All I can do is love Him and trust Him. I know there’s a reason why He asked me to start running. Thank you Lord, I love you Lord.
I have this feeling that 2013 is going to be a great year, but more importantly I have this desire to MAKE 2013 a great year. I’m ready for the all the hard work, all the sweat and all the tears. 2013 will be great not because it’s “supposed to be” great or just because I have a “feeling” that it’s going to be great, but because I will MAKE it great. And I will never forget WHY I want 2013 to be great. First and foremost, I am a God-fearing and a God-loving man. I know what He is asking of me and I will do my best to make Him proud. All of this belongs to Him and I will never ever forget that. My greatest fear is not being with Him at the end, so I will do all I can to insure my spot with Him. Then there’s my parentals. My parents Ruel Cabauatan and Rosalinda Cabauatan have worked too hard for me to NOT do something great. I’m very thankful for all they have done for me and for all they continue to do for me. My main goal in life has always been to make them proud, and I won’t stop til I’m successful. And I have the best Sisters Evelyn Joyce and Katrina Mae and brother Carlo Calayag in the world. I want them to be proud when they say, “that’s my brother!” I have the most beautiful nieces and nephews in the world and I want to be that cool uncle who has done it all; that cool uncle that they look up to and know that they can accomplish anything if they work hard enough. I have a girlfriend Agnes Mae who I am deeply in love with. I want to be the man that she needs and wants me to be. I have so many reasons why I want 2013 to be a great year and all these reasons will be the fuel I need to get it done. 2013 is going to be a great year. I know many you feel the same way about 2013, so let’s MAKE 2013 great together. Hard work and dedication, lehhh goooo!!
This is one of the more beautiful passages that I have come across in recent memory and I would like to share it.
It’s been so long since my last post, but I’ve been super busy! It’s not that I stopped caring about my “ypowr” or WordPress, I just had something else come up; something new and exciting! On May 21, 2012, I started my new job as Program Director for Health & Wellness at the Central YMCA in San Jose, California!!!! Woot woot!! It’s such an awesome position and I am very blessed to have been given the opportunity. It’s a lot of work, but I’m lovin’ it!! I’ll let you all know more about it on my next post, which will be a video post!
But this post is about my experience on KSFS: The Cycle. My good friend Mr. Conclara was (and I saw “was” because he just graduated, woo!!) a student in the Broadcasting and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) Program at San Francisco State University and actually hosted a radio show (The Cycle) every Tuesday during his final semester. He asked me if I would be a guest on the show and I immediately said yes. So here’s is the recording, I hope you all enjoy it!
Sorry again for not posting much lately, but I’m back on it! I promise! Cheers!
Just click on this link and enjoy: KSFS: The Cycle
Day 13 – 50 min cross
This day, I decided to do a few things. I started with 20 minutes on the stationary bike. I wanted to stay on for 30 minutes, but it was just too boring and my glutes weren’t enjoying the ride. After that good 20 minute warm-up I did 15 minutes of jump rope. After this, I finished up with 15 minutes of shadow boxing with 5 lb weights. I would say that this day was a pretty light day. I definitely did not want to push it too hard because I had a 7-mile run the following day.
Day 14 – 7 mile run
Day 14 was a pretty awesome day. First of all it was Easter Sunday and I just felt good when I woke up. I started my run early because I had 12:00 Mass. I got to the city, found parking right in front of AT&T Park, and started my run around 9:30am. This was my first outdoor run where I listened to music and my goodness did it make a difference. I love music, but I never really wanted to listen to any when running outdoors; before this day, I always wanted to hear “nature” when I ran outside. The music actually helped me during my run, especially the last part of my run. And I shouldn’t say I listened to “music” because in actuality I had one song on repeat: Tygas “I’m Faded” Listening to this song on repeat helped me zone out a little easier because I liked the song and didn’t have to fidget with my iPod to change the track. At about mile 5 or 6 I began to get a bit tired, but I kept up with the rhythm of the song and it prevented me from slowing down too much. I finished the 7.12 mile run in 1:03:22 and I felt really good after. It was a beautiful day in the city and the running conditions were just perfect for me. During my run, I saw a few runners who had just completed the US Half Marathon and it motivated me to keep running; I can’t wait for my first Half on May 5th!
Day 15 – Stretch and Strengthen
Stretch & strengthen?!?! HAH! I didn’t bother to do anything but sit on the couch and watch these beautiful little girls all day. Sometimes I need to remind myself WHY I run and these 2 girls are 2 big reasons why. I want to be healthy for them and I want to be a healthy father when it’s time for me to have children of my own. I love these girls!
Day 16 – 4.5 mile run
This is what I posted on my Facebook account when I checked-in to Lake Merced:
“It’s going to be a grind: rain, sweat belt, beanie, gloves, sweater, 4.5 miles. Get some!“
I’m glad that I ran despite the rain and wind because I know that race day conditions won’t always be favorable. I focused on attacking the hills, letting my legs “go” during the downhill parts and pushing through the wind as opposed to allowing it to slow me down. It was a great/challenging run and it made me a better runner.
Day 17 – 3 mile run or cross
I don’t know if it was because I skipped my workout on Monday, but I felt pretty damn good today! Not only did I do a 3 mile run, not only did I do some strengthening exercises, but I also went to my first Bikram Hot Yoga class this morning! Ok, for all of you who have been to a bikram hot yoga class before or for those of you who go on a daily basis, let me say this: YOU GUYS ARE FREAKIN’ NUTS!!!! OMG, that had to be the craziest 90 minutes of my life!! No joke, I was in the “Savasana” pose for the last 45 minutes of the the class (for those of you who aren’t familiar with yoga, the “Savasana” pose is better known as the “Corpse” pose where you just lie on your back like a corpse and just breathe). The first 20 minutes of the class I was an All-Star though, attempting each exercise, not wiping my face with my towel, not even touching my bottle of water, etc., then the downward spiral began. My heart was racing, my vision was getting blurry, I was disoriented, every breath burned and I felt like there was absolutely no way I was NOT going to pass out at some point during this class. I looked over to my girlfriend 30 minutes into the class to see how she was doing and it seemed like she had been in Savasana for a good 10 minutes already, so I joined her LOL. Even in this corpse pose I felt like I was going to pass out; it felt like there was no escaping this, everything I did just made me more hot and miserable. It was such a crazy experience, but I’m glad that I did it. After the class I felt rejuvenated and refreshed; I felt gooooood. And I’m so very proud of my girlfriend for staying in there for the whole 90 minutes, she’s such a trooper. Oh, and we’re going tomorrow morning again! But we’re not going to try and be All-Stars like we did today, we’re going to take our time, take more breaks, and put lots of ice in our water bottles.
Well that was my last 5 days of HMT, only 23 more days til my first Half! I’m so excited! I hope all have a great rest of the week, Cheers!
Day 7 was 5K day! The 5K that I ran was Kaiser Permanentes First Annual Running of the Elk held in Elk Grove, CA. This race had a half marathon, a half marathon relay and the 5K.
I think I summed up my first 5K experience best when I Instagram’d a photo of me and my brother immediately after the race:
And if you have an Instagram, please follow me at: iamjohnross
Here are a few souvenirs from yesterday. Another thing I didn’t expect after my first official race: loving all the free stuff you get when you complete the race. I could see this becoming a big reason why I run; I’ve always loved collecting stuff. I can’t wait for my first medal!
Day 8 was a “Stretch and Strengthen” Day. So today I spent a good 30 minutes on the foam roller, SMRing my IT, my quads, my ADductors, my calves, and my piriformis. I also did a good amount of static stretches after my strength training. My strength training consisted of 2 back, 2 shoulder, and 2 tricep exercises…… oh yea, and 1,000 bicep curls.
And one last thing: I found out yesterday from my friend at Racing the States that Caballo Blanco was found dead yesterday. I don’t want to say too much other than this: thank you, Caballo, for inspiring me to run, but more importantly thank you for inspiring me to be a better human being. If you’ve never heard of him before, please take some time to read up on his life.
I hope all your weekends were awesome and I hope this week goes well for you all! Work hard! Cheers!
Please watch this 30 minute movie. You won’t regret it, I promise.
“… the principle of influence is governed by mutual understanding born of the commitment of at least one person to deep listening first.” – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (10)
a nun at my elementary school always reminded us that “God gave us 2 ears and only 1 mouth, so that we could listen more than we speak.”