40th Milo Marathon and a Decade in Between

“Slow down I could; STOP, I never would!”

This has been my personal mantra since I started running seriously. Distance running is what I meant when I said serious running.

Bounced back on track to break in new kicks.
Bounced back on track to break in new kicks.

I ran a few kilometers in Pasay last Sunday, and had a bonding on the road with Nicole. She’s a friend who’s not a runner, she’s more of a swimmer. It was a delight that she invited me. Our plan that lingered like ages finally materialized. We had endorphin boost!

I also ran to break in the new kicks I’ve gotten for a 50% off! Saucony 5 (Natural Series) is not only comfy but so chic! Review about my Saucony shoes later. I’m grateful that buying a new pair of shoes helped me motivate myself in gaining weight. Call me weird, but I often thought of taking extra effort to eat and go to the gym for project gain weight. My reward would be resuming training and joining races.

New kicks, new start. :)
New kicks, new start. 🙂

After all, my old Saucony shoes served well and deserve to retire after 2 years of service: 3 official 21K, several 10K and 5K races and fun runs. I thought then, I would switch to a new brand once I would have a new pair of shoes, but recently, I decided to stick to Saucony – loyal runner here! Besides, it’s cheaper, but the quality is really good!

Chilling at Republik Wake Park in Nuvali during a LSD run, training for Condura Skyway Marathon.
Chilling at Republik Wake Park in Nuvali during a LSD run, training for Condura Skyway Marathon. My old kicks served me sweetly.
My old shoes had tasted an international race-cation, experienced the Rama Bridge VIII.
My old shoes had tasted an international race-cation, experienced the Rama Bridge VIII.

 

Down memory lane

It rained cats and dogs on Sunday afternoon. My original plan changed and I went to SM Mall of Asia later after the rain subsided. It was quite a hassle because I went to the hypermarket first to buy a 300g Milo, as required for registration. You see, I was a bit unmindful when in haste, I grabbed a 220g Milo, together with a 300g, last week. That’s for my younger brother and me. But I needed to buy a new one.

So, I went on the long queue and waited for my turn. I also bought a set of plastic container to keep its content. I didn’t mind some people eagerly looking at me when I transferred its content and hurriedly went to Toby’s. To my surprise, the guy in-charge of the registration told that I could have used the 1000g or 1 kilo empty pack we had at home, when I asked if that could be used. That’s equivalent to three registrants already! HAHA! So tragic on my part!

It brought me down memory lane. I can’t remember that I gave an empty pack of Milo back in 2006 when I first join the 5K fun run on the 30th Milo Marathon. Nostalgic it was! I attempted to join again but only had the chance recently. I’m excited about it!

Nicole brought me to La Verti Residences, and toured me around, up to their unit.
Nicole toured me at La Verti Residences, up to their unit.
Marveled at the architecture. I actually went at the function hall already when I hosted a friend's wedding on Dec. 2015.
Nice architecture! I actually went at the function hall already when I hosted a friend’s wedding on Dec. 2014. Didn’t notice the exterior.
Refreshing flowers and plants abound at La Verti.
Refreshing flowers and plants abound at La Verti.
I'll be back to chill at the gym. :)
I’ll be back to chill at the gym. 🙂
Vit. See from the Deck after an easy run.
Vit. See from the Deck after an easy run.
Serene scenery overlooking Manila de Bay.
Serene scenery overlooking Manila de Bay.

 

Let me run or I’ll die!

I’m exaggerating it! But that’s how I truly feel! Let me run, or I’ll die without running for a long time! HA HA!

Inspired by the running novelist, Haruki.
Running bookworm/blogger, inspired by the running novelist, Haruki.

Actually, I had my check-up and lab tests done about two weeks ago. My doctor was quite in panic because I’m so underweight! He advised me to stop running, even going to the gym, he said, I can only do brisk walking. But I arranged for a condition, if I gain weight, I would.

On Sunday, before breakfast, I went with Nicole to AMC Manila (formerly Manila Adventist Medical Center or Manila Sanitarium) to check my weight’s progress. Voila! I gained 5 kilos! Yehey!

AMCM at the view deck (43rd floor).
AMCM at the view deck (43rd floor).

It’s exhilarating! But at the back of my mind, I was thinking: “could that be only false hope?” I need to recheck my weight once I get back to the gym nearby our home. HA HA!

BTW, it is a first time on the 40th Milo Marathon to have finisher’s medals for 10K runners who would make it to the finish line on the cut-off time. Wow!

I joined the 30th Milo Marathon the first time! It was a 5K fun run as part of our requirements in P.E. 1. After a decade, there’s 10K finisher’s medal! How cool is that? So timely – a decade in between! And I’m gonna run for 10K since I still am not allowed to have distance running.

My marathoner siblings, Zola and JR are my inspiration! This was taken during the Full Mary Manila Elims in 2015. My mamaw sister was so blessed to have made it to the Nationals! Virtually cheering on her training for a marathon in Canada on October 2016!
My marathoner siblings, Zola and JR are my inspiration! This was taken during the Full Mary Manila Elims in 2015. My mamaw sister was so privileged  to have made it to the Nationals! Virtually cheering on her training for a marathon in Canada on October 2016!
Don't miss the fun and the benefits of fitness!
Don’t miss the fun and the benefits of fitness!

For details and registration, check Pinoy Fitness. See you in MOA on July 31, 2016!

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