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Marathons & Marriage

September 26, 2012 in Events, Race, Running

Lululemon Seawheeze Half-marathon Vancouver

Malaya & I cheering on runners at the lululemon seawheeze half-marathon.

By the way, did we mention that infrequent blog posts is going to be a regular thing here?

Summer arrived late but we’ve had a fantastic stretch of summer from July onwards and with the nice weather, it’s kind of strange that I have not been running much at all. Yes, we’ve been busy with other commitments and have spent a lot of time playing with the kids outdoors thanks to all the extra daylight but sometimes it’s not a matter of finding the time and it becomes a matter of finding the motivation.

We’re all motivated and inspired by different things and I would love to know what fuels your fire, so please share and post in the comments.

My latest little source of inspiration comes from the lululemon Seawheeze half marathon. Lululemon put on their inaugural Seawheeze half marathon in Vancouver on August 11th and although we didn’t sign up for this race, Dawn and I brought the kids down to cheer on the runners. Our very own ampleant was running her first ever race so we wanted to be there to cheer her on.

We planted ourselves close to the finish line to watch the participants endure the last stretch of the race. Watching the runners go by was definitely inspiring and made me want to start running again. There were runners who finished really strong and looked like they were good to go for another 21km. “I wanna be like them.” I thought to myself as I pictured myself running my next race with the same speed, energy and vigour. And then there were runners who looked like they were gonna pass out and not gonna make it. One runner even stopped in front of us, hunched over and gagging as if she was going to show us last night’s dinner. It may not have been pretty but the effort was inspiring and the fact the she managed to get herself to finish the race was awesome.

It was definitely a thrill to watch people cross the finish line and it was inspiring to watch people achieve what they set out to do. I recommend you do this if you’re needing a little motivation and inspiration. Check out the video and look at how much fun it can be to cheer people on.

Congratulations to all the runners, our ampleant, and an extra special congratulations to our friend Arlyn & her now husband Ellery who got married on the spot after finishing their run. This couple had arranged to have their wedding ceremony performed right at Jack Poole plaza by the Olympic cauldron where the racers gathered after the run – what a unique and fantastic idea this was! You can see them in the video at 3:14. “May your hearts beat together in marriage and in marathons.” Lovely.

Ps. Arlyn also makes stuff sometimes.


Falling Up

November 11, 2011 in Running

Fall LeavesNov.9, 2011. Winter is upon us. It’s colder, it’s wet, the days are shorter, and hockey is back on TV; just a few of the excuses I’ve been coming up with to justify not running. I love running, no doubt. I also love a warm bed, dry socks, coming home early, and my Vancouver Canucks. Contrary to my recent post about running (see Key to Life), I’ve been struggling to get myself out there, even if it’s just for 3-4 km after work or on the weekends. I can’t say that I haven’t had the time; that’s just not true. Yes, I’m tired. Yes, I’ve been busy. I’ve worked a lot of extra hours into the evenings over the past month, which made for some really long days. As a result, running has fallen by the wayside.

The good thing is, I haven’t been completely sedentary since I’ve been using the Iron Gym. Dawn and I have also been doing some quick blast workouts at home, usually after we tuck the kids into bed. But I haven’t ran in a while and I miss it. I need to pick it back up. I think the last time I ran was the Turkey Trot 10K on Thanksgiving; maybe once or twice after that. In any case, it feels like ages ago and I need a jump-start.

We’ve also been extraordinarily busy with a lot of family and social activities lately – Mahal’s 1st Birthday x 2 parties, Malaya’s pre-school field trips, Halloween festivities and dance rehearsals with zombie friends. Where did October go? This coming weekend will be no exception, a Yo Gabba Gabba concert with the kids and Pacquiao vs Marquez 3 (boxing) with my family. My family gets together to watch every Pacquiao bout on pay per view (we don’t let the kids watch, so they happily get to watch Dora in another room).

Any get-together with my family usually involves a buffet of irresistible Filipino soul food (if I may call it that). I didn’t know where I was going with this post but I think I just found the motivation I was looking for. If I’m gonna eat like a champ, I gotta run like a champ.


Nov.10 – As part of my commute today, I ran 4km after work from the office to the train station. The running gods must have read my post and decided to assist me because the weather was spectacular in Vancouver today. I stopped at the apex of the Burrard street bridge deck to capture the scenery on my phone’s camera. I’m so glad I ran.

Burrard Bridge




Key To Life

September 20, 2011 in Running

When I was 12 years old I ran on the school track team and participated in both long distance and sprinting events. I enjoyed it because running as a sport was new to me and I was good at it. At 22 I played team sports but rarely did I run for the sake of running and when I did, it was mostly to make up for the numerous late-night after clubbing encounters with Burger King, Denny’s, and Chinese Food. And now at 32, running has become my BFF; it’s always there for me even though I may not always be there for it. Running has been my saving grace in trying to keep some semblance of fitness in my life. For me, it has been the easiest way to stay active while managing the demands of work and family life. I love the fact that I can do it anytime, anywhere, alone or with someone else. And I love the sense of accomplishment I feel when I finish a run.

Here are some other reasons why I love running.

Time to myself: With two very young kids, alone time is a rare commodity these days. Dawn and I love our kids to pieces and we also love spending time with each other. Having said that, I mustn’t understate how we also value our time alone. Luckily, running is something we both enjoy and it’s easy for us to support each other in this regard. If she feels like going for a run, then I’ll gladly take the kids and she can have her time. She does the same for me. It’s a great way for both of us to keep active while giving each other a break from the kids and from each other.

Costs nothing and requires very little in gear & equipment: All you need are the shoes on your feet and the clothes on your back and you’re good to go.

Customization: I can make a run session as long or as short as I need, depending on how much time I have or how I’m feeling that day. Short runs on the weekdays and longer runs on the weekends is my thing.

Ultra-portable: I can take running anywhere and everywhere with me.

Music: I rarely have time to listen to music and running gives me a great excuse to load up my iPod with old school favourites or catch up with the new stuff the kids are listening to. Party rock!

Outdoors: I prefer to run outside rather than on a treadmill; just my preference. I love that I can run everywhere, on the trails in the woods, on the streets around the neighbourhood, in the city a midst the concrete jungle, in the sun or in the rain. It’s all good as long as it’s outdoors.

The High: I don’t reach it every time but when I get the runner’s high, I feel almost weightless. I love it.

Mental training: As much as running is a physical activity, it’s just as much, or arguably even more so a mental activity. To conquer the self-defeating voice in your head that tells you you’re too tired or you can’t do it anymore is simply empowering. Will Smith explains it here in the video below.

Running is one of the “keys to life.” The other is, well, you’re doing it right now…thanks for Reading.