11/29/09

Lost wallet

When the runner's high does set in, usually around three or four miles, my body flows into a smooth rhythm and my mind is no longer conscious of how far or how long I've run or how much farther to go. Matthew Shafner, Lawyer and marathoner

Wonderful...

How did I lose my wallet in a restaurant when I had it while waiting at he bar?

It's all good, I had lost my wallet at the bar and then we were seated...at dinner and when we were about to pay...I noticed that the wallet was missing!

Reluctantly the place where we were sitting at the bar was remotely dark and the wallet was still there...

I had lost my wallet due to where we were waiting...it was simply a bar rail what we were sitting at and as my butt smooshed up against the rail, my wallet just popped out!

Anyways...it was a very nice meal, good drinks, good conversation and overall nice time out...haven't done that in the longest time!
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11/28/09

10 year reunion

Do quality workouts year-round, including during the winter. You're less likely to get injured because you won't hurry the training process, and you'll race better because you build fitness on a solid foundation. Brad Hudson, elite coach

Not much happening today other than cleaning up my room and going to my high school to no take part in their yearly "mud" race, but to talk to one of the coaches and settle a score with him.

I had not been paid from the work that I had done scoring high school meets...it was a bit upsetting because I had to wake up super early to get to the armory...and I needed the extra cash.

Very upsetting that I had to do that...and not been paid since then...or not received a phone call or any recognition since then.
So, I had to go see the coach face to face and talk with him...he knew that he messed up and messed our relationship, it's easy for him to say all this, but in the end, he's the one that messed it up...and has to live with it because I can let by-gones be by-gones (runner's menality or just personal mentality?) I am pretty care free about it and I just wanted to get paid...no one works for free...

The job that I had was fun, although it took some time and I worked about 6-9 Saturdays or Sundays...it was ridiculous that I was not paid yet...after one year almost passing.

Anyways...sorry to damper the mood...on the other note, it was my 10 year reunion and AT had organized and put this thing together...it was really great, since I didn't want the heartache and was out of town...although the class president was suppose to put this thing together...but we all knew he was useless!

But yes, it's quite scary actually! I was really excited at first trying to set things up...but not today, I'm actually feeling like I don't want to see everyone...kind of scared to see everyone...well, it wasn't the first time that we had all seen each other...2 years ago, one of our classmates passed away on a freakish accident, we actually knew each other since we were little kids and played soccer together...and in high school we both sang and played an instrument.

It's always so sad seeing this happen...but life moves on...

Here comes the reunion!

_b
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11/27/09

T-day

It's the athlete's job to learn to do the hard things easily. John Jerome, The Sweet Spot in Time

I arrive in Jersey (almost missing my bus stop, which was fortunate because some other person had pushed the button for the stop request...wheew!) where my cousin picked me up from the bus stop.

We decided to go to my grandma's home to say hello to my grandmother first and since my sister was there, we would see her...but only my grandmother was there...ok, where was everyone...so, we went over to my Aunt and Uncle's place and got word that we were to hurry over and get ready...but why?

Yes, we were told that I was in charge of cooking the Thanksgiving Bird this year...again!

So, the story goes is that my grandfather would always take care of Thanksgiving dinner when we were kids. Whereever we would go, he would be in the kitchen taking care of things and doing it up, feeding more than enough food for everyone there. It was amazing his food and unbelieveable to eat...last year, as many of you all read already, he passed away and Thanksgiving would be the toughest holiday to fill.

The "kids" now adults took on the tasks to fill in the gaps as we decided to take on Thanksgiving by cooking for the parents and fulfill our grandpa's cooking abilities...it wasn't the same, although I like to be creative and took on the Turkey with a lemon/lime twist in a citrus turkey...

So...last year was a success in the parent's eyes, so this year they wanted more....WHAT!

Ok, think of something quick and let's just roll with it...how about a cajun Turkey? That will add a little spice to it...so let's go with it...add in a few items here and there and BOOM!

Seriously, what was I doing? We dressed up the turkey pretty well and moved on...into the oven at 1pm...which it would take about 4.5 hours to cook...then hour by hour I checked on it and blah blah blah...ate dinner got full and it was perfectly really good!

The memorable part of the evening was when I showed my family on the TV screen the video that coach J put together for the Alzheimer's Run to Remember team. It was pretty cool that they all loved it and they were pretty much looking for me from all the pictures...oh wait! I was taking the pictures, that's what I had told them that I wasn't in any of the pictures! Opps...then at the end I was in the pictures and they all loved it...

Anyways, it was a good Thanksgiving and one to remember, even though my grandmother recognized me and didn't recognize me...she still thinks I am in high school...
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11/26/09

Thanksgiving!

Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they be executed. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

So a replay of running this week? None...

I have finally taken the time off that I need to give my legs a rest. Fortunate that I didn't do much to hurt my legs because it was seriously hurting after the long adventure that I had taken from the Knickerbocker 60K and right after traveling to watch the Philadelphia Marathon...

But it was a good time out this week to just walk and rest.

Thanksgiving - the holiday where my family spends the most time of the year together opposed to Chinese New Year...why? My family owns a chinese/Japanese restaurant where they work every day, every weekend and on Holidays...so, christmas is not such a huge holiday for my family at all in getting together, this one is the big one!

It's also good because it forces me to see my grandmother...well, not really forces me, although I don't retreat to go back home often to see my parents, let alone my grandparents, it's nice to be "forced" and it's nice to actually see my grandmother. I mean this is one reason why I run...so seeing her is what all this money is going forth...well, this is why I do all the things I do...

We'll see what happens in this family gathering this year...Sister is back from Thanksgiving with her boy and family is good!
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11/23/09

33rd Empire State Building Run Up

When you've trained as best you can and you know your competition has done the same, nothing really matters but your mental strength and your belief. Florence Griffith Joyner

Ok...

So I applied for the 3rd year in a row...have I ever done it? Nope.

The first year I had received acceptance, although I had gotten the Flu that year and opted out in doing the race.

Well just have to sit and wait...

We have received your application for the 2010 Empire State Building Run-up.

All applicants will be informed of their application status by the first week of January, 2010. We will e-mail entrants and process their fees upon acceptance.

11/19/09

Speedwork

If one has determination, then things will get done. Chinese Proverb

Ok...no, I don't do speedwork before a 37 miler as I had taken both today and tomorrow off in preparation for the Ultra marathon that I will be enduring.

It's very scary! I have to admit that it really feels as though I am doing my very first marathon. The nervousness before...whenever someone talks about it and well...it's the fear of the unknown...

I am guessing also that I want to do well...I have a little high expectations of myself and for the first time I guess, I don't feel comfortable in this situation, where in running I always have felt prepared and can enduring many things that I set forth to...

So...who's speedwork? Seals contacted me at work as I had no intentions of having speedwork coaching sessions. So...why not right?

I was unprepared for her, although she wanted the technical side of how she fan and I gave her the more indepth criticism as possible...she ran hard and did well...

It's hard to tell people items straight up of what you feel may help them or not...different people have different things that may effect them in running. No one is perfect. There is also no right or wrong way of doing things....

I mean, just look at Paula Radcliff....amazing runner, amazing gait (leg) but horrible posture while running...and she probably knows it...but it works for her and she is a machine, a champion, & a runner that I could never be!
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11/13/09

Take your breathe away...

To be a consistent winner means preparing not just one day, one month, or even one year—but for a lifetime.

Bill Rodgers
Get out of work today and BOOM! On faced wind that blows right into your face and knocks your stomach in...it's as if you got the wind knocked out of you...when was the last time you ever got that happening to you?

Plus it was cold!

Anyways, got to get home as quickly as possible, but some ridiculous bike riders were being obnoxious...I mean really now!

Hence the bad reputations that these bikers get when these guys ruin it for everyone...

Anyways, I was zipping last night...swerving in and out, people watching along the way and trying to beat cars that were starting up from their green lights...

I know! It's dangerous, but I got my ID tag on or what I call my death tag, also reflecties on my gloves and my blinker in the back of my bag...

Ahh! Just speed work...
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No running...lucky 13

The more I thought about what I get to do, the less I realized I had to do. It was just a shift, just a new perspective, just a new and more grateful method for labeling the things in my life. Think about it—if you stopped yourself every single time you were about to say, "I have to" and changed it to "I get to," it might change your entire experience.

Kristin Armstrong, Mile Markers blog, runnersworld.com
Sometimes you just have to restrict yourself in the allowances of running. As I stayed in last night just reading the book, "anything for a T-shirt"...yes, I have been reading this book for about a year already and I barely get time to just settle.

Last night felt really good in a way where I did my own thing...it was nice to just stay in and enjoy my time. I had already ran home and it was quite a speed workout...but it was just really nice to just have my own time.

So this morning, it was cold and windy and I just didn't want to take another cold shower at work...and I was lazy of course, I just bit the bullet and changed for work at home. There is something about Friday's that just make people a little lazy and that's a good thing because you need that before the weekend.

I also have my glasses on today, making me resist the fact that I NEED to run...

Anyways, in the book it talks about how Fred Lebow was very fortunate to have the ability to run.

We do take our ability and our persona of running for granted sometimes. For many of us it is an outlet. This outlet allows us to cope...allows us to gain friendships, honor ourselves and bring about more of a healthier lifestyle.

I have taken running for granted this year and my abilities to run fast or slow...although I have justified this by helping others and making a job out of it...

But it is painstakingly taking it's toll and I know the factors involved with my body and the limitations that it may bring. I know that I am no superman, no machine that can run without limits...

There are always limits and that's where people get injured. Runners do not know how to say NO or STOP. We need rest. We need our bodies to repair ourselves....

It's the way of life...so hopefully I will get back to 2 days rest...we shall see!
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11/12/09

Blown Away...

There are few instincts more natural than the body in full motion as it races across a field or through the trees.

Neal Bascomb, The Perfect Mile

This morning as I was getting all of my things together and just about to leave my apartment...
I can see one of the street sign getting blown back and forth by the wind...All I can think about is running in the COLD, windy cross town winds...frigidness!
Was I dressed up enough?
As soon as I got out, a big gust of wind blows into my face...brr...cold!
Great this is going to be quite the commute to work today...
Talking about commutes, I thought it was quite interesting just looking at the commuting patterns. Like usual people, usual New Yorkers would take the subway...or walk, or take the bus...
Those are all with people...strange? I'm by myself most of the time, although I usually share the road with buses, cars and bikers...in suits sometimes like today...
but yes, it's quite strange looking at people's walking patterns as well...seeing how they stop and go from the stop lights...clusters forming and stopping and going...
This is what I think about when I run...strange?
I get to work again...and yup! 3rd day in a row...NO HOT WATER! COLD SHOWER! AHHHH!!!
We get an e-mail from the HR department:
"We are aware it is a bit cool in the offices today. There was a gas leak with the building. Con Ed switched off the gas. The gas is what fires up our burners for the heat. As such: No heat or hot water. They are working on it fixing it
The building thanks us for our patience. Especially those of us sitting near a window…."
Well at least you didn't have to take a COLD SHOWER!
Looking forward to it tomorrow...WONDERFUL!

11/11/09

To the vets...

Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you're young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don't let worn out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.

John Bingham, "Tools and Rules," Runner's World

A bit breezy this morning for today's run as I had forgotten my bandanna and would regret it later on when sweat came down on my face...it was early on, where the wind was cool and I had thought I would be safe...

As I worked my way downtown I noticed a huge amount of barricades from the streets starting at 42nd street and 5th avenue?

What is going on?

Well, another damn parade in the city? Gosh, what's this one...

As I passed some floats, I was wondering what was going on today...especially today being a weekday and parades usually occur on weekends or at least Friday's...

Then I started seeing police officers and small planes and USO floats...

What was today? A holiday?

I was going to go ask a police officer on what the parade was...

Then I remembered...

Today is veteran's day!

Well, I salute you Vet's for your contribution and service...

Then I got into the office...and yet again, the boiler was broken and not fixed yet and had to take a COLD shower...it's like an vertical ice bath....

BRR!
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11/10/09

Junior Committee

In the 30 years I've been a runner I've run more than 150,000 miles. Still, some of the hardest steps I take are those first few getting out the door for daily runs.

Bill Rodgers' Lifetime Running Plan

So after my calibration, I ran up to the Alzheimer's chapter because there was a Junior Committee meeting today. Since there were so many Jr committee members on the team + the Junior Committee had entrusted and front this marathon program, I have to at least make the effort to go to the meetings, plus do other events as well!

Come now, it's fun and getting to know more and more people that relate to this disease has allowed me to grow as a person.

Also, I don't see as many e-mails coming around anymore, so I needed to tell JL that I wanted those e-mails back. As I go through withdraw from the long 4-5 months.

Seriously, during the marathon season, we must have received at least close to 100 e-mails a day, where reading them and the responses that JL would respond to people was amazing his reaction time!

Anyways, I arrive at the chapter and walk in. EE was there as she was surprised to see me, since this was the first time in many months that I have been to the JR committee meetings...as EE was on the marathon team. Anyways, it was glorious as they (EE, SC, MM) all just jibber jabbered over the marathon and the experience...even during the meeting as topic came up, they were practically selling the training program to other people on the committee...it was hilarious!

But the JR committee is one of the more interesting committees, where 35% of the money raised by the committee (from Gala events, happy hours and now the marathon) goes directly to research (or am I getting this mixed up?)...the rest goes directly to the programs that WE choose within the Alzheimer's Association for as long or as short of a time span that we would like (...or is it the other way around?)

I have never seen the process being done, although come next month, these programs will present their initiatives to us and we will be able to vote. Now, since the marathon program had brought in a large chunk of the money...the JR committee may be asking certain representatives from the marathon program to be an honorary voter...which is a great gesture! Absolutely amazing!

Gosh...I wish so much that people (and families) never had this disease, although with the great bonds and friendships that I have gained from this disease...it's all memorable and it's the only thing that can be worthwhile to do in these circumstances...

All for the best...as I walked home with RB, another member from the Alzheimer's Run to Remember team.
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Calibration

Racing entails risk. The most common mistake in addition to overtraining is racing too much too soon.

Tom Fleming

Leaving my work a bit early...though my mentality now a days is to keep my running coaching schedule and get into the office an hour earlier and leave an hour earlier as well so I get that extra hour to be by myself...although I think a whole lot of people in the office are catching on as the daylight is immersing us in depressional winter state.

Anyways, went from work straight to the 6th street track, where I needed to calibrate my watch to my footpod. I had reconfigured it right before I headed up to mohawk with Glen, since I had thought that it was wrong...but I made it even worse where the mileage that I had seemed to figure out more...hence me running 30 miles during the NYC marathon...maybe it was because I was taking small steps?

Anyways, I got to the track and started my calibration by running 1 mile.

1 mile on a flat track was a wonderful feeling, although it sent me back to the track days...

After the calibration, I had to see if my mileage and calibration was correct...so, I had to run another mile and see what the final distance would be...

In the end, great! So off!

.87 miles for a mile of calibration...that's HUGE!

Anyways, I couldn't calibrate all day long now, we'll see what we come about doing another day...

Arg! Useless!
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NO HOT WATER!!!

A road race is the closest thing to a party I can think of.

Bill Rodgers, Bill Rodgers' Lifetime Running Plan
What a morning...commute to work was enjoyable with the semi warm, semi cool weather today.

Lately, the weather has been really warm due to the "indian summer effect" that came through on Sunday.

UNTIL I reached work...as I usually take a shower at work, though like the summer's...

There was NO HOT WATER!

BRRR! Oh gosh it was FREEZING COLD!

Then later on in the morning we received an e-mail saying "We have no hot water today due to a broken boiler in the building which is being repaired."

Thanks....found that out the hard way...
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11/8/09

After a marathon...

"It's best to approach your break point without breaking it." LEE FIDLER, Running Coach

Nike AD - Men vs Women...

"At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship." BENJAMIN CHEEVER, Strides

11/7/09

Night_bum!

No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life's most rewarding experiences.

George Sheehan

Ok...cold night to run last night as I had been really busy at work just trying to catch up on many things...what is up with being drained all week?

I think everything finally hit me as my body just gasped for recovery...as all these end of the marathon parties came about...FINALLY tonight I can stay in and sleep in tomorrow!

Although, who was I kidding!

Anyways, I didn't know where my watch had gone as I had been fiddling about trying to find it in the morning, thought I had left it at work and scrambled out the door...

Anyways, how runners depend on technology sometimes is ridiculious! What ever happened to going old school on just time and feel and just going out to run!

But anyways, I was on my way home last night with the nice blistering cold and just wanting to go home for the weekend...FINIALLY the weekend where I can enjoy it and just relax without a schedule...but I enjoyed teaching and going to the many practices...who am I kidding. I love people!

Anyways, I was on Park avenue...and just going about my business...I see a guy in a cane...he's going one way and he's going the other way...which way buddy!!! Come on!

So I went one way and he leaned over to that side and put up his cane right in front of me...

I slapped it down as it was going to hit me as I was going to run by...but slapped it down softly...

He cursed at me as I went by, saying something like, "watch out you damn runner!"

And I yelled back at him...cussing and getting all pissed off...

Ahh! What a night...+ I found my watch right on the tv room.
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