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I love rain

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On my bed. Tired from today’s run. Tonight’s sleep is going to be great.

It rained today. A heavy one. I love it as it cools down Bangkok by a lot. I ran yesterday morning in the Navamin park, and the sun was scorching at 9 am. Today’s evening run was much more pleasant, so I went long.

Running frees my mind. Bad day at work, good day at work, it doesn’t matter. Doesn’t matter what happens between 8:30a-4:30p. Running is my medicine. It makes everything better.

Tomorrow will mark the end of the first quarter of 2009. March has been a very active month for me. Things are going well.

Push on.


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March 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm

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A full day of stuff

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Woke up early and drove to Nakorn Pathom. Arrived at 7 am. Gave Final exam at 8 am. It was finished at 11 am. I think the students tried hard. Already graded a couple problems Looking good so far.

Came back and watched the movie Marley and Me, which is based on a true story. Lovely Labradors in the film.

Sneaked in a run in the evening, on village roads. It was extremely hot even though it was almost 5 pm. I was the only person out there running. I don’t have much time. Just have to run when I can, not when the weather is most pleasant.

We ate a large dinner. BBQ pork, chicken, squid, and vegetables. In Thai, it’s called หมูกะทะ. Very popular meal type. This one was delivery, which is quite convenient. It was delicious. Pygmy loves it too. Pepe will eat it soon I’m sure.

Visited None’s grandma house today. None baked some blueberry crust bars. Look very good. Will try them tomorrow.

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March 28, 2009 at 4:11 pm

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Work hard, train harder

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A fairly productive work day. Lots of people attended an event off site. So it was quieter and more peaceful than usual. No phone calls interrupting what I was working on. No people walking in to assign me extra tasks. I just did my work. It feels good to get things done.

It wasn’t that I was alone in a room. I had a couple of colleagues with me. But they were working on their things also. I fed off their energy. It’s great.

Evening run went well. It was hotter than yesterday. Just have to get on with it. GPS seemed to operate normally today. That’s good. The legs felt strong throughout, except near the end, when the left knee started hurting and buckling. Same pain as usual.

A picture of my running route. Near the football field in Kasetsart campus.

A picture of my running route. Near the football field in Kasetsart campus.

Lying here on my bed Friday night. I’m satisfied. It has been a good week of running. Nothing but humble base building miles.

A thought during the run: All tall and spectacular skyscrapers have one thing in common. They all have strong base. Without a good base the building will fall and crumble.

Base building is a long and tedious process. Yet, it is the most crucial part of growth.

On my current state of pain…

I have some pain here and there. It’s normal. Key to be happy is to stop complaining and making excuses. Make commitment to yourself to get better.

Ignore the pain. Life is full of barriers and obstacles. When facing ones, just step over or climb over them. Otherwise, turn around and find something else to do. Something that means more to you. Someone out there is suffering a lot more than you do. Your pain is nothing.

A short note about my class: Tomorrow is the final exam day, closing out the term. Time to say goodbye. Hope the students will do well.

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March 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm

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Windy Thursday

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Had a long meeting today. Had to go to Ongkharak office. Long commute. I dislike going there because there is no easy internet/computer access. So I can’t get much work done. However, today’s meeting wasn’t so bad because it ended a bit early, so I could get back to Bangkok office and did some work before going home.

Today’s weather was nicer than yesterday. Cooler than it has been lately. “Cool” is relative here. Foreigners from Europe or North America would feel this weather is sweltering. But it had some wind out there. Wind is good. It cools my body down by a lot.

Had some good sweat going. Some discomforts here and there. Nothing serious. Lance Armstrong is going through a much worse injury. Pain is part of the challenge.

The GPS seemed to be off again today. The pace seemed way too fast. Oh well. So I had no idea how far I ran. Time is known. Distance is wrong. Can’t figure out the speed. Maybe I will go run on fixed distance track more from now. I was out there for a while, and got some solid distance.

I just got back to running the beginning of the year. So it has been less than 3 months. One should always try to get better, but also must be patient.

Random thought:

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March 26, 2009 at 11:51 pm

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One hot day

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Extreme heat again today. It rained a bit in the morning, though way too short. Didn’t help much with the temperature. My skin felt burnt as I walked to the campus for lunch.

The heat wasn’t gonna keep me out of the road though. Ran on the sidewalk outside the football field. Went for about 40 minutes, slowly to avoid the pain. Had to slow down and dodge a few stray dogs along the way. Not gonna risk being chased by them!

Many people were running around the 400m track at the football field. Good to see people pushing themselves hard out there. Some were fast, some were slow. Everyone was testing their own limit. The track is a bit softer than the road and sidewalk, but I found the gravel surface a bit slippery.

The knee pain flared up slightly. My body was also overheating. I needed to drink. So I knew it was time to stop. Summer time running. Not the most pleasant thing to do. But it is a good challenge.

GPS tracking in my Nokia phone was not accurate today. The distance it measured was clearly much longer than the actual one. Not sure why it misbehaved today.

Drinking lots of water at home. It is so, very, very warm these days.

Good thing about working out: I get to eat a lot!

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March 25, 2009 at 3:27 pm

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Pain management

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Super warm weather this evening. Heading toward April, Bangkok is not getting any cooler anytime soon.

Bangkok forecast (24-27 March 2009) by Wunderground

Bangkok forecast (24-27 March 2009) by Wunderground

I ran today. At first it felt easy again. Suddenly, the knee pain came. The left leg got weak. Kept myself going and got a respectable distance.

I want to keep running and keep my conditioning. At the same time, I shouldn’t push too hard and intensify the injury. My goal is to do the best I can when the race day comes. To achieve that, I must train hard, but avoid injuries. It’s all about managing pain.

Writing an exam now, to be given to the students this Saturday. If one is prepared, he will be ready and the test will be a good challenge. For those who aren’t, it will be a long, painful morning.

If you want to do something well, be prepared. True for everything in life.

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March 24, 2009 at 11:54 am

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My office life is full of noise. Must learn to disregard things that makes me unhappy. It can be overwhelming. A routine job really doesn’t fit me.

Monday evening run once again. Ran to a good distance. Breezy at the start, when the legs were fresh. The last mile was a struggle, because of the same old knee pain. When I was done it stopped hurting. So nothing serious. Must maintain the moderate pace for now.

Happy to complete my daily run. It clears my mind. Makes me forget about work, and other people. It’s what I need. Running is my therapy. It helps me disregard unimportant stuff in life, and makes me focus on things that matter to me.

Random thoughts:

  • Barcelona makes me happy. 6:0 vs Malaga and maintain six point lead over Real Madrid.
  • Still hopeful for Federer to win another grand slam or more. But right now he can’t seem to beat younger guys like Nadal or Murray. Must cut down those unforced errors.
  • I love my dogs. Wish I could spend more time at home with them.

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March 23, 2009 at 1:18 pm

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