Training Week: Feb 5-Feb 11

Here are the highlights from this week’s training.

The thee words the best describe me lately: sore, exhausted, and hungry. It’s all fun and games when you’re just kicking it during the holidays/vacation with some light running and regular conditioning, but then you come back and…I dunno it feels like it got real, real fast lol. More speedwork, increased mileage, and the addition of a new leg strengthening routine that Trainer has me doing that seems cruel 😩 It’s not right! Anyway, I am walking weird, napping, and eating anything that isn’t nailed down. Feels like training has finally begun!

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The Crazy Rich Asians Effect

Last year was a momentous year for Asians in Hollywood. “Crazy Rich Asians” not only won the box office several weeks in a row, it broke the misconception that there would not be an audience for an all-Asian film — especially one not centered on martial arts. Most importantly, it has sustained momentum, so that it would ensure that more Asian films – displaying all types of Asianness (ahem, you know Asia is pretty big, right?)– would be developed. And Boom, the biggest sale out of Sundance so far is “Late Night”, directed by Nisha Ganatra, and produced, written by and starring Mindy Kaling. In addition, Awkwafina who stole CRA is the star of two projects at Sundance, including “The Farewell” which is written and directed by Asian American filmmaker Lulu Wang. This type of follow-up was sorely missing 26 years ago when “Joy Luck Club” hit it big. Let’s hope it continues.

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Best Race of 2018

It was a bad running year due to the wonky foot and inconsistent training, so I skipped out on doing a review of my racing year. I just wanted to put it behind me and start fresh. But I came across a photo that reminded me of a race that I didn’t mention to anyone (except Trainer) that I was going to run. It ended up in a DNF – my second of the year — and was my best race memory of 2018.

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Traveling: Life in Singapore

My brother has lived in Singapore almost twenty years, so when I go to visit, I stay with him and his family. Here’s a little bit about family/life in Singapore.

1. School and Life of a 14-year old. Singapore subscribes to the process of streaming where students of the same year are put on one of four tracks based on their test results: Special, Express, Normal Academic, and Normal Technical. As a 14-year old, godson’s/nephew’s daily load is English, Chinese, French, math, history, geography, literature, physics, and biology. He is also on the debate team. And Boys’ Brigade (think Boy Scouts). One more thing – Junrui is also a top ji-jitsu athlete and represented Singapore in the Jiu-Jitsu U15 World Cup in Athens. Continue reading “Traveling: Life in Singapore”

five things: Boston

I probably wouldn’t have chosen Boston as a place to visit with my limited vacation time, but I qualified for this marathon so…To put my commentary into context, note that both my injured foot and the terrible weather limited our walking time, which under slightly better circumstances may have led to a more robust review of Boston. Anyway, here are my five takeaways from our four-day visit to Bean Town.

1. Biggest Lie. Vegan Lobster Roll. So let’s be honest, Boston is not exactly known as a culinary destination. It is, however, known for its lobster rolls. Husband is not vegan and was looking forward to this, but as a vegan, it didn’t enter into my eating plans. Imagine my happiness when Husband surprised me with a vegan lobster roll he got at Thinking Cup. OK, here’s the photo…you guys, what about this says lobster roll? First of all, this isn’t the right type of bread. Second, what lobster roll do you know has sprouts?!? Listen, the cauliflower “lobster” was fine, and really the sandwich was adequate too, but just call it a veggie sandwich. Don’t lie to me and tell me it’s a lobster roll, OK? I would have been happy with a vegan sandwich, but instead I was pissed about being lied to.

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