Missing the Yamanakako Half Marathon (and Being Fine with It)

Sunday, 27 May 2018  |  Bullish Insights, Family

I was supposed to be running the Yamanakako Half Marathon today. But, the past couple of months, life (plus chronic hip tightness) got in the way so I decided to turn the booked Tokyo trip from a racecation into pure vacation with my son. Three days into the trip and I have no regrets.

Years ago, I would’ve been devastated by this. I always needed a goal race to feel like I was a serious competitive runner.  Having a race provided a target to aim for and gave order to my days with a training program to adhere to.  Without a race, I felt lost. But, I realize now (after over a decade of this lol) that this was so wrong.

Now that I see myself as a lifelong runner, I know that all runners go through the ebbs and flows of running. Sometimes, we focus on a PR race.  Other times, we bump up our running by adding swimming and biking into the mix for a triathlon.  And, other times, we’re just happy to be running 3 to 4 10ks a week along with complementing cross training workouts like weights and yoga (which I where I am right now.) 

Running, and not racing, doesn’t diminish our love for running. This doesn’t make us less competitive. This only proves that we are not defined by running or racing or our PRs.

Be the runner who is passionate about running, but has other interests outside of running.  Be the runner who can talk about running, but can also discuss family, current events, work, and pop culture.  Be the runner who isn’t known as just the runner, but the person (insert name here) who happens to be a runner.

Sometime soon, I shall start training again.  But, for now, I’ll enjoy my short runs while balancing everything else in life.  And, life now is about exploring more of Tokyo and eating more sushi! Life is good!

My Son’s First Half Marathon

Wednesday, 3 May 2017  |  Family

Anton at the starting line of his first half marathon at NYC Runs Flushing Meadows Half Marathon

Ever since I started running, I secretly wished (okay, maybe it wasn’t such a huge secret) that my kids would fall in love with running too.  I had visions of us running together on Sundays, joining marathons abroad when they were older, and throwing out words like fartlek and recovery every morning during breakfast.  But, I promised myself early on that I would never ever force them into the sport.  Doing so can backfire with them hating it  altogether.  And, I always believe in allowing my children to discover their own path and passions.

So, when Anton, now 16 years old, told me that he wanted to join a half marathon, I was pleasantly surprised.  I almost jumped out of my seat to do cartwheels, but, at the same time, an overwhelming feeling of fear and hesitation came over me. (more…)

The 6th Mommy Milkshake Run

Sunday, 14 February 2016  |  Family, Race Announcements

MMM2010 – Li’l Miss TBR and I at Mommy Milkshake Run 2010 –

Yay, the Mommy Milkshake Run is back!  This run is a breathe of fresh air for the competitive runners.  It’s a run for the entire family (even preggies and babies) and it’s all in good fun.  I’ve never missed a Mommy Milkshake Run, not just because my sis Mommy Mundo organizes it (lol) but also because it’s a chance for me to bond with the kiddos.  Here’s how you can join too.  Hope to see you there!

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Press Release – Mommy Mundo advocates a healthy family life and finds different avenues to create unique activities where families can bond, interact and create new memories together. With this objective in mind, Mommy Mundo is bringing back the Mommy Milkshake Run. Now on its 6th year, this family fun run was first organized in 2007, up until 2011. This year, on March 6, moms and their families, expectant couples are invited to celebrate family togetherness, fitness and outdoor fun. (more…)

Best Feelings in the World: Staycations and Long Runs

Sunday, 6 September 2015  |  Family

Selfie– with my babies in bed #bestfeelingsintheworld –

My training for Osaka Marathon has officially begun.  Yes, just two short months before the race.  Crossing my fingers that this Hal Higdon Senior Marathon Training Program works for me!

To treat myself to a mini kick off (hehe), I thought I’d take up the offer from my friends at Seda BGC for a staycation.  For this family from the South, an overnight stay in BGC is a God-send, especially for this running mommy who runs long in that area on weekends.

And so began my perfect weekend at Seda which, by the way, means “silk” as they aim to provide a seamless accommodation for their guests. (more…)

MomMeCation for all Supermoms!

Sunday, 10 May 2015  |  Family

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Happy Mother’s Day to all Mommies out there!  Put your feet up, relax, and act like a queen for a day (or two!) because you deserve it!

In this fast paced, multi-tasking, high-tech world, many of us Mommies are forever running around chasing after deadlines, dreams, and our kids (literally for some!)  But, every now and then, we should allow ourselves to take a break and recharge.   (more…)