Went out Saturday to do a supposedly easy run in Prueksachart Park (สวนพฤกษ์ การเคหะ). Before the run, my left Achilles tendon hurt a bit but I didn’t think much of it. Ran for 4 km under warm late-morning sun. Then took a long walk home. It wasn’t smart. That evening I struggled to walk. Rested at home all day Sunday.
Not enough build-up before the 10 k:
The body probably was overworked since last week race. A classic case of ‘too much too fast’. After resting and applying some oil and cream, the tendon feels better today. Still limping, but able to drive to work. No big deal but a good lesson learnt.
10K Run For Children (วิ่งเพื่อน้อง ครั้งที่ 9)
Rama 9 Park (สวนหลวง ร. 9), Bangkok
First race in almost 14 months.
Met Marty at the start line. He ran a nice race.
First half 24:06, second half 25:19.
It was a very hard race for me. Just happy I could keep going at steady pace and finish. Legs felt fine but fitness was lacking. My longest run in the past year was 5.6 km yesterday. Wanted a negative split but failed. No biggie. It’s good to see where I am regarding endurance. Did manage to go under 50 min. I’m happy with that.
Well-organized event, even though I got an XL shirt (would be good as a pajamas) and a small urn instead of a medal.
Grateful that Nan got up early and left the house at 4 am with me to go to the race.
Spent most day at home. Took a long evening walk. It rained earlier so it wasn’t too warm. Jogged a bit too. First run this week. The neighborhood roads are not quite running-friendly. But the goal was just to get off the sofa and go outside. Did that. Came home to make a simple dinner and ate by myself.
Unhurried life is nice. A day of nothing more than cooking, eating, reading, walking, watching interesting videos. Recharged. My kind of weekend.
These days I run less, so I feel the need to sit less. At work, I converted my computer desk into a standing desk. It keeps me from prolonged sitting and helps me stay awake in the afternoons. Less time on my butt, more on my feet.
Had a blood test last week. Result will be interesting.
The city makes me want to get out every once in a while. Just spent a short vacation in Hua Hin. Was nice being away from work, email, responsibilities. Became just a tiny dust in the ocean. It’s liberating to feel how little I matter to the universe.
Didn’t do much, just the way a vacation should be. Just swimming and eating. Just over 200 km away from Bangkok, the seaside town seems a different world. Now that the vacation is over, I am ready to deal with whatever. Doing nothing can get boring and unhealthy as well. Life requires stressors.
Faced my fear and went to the dentist last month. Got a tartar scraping. Nothing serious. Dental health is important for the quality of life. Another good reason to avoid sugar: keep teeth free of caries.
Got a fever again a couple days ago. This one is thankfully not serious. Good sleep, bone broth, and ginger tea seem to have helped. With the toxic environment in the city, physical sickness is just part of life. It’s important to accept it calmly and not be disturbed.
Mental health at work is good. Able to identify problems without getting upset. You can only do what you can. If things don’t get improved, let them be. Out of control, out of mind.
Did a usual 12 min run before breakfast. One year ago today I ran the 10k race, my last race since. These days I am running not to train, but just to sweat and get the legs moving. Office life is unnatural. From 5 km a day a year ago, I am currently doing 5 km week. It feels enough.
By avoiding certain foods, it is easy to minimize hunger. I eat as much as I want until I am full. Weight is pretty stable at 57-58 kg.
Another month, another nutrition experiment. Basically still very low carb, but reducing fiber as well. Have a blood test coming up next month so the result should be interesting.
Spent the day at Bangwan, a dessert shop with coffee, and consumed one of the few non-sugar items on the menu: an espresso. First cup of caffeine this week. Since limiting coffee to one to two cups a week, it is important to make it a good one each time.
Time is limited. Wake up to spend each day as if it is your last. Enjoy the present and ignore what other people think. Be ready to be gone and forgotten.
Been drinking coffee more lately. As a result, I got headaches and felt drowsy when not having one. It’s probably the caffeine withdrawal again. So, back to keeping coffee intake low. One or two cups a week. Once a day doesn’t work for me. I like the taste, but I don’t want to be dependent on it.