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Did my last run of the year this morning. 9+ miles for ’09. Took it easy as I was pretty tired. Felt great after doing it though. That capped off another good month.

december 2009 runs

december 2009 runs

More importantly it concluded a good year of running for me.

Probably will start off tomorrow with another run, before heading off to Kanchanaburi.

2009 was the year I began running again. Started logging my runs for the first time on 1 Jan. Keeping a training log has been significant. I can look back and track my progress. Can see when I pushed too hard and got injured. I have also met cool, positive people on dailymile, who have been very encouraging and motivating.

Running has made me become more mindful of my body. Without a healthy body, I cannot run. Therefore I must sleep well and eat well. Maybe part of the reason I run is to stay healthy. But it’s equally true that I stay healthy so I can run.

There is something beautiful about beating your younger self. The only way to get better is to train. Improvement doesn’t come easily or quickly. Each day I go out and fight pains, tiredness, mental fatigue. There is rarely an easy day. But the body adapts to stress and becomes stronger. The mind gets tougher after overcoming the urge to quit.

It’s all about hard work. The reward is pure. No money can buy it and nobody can give it to you. Running has become my temple, my religion, my vacation, my passion. It has given me a whole new world. I hope to keep doing it, one day at a time. One run at a time.


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December 31, 2009 at 6:51 pm

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Rain or shine

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So the car was fixed after the battery was replaced today. The old one came to its end of life. 3350 Baht for the replacement. Cost of maintaining things…

I ran in the rain this morning on the KU track. It rained very hard and I was as wet as can possibly be. Good to have access to a shower afterward.

The run was okay. Moderate effort. Aggravated the pain in the left foot. Perhaps it’s really time to put away the old pair of Reeboks for good. Perhaps it’s time to take some days off, too.

Have no real plan for New Year’s Eve night. No party, no countdown. Another day, another run perhaps. Then gonna pack for Kanchanaburi.

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December 31, 2009 at 6:05 pm

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Week 53/1

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Yesterday evening was relatively eventful. Forgot my phone in an office van. Lucky to realize it in time and able to go grab it before the van went too far (it was on its way back to Nakorn Nayok). Then I went to my car to drive home, just to find out that it wouldn’t start. Luckily, I had several colleagues come help out with jump starting the battery. I’m very appreciative of them. I was able to drive it back to the house; it wouldn’t start up again though. Maybe it’s time to replace the battery again. Now the car is sitting in the garage. No time to deal with it yet.

This is week 53 of 2009 and week 1 of 2010. These past two days, I started off each run around 6:30am, which is quite early. Still it was very warm and humid. Some days are harder than others. These days, due to the weather, every time I go out running, it is hard.

Just two more days left in 2009.


Hopefully I will get to go out and run on both days.

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December 29, 2009 at 8:58 pm

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One day at a time

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It was so warm yesterday that, for the first time in probably a month, it rained (just lightly though) in Bangkok. Temperature was reaching 39C in the afternoon (according to my car’s thermometer). I did get in my morning run before the rain came, wearing my toe socks. They are nice.

Toe socks 26/12/2009

Feet and legs are doing okay, but shoulders and arms are a bit sore, as a result from participating in a rope pull (ชักเย่อ) competition during Sports Day at the office on Friday. It is not affecting my running too much though, thankfully.

Rope pull

December has been very good. Four straight weeks of about 50+ miles/week. Weekday runs in KU campus. Weekend runs in the park. Consistency is the theme of the month. I’m happy about that. Only four more days left in the year. Gonna finish it strong.

Capped off the fourth week with a run in Suanpruek park this morning. Allowed myself to sleep in a little bit, getting out of the house about one hour later than usual. That meant I had to deal with a warm and very humid morning. This is definitely the warmest December in Bangkok that I can remember. Shirt was soaked with sweat in no time. Thought of calling it a day at an hour mark, but I decided to push through and reached my initial goal of the day.

It’s just about getting out there, even when I’m not feeling very strong or motivated. One day at a time, one run at a time. Soon, days become weeks, and weeks become months. Today I ended up feeling very tired, but very good at the same time.

Three more days of working. Then we’ll be spending time in nature in Kanchanaburi.

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December 27, 2009 at 8:27 pm

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Short and sweet

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Heading into last week of the year, I’m feeling well. Got my morning run in again today after a good night’s sleep. Temperature started off cool (22-23c) but got warm quickly as the sun came up, as usual.

Felt tired but ended up with a good pace. Pretty busy day at work tomorrow, not sure if I will have time for a run. If there is one, it will be easy and short.

Ate small shrimps at breakfast. Didn’t feel the effect of urticaria during or after the run. So I am probably only allergic to normal-size shrimps.

Had good lunch today. Boat noodle (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือ) near Kaset. Quite spicy, just the way I like it. Hope the stomach won’t get upset.

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December 24, 2009 at 4:12 pm

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Simple December

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Had a nice weekend. Ate good meals, had good rest, did my runs. Simple happiness. Can’t ask for more.

December has been a month of consistency. The routine is pretty simple. Wake up early and go do my miles. There is no set schedule, for now. Each day I decide on what type of run to do, based on how the body and the mind feel. Rotating hard, easy, moderate workouts. Finding the balance. Some days are better than the others.

Pain in left foot is still there. Looks like I might have it with me for quite a long time. But it’s okay. Somewhere out there, there are other people who suffer much more. It’s silly to complain about little foot pain.

Just nine more days till 2010 arrives. I have no real goals for the next year. 2009 has been quite nice, so it would probably be wise for me to keep doing what I’ve been doing. Sleep-eat-run, and repeat. Just focusing on becoming a little bit stronger, a little bit better each week.

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December 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm

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Going well

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I’ve been able to stay consistent on the morning runs. Five solid runs again this work week. Sleeping enough, eating well, and running strong. Things are all right and I feel thankful.

Legs and hips are pretty sore now. Have to be mindful about the body. Only myself knows when to rest.

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December 18, 2009 at 9:24 pm

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