Category Archives: Runs

And there is no marathon.

Well, technically there’s still a marathon, I just no longer will be running it.

Yes, it makes me feel like an absolute and complete failure and it makes me wonder if I’ll ever get to run another marathon, ever, but this year I will be running none. After such a hassle to register for the marine corps marathon it also feels like such a waste.

I thought that easing myself back into running that I could be back in shape, running the whole thing by September, but here we are at mid-August and most days I still can’t even run a 5k non-stop.

Yep, I had an amazing 9 miler a few weeks ago with Jen, but that was the exception. I usually have no one to run with me, which makes the long runs very long, or as it happens, makes me cut them short so I have company for them.

I am slower than ever. My body still feels odd after childbirth, don’t know if things really are off, if it’s because of breastfeeding (Ellie is a little over 5 months now and still exclusively on breast milk), if it’s because I’m so out of shape, or because I am still hanging on to so much of my pregnancy weight, but nothing feels right when I run anymore. And running is just no longer fun. It has been miserable.

I also thought I would have at least 3 of my former running buddies to train with, I warned everyone I was out of shape and needed patience, everyone was ok with it, until I got here, of course. I think they thought I was kidding. Or fishing for compliments. Because one of them ran once with me then never again. The other one? Same. And the third got to run with me twice.

I can’t possibly expect any of them to run with me every single run when they have goals of their own, but I’m not going to lie, I expected a bit of support, I expected more than just one run. Instead, due to lack of company (if you’re a long time reader you know I was never one to enjoy solo runs — that was the exact reason I stopped running when we moved to Manila), I ended up cutting my long runs short so I’d have company for those miles. And short runs get no one across the finish line.

My feet also bother me on and off. I went to the doctor, going to PT, and got news I might even need surgery (my arches are just too damn high). I just have to schedule an appointment with a specialist. Who is in Baltimore. And I’m scared shitless to call, even though I’ve been hanging to his number for 3 weeks now.

Anyway, I type this in the dark, on my iPhone, as I nurse Ellie at 5:20am to get out in a few minutes for a run. I signed up for a half marathon in a month, and to be honest I don’t even know if I can do *that* but now I’m officially training for a half, not a full. I thought selling my marathon bib would make me relieved, but it doesn’t. I still feel like I failed. And I still hope running will be enjoyable again some day. Because right now I dread lacing up my shoes and heading out the door. But I haven’t given up on running just yet.


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I’m Still Here!

Smack into marathon training as soon as I stepped foot back in DC.  Taking it easy, of course, since I don’t want to get injured, so lots of walking with running for now, until I get my running legs back. 

My troublesome feet?  Have definitely been complaining…  Hoping to snag an appointment with a podiatrist this week and find out why have they been giving me trouble for the last two years.  We will see what happens.

It’s been nice to be back on my beloved trails and see these views once again…


I’ll be back soon to share more about what we’ve been doing since we left Manila, and to hopefully catch up with all the trips that are left to blog about…  Turns out life with a baby?  Much harder to get two free hands than I expected, but I miss writing, and I miss this space.


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Adding the “Running” back into this blog! (And into my life!)

For real.  In an attempt to not be completely out of running shape once I get back to DC and in marathon training mode, I decided to start running again this week, after getting the “all clear” from my doctor.

On Wednesday, I jumped on my treadmill, on what will likely be a goodbye run:  looks like it’s getting sold this week.  It has served me well, even if I barely got any use out of it, thanks for injuries and all my pregnancy fatigue.  I should be buying a replacement before heading back to Brazil, unless we’re living close to the beach, then running on the boardwalk will be much more my style!

I’m not going to lie:  the run was not pretty.  I kept the running part at a 11 min/mile pace, and still had to take walk breaks pretty frequently.  At the end, I finished 2.5 miles averaging 12:57 pace, which it’s not *that* bad considering there were lots of walking sprinkled in there.

Friday morning, I met up with a friend who is also trying to get back to running after baby.  I met her by her house in Dasmarinas Village and we went for a jog (for those of you unfamiliar with Manila, the villages are closed residential areas with single family homes, so lots quiet streets for running, less polluted, little cars, no traffic and even a lot of shade!).

I was nervous, I can’t even remember the last time I ran outside!  But when she asked if I wanted to do the 3k route or the 5k one, I said “5k” without hesitation.  Did I have to walk?  Sure, I did.  I actually thought walking was a good think (let’s not do too much too soon and get injured, right?), but we went way past the halfway point before any of us walked.

Since I forgot my GPS at home, I’m oblivious to our pace, which may be for the best!

Sadly, I’m so out of running shape that I’ve been pretty sore the last couple of days.  I’ll be back out on Tuesday for yet another running date! 


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Tracy visited me what feels like ages ago, but it was actually just a little over a month ago, and in between shopping in Manila, we took a quick trip to Coron, in Palawan. 

Coron is known for having one of the highest numbers of wrecks in the world, because its many many islands provided the perfect spot for the Japanese ships to hide during the war – they were all found in one day, bombed, and now people visit Coron to dive the wrecks (in case you’re not a diver, there are no bodies in the wrecks, all of those have been removed).

I had already been diving in Coron with Karl last year, and Tracy doesn’t dive, so our goal was to do the other thing Coron is famous for:  island hopping!

On a short tangent, we HATED the place we stayed last year:  Majika Tour and Resort.  I would NOT recommend to anyone, specially since they do a “pinoy” price and a “foreigner” price (as we found out when talking to Filipino guests who literally paid half of what we paid – it was a per-person price), so we got screwed with the foreigner price and grossly overpaid for what we got, specially since all meals, including breakfast were for Filipinos, nothing we like to eat at breakfast (Filipinos eat rice and fish for breakfast, and by fish I mean whole fish with head, scales, bones, and they pick through it.  I am not ready to eat fish, specially having to pick through anything, at 7 o’clock in the morning EVER). 

The place was not well maintained, falling apart, the “beach” they advertised was a mangrove, and we were in the middle of nowhere with no other options of food (yep, more fish and rice) or a nice place to hang out. It truly was a horrible experience (so much so, that I never even shared my pictures from that trip aside from a quick “I’m back” post because I didn’t want to relive our bad accommodations).  And yes, people here use the term “resort” very liberally.

This time?  We stayed at the Asian Grand View hotel, and I can’t recommend it enough!  It was a little on the expensive side for Coron Town (we paid about $80/night for a room with 2 beds), but still much much much cheaper than Majika, and totally worth it.  The place was brand new, in great condition with awesome pools, an amazing view, good breakfast (included!), good restaurant, free wifi, toiletries, AC, hot water (yep, we had none of that at the other place), amazing friendly staff and only a 5 minute, 15 peso tricycle ride to Coron Town!


I would stay there again in a heartbeat!  Plus, the other advantage of staying in town is that you don’t end up paying a fortune for your island hopping trip (the island resorts overcharge for this like crazy).  Ours was P850/person (about $20) for all day island hopping, including lunch!

Sadly, the weather in Coron was not on our favor, as rainy season was in full swing.  But we braved it out as we only had one full day in town.  So despite the crappy weather, we put on our waterproof jackets and off we went…


Yes, we’re not in Manila anymore!  Coron is a small little town!


Getting in the boat in the pouring rain, also meant we got a whole boat for ourselves!  SCORE!


So while debating our sanity while thinking “am I really taking a banca under monsoon-type rain to isolated islands?” our adventure was about to begin!


But despite being unlucky with the weather, we also lucked out with our tour and boat guy – they were great!  If you’re in Coron, ask for “Nono” to guide you ( / 0999-995-6313 / 0917-811-1828), you won’t regret it!

More tomorrow!  (Spoiler alert:  pictures of some beautiful places coming up!  I love Coron!)


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