Wednesday, September 10, 2008

My First 7k Run

After a series of bouts with the agonizing discomforts of the big "M" (you know--that inevitable biological transformation common to women reaching 49-51 years of age), I conditioned myself to run my first 7k today--no matter what.

A fine weather greeted me this morning, boosting my energy to fulfill my resolution. I was all set to run after I bring Gio to school but Eia's Science assignment forced me to postpone my run in the afternoon. We had to look for 5 different kinds of leaves, flowers and fruits. And we had to introduce each one of them to my daughter with Down Syndrome!

By mid day, the weather drastically changed-- courtesy of storm Marce. It didn't bother me though, 'coz I could still run inside the basketball court. No problem, really.

As soon as Eia entered the car when I fetched her from school she excitedly asked me "Mama, you will run in the basketball court?" I smiled at her and told her yes. Deep inside, I was so proud of my daughter who was very observant of what's happening around her. She already deduced that because it was raining, I had to run inside the basketball court so I won't be wet.

While I was changing to my running outfit, I heard someone say "Didn't you run under the pouring rain in the Milo Race? C'mon, do it again. Make your first 7k run truly memorable".

And so, with my jacket and favorite Nike blue cap I bravely faced the wrath of Marce.

After 1 round, I noticed I was all alone inside the park (it seemed I was the only running addict inside Philamlife Village). I decided to go outside and run around the park instead. Although I was the only one running, I didn't feel alone because vehicles would pass by me every now and then. I just hope those people who've seen me wouldn't assume that I just escaped from the Mental Hospital!

With all the rain drops, sweat and tears rolled into one, I made it through the storm--my first 7k run!

26 comments:

  1. Congrats and many more to come. Keep fit and keep it up. It would have looked more suspicious if you ran with your milo singlet as well....

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  2. Hah hah ... thanks, Philip! I hope to maintain the 10% weekly increase in distance so I could get to run with you and the other runner bloggers in the future.

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  3. Alright Nora!!!!! Asteeg! Only 3K more. I know you'll do it in November!

    BTW, I'm racing 24 hours after arriving in Manila. Coach Rio has a race (5K, 10K, 15K) in Fort Global City on November 9th. I'll be doing the 5K!

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  4. Wow! After you arrive in Manila, you'll be racing the following day? Sayang! Won't be able to join. Will be simultaneously celebrating the 9th bday of my darling daughter and the 84th bday of my dearest father. Enjoy the Fort. Hope to run there this Oct. 26.

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  5. That's the spirit! Rain or shine nothing can stop you now. Waitaminnit...Was that Wayne who just said Asteeg?

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  6. Nora, the wayyou carry on, you will kill us on the road in a few weeks and it will be us who will have to try and keep up with you. Keep it up girl.

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  7. Yes, Prom. You heard (err read) it right. Nahasa na si Wayne sa Tagalog because of the HF running group. Hope by now na release mo na yong stored energy mo yesterday!

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  8. Naku Philip malayong-malayo pang mangyari yon. Lalo na ngayong lumabas kang winner in the Nike Race. Congratulations again!

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  9. Buti pa kayo nakatakbo kahit umuulan. I had a gear to run when it rains. But I was in slumber with the cool weather. So I missed my run today. Go Golden Girl. Lapit na sa 10K mark. :D

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  10. Nabasa ko nga yong post mo na suot mo yong running gear mo in case it rains, tapos tirik naman ang araw. I was laughing kasi nga, God sometimes has a sense of humor. Noong di mo dala, umulan naman!
    3k na lang Jinoe. Thank you, guys for inspiring me. Hope to see you all soon.

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  11. Congrats to the golden girl! Way to go! With that determination, you can reach your goal in the fastest time. God bless po!

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  12. Thanks, bro j. God bless you too. Hope to run with you someday. Good luck to your training.

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  13. Re:

    Doesnt seem like I have any other choice? Maybe I'll just make babies and let the man sustain it then hand me allowances. HAHAH just kidding. as if that may come true.

    Wow! I am very much amused and PROUD of your run training. I'm having tons of set backs and plumpness. I'd love to learn more and get to run as much as you do.

    can you lead me the way? :)

    Thanks so much! I'll be reading more of you. Wow! Congratulations

    xoxo
    kassy

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  14. its chefsy btw :)

    runaholic.wordpress.com

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  15. For the benefit of the other readers, the Re: above in kassy's comment is this:

    Chefsy, you have actually 2 choices according to Jackie of 97.9 Love Radio:

    1.) Remain single and be miserable for the rest of your life OR

    2.) Get married and wish you were dead.

    Now, what's your choice?

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  16. Now, Chefsy--aren't you the RUNAHOLIC? Isn't it about time that you live up to your name? Hah hah ...
    I'm more than twice your age, little girl. If I can do it, you can do more!

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  17. Uh huh! I'd love to get back to running EVERY SINGLE DAY! :(

    How long have you been running? Oh wow, you're amazing. Thank you for the inspiration :)

    I got sick with steroids and ballooned up to 160 lbs from a 105-110 lbs weight before. I couldn't even recongize myself hence when i got back to running, Here I come and trying to shed 25 lbs more and tone up better than before.

    Help Help Help. I want to live up to my RUNAHOLIC! :) Thank you so much Nora! +)

    and wow Wayne is saying "Asteeg!" already (sfrunner) Hahah!

    xoxo
    kassy
    runaholic.wordpress.com

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  18. I started my training last May 2007 with the fantasy of running 5k on my 50th b-day. It seemed impossible during that time but Jaymie (TBR) inspired me to fulfill my dream. I ran my 1st 5k last July 6, 2008 during the Manila Half Marathon Challenge. My 2nd was the Milo Race last Aug. 3.
    Just follow the 10% rule, kassy. Don't be in a hurry to lose weight. Be patient, child. Just enjoy your runs, prevent injuries and in the end, you will prevail. Good luck!

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  19. Oh wow :) thank you!

    One day at a time. I guess sometimes the impatient girl in me rage since I've got guy friends who already has achieved 5-10-20k training for only months and yet here I am stuck back to running training for a 5k :(

    .. I'm on my first km straight jog. Heh! thank you.

    runaholic.wordpress.com

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  20. You're young--you're excused to be impatient heh heh ...
    Don't compare yourself with others or you'll end up frustrated. Each body is unique--remember that. Don't try to squeeze all the lost time in a massive workout. First and foremost, listen to your body. You're only 24. You've got all the time in the world, kassy. Use it well.
    Hey, congrats on your first km straight jog!

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  21. hey nora, congratulations! hmmm the way your giving out advices... you can be the dear abby of philippine running! :D

    - joe

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  22. Hah hah ... really Joe. I'm just speaking from experience (my own and others).

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  23. Wuhoo! good on you Nora! Walk on the wild side (este, run on wild side pala :-))

    Hehe, never heard of that choice before 1] single and miserable or 2] married and wish you weren't. So I guess this was sort of discussion on the radio, just curious what was the verdict or majority?

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  24. If you listen to Jackie of 97.9 Love Radio, she throws in jokes between songs that she plays. She announces: Will somebody please help me? I'm in a dilemma. My friends tell me "Jackie, you have 2 choices: remain single & be miserable for the rest of your life or get married and wish you were dead. What do you think should I choose?"
    It's not open for discussion really but it's just one of her jokes that really made me laugh so loud while I was driving. (I only listen to the radio when I'm driving) But if it was open for discussion, I would still choose to get married so I won't be miserable for the rest of my life. Then I'll leave my husband before I die in his arms. (That's what I did and I'm very very happy now)

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  25. Hey nora, when I started running I found it difficult to jump from 5k to 10k. What worked for me was focusing on the time instead. 30 mins first. Then 40 mins a next goal. 50 the next. I still remember the 1st time I hit 1hr. I was overjoyed. It was only when I reached 1 hr 15 mins (which is definitely past 10k already) that I started counting distance. Maybe that'll work for you.

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  26. I'm in a way focusing on time, too. But at the same time, I'm measuring the distance I've covered. I ran almost 1 hour for this 7k. Considering our age difference, 1 hr 15 mins for you is definitely past 10k already but for me, that still remains to be seen! I would be ecstatic if I finish 10k in 1 hr 15 mins only. Thanks for the tip, Jaymie!

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