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Had a nice weekend out of Bangkok.



330m dirt trail loop

330m dirt trail loop

330m loop


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July 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm

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Wet season

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Bought new shoes and tried them for a run during the weekend. MT100. They are light trail shoes from New Balance. Not suited for running on a hard pavement, which is my usual running surface, unfortunately. Living in Bangkok, there aren’t any mountains or unpaved trails nearby. But I think the shoes will come in handy for running on muddy track, especially in this rainy season.

2 pairs of new balance.

Last week was good. Generally happy with the consistency these days. After taking two days off at the beginning of the month, I have run everyday since. Temperature is ranging between 27-29C. The humidity is wearing me down but I’m still on my feet, moving. Running big miles, eating big meals. Just taking it one day at a time. Life is good.

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July 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm

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Pouring rain

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Today as I walked to my usual loop to get in my daily run, the sky poured down some hard rain. I had to walk slowly to avoid getting wetter than necessary. Found a place in a building where I could run relatively dry. It is not indoor, but it does have a roof. Problem with this route is that it’s quite short (about 200m) and kinda narrow. There are often people walking around too.

Tomorrow will be another time crunch, in which I have to board an early van out of Bangkok. Hope to run, even if it has to be a short one. Will see how it goes.

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July 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm

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Cool runs

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Followed Western States 100 this past weekend. Inspiring stuff. Geoff Roes, Tony Krupicka, Kilian Jornet Burgada put up an awesome race and smashed the course record.

Due to travel to Ireland last week, I miss some runs. But it was nice to run in Dublin. I woke up by 5am each morning and got out the door to get a run in before the conference.

I ran along River Liffey and explored the city streets. I noticed right away that there are no street dogs to worry about. Pleasant weather was a nice change. I haven’t run in under 25C weather in a long time. Temperature in the city was about 10C in the morning and 20C in the afternoon. Hardly got any sweat after each run.

Now that I’m back home, it’s back to typical warm and humid weather again. Dublin was a nice break.

June numbers: 180 miles, 0 days off.

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July 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm

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