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Korea Oct 2010

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Today is my last day in this beautiful country. Been here for a conference this week. I have experienced great science (nuclear fusion) and arts (traditional culture, music, and paintings). Also had chances to see beautiful nature (Gyeryongsan park) and eat delicious Korean food (bibimbap, bulgolgi, pork BBQ). Korean hospitality and positivity are impressive as well.

It is my second visit to Korea—just over three years after my first one. Love it like last time.

bibimbap

first meal in korea. bibimbap.

I also had quality runs in cool weather. Four morning runs along Gapcheon river. Without cars or dogs to worry about, the runs were terrific.

Nice time with good friends.

Hoping to return here again one day.

daejeon bike track

daejeon bike track

river on the left. expo bridge in the distance.

river on the left. expo bridge in the distance.

a bicycle-friendly city.

a bicycle-friendly city.

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October 16, 2010 at 12:03 am

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No more coffee

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Car problem since the weekend so I’m car-less this week. Got some short evening runs in. So it’s not all bad. Yesterday I had my first day off of the month due to work.

Today is my third day being caffeine free. I’ve had headache and my energy level has been low. Today’s run was sluggish despite the rest day yesterday. I feel like sleeping all the time.

Coffee is like drug I suppose. It feels good to consume. Before you know it, however, your body gets hooked to the stuff and yearns for it everyday. That’s not the way to live. So I’m going to give it up.

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October 8, 2010 at 9:19 am

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Sep 2010 recap

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September was another consistent and healthy month. 1 day off. Good mileage (199)—a decline compared to last month (220+), but still quite an improvement over Sep 2009 (82). Intensity is good I think. Alternated hard and easy days.

Three months to go in 2010. My main focus is still on Jan or Feb marathon. My training plan for October will probably be pretty much the usual:

Each day, run for an hour.
If feeling fresh, go fast.
If feeling tired or hurt, take it easy.
Rest and recover.
Repeat.

Elsewhere in the world, Ryan Hall, one of my favorite runners, took himself out of next-week’s Chicago Marathon. I think it’s a very honorable thing to do. When you know you can’t give your best, it’s better not to show up at the line. I think it applies to every athlete. It’s disrespectful if you go into a competition and treat it as just another training session.

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October 3, 2010 at 8:22 pm

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