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Last week (13-19 Sep) was good (2 tempo days, 4 easy days, and 1 day off). On that one day off, I stayed on my feet and walked for an hour.

This week (20-26 Sep) is also good. 2 solid days, 1 day at moderate effort, and 3 easy days. Did mile repeats on Thursday, which went very well.

Once it a while, it is good to do an all-out effort to see where I’m at. When I can do a little better than I used to be able to, I am happy.

There is still plenty of room to improve.

I have become more mindful about food. Been trying to eat something immediately after each run, so the body can recover more quickly. In this heat, I think it’s wise to take precaution.


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September 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm

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Today, 19 September 2010, is 30th Terry Fox Run day. His story is truly inspiring.

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September 19, 2010 at 7:23 am

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Speedy Saturday

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Had the first run in (another pair of) new shoes: Adizero Boston, bought last Sunday. They felt light and snugged. There is a slight problem with left toes rubbing against the plastic material though.

After a troublesome week, with stomach and headache issues, I was eager to do a fast one. So I went out and did it. The quads were still tight, but headache was gone. Energy was back.

For someone who rarely takes days off like me (I’m a routine-loving guy), most days are difficult because the body is constantly tired. But hard days just make us appreciate days like this more, where things seem easy and running is fun.

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September 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm

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A step back

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After a hard race on Sunday, I went out and drank lots of red wine that night. Yesterday, I drank lots of coffee after another long, hot run in the morning. I didn’t drink enough water and last night my body responded badly. Went to bathroom many times due to diarrhea.

Body is overworked and dehydrated, I think. Last year, this happened too. It was even worse then. So I’m taking a sick leave today and a rest from running.

Got to take of my body better.

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September 7, 2010 at 12:17 pm

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14th EGAT Minimarathon (กฟผ. มินิมาราธอน ครั้งที่ 14)
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I participated in EGAT minimarathon on 5 Sep 2010. The event was held at Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburi. It was the first time I went there. The place was much bigger than I expected.

The race was my second in 2010—first in almost 7 months.

As with most races in Thailand, the start time was 6 am. I got up at 3am, ate a small piece of cake, left house at 4:10am. Got to the site and registered. Got our bibs. I registered for a 10K, Nan 2.4km walk. It was our first event together.

My body felt good. Whatever pain I had in my left leg/foot were no trouble. Weather was all right. Not too hot. The air was relatively clean because we didn’t have to go outside the Ministry. The sun was strong though, especially in the later part of the race. And of course, it was humid as usual.

There were 3 water stations, at 2.5, 5, and 7.5 km. The placing of km signs was a bit irregular, so it was hard to gauge accurately how far I had to go. I didn’t look at the watch. I just wanted to go by feel. I started pushing hard at around 2.5-3km out. I was really tired and wanted to walk during the last km. I gutted it out and ran through the finish line.

result: 10.1km, 43:51
placing: 19/500 (this is charity race. no top runners.)

egat 10k

near the finish

(photo via BKT club)

Nan finished her first walk-run. It was a charity walk. She did a great job and I’m very proud of her!

egat 2.4 km

Nan in her run/walk.

(photo via BKT club)

The post-race food was really good. Rice & egg, noodle, and ice-cream.

A pretty well organized race I think. So, thanks to the race organizers for their hard work. A good vibe as usual from all the happy, enthusiastic runners.

Before going home, we did some shopping and I bought another pair of shoes. I now probably have too many shoes! In my defense, it was hard to find decent running shoes at decent prices in Bangkok malls. Road races are the best places to get them.

After a short rest at home, Nan and I went out and had lunch with old friends. We knew each other from over 20 years ago. Long-time friends!

At two restaurants (สวนผักน้ำ and NYCC), we had pastas, salads, big slices of cheese cakes. Good eats with good friends.

And finally, we had dinner with our parents to end the day at Baan Suan Nam (บ้านสวนน้ำ). Seafood and wine. All in all, a really good Sunday.

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September 7, 2010 at 11:23 am

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Took a much needed vacation and spent some time in Pranburi. There, I re-discovered the bliss of being off call and re-evaluated what makes me happy. The stay was a gift, for which my wife and I are very grateful. The rooms, the food, the decors were perhaps the best I have ever experienced. The staff was fantastic.

Got in some runs on a nice treadmill. Though running in place was not too fun, it was quite convenience and friendlier to my joints than running on concrete.

Though the stay was short, it was a boost to my mental well-being. Clean air, good food, no traffic jam, and being with my wife. Good time.

pranburi beach


after a swim

after a swim


at PlearnWan, Hua Hin

The trip down south was a nice way to end August, which was another good month running-wise. Managed to get a run in everyday somehow and achieved my highest monthly mileage of 2010. Also got a tiny bit of cycling in on an exercise bike. Hoping to keep the good streak going in September.

My shoe search is finally over, for now. Got new running shoes, Nike Vapor Quick 2, as the birthday present for myself.

Got two runs already in them. Happy so far.

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September 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm

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