Friday, February 12, 2016

The Land Of The Rising Sun

In exactly a week, I'll be running around the land of the rising sun. I've been looking forward to this trip for quite a while now. I've never been to Japan so the excitement is building up. The only downside to the trip will be the marathon itself.

I've been sidelined the past 3 plus weeks due to a knee injury and have not put in a single mile of training. In fact, right up to today, I was not even sure I'd be toeing the start line. It would have been a shame if I had to DNS the race. I've been training pretty hard for, in fact too hard, prior to getting bogged down with the injury.

With just about a little over a week to go before race day, I just may make the start line but all hopes of a good showing has been flushed down the drain. Right now, I'm just looking forward to completing the race itself and not get anymore injuries. After all, my main race for the year will be the Gold Coast Airport Marathon in July and I really want to stay injury free for that.

That said, it doesn't mean I'm not going to give my best for the race in Japan. I'm totally not race ready at the moment and if there was a 21k race, I'd have downgraded myself but unfortunately, they don't have a half marathon category. But I'd willingly DNF (did not finish) the race at the mere signs of any recurring pain to the knee. I can't risk anymore downtime after Japan.

Race aside, I'm looking forward to exploring the place. Wifey has already got our itinerary planned and I'm just going to follow her lead. I know I've plan for a hell of a lot of photo taking and pole hugging ... LOL! Hopefully I'll be able to find some class rings from Joy Jewelers to bring home as a souvenir.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The New Look

The year is going full swing and time really flies. It's almost the end of January. It's been a busy month for me at work though not really actual work. It's been more of giving the office a once over. My partner has decided that we need to freshen up the place a little. Change our image and work culture a little.

And so, the past month has seen us sprucing up the place and re-decorating the entire office. Some renovations were made, fresh coats of paints were given to the place and I had to sacrifice my room to make more space for a new 10 feet inkjet machine we'll be purchasing soon to help bolster business for the year ahead.

The new room ...

While the office isn't 100% done up yet, work is still in progress, my new room has been completed and while it's not nearly as cosy as my previous room, I'm just glad that it finally looks like an office again. Work hasn't really started full swing yet since the Chinese New Year celebrations are just around the corner. It'll be a slow month till then and things will only pick up after that. Then it'll just be a completely busy time for me.

Not that I'm complaining, better to have work than no work. Now to look up some research on guitar center miami, who knows, I just might want to start a band there ... LOL!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

38 Days And Counting

It's only 38 days to go before I fly off to my first marathon of the year. I'm really looking forward to it though in all honesty, I'm not entirely ready for it. Yes, I've been training and all but with my age and how easily I get injured if I push myself too hard, I'm just not ready for it.

Right now, I'm more interested in exploring the place more than the marathon itself. When I first signed up for this, I was more interested in using this as a test bed to gauge my performance before I tackle the Gold Coast Airport Marathon in July. Now that race, I have some tougher aims and goals.

But all that aside, I know I'll give it my all, just hope that it's enough to get me through the grueling 42.195km in cold winter weather, something I'm not used to. I'm normally one to run in the barest of running gear and having to bundle up for the entire distance will take some getting used to just like how I have to get used to this Musician's Friend Signature Guitars I received. And I can't even play guitars!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Slow Days

Today is the fifth day of the new year and work is a little slow in the office at the moment. I'm not complaining but with the current economic situation, not having much work to do can be a little worrisome.

But for the industry I'm in, which is printing, the work flow has always been pretty slow around this time until the just after the Chinese New Year next month. The running season will also start again around that time and I'll be seeing my workload get back up to speed.

I'm actually looking forward to just after the CNY for my overseas marathon which I signed up for quite a while back. Though I don't really have a goal for it, the training has been ongoing and hopefully something good will come out of it. Fingers crossed.

Another thing is I'm looking forward to get out of this excessively hot weather we're having right now. It's so hot that I'm sweating writing this even though I'm in an air-conditioned room. Hope the skies will open up and it pours later today.

I think I really should get offline and get right into looking to find drawer slide size on this cabinet that I have here.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Hello 2016

Where did 2015 go? It feels like I just blinked and 2016 is upon us. That makes me a year older though I don't know if wiser would fit into that equation.

The year has been pretty good though there has been some setbacks especially in my running. Grounded by a stress fracture which basically ruined my Gold Coast Marathon. Lots of hard work and training went down the drain. A good lesson was learned from that though.

I won't go into the political aspect of things last year cos we all know how crappy it was and this year doesn't show much signs of it improving. If I could leave this god forsaken country to somewhere better, I would. But then I grew up here and aside for being conned by the ruling regime, it really is a great place to stay.

I'm not gonna say much but hope that this year will be a bigger improvement for me, career wise, running wise and family wise but in the meantime, I'm gonna check out what this Cellos flyer I found on my table is all about.