Friday, November 30, 2012

Running blog #64

Work gets into my nerve last night 'twas terrible. I have to access work from home.
So in between slow VPN connection to our intranet, I was also researching about Divisoria (perhaps another reason why VPN almost crawled). I have mixed feeling of going there. Safety and direction are my major concern. It's over a decade since I set foot in this shopper's mecca. So I really tried to check all the maps and blogs that could help me get through. I was clueless of time, perhaps slept at midnight.

I overslept my excitement. I woke up feeling crappy, as if I hear myself say "Today I swear am not doin' anything lalala". I wasn't able to get to Divisoria today.  I regret not planning a long run instead of Divisoria. And Bruno Mars music plays in my head for the rest of the day.

But before it's over....sometime 5 pm, I realized we can run I laced up. It's better than nothing at all.

PS RK is not accurate today.


As view during the first 500 m

We capped off the day with the christmas tree lighted around island cove

I wonder why RK didn't register 40 minutes vs my watch, perhaps due to poor GPS reception

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gym work

I didn't run today. I am reserving my legs for a possible run on the upcoming holiday. Perhaps it's time for Violeta to get a taste beyond 10k 😀.

Instead I hopped on the elliptical trainer for 45 minutes. Did some triceps extension and ab crunches. Lately I noticed gravity is taking away my nicely sculpted arms thanks to sagging and ageing my arms bulk up lol! with fats. Suddenly, I became conscious raising my felt like a bat wing. Anyways, this is one of the inevitable I can't wait what surprises there is when I get to 40s.

They say ageing can be delayed with right exercise and proper diet. Well of course intervention can only happen when one decides to be healthy.

My suggestion, get into organic food. Buy from the local market- it's cheaper, fresh and yes stinky (typical palengke smells but it can be forgiven). You can go early to catch fresh produce. I often do it after a weekend run.
Just think about how you get to help our local farmers and make your family healthy.

Stretching....after a good ride from the elliptical trainer.

Some of my food choices- fresh, natural, organic

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Running blog #63

Spent another short run with Spibelt and simple hydration. It feels great to wear light accessories. But today I still couldn't enjoy my run because of the heat, it turns out the temp outside is about 35 C. But the usual overcast after a couple of lap is gone. The air is dry and well I guess I'm crappy having restless sleep last night.

Ciao for now

Monday, November 26, 2012

Running blog #62

The picture below- What do they have in common? Of course they are all stuff for running.
Well, the photo is taken prior a test run. Yes, I am testing these items or shall I say am breaking in.

I want to know how it felt like to have Spibelt and simple hydration together.

The shoes already ran about 10km. And today I have added some more mileage.
Wave Precision 12 bought from Like My Kicks, Spibelt and Simple hydration

My verdict:
The Spibelt is very light weight and the simple hydration can be used in tandem with it. There is no bounce and everything is accessible while on the run. There is no need to stop. I would say that both the Spibelt and simple hydration can be used for runs from 10-16km (without refill) and during races. One can avoid the use of plastic cups and simply refill the simple hydration.
I can't wait to use these stuff on long runs.

Photoblog #19

Random photo from my phone since this blog entry is being tested via mobile apps.

If I am single I would travel around Busuanga through boat expedition, there will be no accommodation cost- just pure fun, island hopping and beach bumming.
I'll probably include El Nido in the list of destination and go on a day tour at club paradise then will dock to Calauit to visit the giraffe.

Well but of course I am day dreaming... snapping back to reality, am travelling with two kids and that is not a possibility. They will have difficulty living on the sea. I would have to be contented by the fact that  I'm blessed because my kiddos are always on the go, and both are adventure seeker, it is really a lot fun to have them.

I hope someone who read this will try out my dream expedition, and tell me what it's like :-)

Feeding the giraffe is a lot of fun!

Your typical post card photo of Coron Island- this view is during our trek to Kayangan lake

Sunset at Pass Island

Trek to Mt Tapyas

Snorkeling at Lusong Island shipwreck

Kissing the giraffe- trick photo ops

Marty upclose grazing

Pass island sunset view

jumpshot at Mt Tapyas

I love this creature...they are blessed with so much grace. They seemed to be very gentle.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

My kicks

Finally I decided to get serious with my lunch running. So I get myself a pair of new kicks. Of course it is wave precision 12. I am not brave enough to try other brand or model. I tried barefoot running, but I think it's not for me...I can't stand the blister and my sole is über sensitive. So I guess I'll be shud then.

As usual I get myself 2 size bigger and still tying the same knot but not anymore wearing those ankle support!

Bought this one from Like My Kicks

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Lunch Run, Anyone?

Lately I frequent to 750words than I would in my own blog. I realized below thought  is not so private and would actually make blog material have I not discovered 750words :-)    

 Five years ago I hear people tell me "you're crazy" or "are you nuts, can you really go that distance?" whenever I run longer than usual. People tend to think I'm weird. I probably have to agree with them I'm mad or nuts, and it doesn't really matter anymore. I can agree somehow that I am weird.
The worst of this predicament is that you hear this vaunt from person who aren't fit at all to even give you an opinion of how you should manage your health and fitness. I learned to smile from it or bully them back by asking them to run with me. Of course some would dare. But most wouldn't.
But the best option is of course to just ignore it. Besides, I don't need to explain myself to anybody. I learned that you cannot please everybody. And you cannot make everybody agree with you. I know! Even my own children won't allow me to.

Running gives me so much and whatever I hear will never make me have any second thoughts about it....sounds like real true love noh!
Then the running boom came sometime 2009 and races happens more than once a week. Now the weekend is full of races, left and right. It becomes difficult to choose which race to go. Maybe, this is the reason why lately I rarely race. I focus instead on enjoying my runs. It's like an everyday race. I feel this way maybe because I almost lost it. I got stuck on responsibility such as work, family affairs and a medical condition that requires me to do less running. Well I guess am completely nuts. Because, at the beginning of the year I decided not to heed the Doctor's advise. And I ended up running on my lunch break. Yes, that's right. It's the only feasible time of the day. And I'm loving it with my tan lines.
Here are the main reason why I continue to partake on this silliness of running mid day when everyone else take their lunch:
  1.  It's the most feasible time of the day. Instead of trotting at the cafeteria with very few healthy options, I opted to run. An hour worth of workout is better than nothing. No matter how crappy it felt in the beggining it always end feeling great!  
  2. I get to plan in my head while I run (anything that I look forward to in the future :-0 )
  3. I return to my desk with clarity. I think I am more efficient with my job after each run.
  4. The office environment is really cold. And I have difficulty coping up with the temperature. I am not sure if it is because of hypothyroidism but then when I come back to desk, I feel warm from the inside. I never feel sleepy during the unholy hour of 1 to 3 pm. And I keep my sanity during afternoon meetings. I think I have widened my horizon.
  5. By running at lunch, I sharpened my planning skills. I plan even my meal. I eat almost every hour after my workout. This small frequent meal is healthier and help me maintain my weight.
  6. I became more creative. I continuously evaluate my option to ensure that I get to my commitment and that includes my lunch workout. As a result, I believe it makes me a better person.
  7. Time management becomes an essential skills acquired through my lunch running repertoire. And I continue to hone by continuously practicing it. To juggle time in between work and workout is challenging. I often manage to squeeze at least 3x a week of body workout.
  8. Dinner with kiddos and tucking them to bed is some sort of ritual to me, I can't take that away from them. Running at mid day instead of after office hours allows me the luxury to spend more time with them.
  9. I learned a lot about myself. Isn't it great to be able to come outside see the greens, sky, the glaring sun all too powerful and awe-inspiring. I can't believe that by simply running outside, I am going away for a while in the four cornered wall. I get myself some breather.
  10. And finally, I get to ran away from desserts and white carbs. Even if I don't buy one....offers from friends' really difficult to turn down lol!
Of course, the time element was resolved from this lunch running habit.
I am praying and asking God for strength so that I can continue to sustain this activity, and make me race ready!
The con is you get yourself toasted. Of course I am saying this because in the Philippines women are lured to various whitening products to achieve that mestiza look.
Perhaps with this habit, I'll acquire the Indio color forever.