Monday, May 30, 2011

Why I Wont Run tonight.

I have a thousand valid reasons why i shouldn't run tonight and only one small reason why i should.
Circumstances versus Will, the winner  of this fierce battle determine one's fate.
Are you gonna stay mediocre forever or strive to be better?

im off to run. rain or shine.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Some thoughts on running and being a better individual

THE RIGHT attitude is key

Whether we're going to remain mediocre or improving depends on our mental and emotional attitude. Our capabilities are limited only by our mental strength and will. Modern society is pampering us with the hypnotic "illusions of safety" that we deem every challenge beyond these "safe zones" as impossible feats.  

impossible IS NOTHING

There are a multitude of inspirational stories that features people doing feats that a common soul would think to be impossible. For example there is the story of  Lance Armstrong, who won the Tour de France 7 times while simultaneously battling cancer. 
"Without cancer, I never would have won a single Tour de France. Cancer taught me a plan for more purposeful living, and that in turn taught me how to train and to win more purposefully. It taught me that pain has a reason, and that sometimes the experience of losing things—whether health or a car or an old sense of self—has its own value in the scheme of life. Pain and loss are great enhancers."

The human body is proven to be capable of extreme feats as long as one pushes oneself diligently. Impossibility - the ultimate excuse, only exist in the mind of the weak - the mediocre while the strong continues to challenge and destroy status quo. 

Beating one's self

As an amateur runner, I have no championships to take in mind YET. Before i direct myself towards achieving medals and awards, i must first overcome the hurdle of laziness and lack of focus. I must first beat myself before i go run trying to beat other people. after all the greatest of battles are fought in one's heart

p.s.  Many people accuse Armstrong of using performance enhancing drugs. I don't really know if it's true but one thing i know is that you can take PED's all you want but it wont give you a championship if you don't physically labor for it.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

My Deuter Pulse Three

I was actually looking for a Nathan Speed 2, a two flask racing belt, but Toby's MOA only had the 1 flask version (i think it was the Speed 1). I was lucky though because the sales lady suggested that i try the Deuter brand on the far end of the alley and this baby caught my eye. It has a bottle holder and four pockets; two mesh pockets on each sides, a vertical pocket for shades and a fairly big utility pouch at the back.

Using this at my runs I could bring 2 cellphones, a shirt and mini-towel and a 1 liter water bottle (no, i don't actually run with bottle at my hip). 

below are more pictures of my Deuter Pulse Three

It has an elastic chord on the utility pouch and 3M reflective elements

pictures of the reflective linings on the mesh 

My Nike Lunarglide +2 (Chlorine Blue + Wolf Gray version)

I got this sweet pair of Nike stability shoes from RUNNR last March 27, 2011 as a preparation for my first 5k event which was the highly successful Hyundai Run For a Cause. Event photos are available here.

The first time i saw this chlorine blue shoes, i already fell in love with it. but, i thought that i should first at least have my Gait Analyzed to have the best running shoes based on my anatomy.

Luckily, the Lunarglide gave the best over-pronation correction of all the three shoes I tried (they let me try an Adidas and a Mizuno).

I am running with this pair for over two months and i have gone to love it so much to the point that i am using it as my daily walking shoes. My feet feels very pampered when i am using the lunarglide 2 because of its dynamic support and cushioning that my feet now gets sore whenever i use my "flat" walking shoes. I hope that this shoe will last torture these upcoming months as i am now training for longer races.

below are other pictures of my Lunarglide +2 

In conclusion of my first blog post i am leaving you guys with an inspirational running quote:

Life is short... running makes it seem longer.

Baron Hansen

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