4/30/11

The Expo

So...whenever I am with my sister, we have a great time together as we, just chill out.

Seriously, we never fight and it's always a good time where we don't pressure one another to do anything...

So on the way from San Jose to Monteray, we chat...catch up and well she tells me about her day and night before I had arrived (since she had gotten in the night before).

So...we finally make it to Moneray, park and try to look for the expo...where we have a hard time going one place to another. Then finally find it to find our bibs, the guy that plays the piano playing in the foyer area and then get our bibs...then tickets to the bus...then tickets to the after party (where...out of the blue, we hear our names being called. First my name and then her's). Which is weird right?

I mean usually whenever I hear my name being called, I know that person...but here...it took a while and similarly that it was my sister being called as well. The face I sort of recognized, although before I could guess, the person formally introduced himself to us...it was JM. Who we have been keeping in touch with only over facebook, that he has been keeping in shape and doing marathons/trithlons. But it was weird being called out and being reunited with a fellow high school mate (he was in my sister's grade, but just an acquaintance...)

Anyways, we caught up a bit and then split, wishing each other well in the race. He was doing the same as I with the B2B challenge, as he was going to try to do better in Big Sur than in Boston.

We went around the expo, my sister was looking for a running skirt and I went around to find some sunscreen at the Birkenstock booth, where I had to try on a pair to get sunscreen. I did...and received sunscreen and then we were out of the expo and onto getting free socks!

Here is a video taken with my sister and I about our free socks!

After that, we went to find our hotel, which we had a little bit of trouble finding, but finally made it there...got in, strolled around town and found that there were wine tasting places...(Which we would have to wait till tomorrow after the race to try out)

Then...we were in search of some food...dinner and pasta/italian places. We found a place, only to find that many have been reserved until 8:45...no way! We found a place with chef side seating, where we actually found amusement in that as we again messed around with the video camera that I had boughten.

We ate...then we quickly got home as chilly as the night was and then slowly got ready for tomorrow's early wake up call and marathon...
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To Big Sur

Ok, so getting up way early in the morning at 3am. Getting to the airport by 4:30 and sitting in the airport for a good 2 hours before my flight out to Utah...

Uh! This will be a long day!

Finally on the airplane after a slight nap on the seats...I had observed that there was a huge asian population getting into the airport as I taxied to the terminal. And it was a HUGE asian group...

As I got onto the plane, I saw that the HUGE asian population was going onto my plane. Great! I found my seat...and there had a been a guy already sitting down in the middle, ok...all good.

As the plane took off, I found these little antics about the asian man that was funny:

1) While eating the double cookie that they gave, the asian man at it like a sandwich...usually people would eat one at a time.

2) He consistently asked for hot water to be filled in his water jar.

3) After finishing the cookies, his wrappers and tissue he crinkled neatly and folded the seams into a small ball...not ball, but a little pillow cushion like item.

4) He kept on pointing and requesting things, but I thought it was a typical thing to do when you don't know the language...

5) He didn't know that there was a request button for the stewardest to come over on top of him....

Anyways, enough about poking fun at my culture, I arrived alright in Utah...had a two hour lay over and bought 4 cheese burgers at Burger King instead of a Cinnibun.

Then waited for my next flight out, but helped an elderly women off the conveyer belt walkways as her "walking cart" was off the walkway and she was still on it...holding a cup of something and backing up...stuck!

Got onto the plane from Utah to San Jose and met up with my sister to go straight to the expo in Moneray.

The expo...wait till you hear about this...
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4/29/11

Respects...

Today, I had a day off from work as I was thinking about going back home to gather all of my architecture stuff to start applying back to architecture firms again...it has been a year off from that world, and I need a little stabilization in my life.

This past year has been a whirlwind, as my head has constantly been just everywhere. Seriously, the amount of years that I have lost in my life is just breathtaking and I will never get that back.

I have been in search for a "dream job" which now I am uncertain that I would have been comfortable with. My question to myself is, what is happiness...I have seemed to have lost that in my life and I have been very confused about where my life structure seems to be heading.

My mind as a whole has been jumbled to a point where I don't know what's up or down. I am constantly confused, and disoriented. I can't seem to find comfort in anything and days seem to go by as I am still in search for my life...or what desires I have for my life.

There is a time and a place where you have to go back to your roots and start over.

Anyways...since I am going to be going up to Westchester, I thought it would have been extremely appropriate to go to visit my grandparents who have passed.

I had been planning already to go to go 2 weeks ago before the Boston Marathon, as my whole family went out before Easter...supposingly it's this whole Chinese tradition to go pay your respects at the cemeteries the weekend before Easter or around that time.

I bought my ticket up, knew my way around the area, since Need for Speed Relay had been around that area as well and we actually drove past my Grandfather's grave, which I wanted to get out to pay my respects to...but that's another story...

As I headed from the train station, I knew that the trains were an hour apart from each other, since I had to run, I knew it was about a mile away...around the town a little and up a hill. As I geared up the hill (I only had one contact in this morning due to my eye causing some trouble) and thought I had seen a truck coming down the hill...with something attached to the back...but it was on the other side of the road...

I thought I had been seeing things and stopped, when I saw that there was another SUV on the other side swerve to the side, the truck came whizzing down not knowing that the trailing thing (which was a portopotty) was on the other lane...it nearly hit the SUV and the car in back of it...

Fragments came off on the SUV and / or the Portopotty and the truck finally stopped at the end of the road where there was a stop light...

The guy in the SUV was pissed, I had to continue on my run up to see my grandparents...

As I entered Kensico Cemetery, there was a silence that sweeps the scene...a silence...pure serenity.

I made my way up to see my grandfather (my dad's dad) to pay my respects...I had a little trouble lighting the incents, but it got there...bowed 3 times and laid some stones on the head stone.

Then I made my way towards my other grandparents...my grandmother that had recently passed away and had the Alzheimer's Disease and my grandfather who I absolutely adored. I had trouble lighting the incents on this side and payed my respects knowing that they are together and will never be forgotten...I stayed there a while...then finally had to go and catch the train back.
As I went back to the train station, I could see now that the police was now involved and the guy with the SUV had called in.

I guess his car got scratched...

I waited for the train...and now, I am to go home...

Those who will never be forgotten...
Grandma Kam- November 13, 1926 - February 10, 2011

Grandpa Kam- June 10, 1925 - October 19, 2008

Grandpa Hsia
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4/20/11

Boston Officials Petitioning For World Record

Boston Officials Petitioning For World Record
Updated: Apr 19th 2011 8:34 PM UTC by News
“Why not?” asks the race’s head official.

Even though the Boston Marathon course is in violation of the IAAF rules for allowable drop and the fact that it is point-to-point is not stopping marathon officials from asking this question: Why can’t it count for world records?

On Monday, Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai ran a world-leading time of 2:03:02 on the course. And now the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), the race’s governing body, is going to petition the IAAF to have Mutai’s time count as a world record.

“Sure,” said Tom Grilk, the executive director of the B.A.A regarding whether they were going forward with the petition. ”Why wouldn’t we?”

Mutai’s time was greatly aided by the strong tailwinds. Another record that day is most likely going to not stand: Ryan Hall’s American mark of 2:04:58. The USATF uses rules that mimic the IAAF’s when it comes to official certification of records.

Hall doesn’t care about the skeptics out there. “There’s no disappointment for me,” he said. “I was sitting there last night and I’m saying, ‘I’m a 2:04 marathoner.’ I don’t care if it’s the course, or the wind, or anything. I’m a 2:04 marathoner.”

4/19/11

Boston Marathon 2011

My official, unofficial times for the Boston Marathon...

Oh I am sooo hurting today!

EventInformation:
Event: 2011 Boston Marathon
Runner: Brian Hsia
Latest Results:
Location Time Pace/mile
10km 0:41:29 6:40
Half-Marathon 1:28:05 6:43
30km 2:06:46 6:48
Finish 3:00:39 6:53
All times are unofficial. Times may vary in post race official results.

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4/18/11

Bus ride/Athletes Villiage

Ok...no pressure right? Let's bang this out...

If you do well. Great! If you don't...ok!

In the end, we'll let talent take over...

Marathon Monday...

Taking a nap out to Hopkinton...long bus ride out...but the Alzheimer's team had our own bus today...

Sleep? Not really, got a little nap, but my concious took a lot out of me where all I could think...what is real and what is a dream? Do I really put so much pressure on myself? Is this good?

I just need to get everything in order. Maybe I am riding this so high because I have my grandmother on my shoulders...for the first time I feel free, for the first time I feel saddened...

We'll see...almost to Hopkinton...marathon monday awaits!
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Marathon Monday

Going to bed last night, I felt as though I owe this special race to a special someone. I prayed last night to my grandma, thinking only that this year was for her...

As I woke up twice, once at 3:25 am and then waking up at the normal time (4:30 am), I woke up wondering as always...why do I do such crazy things like this? Getting out of the funk, I quickly changed, got ready and did my normal usual thing in the morning of Boston.

Walking out the door, going to 7-11 and then walking that last mile, (before thinking this is my last year with this tradition since SC is getting married and my High School friends will be at the last mile) Times are changing and people are moving up in the world...Taking a picture of the large moon...up the small hill near Fenway, walking next to the CITCO sign, down under the bridge thinking to myself, this never does get old, but you never do realize all of this during the marathon...

Right at Hetherford, looking at the beautiful classic Architecture and then left on Boyleston...what a LONG ways down Boyleston...you never start the sprint before you reach that last stretch and even that it's the last stretch...to the finish line...

Got into the Westin Hotel, met up with the rest of the Alzheimer's Association and sat down in the corner with BN as we just mulled wasting time a bit till the bus leaves...

Then...and only then, does the journey begin...
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4/15/11

On the way...

I have never been so unprepared for a race before, well...not just any race, a marathon. As far as I put it, I can shrug it off and say that I really don't care about a race, but who does that...you do a marathon for a specific reason, you run the miles for a specific reason, you train for a specific reason...

As I pass by Central Park in the morning by bus, I could see people running their daily loop each and every day...

What drives these people? What drove me before to venture out and be so crazy each day, each season and train...

I think about this in retrospect and basically think, am I just burnt from this whole marathon bizz? Or have I seen a different light about running?
Am I now devoted just by money and getting paid?

I don't know...all of these relevances are coming into play and my confusion about everything....job, life and running...

What to do...what to do?

4/13/11

Bridge work

So...probably not the best idea heading into the Boston Marathon doing some hill repeats on the most hated bridge in New York City...to NYC marathon folks at least!

I'm talking about the Queensborough Bridge, where the nasty lays at mile 16 for the NYC marathon.

My idea, since I was so short on time and I have lacked the modivation that I have been trying to seek for my modivation of running, was to go up and down the bridge at a good race pace and do that for 2-3 times...pondering if 3 hard and 3 light would be the best way about it...half way through, I was hating each step and each back and forth.

I felt good though. Although, the first run across I found that this crazy lady was walking straight at me...it was my roommate SL. I was pondering why she had been across the bridge as she said she goes to this really cheap dry cleaning place...going across the bridge for dry cleaning? Really?

Anyways...I felt good and for the first cross and felt as though I can maximize the intensity by doing it back and forth at the same intensity levels with a little bit of rest inbetween and have a good speedwork with maximum efforts.

I decided to cut 6 (3 high and 3 low) into 4 high...it was pretty intense for a 5.5 mile workout as I needed this mentally to get ready for the hills in Newton. I could only imagine this as Boston College students line the course and scream, yell and hollar at the marathoners of words of encouragement to trudge up the hills...

I ended up with a 6:52 pace all together and I was pretty satisfied with this...although come race day (t-minus 5 days?) As I am not at all excited...

Why?

I'm not ready...for the first time for the Boston Marathon, I am not at all excited for this race. I usually get REALLY excited...especially for this one...since it's the big race! Well this also has to do with most of my High School friends making this "event" an event!

It's awesome...well...getting slightly excited now...
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4/11/11

Blistering Weekend...

Guess it is time to tell the stupidity of how smart I am with running...

So, having Boston in my mind, I decided to "get ready" and wear lighter shoes to train in...I know, better late than never right? But seriously I was running the risk of anything!

I decided to take my "flatter" shoes out, still the very light ones, although I knew that when I bought these Brooks shoes, it was a size a little larger and my foot didn't exactly fit perfectly in them...

So?

I set out for a 14 mile run...to the park, 2 loops and then back...not a big deal. I was pretty winded...and knew what I was getting myself into, as I am not really in shape at all...not at the point where I was last year and my goal times are a whole lot less. I have been tired after work...not much motivation to run and really a change in my mentality...

I donno what is wrong with me?

Lately, I haven't been myself. I have been on and off and just full of mixed emotions. I can't seem to find what I really want to do in my life and that is what scares me.

Anyways, back to the running part. I started to run to Central Park, felt fine...then in the middle of my first loop, I started feeling friction against my foot.

The first sign of a no no...

It was such a beautiful day and I had chosen wrongly of what I was going to do...what!

I needed to finish the loop and then take a look at the damage. I decided that if I had a start of a blister, then I would end my run...

I finished the loop, and went off to the side...sat on a bench and took a look...

Uh! A start of a blister. Not good at all!

This is seriously a rookie mistake in running...let alone what I want to pursue a possible impossible task...

Seriously, I had to go back home, instead of finishing that second loop around the park. Dooms day approaches as The Big Boston Marathon comes to nearing in and my mind settles and sorts things out to what time I am aiming for...

3:05 do able? We shall see, with only a few more days to practice at a pace that seems daunting for 26.2 miles.

Time will only tell...
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4/7/11

Run for the Rabbit Runners Selected

OK...
NOW YOU ARE JUST RUBBING IT IN OUR FACES...

not cool Jack Rabbits...seriously...not cool...

What do these people have that I don't have?

I should have lied on my application....more to follow on this story...


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The six runners will be introduced at the campaign Kick off on April 22nd at the JackRabbit NYC Running Show. I hope you'll join us!

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4/4/11

ING NYC Marathon



Well...

I guess i'll do the NYC marathon....

4/3/11

MORE...

Well...waking up this morning for the MORE half marathon was not exactly fun...I had to wake up at 5am to get to my shift of pouring water into cups at the Flyer water station.

The company was not so bad though as the time flew by with the laughter and fun we each had ranting and rating each other out...to keep our humors arise...

After that was finished, the sun was peering out. I quickly went with EA, to check in and help out with the female flyer's who were pacing each timed group...took pictures and as the race was starting, everyone went into their respectable corrales.

Again, we helped out giving out water, comically bracing the thrills of each women out there, some running for the first time. As the race started, we comically started to occupy our own time...as the runners came by, we started to work, as I raked the empty cups on the floor.

I got the feeling of running back again as we invision ourselves out there dropping cups and it was different being on the other side of things as I picked up cups. It was fun, but a bit nostalgic...

After that, it had been a long day already...but have a wedding to go to tonight...
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