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Productive Weekend

Happy Monday everyone!

How was your weekend?!

Mine was full of a mix of fun and work, so all-in-all feels productive. 🙂

On Friday afternoon, my husband and I went for a movie date.

I watched this movie with no idea about why the title is “Olympus Has Fallen”, then in the later ten or fifteen minutes of movie it was revealed that “Olympus” is the code name of the ‘White House’.


I don’t want to spoil the movie for you. If you are into conspiracy and action movies, go see this movie. The whole plot is simple and no unnecessary twist that required me to think too much. LOL! 🙂 Sometimes, this is the kind of movie I want to see after a long day.

After the movie, we stopped by Runner’s Plus to pick up few things. Time for us to stocked up on some power gels for our long runs.

I love Gu Espresso Love! 🙂

My husband and I woke up early on Saturday and we headed out to the trail for a run.

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Finally, a gorgeous Spring day for my morning run! That day actually felt more like spring in Ohio. The sun was shining, blue skies and the temperature in the 50s F – so wonderful! Love it! ❤

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After our run, we ran a few errands – including a stop at grocery store. Time for us too to stock up on local produce.

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my husband on veggie heaven

So, yeah, we spend the majority of our grocery shopping time in the produce section now. Ever since we started juicing, our fridge became loaded with healthy fruits and veggies. We’ve never had vegetables that much before. We’ve been doing this for a while now and it has become part of our life. We buy organic whenever possible. Yes, it’s more expensive. But it’s for our health! 🙂

Sunday was relatively productive. Usually our Sundays is for lounging around, sleeping in, relaxing, lots of catching up on my TV shows, and not putting real pants on. Today however, was a big change.

* My husband installed this steel cabinet in our garage and we had a major garage decluttering session.
* Our grass was in dire need of attention so my husband mowed our lawn.
* I pulled out some crazy weeds in our front yard. Ugh! I hate weeds!
* I got some more cleaning done around the house and caught up on ALL laundry.

And finally after dinner, some relaxing time, we spent the remainder of the day watching a few episodes of “Bones”.

I think I had the most productive weekend I’ve had in … well … forever!

Do you like productive or relaxing weekends?

“Runners for Boston” in Cincinnati

Last night, running stores across the nation conducted a running event called “Runners for Boston” to gather all runners across America to support Boston and those affected in the bombing.

When I heard about this event, I knew I wanted to take part. As avid runners, my husband and I went to our local running store here in Cincinnati, Bob Roncker’s, to participate and show our support and love for the city of Boston.

I wore again my souvenir hoodie from my Boston trip.

As we walked up to the running store, I immediately saw a sea of runners and walkers gathered all together and wearing the iconic blue and yellow of the Boston Marathon. It was a beautiful sight.

I was moved seeing a lot of runners and walkers showing their support.  Runners of all ages. I even saw a nun!

I was trying to take a picture of the old man in orange and blue. He was wearing a 1987 Boston Marathon jacket. He was there to participate and STILL running (props to him!) 🙂

One of the organizers from the running store spoke a few words before we run.


I got teary eyed during the part when we were asked to take a moment of silence to say a prayer. It still saddens me when I think about the last week’s event but being part of this community made me feel a sense of belonging. It just felt so good to be out there that day with amazing people.

We sang the national anthem and took off running.

We did a 3 mile loop around the neighborhood of Hyde Park Square. That night’s run wasn’t about speed or your training. It was all about reflecting, honoring, and healing. Everyone smiled and waved as they passed each other . There was a unified peace in all of us.

Told you I saw a nun. So awesome! 🙂

It was a beautiful sunset run. We all ended up at the running store again. We stayed and chatted a bit with other runners.

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There were “Runners for Boston” shirts available for sale with 100% of proceeds going to One Fund Boston. We wanted to buy, but our size were already sold out. We were told to check again next week. 🙂

Love these stickers!

Funny sticker that made everyone laugh. 🙂

The run turned out great! My husband and I had a wonderful time showing our support.

By the way, news crews from different TV stations in Cincinnati were there and this event was featured last night in the local news on tv.


You can watch it here. 🙂

Runners for Boston on WLWT News 5 🙂

Yesterday was a very special day for the running community & the city of Boston. Incredibly proud to be part of it. We’re not going to let two people or terrorists stop us from doing what we love.

Did you join a Runners for Boston event?

Happy running to all of you!

Xoxo, JOTR

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Getting Into Juicing

I was all quiet the past few days thinking about tragedy in Boston. The city became close to my heart after my visit and the terror attack hasn’t left my mind since that horrible day.

Thank you for your comments on my previous blog post a few days ago. I appreciate all your kind words 🙂

I was glued to the live streaming video of CBS News Boston the whole day yesterday (literally) as they caught the marathon bomber. It was scary and intense! I felt so relieved when they finally captured him.

I’m confident to say that Boston will be okay. The nation will be okay. The running community will be okay. It will be hard for everyone to move on. It will take some time to heal but as what the President said, we will come back stronger and we will continue to run more marathons again! 🙂


Last night, a nice, peaceful, sunset run was just what my mind and body needed. I did a lot of reflection during this run in honor of those affected in the tragedy.

As you can tell from my previous post my emotions are a bit all over the place but, I’m going to try to resume normal posting as best I can.

So, this week, my husband and I have just started juicing. 🙂

We’ve watched some documentaries on healthier eating and have decided to start juicing. My husband really wanted to do this especially since all he’s done for the past 2 weeks was eat, eat, and eat. We ate delicious food all the time while in Houston and Boston. He was complaining that his belly was just getting bigger and bigger so he decided to make a dietary change.

We want to benefit from getting proper nutrients that our Filipino/American diet just doesn’t provide. We hope to lose weight from it as well. I like getting nutrients from the juice of fruits and vegetables I would never ordinarily be eating.

BEFORE

AFTER

So far, the machine we got for juicing is very easy to use and it does a good job.

My husband was the one who introduced the idea to me, so I asked him to make a video of it getting started to share with you guys.

Verdict: After four days of juicing I felt healthier and I noticed my skin is glowing and my husband already lost 5 pounds. I was more than a little surprised how much I enjoyed it. I think juicing is an excellent way to get more fresh vegetables in your diet. I wouldn’t be able to eat that much amount of vegetables and fruits in one sitting on a regular basis. I personally think it’s yummier than any juice you can buy at the store.


Our fridge is busting with veggies and fruits!

Juicing will now become a staple in our diet. It’s way better than buying packaged juice from the grocery store. I prefer my juice to be as fresh as possible to ensure the highest nutrient content. I like that I can control what I add to my juice.

Anyways, have you heard of juicing? Have you ever tried a juicer?  I would love to hear your experience with it.  Is juicing something you would consider? Do you know someone who is doing it?  I really value your input!!!

Disclaimer:
We are not compensated nor paid to do this. We bought our juicer with our own money. All thoughts and opinions expressed above are my own. 
Juicing is NOT for everyone. Do your own research or consult a certified nutrition expert and ask if it’s right for you.

Xoxo, JOTR

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Thinking Of You, Boston.

I don’t know how I should do this. I am creating this post with a heavy heart. I was very excited to share my recap of my Boston trip with you guys, but things have changed after the incident. It will not be like how I had planned it to be.

Yes, I was there in Boston with my husband’s family during the marathon weekend events. Like every runner’s dream, I was excited to have a glimpse and be part of one of the world’s greatest running event.

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I was all smiles and so inspired by the happy atmosphere until a friend called on Monday checking if I was ok. I asked why. That’s when I learned about the explosion that was near the finish line, where we walked and took pictures!

(Thank you to everyone who were checking on us, calling and texting. We appreciate all your concern for us. We love you all!)

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We are so thankful that we stuck to our plan of going back home to Ohio on Sunday because my husband had work the next day or else we would have been there watching the race on Monday. Of course we would have chosen to watch the race in the best spot – near the finish line.

I am so saddened and shook up by all of this. This saddens me and really hits home as a runner, right to the very core of my heart. How can an inspiring and joyous event like this be overshadowed by something so cruel?

It’s hard to find balance after all this tragedy, but I will try my very best to write this post and share the memories I had in the beautiful city of Boston.

We got in Boston Thursday night.

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Since it rained so hard on Friday, we rescheduled our tour of Downtown Boston to Saturday.

We decided to take a trip to Rhode Island to check out the Newport Mansions.

The mansions are incredible! Seeing them really brings the era of the gilded age to life. Absolutely stunning! Amazingly detailed from floor to ceiling. The self-guided audio tour through each of the houses was fantastic! It took us all day (we took a lunch break in between) to tour the five different mansions.

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My favorite mansion is “The Breakers”.

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got a souvenir Christmas tree ornament

Saturday weather forecast was beautiful – chilly and sunny, perfect to walk around Boston! We anticipated heavy traffic and lack of parking spaces so we opted to take the subway going to downtown.

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Subways were packed but everyone was in happy spirit for the marathon.

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We got off the subway and walked to our first destination, John Hynes Convention Center for the Boston Marathon Expo.

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As we were heading to the expo, I saw a lot of athletes and runners alike roaming around downtown. Thousands and thousands of runners, family, and friends were sharing in the excitement. The atmosphere just made me feel very “at home”, a special feeling of a bond.

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For me, this expo is the grandest of all race expos! We had a fun time exploring around.

Entrance to the Boston Marathon Expo

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It was super crowded but that didn’t stop me from checking out booths of my favorite running gears.

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Newton Running Booth

I thought the Brooks Running booth was cute.

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Brooks Running booth

I couldn’t let this section pass. I just had to leave a mark.

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We got to see Ryan Hall! 🙂

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I planned to stalk as many running idols as I could. I was hoping to see Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher and ask them to sign my Runner’s World magazine. I love them both! Unfortunately, I was unable to find a schedule when certain people were going to be at the expo.

I wanted to buy the official Boston wind breaker as a souvenir, but for $100, I didn’t think I’d really wear it that much, so I passed. I got this North Face hoodie ($55) instead which I know I will definitely wear more often.

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I got Sparkly Soul headbands, Injinji socks and a few other things to “commemorate the experience” (excuse of a girl who just likes to shop. I love shopping for running gears! 🙂 )

After the expo we made our way to check out the finish line.

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After that, we went for a Duck Tour. It’s a great way to see the historical sites of Boston. We got a lot of laughs out of the tour. Our driver was very funny and informative. I learned a lot of American history from him.

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Our driver let me try driving the duck boat. It was fun! I hope I didn’t scare the passengers. 🙂

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The best part of Boston for me is the history. There were so many wonderful historical places to see. I just recently migrated here in the US (3 years ago) and I learned a lot of US history from this trip.

I love the city’s old architectural designs. It reminded me of old European cities like London and Italy. I find it very artsy and interesting.

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Located in the middle of the historic square is Quincy Market. Huge building with tons of food choices!
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Come grab some Boston Chowdah!

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What is your favorite word to say with a Boston accent? I love the word “pissah”. 🙂

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Other interesting things I saw while walking around Boston.

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As we were walking down Hanover, we noticed this crazy line outside Mike’s pastry shop. This must be something extraordinary. The line was long but it was moving fast. We got a slice of Ricotta cheese cake and different kinds of cannolis.

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The sight of so many different flavors of cannoli makes this place my kind of dessert heaven.

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So, my verdict, delicious huge cannolis! You know when you have one of those desserts that completely knocks your socks off? This is it. Their cannolis are simply out of this world good!

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I fell in love with Boston. It became one of my favorite cities in the U.S. I would definitely recommend visiting if you haven’t done so already.

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Thanks to my sister-in-law, Ate Lara and Kevin for touring us around BOSTON.

All my enthusiasm and excitement watching the marathon changed on Monday, April 15th, 2013 when I learned about the explosion.

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As with most runners across the nation, in honor of those affected, my husband and I wore our race shirts proud yesterday for #raceshirttuesday with a heavy and grieving heart. I did a lot of reflecting the past few days. This tragedy reminded us to hold our loved ones close, to thank every single person who cheers for us and be thankful for our everyday blessings.

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This is why I love the running community. Miles apart, runners still unite. We are all strangers, yet we have created relationships with each other. We showed support despite not knowing each other. Runners are amazing group of people.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of those who were injured or lost their lives. We can’t imagine the heartache they will endure in the days ahead.

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I still get goosebumps when I watch the news but I won’t let this fear get in between the love I have for running. I will run farther and train harder more than ever.

We will move on and we will keep on running!

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Much love and lets #prayforboston.

❤ Ja

Big ol’ Texas Recap, Y’all!

Well hello everyone! 🙂

As I mentioned it in my last post, my husband and I flew to Houston last weekend! 🙂

My husband’s parents are happily retired and going back to the Philippines for good to relax and enjoy a worry-free life. So we planned a surprise farewell party for them before they leave.

Also, we came to support my husband’s best friend, Jae, at his half Ironman Triathlon. He’s one of the people who inspires my husband and me to sign up and train for triathlons someday. 🙂

Our flight was at 8:10am. We had to drop off the car at a hotel’s parking at 6:00am.

As you may all know, I’m not really a morning person. I usually do my workouts and runnings in the late afternoon. We had to leave the house before 5:00am to make it to our flight in time. The airport is an hour’s drive and waking up at 3:30am to get ready was a little difficult for me. I had to hit the “snooze” button a few times. 🙂

Are you a morning person?

My husband and I grabbed breakfast at the airport while we waited for boarding.

This kept me occupied at the duration of the flight.

How do you keep yourself occupied on a flight?

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And touchdown H-town!

Houston, TX in early April is nice, not too hot for the locals, but still HOT for visiting Ohioans.

Houston Airport
George Bush International Airport)

Some of our friends and family from Boston and Florida flew in and drove to Houston for the party. My husband’s parents were so surprised to see everyone there! 🙂

The décor for the party consisted of paper airplanes and a cute banner made from travel maps.

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We ordered 3 dozens of amazing cupcakes from Gigi’s that was recommended by our friend, Paul. Everyone at the party enjoyed these marvelous treats. Hyperglycemia comatose!

My husband was in charge of grilling ribs and steaks Texas style! 🙂

It was a successful surprise party for my husband’s parents.

We enjoyed the rest of our stay in Houston and everyone was so happy to see each other again. 🙂

On sunday, I got to experience watching the Ironman Triathlon Texas 70.3 in beautiful Galveston, Texas.

*I have to admit, I’m terrified of swimming in an open lake. That’s one of the things that’s hindering me from signing up for a triathlon. I know, it’s weird, but I hope I can get through that fear.

The race started at 7am. We were unfortunate to witness the start of the race as we were up late the night before with the party. It would have been nice to see the madness of the swimming and biking portion, but we were lucky to find our friend, Jae, within 5 minutes after arriving. Jae’s got a distinct running style that made it easy for us to spot him 🙂

Go Jae! 🙂

It was pretty cool to be on the other side watching others race. It was really an amazing experience!

I saw this old man still so fit to compete in this race. I admire him.

Sea of bikes. Pretty cool!

Here’s another confession, I’m a little terrified of the idea of clipping your shoes on the pedals of your bike. They say, it takes time to get used to it.

We settled ourselves to wait for Jae at the finish line. I heard that Lance Armstrong was there but we weren’t able to see him finished. It would have been nice to get a glimpse of one of the greatest athletes.

Jae dedicates his races to his wife and daughter. So sweet.

My husband and I are extremely proud and happy for our friend. It has been a cool experience for us and we’re inspired by his dedication to set new training goals for ourselves.

Congratulations Jae! We are proud of you!

I’m blogging on the road on our way to Boston. This weekend is the Boston Marathon, with the race being on Monday. Unfortunately, we will only be in Boston until Sunday. We will check out the events that will be held this weekend to get a glimpse of the Boston Marathon.

Who’s excited for the Boston Marathon? I am!

We’ll catch up again when I get back. 🙂

Here are ways to legally stalk me while I’m in Boston:

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Xoxo, J-OTR

P.S. My Lock Laces giveaway is still up! 🙂 Go here if you want to participate. 🙂

Who Wants Lock Laces?! Get it here!

My husband and I are headed off this weekend to Houston! Yay! We’re throwing a surprise farewell party (hush’-hush’) for my husband’s parents (I hope they don’t read this blog haha yikes 🙂 ) and, to cheer and support our dear friend at his IRONMAN Triathlon. We are so excited to see our family and friends again! 🙂

Haha! I just have to share this pic! 🙂

But I’m not leaving you all high and dry. Oh no…

Since I’m still in high spirits celebrating the NEW look of my blog, I’m giving away a pair of Lock Laces! 🙂

Remember when I made a review about Lock Laces before? I’ve had issues with my shoelaces having too much lace dangling. I was afraid the laces will be caught when biking or step on them when running. I found Lock Laces and purchased a pair in black to match my Brooks Cadence. Since then, the issues are gone and I’m happy to say I survived my first half marathon without having to stop and retie my shoelaces. :). Best invention ever!

I got so excited when the kind people over Lock Laces sent me more colors to try!

I was so excited that I immediately switched my husband’s laces and laces from our other running shoes to Lock Laces. They come in variety of colors so you can mix and match whatever shoe color scheme you have. 🙂

Our shoes are now one big happy family of Lock Laces. 🙂

My husband and I really like them for our shoes because they hold tight but still provide a bit more flexibility as you flex your foot while running or biking. We think these Lock Laces are brilliant idea.

Since I have an extra pair in black, I thought of giving it away to you guys so you could try them out.

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Just head over here, click this –>  giveaway

or this –> Lock Laces Giveaway!  (you’ll have to like my blog’s facebook page)

Giveaway runs from 4/4/13 (Thursday) to 4/18/13 (Thursday).
Anyone with US and Canada shipping addresses can participate.
Participants must enter on the links provided (via Rafflecopter) and leave a blog comment to win.

1 winner will be randomly selected (via Rafflecopter).
I will notify the winner on 4/19/13 (Friday) via email (if email address is available) and blog post.
The winner will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours another winner will be selected.
Prize will be shipped directly from Ohio. I will pay shipping. 🙂

*Lock Laces sent me their products for review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed above are my own. So far, I’m a fan of these products. If I hated them, I’d definitely tell you. :)*

GOOD LUCK and happy running sweet peas! 🙂

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Xoxo, J-OTR 🙂

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Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who participated! 🙂

New Blog Name…Revealed!

Hello everyone! Today is a big day for me.

After days of renovating my blog and being MIA from the blogging world, it’s finally about time to share my new blog name!

Thank you all for waiting so patiently 🙂

So without further adieu… welcome to my new blog name: Ja on the RUN. 🙂

What do you think?

I know it’s not earth-shattering, not super cute or clever…

But it’s “me” …literally! This fits more of my personality than the previous one. This is the look, feel, and style I want to portray as I move forward with my blog.

I can finally breathe!!! Woosah! 🙂

I wrote a blog post explaining the reasons for the change here.

So what else is new?!

Domain. New domain is http://ja-ontherun.com. Although everything should redirect just fine for you, you can still update it on your reader if you are the O.C. type like me, just to make sure. 🙂

New e-mail. ja_ontherun@yahoo.com

Layout & Header. Thanks to my ever supportive and kind hubby for creating my new header! I love it! Feel free to look around and explore the new site. 🙂

Facebook Page – For me to easily connect with people who I share common interests with. So, if we share same passion for running, healthy food choices and wants to get motivated to live an active lifestyle, you can find a friend in me. 🙂 Here’s the link to my FB page. Send me yours so I can like you back.

Instagram – Follow me: @ja_ontherun.

Those are all the changes and I greatly appreciate your support.

Everything seems to be working well, taking things one tech glitch at a time.

Thank you everyone for sticking with me. Have a great day! 🙂

How did you choose your blog name? Do you like the name of your blog? Ever thought of changing it?

Spring, Where Are You?

Yup, this is our weather today.

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It’s still snowing since yesterday here. It’s supposed to snow nonstop until tomorrow night. I am desperately waiting for the spring but the winter just refuses to leave. Maybe we should send our seasons a calender so they will know when it’s time for them to make their entry. Spring, it’s really time for you to come in. 🙂

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So, I was under the impression it was spring. This was my attempt to do yoga on a warm sunny day. (LOL!) 🙂

Photo Mar 25, 9 35 11 AMMy husband and I were supposed to go out yesterday morning to go running. That was the plan. But this weather really drained our motivation to go outside. If it wasn’t below freezing I would so be out running. We ended up just staying home. 😦

I got bored. I couldn’t just let this weather stop me from working out! What’s a girl to do?

Play POP Pilates DVD! 🙂

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I really like Cassey Ho, the pilates instructor. She’s very motivating. She’s the blogger behind Blogilates. I found her You tube videos when I was looking for a good Pilates DVD. I got hooked on her videos and decided to get her POP PIlates DVD.

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Cassey has a very bubbly personality.  She is great at explaining the moves and motivates you to fight through the pain and burn! She does the workout so effortlessly! I am amazed at how she still manages to keep the conversation going while in those difficult moves and positions. I was like “How can she even talk doing this spider plank, LOL!”

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Her workouts are definitely a killer. The moves are tough which I like because I get challenged more, but, she always provides modifications. I am a bit sore right now as I type this post. I don’t mind, it only just means I had a great workout.

As she always says in her videos, “Sore today, strong tomorrow!” 🙂

If you’re looking for a fun Pilates video and at the same time challenging, this is it! I definitely recommend this DVD for all fitness levels. But for those of you who are new to Pilates, it’s better if you check out her videos for beginners first to prep you for the more intense DVD workout.

Oh, you should check out her Blogilates Shop. She’s got some cute inspirational tanks, pretty gym totes and yoga bags.

Have you done Pilates? Love it? Hate it?

Does the weather affect your motivation to exercise?

Have a great week!!!

(P.S. My giveaway is still up. Head over to this link if you want to participate:))

Happy First Day of Spring!

Hello everyone!

Happy first day of spring!! Spring is officially here! We survived winter! There are still some patches of snow and still freezing cold up here in Ohio but I know that warmer times are just right around the corner. I’ve said this countless times – I love snow but I can’t wait to run outside in shorts!!!

I’m so ready to put away our winter coats and scarves. They take too much space in our closet. I’m pumped about the new season and waking up to a bright morning like today! It’s really bright out so I’m rocking my new sunnies today. 🙂

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Want my Bulu Box shirt? Click on the pic and check out my giveaway. 🙂

My favorite thing about spring is all the bright and beautiful colors. I also love the warm sun and the cool breeze touching my skin.

But, I don’t hate winter because I love snowboarding. All the snowboarding adventures and trips I had with my husband during the winter was a lot of fun!

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(Related post: My Holiday Recap (Part 4): My First Run in the Snow!)

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I now look forward to more running adventures this spring. The best thing about this season is the weather. There’s nothing like a good run on a nice, crisp, sunny day. When the weather is perfect, not too hot, not too cold, your body is comfortable, your breathing is easy and the sun feels warm on your face. These are the days when you love being a runner.

By the way, I got my POP Pilates in the mail yesterday! If you haven’t checked out Blogilates, you MUST. She is an amazing trainer and I love doing her workouts!
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What’s your favorite thing about spring? Do you hate winter?

Wishing you all a beautiful day!

Please don’t forget to participate on my giveaway going on through the end of March. 🙂

-XoXo

❤ Ja

How Was Your Weekend Running?

How did you spend your St. Patrick’s Day? Did you run a green race?

So awesome to see pictures and read so many stories of people rockin’ their races this weekend! Way to go, everybody!

Here’s something I did yesterday…

I woke up early to attend yoga class.

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No, it wasn’t a requirement to wear green, but I just felt like wearing green since it was St. Patrick’s Day.

After yoga, I hit up Lululemon for a little retail therapy. 🙂

I got a cute running shirt and a matching headband.

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This top feels amazing! From the moment I put this on I knew I had to get it despite the crazy price tag. I had the “what the heck!!!” look inside the fitting room when I saw the tag. Oh well, sometimes Lululemon is just what a girl needs. 🙂

So, did you race in one of the many half marathons this weekend, or just went out for run?

Whatever race you’re doing, remember to finish strong…not like this… LOL! 🙂

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-XoXo-

Lock Laces on My Brooks, I Run Happy!

Hello everyone! 🙂

How was your weekend? Have you guys adjusted to the time yet? I dislike the abrupt change but I’m ready to spring forward! Weather is getting nicer and I can’t wait to run outside in shorts again!

As I was browsing my FB yesterday, I saw Lock Laces’ status about their special offer for this spring on their page.

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I use Lock Laces for my running shoes and I’ve had these for over 9 months now. It’s still there and I love them. 🙂

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Before I discovered Lock Laces, I always had issues with my shoe laces. They tend to be too long for my narrow feet. I double tie them but still dangle too long and I am always afraid the laces will be caught when biking or step on them when running. When I got Lock Laces in the mail, I immediately put them on and went for a run. From then, the issues are gone. No more loose laces when running. I want my shoes snug on my feet and since these are stretchy enough, they don’t constrict your feet when you tighten compared to the original lace. I’ve learned that this is popular among triathletes to save time during transitions. Good thing I learned about this as I am considering training for sprint triathlon in the future. For now, I am a happy runner. I will be getting another pair for my Newtons and for my future new running shoes. This is the best product since sliced bread! 🙂

I definitely recommend this product. If you want to give it a try, take advantage of their offer and redeem your free Lock Laces. I am mailing mine now! 🙂

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I love running gear innovations like these. They make our runs more comfortable and more enjoyable.

Have you tried one of these before? What other cool running gears have you tried so far?

-XoXo-

Hello March!

Happy March 1st! New month, fresh start.

My husband and I did an intense workout last night. After our run, we hit the weights.

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Honestly, I typically don’t go to this section of the gym. I feel intimidated because I don’t know how to use most of the equipments in there. I don’t know what type of exercises to do and I have this fear of looking stupid. I’m glad I went with my husband this time. He taught me how to use the machines and what those are for. I really need to venture out and start learning how to use  the dumbbells, weights and weight machines. I don’t have upper body strength and I feel like I need to tone up and gain a bit of muscle for my overall health.

Now, I feel sore and my body needed a rest day. Thank God, It’s Friday! 🙂

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My favorite breakfast to start my day. Oatmeal with dash of cinnamon, bananas, peaches, granola with raisins and almonds, chia seeds and a teaspoon of PB.

I was surprised to receive mail from our local running store this morning. With all the stuff my family bought from them over the holidays, they sent us $100 worth coupons to spend in their store! AWESOME!

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I can’t wait to spend these to score some goodies! I love our running store! 🙂

Tonight, my husband took charge of making dinner. He made buttered garlic shrimp.

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I just want to share this inspiring video about a boyfriend who helped his injured girlfriend cross the finish line. I was touched by their story and really worth sharing.

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Have a great weekend everyone

-xoxo-

Meet My New Love, ELLIE!

I have been stalking our mailbox for the past few days waiting for my first ever package from ELLIE!

…And here it is!!! =)

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love letter from Ellie

Let’s see what my picks for this month look like… ***Drum roll*** 🙂

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I love this top! It’s very light weight. I didn’t notice it in their site but it is made of mesh fabric I have other workout tops that are made of this kind of material and I love how breathable they are when I do my runs outdoors. PERFECT!

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I love the drapey effect at the back.

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it was definitely a struggle to take this picture. lol.

My favorite part about this outfit is that pink color that’s peeking out on the capris. Isn’t that cute?!

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It has this mesh overylay detail that makes these capris unique! I love a twist like that on clothes. 🙂
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First impression, this top is super soft! This will also be a perfect under layer when I do my runs in the cold winter months!

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I love the thumbholes and the foldable hand covers to warm my fingers. Who ever invented this idea is a …GENIUS!

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And for the leggings, love…love…love the details!

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back details (I struggled again to take this picture. LOL!)

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I had my husband turn to me when I walked right through him in our living room. He thinks the details were pretty cool. It’s a little strange because he was playing video games at that time and he never gets distracted that easily. Hmm… there’s something about these leggings. LOL! 🙂

The name says it, these leggings are now “my new obsession”. 🙂

Overall, I’m VERY satisfied! Both outfits are very comfortable and worth the price. Ellie exceeded beyond my expectations and I highly recommend their clothes.

I’m glad that they changed things up a little bit and put the option to choose which outfits you like. I definitely prefer it that way than surprising you with something that you might not like in the end. The clothes I got from the past few months when they were still Pv.body, some of them I can’t use for running. Now, with the option to choose, I was able to pick clothes that I can definitely use for any of my workouts. All of them are perfect for my outdoor runs, kickboxing, yoga, pilates or for lounging around the house.

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So, if you like what you see, go join in and give ELLIE a try! 🙂

As an Ellie Ambassador, here’s a link for my readers, family and friends, that will give you 20% off when you sign up:

http://ellie.evyy.net/c/48907/58556/1664

This is how it works:

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Have a great weekend everybody! 🙂 xoxo

My Holiday Recap (Part 4): My First Run in the Snow!

To continue my Holiday Recap

Dec 31 (Monday): “My First Run in the Snow” day. 🙂

When I started running, I knew I would have to get used to running in various conditions. That day gave me a taste of running in the snow.

Early that morning, my dad, aunt, uncle, brother, sister and me decided to hit the trail for a run. We thought it was a good thing to do before we feast that night to welcome the new year

I was actually pretty excited. Finally, I will get to experience how it feels like running in the snow. It was in the low twenties and everything outside was covered in a soft blanket of snow. I layered myself up and put on my regular running shoes (Newtons Distance).

It looked so peaceful and the air was fresh. Once we entered the trail the snowy scenery was so beautiful. It looked like a complete different scenery at this time of the year compared to when we hit this trail during the summer and fall.

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It was a mental battle to go out in the COLD but once we’re out and running it became fine.

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my dad & uncle

It was a fun 3-mile run for us (and walk for my dad haha).  Of course, with lots of stop overs in between to take pictures of the beautiful scenery.

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I wore my regular running shoes and only to realize they don’t have much traction. I slipped countless times and fell but nothing serious. It was all good.

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Then when I got home, I read about bindings that you can attach to your running shoes to add traction. Traction devices like YakTrax and STABILicers that can give you extra stability in the snow.

Has anyone tried those? How was it? I would love to hear your thoughts about them.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time then you know I’m crazy about the snow. There’s just something about snow that makes you feel like a kid again.

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As the day went on, it got a little crazy . I don’t know what got into us but we all started doing yoga poses for pictures. Haha.

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(and no words to explain for these, HAHA!)

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I’m glad that I got to share this first time experience with my family. It couldn’t be any better.

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It was so much fun and the memories with my brother and sister were priceless.

We had a little “Brother-Sister Quality Time” together that day and I’m missing them now as I create this post.

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I remember the first time I ran in the rain, I felt pretty bad ass. Running in the snow is a different story. It does require more energy and I felt even more bad ass! 🙂

I hear some people absolutely love winter running. Now that I have tried running in the winter cold and snow, I’m growing to like it. I like running in the temperatures of Spring and Fall but Winter cold isn’t that bad at all. I’m used to the cold weather already and it is definitely much comfortable than running in the hot summer days. 

How about you? What’s your favorite season to run?

Do you have any other tips for running in the cold or snow? Do you love it or do you hate it?

Happy Running!

My Holiday Recap (Part 3)

HELLO EVERYONE!

Today, I am going to try to get caught up on everything that I was supposed to get to last month! It’s been crazy and very busy for us the past month. I think January is always a hard month for blogging. The rush of holidays and getting back to reality once again felt overwhelming. Whew!

But I can do it …I can do it …I can do it!

I’ll continue my holiday update. After all, Filipinos earned the distinction of celebrating the world’s longest Christmas season. The spirit continues until New Year’s, all the way to Three Kings (celebrated every first Sunday of the year) to Chinese New Year, which is still fast approaching. So this post is never too late. Anyway I still see houses in our neighborhood with their Christmas lights on and decorations still up. Who says holiday is over yet? Holiday spirit is still in the air. LOL! *wink *wink :))

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Dec 24 (Monday): We arrived Indiana past noon. My aunt’s family was so excited to see my parents, my brother & sister.

As soon as we arrived, we started preparing our food for Christmas Eve. A Philippine tradition that every Filipino family looks forward to is the Noche Buena. It is the grand family dinner after the midnight mass.

As we prepared dinner, my cousins started making their gingerbread house with my sister and brother.

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Before we attended midnight mass, we went sightseeing to check out neighborhood Christmas lights and decorations.
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Christmas Eve. After Midnight mass, we headed home right away for Noche Buena. We saved our appetite the whole day for this feast.

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This festive meal was followed by exchange of gifts. For Filipinos, we don’t wait for Christmas morning to open our gifts. We do it on Christmas Eve! 🙂

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Everyone was happy with their presents, especially me! My mom knew about my running addiction so I got more running clothes from her from the Philippines!

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I got my parents workout clothes for Christmas so they’ll get motivated to exercise. I am encouraging them start living healthy by being active. They’re not getting any younger and I want them to take care of themselves. I’m glad they got the point. I love you Mom and Dad! 🙂

It is also a Filipino tradition to receive an aguinaldo from grandparents during Christmas. It is a money gift placed inside an envelope or chinese red envelope given by grandparents and parents to the younger generation. Even though our grandma celebrated Christmas in the Philippines this year, she never failed to send our aguinaldo. Thank you Grandma!

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After opening gifts, we got hungry again, ate some more, did a little chitchatting and took lots of pictures before everyone called it a day.

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Dec 25 (Tuesday): Christmas morning. In the Philippines, Christmas day is the time for visiting relatives and receive their aguinaldo and gifts from godfathers and godmothers. But for us this year in the US, we just stayed home, relaxed and did a lot of catching up with family.

We drove back to Ohio later that day.

Dec 26 (Wednesday): It was supposed to be shopping day for us for this day but a blizzard warning was issued in our area and driving was not advisable. Good thing we have a good place to sled close to where we live. It was a perfect day to go sledding!

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Since we don’t have snow in the Philippines, my family took advantage of the snow brought in from the blizzard. We managed to have fun despite the bad weather forecast.

Later that day, we accumulated a few inches of snow and my brother volunteered to shovel our drive way. He said he wanted to try. Well, I said, “Go ahead! Be my guest!” 🙂

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It seemed he enjoyed it! 🙂 I was teasing him and told him we’d love for him to stay forever so someone could do the shoveling for us. LOL! 🙂

Dec 27 (Thursday): Shopping Day! I drove my family to the Cincinnati Outlet Mall. We did a lot of crazy shopping and took advantage of the “After Christmas Sale”.

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Dec 28 (Friday): My husband’s parents from Houston, Texas and relatives from Toronto, Canada arrived in Ohio. Our home was packed. We were 18 total in our mini home. Imagine that! 🙂

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It was crazy snowing up to this day. While some were dreading the weather …

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…my dad, who’s from Philippines and my husband’s dad, from Texas, loved it. Haha! 🙂

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They were young “ones” …once again. LOL!

Dec 29 (Saturday): SNOWBOARDING …AGAIN!

As we were preparing to head out, my sister was enjoying herself scraping off the snow from my aunts car. It was something different again for her. 🙂

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My brother and sister’s goal was to be good at snowboarding before they leave. They really learned it fast as if they’ve done it before. It’s like they’re born to be snowboarders. I’m really proud of them.

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Second time in the slopes and my brother dared to hit the black diamond with us! That’s how awesome he became at snowboarding.

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Now that my brother and sister are hooked, they look forward to spending Christmas again here in the US with us. 🙂

After all the teasing, my dad and my husband’s dad gave in. They finally tried hitting the slopes too.

My dad tried snowboarding.

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My husband’s dad tried skiing.

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Remember, you’re never too old to try something new. 🙂

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We had to let them join in the free lessons group. My husband and I thought we wouldn’t be successful with them. So we decided to leave them under close supervision of a more professional instructor. LOL!

We checked up on them at the lesson area from time to time. We were glad to see that they were having a great time. At least they can now say to everyone that they’ve tried to ski and snowboard!

It was a fun day again for all of us in the slopes.

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What better way to end a tiring day than to eat some good Japanese food! After spending the whole day in the slopes, we headed to this Japanese place that me and my husband usually go for some good sushi & hibachi.

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Hibachi is always very entertaining. The chef put on a great show that entertained us very much.

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It was actually a very nice way to cap off our day. 🙂

Stay tuned for my New Years celebration recap! 🙂 Have a great weekend everyone!