As the days tick down to the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon, it’s always a good idea to recall the reasons why I’m racing. Ultimately, the mental motivation is what will get me from the start to the finish ,just as much as the training will prepare my body.
Hong Kong last week was a cool getaway from Manila with my sister and her family. We had actually booked the trip before it turned into an ASEAN holiday, so we still had our pick of flights and hotels. I decided to document the trip with a video camera that’s about ten years old. It was pretty awesome to look back on these moments from the trip while I was editing to create these vlogs.
I hope you enjoy these three videos! If you like them, please subscribe to my Youtube channel. I’ve got much more coming up from my trips to Taiwan as well as the Angkor Wat Half Marathon.
I only have three weeks before the Angkor Wat Half Marathon, which is just around the time my immune system usually dips due to increased training. Normally I get away with it and stay healthy because I just avoid going to crowded places like malls where I might come into contact with viruses. Unfortunately, last week my nephew came down with a terrible one-day bug, which came from his dad and was also passed onto his mom and myself. While I felt well enough to run on Monday and Wednesday, I started getting congestion from this cold and it’s turned into a post-nasal drip that’s affected my voice. I would normally train through a cold like this, but I’m flying to Hong Kong tomorrow for a family trip and I know it’s super-miserable to be sick when away from home.
So the past four days I’ve done only brisk walks while running last-minute errands, dosing up on vitamins and decongestants so that by the time I leave for the trip I’m on the mend. I hate skipping training like this, but I know if I don’t rest now I may jeopardize my big race.
I haven’t been to Hong Kong in maybe 10 years, and the last time I was there I wasn’t a runner yet! I can’t wait to try at least one of these routes recommended on Strava, even though we’ve only got three days and two nights and I’ll probably only run once.
I’m also testing a new pair of shoes, so that adds a bit more spice to the running. If all goes well, these might be the shoes to take me through the Angkor Wat Half Marathon. I’m going to need good traction, since this video below shows that the road surface there is a mix of packed red dirt and asphalt.
Running through the temple complex? That’s something I don’t want to miss. So wish me luck I limit the damage this cold deals to me. Cheers and I’ll catch you up on my Hong Kong trip in my next blog post!
I’ve been feeling pleased with myself lately ticking off all my required run workouts. With three weeks left I’ve really started to ramp up mileage on the weekends. My weekday run sessions have been about training my body to hold good form during higher intensity efforts, leaving me to enjoy just rambling through my stomping grounds on Saturdays to put time on my feet.
To whet my appetite and yours for the racing up ahead, here’s the official Angkor Wat International Half Marathon race course preview video: Continue reading “Road to Angkor Wat, Week 5”
As race day draws ever closer, I have started focusing more on the run work and trying to make my legs stronger. My Color Manila Glitter Run experience showed me that I have the aerobic engine and can sustain a pace for an hour. For the next few weeks I will need to keep putting kilometers in these legs. As I told a friend, “I don’t want to hurt on race day.” Continue reading “Road to Angkor Wat, Week 4”
As Manila continues to grow more congested, it’s increasingly more difficult to get around. This is why despite holding a membership to a gym chain with numerous branches all over the metro, I only go to the four closest to home, or hit the one nearest the location of an appointment.
That’s one of the reasons Anytime Fitness has risen in recent years to become the largest chain of fitness gyms in the Philippines. In a time where other gyms have shuttered branches, Anytime Fitness has expanded beyond Metro Manila to Laguna, Pampanga, Baguio, Cavite, Cebu, and Davao. They opened their 50th club in the country last week at their Glorietta 5 location in the heart of Makati’s central shopping district. When I posted about attending the grand opening on my Instagram Stories, I got some really excited comments from followers who wanted a tour of the facilities. Continue reading “Anytime Fitness Opens 50th Club in the Philippines”
The third week of my progression towards the Angkor Wat Half Marathon went quite well physically. After DNSing an intended race the previous week due to a cold developing, to bounce right back into training without symptoms going full-blown was a sign I’d done the right thing.
One of the things I enjoy about training for endurance sports is that there’s always something new to learn about my body’s capabilities. While I know with consistency I will improve my fitness and my speed, how much I improve is still a mystery until I test myself. Even then, my body is not a machine and there are so many variables that can affect performance on the day. I enjoy this bit of unpredictability and take great pleasure in surprising myself. Continue reading “Road to Angkor Wat, Week 3”