August 27th, 2010

Terry Fox Run

On a runner's high

I am allowing myself more rest this week so that means that I skipped my cross training workouts. I am currently at the peak of my training program and it's r-o-u-g-h.

Track work wasn't fabulous and I felt tired throughout. I tried my best to stay within the zone and barely managed to do so. The tempo run was good. I felt strong throughout it. Midway, I had a runner's high and ran faster than usual. I felt as though I was running effortlessly, my legs were just moving, I didn't need to push but just breathe steadily.

Some ask what exactly is a runner's high? I think each person experiences it differently. For me, it's a feeling of euphoria when I am running. I don't get it all the time. Rarely in fact. But when I do, I feel as though my legs are separate from my body, I can't feel them but they are just effortlessly moving as my mind commands and the body follows. So far, it happens when I'm running through an unobstructed stretch i.e. no people to dodge, no traffic lights to stop for.

B.T tried to chase me but he said I was literally cruising and he couldn't catch up :P That was for at least half a mile. According to him, I was going at a 8:15min/mile pace. When he finally caught up after I stopped to cross the road, I was not panting and breathing as per normal. Whoohoo! Yay! But that was the end of the runner's high and I went back to my regular pace.

10 miler tempo run. 6 more weeks to go..

On a totally unrelated note, hmmm I'm wondering if it was a good idea to get a white (arc) mouse because I think it's hard to keep it.. white with the constant usage -_- It does matches Julius though.

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First pictures from Lexi

The first shot. Ramen. By the way, Ajisen no longer serves my favorite butter corn Hokkaido ramen?!! WHY??!!!

A confession. I have had my new Sony Nex-5 (Lexi) for two weeks but I have yet to fiddle around with it. I don't even know how to fix on the flash! Blame it on training and an extremely hectic work week that has left me drained by the end of the day- back to back 6 meetings for two consecutive days, presenting twice and more.

Anyway, this is for my friend who is considering the Nex 5 as one of her camera options for purchase :P

Firstly, I haven't fully learnt how to use this camera so the photos might not truly reflect the true potential and capability of the Nex 5. But so far, I am quite pleased with the results but definitely looking forward to using the manual functions and more in time to come.

Secondly, all photos were taken at night in low light conditions where I will usually require the use of a flash. Surprisingly, none of the photos used flash (since I haven't learnt how to attach the flash to the camera, doh, -_-) but I must say, it looks good.

By the way, Canon just released some new digicams and Panasonic as well. Looks like there will be a whole new bunch on the market. I'm still happy with Lexi so far though and not bummed out that I didn't wait :)

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The National Cathedral

At the entrance

The National Cathedral was the other house of worship that I wanted to visit. The official name of the cathedral is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. It is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and the second largest in the U.S. The architecture and design of the cathedral is gothic and the first stone was laid in 1907.

There is a long history of this cathedral which I can't recall all of it now but I took the in-house tour which was excellent. You will learn facts about the cathedral for example it is a protestant episcopal church and welcomes all denominations. It is said that even Jewish services are held inside the cathedral at times! If you are a fan of architecture, you will learn about the structure, every stone and concrete that was built and other facts like every item in the cathedral is donated.

I won't bore everyone with my lack of knowledge on the cathedral but hope you'll enjoy the photos that I took to share :)

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The White House and the National Museum of American History

The heavily guarded White House

The Star Spangled banner

I don't have much to share about the White House except that it took me awhile to find it.. as usual. Also, I was too late to visit the visitor's house so I just took some pictures of the White House itself. The area is heavily guarded and you obviously can't get too close to it. It is the icon of D.C but like I said previously, I find the Capitol more iconic.

The National Museum of American History was an interesting visit. If you get bored being fed information about the U.S, perhaps this might be boring to you. But if you would like to know the history from the dress that Michelle Obama wore for the inauguration of Obama, to the Star Spangled banner, you will love this museum.

I think one can spend a few hours quite easily touring this museum. The place is so large, I got quite tired walking around. There is so much to see and digest that you really should spend perhaps half a day taking your time around the museum. My favorite was the star spangled banner and Julia Child's original kitchen.

Entry is free as this is a Smithsoniam Museum.

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Quotes from the wise one

I saw this quote being re-tweeted by a friend and thought it was a really thoughtful quote that was worth sharing.

Noticing a single shortcoming in ourselves is far more useful than seeing a thousand in someone else. When it is our own: we can correct it. ~ Dalai Lama

I think it is human nature to nitpick on others and forgetting that we are imperfect human beings too. Sometimes, we should stop and reflect about ourselves. Dispense away with the pride and ego.

I wrote out 5 things of myself that I hope I can improve on. I've saved it in my cell and will try to look at it frequently to remind myself of what I need to work on.

Because I was intrigued with the wise one's quote, I decided to search for more. I am not a believer of Buddhism or the Tibetan beliefs as I am a Roman Catholic so my faith is in Christianity. But I like how He doesn't separate and advises based on standard and applicable teachings that anyone can relate to.

Here are some of my favorites -

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

Meanwhile, it looks like my knee isn't very pleased with the speedy tempo that I did earlier this week. It's been complaining the entire day and I guess I'll lay off my 15 miler for tomorrow. I'm so tempted to run it but I'm forcing myself to REST. Hopefully, it sorts itself out soon. I guess it is true when they say that the danger of a runner's high is that the runner tends to push themselves even over their limits and lands up over-straining. Urgh.

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Roof top at the W

I did say that I took the Washington Monument from various places right? :P

I think Washington D.C has one of the loveliest night scenery as you'll be able to enjoy at least a couple of the main buildings or monuments from wherever you might be. A good place to soak in the view is at the roof-top bar of the W Hotel. You can also view the Oval office from the top which is quite cool since it is heavily guarded and out of view from most points.

515 15th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
+1 (202) 661-2400

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