Tag Archives: Runs

5 Mile Run–Check!

Saturday I woke up butt early thanks to Mai Mai who wanted to get a run in at a little after 6am.  I haven’t woken up that early for a training run since I was marathon training last year, and I was in a completely different mindset then.  This morning?  I was just not feeling it.  At all.

I managed to get out the door on time, hating Mai Mai a bit (it’s ok to say this, she knows), and off we went. 

Surprisingly, despite my overall crappiness when we started, the run felt good.  I wouldn’t go as far as to call it easy, but it was definitely the easiest run I’ve had outdoors in Manila.  It was as if all of a sudden my body remembered what it is to run and not have to take a break.  We were out there for an hour, working up a sweat in an easy run.  The weather helped, of course, since the sun never made an appearance, so it wasn’t as hot as it’s been lately.

Also, it seems that lately when I run, I like to talk about running.   You know, reminiscing about old times when I used to consider myself a runner?  “This and that race” “This marathon”  “those shoes”  “that medal”  I really really hope I didn’t bore her to death!  I’ll try to be more interesting in the future!

The good news?  I can totally run the 10k this weekend.  Will it be pretty?  Heck no!  Also, I know there’s absolutely no chance of a PR.  Heck, it might even be a personal worst!  But can I run the whole thing, even if slow, and not have to walk?  After this last run, I’m confident that’s a YES

Bring it on!


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Running on vacation!

No crap, I actually ran while we were in Cebu! 

I knew I HAD to get a 3 mile run in, and though I was again faced with a treadmill in kilometers, I still decided to suck it up and go by how I feel (even if I have no idea what my pace truly was, my guess is:  slow).

The gym was waaaay nicer than what I have in my building, with a lot more equipment, personal TV on each of the cardio equipment and a view of the resort grounds. 

Tomorrow?  Meeting up with Mai Mai again to crank up 5 miles on the streets of Makati.  Wish me luck – the 10k is already next weekend, and I’m no more ready for it today than I was when I first signed up for it a week ago.   Ooops.


Filed under Runs, Treadmill Run

4 Miles in 2.5 hours!

Wait, what?

I like structure.  I might suck at motivating myself to get out there and run, but when I have a training plan in front of me, I follow it.  Sure, with time I learned what works for me and can tweak things here and there for my training, but I still need to see a schedule.  On paper.  With numbers.  And I need to check those miles off my calendar.

So after deciding to sign up for a 10k that I am in no way in shape for, I of course went over to my friend Hal Higdon (ok, so he has no idea who I am) and checked out his beginner’s 10k plan.  Let’s not mention how his plan is 8 weeks long, and my time frame is only 2.5 weeks.  But though I’m at a beginner’s endurance, I’m not really a beginner per se, right?  After all, I have ran over 30 races, with over a third on the double digit mileage, so even though I’m out of shape, I still call myself a runner.

Oh, and did I mention how I broke out in hives?  And how it hasn’t gone away?  And I’m now on prednisone?  (Which sadly, is not that type of steroid…)  Just like last year, I have a horrible reaction to prednisone, I’m a bit “off” most of the day, you know when you’re there but not really there?  So I’m tired all day, and the hives are just now finally improving a bit.  Luckily, most of the VERY noticeable part is hiding under clothes…

But onto the running 4 miles in the time it takes me to run a half marathon.  And yes I RAN it.  NO WALKING.  The last time I ran this much, was with Erin on my last run with the group a couple of days before leaving DC (I didn’t blog about it, but I got 5.5 miles in), but I did blog about my last 4 miler in DC, and gosh, looking at those pictures again, I ache for those trails…

So I hopped on the treadmill with the goal of running 3 miles, but after a (very slow) mile, I was sweating profusely and breathing hard, despite having the AC pumping and the treadmill fan on (damn you prednisone!!!).  It was TOUGH.  So I hopped out.  I took a break.  I went on the computer, I ate dinner, even took pictures of myself after the sweat dried out.  

And then I went back for one more…   I put the elevation back at zero (I had run at 0.5 for the first mile), and when I hit the end of that mile I decided that I could finish the 3 miles.  I even sprinted for the last quarter mile at a 8 min/mile pace with the 0.5 elevation back on!

I was sweaty…  but decided that it wasn’t over yet.  I went outside, walked Lily, and then was back for a final mile, sprinting to the finish again, this time at the last tenth of a mile.

And I finished 4 miles!  Definitely sweaty.  Yes, I’m totally posting a sports-bra picture here, you can almost see the hives on my chest – my stomach is really the worst part, where the hives are almost purple, I was trying to avoid the sweat factor not to make the hives worse.  (And as you can see I still love my Moving Comfort Fiona, even if the company never gives me anything free to review…  I think the one I’m wearing is 5 years old…)


Sure I took breaks, but I got the distance done in one day, and in the end, 4 miles in 2.5 hours is still better than if I had given up after that single miserable mile…  (And I should add that the first mile was the only miserable one!)

The treadmill proof!  (If only the total calories part was accurate…)


And Lily as usual wouldn’t let my post-workout sweaty face alone…


This Sunday I’m off to Cebu for a couple of days to celebrate my birthday (I’m freaking old already), and I’m hoping to get a couple of miles in down there too.

And I still owe pictures and reviews from both Coron and Moalboal, so that is coming soon!


Filed under Training, Treadmill Run

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…


Filed under Manila, Race