Let’s Get Physical: Running with Jogging Buddy Maki :D

Finally, after almost a year or two of being sedentary, I managed to push myself to run again. This seems to indicate another “I’ve done this!” for my 43things 2011 resolutions! (It’s all thanks to my new jogging buddy Maki, who is training for the upcoming NatGeo 2011 run! *claps*) Save for the ache on my legs since last night, I am quite happy to get back to my favorite cardio workout of all time. It reminds me of the stuff I researched when I was hard core and competitive about my running speed and stats. And if it helps some beginners who are as sedentary as me, I can pitch in some insights about jogging here.

I had Running as my final P.E. in U.P. before I graduated. It was a risk taken on my part, since I am a lazy person by nature. It was one of those choices I made that I did not regret, which somehow turned into a successful personal improvement project for me.

Some of my engineering friends chided me for taking such a demanding P.E. subject, but I paid them no mind. Waking up in time for that 7am class twice a week is not a chore for me because I knew that I was investing in my health. The only downside was that my skin tone was so brown that time due to the excessive sun exposure (I had a 9am to 12noon fieldwork class immediately after running class, and it was a physically draining Tuesday-Thursday schedule for me).

I was so slow during my first two months that semester. And I envied a girl classmate who can sprint so quickly while the rest of us girls in the class are trailing behind ever so slowly. We had a test run in the first month of class, if I remember it correctly, and I ended up doing the 5 km distance in an abysmal 45 minute record time. And it was not pure running at that, because I had lots of moments where I got so tired and I reduced the run to mere speed walking.  Panicked speed walking, at that.

I had a huge crush on a guy classmate that time who was always the first one to finish the running drills. I guess I have this fatal attraction towards achievers. I started admiring him when he assisted and jogged at my pace one time when I was feeling really dizzy somewhere in Vinzons Hall. He actually stopped running at his usual super speed just to help me out. I really appreciated that. He was a true gentleman who gave up his running speed to help poor old me.

It only happened once, because I was really slow with my running and he was always faster than the rest of us.  Our teacher was less accommodating and he always frowned at me and the other girls who finish last in the first three months. He was pissed that we were not meeting the targeted time for going back to the starting point in the Track Oval. I thought he was a tyrant because he asks us to do crunches, leg raises and push-ups after running 5 km. But my tummy thanked him for it by March. I was really in good shape and my legs were at its tanned finest that time.

As a competitive lady, I wanted to prove my stern teacher wrong plus I had some ulterior motive to catch up to my ultra speedy crush. Harharhar. So when Christmas break came, I did extra jogging sessions before and after Christmas day just to build my speed. I jogged everyday for around 2-3 weeks and I was able to improve running the same distance from 45 minutes to 30 minutes. And I was finally able to really run two complete rounds of the UP Academic Oval, and not the run-walk-run-walk habit I had in the first three months.

When we returned in January, the teacher was shocked that I was suddenly fast. And so were my classmates. They did not know that I worked my ass out during the Christmas break just to make that speed increase possible. Harhar. When there’s a will, there’s a way!

Anyway, part of our requirements in class was the Food Diary. I was very conscientious about filling out that long stretch of tables that lasted the entire semester. In fact, I was even able to implement it up to 4 months after that memorable sem. It made me very conscious of what I am eating. I wish I can get back to that habit, but I have lately become too busy and disorganized for my food recording good.

I learned there that burning calories of around 17 pieces of french fries will require 30-45 minutes of running. Moreover, if you eat a Big Mac meal in McDonalds, it will require around 2-3 hours of running to burn. Imagine THAT.LOL. I think I resorted to eating tuna sandwiches and oatmeal for dinner for an entire year since I learned of that fact. Right now, I am not as praning about my food intake as I had been those days.

While people counted calories, I did my best to approximate them instead. I hated having to get my calculator each time I pig out. So I got a hold of this really nice fitness book from the UP College of Human Kinetics library. (I forgot the title though. Sad.) I treated Running like a major subject (along with Electronics, Fieldwork and Dynamics LOL) so I did my research on the entire art of running, library work included.

People think that running is just easy. You just run and that’s it. But from my research, I found that breathing exercises are important so that you will not get those nasty aches in your rib cage and in your abdomen as you run. They call it side stitches and you have to stop running when it starts to hurt. I managed to improve my breathing patterns as I run so I ended up not having those running stitches anymore in the 4th month.

Also, since it is a high impact activity, a good pair of running shoes is in order. I used a normal flat pair of sneakers in my first two months and it caused so much strain on my legs. 🙁 Fortunately, I got to ask my dad to buy me a cute pair of yellow running shoes from Adidas. Some of the serious runners in our class used Nike, but I have yet to try it. I am still quite satisfied with my pair, and it’s far from being worn out as of today.

Another thing was the attire. I used to wear jogging pants to hide my legs. But a really blunt classmate pointed out that my jogging pants was dragging me and affecting my running form. I quote from her verbatim: “Mukha kang bibe (duck) kasi hindi mo mai-stretch yung legs mo. Nakakatawa tingnan.” Ouch. I was really miffed at her calling me a running duck. So I got over my inhibitions and I started wearing shorts a week after that remark.

The shift to shorts was a good decision, albeit its, er, eye-catching quality. It did help me run faster, because aside from the reduced weight, I also have to run faster against some guys or schmucks who will try to jog with me or get my number.

We had our final exam and the challenge was to finish 5 km in 30 minutes or less. I had been so nervous so I prepared very well for it. I took protein shake, ate bananas 3 hours before the jog, jogged with athletic guy friends (and competitively matching their speed too whenever I can) and girl friends,  drank lots of water the entire day, and wore the scalar energy pendant from Quantum 24/7.

Because of those preparations, I was able to achieve my best time in the 5 km run: 28 minutes and 13 seconds. I know that for professional runners, this is still slow and totally amateur. But I was so happy about it because I managed to cut my original 45-minute time to half.

Academic perk: I got a grade of 1.25 at the end of it!  (Nobody got a flat 1.0 in our class, by the way! :-D)

For starters, I need to get back to my old running speed and focus more on ENDURANCE training than speed. My jogging buddy Maki has very high endurance, and wants to improve her speed for the Natgeo run. So I think we are a perfect match in balancing each other out as far as our running goals are concerned.

Looking forward to getting more physical in the coming days. 😀

Happy hormones! 😀


some excerpts from my last Confession:

me: Father, bless me for I have sinned…

Father: okay my child, speak…

me: I have a crush…

F: *chuckles*… oh, a crush?

me: yeah, and i spend most of my finals week daydreaming about him. *grimace*

F: ahhhh… so how is he? have you been talking with him?

*hahaha…. eto na ang start ng chikahan namin ni Father*

me: ummm, well since the start of this semester he has only said 25 words to me.

F: and you’re really counting…. well, THERE WILL BE TIME FOR MORE WORDS. But now is the time to STUDY.


hanggang diyan na lang, private na masyado yung iba hahaha.





Good luck naman sa more words eh parang ayaw naman sa akin ni crush. smiley-tongue-out.gif Effort galore talaga ako this sem na kaibiganin siya.

We (Father and I) also talked about me being afraid of failing subjects. I am doing my very best. Isa-isahin natin ang subjects ko ha…



So far, dito ako kumakarir ng bonggang bongga. Hinihika lang talaga ako kaya napipilitan akong mag-absent. Hay. Pero ayokong umaabsent dito masaya talaga ako pag nakakatakbo ako.30 minutes for 5 kilometers. Umaabot ako ng mga 35 to 40. Hindi ko talaga alam kung kakayanin ko yung finals namin.. Pero eto talaga ang pinakamasayang PE sa balat ng lupa at sa buong college life ko.


ES 12

Kakasawa na toh ha. AS IN. Pero pinipilit ko pa rin. To the point na gumamit na ako ng ibang reference books.Strangely, naka95% ako dun sa 2nd exam, na hindi ko man lang nalaman kung paano ko ginawa. hahahaha. oh well, swerteng nilalang. Sayang at semplang yung first exam ko, ayan magfifinals na tuloy ako agad.Sana, magpatuloy ang kagandahan ng score ko sa remaining 3 exams.


GE 164

Fieldwork, papers and more… Hay. Grabe talaga, ang negra ko na dahil dito. Noong mga unang parts ng sem, sobrang karir ko ito. Nitong huli, naglet go na lang ako. Kasi parang masyado akong visible. Ayoko maging teacher’s pet, although alam ko namang charming talaga ako by nature.Hay… Mukhang okay naman na ang relationship ko with my classmates nung naglie low ako sa pagkarir ng subject na ito.


EEE 1 lec and lab

Paborito ko siya, kahit namamatay na ako. hahaha. Actually the only reason I went online today is because idodownload ko lang sa site ni Miss Tanya ang aming mga lecture handouts. Yung status ko dito parang gitnang gitna lang. Konting katangahan sa exam, pwedeng sumemplang. Yun lang…Tapos may guy sa lab class na nakipag-debate sa akin about theology. Ang ganda ng style niya manligaw ano, turned off na kaagad ako sa kanya umpisa pa lang.


What Father said na talagang sinunod ko, BEST EFFORT LANG.So kung hindi man umabot, alam kong binigay ko ang lahat. At higit pa sa lahat kung minsan.



Kanina habang nagjojogging ako sa academic oval, nakakita ako ng mga pamilya. May fun run for kids yata yung isang school. ANG CUTE CUTE CUTE nila…. I spent the last stretch of my jog walking na lang para marinig ko pa yung mga batang nagkukulitan habang tumatakbo. Natutuwa talaga ako, tapos may kasamang mga mommies and daddies yung mga kiddos.

And deep inside sa heart ko, naiisip ko talaga na GUSTO KO RIN YUN in the future. Gusto ko ng anak. Gusto ko talaga na isasama ko magjogging yung anak ko na sana hindi kasingdaldal ko.Yunnnnn na.


May mga pumuporma naman sa akin ngayon pero iba talaga si crush. Anyway, I stopped trying to reach him. I’ll just wait for the right time, the TIME FOR MORE WORDS ika nga ni Father.


And now is the TIME FOR MORE STUDY dahil tapos na madownload at print ang lecture slides sa EEE 1.












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hmmm gusto ko pa naman sana mag-theology… pero parang pang-executive daw pala ang beauty ko sabi nung career test. ? ************* hahaha anyway when i googled my name today, i checked my running status sa Takbong May Yabang event (http://yabangpinoys.multiply.com/journal) Aba’y akalain mong 14th pala ako sa age 20-29 na bracket. hmmm. Pwede na rin…Naglakad lang naman ako dun sa ibang areas eh. ************* i have received flowers since i was 12 years old tuwing feb. first time this year na wala. hindi naman ako nalungkot, au contraire. natuwa ako kasi it means that medyo nakaka-focus na ako sa mga bagay-bagay at natupad ko yung sinabi ko this year na wala muna. though i am sorely tempted to do otherwise on a daily basis. crucifying myself daily just to make sure na wala akong gawing sablay. tama na ang ilang taong pagkapasaway sa UP. talked to my mentor. (yes, i finally found my mentor after such a long time of being pasaway.) and then she explicitly told me: “Helen Mary S. Labao, no boys muna this year ha? Please… it’s for your own good” Hahaha i’m 23 years old na but I AGREE with her. 2009 is soul-searching year. i do daydream sometimes to compensate for the things i can’t have. but ummm, it’s not too good. every moment i spend daydreaming is a moment taken away from making reality better than my dreams. now the most noble thing about saying no to something is not avoiding it. but it’s in knowing that the temptation is there for my grabbing but i still refuse to do it. so anyway, i will try. no… i will really do it this year. sumablay lang night before feb 14 but other than that, i succeeded in eluding desperate single guy friends looking for company last saturday. haha. my internet life’s back. but it’s very limited. i’m just keeping this blog, which has been my blog since time immemorial… and i spend the rest of the online time reading up on conspiracy theories and fitness tips if i’m not doing a field survey plan for my major subjects. i miss my art blog. i might be writing something on it sometime. (http://helene003.wordpress.com) ? ? ? ? ]]>