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Four things Monday

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Updates and interesting stuff over the weekend:

  • David Rudisha broke 13-yr-old Wilson Kipketer’s 800m world record. A true beauty:
  • Duncan Callahan and Liza Howard won one of the toughest endurance races on the planet, Leadville 100.
  • I got my first injury this year. Left foot has been chronically in pain in the 1st metatarsal for a while. Now I have pain in new area, near talus and navicular bones. (I looked up the names from wikipedia.) So I’m taking it easy. Probably will take on low volume again this week. I’m still too stubborn to take complete rest. Won’t push it too hard though. Learned my lesson last year.
  • My Dailymile friend and legendary Bay area runner Wayne very kindly included me in his feature series on normal everyday runners. Check it out in his blog, Crossroads of a Long Distance Runner.

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August 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

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Pounding on

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The past 3 weeks have been really solid. Good mileage. It’s good to find a routine that works and stick with it. Though my routes aren’t scenic or exciting, I am still enjoying the runs, pounding the pavement day after day.

Next week will be challenging though, as work schedule won’t allow me to run at my usual time. So, I will have to run in the evenings and get home late, which I really don’t like. Adjustments are parts of life I guess.

Another thing that I’m not quite happy about is the lack of true long runs. I had tried a couple times lately but was unsuccessful. So that’s been bugging me. Hopefully this will change soon.

It’s been tough so far this week with the humidity. I seem to lack any kind of energy. It’s been 3 straight days of easy-pace runs which didn’t feel easy.

This evening I wanted to get in a short run around the neighborhood, but sadly I quickly was reminded that the neighborhood streets really aren’t meant for running. Had to abandon the plan after a 10-min walk. Ah, urban life is really not for me.

Let’s talk about a positive thing. This time last year (August) I got injured and had to rest for a long time. This year there’s been only one sickness so far (that nasty cold at the end of April).┬áRight now I’m generally healthy and putting up consistent runs. So I’m happy with that.

last year vs this year

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August 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm

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A runner doesn’t need much. A pair of shorts and a pair of shoes and one is ready to go.

My main road shoes, Asics Nimbus 8, are coming apart. Outsole is getting loose and the inner cushioning fabric is torn. They have certainly served their purpose. Over 1000 miles in them. Good shoes. I doubt my next pair will be Asics though. Too expensive in Thailand.

asics nimbus 8

worn out after 1000+ miles

front of left shoe is coming loose.

I’ve switched to wearing New Balance 800 for pavement running. They aren’t new though, with 600 miles already on them.

Gonna be looking for light shoes which dry quickly, to run in this rainy season. Shopping time soon.


reebok road burst (retired), asics nimbus 8 (soon to be retired), new balance mr800mf, new balance mt100


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August 6, 2010 at 4:08 pm

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July recap

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I had quite a good month. Even with 2 days off, 200-mile barrier is crossed for the first time since Jan ’10. This past week is also my highest mileage week since first week of Feb ’10. Been healthy for 3 months straight. Life is good and I feel thankful.

Looking back at my last year’s log, I found that I’m still running less than I was a year ago, amazingly. However, I ended up getting injured last year so maybe that was too much.

It’s raining a lot but I don’t mind. Being wet is much better than being overheat.

Looking ahead, Bangkok Marathon is coming up in November. I have run this race the past 2 years. This year I may not be able to run due to scheduling conflict. However, there is Chom Bung Marathon in January. I’ve read good things about this Ratchaburi race from Thai runners. So that may be my next race. It is probably nice to change the scenery too.

So much for looking back to the past and planning the future. The only thing that really matters is the present. That’s the next run. Like the Navy SEALs motto: “The only easy day was yesterday.”

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August 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm

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