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And… There’s no 10k…

Please be informed that the Avon Race to 125,000 Kisses will be postponed to next Sunday, October 9, due to the PAGASA weather alert on Typhoon Quiel.

I just received the email above. 

Obviously, after the typhoon this week everyone is being extra careful.  And my race has been moved to next Sunday (I was finally starting to feel ready for it, damn it!). 

And guess who will be in Korea next Sunday?

Yep, that would be us.  (Don’t get me wrong, I rather be in Korea – my first time – than running a 10k.  But still…)

So the 10k that wasn’t…  First race I have registered for that I won’t be running (heck, I ran my last 10k with the flu, so it’s big deal that I’m missing this!).

Though I would be upset if it was canceled for nothing, I really hope we don’t have the kind of weather we had earlier this week, as enough people have been affected by this last bout of flooding, and the main embassy building won’t reopen until Tuesday, as is.  I can’t even imagine if more floods come our way.

Wish us luck weather-wise, and wish Cath and Mai Mai luck on the race next Sunday – I’m hoping to introduce them this week and they can kick some 10k ass without me! 

Update:  I woke up at 7:30am with the sun shining on my face, despite the blinds being down.  Yep, we could have run the race with no issues, it was bright and sunny then.  We had rain mixed with sunshine all day, but at no point it was windy, or there was strong rain – not even a storm (and we get quite a few of those this season, even without typhoons looming around).  We even took Lily to play at the park.  I’m so sad I didn’t get to run the 10k.

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And then I signed up for a 10k…

Yes, a year ago signing up for a 10k wouldn’t even make me blink.  I mean, that was even less than my usual short run, right?  Heck, I used to run 20 miles for torture fun!

These days?  A 10k is a big deal.  Specially since my current 10k PR was achieved last November, while running with the flu, and sadly I know there’s no way in hell I can get even close to that time nowadays, specially after achieving a personal worst at the one race I ran in Manila. 

The last time I ran a distance above a 5 miler?  It was during the first weekend of April, at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler.  And since arriving in Manila, I only ran a distance above a 5k once.

The kicker?  The race is in 2.5 weeks, so not necessarily enough time to get back to a proper mileage either, but if I don’t just go for it, I’ll never go for it, you know?

It all started when I got a call asking if I can be the Embassy liaison for the local Avon race to fight breast cancer…


Of course, I promptly said yes.

Then, I spoke to Mai Mai (my new running buddy!) and she was in for the 10k as well. 

So I signed up.  Today I even walked to the Avon headquarters and came home with my race packet and posters to put at the Embassy.

I hope I can get a good crowd together, and even though most people are leaning towards the walk now, it’s all for a good cause, regardless how you get there.

Plus, the race shirt is pretty cute…


Wish me luck.  Let’s hope I’m not the last one to cross the finish line…


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