If you didn’t notice (and how could you not :<) this year’s blog posts have all been about running! I guess it came as a sort of secondary New Year’s resolution for me with my main one being losing weight! All of a sudden my priorities shifted and instead of losing weight being my goal, it morphed into a hybrid of running at least one 10k race a month and shedding the pounds. Actually, losing weight became a sort of prize along with the finisher medals (That’s right, Simon Sinek!) I decided onraces instead of regular 10k runs because waking up for them is one of the hardest parts! I didn’t want to mention this before for fear that I might not be able to hold up my end of the bargain early on.
Almost anything Star Wars is an A+ in my book (one exception being Jar Jar Binks)! I found out about this run right after we finished the Viper Challenge in February and I immediately signed up for it. The most difficult part was picking between the Light Side or Dark Side for runner entitlements!
Here we go, The Dark Side! (Source: @micca.dj Instagram)
This run felt absolutely shitty.
Allow me to explain: I had just come back from a trip that required a long haul flight and I was so scared that I wouldn’t wake up in time for my run because jetlag. I did wake up and got ready to go but on the way I encountered SO. MUCH. TRAFFIC. Welcome back to Manila, Micca. Parking was also a big issue because from the looks of it, there really wasn’t enough for everyone. I was so anxious about not getting there in time that I had a horrible tummy ache and had to use to bathroom. There went all the calories I took this morning 😬
I parked at the very pretty and VERY EXPENSIVE Conrad Hotel (Source: miccadj)
Sooooo, I sneaked in a 10k during a weekend trip to Los Angeles because I could! Most of the run was done on Hollywood Blvd and we started at Dolby Theater and El Capitan Theater, where many movie premieres happen!
The starting line (Source: miccadj)
I attempted my first 16k run yesterday! It was a bit daunting because I actually had a 16k run (TV5 Superhero Run) scheduled 2 weeks earlier. And I didn’t wake up for it. Oops.
Huffin’ and puffin’ along the race route (Source: miccadj)
Signed up for this one on a whim and got Jen G to run as well! 5ks are perfect for running in groups because it’s a manageable distance for most people and there’s not as much pressure 👌
The start was the finish and the finish was the start (Source: miccadj)
Signing up for the Viper Challenge was what pushed me into going to gym consistently. I didn’t actually know what I signed up for but Sammie S was very convincing (it didn’t take much convincing because I was interested anyway) and I was all like “LEGGO”. And then I saw the YouTube videos…
Sammie S getting ready to roll! (Source: miccadj)