Typhoon Haiyan has devastated the eastern portion of the Philippines last week. The entire city of Tacloban and surrounding areas have been wiped out. It is heartbreaking to watch the news and see survivors without anything. Although no one in my family was affected by this tragedy, we have a family friend that lost her brother. The best way I know how to help is to run.
In honor of all those affected by the Haiyan, I will be running the 10K race at the Berkeley Half Marathon on Sunday, November 24, 2013. I am also raising funds for AmeriCares to benefit those affected in the Philippines. If you would like to help, please click on the link below:
No donation is too small and every little bit helps! From the bottom of my heart, maraming salamat (thank you very much)
The blog hasn’t been very active at all but I guess that will change soon. My big goal for 2013 was to run the first half of the 2013 SF Marathon. I completed the race and even set a PR on the challenging course. Many people kept on asking me, what’s next? Well, the news is I was selected to be part of the 2014 SF Marathon Ambassador Team. I am so honored to be a part of the group! I applied last September and didn’t think I would get picked due to the popularity of the program. My reasons for applying: to give back to running after conquering Diabetes / High Blood Pressure and showing people that running is for everyone.
I am not a fast runner. On most days, I run an 11:30 – 12:00 pace. Sometimes I run/walk. Most races I am in the last wave. I am proud of that. The fact that I get up, train and finish the race is what matters. Besides changing my physical appearance, I believe that running has given me the confidence to take chances in my career and personal life. I owe so much to running and look forward to the coming year!