One Sunday in the Life of …

Sharing one Sunday in the life of an athlete’s wife, mother of two hyperactive wonderful kids, an annoying friend, and a trying hard runner and blogger.

1. Get up at 3:00AM.  Prepare light breakfast for hubby racing 21K and heavy breakfast for two kids attending a Sunday school/church activities.
Reminder: To reserve some energy for the other activities for the rest of the day.

21K runners heading to the STAR
2. Leave home at 4:00AM, hubby’s gun start at 4:50AM
Reminder:  Hubby hates being late 

3. Take important photos of the event for this blog.
Reminder: Needs to be in good location to get the total feel of the event.
Lesson learned: Never ever wear another organizer’s singlet to another organizer’s event especially if you will be standing side by side with the cutie organizer/coach.
Coach Rio dela Cruz of RunRio

4. Cover every detail of hubby’s 21K category
Reminder: You are covering not racing so hold on tight to the steel bars to refrain you from sprinting after the gun is fired.
Result: Tortured Sad smile
warm-up for 21K runners

presentation of 21K route - love it

there goes the gun start for 21K

5. Locate two newbie 3K runner friends with gun start at 6:00AM.  Try to have their photos with the cutie organizer/coach.
Reminder: Expect not to find the two first time runner friends from the place they said they will be.  They are definitely enjoying the “going-ons” and totally forget about you.
Lesson learned: Next time teach them to send SMS like this: “here at (place) not moving until you find us”.

6. Cover other race categories.
Reminder:  Must know where the other start lines are.
5K runners - 1st wave

5K runners 2nd wave

7. Search for the newbie runner friends again to take pre-race photos.
Reminder: Give them a flabbergasted look when you find them.

8. Run with the newbie 3K runner friends up to half distance (1.5K) then cut short to catch the returning 21K hubby runner.
Reminder: Must know the short cuts back to the 21K finish line.
3K gun start

uh oh... need to find that short cut back to the 21K finish line

9. Take the very important “FINISH” line photo of hubby and more significant photos.  Assist hubby in collecting finisher’s kit.
Reminder:  This part should be quick as hubby needs to rush back home to change and head to work/coach a whole day soccer event (Alaska Cup).  Don’t question the energy he’s an athlete.
21K finisher!

10. Locate the newbie 3K runners from the finish line.  Take their souvenir photos at the finish line, photo booths, jump shots and everywhere.  Mingle and eat “kwek-kwek”.
Reminder: Be sure to pull them away from the other food carts.  They sweat out a little but wanted to eat a lot.
finish line for lower categories

my newbie running friends
11.Rush back home. Prepare the kids uniforms, outfits, offerings.  Attend Sunday mass where the talented boy is singing in the choir and the cutie little girl is the “animator”.
Reminder: Not to fall asleep during mass no matter how long the homily is.  You have two talented kids performing and most co-parents and teachers are watching you.

12. Lunch out with kids after the mass/kids activities.
Reminder: Don’t eat too much

13. Rush back home to catch the Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight via live streaming.
Reminder: It is easier to find live stream link in Facebook than from other site.
I'd rather run than watch this kind of "fight" from Pacman :(
14. Upload to Facebook the morning race photos.
Reminder: Surely the newbie runners are excitedly waiting for this.  If they comment immediately on the photos that means they survive the run.  If not they’re probably still snoring.

15. Take a nap (but expect that NO nap will happen).

16. Stop from trying to get a nap.  Get up and write some piece for this blog.

17.  Prepare snack for kids.
Reminder: Drink the juice only and skip the solid food.

18. Prepare dinner, more household chores, re-check kids school diary.

19. Get online, check emails and everything.

20. Retire for the night.
Reminder: Need to sleep

21. Get up during the night to write, read, answer emails, etc.
Reminder: Don’t get up during the night.  Have some sleep.
Overall Lesson Learned:
It is easier to finish a 10K race than do all the things above.  I should have run in the 15K category of the Unilab Run United 3 2011.
my next target :)

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