3 GLORIOUS miles!

No, really.

So the treadmill is growing on me (I know, who IS this person?), but to get rid of some stress and clear my head, there’s nothing like an outdoor run.

I had to go to the diving shop to look at wetsuits (I was unsuccessful in my search), so figured if I’m going to go, might as well run there.  And run I did.  It was 86 degrees, sunny and muggy.  But it was one of those runs that the more I ran, the better I felt.  You know how sometimes you have runs where everything just *clicks*?  Today, it clicked.

Maybe because my mom’s box finally arrived and I was fueled by this…


Hmmmm…  Strong Brazilian coffee…


Or maybe it was all the head-clearing “make me sane and loving life again” sweat. 

But it wasn’t even a very scenic run, except when I passed by a couple of parks…


And don’t let the shade fool you, I was actually in the sun most of the time.  (Oh, see the sign behind me?  Another park that doesn’t allow pets.  SUCH A STUPID MANILA RULE!!!  Enforce people to clean up after their pets, instead of enforcing for pets to stay away, and you solve the problem!)


But, I digress…   The run was tough, my heart rate was high, but at no point did I think “I can’t do this” or “I need to walk.”  Heck, my Garmin didn’t even pick up a signal for the first mile of the run, and I didn’t let that get me down. 

By the end of the run, the sun had disappeared and the air was gloomy…  I even extended my run to make sure I got 3 miles in (turns out once I mapped it at home that it worked out perfectly, as I finished just short of a 5k).


And I was a sweaty drippy red mess…


But this was by far the best run I’ve had since landing in Manila.  It made me believe that I can run outside again.  Maybe all that treadmill work is helping out!

I got home, drank a banana protein powder + fresh papaya + chia seeds smoothie (crap, I may even have chia seeds stuck on my teeth in the picture below…) and got my dreams of laying by the pool shattered by a storm outside.


But even a storm in Manila sometimes brings out the rainbows!  So by the time we were ready to start our scuba diving class, we were faced with this:


It was the first day we actually did stuff in our diving class and spent 4 hours on a pool.  I can’t wait to get to the FUN part of diving…


Karl did look like a super hero, however, so it was all worth it at the end 🙂


This weekend?  Off to Batangas for our first dive.  The weather better hold up!  It will also be our first car trip outside of Manila.  Let’s hope we don’t get lost!


Filed under Manila, Non-Running Stuff, Pictures, Runs

5 responses to “3 GLORIOUS miles!

  1. So, I would recommend getting the cheapest wetsuit you can find if you are planning on losing weight – I lost 30 lbs a few years ago, and my really expensive Henderson Hyperstretch no longer fit. Try surfing wetsuits – they tend to be a little cheaper, but hold up just fine for diving. They’re also a little thinner (like 2mm instead of 3mm) and so the stretch better with weight fluctuations.

    I can’t believe how fast the accelerated dive classes let you go through the material these days – when I learned, I think I did 6 weeks of classes that were like, an hour of class and an hour in the pool. It’s so much fun though – you will absolutely love it. And the stuff you’re learning is annoying, but really important. And yeah, wetsuits make anyone look badass.

    • I definitely want to go for cheap! I wasn’t sure if the surfing functions the same, but good to know!

      Yeah, we did 3 hours of classes M, T, W, then pool Th. Then to the ocean for 2 dives (to learn) and 2 dives (to qualify).

  2. I’m so glad you had a run that you needed! One that was uplifting and enjoyable! I’m so happy for you. 🙂

  3. That is a beautiful rainbow!!!

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