax Run

Run Rio's front man Rio dela Cruz is making a stand against the ill effects of cigarettes and alcohol by inviting runners for the Sin Tax Run on December 16, 2012 at SM Mall of Asia!

Check the rest of the details here:

November Rundown

                                                                  Source: via Ann Kristine on Pinterest

I’m sitting down in front of  the table in my room, with Sydney (my Acer notebook) in front of me, helping me put into words what has been going on in my mind during the past month. I consider this a blessing; I haven’t used Sydney for my blogging works in a while. I was scared for two weeks because Sydney would not start. Thank God for the geek in me, I was able to resuscitate it (I clicked on System Restore with my left eye closed).

I realized I have not written in my blogs for the past few months, so with Sydney’s resuscitation, I thought it’s about time for me to write again, just before the Mayan calendar ends (I don’t believe it, though).

A week before the New Balance Run, I saw myself with a different vigor. I ran 10 rounds in our village, something I have not done in the past year. A day before that, I learned about the New York City Marathon was cancelled. But on that morning, I didn’t mind. When I was running my old familiar route, I told myself that when my New York Marathon time comes, it will never get cancelled. Maybe I got too much red wine the night before. But anyway, I have written my participation in my bucket list.

This is Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain when she crossed the ING NEw York City Marathon in 2009. I plan to post this and change the bib name to mine. (Source:

Speaking of New Balance Run, well, I was supposed to run my 5K there. Suddenly, the “monthly dues” arrived the night before (men runners, in case you don’t understand, ask your wives or girlfriends). I could have wished for it to arrive earlier in the day so I could have given my slot to somebody else. But then I just didn’t. What transpired the week before the event was an indication that I was not meant to run it. I wasn’t well-prepared mentally and physically. So, I woke up in the morning of November 11 with a smile on my face; I was saved from future injury.

I was in a different mode when November entered. I was again at my busiest. I’m both happy and overwhelmed. So happy and overwhelmed I realized I haven’t been writing.

So here’s my November rundown.

I got myself in a personal six-month project starting November. I got a name for it: Prodigy Project. I know I’m no longer that young to be called a prodigy. I called it such because in the next six months, I will start the journey of knowing myself, pushing my limits, and conquering new boundaries.

                                                           Source: via Ann Kristine on Pinterest

I got a lot of things at hand with my Prodigy Project: first, I enrolled in my master’s degree class this semester. I was blessed to be re-admitted for the second time, yet with a warning: I’m way passed the deadline of finishing the course. So I’m calling this semester as the ‘make-it-or-break-my-back-by-non-stop-running’ semester (I honestly thought of taking that consequence but my wits got me). Finally, after making too many escapes, I am facing one of my dreaded monsters during sleep: research (first is math). I remember doing a 30-minute run one morning and I realized that I just took one step towards faith in myself. If I come out of this alive (and with a crisp publishable technical paper at hand), then New York Marathon is not a dead dream. So far, my professor has kindly turned down two research problem titles that I submitted this month. I know it will not be easy, but persistence is my new friend.

Second, I’m preparing for a revamp of my other blog (click here). To do that, I need to finish ten website tutorials, take a video of myself three times to say how cool I am, and get new skills and be a geek like Einstein (okay, I’m exaggerating). If I finish this, I’ll be putting myself as one of the top freelancers in the world that people can hire to get the best work done, miles away from whoever wants my service (if I just sounded Greek to you, click here to be enlightened).

Third, I am doubling up my ante in running. I’m finally saying hello to 10K by 2013. I have not searched for a particular race to run my first 10K next year; what I focused on was to get the best training with my current schedule. I targeted to run 10K this year, but I was still scared to try. Getting on a 10K plan this year ain’t bad, I guess. Weeks ago, I saw myself in front of the Internet, thanking Jeff Galloway for his published 13-week 10K training in his site (great because it just requires 30 to 45-minute runs during weekdays, which I am already doing). I realized I was really serious about it when I saw myself re-creating Galloways’ 10K training calendar on an Excel spreadsheet (I had to convert the miles to kilometers. I also placed dates). So far, I’m about to cap my first week of training with a 3.2KM run today. I’m blessed that by December 16, I’ll be running 5K in Run Kuyang Run in Manila, and on February 3, 2013, my first 6K in my first Condura Skyway Marathon. Both dates and distances were just right in my training calendar. Biggest challenges that I see: cold mornings and holiday parties (and the thought of running alone in a nearby cemetery where I plan to do my Sunday long runs). Bring it on.

I may have set these goals but I still do think: I’m crazy. When I get to sit down and think of my Prodigy Project, I see myself smirking and telling myself I’m crazy. I have gone completely out of my wits to keep my mind working, upgrade my skills, and run longer. I’m crazy enough to do these because I think I can. I am still a breathing (and running) human being who has refused to be told that “I can’t make it.” Nobody told me that getting through all these would be easy. I just thought it would be worth it.

So that’s my November rundown. Think I’m crazy or not? Do you want to tell me something about my project or just simple want to cheer me on? Please feel free to put on comments below(I would really appreciate if you could do more than Like.). Warning: statements such as and related to “You can’t make it” will be spammed. ;)

                                                            Source: via Ann Kristine on Pinterest

R.E.D. (Run Eat Drink) 2 is on November 24, 2012

The second R.E.D. (Run Eat Drink) Run and Christmas Bazaar is on November 24, 2012. Run, eat, and be merry!

R.E.D. (Run Eat Drink) 2 Christmas Bazaar Night Run
Venue: Phase 3 Proper BF Resort Village, Las Piñas City
Buddy Up 3K & 6K with obstacle
Fee 100 per pair.

Registration Venues:
Reebok Festival Mall
The Shoe Shop ATC
Abrigail Sector Abrille ST., BFRV

Run with your buddies for R.E.D. 2!

Michelle Estuar’s 2nd FUN(d) Racing is set on 30 November 2012

Michelle Estuar’s 2nd FUN(d) Racing
PhilSports Arena
November 30, 2012
5:00 AM
Categories: 3K, 8K, 16K

Check all the other details here.

Tetra Pak RFR (Recycle. Feed. Run) is on 18 November 2012

Tetra Pak RFR (Recycle. Feed. Run)
18 November 2012
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Categories: 3K, 5K, 10K, 21K

RED has a new meaning: Run, Eat, and Drink!

God's Wind Events is offering a run and a discount coupon in a Christmas bazaar! Who says Christmas and running can't go together?

Event details (from God's Wind Events Facebook Page)

Venue: Nakpil St., Phase 3, BF Resort Village
Category: 2.5Km sprint run
Registration Fee: P150.00 only with bib and P100 food coupon at the bazaar.
For pre-registration, contact Coach Alvin Mendoza at 0917-5480126
Onsite registration starts at 5 PM
Gun start is at 7 PM

21 October 2012 is Livestrong Day

Indeed, there is unity in strength.

By now, you know that spokesperson and 7-time Tour de France (before it was stripped from him months ago) Lance Armstrong stepped down from Livestrong. But I would still encourage people to join the Livestrong Day on 21 October 2012.

Lance Armstrong is one of the people that I admire, not only because of how he spends each day for his passion, but also of how he fought the toughest enemy of mankind to date: cancer. I recently saw a very good friend died from it. Moreover, in the last three years, three people (including my friend) that I knew died from cancer.

I encourage everyone to join this so that we could participate in finding a way for cancer cure.

And as what Livestrong says, there is unity in strength.

Details on the Livestrong Day event can be read here.

A Better Run for the Veterans - August 4, 2012

Too bad I didn't see this. I bet it would have been a proud moment for me - seeing veterans honor our flag (photo from God's Wind Events Facebook Page - Mar Espique)

I know. It's been close to two months since I ran in A Better Run for the Veterans. I have been busy so I was not able to post my thoughts on the run. But anyway, better late than never.

It was one of the running events where I came in late. I swear I left the house early because I was afraid that I might encounter some flooded areas and marketing people (people going to the market - it was a Saturday). Well, there were no flooded areas and I got to pass through marketing people with ease. What I did not expect was when the jeepney driver pass through a gasoline station. I wanted to go down and start my warm up.

The veterans (and their dependents) waving before the 1K gun start. Also in the picture are Coach Alvin and Joy Mendoza. (photo from God's Wind Events Facebook Page - TL Ponce)

When I arrived at the venue, the gun start for the 5K just happened. I contented myself with looking at the runners on my category. To cut the long embarrassing lateness story, I ended up running after the veterans have started their 1K race.

Running late - literally. :D (photo from God's Wind Events Facebook Page - Mar Espique)

But it seemed like it was meant to be that way. As I was starting my first few meters, I passed through veterans and their family members. Yes, they are old, but their brave spirits are still within them. It was inspiring to see them run or walk.

The 1K participants on their way. (photo from God's Wind Events Facebook Page - Mar Espique)

photo from God's Wind Events Facebook Page - Mar Espique

photo from God's Wind Events Facebook Page - Mar Espique

photo from God's Wind Events Facebook Page - Mar Espique

 It may have been six decades since our veterans fought a war that they did not want to join. Running (and walking) with them is also hoping that they will enjoy the rest of their lives; and for us to never forget the scars that they bore.

As for me, running lessons are ever lingering: one, never run a 5K without training. Two, never arrive late in a running event.

Or rather, tell the jeepney driver to fill in the tank after I have gone down from the vehicle.

photo from God's Wind Events Facebook Page - TL Ponce

photo from God's Wind Events Facebook Page - TL Ponce

I made it! (photo from God's Wind Events Facebook Page - TL Ponce)

Rexona Run 2012: undoubtedly my best run ever!

Me and the Rexona ball in my hands!

I have been running for the past two years, but I have never been so glad about Rexona Run 2012.

Well, all the elements of Runrio events are there: booths, entertainment, big tents for baggages, finishers' kits, and finishers' shirts (for 21K), many water stations, great security, many portalets, and Rio himself doing his rounds on a bike (I couldn't keep my eyes off from his flowing Afro hair).

I was glad about myself.

For the first time since I started running, I had the following:

1. I had 7 hours of sleep the night before the race. It was the first time it happened. Before, I was so stressed out counting the remaining hours of my sleep.

2. I arrived in the venue way very early for the gun start. I used to arrive 15 minutes to gun start (worse, I was late). I was able to check out the booths and had my photo booth picture with my brother (he came with me to try if he would see some celebrities).

I think I surpassed myself by arriving early! Hooray!

Stretching it out before the gun start!

3. I experienced (and savored) my 5K warm up! Stretching, jog in place, knee high, butt kicks - name it, I got to do it!

4. I got to see runner friends after crossing the finish line. I know it was impossible to see my friends in a big running event. But I guess it was meant for us to cross paths.

Nice to see Vinny Tongson of Team Century Tuna. He was my classmate in Education Units (and he's my future marathon coach - I told him that!)

The idea of Outrun, Defy, and Surpass Yourself from this guy and his team - and he happened to be my college classmate/friend. Glad to know Roman Carlo Olivarez is now running, too!

5. I envisioned myself enjoying my run. No rushing on creating records. I have learned my lessons on the past two runs. And enjoyed the run I did!

I may not have defied myself in cutting my 5K record, but Rexona Run 2012 is undoubtedly my best run ever!

All photos courtesy of Marc Raphael A. Peñaredondo

I did not realize that Rexona Run 2012's blue theme will match my brace rubbers. What a coincidence!

CSC R.A.C.E. to Serve Fun Run II - September 8, 2012

R.A.C.E. to Serve II brought together runners from the government service.

This race has its fair share of pros and cons, but what surprised me was that I got to beat my personal record! Well, more on this later.


1. The staff in-charge of baggage had a hard time getting our bags since their only vehicle (an L300 pick up) was already filled with bags. But they were reassuring that another vehicle is coming to get our bags. Also, they made sure that some participants get to have straw ropes for us to tie our baggage stuff to our bags. By the finish line, the baggage staff were very strict in giving bags. They were only few but it seemed like they worked as if they were many. Kudos to those guys!

2. Visible ambulances. We saw them almost every kilometer.

3. The people giving away certificates of participation. And there's a lot of certificates for everybody!

Thank goodness I got to finally pass the 1.5K mark. I saw the road with less runners! Here I go!


1. Cars were parked beside the starting line, also along the road in front of The Manila Hotel! There was even one car who was almost allowed to go inside the running area, a few meters from the finish line!

2. I only saw ONE water station along Roxas Boulevard, a few meters before the turnaround for the 3K run. I can't speak for the 10K route since I ran 5K. I do hope there were water stations available there.

3. Some 3K runners went to the other side of the road to run, because the people in front of them kept on walking. This happened in front of the United States Embassy. Policemen guarding the area just looked at what had happened. Since the policemen did not do anything, I also followed the runners. I know it's bad. I learned a lesson right there: do not join the 3K gun start when you're late.

Despite and in spite of all of these, I was surprised to see that I managed to finish my 5K in 46 minutes. I had a good feeling I'm topping my current record when I crossed the 1.5K mark. Unfortunately, I got too excited in finishing my run faster that I felt tired along the way. My lungs and legs felt heavy, I would have opened myself and take out my lungs and muscles if I could. I also felt my right knee aching along the way, so I walked for a few minutes. I finally finished the race with an unofficial time of 46:33.

Honestly, I was glad the race was over but I was not really happy with how I performed.

Oh well, life has its share of pros and cons.

All smiles even if the right knee's aching!

Get Moving!

Tadaaahhh! If this will not push me to do my runs, then I don't know what else.

I was so proud of my accomplishment on the first day of September: I made a collage of few pictures and posted them in front of my room table.

I know, I am so traditional, cutting and pasting and posting something that may look like an output of a grade one. Some of you may have been shouting, "You have a Pinterest!"

Honestly, I don't see my Pinterest boards every minute. Moreover, I am not for the look of my work of art. I am for it's warning: GET MOVING.

Get moving towards taking one step at a time - literally.

Get moving towards taking action of my dreams.

Get moving towards better health.

And so, I am proud of my work of art.

But I look forward to what my work of art will do to push me to my limits.

Barefoot running attracts men and youngsters, survey finds


Who is most likely to jump on the barefoot running bandwagon? According to a new survey, men, younger runners, and runners who think of themselves as elite athletes are most willing to kick off the sneakers and give it a go.

For a survey published in the latest edition of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, more than 6,000 runners responded to questions about their barefoot or minimalist habits, or lack thereof.

Of those who responded, 75.7 percent said they were at least somewhat interested in minimalist or barefoot running, 21.9 percent had tried barefoot running, and 30.4 percent had tried running in minimalist shoes.

For those who had tried minimalist or barefoot running, 34.3 percent chalked up their motivation to preventing injuries, while advice from friends accounted for another 24.5 percent. Interestingly, of those who hadn't tried it, 54 percent said they hadn't out of fear of injuries. "Sounds about right," adds Runners World of the new survey.

Learn more about barefoot running:

Barefoot running attracts men and youngsters, survey finds


This is interesting. A lot of runners are getting interested in barefoot running. But I always remember what Olympian Jeff Galloway said. According to him, barefoot running fad has come and gone. Do you think barefoot running is still a fad, or here to stay?

Running for Robredo


(Note: I wrote this blog post a few hours before the cremation of Philippine's Department and Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo.)

I do not know the guy personally (honestly, majority of the Filipinos only knew about him and his accomplishments when he died from a plane crash last week). I think the only connections that I could have with him (if it can be considered) were my father and St. John Baptist de la Salle. Though born in Camarines Sur, my father grew up in Naga. His service to his relatives and Jesuit priests led him to getting a degree in Ateneo de Naga, where, years later, Robredo will get his secondary education. On the other hand, St. John Baptist de la Salle, is the founder of De La Salle University, were Robredo spent his tertiary years. Years later, it was my time.

Yet, just like any Filipino right now, I feel the loss. I now realized that my country lost a good, no, a great man. Robredo was a servant of others; he would always think of what would be better for his people before serving himself. He was so unpretentious; he would go out riding a bicycle without guards (an unusual sight for a Philippine government official). Most of all, a family man, who always look forward to weekends so his family could have him on their own 100% of the time.

On Saturday, I am scheduled to run the Civil Service Commission’s Fun Run for a Cause II with my office mates. I have been thinking of foregoing the event, as the rains never allowed me to train well for 5K course of the run. But then, I thought, why not dedicate the run for the man? Anyway, the fun run is an opening activity for the month-long celebration of Civil Service. Robredo was undoubtedly a 100% proof of a great civil servant.

So I really pondered on the thought, why not go running for Robredo?

So here I am. I know I am not 100% trained (I got a minor problem with my right foot two weeks ago. The muscles in my right foot ached while walking. It has improved since last week, which is good news. But then, I just started my morning walking sessions this week.). Nevertheless, I am focused on one goal: dedicating my run (or walk the whole time) for a true civil servant.

But what is there to fret, anyway? Sure he was a loss. But I think there are already Robredos around. It’s just that like him, they are not show-offs. Who knows, they might be joining me in the run.

And they are running for Robredo, too.

CSC's R.A.C.E. to Serve Fun Run II is on 8 September 2012. Check out the details here.

Men's Health Urbanathlon and Festival 2012 is on 14 October 2012


The country's first obstacle laden race is back with its most challenging course yet. Men's Health Urbanathlon and Festival 2012 takes place in SM Mall of Asia on 14 October 2012.

Some of us are prepared to run, but if you want to join this race, make sure you're prepared for lots and lots of hurdles!

5 strategies to becoming a better runner

While running is a relatively simple sport, requiring little more than a pair of running shoes, it takes both practice and dedication to get right. If Olympic fever has you dusting off your running shoes, here are a few strategies to hone your skills, as per fitness blog FitSugar this week.

1. Be consistent: If you're just getting back into running after a break or are hoping to ramp up your routine, be sure to stay consistent to build up your conditioning. One way to stay on track is to sign up for a race and start a dedicated training program.

2. Learn proper form: While it takes a little time to find your flow, running with a misaligned form not only eats up energy you could use to tack on distance but can increase your risk of injury. Try to keep your head stacked over your spine, relax the shoulders, and engage your abs. Watch:

3. Dress properly: You won't need to spend a lot of money, but a good pair of shoes can make "the difference between feeling sluggish and being light on your feet, and it can also help prevent injuries," writes FitSugar. Not sure what kind of shoe is best for you?
For sport bra tips, watch:

4. Fuel right: A few hours before your run, eat a small snack containing carbs and protein for sustained energy. But if you skipped your snack and need a quick fix before heading out, grab something with easily digestible carbs, such as a slice of white bread.

5. Vary your running surfaces: To become a better runner, you'll need to mix up your surfaces -- from treadmill to sidewalk to sand. Running outside rather than on a treadmill also strengthens your muscles to help increase speed and endurance, writes FitSugar. Also, add some high-intensity intervals, such as sprints and hill training, into your program.

Five strategies to becoming a better runner


Simple yet very helpful strategies for running!

WWF's Reverse the Bad Run is on 9 September 2012

WWF's Reverse the Bad Run is on 9 September 2012!

I saw the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Reverse the Bad Run in yesterday. I thought this event pushed through last July. I tihkn they had to move the running event in September due to the weather conditions.

The WWF Reverse Run Team immediately sent their response when I e-mailed them if the registration is still open. Too bad this is too far away from where I live. When this was scheduled in July, the venue was in SM Mall of Asia. It would have been interesting to see my pictures running backwards!

Nonetheless, WWF is a great organization. This is a great way to support their cause. You still have until 3 September 2012 to join!

Here are details straight from the WWF Reverse Run Team:

The WWF Reverse the Bad Run is scheduled on 9 September at Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hill, Taguig. Registration is open until 3 Sept 2012. You can register at any of the following registration sites:

A. Chris Sports Branches
Branches: 1. SM Mall of Asia, 2. SM Manila, 3. Glorietta

B. Fitness and Athletics Company (F&A)
9th Avenue corner 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City

C. Skechers Branches
Branches: 1. Festival Mall Alabang, 2. Market Market, 3. Trinoma

You can sign-up online via:
You can pick-up your racekit from our WWF Satellite Office at 88 Corporate Center 141 Valero St., cor Sedeno Sts., Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Together, we can reverse the bad, move forward and ensure our children a living planet.

WWF Reverse the Bad Run singlet

Here's the event's teaser, with running (and lifetime) buddies) Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez sharing their running prowess:

TBR Dream Marathon 4 online reservation is on September 1, 2012

                                          Source: via PeñaRUNzi on Pinterest

"You're NEXT!"

My friend Ken, a TBR Dream Marathon 3 finisher (you may check his marathon experience here), sent me that SMS message a few weeks ago. He meant me as the next person who's finally going to erase "finishing a marathon" off her bucket list.

Well, with the rate things are going, I can sadly admit that I'm not yet prepared to go for the long run. So I am just going to pray for the registrants to make it on the September 9 online registration (and they made up their minds 70 times before signing up).

It may not be the time for me to join, but I know someday (and that's going to be soon!), I'd one of the many who will wake up early to make sure I get to sign up. I just hope TBR won't stop giving the Dream Marathon even if she's already a triathlete.

Here are the details from The Bull Runner herself, based from her newsletter (where I'm subscribed):

TBR Dream Marathon is the first and only marathon in the world that caters exclusively to first- and second-time marathon runners.  Now on its fourth year, TBR Dream Marathon provides a unique, intimate, and fun-filled venue for runners hoping to achieve their ultimate marathon goal. In TBR Dream Marathon, every runner who crosses the finish line is a winner.

If you haven't run a marathon yet, then maybe you'd like to join TBR Dream Marathon 2013 on February 24, 2013 at NUVALI, Sta. Rosa, Laguna. 

Here are the 15 reasons why you should join TBR Dream Marathon 2013:

Reservation for only 600 slots in TBR Dream Marathon 2013 will open on SEPT. 1 at exactly 5:00 AM.  This will be on a strict first come, first served basis only.  For our last race, our slots were filled in 9 hours so, if you're thinking of joining, we highly recommend you get up early for this! 

For more info, you may click here:

Go, TBR Dream Marathon Batch 4! I'll be on the 10th (or 20th?)!

Suddenly Remembered…. It’s September!

I just couldn’t help but remember the song “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire. The song could anyone (including me) jump off their feet. I can still remember the dance steps of the song that were taught to us back in high school. Why not? September is just days away! It would mean it’s the last quarter of the year, and Christmas will just be around the corner!

And  then I also thought: September’s coming and I haven’t ran, even less trained, for my first 10K.

Shheessh! Time flies fast! I was just writing it in my 2012 plan last January! September is about to come and I haven’t scratched it in my plans! Aarrggh!

Can I list down my excuses here?

Well, first and foremost, I was officially 100% injured-free this year. I also just learned how to run properly this year. I focused on getting a part time online job this year (which I did!), as well as contemplated if I should re-enroll in my master’s degree or just forget about it. Moreover, I got busy with books to read and office work, that I was already tired by the time I come home. I just love 3Ks and 5Ks so much, I couldn’t get over those distances. And of course, the “I’ll just do it tomorrow” mantra that I still say made it worse.
Sheeesh! Too many excuses that got me nowhere!

I wonder if I would get to cross my 10K finish line this year. Just in case, it would go down as one of the biggest regrets of this year, if not my entire running life.
Well, I could still have a go on it, right? “Ber” months means I still got 122 days to train for my first 10K. I can still do it!

But then, December means Christmas, which means colder days and more food at every table.

Sheeeesh! Why did I suddenly remembered that it’s September in the first place?

I wonder if St. Francis of Assisi ran.

But anyway, he has taught about doing the impossible, which can also be used as a motivation in running.

Let's learn from this humble man today.

Happy running!

Meet my new running idol, Blade Runner


As what the Olympic experts say, after the exit of Michael Phelps enters the king of 100m dash, Usain Bolt. Bolt undoubtedly got the gold for the 100m dash with no sweat. But Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee born without fibulas in his legs, stole the show.

Oscar Pistorius is an inspiration to people all over the globe. If you feel so lazy to get up to run, remember this Olympian. He trained hard and fought hard to be in the Olympics. It would have been so cool had he moved to the finals of 400m, but for the Blade Runner (as he's fondly called), getting into the semifinals of 400m in the Olympics - not Paralympics - is enough.

What's our excuse?

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