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1 Sep


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One more old swimming video? YES!!

7 Feb

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First Thoughts About My First Marathon

1 Feb

Holy Cow, did that hurt. I wasn’t sure what to expect, though I was sure it would cause some soreness, and maybe a few blisters; I didn’t not expect it to hurt that badly.

I started the Marathon off at 6:15 am with 18’000 fellow runners with the thought in mind to “take it easy at the beginning”. I therefore ignored the overly excited runners that zipped by me in the first few miles with the expectation that “I’ll definitely catch them on the homestretch”.

Passing the 5km mark at 27:02 gave me confidence that I was on track for a good time in the 3:30-3:40 range. Even when I passed the half-marathon mark (21km/13.1miles) with a time of 1:53 I was pretty certain I would at least break the 4 hour mark. Boy, was I wrong!

When I crossed the 30km/18mile, I felt like somebody pulled the plug out of my energy tank, and it all came draining out. My pace rapidly decreased and I got passed left and right by middle-aged men and women, and worst of all, 70+ year old Mr. Bilgutay. It was at that time that I realized that a sub 4hour time would be very hard to reach. So I adjusted my goal and swore that I would finish this darn race without stopping or walking, no matter how long it was going to take me. – I’m proud to say that I ran the whole thing, without stopping.

It took me 4 hours 8 minutes and 42 seconds to finish 42.195km / 26 miles and 385 yards. Here are some stats:

10k: 53:48 – 7:48 8:48 minutes /mile
30k: 2:49 – 9:06 minutes / mile

first half: 1:53 – 8:42 minutes / mile
second half: 2:15 – 10:18 minutes / mile

full: 4:08 – 9:30 minutes / mile

official time and splits here.

Merry Christmas

27 Dec

Saturday (71st day of training / 42 to go):
We stayed the night in my wife’s grandmothers old house in Latexo, TX.  It was very neat to see where my mother-in-law grew up. After a short breakfast we hit the road towards Flower Mound, where we met up with more family to celebrate an early Christmas. (No running today.)

Sunday (72nd day / 41 to go):
I got up early today to run 6.5km (4miles) in the chilly North Texas weather.  It was magical to see the Texas sun rise. I don’t think I have woken that early to work out in 6 months.

Monday (73rd day / 40 to go):
The big day is coming closer and my foot still  hurts. I have vowed to myself to run at least one more 20-miler (32 kilometers) before January 31. (No running today.)

Tuesday (74th day / 39 to go):
Ah, Texas! It’s good to be here. I am getting first-class treatment by my mother-in-law and my ankle is feeling better every day. Today I ran 4.5 km (3 miles), shortly after I indulged in an original, Texas BBQ Sandwich. Tasty!

Wednesday (75th day / 38 to go):
Today, Kermit (my father-in-law) gave me a Runner’s World to read. Next to interesting training schedules, and running shoe reviews, they had a poll asking for the one thing that stresses runners out most before a big race. Ranked first: “A nagging injury!”  – No running today!

Thursday (76th day / 37 to go):
Christmas Eve, my first, real American one. We opened stockings and played board games. (No running.)

Friday (77th day / 36 to go):
I woke up with Kermit to go for an easy 5k run. My foot feels a lot better and I feel confident that I’ll be able to return to my original running schedule by January 1. Happy Birthday Jesus!

Miami Marathon Training – Day 16 of training – 98 more to go

25 Oct

And again 6.5km (4miles). This recovery week ends with another rest day tomorrow, and then I’ll start another week of progressive running. I’m excited!

sad :(

17 Aug

FIUno friends

Love and Peace

25 Jul

It’s a cheesy sounding title, isn’t it?!

Love, love, love. I got married 2 months ago to my beautiful wife Rachel. And ever since then I was in a high state of love. She’s my best friend and the best thing that ever happened to me.

I’m in total peace. I’m not freaking out or worrying about anything. Even though some people would say that there are plenty of things to worry about. Currently I’m jobless, practically homeless (my wife are temporarily living with my parents in Switzerland) and I still haven’t gotten a positive word from the grad schools I applied to. But even though these big live changing things are knocking on our door, I feel completely calm and at peace. I just know it will work out for the best.