May 7, 2013

Of Running and Swimming

the SeaWheeze lululemon half marathon
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I had a good run last Sunday. I was able to extend my running time to an hour. Usually, it's just a 30-minute run-walk-run routine but despite the heat and humidity, I was able to last for an hour. The sun was already high up at 6 am so it's really getting hotter by the minute.  I thank God for the intermittent breeze that helps cool me down.  I was aiming to run for 1.5 hours minimum but the heat is already getting to me, so I had to wrap it up already.

So why was I pushing for a longer running time?  Well, last week, we already signed up for Run United 2.  Nothing new there right?  Except that this time I will try to level up to 10K.  Yes, I signed up for the 10K run!  Crazy huh?  I thought so, considering how I fared during my last 5K run. 

The NatGeo Earth Day Run last April 28 was by far my worst run, I think.  I was lacking in practice, I was out of focus, my left knee was acting up, my bunion was aching, I needed to pee, and it was a freakin' hot morning!  I was already tired after running for just 5 minutes!  I was beginning to wonder how I would finish that race.  I don't know how it happened that I finished the run in 41 minutes and a few seconds.  I must be a fast walker then because I think I walked more than I ran.  I thought it would take me at least an hour at my pace.  At some point, I could already see the finish line but it felt like it was moving away from me hahaha!  

All the while during that run, I was just imagining myself plunging in a cold pool.  I even joked around with my running buddy who caught up with me near the finish line that I would probably shift from running to swimming full time.  Of course I was just kidding.  I have not yet reached my cap point with running to give it up just like that.  I'm just feeling the effects of humidity.  But to be fairly honest, I am loving the feel of water these days and my enthusiasm has shifted to swimming.  When I started my swimming lessons, I knew I was meant for water all along.  After all, I'm a Piscean lol! (not that I really believe in that stuff).

Swimming Pool Pattern #3
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Oh well, I'm not really at that point where I have to make a choice between running and swimming.  As long as I can do both, I'll divide my time between the two and enjoy the best of both worlds.



43 comments:

  1. Congratulations for finishing your 5K run in 41 minutes and a few seconds. Just like you I walk faster that I was able to finish it less than an hour and I am glad that you will now level up to 10K.


    Really looking forward to that day when we will bump into each other while joining the same fun run .

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  2. I just saw the official time, it's 41 min and 44 sec...hahaha! Not bad for a walkathon. I also look forward to seeing you in one of the fun runs :-)

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  3. To multi-task and to have multiple skills are better than to be a master of just one trade! Keep it up! :)

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  4. Yes, diversity instead of specialization :-)

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  5. It's great that you still have time to run, swim, blog and work! How I wish I can do that too.

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  6. Melgie CampbellMay 7, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    You are one busy woman, Aileen. I love that! Keep it up..:)

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  7. Buti ka pa you got time for both. Ako wala..hahaha

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  8. agree, as you can do both...just enjoy
    maybe you just lack practice in your last run, there's a lot of running events pa to outdo the last experience, goodluck ms aileen

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  9. Korek sis, if you can do both then why mot choose :) Daddy Allan and I are talking about running again, sa subdivision lang namin, hehe. Madalas kasi we stay up night or should I say almost morning na. Maybe when our MTOs are reduced, we can go to running again :)


    Mommy Maye

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  10. It will be great if you can do both. Good luck in the upcoming run.

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  11. Siguro pag very comfortable ka na with swimming, you'll try biking naman para triathlete ka na :) I enjoyed reading your series on your swimming lessons so far. Glad to see you grow confident each day. Go Ailene!

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  12. Maybe because of the weather that's why everything went crazy with your run. I envy you 'cause you are so determined. I want to run but I have plenty of reasons not to start. :(

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  13. good luck on your 10k run! :)

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  14. Correct :) If you can do both running and swimming, the better. You get the benefits of both and there is variety of activities pa.

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  15. i admire your determination. Imagine you can run and you can swim too. While me on the other hand is lazy to run and don know how to swim. Living a healthy life is what i want, when can i start paractivcong healthy lifestyle..hehhe

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  16. during this hot summer days, i think i prefer to plunge in the water and swim.. gusto ko tuloy magswim haha

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  17. Go for it Sis! I think you're on the right track.

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  18. Wow, 10k!? galing naman! goodluck sis. I know you can do it. pero sa ngayon, parang mas enjoy magswimming! :-)

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  19. do both! and goodluck to your 10K run

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  20. with this heat, i imagine a bath full of ice-cold water! hehehe

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  21. You can do both naman sis then try biking next time too

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  22. Both are wonderful exercises! You just don't sweat while swimming, and I think it gives you a full body workout. ^_^

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  23. Swimming is a great all around exercise. Why not add biking and join an triathlon while you're at it :)

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  24. It is really hot nowadays and that could easily wear you out when running. I like swimming a lot better, it's cool and refreshing.

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  25. That's so much fun. 2 Sports that are both enjoyable and healthy.

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  26. In my case, if I'm into sports, I'd prefer swimming..:) I admire your for being active in both running and swimming sis...

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  27. I wonder when can i do both, running and swimming.. I really salute you for living a healthy life style..

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  28. Duathlon here Aileen come. I'm sure with your passion you can do it.

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  29. Running + swimming kulang na lang biking pwede pang iron man sis.. hehe

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  30. Both world are fun especially if you both enjoy them. I admire your perseverance.

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  31. I already have started running months back but had to stop it. Maybe next year after I'll visit the tracks again..

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  32. Wow, don't tell me you're training to be a triathlon now? LOL... ipagpatuloy sis. Good for you! :)

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  33. You can do both! Add cycling and be a triathlete! :D

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  34. I prefer swimming at this kind of season. Running even at the earliest morning makes me feel tired and dizzy due to humidity.

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  35. after the long electoral campaign, makakapagswimming na rin ako hahaha
    i can't post comment in your old post...kaya dito na lang nagcomment

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  36. Add biking... and triathlete ka na! I am very happy for your progressive improvement in your goals!!!

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  37. next time you i will not be surprise if you're into biking na...hahaha
    goodluck, accomplish your health goals

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  38. I admire your dedication and hard work, keep it up =)

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  39. Which one are you doing more of now...swimming or running?

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  40. I have just started to get the hang of running. When I join fun runs, yes, I also alternate between walking and running- I think I walk, for the most part.

    I guess you can do both swimming and running. That'll give you a break from routine. So, will you join KOTR? I'll be running 10k for the first time :). Let me know how it turns out for you at RU2 :)

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  41. countdown to the 10k run! good luck!

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  42. Uyy, that was fast ha. I tend to run slow na (bumigat na ateng) . Madalas I just walk...

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