Am I still a marathoner?

Some days I question if I can still call myself a runner, but I certainly don’t feel like a marathoner anymore…

It was over a year ago today that I crossed the finish line of my first marathon


(Are you sick of seeing this picture already?  Because, sorry, but I’m not!  It’s still my favorite race picture ever!)

And this coming weekend it’ll be a year since I crossed the finish line of my second, and last, marathon…


And since then, I’ve run a couple of half marathons, but even that seems like a whole world away.  Because it was – it was on my old life, back in DC, where I had a wonderful group to run with, all my runs consisted of outdoor runs with company, and my Saturday morning routine was getting a long run in, instead of sleeping in and going to the farmer’s market.

I still hope I’ll get to run another marathon someday (maybe MCM again in 2013 – I WILL be back in DC for that and I am still in love with that marathon), but when my longest run in Manila has been 5 miles, while struggling, I feel far from a marathoner.  But I hope to be there someday again.

So you can imagine my surprise when this arrived on the mail…


From Lesley!  With a sweet note to boot!


“Thought maybe this would give you a little running pick-me-up!  You are strong…  Believe you still have that 26.2 in you!  Lesley”

Now isn’t that the sweetest surprise?  (I had no clue it was coming!  She had asked for my DPO address, but I didn’t give much thought to it!)

And the shirt?  Super cute!  And COMFORTABLE!  (Yes, it’s a bathroom picture!  Staying classy in Manila…)


And though my sports bra totally peaks out from it, just one more thing to color coordinate before a run, no?


(No idea why this picture came out so grainy…  I think I should have turned the mirror lights off because the camera got totally confused…)

So Lesley thinks I can run another marathon, and I still hope I can!  I need more motivation and more goals, but I hope that little by little, I can at least call myself a runner again…

What is the best surprise you’ve ever got in the mail?

And don’t forget to help me pick a new blog name in this post!  You can win some Manila goodies!


Filed under marathon, Race, Runs

8 responses to “Am I still a marathoner?

  1. You’re so welcome! I’m glad you like it. 🙂 I bet you’ll be ready for 26.2 by time you get back to the states. Maybe I’ll have to go back for MCM again in 2013. I leave Friday for 2011 MCM.

    • Oh, let’s plan it!

      Can’t believe the MCM is this weekend already! My friend Tracy (from will be there as well from NY!

      If you can hit the expo on Friday, go then, Saturday the place is a MADHOUSE. And it’s a great expo so it’s nice to look around.

  2. You are most definitely still a marathoner 🙂 I am a believer that we all go through seasons of life… So this is just a different “season” to your running and you can decide when it’s time to focus on longer distances, etc. Running shorter, slower, whatever doesn’t diminish your past or future intentions!

    I wish I was more creative in helping you pick a new blog name!

  3. The great thing about seasons is that they inevitably change 🙂

  4. Yes! You earned that marathon badge and no one can ever take that away from you:-)

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