Reflections on the Grind

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Long run

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Today I did the longest run since 2009 Bangkok Marathon. Out there on the 400m track, it was a huge mental challenge to get a true long run in. Legs could hardly move the last few miles. I am absolutely tired. Feel great to get it done.


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November 28, 2010 at 11:23 am

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Good luck BKK runners

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This is Bangkok Marathon week. I’m not running it this year. Good luck to all the runners from all over the world. It’s a good course. Seeing Bangkok at dawn is a unique experience.

My training for Tokyo is going consistently. Mind and body are in good states. November is already shaping up to be another solid month. The weather has inexplicably gotten warm again lately. But I’m still hanging on. The sun always saps my energy.

Just over 100 days till race day.

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November 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm

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Looking ahead

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Congratulations to Gebre Gebremarium (ETH) and Edna Kiplagat (KEN) for the awesome wins in New York.

October has been a really good month. Logged highest monthly mileage of the year. Weather has now become kinder. Winter is here but probably won’t be for long.

Though it looks like 2010 will be a marathon-less year, I will have my 3rd marathon in Tokyo in February 2011. I’m very excited about this race.

tokyo marathon

It’s good to have a goal. There so much room for improvement and I have to stay focused. Train, rest, repeat. When the time comes, I will do my best.

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November 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm

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The Emperor retires

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All things come to an end. It’s sad when a good thing ends.

My running idol, Haile Gebrselassie, retired yesterday, shortly after dropping out of NYC marathon at mile 16. The Ethiopian who broke 27 world records and ran the only sub-2:04 marathon is widely regarded as the greatest distance runner of all time. The retirement announcement came as a shock to the running world. I will miss him.

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November 8, 2010 at 5:01 am

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