As the story has it, I woke up and found myself on the very opposite side of the globe – the flipside. I arrived February 16th, 2005 and thought I’d simply do a year, then leave. Years later and I’m still here. I went from being some random foreign girl to taking on labels I never imagined – university professor, film extra, professional boxer, CEO of my own girls-only fitness company, Flipside Fitness, and CEO of my own boxing club, Korea's largest -- Hulk's Club, formerly known as Hulk's Boxing.

After 11.5yrs in Korea, I picked up one day and left. I returned to Toronto, Canada but only to pack up my bags and venture out again. Now I'm living in Makati, Philippines. Life for me is better in Asia and I'm so happy here. This isn't a new chapter in the book of my life though, it's a whole new book I've started!!! I'm a whole new woman. I left Korea with Flipside Fitness on my brain, Hulk's in my heart, boxing in my bag, and my four-legged friend Balboa Button by my side.

Life is an adventure and this is my story of yesterday.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hell in the Park... Thursday, August 10

I'm super competitive, I know, but I didn't realize just how competitive I was until I showed up for the run with the Makati Running Club.  I had come up from the underpass when this guy ran up beside me.  

...and just like that a race was sparked.

I beat him, though I must admit perhaps he didn't realize I was really racing him.  And as I passed him and stopped where my team mate was waiting for me, I motioned to her that I beat "that guy".  I then told her I didn't know who "that guy" was but I beat him and I was proud.  She giggled and called me out on just how super competitive I am.

There were four of us who met up tonight for the Makati Running Club Thursday sprint interval training run and one member in particular was quick to be pointed out to me... Richard.  He was the only guy running in our crew tonight but he looked tinier than the three of us gals.  He looked exactly what a typical runner looks like -- super lean and very little body fat on his body.  I was told about how the other month he competed in a race against the Marines and had won first place.  Talk about impressive.  I was definitely impressed but it also meant he instantly became my competition for tonight's run.  

TONIGHT'S RUN: 
WARMUP:
1 full lap, a warmup jog around the outside of the park
dynamic stretching with the team 
SET ONE:
1 sprint from the beginning of the park to the end
1 recovery jog back to the start of the park
x3 
1 team sprint from the beginning of the park to the end
1 half lap, a recovery jog around the outside of the park  
SET TWO:
1 sprint from the beginning of the park to the end
1 recovery jog back to the start of the park
x3 
1 team sprint from the beginning of the park to the end
1 full lap, a recovery jog around the outside of the park 
COOL DOWN
static stretching with the team
strength training exercises (legs, ankles and abs)

I had left my condo around 8:15pm and booked it to Ayala Triangle with little time to spare so I had to basically sprint it there.  I returned home around 10:30pm, super soaked and dripping with sweat.  It was a good run, a great workout, but I'm not going to candy-coat it and say it was fun.  It wasn't fun unless you think almost puking in your mouth and feeling like you're going to give yourself a hernia from pushing yourself so far is fun.  It was intense.  Intense but good.  God knows I wouldn't have been able to push myself like that if I had done that workout on my own... I wouldn't have even attempted to do it on my own actually.  

Props to the Makati Running Club for kicking my butt today and a special shout out to Richard for giving me some solid competition.  Man can that guy run!!!

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