Monday, October 18, 2010

Me?? A Runner?

3:30 am... wake up call.. YAWWWWN  (am I really doing this???)

shoes --- check
racing shirt--- check
race bib (my number)--- check

I couldn't imagine myself waking up at this hour to run...much less run 3 kilometers!

After splashing some water and getting dressed, (The racing bib definitely does nothing to my profile)
I grab a banana and head out the door. Outside, it was still dark and everything and everyone was still asleep. The streets were deserted as we drove to  our friend's houses to pick them up. (we were kind of a big group)  As we neared the venue, I could see the big globe in the middle of the grounds~ it's the symbol of SM Mall of Asia- the largest mall in this part of the world.
  We park near the starting gate and head for the different booths stationed at the race. This is my first race and it was organized by a bluewater dayspa.

We take souvenir photos at the starting gate and the winner's podium as we wait for the start of the race. It was about 5AM and the sun has not risen yet. The 10k runners were the first to get going at 5am and the 5k (where my husband and my friend were participating) followed at 5:20 am. By the time we assembled for our run, it was 5:30 and the sun was beginning to rise over the horizon.

Admittedly, I DID NOT prepare for this race AT ALL, but I was determined to do my best and finish. a picture says a thousand words and mine says... you need to get to the gym PRONTO! (LOL)

The buzzer sounds and the girls and I start running. I start slowly trying to pace myself. I kept thinking...Breathe in breathe out.  Some runners were like bullets, running past the slower ones and whizzing through the crowd. After a few meters, I look around, trying to see how the girls were doing. My friend (the thin one) was right beside me, and Dulce, was already about 20 meters in front... WHAT??? She was faster than me! (well, she was part of the track and field team in high school after all)

I feel my lungs giving out on me (good thing my friend was as out of shape as I was). WHEEZE.. PANT....WHEEZE.... (I kept my mind on breathing.. I don't want to be the person who collapsed in the middle of the road)
I slowed down and started a fast walk. (my friend is also beside me). By this time, the sun was already up and the temperature was a comfortable 27C. We were in the middle of the running pack. Around me were young ones, old ones and the one's who were passing us... (the fit ones)

I was sweating and panting and was doing a run/walk combination. I was can do it!

We round the corner. My other friend Dulce, was nowhere in sight. A water station at last! We get our fill and get our second wind. I urged my friend to start running again. My shins were kind of hurting.... Further down the path, we see the sign "LAST 1KM"~ I look at my watch. 19 mins. has passed. I tell my friend we can make it to the finish line in and clock in in less than 30 mins. (by my standards, its a good time).

Behind me, I hear the group from the 5k gaining on us (their route was longer than ours but would converge on the same path on the last part)... it was the local police force. They had Tshirts with POLICE on the back and were in a pace, chanting while jogging. I was tempted to join their group but was so winded I couldn't pace myself with them.

Beside me, my friend urged me to go ahead and run if I wanted to as we already was about 500m from the finish line. (she was more tired than me). I opted to stay with her.

Finished 28 mins. (not bad at all considering my shape at the moment).  Everyone was happy and satisfied we got to get our picture taken with local celebrities.

Me and Daniel (a brazilian model/actor).. isn't he cute?

We were inspired by our run and vowed to run another race next month. I need to train after all... bought shoes, registered for another race and scheduled my training sessions. (hopefully lose weight too).

But for now, we have to get breakfast!~~~

got the results: placed #294 out of 659 runners... official time- 27:50

Friday, October 8, 2010

cookie cookie cookie

I should have titled this YUM YUM YUM....

I tried the recipe I found in a application I had in my iphone (BIG OVEN)

Crispy Oatmeal cookies

3/4 c Margarine; softened  (you can use butter)
3/4 c Light brown sugar (I think if you use white sugar, you'll get a crispier cookie.. it all boils down to preference)
1/2 c Sugar  (I think you can reduce the amount of sugar to 1/4 cup)
1 lg Egg
1/2 ts Vanilla
1/4 ts Salt
3/4 c All-purpose flour
1 1/4 c Quick-cooking oats
1/2 c Chopped nuts (optional)
finely chopped
1/2 c Raisins, seedless (optional)--- I hate raisins so I didn't put any.

Recipe by: Womans Day (19xx) Preparation Time: 0:12 Cream butter and sugars until fluffy with electric mixer. (see above pic)...

Beat in egg, vanilla and salt. By hand, stir in flour, a 1/4 cup at a time. (see side picture)

Stir in oats. (Add nuts and/o raisins now.) Crop by rounded teaspoons about 2 inches apart. They will spread. But if you want them thinner still, flatten each one with a glass bottom thats been coated in granulated sugar. Bake at 350. About 12 minutes (not too dry!) but browned. Cool on wire rack. Yield: 3-4 dozen If raisins are dry, they will draw moisture from batter as they bake. So use real fresh or plumb (soak) them with a little hot water..

The cookies turned out great. The kids loved them. This one is something I would try again.

now off to cookie land!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

3k and writing

Getting psyched up. My friends invited us to run at a charity fun run on Oct 17 (sunday). Considering I only get a few rounds of badminton a few times a week, I should be worried. However, I am in good company. LOL. My friends are also semi couch potatoes and it is only a 3k run. (piece of cake !!!)

I am trying to get healthy again ~ actually, there are fun runs (3k, 5k, 10k) almost every Sunday. But I have to see if I can muster myself to train these two weeks before the run.. I am pretty excited and NOT worried AT ALL. Maybe because I have friends with me.

I am finally having some very bright days ahead. I enrolled in a new writing class (online) that starts next week. I need a break from work (you know, sell...sell..sell.. and managing the customers etc). I FEEL so GOOD looking forward to writing again.

I also am attending a FOOD WRITING seminar - also next week. Well, I really love to learn how to write about food.. because, I love to eat!! har har...

I am also COOKING again. Yup.. getting busy alright. I got around to cooking some chocolate chip cookies a few days back. Tonight I will bake a cheesecake and maybe throw in a batch of crispy oatmeal cookies. I love the smell of baking in the house.. don't you? I just feel warm and cozy. I am going to test a oatmeal cookie recipe I got online. Will blog about the results (with pictures!)

Oh, and I got my camera back too... going to fiddle with it and get to know it better.. maybe I might get lucky and get some good pictures.


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