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Chombueng bound

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I’ve decided that I’ll be going to Chombueng (จอมบึง) marathon, in Ratchaburi province, on 15 Jan 2012. With less than a month to go, I’m not sure how I’ll do in the marathon distance. I did a 20 km run last week and it was punishing my feet. Hope that the taper will help freshen up my body.

Just booked a room yesterday. It’s difficult to find, as the few places they have seem to be full already.

chom bueng marathon 2012

chom bueng marathon 2012

This is one of the oldest marathon events in Thailand. Born in 1986, it is known for its laid-back but cheerful crowd. January weather should be kind enough to run. Start time is 4 am.

42.195 km, we will meet again.

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Written by Rop

December 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Posted in running, travel

Six weeks

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I got back to Bangkok on Saturday. That night I ate a few shrimps in a stir-fry at dinner, then went to run on the treadmill, and got hives, again. Itchy. I like shrimps, but they are not worth the itch. Took two antihistamine pills and went to sleep. The drug kept me dizzy, again, for the entire Sunday.

On Monday and Tuesday I ran in Kaset campus. Tuesday night was when I got a headache which lasted over one day. I think that the fume from the mold caused it. So I don’t think I will be going in there again for a while. At least not without a mask. The university is like my home away from home. I have almost all my lunches there, and run there regularly. So I’ll be packing lunch from home for the time being.

Though I’m not feeling too good health-wise this week, at least I am not injured or having to deal with real illness of any kind. A healthy year. Flood and travel had made the mileage dip in November, going under 300 km for the first time since March. The numbers aren’t that important though. It’s about having fun with the mileage. However, currently I cannot seem to get into a groove. No run seems to be effortless these days. With one month to go in 2012, I hope my running will pick up. It might help to go outside and run in a park (that doesn’t smell). I am training for a January race. I am gearing toward Chombueng Marathon on 15 Jan. It’s closer and cheaper than Khonkaen, which I would like to do one day.

It’s good to commit myself so I have something to train for. Right now I am not in a marathon shape. Maybe a half-marathon shape. There is time to get ready. Six weeks. Maybe 4 weeks of hard training, then 2 of tapering. We will see.

Written by Rop

December 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Posted in health, running, thoughts

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