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Long Time No See   Leave a comment

Has it really been 3 years since my last post?! Wow. I already forgot that I had this blog. I was lucky Chrome saved my username and password. So why am I resurrecting this blog?

I thought the direction of this blog needs to to shift a little bit. Aside from just being about my running experiences, I thought I’ll tell you guys about my journey towards weight loss and generally just being more fit. And happy. I’m into that now. But the blog will still be mostly about running. I love running. And I do think it was running that was the most instrumental in making me lose a lot of weight before.


So what has happened the past 3 years in terms of my running? 6 half marathons under the belt, thank you very much. With a 2:18 PR. And all done barefoot, too! Not bad but a sub 2:00 would be nice. I also did a few 10Ks.

But the past half year, my running took a back seat to daily life responsibilities (which translates to “I got very lazy”). I was only able to run maybe once a week, at best. I began eating a lot (more than usual, which was already a lot). Now my weight’s up and believe me, the added weight is not because of bigger muscle.

I’m back on track now and running almost every day again. The new cardio room installed in our office, which has a couple of treadmills, helps. Not ideal because I still prefer the open road, but definitely better than nothing since it’s been raining a lot lately. I’m still unable to do long runs during the weekends. My alarms are set (yep, all four of them to make sure that I actually wake up) for this Sunday.

Here’s a fairly recent picture of me at 163 lbs. The goal is to get back to being below 150 lbs, and this time stay there. As a 35-year old that loves to eat, my work is cut out for me. Wish me luck.




Posted July 9, 2016 by Barefoot Yayan in musings

2013 is the Year of the Half Marathon   Leave a comment


For me at least. I think I’ll be doing at least three this year. I think I can do it. I’ve come up with (which means I Googled) a pretty neat training plan to help finish with respectable times.

So for this year, I decided to join the Run United Trilogy. The first leg’s schedule was moved to March 17 (not March 24, which is what’s indicated on the image I attached on top of this post). Check out the medal that I could get if I finish all three!


Which bolts together to form one gigantic mega medal!


I want that.

It’s a great gimmick, really. To have medals that would only be “complete” if you finish the whole series. Basically insures runners would keep registering in the races! Genius.

Posted February 11, 2013 by Barefoot Yayan in marathons, run united, runrio

2 Years Absent   Leave a comment


Wow, I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since my last post. To be honest, I entirely forgot about this blog for most of those two years. My life got very busy (not really an excuse). But worry not, I won’t  write about it here.

The thing that bugs me is that I also stopped joining running events the past two years.

But I didn’t stop running, thank goodness. I kept running, albeit less frequently. I stopped looking at how fast I was or how long the run was. I just ran. Almost with no direction.

And now 2013 is here. And I’m trying to get back to “serious running”, whatever that means. So watch out! Maybe I’ll figure out what “serious running” means as I go along.

Posted February 6, 2013 by Barefoot Yayan in musings