How I kicked my first ever Half Marathon (21k) PR 1:45:47

One of my wishlists for this year is to run more! So to start with, I registered for a half marathon category in the Ooredoo Marathon, January 12, 2018. It’s an annual run for a cause event here in Doha Qatar. So I did some self training and with the help of the club I joined with, the Doha Bay Running Club (DBRC), it was a one and a half month’s struggle. As the date was fast approaching, I suffered several injuries. On the first week of December, I got sprained on my right ankle. So, I rested for 3 days from running. On the second week, I got flu after the long distance misty morning run. Third week, I stumbled somewhere down the road and got serious bruise on my left knee. There were times that I even asked myself why am I allowing myself to suffer like this? I can stop and give up anytime. But hey! I am a stubborn aspiring runner and my willpower supersedes all negative vibes that came.


This is my personal program/plan for one and a half months training, garnering the first ever half marathon medal.

After the debates of mind over body, I finally reached my time-frame.  For the last week before the actual race, I did some tapering. So I minimized my distance runs from 10K to 5K distance. Since the deadline of submission of office reports was on that week also, it helped me relaxed my feet from running. While doing it, I watched inspiring runners on videos and read some tips on how to make marathons to finish line. But the night before the race, I got this feeling of mixed nervousness and excitement! And the final day arrived!
It was a feeling of super duper accomplishment! Now I’ve realized that anything is possible if you put your hundred percent effort on it. I was not born to be a runner but I am proud to call myself a runner now. Willpower and strong determination will always bring out the best in you. As a first timer, I set my PR to hit the finish line between 1:30 to 1:45 mins, only to challenge myself. But to be honest, during my training runs, it was about between 1:45 to 2:00 hours to finish it.  The power of mind setting is really powerful!

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It was about 300m to finish line when I gave my best, started my sprint  and overtook some in-front runners despite the disappearance of my lipstick and could feel the knee knuckle sounds on my right!

After finishing 10 miles, I started to feel heavy. I can’t even feel my feet anymore. I could feel cramps in every part of my body specially y calves. I  looked around and could see other runners I think feeling the same. Oh no! negative energies pulling me back!

So to push it through, I let my mind and heart did the run that moment. I played some mantras like it is always ok to go slowly but surely, don’t stop and just keep moving! I had trained for this so I should finish this! Consistency and body posture! This happens only once so keep moving! And there we go! For about a mile to finish line, I took a deep breathe, checked my posture, gathered remaining energy that I had, did the sprint and voila!


Garnering the 13th place over 95 participants in 21k Half Marathon-Open Women’s Category, and placing 17th on  117th Half Marathon Female participants.

This was really an awesome experienced for me because as you can see, I ran with the Elite runners from well known countries invited by the local tourism.

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A sweet photo after the post-stretching, I could still feel the shaking of my knees that moment.  You could feel strong and invincible after the run!

This was my second run after the 10K I had two months ago. Looking forward for more runs. It is very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat other runners. Eventually, you will learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. Running helps me retract my derailed life. It’s not yet too late to dream…I will go and catch it, no matter what, no matter where. In God’s guidance, I know I can!








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Thankful 2017!

Another year had passed to each and every person. When I look back at my 2017, it was full of surprises and accomplishments! This year was awesome! It leads  the discovery of the other side of me that contributes a lot in my physical and emotional transformation. I did fall in love with running! Well, anybody can run but it takes special spirit to go to distance running. It is something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.  I’ve totally learned that setting personal goals and taking care of yourself can even help you through the toughest times. While I found it exhausting to push my physical limits at first,  I found it more rewarding on so many different levels after all.  Been living in and trapped in the the shadows of my past but I am proud that I  made it through.  I am better now despite all the roller coasters of life.

Thank you is not enough words to express how grateful I am to God Who always takes care of everything I can’t handle.

Thankful for the family who’ve always been my inspiration in this journey.

Thankful for every friend and person I met along way the whole year through.

Thankful for every joys and pains that gave me lessons to learn and made me more stronger.

Looking forward for 2018 with hope and confidence.

There’s gotta be something for my soul somewhere..

Now, I am welcoming the 2018 with full of excitement, hope and confidence. Will continue trusting and believing the best version of myself.

This coming year will be the answer to my Professor’s Essay Writing Test wayback 2008 before I graduated college..”Who Am I, Ten From Now”.

Whew!  Let see! I’m ready!



Everything will be fine!

Wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Love lots,




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How I did my First 10K Race

As of writing this, I am lying on my bed now relaxing after my first ever 10K race done this morning. It was done at Aspire Park organized by Doha College. Since this is my very first time to join the official race with I think in just a few months of training, mixed emotions was with me since last night. But despite of it, I settled myself to sleep from 10pm and woke up at 4am that’s about 6 hours of sleep. My co-runner picked me up from my place at 5am and the registration started at 5:30 to get our bib number as well. So, while waiting to officially start the race, we did some slow jog for about 300 meters as warm up.
The race started exactly at 7:00am and the course was a multi-terrain, with
possible hazards and obstacles. We will complete 1 lap for 5km and 2 for 10km.
Here’s the picture of the club I was with. It’s more exciting and motivating that you are surrounded by positive people.

I was happy with the result despite the culprit that stole my few meters pace. After finishing the first lap and after I think about 6k, I experienced sudden spasm on my right abdomen that I found it painful to breathe. So, I slowed down and walked for about 1K while I tried to manage my breathing. That was not cool for me at all. I stopped for a while and even thought of giving up and call medics because I couldn’t hardly breath. Thanks to the determination and divine intervention, I still managed to recuperate and did the walk, then slow run and back to my normal pacing. Upon reaching the finish line, another unfortunate seconds happened. Normally, the start and finish line has just the same point. But as I was about to reach the finish line which was on the left side of the lane, I mistakenly entered the Start lane which was on the right side. So, the people around shouted woooooh..! You’ve gotten the wrong lane!..go to the left for finish lane! Oooh My God! That was also a couple of seconds that I lost for just turning back!

So the 3 great personal lessons I got from today’s challenge are as follows:

1.Be well prepared physically,emotionally and mentally. We never know when, how or where the injuries may occur during the race. Remember the advised or tips from the experienced ones. From speed,breathing techniques and striding. It helps.

2.Presence of mind is a must. Be keen with every details of the course. Remember that it is more on “self-competition”. Everybody has its own pacing. Try to compete your own pace on how you could either maintain or excel it.

3. Focus. I think due to too much excitement, nervousness and many other things playing in my mind, I was destructed too much. Since, it’s my first time, I really got destructed every time somebody runs ahead me so the tendency was to try my best to exert more energy that left me exhausted and panting at the end of just few meters.

Overall, I am still satisfied with my result. Getting the 13th place out of 94 Female Junior Category Runners.

Now, I know what to do nextime.


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Running Challenges

While everybody were still snoring and enjoying a sound sleep, my feet started to stride. It was a fine Tuesday morning, woke up at 4:45am then went out at 5:05am. Started a warm up walk for about 500m from my accomodation then began the jog for the remaining distance upto 5K reaching MIA park. I have reached the place about 5:35am and that was roughly 30min for 5k? Not bad at all! I walked-jogged inside the park while savoring the beautiful sunrise facing the sea and the hill. This was the prize!


God’s magnificent creation!

I Did some stretching for about 10 minutes. Continued jogging way to home from 6:00am exactly and reached home about 6:25am. Rested for 15min and took a shower in preparation for work.
Creating positive output on your mind means setting up goal.


I will go the distance


Here are some of the challenges that I encountered

1. Waking up early morning – It was really a challenged for me and I’m sure to others also to wake up in the wee hours. So, in order to get up and move quickly, I already prepared all the stuffs I’ll be needing the night before the run,e.g. the shoes, what clothes to wear for that day etc.

2. Hitting the red light – Means, making a longer strides to cross the road while the stop light turned red or else you will be spending about 1-2 minutes waiting for the green signal to go with which, I should have been in a miles away running.

3. Targeting the time set
Setting time should be strictly followed. I should be in my accomodation for about 6:30am maximum becuase i still need to prepare for work. Being late should not exist in the dictionary.

4. Destruction of vehicles
Running in a zigzag manner is like running drunk. I have been alert all the time while I was along the road.

5. Mental Devils
My toes were swollen and experienced little pain that time after finishing few miles. So, what the hell am I doing in the middle of the street? I should just have stopped, given up and went back to sleep. I was also anxious because I thought that people around me were all staring at me while I was jogging.




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Expectation Hurts

This word “expectation” made an strong impact in my journey since childhood. I remember when I was still a student, I always make myself believed that I should be the one to get the highest score in every examinations. I?
“wink”. I felt very dismayed and disappointed whenever I couldn’t get that expectation. Well, how i wished I should have studied more that time…hmm, sort of student blues.

The reality is, we cannot always get whatever we wanted, no matter how much time,effort, talent and love we put in it. Somehow, yes it may seem true but it doesn’t mean we just stop there.  Probably, it was not just meant for us or there is more better handful offer lying ahead.

My principle is that in helping others means not expecting anything in return. Definitely, I don’t. But behind my mind was telling and whispering  that I wished this person I helped with may grow, improve and help his/her own.  It maybe disappointing somehow not to see doing their part, at least I ‘ve done my part. After all, we live int his world with a purpose.

Reality speaks. In love and friendship, expectation maybe a root of a heartaches.
Several times I’ve fallen because I expected more from them and would be willing to do that much for them. I am not a hard person. But being a passive one I think brought me to be a person “taken for granted”. I don’t blame them because seemingly I allowed myself to be part of it. Crazy it may sound but it made me realize to love myself more. The pain made me realized that no one can truly love you until you love yourself. So the journey must continue. Forgive, forget and forbear.

Nobody hurts you..only expectation.

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Beyond Doubt

Presenting yourself to new people is not easy, we know it. There’s a temptation to just wave your hand to everyone and sit quietly in dark corner somewhere.

Two days ago, I grabbed the chance to officially join the local running club, the Doha Bay Running Club (DBRC) here in Qatar. You can visit their site at From the time I fell in love with this sports, (running) behind my mind was telling me to have this goal of joining marathon one day. And when will that day be? I don’t know.  Maybe in the right time and I will make it sure to post here one day once I’ve done it “wink”. I know it will take me a lot of trainings and preparations. I’ve been following this group for quite sometime now but did not had the chance to join them in actual runs. It was only two days ago when I took the courage to join and to appear physically. At first, I was so shy and hesitant because I really don’t know when to start introducing myself. Will it be that formal? Who am I? Are they gonna ask me of so many things? I was so nervous. Such inferiority attacked!

The agreed time for the start was 4:30am, in front of the coffee shop. I arrived there about 5:00am. Terrible! I was bit late! Everybody was already out! Grav! I was disappointed to myself and almost felt hopeless to join the group. Fortunately, there was one guy sitting at the corner who happened to arrived earlier than the group. So I took the courage to ask if he was one of the member, and indeed he was! So, I made casual talked with him while waiting for the others to arrive. Finally here they came. There was one lady who waved on me, a gesture of invitation like telling me to join them, so I did! We continued running for about 5km more and normal conversation began until we’ve finished the loop. The group had a simple meeting and coffee afterwards. It was successful day for me. None of those worries, doubts and hesitations in my mind happened. Everything turned out great! Truly, doubt can only be removed by action.

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Dealing with Patience


How do I react with sensitive people.


Today I just had a conflict with my co-worker and I felt sorry about it really.
Now I am trying to assess myself if am I the one sensitive or the other side?

After work last night I took shower and went directly to my room for rest and slept because there were new transfer roomates moving in our flat. As I woke up this morning, I noticed that the router of our internet in the living room turned black. I wondered why it’s black now while before it was color white. I don’t know what suddenly comes to my mind. I tried to recall what was really its color. So, this morning I asked my colleague if they replaced our router with the new one. That question was nothing for me, I was just really asking. She answered no. They did not move anything there. So ok fine. It’s a nonsense question and that was nothing to me. I thought everything was ok. Then suddenly the other one new roomate came to me in a high voice asking me why am I questioning them? And she went back to her seat crying in anger and mumbling..this is too much!. Those were her exact words.Oh my God! What’s wrong?? What did I do? what did I say? So I went to her seat and tried to explain my side that I was just asking and for me it was not a big deal really. But the tune of her voice and questioning me as if I was accusing them got into my nerves. For many times in a calm voice I said it was nothing..but she continued blaah..blaah…blaah. So I just went back to my seat and assessed myself, was it my fault?

Everyday we deal with different people, with different backgrounds, with different characters. I have read so many articles, suggestions and ideas on how to deal with irate, sensitive and difficult people. I admit, it’s easy to read, understand and imagine scenarios. But the real challenge is when you are already in the situation. How would I have handled it? After the heated arguments, I can’t even recall what were the words that came out of my mouth during those times. I think both of us just hurt our egos. That’s it!

In the process, I will humble myself enough to say sorry whether it was my fault or not. This life had so much for me that I have no time dealing with sensitive people and nonsense things.

Just a self-reminder.

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