The one about How I Became A Long Distance Runner

Within a year, I ran 3 half marathons.

Sept 2014

May 2015

Sept 2015.

I never thought I would ever be referred to or refer to myself as a long distance runner. Ever. Before I [officially] started training for my first half marathon , I had never run more than 4 miles in a ‘session’. I don’t think I had ever even run a mile nonstop.

My hope is that with this post, I am able to encourage at least one person who thinks they can never be ‘a runner’ to start running; or even those into running right now but thinking of quitting. Read More

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The one about A Tale of Two Burjs

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Burjs

I’ve never actually read A Tale of Two Cities. Maybe I will make another list category for books I want to read… And another, for books I’ve actually read. lol.

Burj is Arabic for tower. The Burjs in my Emirate adventure are the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab, both in Dubai. I didn’t go inside either of them but I got close enough. Today, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest man-made structure, while the Burj Al Arab is one of  the world’s tallest hotels;  it’s also been referred to as the world’s only 7 star hotel. Read More

The one about The King Of The Baby Goat

El Rey Del Cabrito

That is Spanish for “The King of the Baby Goat”. This is a restaurant that I went to while I was in Mexico. I have a friend from work who is from Mexico and before I went, I asked him for fun things to do/places to go while I was down there. This restaurant was on his list. When I also asked my friend who I was going to be staying with about things to do when I came down, she had this restaurant on her list too so I was like, well then, I shall have to go to this place! Read More

The one about The First Mile

I do not have a typical first mile experience when I run but mostly, the first mile is hard. I know it’s good practice to warm up before running, but I hardly ever do. Or I guess what I call my ‘warm up’, when I even do it, is not sufficient. Lack of sufficient warm up isn’t the sole reason for my less than stellar first miles, though. There are other factors like the weather, how tired I am, if I am properly fueled, etc. I used to get really discouraged and frustrated sometimes when my first mile wasn’t up to my expectations but I’m glad I know better now. That the first mile doesn’t have to define my entire run. That the first mile might not look pretty- and that’s ok.  Read More