Life in the Fast Lane


Adrenaline-Filled 2013

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In terms of races, bike rides, and the like, I am pretty much done with all of those for the year 2013. Woot!

This entry therefore serves to chronicle what happened over these past few months, and hopefully in the years to come, I'll be able to look back on this year and see significant progress fitness-wise.

My first run this year happened on my birthday last February 24th. AETakbo was a fundraiser event for one of our ethnic tribes. It was a great way to welcome my new year of life.

It was a great bonding experience with le brother as well.

Over the Holy Week back in March, the not-so-serious-hardcore-bikers-but-definitely-serious-eaters bike group I'm part of decided to do a long intercity ride.

We must have covered at least five cities!

Then in May, I joined my first night race, c/o Energizer. That was a fun experience, particularly because there was a cool breeze as we ran. Whenever we have morning runs here, since we have a tropical climate, it can get hot pretty quickly.

(Plus, the headlights that they gave were pretty nifty.)

It was also my first time to run with my now-sister-in-law, Anna. 

May was also the month of transitioning to my new running shoe brand, Newton.

How I got two pairs of shoes on the same day was a huge blessing. Even if I may have shelled out a lot more than I would for the past shoes that I would use (Adidas, Nike, New Balance), I really feel that it was worth it. 

For one thing, my Plantar Fasciitis doesn't act up anymore, thankfully. In 2012, I would wrap my foot every so often because of PF; the second half of 2013 (since I started using Newtons), my feet have never been happier. At least for my overpronated feet, Newtons are the way to go.

Introducing my Lady Isaacs (my daily shoe) and the Distance S (which I use for the actual races). 

The third quarter of 2013, I didn't get to exercise as much as I wanted to because I was either traveling for work, really busy for work, or I simply couldn't do anything because of the weather (those were the rainy months). Needless to say, I didn't join anything.

In October, though, I was proud to have not only joined a particular running event, but to have been part of its creation process (from conceptualization to creating the ads for it).

Rexona Run To Your Beat was the country's first music and running event combined, with DJ's and artists performing every few kilometers, followed by an after-race concert.

Bumped into some of my colleagues during the race and at the after-party, which was fun.

Towards the end of November, I joined Manila's biggest annual bike event: The Tour of the Fireflies. This year, over 14,000 bikers — road bikes, mountain bikes, folding bikes, tandem bikes, BMX's, you name it — joined the "tour" that cut across at least six cities in Metro Manila. I logged in 42 kilometers, including my bike ride home.

At the midpoint, which was in San Juan, we saw this right before we set off for the next half of the ride. Awesome sight to behold!

And finally, I welcomed the month of December by doing a 10K at Nike We Run MNL. Every year, in select cities worldwide, Nike mounts a race; the objective of which is to "amass" an accumulated number of kilometers run by people all over the globe.

This year, Manila saw 15,000 runners take off from Marikina. The race was held in the afternoon, and for the most part, we were a collective presence of body heat on the go. If you know what I mean.

An hour or so later, I was ecstatic to cross the finish line and celebrate the end of this year's fitness endeavors!

2013 has been an interesting year. I've had to exert some effort to make sure I got to squeeze in some exercise every few days amidst a busy work schedule (whether biking, swimming, running, or conditioning), but over-all, I was glad that I was able to join a bunch of events this year and see a lot of improvement in terms of stamina and strength.

Other notable fitness-related things that I tried out this year:

In March, Crossfit Manila had a trial program held once a week every Thursday in order to promote their new box in Makati. I really did enjoy all the workouts, but I realized that I was really a cardio girl at heart.

In April, my dogs got to join their first-ever dog run and walk, from three different events.

And in May, I tried boxing for the very first time with my brother and sister-in-law. SO. MUCH. FUN.

In fact, I wanna go back as soon as I can.

With all these in mind, I've been doing some thinking and praying, and these are what I hope to achieve this time next year:
  1. Join an aquathlon. I'm not sure if my alma mater, Ateneo, will be hosting an aquathlon in March, but I think I'm ready to join one now.
  2. Buy a road bike. I think you can guess where I'm headed now... which leads me to...
  3. Join a sprint triathlon. Whether or not I become a triathlete in the future (I don't know if I can really commit to the sport at this time), I'll still want a road bike to use for cross training, a.k.a. non-running days. But I seriously do want to try even a short distance triathlon before 2014 ends. This is my ultimate fitness dream.
  4. Work up to 16K. Hopefully I'll be able to join Run United or New Balance Power Run's 16K category late next year. I don't know if I'll ever make it to a half marathon (21K), but 16K is doable. It's just 6K more than what I usually run nowadays. Not bad! 
I claim that 2014 will be another exciting year, and I'm looking forward to it!

But for now, time to let my body reeeeeeeeeest. If triathletes are "off season" now, I am, too!

Thank you, Lord, for this adrenaline-filled 2013. It's been a fun year!

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  1. Wow, you've definitely outdone yourself in the fitness goals for this year. Very hard to top but I'm sure you can do it. Hehe! Good luck sa mga 2014 goals.

  2. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Rose! I'm optimistic (?) about 2014. Hahaha! :D


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