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I did my first “fun run” in 2015 hosted by JCI. Given that I didn’t have a regular jogging or running habit, I registered for the 3k one. We just went around a portion of the area inside Cebu Business Park. but it felt like all my blood went rushing up my face! 😉 Yeah, I’m mestiza like that. LOL!

Fast forward almost 3 years later, we heard about the first ever 7/11 Nationwide Run happening February 04. I personally wanted to try the 10k  (haha!) but good thing they knocked some sense into me, because 5K was not a breeze! At least not for someone whose fitness and activity level couldn’t be more sedentary! 😉

So this time, the route actually included outside of Cebu Business Park and back. And about halfway, I already felt all the blood rushing up my face! So yeah, it was a run-jog-walk-run cycle until I was able to drag myself to the finish line! 😀

And you know what was waiting for us there? Freebies!!! A whole lot of freebies! Ice cream, drinks, food, snacks, and more drinks! If I’m totally honest, it wasn’t my legs or my feet that hurt afterwards, it was my arms – from all those carrying going on! Lol!

Happy Kiddo with the Finisher Medal (chos!) and the freebies!!!

So yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised if next year’s 7/11 Run would double in attendance.

And now, because I am ambitious like that, I am again signing myself up for another blood-rushing run. the SM2SM2018 Run, and this time, I’m trying my limits (walking limits?) on their 12K.

With less than 2 weeks to go, I’m not really sure what I’m getting myself into. Haha! But you know what they say, you’ll never know unless you try.

The most effective way to DO IT, is to DO IT.Amelia Earhart


Keep Grinding,


a true-blue cebuana mom. eager traveler. striving baker. amateur writer. hopeful photographer. overthinker. minimalist. emotional eater. coffee drinker. chocolate lover. and a big-time foodie.

Between Grinds chronicles the places I've been to and the foods I've devoured - in between the daily grinding that is LIFE! And also, there's cake. Lots of it.

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Hi. My name is Joan from the Queen City of the South (Cebu, Philippines).

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