“I Am a Half-Marathon Runner”

Okay, fine, I’m not. But I read somewhere that if I told myself that enough times, it would come true.

So for everyone who noticed my new Milestone Widget on the homepage, you’ve probably been twittering in anticipation of what I could possibly be scheming for next year. Or maybe you haven’t.

Well, the last time I said I was going to do something that I said I’d never do, I jumped out of a plane to ring in my 30th birthday. And after having done that, as well as a number of other things I once never dreamed of doing, I decided to quash one of the biggest I’ll-never-do-that’s in Janice history.

Run a half marathon.

Now, one of my favourite, yet most embarassing posts is buried deep within Your Daily Dose’s archives. It has a total of one like (this must change immediately). This post tells the painful story of how I, against all odds, became a 10k runner and how I would never become a half-marathon one.

But one day, a few weeks ago, I thought about that blasted half-marathon and I thought about how I said I’d never do it. And that just made me upset at myself. Why couldn’t I be a half-marathon runner like the KABILLION other half-marathon runners in the world? Did I also not have the drive? The physical capacity? The will of steel?

I sure as hell did … do.

And so, with new found excitement and direction, I declared last night that I would go for a run this morning. The training would begin PRONTO. Yes, the half-marathon was nine months away. Yes, I would need that long to prepare. Not a morning person? Pssht. Half-marathon runners shook the sleepiness from their eyes and braved the early morn alone, while everyone else was nestled in their blankets like cowards.

Well, the morning rolled around and … um … well, you know, I slept in a little later than expected. I had to get ready for work. I just didn’t have time. I’ll go running tomorrow …

I need help.

Questions! Questions!
To the kabillion half-marathon runners around the world: I would be most grateful for your advice, stories, and motivation on how to train well for my first half-marathon!

To those who have avoided the HM or FM like the plague: What would it take for you to gear up and just do it?

And to everyone!: If you were to raise money for a cause through your (hypothetical) run, what would be your cause?

– Cafe <3

Photo Credit: Runner at the finish line
This post was written on August 13, 2012
Um, and full disclosure: I did not run the half-marathon *hangs head in deep, deep shame*

I’ll Miss You Forever, Boracay (Boracay Photo Blog 3)

I may become an emotional wreck writing this last Boracay post. Not sure if I’ll be able to hold my shit together. But you’re right, it must be done.

So here we go, people! As I said in my previous post in the Boracay series, there were many different excursions being offered on the beach. Every five steps there was another group of (usually) men ready with their sales pitch and “secret price.”

So, which ones did we choose? Continue reading

Falling in Love with Boracay (Boracay Photo Blog 2)

As much as we were in Boracay, Philippines to experience new and different things, there were three things we ended up doing almost every day during our stay there.

The first was that we started off our day having breakfast at 928 Cafe & Grill, and then picking up a fruit shake.

Having my morning coffee at Cafe & Grill 928. (That kid is so cute! *doh*) Continue reading

Welcome to the Philippines! (Boracay Photo Blog 1)

With the dragonboat races behind us, I was ready to begin my fun-in-the-sun vacation in Boracay!

As soon as we arrived at Manila Airport, I started to get a taste of what the Philippines would be like when four employees at Burger King chimed out greetings to us as we walked in and then spotted a woman giving a massage to two customers eating their lunch.

We couldn’t figure out if she was a Burger King employee or someone’s personal masseuse. I swear she was wearing the BK uniform!

Took a plane from Manila to Caticlan. Almost at our destination! … Continue reading