Saturday, April 19, 2014


Easter Escapade 5k/10k

Well this was my last race before I headed back to Okinawa, Japan but this race was different... For me that is. After my Leprechaun run, my cousin Lucy (below photo on the left)  told me that she would be willing to run in the same race as I was. So with that, I took her word for it and signed her up for this race. Well what's also great is that she also, brought along a running partner her sister Isbelda (below photo on the right). 

I am really glad they were there to run at the same race. I mean I know I was running the 10k but this was their first actual race event together. So they did the 5k part of run. Anyways, this race is another one of those where we had to do laps. So twice the laps and twice the big hill on our way back to the finish line. 

This race and like the others had wonderful people, great environment to be in. Everyone there to have fun or even challenge themselves. As for I, I ended up receiving 2nd place in my age group and I think I lost the 1st place by a runner who I beat to 2nd place in the Leprechaun run. Oh well, it was all good though. It's all about having fun and enjoying the run. 

But guess what? Guess who I bumped into during this event? Yup! It's Fred and Emmy. This time they both improved and placed in their age group. What's funny is that, they seem to know each other because last time it didn't seem like that. So it was great seeing them two again. I love being in races, knowing that your not alone in it. I'm very proud of them too. Made both races worth it. 

Anyways, It always feels good inside knowing that, I have opened a door for other people the joyful things about attending these races. As well as giving them a little boost to start working out. I love the meaning of inspire but I cannot be an inspiration to others. Why? I am not sure, I just don't see myself as a inspiration. Do you get me?

Well as sad as this was my last race in the states, I was glad to have met people whom shared their stories that motivated them to run or telling me the reasons why they run. Also, glad to know that I was able to get at least one person in my family to run too.

Finish time:  50:54 
Pace Time: 8:12
Overall Place: 13th of 137
Age Group Place: 2 of 15

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Best day of my life!

Go! St. Louis

This was my favorite races I attended. I have never been around so much runners and never felt any better. I ended up with my best PR (Personal Record). As always, I end up driving more than an hour away from where I was staying. Yet I wanted to make it up to St. Louis early because I heard there was about 22,000 runners attending and I didn't want to be searching for a parking spot. So the earlier the better. 

Just like the other races, I decided to keep my pace at the start but for some reason, I felt motivation and I ended up pushing my pace a little faster. Worst thing was that I ended up buy some compression socks with the toes cutoff and I never gave it anytime for my feet to get used to it. Along the first half mile, I wanted to stop and take them off but I just sucked up and zone out the pain. 

Throughout the race, I was still cutting through between racers and trying to keep up my pace without stopping. During that, I bumped into a Marine whom was wearing our issued track jacket. Later after the race, I bumped into him and he said he was a retired SgtMaj. Crazy! 

Anyways, this particular race had another race within this race. There was race called "Holy Hill." It was just basically 2 slops and the fastest ones wins an extra award at the end of the race. Well funny thing is, being an out of towner. The first hill I saw, I thought it was Holy Hill. So I sprinted that to the top but when there, I saw the balloon arch that said #Neverstop and on the side had Holy Hill signs. I was like, "Dayyyymmmnnn it!" haha! but I still pushed it through both of the hills trying to see if I made to the top 3 but I wasn't. 

Overall this race was awesome, and my favorite. I actually miss that environment. It was amazing and Im not sure if I will have that same feeling later on in the future. 

Finish Time: 1:48:38
Pace Time: 8:15
Overall Place: 774 of 6,223
30-34 Age Group Place: 93 of 361
Holy Hill Time: 15:33
Pace Time: 7:47
30-34 Age Group Place: 54 of 359