I’m originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but lived in the DC area for almost 7 years, after a 7 year stint in NYC. Currently? I’m in the Philippines, trying desperately to find people to run with! While we’re here we are traveling around Asia, getting to know a lot of new places – so this little running blog is now a travel + running blog + everything else!
I have a love & hate relationship with running — some days I hate to be out there, to be training for yet another race. Others, I look forward to enjoying the weather, the good conversation and the trails as I go out for my run.
I got married in November 2010, to the love of my life, Karl. (Yep, we’re Carla and Karl!) We had a wonderful wedding with our family and friends in Rio de Janeiro.
Want to read all about the wedding? Just click on the tab above for all the posts involving it (then scroll down if you want a glimpse of our wedding pictures).
Back in DC, I needed motivation to continue running, so I created my own running group in October 2008 and started running consistently (check them out if you’re in DC/Arlington area! It’s completely free and people are great!).
Then the obsession grew: I ran 12 races in 2009, including two ten milers and a half marathon, and couldn’t have done it without the support and company from the running group. In 2010, I ran two 5k’s, one mud race, one 10k, two 10 milers, three half marathons and two marathons (Chicago, my first, and Marine Corps three weeks later)!
I am ridiculously slow — I usually run between an 10:30 to a 12 min/mile pace, and on good days I can get to 10:00 pace. All the long distance running didn’t help me get any faster, but I’m still hoping to get there at some point.
Karl joined the State Department in January 2011, and shortly after, in April, we moved to Manila, Philippines, with our puppy, Lily, and cat, Lucas.
I’ve been struggling with running since arriving, but been keeping myself busy with all the traveling! Check out my race reports and my travel pages to see our latest adventures – or even if you want tips of what to do when you travel to Asia!