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This past weekend was great. Flew home Friday morning for a weekend full of family and birthday celebrations.  Adrienne and her mom picked me up from the airport and we had an amazing pancake breakfast (I’ve been craving blueberry pancakes for about a week!) and then they dropped me back at the airport to wait for some of the Varella’s to arrive.  Met up with Adam, Chantel and Uncle John and drove to Fairfield. HELLO RAIN! When I left San Diego, it was gorgeous. I pull up in Sacramento and it’s grey, gloomy and rainy. Got into town around 4pm and the rest of the night was filled with catching up, and setting up for the party.

Saturday morning I woke up early and tried to do the 9 mile run that I would have been doing if I was at group session.  That didn’t happen.  My shins were ON FIRE after about a mile and a half. At least I got that done, but it’s so frustrating.  I was getting back into shape and this injury has put me back where I was when I started. After that, it was just walking around base.
Grandma’s party was great! Old friends and family showed up, we had a ton of good food, tons of picture taking (we’re Filipino, come on!) and conversing.  We played foosball, air hockey and even busted out the mahjong table/set for a quick game.  Then the real fun started! Manny Pacquiao fight! House full of varying generations of Filipinos and you’re bound to have a good time.  Even the 70 year old Lola’s were putting in money to see what round Pacquiao would win!

Sunday (last day at home)… Day before Dad’s 50th birthday.  Went to my parents house and took my dad to lunch so that my mom and sister could decorate the house and get all the guests inside and hiding.  I tried to eat as SLOW as I possibly could to give them enough time haha.  Get home and SURPRISE! It was a good party, he got a few awesome gifts and I had a nice nap at the end.  Then my final goodbyes and back on my way to the Sacramento airport. Completely jam packed flight, a small nap interrupted by the lady behind me constantly pulling at my set, which in turn pulled my hair everytime, and then I was back in San Diego.

Had my follow-up appointment with Dr. Chad yesterday.  The joints in my feet had in fact locked up again.  He popped them/unlocked the joints once more, and hopefully it won’t need to be done.  I’m off running for another week though.  Even though this Saturday is supposed to be our 10 mile Trolley Run, he said to crosstrain the rest of the week, then try to run about 3 miles on Saturday and see how my legs feel.  SHIN SPLINTS, PLEASE HURRY UP AND HEAL!! THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING!!  Went to TKB last night since spin class was full and HOLY HELL, it kicked my butt and every other body part.  My ribcage is SORE.  Tonight I’m going to try to go to spin class, but need to leave earlier this time!

Spring Training is only 9 days away!!! Goooo Mariners!

Countdown to Seattle

The countdown to Seattle has begun!  I registered online for the training run (Rock n Roll San Diego 1/2 Marathon on June 6) last night with Laurel.  I think we spent more time trying to think of awesome witty nicknames for our race bibs than we did considering if we’d run or not.  But the bibs will be awesome!

I’m still struggling with my bum legs.  The shin splints are getting slightly better, but are far from 100%.  This past Saturday Adrienne and I went to a studio downtown to what we thought was going to be a nice, relaxing, stretchy yoga class. WRONG! This was intense, crazy people yoga!  Harcore yogis that practice probably almost every day. My body isn’t that flexible, so there were so many positions I attempted, but my body protested so much! Thighs were burning so bad, so sometimes I had to break pose and rub my thighs to work the impending knot out.  Didn’t help that when I was in crazy pretzel poses, the yoga instructor came over and pushed my shoulder further to the floor, or my hip further away.  The next morning I felt like I had went 5 rounds with Tyson, then run over by a bus. I’m pretty sure during that class, I pulled a muscle in my hamstring, and it’s still bothering me.  I tried working it out with the foam roller, and it’s helped slightly, but I can feel the “pull” even when I’m walking/sitting down 🙁

Not so Fun Facts

The need is critical:
An estimated 912,938 people in the United States are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma. Every 4 minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies.
Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children under the age of 20. Lymphomas are the most common blood cancers and incidence increases with age.
The survival rate for myeloma is only 37.1 percent. Incidence is nearly twice as high among African Americans as for all other races.

My fundraising is well underway and if you would like to make a donation please visit my fundraising page:


Went to my first spinning class in about 7 years (and only my 2nd one ever!) on Monday and MAN! that bad boy works muscles I didn’t even know I had! I was in so much pain in the middle of the class, my quads were burning up a storm and my legs almost gave out, but the music from Germany and Cuba that the instructor was playing was enough to keep my grooving to the music.

Yesterday I went to the dr (specializes in sports injury and rehab).  Apparently, 2 joints in both of my feet were locked, which is why there was so much pain in my shins and calves.  When I’d toe off while running, because the joints were locked, my toes weren’t able to flex, which was putting pressure on my calves/shins.  To protect them from injury, they would tighten.  HELLO more pain! He popped the joints back/unlocked them, so hopefully this will help a lot.  I have to go get it done one more time (in about 2 weeks) and he said they should stay permanently unlocked after that.  But still no running for the rest of the week to allow the shins and calves time to heal from the damage I had already done to them.  So after work I went to the gym and just did the stationary bike for about 35 minutes and then went home.  I bought a foam roller from the Dr. and tried it out. HOLY CRAP! That thing found every single knot I had in my legs and with the pressure of your weight on it, it (very painfully) works them out and is a great stretching tool.  It’s painful while you’re doing it (enough to make my eyes water a lot), but will feel so amazing when all the knots are gone.  I should be doing that anywhere from 10-20 minutes every night and it should help tremendously.  But for now, I’m still sore!

Today is my rest day.  Tomorrow I have yoga planned for during the day and then the gym after work to do some cardio/bike work/stretching/free weights.  Friday (normally a complete rest day), I have yoga scheduled.  It’s not really core/cardio work, so I figure the stretching can’t hurt.  Saturday is yoga downtown SD and then I’ll try to jog on my legs at the harbor with my coworker Adrienne and see how they feel.  We’re all supposed to be running the Race for Literacy 8k on Sunday, but it all depends on how my legs are doing. Ay yay yay.

Group Session #5 : Rain or Shine

which meant all rain!  It poured the entire time we were running, and we were all completely soaked by half a mile in.  We might have grumbled and complained about being wet and cold and squishing our toes in our wet sneakers, but this is nothing compared to what cancer patients have to endure, and thus, we stuck it out.

Shin splints will keep me from running for the next 7 days.  They started bothering me on Monday and I tried to keep going, but Mondays run turned into a walk.  Tuesday I rested and Wednesday attempted the midweek run.  Usually I’m at the front of the A group, but that night I barely made to the end, and I had to walk quite a bit.  Thursday I rested.  Friday (my furlough day), I was up at 530am to take Kat to the airport, so I figured I’d try to get a run in at the harbor since I was already out there.  I did ok; they were burning, but not as bad as they were on Wednesday.  I jog/walked for almost an hour and then headed into work for a couple hours.  I iced both shins last night for about half an hour (thank you frozen bags of edamame!) and kept them elevated all night (not so comfortable since I’m a stomach sleeper!), hoping that it would help.  Got to session this morning, barely made it 1/4 of a mile before they started burning 🙁  I stuck it out though and jog/walked for 3 miles, although slowly and in pain the entire time.  I had to walk back though, because they were not about to put up with running.  So I got grounded by Coach Ronnie and my awesome Mentor Brigid.  Cross training only for the next 7 days, no running, and I have to go see a specialist to have him do some adjustments.


But I hit 50% of my fundraising goal! Thank you to everyone who has made a donation, whether online or mailed in a check.  You are making this possible for me, and motivating me every mile, even through the pain!  There is still plenty of time to make a donation, so if you haven’t already and still wish to, PLEASE DO! Pass on my link to family and friends, coworkers, bosses, etc. You never know who has a connection to cancer and wants to make a difference!

Sore muscles and creaky knees

Story of my life right now.  Every muscle hurts.  My shoulders are stiff and full of knots, my knees hurt, and my hips are incredibly sore and tight.  Painful, yes. Manageable? Of course.

I just added the San Diego Rock n Roll 1/2 Marathon as a training event 3 weeks prior to the big event in Seattle.  My lovely Laurelita will be flying down to San Diego to partake in the festivities and will be running it with me.

You know, that time you just need to run in a sombrero…

Session 3 Spirit Sombrero winner!

I was pleasantly surprised by winning the spirit sombrero before my 5.27 mile run this past Saturday! Now all eyes are on me for fundraising (and for not slacking during the run haha).

I’m currently at 24% of my fundraising goal, so if you’re reading this and still want to make a donation, please do so as soon as you can! My goal is to be at 50% by March 1.

Please tell all your friends, family, coworkers, dentist, everyone! You never know whose lives have been touched by cancer.

TNT group training

Tomorrow is group training session!  It’s supposed to rain all day, so it should be interesting.  Even though the police recovered Gunther (hallelujah!), I still think I may still carpool with a few of the other participants that live around here.  Save the environment just a little bit at a time!

Speaking of Gunther, I just threw down $429 for an alarm system, hood pin and backup siren/battery in the hope that he will never be broken into/stolen again.  Stereo will have to wait, since I can’t affor done now (I couldn’t afford the alarm either, so thank you credit card), so I guess I will practive my singing abilities. Dear Gunther, you are costing me way too much money.  That’s like 2 months of a newer car payment!

I’m still fundraising for Team In Training, and still looking for donations, so for anyone that’s reading this, you would be doing me a great favor by passing on the link to my fundraising site ( to your entire email address book, tell your friends, coworkers, bosses, etc.  Anyone you know! Even if each person was able to give $5, that’s so much money going towards research and patient care!  Here are some amounts that LLS has given to us:
$25 donation: provides patients and their family with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date info on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.
$50 donation: makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
$100 donation: helps supply lab researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.

If you can give even $5, please do.  If you tell everyone you know about this cause, and they each donate only $5, imagine the possibilities you are providing a patient!