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Saturday, May 28, 2011

I'm Still Alive

Well it has been quite a while since I've last posted on this blog.  It's a shame, I really do enjoy interacting with my readers, but it can be hard to find things to write about sometimes.  As running has been moved aside for other things going on in my life, the subject matter has been increasingly difficult to address.

Since my last post, my Track season has ended.  It ended on a pretty good note, I PR'd on the 800 at JV Kingco.  I've been less stressed with times this season and more focused on enjoying my last season Senior year, and its made it all a lot more enjoyable.  I also started shying away from the mile, when it finally hit me that the 800 is two less laps.

Aside from running I've been approaching a new stage of my life, and the end of an old one.  I only have 11 school days left until graduation.  Its strange to think that I won't ever be in high school again.  I turned 18 recently, which also happened to fall on the day of my senior prom, so that was cool.  I had a good time and went pretty hard that night, hehe.  My classes are becoming increasingly less important to me as the days go by.  I literally cannot make myself do anything for school and have altogether stopped doing homework.

I'm really looking forward to my next stage in life, and kind of starting over in a sense.  I'm going to be an Honors student at Western Washington University this coming fall, and I'm really looking forward to it.  My dream is to major in astrophysics, but unfortunately Western doesn't offer it as a major.  Probably what I'll do is take lots of math, astronomy, and physics classes at Western, and then transfer when I need to or stay if I find another major that suits my ambitions.  I've come to realize, especially these past several months, that my life is my own and that its mine to control.  I can go where I want to go and do what I want to do.  It's a really amazing and liberating feeling.

Oh and one last thing, there are some ads on this site now.  Now that I'm 18, I'm eligible for Google Adsense, so I though I'd give it a try.  I'll be sure to keep them as unobtrusive as possible to keep the nice aesthetics on the site intact.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thin Air is Thin

Before I explain the meaning behind that totally ingenious, original, and non-meme-influenced post title, I'll give you a quick[ish] update on my running endeavors here in Maui.  Since my last post, I've done only one real workout (and by real I mean one prescribed by my super duper official track pre-season conditioning sheet that I'm supposed to use over break).

It was 2 days ago, and I ran over to some spiffy resort named The Ridge, which is on top of a large hill.  Surprising, I know.  Around the resort and on top of the hill is a series of smaller, rolling hills.  I found one that was a pretty slight grade and not too long that I could do hill repeats on.  It was about 150-175 meters, and I tackled it at 400 pace (I apologize for my odd units of measurement, Track takes its toll on me).  As I mentioned, the incline wasn't too steep, but it was hot, and I was doing the workout by myself.  I only did 4 repeats of it, had I been with the rest of my team on a Monday work-out I probably could have squeezed out a couple more.

The next day, yesterday, is what this super witty title applies to.  We drove several hours from Napili (where we're staying) up to Haleakala Crater, which is 10,000 feet above sea level.  Atmospheric UV protection is minimal and the air is thin.  From the top, one can hike like 7 miles down into the base of the crater.  I have younger siblings, so unfortunately I didn't get a chance to make the whole trek.  Instead we hiked down only like a mile and a half.  Well I ran down, but I'll get to that in a sec.  First feel jealous about the beautiful picture I've embedded below.

Looking down into the crater.
 Jogging down the trail wasn't too bad.  I barely even got winded on the steep decline.  Going back up was a total different story.  In that air its impossible to get enough air, especially when going uphill.  I could only run like 40 or 50 strides at a time before switching to a brisk walk.  It was pretty weird getting completely out of breath that fast.

Look what the low pressure air did to this bag of chips!
So yeah, that's about it for running related stuff.  Because its a sign I'm getting off track when I start discussing explosive bags of chips.  Tonight once the sun goes down I plan to go for a long run at a nice and slow pace.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Running in Hawaii

So my family is on a much needed vacation to Hawaii, Maui specifically.  There gets a point for Seattlites when you simply have to get away from the elongated winter that seems to absorb fall and spring.  That image embedded above is a photo I just shot from our balcony at Napili Point.  It's absolutely gorgeous here, and the lack of air-conditioning isn't even bothering me much after the shitty excuse for light we get in Seattle.

Besides snorkling, swimming, and simply lounging in the sun like a content cat, I've been running.  Or have run, rather - I went for my first run here today.  After all, I gotta keep in shape for Track.  It wasn't a particularly long run, 3.5 miles at the most.  What made it hard was the heat and humidity, neither of which I am used to, and my shitty pacing.  For some reason I can never pace myself, and end up going way too fast running solo.  I probably averaged 7.5 minute miles.  My run was also up this huge hill, I ended up turning around a bit after passing some resort named The Ridge

All the things I'm bitching about accounted for, the run was hard.  Oh well, when I got back, I literally ran straight to the pool.  I didn't even go inside to change, I simply took off my shoes, and flopped into the deep end.  It felt amazing.
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