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Archive for February 2010

Family trip

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It is nice to get away from Bangkok sometimes. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provided opportunities for us to relax in nature, appreciate Thai architecture and history, as well as enjoy delicious local dishes. Here are some pictures from our short vacation in Northern Thailand last week:

It was nice to be with family, spending time together.

Still in mourning. Feel like something is missing. But life goes on. I’m back to running. Keeping the distance conservative and hoping that the left foot pain will go away.


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February 25, 2010 at 10:33 am

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Passing of a friend

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My dog, Pygmy, passed away last Sunday. He was 18 years, 1 month, and 21 days old. I was sad when hearing the news. It was not a big shock though, since his health had been in a decline for a while.

We had him in our house when I was 14. He was very little then. For a good part of his life, he was able to run up and down the stairs, and jumping high. This past several months he could barely walk. He had a fighting spirit. Even with blindness and weak legs, he still wanted to get up and explored. He lived a long life. I will miss him.

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February 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm

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Wednesday thoughts

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True rewards are those you have to work hard to earn. To be given something for free, it means nothing.

Slow progress yields true and lasting satisfaction. Build a house by laying down one brick at a time. Must not expect too much out of a workout. Let your body rest, adjust, and believe that the improvement will come somewhere down the road.

After a day off, I’m back to training again. Weather is still blazing hot in the city. No goal race in the near future, but I’ll be ready when one comes up. Most likely I will do a half next.

I’m lowering my weekly mileage and hoping that my foot will heal for good. Of course, most runners are never 100% healthy. Just the way life is never 100% perfect. It’s supposed to be that way. We deal with problems.

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February 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

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Don Bosco 2010

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Today I ran the Don Bosco 10K race and here’s a quick recap of it. This was my second straight year I participated in this race. I went into the race feeling fit but not very fast. The training sessions were mostly steady, moderate-pace runs, due to the heat and humidity.

Got to the park around 4:30 am. Plenty of time to register. I did some warmup jogs, drank some water, and used the toilet. The race began slightly late at 6:10 am, perhaps due to security issues (the prime minister was there to give the formal opening speech). The weather was warm and humid as expected.

I ran strong yet conservatively in the beginning. Didn’t look at the watch all race. Just told myself to do my best. Ended up with a PB, 43:35, beating my last year’s time by about 8 mins.

Quite shocked about how much improvement I made. I gave it my all today and very happy about the result.

Despite the late start and commotion regarding the opening ceremony, the race was well organized. Rama IX Park is a nice place to run. The route was well marked. Staff did their job with smiles. Post-race drinks and foods were sufficient. Nothing tastes better than post-run food. Had some tuna sandwiches and cocoa cereal and they were great.

Not a bad way to begin the Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day.

Took several photos of the event with my phone.

Starting tomorrow, I’m going to take it down a notch and rest my left foot.

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February 14, 2010 at 9:08 pm

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Training, sticker, and race

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On Monday, I forgot my running shoes again. Two weeks in a row that it happened.

On Tuesday, I got my sticker. It travelled all the way from California to Bangkok, thanks to Mr. Bryon Powell. is a great resource for ultra runners. Of course in Bangkok, I can’t find any trails or mountains to run. But I would love to get off road if I have a chance.

Started doing pushups more seriously on Wednesday. I want to get stronger on upper body.

Had my first rest day in 2010 on Thursday due to travel. Didn’t feel like the rest did me much good, since when I got back to running on Friday, I still felt sluggish. Perhaps it was just the weather though.

Going to run a 10K this Sunday at Rama IX Park. Left foot still hurts. Don’t know if I can better my time last year (51:45). I am more fit aerobically, but I am not feeling fast right now. Just going to enjoy it no matter what.

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February 14, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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Fast week

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This week there were some busy days. Not much time to run. So, I ran faster. “Fast” to me means anything sub-9 minute/mile pace. I went sub-9 five times this week. Nice speed training.

I really don’t like it when time is limited and I have to rush through my workout though. It’s stressful. It’s better to take my time and enjoy the run.

The weekend made up for the low mileage weekdays though. Got in a couple of nice distance runs. This morning I did the longest run in two months in Suanpruek park.

So, 7 runs on 7 days this week. Hoping to do the same next week. Also eyeing a 10K race on Sunday: the Don Bosco minimarathon at Rama IX park. I ran this last year. It’d be good to go back and improve on my time.

Had nice relaxing afternoons on both Saturday and Sunday. Got time to play with the dogs. Took them to the vet this morning for tick repellant shots. Both dogs are having eyesight problems. The little one (Pygmy) has been blind for a long time now. Pepe is also having some problem seeing.


Been sleeping late 3 nights in a row. Have to get back to normal sleep schedule tonight. That’s one of the things I have to be able to do: rest well.

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February 7, 2010 at 8:33 pm

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No shoes, no problem

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Forgot my running shoes so I ran in these yesterday.


They didn’t fit too well. So just did an easy jog. Wasn’t gonna skip a run.

This week there is Kaset Fair going on, making running a bit more of a challenge. Lots more people on campus, shopping. Booths are set up so it takes more effort navigating. The traffic is bad, so I basically cannot drive in to run in the evening. Also, I have to pay to use the shower. It’s no big deal; just small annoyances.

In Bangkok, running trails are hard to find. The sidewalks are usually crowded, dangerous, and polluted. So it’s either 400m track or at a public park if one wants to run.

Nice January numbers: 0 rest day, 0 sick day. Quite happy about that. The goal this month is to build on the base. Nothing fancy.

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February 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm

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