I took a break from training last year to focus on life. I got comfortable with my then new job and did some traveling.  It was good to take time off but I got way too comfortable and started to feel my anxiety creep in. I somehow felt off.   Then out of nowhere, my dad got sick last September.  I dropped everything . Working out became the last thing on my mind and the focus was helping out my dad and mom.  I was reminded again how life is never linear and we need to make the most out of our time on earth.

This year, I am back on the training and running to embrace life. Hopefully it will be okay.

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Running Thoughts

So I have not written in awhile.. Lots of races have come and gone in the past seven or eight months. Most of last year was about looking for a job because I was laid off. I was able to do some contract work for the summer and fall.  I worried a lot and had doubts about if I would ever find something permanent.   Looking for a job has been a humbling experience. These days it’s more about who you know more than skill set.. I embraced whatever what was thrown at me but had a hard time.Two months ago I found something that I have been really aiming for and quite happy.  I am most thankful for the support of my family and friends for helping me through the rough patches.

In 2015, I ran two half marathons, four 10ks and one 5k.  This was the most racing I have done. I was able to be part of The SF Marathon and Zooma Napa Valley ambassador teams. It wasn’t about time or speed for me. It was just being out there embracing the training and racing. So why do I run and train?  I love running and how it makes me feel. I love being able to see the sun rise during my predawn workouts. Basically running makes me feel alive and proves that I am capable of anything.  Even though some runs do not go as planned, pushing through and knowing when to say when is why I do it. You better believe that there is a big ass smile on my face after a hard run and most likely many F bombs. Same thing when things aren’t ideal in life.. One foot in front of the other.. Day at a time. Hopefully you are lucky to have some awesome friends and family to join you on your journey.

I will be turning forty soon. I joke a lot about entering a new age bracket from getting reminders regarding various medical tests to getting new reading glasses and using anti-aging creams to keep my youthful glow.. The one thought I have about entering my 40s, is gratitude.  I am thankful to be able to experience life the good and bad.. Joy and sorrow.. Every time I lace up my shoes and head out the door, I think how lucky I am to be able to run. How it gives back more than I will ever imagine.  That’s something deep.

This year I will be doing a couple of Brazen Races,  The SF Marathon 1st Half and I am still on the fence about the Modesto 5k.

Hoping all of you are having a wonderful 2016… See you out on the roads.

Ramblings and Looking Forward To 2015

I have to be honest, I have neglected writing for quite sometime.  I’ve been caught up watching post season baseball since the end of September. Tonight was game seven and proud of the outcome! Special shouts out to the SF Giants!

On to other stuff. My winter race got cancelled last month.  I didn’t think I was ready to race again, so maybe the universe was telling me something.  I have been running but not serious training like I have prior to heart incident last June. The longest I have ran in the past two months was five miles.  I keep on trying and take it as it comes.  If there is anything I have learned about running, is patience. It’s a difficult lesson to learn for someone like me who is used to getting things done at the drop of a hat and seeing results. It takes practice to be patience if that makes any sense.

As we approach the end of the year, I have been thinking of my goals for 2015.  A couple of weeks ago, I was selected to be part of the 2015 Zooma Napa Valley ambassador team. I didn’t think I would get selected. I am excited and honored to be a part of it. I look forward to getting to know everyone. I ran the Zooma Half last June. Although, it was a hard race for me, I was in awe of the supportive community on and off the course.  I knew that I wanted to be part of it again in 2015. If you are interested in joining me on June 20, 2015, you can save 10% off the registration of the 10K or half marathon by using TRICIA15.  I will be running the 10k.. Will I see you there?
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2013 Epic Review

With only six days left in 2013, it is time to reflect. If there is one word to describe my year, it has been epic.  I feel blessed that I am healthy, alive and able to run.  This year I challenged myself physically by training for my first half marathon since 2006 by running the first half of the San Francisco Marathon. I stepped out of my comfort zone and joined a running group. I also experienced my first running injury but didn’t let it keep me down.  I set a PR in the 10K distance in November during the Berkeley Half while raising funds for Typhoon Haiyan.  I was chosen to be part of the 2014 San Francisco Marathon Ambassador Team. So many wonderful things to be thankful for.

I have accomplished a lot this year with lots of support from my trainers, friends and family. I couldn’t have completed my journey without of the amazing support of the running community that I have connected with on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  They have provided me with tons of inspiration and wonderful advice on running and training.

I have many goals for 2014 but will unveil it on the blog in the coming week. 2013 has been so fun and I can’t wait to explore more in the coming year!

May all of you have a Happy & Healthy 2014!

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Run4Philippines at the Berkeley Half Marathon

Run4Philippines at the Berkeley Half Marathon

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:

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No donation is too small and every little bit helps! From the bottom of my heart, maraming salamat (thank you very much)

2014 San Francisco Marathon Ambassador

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! 

 

 

 

Bouncing Back from Injury

I unfortunately went on hiatus from running after completing the first half of the SF Marathon back in June.  I knew a week post-half marathon, that something was wrong with my leg. Yet, being the stubborn person that I am, I kept running through the pain until I couldn’t take it anymore. I made an appointment with a Chiropractor that specialized in ART and she diagnosed it as IT Band and a strained Anterior Tibialis.   The only way to get better was to foam roll, stretch and rest.

As someone, who has come to use running as more than exercise, I was sad. What was I going to do? It was important for me to find alternative ways to keep up with my fitness. I refocused my exercise routine on upper body and core exercises with the trainer, started swimming at a local pool and walked instead of ran on my routes.  The walks gave me time to enjoy being outside but I really got to see the sights I would normally just glance at while running.  I was skeptical if upper body and core work would be enough to give me a decent workout with the trainer but she worked me out harder than usual. The time off from running gave me time to think how I have grown to enjoy running . I also got to reflect on my race goals, volunteered at my club’s annual 5K race and embraced the period of rest.

After six weeks, I was cleared to run again. I was beyond excited and a bit nervous to test out the leg.  I am slowly working my way back up to the mileage, pace and shape I was in pre-half marathon.  It’s good to be back to running!