Jul 13, 2012

Am I Ready to Run?

Few weeks ago, my colleague who has been joining fun runs in the past year has finally recruited us to sign up for one.  I was actually planning to join fun runs next year, when my body has really acclimated to doing more vigorous activities.  If I didn't have hypertension, I would have joined instantly.  I was kind of hesitant because of that, but with a little coaxing, I finally gave in and signed up for this:

Milo Marathon Packet : the bib and the singlet




If things go well, this will be my first time to join an event like this.  I'm used to just jogging by my lonesome, but there's always a first time.  Who knows, in the future, I might be collecting singlets like that above.  Right now though, I am prepping myself up.  I can't just wake up early on the day of the event that is on the 29th and proceed running.  Good thing I already started being more active.  Now, it's time to put things to the test.  I'll go easy on myself, of course.  After all, I am joining this not to win.  It's mainly for the experience, so I'll try to have fun. 

I kind of missed running too.  The last time I ran for a longer time was three months ago, during our group conference at the company's beach house.  I ran from one end of the beach to the other.  Problem is, my jog turned into a full time sprint because a dog started to chase me.  People told me I should have stopped running but I was terrified of the dog.  Goodness!  At least the dog wasn't so determined to get to me.  But it was quite an effort to run on sand!  If that would qualify as a measure of fitness, then I suppose I am ready for the fun run.

Seriously, I am reading up on tips for beginners.  I've found a lot of materials for that actually and here are some links you might want to check on if you're just starting the running program like me.


Well, as they mostly advised in the articles, one must invest on a good pair of running shoes.  I have rubber shoes, but not really the pairs designed for running.  So I bought myself a pair yesterday and here's hoping these shoes will be used a lot for what they're intended for...running of course! And I got these for the marked down cost! 

My new pair of Adidas


Just perfect, since I am not yet ready to delve into the technicalities of running shoes, gait analysis and the likes.  Nothing too fancy for a beginner like me.  What's important is that the shoes feel comfortable and they provide ample shock absorption, pretty much the basic stuff.  I'll get to the technical details when I am already into real marathons. 

So to answer my question...am I ready to run?  I suppose so...but there's one more thing to do.  Silly me, I haven't consulted my doctor yet lol!  But I'm sure he'll give me the go signal.  I can feel it in my bones that I can do this, even if it's way ahead of my initial plan.  Well, 16 more days to countdown.  This is it!


51 comments:

  1. Good luck with this feat, Aileen. This new activity is a fun way of exercising and bonding with your colleague/s. I have not seen you in the comment exchange of BC bloggers. Hope work is not consuming most of your time. You are being missed.

    Happy weekend! :D

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  2. Thanks Farida...so sweet of you to ask. Actually, it was my error about the sign up thingy...no worries, I'll see you guys next week :-) I missed the CE as well.

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  3. You are ready indeed! Here I am again saying I want to run too but poor me I have no time. Haha. All I can say is good luck!


    Mommy Maye

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  4. oh my, you already signed up. ako hindi pa. lol. I already told my brother to come along with me, kaso I was the one with a busy sched.

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  5. I love the shoes :)
    Oh, you're ready for this, Aileen! If not now, when? Take it easy, though. But I know you can do this :)
    By the way, I've tried to run a 3k before, I thought I wouldn't make it to the end, but I did :)

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  6. Hi Aileen! It's good that you are joining this fun run. My greatest frustration in life is not being able to pick up any sport. weak kasi ang katawan ko when I was still young especially nung nasa elementary ako. That's why I'm not really into sports. Happy that you can find ways to live up with your goals of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. :)

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  7. Oh dear oh dear! I hope I finish the 5K in 1 hour or less...so I can get the certificate hehehe

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  8. Lol I let myself be pushed into joining hahaha!

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  9. Sis, there are other ways of staying active...there are low impact ones that don't require too much force. :-)

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  10. Thanks Maye! Looking forward to hearing that you're running na rin

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  11. I have never joined fun runs before, but always wanted to. good luck, sis! :)

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  12. i wished i can join fun runs too. :) i have never tried it before.

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  15. its good that you have accepted the challenge and finally invest in that good pair of runnign shoes:) i love fun runs and i missed joining events:)

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  16. I have a friend who runs actively and participate in such marathon event. By looking at their photos, it looks like they are all having fun. I'm sure you'll do to. Goodluck!

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  17. Good luck! My friend didn't think she was ready for her first fun run too. But she took the plunge and now she's like an addict XD She says it's a different type of high when she finishes a race.

    *lol* at the dog chasing you XD

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  18. Goodluck to your run, Have a great time. I also joined Milo marathon here in our city in the past.


    Brylupet

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  19. I miss fun runs too. The last time I ran was 2 years ago. I will run a gain soon but I just started being active again.


    Thanks for sharing the links. I love your blog. Now, I'm stalking you. hehehe :)

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  20. Blog stalkers are very much welcome here :-) Thanks Phoebe!

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  21. wow i wish i could also join fun run but now with a tot i can't yet...maybe next year..that shoes is enough to inspire you to run:)

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  22. good luck on your new endeavor. nice shoes. it's true, shoes that fit you perfectly are important.

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  23. Running is always consider as healthy but in your case that you have hypertension hope it will be fine. I do run before but can't do it now, because of my hypertension. I just do walking and in gym once in awhile. BTW: I love your shoes, we have the same brand Adidas.. Goodluck to your goal sis.

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  24. 16 days to prepare for a 5K run? You better start walking/jogging atleast 1K everyday starting today. I've never joined a run for more than 3K precisely because I don't run that often. I'd probably faint if I ran 5K. LOL! I wish you well on your run. :)

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  25. Running shoes! Good investment. I am participating in fun runs too. And I've invested in Skechers Shape Ups. Love them! Congratulations, btw!

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  26. I meant 16 days to go before the run (as of now it's 9 days to go)...but I have started my preparations at least a month before the run... and before that, I've been exercising more often and walking a lot :-)

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  27. Thanks for the words of encouragement...I'll survive this :-) I'm trying this out to see how I fare...I realize it's not going to be run all the way...more of run-walk-run lol! I'll do my best not to take out the fun in fun runs :-)

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  28. Go for it! Running is good for the health. You are lucky that there are events like that in your place. Where I am right now, it's very seldom, so we are content with the treadmill.
    Have fun

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  29. Go for it! Running is good for the health. You are lucky that there are events like that in your place. Where I am right now, it's very seldom, so we are content with the treadmill.
    Have fun

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  30. Go for it! Running is quite good for the health so I hope your doctors allows you. Have fun!

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  31. Go, sis, go! I'm sure you're ready for that event -- you have embraced a more active lifestyle (and you had that interesting encounter at the beach house). Haha! Have fun. Balitaan mo kami. By the way, you remind me of my sister. She also runs.

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  32. all the best aileen... you can do it! have fun!

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  33. Thanks sis! Naku, ang sister mo naman super sporty at very fit (look at the abs kainggit!)...running is just her appetizer, I think lol!

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  34. I guess you are really ready for the run. Do all want you can even you did not finished in places, but keep on running until you crossed the finish line.

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  35. Go for it, sis! All for good health, at the same time having fun! :) Ohhh, that was scary, to be chased by a dog! Don't forget to warm up before you run! :)

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  36. Go go go! Love your new layout btw, it's clean :)

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  37. You can do it sis! Believe in yourself and you'll be successful! :)

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  38. Hi Aileen, thanks for including my site in the blogs you read. Nice blog you have here btw. Fun and info-packed. More blogging power to you!

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  39. wow! goodluck! Milo marathon is my dream race to join... too bad they dont have regionals here in zamboanga.... probably will try to join manila milo marathon next year!...


    i tell you once you joined you'll get hooked! have fun!!! :-)

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  40. I sure hope I survive this first one hehehe :-) Thanks!

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  41. Thanks! It's the same layout, I just removed the humongous header image :-)

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  42. Cool! I want to run a 5k too, but I'm not yet ready for it. Thinking of buying a vibram 5 fingers instead of rubber shoes though. But yours are cute! :)

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  43. Bee, I have seen those shoes. Hihihi I feel weird wearing that kind of shoes but they say for those who want a barefoot running experience, that is a good one. However, for a beginner runner, I need the extra padding of regular running shoes. :-)

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  44. Thank you all for the encouragement...2 more days! All set, I think. I'm just praying for good weather...at least no rain until we all finish :-)

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  45. i haven't experience fun runs and i think the last time i jog was last year ha, ha
    lazy me...
    nice shoes you've got!

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  46. that's cute shoes. I'm still thinking if I'll join the running craze too..:)

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  47. Marielle Faye GarciaJuly 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Wow! Good for you! I hope I could participate in fun runs too in the future! :D

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  48. I really want to get engaged in this kind of activity, seems a lot of fun!

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  49. Maria Teresa GuanlaoJuly 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    I envy you for experiencing this fun run sis! When can I ever do that,for sure in my dreams,lol! They say new shoes wont make you comfortable in running for the first time, especially the 5k run but then again,you said it's comfortable so I presume you had the fine run. Looking forward to your next post regarding your experience with the 5k fun run, sis! Congratulations,you did it! By the way sis,the dog likes you,lol!

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  50. goodluck!!! i hope you make it and you can accomplish your goal..

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  51. Sis, na-test run ko na shoes before the marathon...yun ginagamit ko sa practice. Good thing with mesh rubber shoes, hindi sya masakit sa paa kahit na bago... :-) Sis takbo tayo!

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