May 10th, 2010

on rock

Is it coming to an end?

Sometimes, just reading the news itself can be depressing. In almost every part of the world, there is something bad happening -

Floods in Tennessee
Riots in Greece
Riots in Bangkok
Volcanic ash issues in Iceland
Earthquake in China
Terrorist attacks in NYC
Climates and temperatures going out of whack all over
Oil disaster in Mexico

I don't know what else is coming up. It's sad and daunting. And unfortunately, mankind is largely responsible for most of the happenings.. I don't know what kind of world and future we have created for our future generations.

Life is short. It is getting shorter than we think and expect. Perhaps, now it is time to live life well, and treat every day as though it was your last. As morbid as it might sound, you never really know, when it might just end.

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One Bowerman

One of my favorite places to run at

There were cherry blossom trees lining the woodchip trail

A short run through a shady trail

Sometimes I wished that I had a variety of accessible places to run at. It does get boring running at the same place all or most of the time. A routine needs to be mixed-up every now and then. The Nike Campus is one of my favorites places to do a short run or track work in. There is a beautiful track to do speedwork on and a rolling woodchip trail (approximately 2.2miles for one loop).

P.S I found a great set of Nike Campus photos on Flickr here. I would say this is pretty much most of Nike World Campus :) Minus off the running track, woodchip trail, Lancearmstrong gym and another other gym, some basketball courts and football fields - it is pretty much like a University campus.

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Yard Sale

Did some spring cleaning and here are some pre-loved sporting goods/related stuff for sale since I have no use for them or hardly wear them!

::: UPDATE :::
Nike Tempo shorts, Nike Altea blue cycling shoes and Nike Rifts are sold!

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Moo moo


Yam and mango

I ate this twice on my trip! mmmm!

I didn't get them this time around - this picture was taken from my last trip. But if you make a trip to Manila, this ice-cream is a must-get. They have several brands - Magnolia, Selecta etc but I vote that Selecta is the best. It is the premium brand of Walls ice cream.

Now, if you're thinking, Oh.. Walls?! It can't be that great?!? That's where you are wrong. This ice cream can only be found in the Philippines. It is made using ingredients from the Philippines and it tastes really different. I've not tasted yam or mango ice cream this good! You can actually taste bits of yam or mango in the respective flavors and it is extremely creamy. It melts really easily and you have to eat it fast!

You can get the 1.9L (I think) tubs of ice cream - it comes packed in a tub of mango and a tub of yam which means a lot of yummy cream! It is packed in dry ice and will last for 24 hours. You can check in the entire box and it will be okay! It is a popular purchase so you can either buy it from any of the guys near the check-in counter or get it after you get through customs. I prefer to get it before I check-in so that I don't have to lug it around.

Crap. I'm now craving for the ice cream :\ I wish I had bought some..

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Run Free

I had these new kicks for over two weeks but have yet to break them in. I finally decided to take them out for a run.

I always had a pair of old Nike Frees and a few others but never really used them for its training benefits. It takes awhile to get used to running in them. But experienced runners say that training in them helps to strengthen the calves and ankles, and I'm not saying this because I work for the brand. But Paula Radcliffe did talk about herself training in the Nike Free+ a couple of times during her session and it got me inspired to use them for my training runs.

The Frees mimic a barefoot running feel and motion and are used as a strengthening tool for runners. I try not to run beyond 5km as I tend to pronate and require stability shoes. I have a co-worker that runs half marathons in them with no issues but every runner is different and I don't think my knees will be too happy if I ever did that. So this is what I do when I run in the shoes -

::: Focus on my running stride to ensure that my pronation is minimize
::: Run at a slower speed to allow my body to get used to the shoes
::: Keep distances to less than 5km as I am a neutral runner that pronates slightly and require stability shoes and I can't get the support that I need from the shoes

During today's run, I could feel my calves and ankles working hard and they are aching slightly now as I type. The shoe is light but takes some time to get used to. I am not used to wearing shoes that are low to the ground and with lesser cushioning. In fact there are times in which I can 'feel' the ground whilst running.

I'll see how this progresses and will try to share the experience along the way. Meanwhile, it is time to roll and stretch!

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