Posts Tagged ‘running’

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Some random musings:

  • I hope this doesn't become a common theme for future posts, but I get restless whenever I find myself unemployed. Granted it's only been a month since I graduated, I remember all too fondly what I went through after coming out of university. Some of my friends have insisted that I should treat this as being 'fun-employed' and I guess, when you're in your early-mid 20s it's not such a bad thing. But at this point in my life, I just want to get on with it.
  • Speaking of common themes, I hope I don't format my posts like this in point form again. Unfortunately, these days there's more quantity than quality when it comes to introspective talking points.
  • On the other hand, I've been pretty constructive with my time off. Spent some time getting back into my normal running schedule again, playing more music – which was an important goal for me post-grad – and started reading more recreationally. I figure if I'm going to have an entire day to myself for long stretches, I might as well use that time to keep the body and mind fresh.
  • I was at the wedding the other day, and the plus one was one of the bridesmaids for her best friend. Walking down that isle, it reminded me again of how lucky I was and just how insanely crazy this year has been. We all need moments like these to reaffirm how blessed we are in life sometimes, and that it really is out of our control. 
  • Hope.
Posted: July 15th, 2015
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On hold

I sort of saw it coming, but coming into this program, I don't think I'll be able to run any marathons this year. It sort of kills me to even come to that decision, but due to the full time nature of training for one and the amount of assignments coming in from school, I think it would be best if I put it on hold until the dust settles for a bit. Still hoping I'll be able to hit my goal for the 10K this year, but we'll see what happens I guess.

Posted: January 18th, 2015
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It’s been a long time since 22

It was a low key 27th for me. Used my birthday pass this year to go out for a run after work, then locked myself up in a room playing the guitar for God knows how long. I've been swamped with school work every day since January, and I told myself that I'd spend today doing anything but. It was nice to – at least for a night – do things that I've enjoyed doing since I was 15. My mind was blank this evening. I missed that.

Thank you all for the birthday wishes. I don't like making a big deal out of my birthday when it comes, but I do make it a priority to express my thanks for those who recognize it.

Posted: February 5th, 2014
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It doesn’t remind me at all

Fog runs

There has been quite the fog that has blanketed this city these past few days. Got off work late, but still mustered the energy to go out for my normal run this evening. Running through a fog as dense as the one we've seen is a surreal experience. The air felt nice. I thought of nothing tonight. What did it for me was when 'The Wolves (Act I and II)' by Bon Iver kicked into my earphones during the middle of my run. Pro-tip: your jogging playlist does not need to be comprised of only fast paced music.

Photography isn't a medium I'm normally comfortable with, but if a picture could capture the cinema of my day, it would be that.

Posted: October 22nd, 2013
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My next marathon

Istanbul or Perth? Will be traveling alone.

Posted: May 20th, 2013
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Before 30

I made a mental list in my head a few years ago of the things I wanted to do before I hit 30. Go backpacking around Europe. Go skydiving. Get lost in Tokyo. I had a bunch of shit down that sounded cool in my head but would later die off as life went on. But one of those things that I wanted to experience in my relatively unspectacular life was to do a marathon.

At the time I had just completed my first Sun Run event, a 10K run that I ran in a little over an hour and had hastily trained for. I was 23, barely in shape and at the time accomplished very little. I wanted to do exciting shit I told myself. The Sun Run, while an achievement at the time, felt insignificant and minor. I thought about doing a marathon as one of those pie in the sky things to consider, something that I’d love to do but would be such a significantly long term goal that I didn’t think too seriously about it. But I told myself I’d do it before I’m 30.

At 26 I just finished my first marathon yesterday, four years earlier than I expected.

This was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. For the first time since I started doing this sport, I thought about quitting. At the 30K mark, my knees were in bad shape, my left calf was starting to show signs that it might cramp up and my groin was wearing down. But I thought back to everything that led up to that moment: the seven months in the rain, freezing temperatures and spending almost $1000 on physio bills for injuries that almost derailed everything. I thought about that shit. I realized I had come too far. And I told myself that I was not going to stop, I wasn’t going to walk. I was going to run the whole damn thing. And I was going to kill myself just to cross that finish line.

That last kilometer, I started crying. And when I hit the last 250M, I must of been running by myself because I had people all around me calling me out by name telling me to keep going. And I cried even more. Then it was over.

If you told me 10 years ago that I was going to do a marathon, let alone run 10K without stopping, I would have told you you were nuts. I sat on the curb afterwards with my head down and I hadn’t immediately realized what I just did. This entire journey to get to where I did was long and filled with pain. I just didn’t think it was going to be as emotional for me as it was that day.

Posted: May 6th, 2013
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Out of the blue

Completed my 3rd Sun Run today. One word: fulfilling. Nothing is more satisfying than running a personal best in a sport like this.

Next up is the marathon in two weeks, and I can’t wait for it. Not because I look forward to running an entire 42K stretch of pavement – which, by the way, I have never done during training – but because my body is falling apart at the seams here. Another month of this shit and I’m probably going to lose my knees.

For the prize.

Posted: April 21st, 2013
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Not tonight, not tonight

Small update, because it’s almost November and I don’t want to forget to say something before it’s over.

  • Maybe it’s the weather, but I’m just not feeling like myself lately. It’s either that cold and dark outside or I’m reading The Chronicles of the Wind-up Bird Chronicles again. Good book – it was worth a re-read! – but not the kind of read that can kick start someone into getting back to normal.
  • Is this all?
  • The rehab of my achilles is starting to go in the direction that I want it to, which is essentially pain free with the exception of the usual day after soreness. I’m still not running continuously for long periods of time, but at the very least I’m out there moving again, which is something I missed: that physical meditation. And with a little over five months to go until May, there may still be hope.
  • Like always, time flies way too fast for me. It’s already December?
  • I need to get away from this place for a weekend.
Posted: November 26th, 2012
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Your pride can be your companion

It’s almost 12:30 AM and I should have been in bed over an hour ago, but a late night gaming session with the boys followed by a reluctance to sleep early has me writing this before I forget.

I don’t think I’ve really pushed my body as hard as I have until this year. I’ve finally recovered from the nagging injuries that I got from dragonboating and now I’m faced with the prospects of shutting it down for a while in terms of my marathon training thanks to an annoying achilles tendon injury.

The latter is scaring me right now.

I’m hoping I’ll be OK after a week or two of rest, but thanks to me playing internet doctor while surfing WebMD, I’m starting to think this might be a long term thing. I really had my sights set for running the marathon in May, and if it turns out that I won’t be ready by then, then it’s going to be a painful year of waiting before I can tackle it again.

Another thing that’s going to put a slight wrench into my plans is the fact that I’m returning to dragonboating. In our exit meeting last September, our coach expressed his disappointment in our commitment, and so this upcoming season might rob me of even more of my time from not only running but also my social life. The idea of dragonboating and running six times a week is terrifying, and it was something I ended up doing this past September, so I’m not sure how long this is going to last.

This might also be my last season not only with the team but dragonboating in general. I’m not sure if I really have the energy to get up on Saturday mornings and paddle in the rain anymore. I will also love the sport that I basically grew up with, but after the past season it has me wondering how much left I have in the tank.

Whatever happens, I just hope to have every piece of my body functioning as it should.

Posted: October 29th, 2012
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With Style

I’ve always loved the UNDERCOVER x Nike GYAKUSOU running apparel, but I never really had the funds to buy any of the pieces. Now that my situation has changed a little bit these days, I’m excited for this season’s collection to drop, and hopefully I’ll be able to snag something nice in preparation for those chilly runs through downtown. Stoked.

Posted: September 23rd, 2012
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