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Around a tower

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Tower of London run. 7 May 2014. Ran 5 km in 25 min. Had a good time.

Tower of London run, may 2014

Tower of London run, may 2014

Tower of London run, may 2014

Tower of London run, may 2014

Tower of London run, may 2014

Tower of London run, may 2014

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May 16, 2014 at 8:45 am

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Run for Children 10K

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10K Run For Children (วิ่งเพื่อน้อง ครั้งที่ 9)
Rama 9 Park (สวนหลวง ร.​ 9), Bangkok
6 am

First race in almost 14 months.

early morning

early morning

warmup jog

warmup jog

Met Marty at the start line. He ran a nice race.

with Marty

with Marty

glad to finish, run for children 10k, 22 sep 2013

glad to finish, run for children 10k, 22 sep 2013

First half 24:06, second half 25:19.
49:25

It was a very hard race for me. Just happy I could keep going at steady pace and finish. Legs felt fine but fitness was lacking. My longest run in the past year was 5.6 km yesterday. Wanted a negative split but failed. No biggie. It’s good to see where I am regarding endurance. Did manage to go under 50 min. I’m happy with that.

Well-organized event, even though I got an XL shirt (would be good as a pajamas) and a small urn instead of a medal.

Grateful that Nan got up early and left the house at 4 am with me to go to the race.

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September 22, 2013 at 9:41 am

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Slow living

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Spent most day at home. Took a long evening walk. It rained earlier so it wasn’t too warm. Jogged a bit too. First run this week. The neighborhood roads are not quite running-friendly. But the goal was just to get off the sofa and go outside. Did that. Came home to make a simple dinner and ate by myself.

Unhurried life is nice. A day of nothing more than cooking, eating, reading, walking, watching interesting videos. Recharged. My kind of weekend.

These days I run less, so I feel the need to sit less. At work, I converted my computer desk into a standing desk. It keeps me from prolonged sitting and helps me stay awake in the afternoons. Less time on my butt, more on my feet.

Had a blood test last week. Result will be interesting.

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August 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm

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Updates

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health
Faced my fear and went to the dentist last month. Got a tartar scraping. Nothing serious. Dental health is important for the quality of life. Another good reason to avoid sugar: keep teeth free of caries.

Got a fever again a couple days ago. This one is thankfully not serious. Good sleep, bone broth, and ginger tea seem to have helped. With the toxic environment in the city, physical sickness is just part of life. It’s important to accept it calmly and not be disturbed.

Mental health at work is good. Able to identify problems without getting upset. You can only do what you can. If things don’t get improved, let them be. Out of control, out of mind.

running
Did a usual 12 min run before breakfast. One year ago today I ran the 10k race, my last race since. These days I am running not to train, but just to sweat and get the legs moving. Office life is unnatural. From 5 km a day a year ago, I am currently doing 5 km week. It feels enough.

food
By avoiding certain foods, it is easy to minimize hunger. I eat as much as I want until I am full. Weight is pretty stable at 57-58 kg.

Another month, another nutrition experiment. Basically still very low carb, but reducing fiber as well. Have a blood test coming up next month so the result should be interesting.

Spent the day at Bangwan, a dessert shop with coffee, and consumed one of the few non-sugar items on the menu: an espresso. First cup of caffeine this week. Since limiting coffee to one to two cups a week, it is important to make it a good one each time.

Time is limited. Wake up to spend each day as if it is your last. Enjoy the present and ignore what other people think. Be ready to be gone and forgotten.

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August 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm

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Time allocation

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Recently recovered from stomach pain and fever, probably due to food poisoning. Went to emergency room at a local hospital. They gave me three types of medicines. I only took the drugs for three days. Just not comfortable about prolonged drug use. The body can heal itself in most cases.

Then last week I got urticaria from eating shrimps. Wasn’t too serious though. One antihistamine pill did the trick. I seem to get sick out of the blue all the time. Anyway, it doesn’t matter now. Back to jogging and eating normally.

I have stopped logging meals, again. One less thing to spend time on.

Been reading books and journaling more. Reading, writing, and cooking pretty occupy all my non-work time these days. Time is limited. Better spend it doing what you love. Why waste it doing things you don’t like?

A four day weekend is coming up. Most people are getting out of the city. I am staying home. All my runs have been all short intervals. Hoping to do a longer, slower run outdoor over the holidays. For peace and solitude.

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July 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm

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Rainy days

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Back to logging meals this month. Slipping here and there with fruits and tubers, but overall remaining low carb. Tried to cook as much as I can. Meals outside are usually expensive, unclean, too sugary, too much vegetable oil, or all the above.

Still staying with my 3-a-week running schedule. 12 min fartlek mostly. It’s short but I sweat plenty on the treadmill. Nice to use the running shoes, of which I have too many, regularly again. May go jog in a park this weekend for a change.

Work keeps me busy (meeting everyday this week) but the atmosphere is good. Teamwork is good. I still need my quiet time alone though.

It’s rain season. I like the slight drop in temperature it brings to the city.

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June 26, 2013 at 7:33 am

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Running history

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Numbers from my past life as a long distance runner, from the first marathon in 2008 to the hospital stay last year:

  • dates: 23 nov 2008-14 Aug 2012 (1,360 days)
  • number of runs: 1,483
  • distance: 12,614.7 km
  • duration: 1,220 hr 23 min 37 sec
running miles nov 2008-aug 2012

running miles nov 2008-aug 2012

running duration nov 2008-aug 2012

running duration nov 2008-aug 2012

run log

Just for the sake of record keeping.

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June 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

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