500th Post! And where to next?

Nothing new to add, but this couldn’t have gone unnoticed, right?  It’s officially my 500th post!

Amazing to see how much has changed since I started writing here…  I started this blog shortly after running my first half marathon, and with plans of running my first marathon.

Now I have 2 marathons under my belt, 5 half-marathons, and have since become a crappy runner, thanks to leaving DC, my ginormous weight gain and all my foot pain (and newly acquired hip joint pain – thanks to all the squats and kicking during Muay Thai – that I haven’t even blogged about, hoping it’ll just go away into oblivion, we know that always is a good plan…).

I don’t expect this to never be a running blog again:  I’ll get back there, I promise!  Deep down, there’s still a love for running here.  And there will be more half marathons and marathons in my future (really hoping for Marine Corps Marathon 2013!)

Since starting this blog I also got engaged, married, got a puppy, and then moved to Manila!

I have also set foot in many new countries and territories…  Dominican Republic, Philippines (and Japan on the way here, but it doesn’t really count if you never left the airport, right?), Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, Taiwan, Guam, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam – with more to come!  (Brunei, Indonesia, Palau and Malaysia are on the itinerary from April to June!)

Hopefully the next 500 posts continue to have lots of fun and exciting moments!

I also have a new goal:  hoping to leave Manila with at least 30 total countries under my belt.  After June, I’ll have 28 countries (and yes, I count territories like Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, since they were all different stamps in the passport and have different immigration procedures than mainland China – like not needing a visa, for example).  So where else should I go to during our last year in Southeast Asia?  It needs to be a place that allows a short trip (less than a week’s vacation, but still seeing a lot during that time), and is not too expensive (in other words, looks like Australia will not be it – tickets there are a fortune, and we forfeited our R&R trip there by choosing to go to the US).

Suggestions?  Tips?  Ideas?  I need them!

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9 responses to “500th Post! And where to next?

  1. Jessica

    Get thee to an orthopedist! Now! Don’t be me and ignore your hip pain and then need ridiculous surgery.

    I know that’s not the kind of suggestion that you meant, but, well… the hip pain thing is kind of in the forefront for me right now. Hope it feels better soon!

    • I know, I know… The doctor was so “eh” about my foot pain (which still hasn’t gotten better, specially if I wear the insoles to walk around, my foot starts hurting sooner), that I’m afraid of going to him for hip pain too, if that makes sense? I *think* it’s bursitis since the pain is VERY similar to the one on my shoulder back on my volleyball days. And it’s definitely right at the joint, not what I had before. The thing is that I know the solution for bursitis (rest) and I don’t want to rest! (And yep, that’s how I gave myself a chronic shoulder problem, but who’s counting?)

  2. Congratulations on your 500th post! It’s incredible all you’ve done since you started this blog. You’ll definitely get back into running. No suggestions on where to go (don’t know that part of the world real well) but I look forward to reading about where you do go.

  3. I follow the rules of the Traveler’s Century Club – so airports count!

    • Ah, but spending a couple of hours in Narita Airport for me does not qualify as actually being in Japan… So it’s still not on my list! That’s cheating!

    • I disagree with the airport bit, but dude they also count Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as separate countries — SCORE! AND they consider Guam a separate country as well… Hmmmmm, I still want to visit 2 more countries, but debating if Guam will count (they also count Hawaii as separate, which is weird…)

  4. 500 entries! That’s amazing! I just counted…I have around 530 BUT I’ve had my blog since 2004 (longer than most relationships). Keep up the good work Carla! 🙂

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