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Watched second half of Barcelona vs. Villareal. A masterclass of possession football on display again. You can see that these guys enjoy playing together. The team is composed of half the Spanish national team. Add in several stars (Messi, Sanchez, Alves), proven solid players (Mascherano, Abidal, Keita) and a few young talents (Thiago, Afellay) and you have a pretty good team.

Thrilling day at Worlds last night. Alyson Felix vs Amantle Montsho was a highlight. Too bad Dayron Robles got disqualified in the 110m hurdles. The contact wasn’t intentional but it did impede Liu Xiang’s rhythm. Congrats to Jason Richardson on the gold.

One day to go in August. This month’s mileage is a little bit less than July. Routine is about the same. Nothing too exciting. I like it this way.

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August 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

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Daegu Sunday

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Usain Bolt false-started the 100m in World Championships 2011

Usain Bolt false-started the 100m in World Championships 2011

It was pretty shocking to see he got disqualified. That’s sprinting for you. One mistake and you are out. Congrats to Yohan Blake.

Too bad Bekele had to drop out of the 10,000m. Farah almost had the gold, but the final kick by Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia was a pure beauty. It reminded me of Haile Geb’s kick on Tergat 11 years ago in Sydney.

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August 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm

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Rayong

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Back from a 3-day work trip to Rayong. We stayed at an isolated hotel by the beach. Found time to get out alone among trees and to do some hilly runs. Hills hurt. Today I only managed 30 minutes of easy jog because of the soreness.

Quiet roads and clean air provide a good escape. Nothing else but you and nature. Heart beats, sweat, waves, winds, and coconut trees. A dead snake, a monitor, and a gang of monkeys provided some unneeded nervous moments. Nevertheless, a good time was had. Back to Bangkok for less than a day and I already miss the outdoors.

A couple pics with colleagues in the evening. Went for a quick run shortly after this.

Barcelona got another fantastic win. Should be another contentious season with Real Madrid.

An exciting Saturday, with Daegu World Champs and UTMB going on.

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August 27, 2011 at 7:29 am

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Weekend to watch

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Mo Farah vs. Kenenisa Bekele in the 10km this Sunday at Daegu. The hottest runner on the planet vs. the legend. Exciting stuff for track fans.

For trail fans, there is The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc going on this weekend. As usual, iRunFar has done some nice pre-race interviews.

Today I learned about John J. Kelley, 1957 Boston Marathon champ.

My runs are going okay. Nothing spectacular. Fatigued on Friday, due to lack of sleep. After a good rest and nice meals, I got energy back over the weekend and did the usual morning runs. Also went out and did some tree trimming and lawn mowing in the afternoons. Good sweating under the sun.

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August 23, 2011 at 5:17 am

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N.C.C. 10K

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Did my 3rd race of 2011 this morning. Woke up around 3:10am. Fueled up with ham and peanut butter sandwich at 3:30am. Banana 10 minutes later. Drank a little water.

It rained before my wife and I left the house, but the rain stopped before the race started. I registered and paid 250 Baht for the bib number. Took couple sips of water, but didn’t eat anything else at the booths. To prevent anything funny with the stomach again, I avoided eating in the 2 hour window before the race. Sat around for a while before doing a short jog to warm up.

Good energy at the start line. Spotted some top Thai runners and some fast-looking Kenyans. The starting bell was delayed due to late arrivals of VIPs and a long opening ceremony. As today is Queen’s birthday, it was kind of a big event. So the delay was expected and it wasn’t too bad. We took off at a little after 6:10am.

Due to the rain, there were some puddles on the streets. This caused a bit of a mess. It’s still better than running under a hot sun though.

I kept a pretty steady pace throughout. A fast start (maybe too fast), followed by a slowdown. But I never faded away. I tried tagging along strong runners and made passes when I felt I could. Unlike last race, I didn’t get passed too often.

I finished in 38:18 (self-timed). The course seemed short. My time between 4km and 5km markers was 2:43 min, which is just impossible. Google Maps gave the total distance of around 9.4km.

NCC 9.42 km course

NCC 9.42 km course

I had fun today. It went better than my last race. Felt good seeing the clock as I approached the finish. I hit my goal (in spite of the short course).

summary: NCC-TTM minimarathon (เอ็น.ซี.ซี.-รยส. มินิมาราธอน ครั้งที่ 19)9.4km, 38:18 min. shoes: Adidas Adizero Boston.
winners: Ngare Joseph Mwangi (M) from Kenya, 28:24; Ann Mukuhi Njihia (F) from Kenya, 36:18.

It was a good event overall. Even though the jasmine handout line was long and the food wasn’t great, the distance markers and water stations were adequate. The policemen did a good job controlling traffic. Hope they get well compensated for their work.

Pictures:

stretching before NCC 10k race

stretching

one of top runners in 55-59 age group participating in fancy costume contest

one of top runners in 55-59 age group participating in fancy costume contest

Rama IX running club

Rama IX running club

at start line of NCC 10K

at start line of NCC 10K

runners took off

runners took off

post-race watermelons. yum.

post-race watermelons. yum.

happy mother's day 2011 from ncc 10k minimarathon

happy mother's day 2011 (with complimentary jasmine shrub)

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August 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

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10K on a whim

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Decided today to enter a 10K race tomorrow, which is Mother’s day. There are seven races in Thailand tomorrow. This one, 19th NCC minimarathon, is the only one in Bangkok.

Hopefully, my daily runs have prepared me well enough for this. According to a last-year participant’s GPS, the course is short (9.77km). So it probably can’t count as a 10K PB attempt.

It is likely to rain tomorrow (Wunderground gives it 70% chance). The course is in downtown Bangkok. Hopefully traffic control will be good. Anyhow, tomorrow is race day and my goal is to have fun, run fast (going for a sub 42), and avoid an injury (no more cramp or side stitch).

course map

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August 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm

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Wet city

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Nock-ten tropical storm is causing some trouble in Southeast Asia. It contributed in part to headache-inducing traffic jam today in Bangkok. Yesterday I spent 2.5 hours in my morning commute, and did the same in the evening.

The traffic jam is an annoyance, but there are people who suffer from this storm more than I do. At least I don’t have to deal with floods or heavy storms like in some Thai provinces or neighboring countries.

Today is much different than yesterday. The sun was shining brightly as I did my evening run.

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August 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

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