Aug 4, 2015

Running Out of Excuses...and a Short Update

Running Woman @
It's high time I go back to running.  Yep, you read that right, and from someone who has advocated running since she started blogging on this site. My bad! It's really shameful to admit that, but I have to be honest.  Even some health and fitness enthusiasts get lazy sometimes.  I'm speaking mostly for myself so you fitness fiends, don't throw running shoes and dumbbells at me.  I am just saying, we're all human here.  I'll stop right there before I get clobbered lol!

So what happened to me and my affair with running?  If my memory serves me well, my last official run was six months ago, during the Condura Skyway Marathon.  I actually loved that run.  It was my first time to run on the Skyway.  The wind was chilly and my throat dried instantly.  But I was able to make it to the first drinking station which took 48 years years or so.  Seriously, it felt like that, but my guess is that, it was after running maybe 2 kilometers.  Two kilometers!  Dry throat, chilly weather...and then at the water station I was internally saying "Oh come on!"  Why?  They had water....water!  It was the next drinking station I think where they have Gatorade drinks.  I don't like drinking plain water on my runs, that is if I have a choice.  Why?  I'm pretty sure I'll need a toilet break within the next 20 minutes.  So anyway, what choice have I got but to take water?  Or I could just torture myself and go on and maybe pass out before the next water station hahaha!  

Jul 23, 2015

Writing Is Good For Your Health

My Planner and Journal
I've always considered writing as just a form of expression and partly a hobby.  But whether you're a writer/blogger or simply someone who keeps private journals, I'm sure you have found out already about writing's therapeutic benefits.  

I've always been an introvert and so I mostly kept journals when I was much younger.  I don't easily open up to people, but I could easily open up my heart to pen and paper and just write away in total abandon, not thinking about anyone's opinion or judgment.  So in some ways, the journal is like a best friend who can keep your innermost thoughts safe...that is until your sibling finds your journal and starts to quote things from the entries.  Arrrggggh!

Jan 10, 2015

The Case of the Injured Knee

The plan was to resume running tomorrow at Luneta Park.  I've been on Christmas break for almost three weeks, and although I didn't binge much, I didn't exercise much either.  In effect, I gained a few pounds hehehe.  I needed to shed off some of those pounds as well as go back to my running routine to prepare for the upcoming Condura Marathon on February 1.  

That was the plan until yesterday morning, I took a tumble down a flight of stairs, and my plan tumbled down as well.  Well okay not a whole flight of stairs.  I think I started falling right at the second stair step before the landing.  I was bounding down the stairs, already running late for work.  Next thing I knew, my right knee hit the stair step and then I fell completely on the landing.  I got up quickly, bags still in my hands but the flashlight took a tumble all the way down to the second flight of stairs.  I thought it was a funny incident and I was actually laughing to myself at my clumsiness, secretly hoping no one saw me do the unexpected acrobatics.  I brushed off dust on my jeans from where I hit my knee, and then limping slightly, I walked all the way to the office, a little bit slower than my usual pacing.  It's a 3-minute walk brisk walk for me, but no brisk walking just then.

Dec 8, 2014

38th Milo Marathon Finals Postponed Due to Hagupit

Me after one of my practice runs @ Luneta

Our supposed run yesterday was postponed in anticipation of the coming super typhoon Ruby (aka Hagupit) downgraded to typhoon and now going back to super typhoon status.  Am not so sure about the category status and I probably got it all mixed up already with reading so many news online.  I was keeping tabs since Thursday afternoon.  I am just glad that people seemed to have learned the lesson from Yolanda and are now better prepared and most people now actually heed the evacuation protocols.

Nov 27, 2014

Getting Rusty...Just a Bit

Image courtesy of Ambro at
I have not been running for so long that the word backsliding is not even an apt term.  To say that I am just a tad better than a couch potato is closer to the truth.  And if I have not signed up for the Milo Marathon this coming December 7, I might have continued with this downward spiral when it comes to fitness.  Am I turning into a sloth? No way!

With just two weeks before the run, I really had to force myself last Tuesday.  I didn't like going out these days specially after dark.  It makes me uncomfortable, less safe because you know what this season brings on.  But I figured, I have to practice somehow and since I have work and cannot do it in the daylight, night running is my only option.

Oct 25, 2014

PLAE On Promoting Epilepsy Awareness

More than a month ago, on the week of September 1 to 6, the Philippine League Against Epilepsy (PLAE) held a National Epilepsy Awareness week which culminated with a Tripartite Symposium for Neurologists discussing Marijuana in Epilepsy, one of the emerging issues in the treatment of epilepsy. The following day, the Epilepsy Exemplar Awards was held in recognition of the people who excelled in their professions or schools despite suffering from this condition.  These activities are just the start of a series of on-going campaign to educate Filipinos about epilepsy: its impact, treatment, emerging issues, and even debunking common myths surrounding this condition.  

PLAE gives us a rundown of the Impact of Epilepsy:
(taken from PLAE's Press Kit)

Jun 18, 2014

PMAP: June 20 Is National Wellness Day

Honestly, it's my first time to hear about the National Wellness Day, thanks to Filipino Bloggers Network. I watched this video and I am silently wishing our company would take on such endeavor.