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Archive for September 2009

Back on treadmill

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Been rainy in Bangkok. Nothing quite as bad as Manila though. Pretty tough situation over there.

Got two all-day workshops on fire emergency drills to begin the week. It was a good one though. Learned new things. The lecturers were good. Lots of action on the second day (operating fire hoses and pump; and using fire extinguishers to stop burning LPG and benzene oil). Beat most of the seminars/workshops I’ve had recently.

Was able to sneak in short morning treadmill runs in the fitness room. Not much time at all. Short runs don’t cause pain though. Still recovering.


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September 29, 2009 at 7:20 pm

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Little jogs

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Not much running again this week. My log looks like a 5K training.

After 3 days off, I really wanted a run on Tuesday. So I went for a short jog in the evening. It felt good to move and sweat. I exchanged a little of physical pain for my mental well-being.

Took a day off on Wednesday. Then yesterday I ran again–this one a bit longer than one on Tuesday, but still way shorter than what I should be doing.

It all comes back to finding the balance. My heart wants to train, but my body is pleading for a rest. Pain has subsided but not completely gone. It’s still mostly in the left hip area.

Less than 2 months remain till the race. I think I will recover in time. My fitness will probably be far from ideal due to all the missed training, but hopefully I will still be more ready than last year.


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September 25, 2009 at 6:59 pm

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Health exam

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Got an annual physical exam this morning. Blood pressure seems normal: 114/71 mmHg. Heart rate: 54 bpm. Height 170cm/weight 57.5 kg.

Eyesights got worse so I need new glasses.

sph cyl axis p.d.
R -350 -50 x90 30
L -300 -125 x85 30

Blood test/chest x-ray results will come out later.

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September 22, 2009 at 12:01 pm

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Weekend sports

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Barca and Real won again in dominant fashion. Real are living up to the expectations so far. In England, although the score was close (4:3), Man City, especially on defense and midfield, were no match for Man United. They still have to improve a lot.

In Davis Cup tennis, Federer won and took Switzerland into the World Group. Meanwhile, Thailand lost to a two-man team from China 1-4. Bummer.

On the roads, Haile Gebrselassie won Berlin Marathon (2:06:08) and Ryan Hall won Philadelphia Half (61:52). Great races. Geb was asked whether he would give up trying to break the world record. His reply: “Come on, this is not a serious question. I will not stay home and sleep!” (pic below from letsrun)

Haile Gebrselassie and Atsede Besuye of Ethiopia

Haile Gebrselassie and Atsede Besuye of Ethiopia

I’m still sidelined. Took the entire weekend off. Did some yoga yesterday. Felt good.

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September 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm

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Just saying thanks

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I’m grateful to Nokia for repairing my phone for free. (Warranty runs out soon though)

Grateful to Google/RtM for helping me organize my tasks.

Grateful to Kasetsart U for providing me a place to run.

Grateful to my body for trying to heal itself through injuries and illnesses despite my stubborn refusal to take a long rest.

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September 18, 2009 at 7:58 pm

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Tough days

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Still resting and letting my body heal. The weather has been nice. Raining on most days. Temperature has been cool (by Bangkok’s standards). Too bad I can’t run. Well, I actually can (slowly + short distances), but it’s better to not prolong the pain by pounding on the muscles. My goal now is to become completely healthy again.

These are tough times. I miss the peace of running.

Must be patient and focus on doing other things I can do: stretching and strength exercises. Things will get better. Believe in comebacks.

On a brighter note, I want to congratulate my sister, who just finished her first 5K a couple weeks ago in London. The first race is always special. She did a great job.


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September 17, 2009 at 8:35 pm

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Random thoughts Monday

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Leg still hurting. No training of substance. Ran some measly miles here and there. Feeling pretty down about that.

Here are just some random thoughts I have had today.

Congrats to Kim Clijsters on winning US Open 2009. What a comeback. Her young daughter was there too.

Kim Clijsters US Open 2009

Kim Clijsters US Open 2009

NFL season has started. I’m excited about that, mostly due to fantasy football.

Still without my phone. I miss playing sudoku.

In EPL, Man City beat Arsenal 4-2 and looked like a real deal. Should be a good match against Man United next week.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are both looking good in La Liga this season. Barca has a big match coming up against Eto’o and Inter Milan.

Also from US Open last night, in Mens semifinal, an amazing shot by Federer:

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September 14, 2009 at 8:45 pm

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