Reflections on the Grind

thoughts on training and life of an introvert


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This blog is a way of documenting my life. A conversation with myself, aloud. The blog was originally about a trip to Korea and other random interests. It has since turned into a running blog when I started running regularly since early 2009.

I got motivated after suffering through a 5:41 marathon in Nov 2008. Since then I have improved by simply getting out there and being consistent. It felt great to be able to run faster and to be fitter than my younger self.

Life is a series of decisions and changes. After running for 3 years, I have dialed the training down since March 2012. I still love to run, but in shorter bursts. The schedule is gone. I run by feel and make every run a fun run. There is more time for rest. I am no longer chasing times. I feel that it is not sensible to beat myself to the ground with hard training and sacrifice health, merely to obtain a lower number on the clock.

2012 has also been a year of health problems. Rather than breaking personal records, staying healthy has become my number one goal.

I now enjoy cooking, resting well, lifting, and living a simple, healthy, and happy life.

Thanks for visiting. Have a good day.

lifter, food lover
introvert, frugal, minimal, stoic, objectivist


Written by Rop

June 4, 2007 at 4:17 pm

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  1. Hi Roppon,

    Just been looking through your blog, it’s really interesting to read from the perspective of someone that has traveled as much as you. I have this fun little quiz that I thought you might like It helps you find out what famous adventurer you are most like and it had a nice small, colourful badge that looks great with a travel-related site. It’d be great if you could take a look and if you like it, maybe post it on your site?



    Anna Degremont

    May 12, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    • Hi Anna. I got ‘Indiana Jones’


      May 15, 2009 at 6:38 am

      • Cool, that’s got to be one of the best results! Thanks for taking the quiz,


        Anna Degremont

        May 19, 2009 at 9:07 am

  2. Hello again Roppon,

    I know that you had fun with the ‘Which Adventurer?’ quiz I sent you, but now we have this really exciting tool to help you calculate the impact of your travelling on the environment. Though we love to travel, carbon emissions are an issue that is starting to worry a lot of us. The Flight CO2 Calculator will hopefully encourage us all to be more socially responsible by perhaps considering greener travel options.
    If you are interested, take a look at It would be great if you could post the calculator on your site/blog. I really think it would add value to your site as a whole by sparking awareness, interest and debate from your followers. I hope you like it!

    Many thanks ,


    Anna Degremont

    June 4, 2009 at 9:34 am

  3. Hey that’s funny. I have a friend who teaches at St.Georges (Lisa Conway). She probably wasn’t there when you were. I visited that school the one and only time I was in Newport. Beautiful school and city! I’d have a hard time running in that heat in Bangkok, good job!


    June 24, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    • Hi Nicole. Hmm… don’t remember her. I was there for just a year though, and it was a long time ago.
      Yes it’s definitely tough running in hot/humid condition here. But it’s okay though. Just one small challenge.
      Thanks for your comment.


      June 25, 2009 at 3:57 am

  4. Hi there,

    How do I subscribe to your blog?


    January 27, 2010 at 9:26 am

  5. Hi Rop – thanks for visiting. Hope you are feeling ok now?

    Rop – I want to email you. Can you please send me an email (my address is at my blog). Thanks Marty


    January 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm

  6. Hi Rop,
    I’m Bob from Tokyo. I found your blog from Marty’s – I met him in February when he was here for the marathon. My daughter is moving from LA to Bangkok, so I may show up there one day.

    Bob Poulson

    April 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    • hi Bob. thanks for stopping by.
      Bangkok would be quite a change for you.


      May 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm

  7. A very interesting read, Rop. Very confessional. You have a very enlightened perspective to your writing — very wise. I hope your wisdom finds a wider readership. You have a lot to teach and share. Thank you.


    July 17, 2013 at 8:35 am

  8. Cool blog.


    July 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm

  9. I like your writing and these blog posts. The design and content is easy to read. I look forward to reading more. -Hope


    September 17, 2016 at 7:51 am

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