6.5 KM

Tonight was the night of my big run. It was supposed to be last night, but I didn’t feel it. I also had a bit of work to finish. I started late, so I ended at about 10PM. Anyways, I felt that I needed the rest. However, tonight, there was no way that I would have been able to get out of it, even though I was looking forward to it. I have a love hate relationship with running.

Today, I ate a few Chinese sausages with brocoli. It’s not the healthiest meal, but I was curious how they tasted. I want to get a sprayer so that I can lightly spray oil on foods while I’m cooking them. It reduces the fats. I had originally bought them for my dog, since dog treats cost so much, it’s just easier buying human food for him. Contrary to my expectations, it tasted pretty good. Having eaten the green chicken curry the night before, which I cooked on Sunday night, I didn’t want to eat too much chicken. Instead of making a gigantic pot of green chicken curry, I also stir fried some chicken breast strips. They are great to eat with a variety of things.

I had another mango smoothie that I made myself. I must remember to get a bigger ice cube tray. Ours has these teeny little ice cubes that aren’t worth a damn. I usually put three to four of the big ice cubes in my smoothies.

I had some grapes as well. They tasted great. They weren’t seedless, but I managed. I think I also ate a few apple pears in between. They were nice and juicy.

The run.

I was surprised by my time. I ran 6.5 km in 46 minutes. I kept a steady pace. I started quick, but slowed down. The last lap and a half was done at my top jogging speed. My average speed was 8.5 kph, that’s actually faster than I used to run in 2006. I also have a lot less weight. That means that my last lap and a half was done at close to 10 kph. At that pace, it would take five hours to run a marathon.

I realized during my run why my left heel and ankle were hurting. I remembered that last week, I twisted my ankle a bit while running. I actually was trying to avoid the crowd. Luckily, it wasn’t too bad and since I know that I twisted it, I’m currently icing it down. It feels nice.

I’ve been using a liquid form of Vicks Vaporub. It’s really nifty and makes aching muscles, backs and joints feel a lot better. It’s some Taiwanese brand and is called Indopass. It saves you from being all slimy.

The first four laps (~2.6 km) passed by is a breeze. I barely felt them. I was also going pretty fast. There were a few other young runners doing laps. One was doing them in the other way. I gathered that he wasn’t following the same track as I was, but he was running like the wind. He started midway in my run and continued afterwards. Another runner was running at my pace, but was running shorter laps. I lapped him a few times towards the end. I like running behind somebody else. It’s nice to follow their pace, but after a while, I get tired and want to move on. That’s what happened during the final lap and a half.

I used to do this for two minutes before, back in 2006 when I was training in 18 C weather on a treadmill. Now I do it for a whole lap, which must be double that time. After this week, I hope to integrate some more interval training in my runs. Speed training would be cool as well.

I always tell myself that any run is better than no run at all.

My wife wonders what motivated me. I don’t really know. I was terribly unhealthy last year, and it had taken its toll on my body. My blood pressure was pretty high, for no apparent reason. I had also gained quite a few pounds in the paunch. Now, I want to get rid of my belly. I want to see my abs again. I’ve actually already gotten rid of my belly. With forty pounds less to lug around, running is pretty easy compared to before.

Now that I can wear S and M sized clothes again, I am looking pretty thin in my baggy clothes, which weren’t so baggy before.

I am also thinking about running a half marathon or a full marathon in the fall. I don’t think that a full marathon is feasible, but you never know. I’m pretty sure that a half marathon is within my grasp. But I might be able to push myself enough to complete a full marathan. I don’t really know. It’s a goal.

I don’t mind running laps. Sure it’s repetitive, but if you feel it, you can easily run more without having to run back. It’s never happened that I ran less, but that’s always a possibility when you haven’t rested enough. Also, the air is cleaner. There aren’t any cars, scooter or motorcycles in the park screwing with the air. That’s an important factor. I always run at around 9PM. I don’t see myself as a morning runner, but I might try it at some point. The thing is that you have to get up pretty early to run before the sun gets too hot in Taipei.

I was reading Pavlina’s update on his raw food diet, and I was puzzled by his obsession with juicers. I mean, I just blend the stuff and chug it. I don’t mind if it’s not a liquid. This week, I want to try some strange green blends. I’ve discovered that ananas/kiwi is a great smoothie combination. The thing is that blended fruits taste so much better though.

I’m feeling a bit hungry right now, I’m going to have some chicken, hot sauce and an apple pear.

The Stolen Earth Of Doctor Who S04

Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Wow, that was an excellent episode. I can’t begin to describe how good The Stolen Earth was. The Stolen Earth was probably one of the best Doctor Who episodes of all time!

So many things from so many series, past and present. Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, past Doctor Who seasons and villains, all of these culminate in something that resembles a crossover super series in comic books, except that it’s with Doctor Who. Doctor Who has got over 32 seasons in action. Now that’s history.

Daleks do not accept apologies. Exterminate!
Daleks to Sarah Jane.

Write-ups to be posted soon.

True Blood S01E01 (HBO)

This series is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris. It tells the story of how humans and vampires co-exist in a small southern town. Personally, I’ve never read the books, so I don’t know how accurate the adaptation is. However, it is quite interesting. It’s a good twist on the mythos.

There are loads of vampire shows out there. Most recently, Moonlight was canceled from CBS. Some of them are successful, others aren’t. The pilot was interesting. I’ve never seen a show explore the relationship between vampires and humans.

The series is adapted by Alan Ball. He also produced it. Alan Ball is the man behind Six Feet Under.

The setting is interesting as well. Thanks to HBO, the show does have some mature content. It makes the whole thing more interesting.

I don’t really know what to say of Anna Paquin’s acting. It seems to me that she played a southern belle already in X-Men. She does do the same thing in this show. It’s hard to see the difference. As with her role as Rogue, Sookie has never been in love or had men in her life. It’s funny how you can draw parallels betwen Paquin’s different characters.

New Orleans and Louisiana are a hotbed for vampire fiction. Lestat of the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice makes the city his home.

The pilot was interesting. Since it runs on HBO, it’s guaranteed at least a 13 or 10 episode season. What was great was that unlike Moonlight, True Blood is exploring old vampires, their influence and hopefully their powers. From my initial screening, it seems like Bill participated in the US Civil War.

Anyways, look for this series on HBO in September 2008.

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Big Brother UK S09D25 (E4)

There was a very long bitching session going on in the house for 8 hours. Jen’s camp didn’t like the happiness of Kath and Rachel, so they bitched about her. They bitched enough to make both Rachel and Kath cry. Kath cried like a little baby and had to be consoled by some of the less negative HM.

Apparently, Sylvia’s boyfriend dumped her. It was in the papers over the weekend. She denies it in the interview with George Lam.

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Big Brother UK S09D24 (E4)

After last night’s argument, BB has allowed the HM to sleep in. The HM are still in lockdown. Dennis is called to the diary room. He is informed that he will be removed from the BBUK house.

It has been 45 minutes since Dennis has been removed. BB wants all HM to gather in the living area. Tensions are high.

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Big Brother Australia Eviction S08D063 (Channel Ten)

Is it me, or is Jackie O preggers? Her dress most definitely makes her look that way.

Rima is heading back into the BBAU house with a secret mission. The HM are informed that Brig saved herself and that Bianca is up for nomination.

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Big Brother Australia S08D063 (Channel Ten)

The HM are all in lockdown and they’ve all split up into groups. After having taught Travis how to lay bricks, Travis shows Rory how to answer phones.

Terri and Terrence are in locker room lockdown. Alice is with them. Terrence says that as the game enfolds, people will have a go at other people.

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More On Yoda

So it looks like she’s a bit older than I thought. The pet store owner asked me if she had teeth. I said yes. The store owner said that she could have some food. I bought a few tins and served little Yoda. She loved it. So I guess that she can eat food, bottle feeding is no longer required. I’ll still feed her a bit of milk.

I’ve bought a cat litter box and placed it in a secluded spot and I have been putting her in there are her meals. Hopefully she’ll get the idea quickly. I’ve yet to clean up an accident, because I’ve laid out a few empty shoe boxes and bags just for her to use. Slowly, she’ll use the litter box.

She most definitely doesn’t like being in her cage when I’m gone. Now, I only crate her at nights.

NYT On Eve Online

Some say that the participants in an Eve Online summit are more prepared than for real international summits. All that it implies to me is MMORPG addiction. (via cf)

A List Of Globetraveling Families

A cool list of families who travel the world from Wide Wide World.

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