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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Keep On Running and Hanger On

My Medal Hanger
Meet my new running motivator!

Finally got down to posting about my new medal hanger (I've had this hanging for a few days now), after I finally got down to displaying my medals on the hanger (I've had this hanger for a few weeks now). haha

I call this my "Blood, Sweat, & Tears" medal hanger. I'm exclusively filling it up with only full marathons (42K), ultra marathons (50K), and Doggie Run medals. 

The "Blood" is for the ultra, because I got my first ever running injury when I did my first run over 42K last year. The "Sweat" is for the full marathons, because, well, you know, it's really hard! And the "Tears" is for the Doggie Run races, because although it was only 1.5/3/5K distances, organizing a race is a bitch! (That's female dog to those unfamiliar with canine lingo.) The first time we held it and encountered a major snafu, I just walked around in a daze for an hour and cried! It's all good now. I'm glad I went through that stress. It taught me to believe in myself, the rest of the team, and to just carry on. The Doggie Run series is going strong on its 4th year, and it's true what they say about whatever doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger! But I digress. Let's go back to the hanger. 

I can't wait to fill this baby up! As you can see, I have a loooong way to go. I have a couple of marathons that I'm registered for this year, so DNF (Did Not Finish) is not an option! I keep seeing the empty slots and wanting to sign up for the next big run. haha. OC-ness... How's that for motivation? ;)

Oh, I got this nifty little paraphernalia from (can you spot their logo?). It comes in black or white finish, and can hold up to 30 medals. You can order  your very own running motivator here

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

“My Great Food 15-Second Cooking Challenge”

Soooo, well, this happened...

Because I've been watching too much of Cupcake Wars on TV. 

And it's hot. 

And I wanted a beer. 

And brownies. 

Hey, it's summer! The season of throwing caution and calories into the wind. haha. I guess I'll just have to run an extra mile tomorrow. ;)

Recipe: Beer Batter Bacon Brownies
1 pack Magnolia Fudge Brownie Mix (The recipe is printed at the back of the box, but basically you just need oil, an egg, and switch the water for beer.)
A bottle of San Miguel Cerveza Negra (Or two. Just in case it gets too hot baking. ;) haha) 
1 pack Purefoods Honeycured Bacon

I used Cerveza Negra, a dark lager with caramel undertones, to complement the richness of the fudge brownie. Bitter, sweet, bold mass of chocolate-y goodness. Then topped it off with honeycured bacon to give it that crispy, salty contrast. 


No midnight snacking remorse at all. My only remorse was that I didn't put bacon bits inside the batter. Noted- for future reference.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"My Great Food 15-Second Cooking Challenge"

I've been doing a lot of reading about the effects of coffee on running lately. And while it's still pretty much debatable, I am happy to see that the pros outweigh the cons regarding that magical elixir we all know and love. (See my blog post "Coffee VS Coffee" here.)

As with everything, the operative word is 'in moderation'. So, go ahead, indulge. And add a few fatty patties in there for, you know, motivation on your next run. ;) haha

To celebrate, here's a summer-inspired recipe I cooked up featuring the athlete's not-so-secret secret ingredient-- coffee! After all, with all that running in this summer heat, you'll need that backyard barbeque break and extra caffeine jolt to recover faster

Recipe: Coffee-Rubbed BBQ Ribs
1 1/2 tsps San Mig Coffee Honeycino
1 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 rock salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1 kilo Monterey American Pork Ribs

1. Combine all dry ingredients together. Mix well.
2. Rub coffee spice mix all over meat.
3. Marinate for 1-2 hours.
4. Steam (until only slightly undercooked).
5. Grill.
6. Enjoy!

I improvised with the honey flavored coffee. I find that the honey's golden sweetness is the perfect accompaniment to the bitter coffee undertones. I added grilled pineapples (Yum!) as a side dish too. Summer perfection!!!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Paces & Places: 6:38 P.M. Once Upon A Ferry Tale

6:38 P.M. Ferrying into the sunset...

I will always, always, always stop and stare as the sun sets. :)

Oh, the perks of running along our beloved Manila Bay... 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Paces & Places: 6:38 A.M. Mayday Mayday Mayday Parade

6:38 A.M. Fiesta Season at CCP, Manila.
The good thing about running in the middle of summer? Festive banderitas for extra shade! :)

The bad thing? It's been excruciatingly hot lately, I wasn't sure if the glittery road (so nice!) I was running on were actually glitters or I was already seeing shiny, red and gold spots from the heat! I had to cut my run short because I didn't bring enough water and was afraid of getting a heatstroke. So don't forget to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, people! 

How was your run today? 


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