Running and Staying Fit

3 Aug
NaivePolitico and Letters from Angela

NaivePolitico and Letters from Angela

I would like to give a shout out to my best of friends msangelaa for encouraging me to run without ever actually telling me to run.

Back when we were at UCLA, I was donating platelets on a regular basis and she decided to donate too.  It was a kind of solidarity that only the two of us knew and kept us motivated for our next donation, even though it hurt a little, deprived us of our energy for the rest of the day, and 4 hours of our time.  Just knowing that we could save lives by laying down and watching a movie, why wouldn’t we.  Unfortunately, she’s in Southeast Asia for the next year+ and is barred from donating for some time even after she comes back, and I’m living in a place where the nearest platelet center is more than an hour away.  Hopefully we’ll eventually donate on a more regular basis, but until then, I’m just happy that we donated more than 5 gallons of platelets during our stay at UCLA.

Now, I’ve taken up a passion of hers.  She runs like no other and has already competed in a marathon and countless half-marathons.  It’s just ridiculously great how much she runs and is so cheery while she does it.  Over this summer, I’ve also taken up running.  I’ve gone from 2 miles a week to 12 miles this past week.  I’ve also started eating healthy (and if you know me, I used to eat anything that was in front of me) with a good helping of fruits (and eventually vegetables).  It’s so hard not to have a buddy right next to me to push me every day; however, I know that msangelaa is with me in spirit and that I wouldn’t have been able to lose 12 pounds without her.

Hopefully I’ll be able to see her in the near future, but until then, our friendship and love of politics will keep us close.


One Response to “Running and Staying Fit”

  1. msangelaa August 3, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    awwwwww I’m so proud of you, but you already know that!

    p.s. While you’re being healthy and good, I’ve been here in Chiang Mai eating well for the both of us. How did we ever switch roles? 😉

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