Monday, May 14, 2007

Why Start Now?

Hi! I'm Nora, a 49 year-old single mother of 9 and 7. You may wonder why my children could already be the grandchildren of women my age . . .

Well, I really had no intention of settling down because I didn't know how to raise children. To put it bluntly, I "hated" children before. Being an only child, I wasn't exposed to having children in the house. I pitied mothers with screaming children with them and I abhorred the idea of taking care of babies' poops.

But as the saying goes, God works in very mysterious ways.

5 months before turning 39, I just found myself walking down the aisle and bubbling "I do" to a 27-year-old man  whom I thought I truly loved. Don't you worry. For now I won't be writing why our marriage didn't last . . . maybe later.

Why am I starting this blog? Why start now?

My son and I started our tennis lessons as soon as the school ended last March. It started out fine. But now that we are already in the 'advanced level', I felt out of breath every time I run from left to right of the tennis court. That's when I thought that I should go back to running.

I used to run in my younger years but of course, that was more than 2 decades ago. When my Stat friends met in Greenbelt last May 12, I told them I'm planning to run again and even asked them to join me and run 5k next year on my 50 th birthday. My dear friend Agnes suggested that if there's no fun run scheduled that day, then we could just organize a fun run ourselves.

Before I went to bed that night, it just hit me that I could also invite all the other 50-year old women to run with us. I surfed the Internet for Milo Marathons and I was very lucky to get in touch with Jaymie, the bull runner.

Since then, she has been my inspiration. Hence, this blog.


  1. Nora,

    I'm so touched by your posts. Truly, when I started blogging a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to encourage people to get fit (if a newbie like me could do it, who couldn't!) but I never did expect to create that much of a difference. Thank you for allowing me to touch your life in a small way :)

    You too are inspiration to everyone who wishes to live life to the fullest. I wish you the best in your training program and in the 5k race that you'll surely finish in June 7 next year.

    I hope to meet you one of these days!


  2. Hi, Jaymie! Believe it or not but I cried (literally) when I read your comment. I am so happy that you visited my blog. I will email you my contact numbers so we could meet. Maybe after your 10k Champion run? Good luck! Hope someday we can run together . . .

  3. Nora,

    Congrats for making time to get fit! Genes (I know you're blessed with long life) can only get you so far. Cristy (in particular) and I are getting back to what we used to do before I retired (Navy). She does aerobics (daily if work allows) and 5K for me TTh with a co-worker. After 11 years without running and trying to run a 5K right away was a painful awakening.

    Anyways here's to happy trails and good running!Let's be fit for 50 and beyond.


  4. Ador! I can't believe its you! Thank you so much, my dear friend. I'm surprised you stopped running after you retired from the US NAVY. But I'm happy to know that you and Cristy are physically active again.

    We missed you during our last reunion. If you plan to visit the Philippines, make that June,2008 okay? Running together for a cause would be a great way to celebrate our 33 years of friendship.

    See yah!


  5. teacherjeng@yahoo.comMay 19, 2007 at 2:11 PM

    hi ms. nora... what a great idea!! i just want to say that i admire u for your courage and determination amidst all of the trials that came ur way... ur certainly one of a kind and im glad i met u.. dont worry, ill ask people who will be turning 50 next year to take part in ur fun run i wish u all the best in life ... godbless u and ur family

  6. Hi, T. Jeng! Nice to hear from you again. Hope we can meet one of these days (that is, if you're still here in the Phils.) Thank you so much, T. Jeng. God bless you and Toto. Please call or text me when you're free.

  7. Nora

    Thanks for the comment! You will have no problems running a 10K. Just remember as a fellow recreational runner that you are doing it for yourself and never worry about what the other runners are doing. It is all about personal triumph!

    Cheers and goodluck


  8. Thanks, Aaron. Will keep that in mind. Sometimes (OK, most often) I tend to compare myself with other runners but you're right. We should run to please ourselves. It's all about personal triumph.

    Good luck to you too.