Pseudo Fitness Chronicles: Run For Pasig River

As I type this, my body aches so much I don't know what am I doing up when I should be lying down instead. I was awake at 3:30 am this morning, went stat to Quirino Grandstand and attended my godchild Sophie's baptism [that of course, is another story.]

Like I've said, I'm not big on fitness regimens, and I didn't think I ever had to because of my body frame. But man, was I wrong! Fitness doesn't necessarily translate to having normal body fat, weight or size. Nowadays, lots of illnesses stem from not having a proper diet and from living a sedentary lifestyle --- something I both lack in.

In my attempt to inject a little activity to my unbelievably sedentary lifestyle, me and my friends joined a run for a cause, the Run for Pasig River Event.

Runners get ready at the Starting Line

A very happy me, oblivious to my very obvious bra strap. Ew.

You see, I'm no running expert but let me just share with you some important lessons I learned from the event.

  • Get enough sleep the day before the event. 5K, as short as it sounds is a mean feat! And this is coming from someone who hasn't run in since last year.
  • If you can, try to run a few laps weeks before the event. Exercise will always be good for the body and it's a way to stretch those muscles, too.
  • Wear proper footwear. I used to not know the difference between a badminton shoe and a running one, reason why I'm wearing the wrong pair for this event. I initially thought all them rubber shoes were the same [I don't care, really, I'm a heels girl] but if not careful, the wrong shoe could hurt your feet. Thank God, I'm okay, and didn't feel anything, but maybe that's because I did not run as strenuously as hard core runners did.
  • Keep yourself hydrated. Bring your tumbler while running or make sure you take a sip at the water stations.
  • Eat something before running. If you don't want to eat a full breakfast, grab a banana and you'll be fine.
  • Don't drink any coffee or tea before the run as this will make you pee. There's a reason for Gatorade
  • Bring your iPod if you're running alone. I never do this, as I'm always just chatting or joking with friends [see, I never take this seriously!] but if you'd want to concentrate or focus, bring your upbeat tunes.
  • If you're a smoker, wait till you've rested after your run before lighting that cig. Running 'opens' up your lungs and the smoke you inhale will be twice as hazardous [as if it not yet bad, no?]. 

The list is probably longer than it should be but that's the reason there are running blogs and what have you. Good luck if you're into running, too and do let me know how it goes.

Happy Monday!

*Photos by my colleague L. Lateo