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Run United 2 2015 a Success Despite the Summer Heat

Monday, 8 June 2015  |  Race Reports

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Despite the intense summer heat and the crippling humidity, over 12,000 runners participated in Unilab Active Health’s Run United 2 yesterday at SM Mall of Asia featuring 5K, 10K, 21K, 32K and a special category for Persons with Intellectual & Developmental Disability (PWID). It was the 21k and 32 categories with the biggest pool of runners with 5,000 and 4,149 runners, respectively. (more…)

Race Report: Buffalo Marathon 2015

Sunday, 7 June 2015  |  Race Reports, Travel + Adventure

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There was no doubt about it. As I stood in the coral of Buffalo Marathon last May 24, 2015, I was certain that I chose the best race I could after a string of World Marathon Majors the past years. While finishing the six World Marathon Majors was a dream come true and exposed me to the world’s biggest and best races, I still believe that small, intimate marathons have their own beauty. I was ecstatic to be standing among the almost 8,000 runners in this race. (more…)

Boston Marathon: The Race (Part 5)

Thursday, 7 May 2015  |  Race Reports, Travel + Adventure

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I was at the starting line of Boston Marathon, the most prestigious marathon in the world! And, here I was looking like trash… literally. I was garbed in a cheap plastic poncho with a silver mylar blanket wrapped around my waist as a skirt. I was freezing to death. My entire body was shivering uncontrollably. I held the hood of my poncho down to my forehead to keep the rain from hitting my face. By this time, the rain, as predicted, had begun to pour. Despite the terrible weather conditions, I was still on top of the world trying to soak in (no pun intended) every single minute of this magical experience. (more…)

Boston Marathon: Pre-Race (Part 4)

Thursday, 30 April 2015  |  Race Reports, Travel + Adventure

3SelfieSelfie before leaving my hotel room for Boston Marathon. Check out that nervous fake smile LOL

The night before the race I sat upright in bed staring at the news on TV in disbelief.  The weather for Boston Marathon day was expected to be rainy and windy with temperatures in the 5 to 8 degree range. A reporter declared it was to be a challenging race for Boston runners due to weather conditions, but, at least, most of them had trained in cooler temperatures during winter.  In my mind I screamed “But what about those who trained through extreme summer heat?!”  Despite this, I kept an optimistic attitude as I prepared for the worst. This was Boston Marathon!  Come hell or high water (no pun intended), I was going to have a grand time! (more…)

Boston Marathon: Touring Boston (Part 3)

Wednesday, 29 April 2015  |  Race Reports, Travel + Adventure

SelfieSelfie at the Boston Marathon Finish Line

For those of you who don’t know, my greatest passions—aside from my kiddos, of course—are the following: running, travel, good food, and art. This means that whenever I travel abroad to run a marathon, I must fill my tummy with the best food the city has to offer (although I didn’t get to do much of that on this trip!) and I absolutely can’t go home without paying a visit to the city’s museum (lest you forget I’m a graphic designer when I’m not running LOL!)

With only six-days for the trip, with one day blocked out for the marathon, I essentially had 5 days to tour the city, while also familiarizing myself with pre- and post-race logistics (i.e., learning how to get to the starting line without being late for the race AND learning how to get back to my hotel after the race with as little walking as possible!)   (more…)