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I Am Versatile! :)

First of all, I must apologize for being so late with my response.

I want to thank Andrea over @I Run For Donuts  for nominating my blog for this award. Her blog is amazing, so please go and check it out.

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Also, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads my blog. Every single comment puts a big smile on my face! It’s a great feeling to know that out there in the vast blogosphere there are people who reads my ramblings. I’m also thrilled by the fascinating people I have “met” since I started blogging.

So let’s get started shall we…

The rules for this award are:
1. Add The Versatile Blogger award photo on a blog post – check √
2. Thank the person who presented you with the award and link back to him or her in your post – check √
3. Share seven things about yourself – check √
4. Pass the award along to 15 favorite bloggers. Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know about the award. – Hmmm… I’ll make it different this time!

Aside from the many random things I’ve mentioned here and here

… here’s more: 🙂

1.) I used to hate running jogging.  I couldn’t even walk a mile without thinking I was going to die or puke. Now, I’m running further and a little faster than I ever have before and it feels amazing! 🙂

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2.) I collect fortunes from fortune cookies. I only keep the nice ones though coz the others I got were a bit strange. Lol! 🙂

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What’s your favorite fortune from a fortune cookie? Mine is this.

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3.) My favorite movie when I was a kid was “The Little Mermaid”. I had copy of this in VHS. I’ve watched it a hundred times and memorized each lines and songs. Good ‘ol days! 🙂

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4.) The very first time I went trail biking (Aug 2010), I fell off a 3-ft high bridge. I got bruises everywhere and a deep cut on my left shin (ugh!). So thankful that I was wearing a helmet and the cut wasn’t surgical or anything. In all honesty, I think trail biking is awesome BUT, it’s freaking hard! I am sticking on paved trails and roads for biking. LOL! 🙂

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How do you feel about mountain biking, -wicked exciting or absolutely terrifying?
Trail running or mountain biking: which do you prefer?

5.) I like adventures. I like the feeling of being “out there” and pushing my boundaries.

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That’s me, 2nd from the right, covered by Flounder  a fish. lol!

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6.) I have a talent figuring out combinations to padlocks like this. 😉

Padlock with numerical keycode buttons

7.) I can’t pack light. If I can’t decide which pair of shoes to wear, I’ll bring both. 🙂

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And now, it is my pleasure to further forward this award to …

EVERYONE! 🙂

I think all of you guys here in the blogging community are AMAZING and deserve this award! 🙂

Share 1 …or 2 …or 3 … or 7 (or more if you like) things about yourself in the comments below!

Xoxo, JOTR

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Long Over Due Liebster Award

I can’t believe I have let so much time pass since receiving this award from one of my favorite bloggers, Wendy @slowgirlfastdog. It’s better late than never! 🙂

So, here is my long overdue ‘thank you’ for a Liebster Award nomination.
Thank you so very much, Wendy! I am over the moon with gratitude. I love your blog so much and I admire all your posts about your accomplishments! Keep it up! 🙂

Since it’s my second time getting this (my first one here), so I kinda already know how it works. (I am humbled and touched that you guys want to know more about me).

To accept this award nomination, there are a few things I must do.   Here goes…

The Rules for the Liebster Award are as follows:

1.) Link back to the blogger who gave you this award – DONE! 🙂
2.) Post 11 things about yourself – See below
3.) Answer the questions asked of you – I enjoyed answering your questions, Wendy.
4.) Create 11 new questions for your nominees to answer
5.) Nominate 11 people you think deserve the award and link them to your post
6.) Go to their pages and tell them they have been chosen

11 Random Things About Me.

1.) My name Jaliza came from three different names – Janet, Lita, Zaida.
Lita is my mom, Janet and Zaida are my mom’s bestfriends and my godparents. When they were in college, they agreed that whoever gets pregnant first should name her child after their names. My mom had a baby first and Jaliza was born – that’s me! 🙂
I thought it’s a pretty cool thing to do among friends. 🙂

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Me with my godparents and mom on my wedding day
From L-R: Janet, me, Zaida, Lita (my mom)

2.) I love vintage. There’s something about it that I find interesting. Think back to the days of old where the guys wore suspenders & newsies, and the ladies wore beautiful dresses with delicate lace gloves -1940s era. I love old suitcases, old pictures, vintage frames, etc. I have always been amazed whenever I see pictures and movies from the old times. I find it artsy & classy. Visit my pinboard for my collection of pictures of my favorite vintage finds.

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vintage camera

I had to incorporate my passion for vintage design to my wedding. 🙂

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Engagement Pic

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Guestbook Area at our Reception

Post cards as our guest book alternative

Post cards as our guest book alternative

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Vintage typewriter

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set cards area.

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Our bridal car

3.) I love earth tones.
Every girl loves color pink. That is the typical stereotype. However, I don’t belong in that category. I don’t hate pink; it’s just not me; not my personality. It’s not the first color that I would choose for myself. I love the colors green, brown, beige, warm gray, orange, cream, and purple, hence, the color palette I chose for my motif during my wedding.

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4.) I prefer wearing flats than heels.
I honestly prefer wearing flats and sneakers. I wear heels for certain occasions but that’s it. I don’t want to wear them daily. Wearing heels can be very uncomfortable for me. They hurt my feet after a long time walking in them. I feel relaxed and comfortable using flat shoes. During the wedding, I changed into my sneakers for the reception. My husband and I did a crazy dance opening and I needed to be comfortable. Plus, I knew I was going to do a lot of walking to entertain guests. It definitely was a great idea!

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*** Oh, looks like I’ve shared quite few of our wedding pics. 🙂

5.) I love Word Games. I’ve mentioned in my previous Leibster Award that I love Scrabble. There is also a game called Scramble, which I play every free waking moment on my iPhone. I think my addiction is getting pretty bad. Sometimes when I close my eyes, I will see a board of letters and start making words in my mind. I even had a dream about playing! It’s crazy!

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Let’s play! Just search for my user name: JaML905

6.) I am a little neat and clean freak. I hate it when our house gets cluttered! I like things to be in certain ways. I get anxious if something is even a little bit out of place. I also make sure I disinfect our kitchen countertop after using them. It relaxes me when the house is clean and everything is in order. With that being said, let’s proceed to the next one.

7.) I make all our visitors take off their shoes. We walk through mud, the bathroom floor at a gas station, garbage juice, dried vomit, and all kinds of toxic waste outside. I don’t want that tracked inside the house because I do some exercises in my home that involves lying on our carpet floors. Sometimes, it feels awkward to ask guests to remove their shoes but I found a way to politely ask them to do it. I made this cute sign and hung it outside of our front door. Thanks to Pinterest for the idea! 🙂

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This little sign is perfect! They get the message and they remove their shoes without me telling them. I know not everyone that comes over are prepared to go shoeless. So I placed a basket filled with soft guest slippers in all sizes by our front door. That way, our guests would still be comfortable to walk around our house.

8.) I hate the taste of beer. It just taste terrible to me. I’d go for wine and cocktails for alcoholic beverages. 🙂
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9.) English is my second language. Tagalog (Filipino) is my first. My husband and I are fluent in English and Tagalog. When we have a child, we want him/her to learn both languages well.

10.) I love scented candles. After a workout, nothing beats taking a warm shower with a very soothing, menthol scent of eucalyptus scented candle. So relaxing. 🙂

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11.) I get so cold easily. I am so terribly sensitive to the cold especially my extremities, fingers and toes. I love winter and snow but I have cold intolerance. I need to really bundle up when we go out in winter months. I am truly thankful for discovering this wonderful product – Hot Hands hand warmers. It’s a savior! In addition to gloves, I have Hot Hands inside.

I enjoy outdoor activities in all seasons. In the cold months, I have to find quality winter gears and clothing perfect for me or else I’ll die of hypothermia (LOL!). One of my favorites is the Columbia base layer socks. I wear them to go snowboarding, running outdoors in the cold or even on regular days. It is very effective in keeping my feet warm. They have it in colors blue, black (which are the ones I got), and pink (told you, I am not a pink person).

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11 Questions Wendy asked me:

  1. What was your favorite comic strip as a child?
    I was a fan of Archie comic books. I grew up with Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica, and the rest of their gang. 🙂
  2. Do you own any pets?  If so, what kind?
    I don’t have pets. Unfortunately, I suffered from Bronchial Asthma as a child. Having pets will trigger my asthma symptoms.
  3. Why do you blog?
    I started blogging to keep track of my progress and I wanted to share my love for running. There’s no other social media out there that gave me this sense of belonging. Blogging to me is a community of like-minded people who all share the same passion, hopes, and dreams. It is such a positive place to be when I’m feeling down. People say I inspire them, I’m inspired by them too! The support I get from the blogging community is just awesome.
  4. If you could only own one book, what would it be?
    The World Almanac because it’s packed with information.
  5. Do you color inside the lines or outside?
    Inside the lines… @@
  6. What word would your mother use to describe you?
    My mom is a Psychiatrist, so she would describe me as crazy. LOL! 🙂
  7. What word would your best friend use to describe you?
    My husband is my best friend, he describes me as crazy too. Hmmm.
  8. What is your biggest pet peeve?
    Boastful and arrogant people.
  9. Have you ever been in a bar brawl?
    Nope and I don’t intend to.
  10. Do you believe in ghosts?
    I don’t. I shouldn’t but I still really can’t sleep alone at night without a night light.
  11. What have you done to prepare for a zombie invasion?
    Interval training workouts to improve my speed and endurance. I need to run faster than a zombie. :p

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Now, your turn guys!

Nominees I would love to know more about:

1.) Nicole @Fruit ‘N’ Fitness
2.) Cori @Olive to Run
3.) Kidd @Memoirs of a Kidd
4.) Tink @The Running Paintbrush – love her paintings!!!
5.) Kate @Run with Kate
6.) Cait @The Arty Runnerchick
7.) Catyo @My Pursuit of Happiness and Skinny Jeans
8.) Stacy @Will Run For Glitter
9.) Amy @The Tiny Terror
10.) Ella @Pursuit of Health and Happiness
11.) Jypsie @Board N Ready to Go

My questions for you:
1.) Tulips or Roses?
2.) If you receive one million cash, how would you spend it?
3.) When do you blog?
4.) What is your favorite day of the week?
5.) Pilates or Yoga?
6.) What is the kindest thing you did?
7.) What is your greatest achievement so far and why?
8.) What’s something you learned recently?
9.) What is your favorite store to buy your workout clothes?
10.) What is your favorite item you own?
11.) What is your biggest goal this year 2013

Just want to say to the bloggers I nominated that I love reading your blog, your adventures, recipes and I look forward to all your posts! 🙂

THANKS and have a good day!!!

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

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Indiana Bound Today!

Happy Friday everyone! 🙂

I’m super excited! I am headed to Indy today with my husband to spend an evening with my family before the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon tomorrow morning.

I will be doing the half while my aunt and uncle will do the full marathon. My husband has been dealing with ankle pains lately so he decided to skip this race and rest his feet so he’ll be injury-free come snowboarding season! So, for tomorrow, I requested him to make banners for me and act as my avid fan. LOL! He’ll be with our cousins cheering for us! 🙂

It was packet pick up yesterday and my aunt was the one who picked up my stuff. I am anxious and curious to see what we have in our packets. Every race, I always look forward to packet pick-ups and expos. I get excited to see what the technical shirt and the other freebies included in our packets. I can’t wait to get them from my aunt later!

I got even more excited when they sent us a preview of the finisher’s medal in our emails. I love love love it! I can’t wait to hang it around my neck!

Winter season is coming and this would probably be my last race for this year. But I plan to continue training & running during the winter along with snowboarding with my husband. He is itching to go hit the slopes!

Yesterday was “Girls Night Out” at my favorite running store. Meaning they put all their women’s apparels on SALE & do special promos and raffles for the girls. 🙂 They do this event twice a year, one in the summer and one in the fall. I went there last summer and I scored really great deals on my running gear. 🙂 So, I made sure not to miss this one yesterday.

Here are the goodies I got from the running store.

I got everything at a discounted price! So happy!

  • Lole Fall Yoga Pants – I love it! So comfortable!
  • BrooksRunning Cap – no more borrowing cap from hubby, finally got mine!
  • Moving Comfort Sports Bra – I love this brand! They’re so comfortable! First time to get the colored ones 🙂
  • Lole non-slip headband, beanie, running magazine – FREE!!!!! 🙂 And I love them!!!
  • BrooksRunning Pants – my favorite purchase!

Brooks Women’s Utopia Thermal Pant

This is my best purchase so far. I am forever cold. Even with multiple layers my legs get really cold. I’ve asked several people and did research about what kind of material you have to wear to stay warm when you do your outdoor sports. They said that you have to invest in winter clothes with the right kind of material or fabric (polyester). Since these pants are on the pricey side, I grabbed the opportunity from yesterday’s event to buy them at a discounted price! 🙂

I love them! They are so comfortable and light! I wore them around the house when I got home. I never removed them and wore them to sleep. 🙂 I was warm the whole night. When I woke up this morning, I tried to run in them outside in 30 degrees temp just to see what it feels like. I just ran back and forth on our street since I’m saving my energy for tomorrow’s race. 🙂 I felt warm! I think this will be good too even below 30s. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about layering on my bottoms because these pants will be just enough. Maybe the only time I’d wear an underlayer when the temp gets to 10 degrees and below. I am planning to use them too under my snowpants for snowboarding. I love BrooksRunning and will forever be a Brooks fan! I plan on buying another pair again but I will have wait for the SALE. 🙂 LOL! I am so ready to run in the winter cold! 🙂

Before I end my post I’d like to say… Goodluck to everyone running the NYC Marathon this coming weekend too!

***UPDATE (7:06pm): Oops! I just learned that it was cancelled.

I saw these pictures online and I just love how dedicated (and slightly crazy) the runners are with their training despite Hurricane Sandy.

Runners are really a different breed, aren’t we? We are so devoted that nothing, not even a hurricane or “some” wind interrupt us from our training schedule. LOL! 🙂

I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw this on the news. It’s nice too see runners get featured on CNN. Sometimes, you gotta have some good laugh in times of troubles. It’s good for the heart and soul.


That’s it! I’ll catch up again with you guys for my half marathon update!

Have a great weekend ahead! Stay safe!

First Foodie Penpal (October 2012)

Hi guys! I know, it’s been a week since my last post here on my blog. It’s been a busy birthday week for me! I made the most of my remaining few days in my 20s. Yes, I indulged for a week! It was good! 🙂 I’d like to create a separate post regarding my thoughts on this brand new decade of my life. Stay tuned for that!For now, it’s about this exciting program called Foodie Penpals (#foodiepenpals). This activity is hosted by Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean. Head over to this link to know more details about the program.  On the last day of the month, we ALL share the goodies we got from our penpals!

Here I go with mine!

I am so excited to reveal my 1st Foodie Pen Pal Package.

The package looks beat up but the goodies inside survived! 🙂 My box came from Heather of MUSINGS OF A GIRL blog.

She sent me great goodies from her home state of Louisiana!
I love my first box. It made me reminisce my trip to New Orleans back in 2010.  I had a great time exploring the city with my family. It was such a great time with them. Here are some of the pictures I looked at once again after I opened my box.
  • Memories of New Orleans, LA:
A picture with my mom. It was Mardi Gras season when we came to visit.
Me in downtown New Orleans, walking to Bourbon Street.
The famous Bourbon Street. 🙂
There’s no denying my husband had fun (hmm). LOL!
…and pictures from Bourbon Street will end here. :PIts nice to look at our pictures once again from that day. It made me miss my family so much – my Mom, my Dad, little bro, and sister. They all live in the Philippines but they come to visit U.S. when they get a chance. Their next visit will be on Christmas! Fast forward to December please, I can’t wait to see my family again.

Going back to my box, Heather included a sweet letter for me explaining my goodies. 🙂

The first thing that caught my eye was the Beignet Mix.
I remember going to this coffee place in New Orleans called Cafe Du Monde.  I love the ambiance of that place. This is where I tasted their famous beignet.This is me, my husband, and my little brother at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans.

My brother doesn’t look this young anymore, sigh. He’s all grown up.Beignet is the French term for a pastry made from deep-fried light dough. They serve it  with powdered sugar on top. For me, they taste like sweet doughnuts. It’s so good especially with coffee! 🙂

Thank you Heather for the Community Coffee. It’s indeed a good combination with the beignet.

Here’s my husband after he made beignet out of the mix, -with his souvenir hat he got from Cafe Du Monde. LOL! 🙂

Heather also gave me these very “Louisiana” chips. 🙂
Don’t they look interesting?!It was only in New Orleans where I saw shops full of all sorts of Voodoo dolls. When I saw those dolls, I remember saying this to myself – “Don’t mess with New Orleans (pronounced as: noo aw-leens). They know Black Magic!”

I started munching on the voodoo chips as I made draft for this post.

This stuff is good!!! It’s so addicting. I had to remind myself to stop and save some for my husband. I could finish it in one sitting. 🙂 LOL.When my husband got home, he finished it to the very last bit of crumbs! It was yummy!

I was curious about this can of pure cane syrup. Sugar cane is usually a refreshing juice drink in the Philippines. They extract the juice from sugarcane plant with a pressure roller machine. That’s how they would normally do it there. I wondered how this syrup will taste like.
I had it one morning for breakfast. 🙂 I usually eat oatmeal for breakfast so I tried the syrup with it.
Half cup oatmeal
Dash of cinnamon powder
Topped with Sliced Peaches
A teaspoon of almond butter
Sprinkled with chopped almonds
& Steen’s Pure Cane Syrup
Heather recommends it for pancakes and waffles. So, the morning before yoga class, I drizzled it over my pancakes.
That syrup was good! 🙂 Now, I am on the hunt for this!Where else can I find this?

I started munching on the other bag of chips while I take a break from studying. So good! I had to remind myself again to leave some for the hubby. I’m a good wife, really! 🙂

Heather indicated on her letter that Tony’s is a staple in most househould in Louisiana.
Creole seasoning is used to boost flavor in any dish. I tried it one night with our dinner. Yummy!
Steamed tilapia fillet
seasoned with Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
garnished with chopped fresh strawberries,
poblano pepper, cilantro & cumin seedsI tried the sandwich sauce last Monday with my Veggie burger. That sauce is sooo good! 🙂 It’s a little spicy which is good! I like spicy!

Thank you once again Heather for making my first month in this activity so fun and exciting!
I love everything you sent me! And because of that I signed up for next month’s foodie penpals! :)I hope you guys will consider joining us too. Receiving a box of goodies feels like Christmas morning every month! 🙂

Oh! Please head over to Lauren’s blog (www.parttimehousewife.com), my foodie penpal for this month to check out what I sent her!

That’s it!

Happy Halloween! Happy trick or treating!

I had fun last night giving out candies to the kids in their costumes despite the freezing weather.

Awwwh… aren’t they sooo cute! 🙂
 It’s freezing cold here in Ohio. It snowed here yesterday for the first time this season!
*** My thoughts and prayers for all those who have been involved with Hurricane Sandy. Be safe everyone and always be thankful for all blessings.***Have a great week ahead!

Inspired to Run

Last week, my husband and I watched a documentary film on Netflix called Running the Sahara. Its about three athletes who ran 50 miles a day for 111 days! It’s a great film and very inspiring. They travelled through 6 countries, 4,300+ miles (6,920 kilometers) by foot. To have the physical and mental capacity to do that, is really amazing!

Here’s the movie trailer.

 

We got so inspired by the film. So, over the weekend, my husband and I got up early and started our day with our morning run at the trail. No, we are not planning on running 50 miles everyday for 100 days! LOL! We’ll leave that to those three great athletes. 🙂

We ran 14 miles, our longest run so far! All of my runs have been below or at 13 miles from my half marathon races. I’d never really thought of increasing my mileage, until that day. From then on, I am convinced just how much power your brain can do when it comes to running. And we plan on slowly increasing our mileage every week, and hopefully soon, we’ll be ready to train for a full marathon.

It was so gorgeous that morning! The cool weather (40-50s degrees F) and the views of different colors of trees made our run very enjoyable. I love it! I love Fall Season!

They say, “running is 90% mental, and the rest is physical.” It’s true! It is a mental game. It’s the mental aspect that makes running so tough.

If your mind is not into it, chances are you’re not going to have a great run and you’re probably not going to get very far either.

Let see how this goes for me. I hope that as I go through my training, I can develop some sort of strategies to be strong mentally.

How about you? Do you believe that “mind over matter” is always true? What mental strategies do you use to help yourself through a tough run or a race? 

Ja @Ja on the RUN

October 7, 2012

Big SHOUT OUT to all the runners who are heading to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon today! So jealous!  I heard so many great things about this race. You guys are in for a real treat! Goodluck!!!

During the Flying PIg Marathon Expo last May, my husband and I got fliers of the races we like and one of them was the Chicago Marathon. We were contemplating on signing up for this race since it’s one those cities close to us. This is one of those out-of-state big races that we are strongly considering on signing up in the future. DEFINITELY! …and we will make sure not to miss this next time! 🙂

I can’t wait to see pictures of this event! 🙂 If you’re running this race, please share your photos and stories to us.

Safe travels to everyone who are heading to the event! Happy racing! 🙂

Trail Half Marathon Update

Yesterday, my husband and I did the White Tail Trail Half Marathon. This was basically my second half marathon, but this time on trails. I never thought I would squeeze in a trail half marathon before my Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon in November, which would be my third then! 🙂

Well, the trail run yesterday was a lot of fun. It was brutal, but fun! 🙂 My husband and I ran a few miles on that trail a couple of weeks before the race. But we didn’t get to check out other parts of the trail after that. Check out my blog post about it here.

I didn’t know there were so many hills in the entire 13-mile loop. The other parts have more hills, more obstacles and more river crossings. During the race, there were times that you had to make a complete stop in order to jump over big logs or go under tree branches. I was surprised and that race was definitely a challenge for me. Miles 6-12 was crucial. That’s where all the crrrazy hills were. I thought to myself, this was like Mud-stash 21k! LOL! Since there’s no way to exit from the trail if you decide to give up, you really have to do the whole thing in order to get out. It’s like you have no choice but to finish! But no, I wasn’t thinking of giving up. I just had that random thought in my mind while I was running the course. LOL! Don’t you have crazy random thoughts too when running? 🙂

Here’s me, ready to leave our house. It was chilly that morning before the race. Low 50s High of 71.

The race started at 9am. We got to the parking lot around 8:15am. I had to leave my jacket in the car because I knew I would get hot when I start running. So here I am, freezing.

We were transported from the parking lot to the start line by those school buses.

Me, freezing while waiting to get on the bus.

I normally run on trails on weekends but I have never ran longer than 8 miles on a trail. I think running on trails is way harder than running on paved roads. Your body gets more worked out when you run on trails. During the race, at mile 11, I was already starting to feel tired. I was already pushing myself to run but I could only do few minutes and then walk to take a break and catch my breath. And I did that through mile 12. And yes, there were still hills during those times. The moment I saw those bright orange flags at the finish line, that was when I really pushed myself to run. I just wanted to finish!

I finished in 3 hours and 3 minutes. I thought that was not bad at all considering it was my first race on a crazy hilly trail. This extreme adventure is worth taking. This is one of the best ‘firsts’ that I have ever engaged myself in. It wouldn’t be my last, either. 🙂 I am still considering doing a race on a trail in the future. But I realized that running on trails needs a lot of skill and training. I need to do longer runs on trails for my training from now on, and I will be back next time, more prepared, with my battle face on!

Our medals! 🙂

My husband and I spent a few minutes lying on the grass after the race to relax and rest. I felt cold after running and the warmth of the sun was just a nice feeling.

What better way to do after the race than to eat good food! So, my husband and I decided to go to our favorite hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurant and splurged on Chicken Tikka Masala, Goat Biryani, and Garlic Naan. I was so hungry and seemed like that was one of my best meal ever!

So, this is our faces when we are hungry

I get really cranky and my husband gets crazy when we’re hungry.

…and here’s my face when the food arrived! 🙂 LOL!

That’s it for now!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 🙂

One Race At a Time

We have another race coming up… and it’s tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow! I know, it’s insane. It’s been week after week for my husband and me for these races. And we are loving it! 🙂 Fall weather is the perfect time for all these running events and we are definitely grabbing every opportunity we can get before winter season.

So tomorrow, we are running a trail half marathon. It’s called White Tail Trail Half Marathon. I’ve already mentioned about joining this race in my previous post – Get Off the Road. Go Nature! and it’s the same trail that we are running for tomorrow.

A while ago was packet pick -up and here are our goodies! 🙂

I love the color of our technical shirt. It’s unique. I don’t think I’ve ever owned an orange shirt before. I like it! We also got Body Glide samples and bought some seamless socks from our giveaway coupons. 🙂

It’s going to be exciting for us, because for one, it’s again something different, other than the usual road races, and second, I love running in trails and being connected with nature. Oh, the scenery will be gorgeous tomorrow, for sure! Since it’s fall season, the changing colors of the trees and the view of the Ceasar Creek Lake will be at sight! It’s going to be beautiful and I am excited to see it! I love running with beautiful scenery other than buildings and cars which you get when running on roads. This is definitely going to be a fun race!!! 🙂

By the way, I wore my Mud-stash shirt to kickboxing class last Wednesday.

Sorry for being so pale. This was right after kickboxing class and our instructor pushed us really hard. LOL!

I love my shirt! I felt different wearing it! I felt like a warrior. It’s like there’s a “don’t-mess-with-this-girl” kinda feeling. After surviving that mudrun, oh boy, I tell yah, it made me tougher. I used to underestimate my capabilities, but now, I know I can survive anything. I guess, it’s true when they say – “You’ll never know what your capable of until you try it.” So true.

And that’s why I am trying this trail half marathon tomorrow. We usually run in the trails on weekends but I have to admit, I have never tried running longer than 8 miles on a trail. So wish us luck tomorrow. I hope we’ll survive it!

Thanks in advance and we’ll definitely catch up soon. 🙂

Sweet Victory! – Hudepohl 14k Run Update

We did an awesome race last Saturday. It’s called Hudepohl 14k Brewery Run. My husband & I had a blast and I’m so excited to share the best finisher medal I have ever received…and seen so far. 🙂

Yes, it’s a bottle opener! The moment I saw a picture of the medal in their facebook page, I felt even more excited to run this race. I was so excited when it was handed to me at the finish line.  I thought it’s so cool and functional too. 🙂

Party after the race + a cool medal, it is indeed a sweet victory.

The race started at 8:00 am. We got to the place at around 7:30am. We still had time to do our stretching and take pictures before the race.

It was a bit chilly and windy that morning. Fall season is definitely in the air =). I had to wear my arm bands. I like my arm bands because I can easily remove and tuck them in my spi belt when I am already feeling hot from running.

The after-race party was held outside of this restaurant Moerlein.

Some ran in teams in their costumes and this team was my favorite!

Ghost Busters!!! 🙂

Some people I met from that day are running this race as part of their training for their Fall Half Marathons and Marathons. I’m running a half-marathon too (my second one! yay!) in November and looks like we all thought of same thing. The fact that we are getting a cool medal out of our training, definitely a great idea, right?! 🙂

I finished in 1 hour and 34 mins. And this is me, so happy to finally get hold of that precious medal! LOL! It is definitely run-worthy! 🙂

After the race, my husband and I went back to our car to freshen up, change our clothes and get ready to party. Our bibs have actually stubs attached to it that we can peel off to redeem our free food and beer.

My husband looks like he’s enjoying his share of beer.

There were 2 stubs for each individual for beer. One glass of beer each was enough for my husband and me. We had to give away our other stubs to other people. Those two guys who we gave our stubs to were so happy. Hey, never turn down a free beer. 🙂

But we got use of all the food stubs we had! We were so hungry after the race.

I can turn down alcohol, BUT NOT free food! LOL! 🙂 …Especially after a run. :p

One more pic before I end this post. I just want to share this beautiful view at the party – one of the bridges connecting Ohio to Kentucky. 🙂

I absolutely love Cincinnati races. I did the Flying Pig Half Marathon last May and I fell in love at the beautiful scenery in both Cincinnati and Kentucky. You guys should come check out races here in Cincy! You will definitely enjoy it. 🙂

That’s it for now! Hope you all had an amazing weekend too.

Happy running everyone.

Race Day Again Tomorrow.

It’s only been 2 weeks since MudStash 5k and here I go again for another race  …TOMORROW! 🙂

I’m doing a local race called “Hudepohl 14k” together with my husband. 🙂

After all, I usually do my long runs on weekends, I thought, why not just join this race and get a medal out of it. 🙂 LOL!

But seriously, who wouldn’t get attracted to this kind of ad?! 🙂

Looks fun right?! 🙂 Race & Party, that got me right away! So, I signed up for this race since for me, it’s easier to do a workout when you’re having fun.

A while ago was packet pick-up, so my husband and I went to the pick-up place and I was so excited to see that their women’s technical shirt is in pink! Yay!

Here are some of our race goodies and we’re still getting more freebies tomorrow! 🙂

I also saw a picture of the medal that we’re getting, it’s actually pretty cool! I will definitely update you after we rock this race tomorrow.

Good night everyone!

Mud Run Experience – Long overdue update!

Hi readers! It’s been a week since I updated my blog. My husband and I were out-of-town for a week after the Mud-Stash. And now, I’m back! I was only updating my Facebook and Instagram the past week. Please follow me on Instagram (username: ja_ml) if you haven’t already.

So, last Saturday, Sept 8 was my first Mud Run ever!!! I had so much fun! I did it with my husband and uncle. Our time slot was at 9:30 am. We got to the place around 8:30 am to check in at the registration area, get ready, take pictures and walk around the place before the race. 🙂

According to the Obstacle Course Ranking, Mud-stash is one of those races you have to check out. They ranked it as their Top 7 best obstacle course. Although, they described it as not as difficult compared to other obstacles races like Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash – where you crawl under live electric wires (I’m glad, we don’t have that! Thank you!), still, the race was difficult for me. Or maybe, that’s just me since I was a newbie. I hope it gets easier the next time I sign up. Yes, I’m definitely doing it again!

Honestly, I had a hard time in some of the obstacles but I made sure to complete and do everything! I’m not really a fan of heights and I have to admit that some of the obstacles freaked me out a bit, but I learned to calm myself down during the process. I didn’t let myself think too much about the height factor. I just concentrated on where my feet were going. I did the obstacles slowly (and carefully), but surely 🙂 I wanted to survive the race with a smile on my face and injury free.

It rained the past few days and that morning before the race. The rain made the course really muddy and slippery! It made it tougher to climb up and down the hills and hold on to the ropes. The venue is a ski resort during winter, so I already expected slippery hillssssss during the course. Hills were endless!!!

Some of the pictures below are clips from our video. These pictures are just some of the highlights during the race. My husband recorded our mudrun with his Contour GPS video camera. He strapped the video camera on to his head and recorded the whole thing while doing the race. You can watch our video here.

We called our team “The Three Mud-Skeeters” 🙂

The atmosphere was so much fun! Music was blaring from huge speakers. They set up the place where the spectators watch from the deck of the Main Lodge. This gave them a nice view of the participants crawling through the mudpit. 🙂 From the deck, you pretty much can see some of the obstacles. I thought that was a cool idea. They also had a stage set up for the band and host beside the mudpit.
Next picture was one of the obstacles – it’s called Ice Pit. We saw it being filled up with buckets of ice before the race. That’s going to be cold!
These are some of the obstacles that you can see from the deck.
Crawl through Pipes.
Slip n’ slide.
Cargo Net Climb.
Barrel Bash.
I wasn’t able to count how many obstacles we had in total. There were a lot of mud pits and streams that we had to cross. I tried doing all of the obstacles but I fell on the monkey bars after one swing. I had to pass on that. LOL.
That’s me waving at the camera, still happy, so clueless :), and all smiles before the race.
There were duct tapes available at the starting line. They encouraged the participants to duct tape their shoes but I skipped it. Anyway, I made sure I tied my shoe laces really really tight.
At gun time, we let other people go ahead of us first. We waited for about 5 minutes before crossing the start line so we don’t have to wait in line for the obstacles.
And the hills begin…
Some random container that we had to pass through.
Deep mud ahead!
My husband and I got STUCK! LOL! 🙂 Not bad for our first obstacle. 🙂 The mud was very sticky. I thought my shoe would come off. I was freaking out in my head. People from the deck were watching & cheering for us. I had no choice but to survive. LOL!
We made it through, eventually.
…crawled through pipes
… ran through mud pits
…muddy creeks
…more hills
…more creeks
…and more hills
…climbed on cargo nets
…ran through heavy barrels
…endless hills
Water Mist. This was my favorite part. 🙂
We were washed clean and cooled off at the same time.
This was the part where my legs started to cramp up. We had to make big steps going up this steep hill and through logs.
Some of the participants rested for a bit. I feel their pain. This part was hard!
…going down through ropes to the stream
…and climbing back up again
You’ll see beautiful views once you made it to the top. 🙂
They called this “Jacob’s Ladder”
Off to the Cable Bridge where an official photographer was waiting. 🙂
Our first crawl through a mudpit. 🙂
…more mud pits
This was a long walk through a stream that goes deep up to your chest at the end.
…balanced through those beams
Here comes the part I have been waiting for, the dreadful monkey bars. LOL!
We had to swing on 16 bars. But, after my first swing, I fell to the muddy ground. LOL! 🙂
They called this the “Lilly Bads”. I love this obstacle. I had fun doing this. It was quite hard to balance on those but I was able to cross without falling in the water. 🙂
Almost at the final leg of the race. Few more obstacles to go.
One last uphill to the Slip N’ Slide.
It was so much fun! I felt like a kid again. 🙂
In the Ice Pit. Brrr.
One last MUD PIT!!! This one was tough. It was like your stuck in a quick sand. It was really a challenge because I was already tired from all the running through the hills. To top it all, the spectators were just right there above watching, so I really had no choice but to drag myself out. LOL! I loved it though. 🙂
…off to the last obstacle
One more obstacle to go! 🙂
I MADE IT! 🙂 One Mud Run under my belt!
They provided a pre-rinse station at the finish area.
They also provided Mobile Shower Trailers with hot water which I thought was awesome! This event was so organized!
I’m glad I signed up for this. This is something beyond my comfort zone, probably beyond my physical means but I loved every minute of it! Never thought I would do something crazy like this. It unleashed the sporty side of me. Definitely worth the experience! 🙂
Our medals look so cool, by the way.
…and so are our souvenir shirts which I will have to show on my next post. I plan on wearing the shirt on my next kickboxing class. 🙂 I’ll post a picture soon. 🙂
I had a blast and I am so thankful my husband was there to run it with me! He is awesome!
He did a great job too 🙂

I am hoping for more races like this for me in the future! 🙂 I tell you, I’M ALL IN!

T-Minus 1 Day ’til MUDRUN!

I was planning on taking it easy on my run today because my mudrun race is on Saturday. Yep, 1 more day to go!

I don’t know what happened but I ran 3.1 miles in 30:18 mins…

and it felt good …AND EASY! 🙂

This used to be my goal when I was doing my interval training. I feel proud of myself that I can finally achieve this with my improved comfortable pace. I worked hard on my interval training and it finally paid off. There’s no way I am stopping what I’m doing. I will definitely keep going to get better.

I can now relate to this quote. 🙂

I regularly check updates for our Mudrun on Saturday. I saw in one of their pictures that they’re having monkey bars as part of the obstacle course. So, a few days ago, I went to the park to try the monkey bars.

This was my attempt on the monkey bars…

I failed by the way. Haha. I have weak upper body strength.

O well, I’ll just have to figure it out on Saturday.

Tomorrow will just be rest day for me. I need to prepare myself for next day’s Mudrun! It’s going to be fun! I’m excited!

I will definitely update you guys. Wish me luck. I’m going to need it, -especially on the monkey bars, LOL! 🙂

Get Off The Road. Go Nature!

What better way to start off Labor Day weekend than with a Saturday Morning Trail Run!!! My husband and I are still in high spirits from our last week’s trail running in Indianapolis. So, we decided to check out Ceasar Creek State Park Trails for our Saturday morning run. 🙂

It is one of the most scenic trails here in Ohio. It’s a 13+-mile loop trail for hiking/running. There’s actually a race event here on Sept 29 – White Tail Trail Half Marathon and I’m now thinking of signing up for this. The race is too soon, but we’ll see!

They do have other events too like Triathlons and Duathlons.

If you’re the outdoorsy type of person, I recommend to check out their website because there’s really a lot to do here depending on the types of things you enjoy. Next week, we’re checking out their mountain bike trails to challenge ourselves running through the hills. 🙂

Our pictures below are clips from our video that my husband took with his ContourGPS. If you’re a lover of all things action and outdoors, this camcorder is for you. Feel free to post your questions about ContourGPS in the comment section below. My husband would be willing to answer them or even make a review about it for you. 🙂

Watch our trail running video here.

We arrived at the trail around 7:00 am.

As we continue to follow the trail, it led us to an open field overlooking the lake to our left side.

Of course, I couldn’t let it pass. I had to stop and enjoy the scenery.

And this is me telling my husband, “look there’s the lake!” 🙂

For the most part, the path is nice and wide.

It can also be narrow, bushy and rocky in few areas.

There are a few obstacles along the way. We had to hurdle on some roots and tree branches, and climb on few hills, which I think made our run more fun and challenging.

And this is how my husband dealt them.

Some parts are right next to waterfalls where you do some water crossings, but they’re completely dry this time of the year.

During the course, we allowed ourselves to stop for a while and appreciate the surroundings.

According to my watch, we ran 6.14 miles, with a little bit of walking and sightseeing on the side :).

That was one very relaxed 6-mile run! It’s very relaxing to be surrounded by trees and wildlife. I’ve heard that once you start trail running, you won’t want to go back to the streets. I know the road may seem more convenient but sometimes you should “treat” yourself to something nicer. I feel the trails would prepare you just fine for your road races. You will be ready for anything and your body will be even tougher because you work a lot harder. It’s not just flat ground…you are going uphill, downhill and leaping over things. You tend to have a forefoot strike rather then a heel strike which is what you should be doing to avoid foot injuries. The ground is soft, covered with leaves, dirt and grass which is actually better for your joints. I feel like my knees are thanking me for giving them a break by running on trails every once in a while. 🙂

For me, trail running shoes are not really a necessity, unless you are really serious about trail running. I know a lot of people use their regular road running shoes on trails and they work just fine. My husband and I bought ourselves a pair, anyway, since we know we’ll be doing a lot of trail running in the future. We’re hooked!

I got theColumbia Ravenous Amphibian Women’s Trail Running Shoe in Aqua/Gray/Blk size 8.

I never knew Columbia have great running shoes. At first, I tried running with them on the road. This is definitely not forgiving on your feet when you run these on the road, but when I ran with them on trails… it’s heaven! It definitely felt more natural and is extremely comfortable. These shoes are sturdy but very light. It has very good traction. I don’t slip when I run in the mud and hills. They fit like a glove and breathable with it’s mesh-like design. It has Omni-TechTM waterproof feature which helps keep your feet dry when you run through puddles and water streams. Overall, a great shoe for running. These shoes are 100% recommended. I plan on wearing them for my Mudrun race which will be in 5 days from today.

My husband got the NEW BALANCE 610.

My husband is very pleased with the fit and feel of these NB shoes. I can’t say much about these shoes but when I asked him about them, he is happy and satisfied with them. Leave your questions on the comment section below if your want to more about his NB shoes. He’d be more than glad to answer them for you.

We really enjoyed running in this trail. We would definitely come back and try the rest of the connected trails northbound next time. We want to see where that part of the trail will lead us to.

I hope your three day weekend is treating you well! Happy Labor Day!

A Good Read.

I stumbled upon this great post and sharing this to every runner out there! This is perfectly written and echoes my sentiments exactly. Sometimes, all we need is a little inspiration to keep rolling.

Thank you Amanda @Miles Gone By for posting this.