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HOME - an amazingly beautiful wake up wall to what our planet is facing

HOME - an amazingly beautiful wake up wall to what our planet is facing

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sunday Escapades: Secret Hot Springs

Last Sunday we took our Lebanese-born friend Elias and his son Jerome to a locals hot spring spot in YangMing Shan. Despite the forecast, the weather was just right!

It's calla lily season on the mountain

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fitness achievement: half-hour jog

I've signed up for Conditioning as my PhysEd credit this semester, as I'm quite interested in the ins and outs of metabolism, proper training and ... gulp... jogging.

In the introduction week, the teacher warned us that our goal is to jog for half an hour, which seemed utterly outlandish to me, as I find running hard as to be nearly impossible. However, since thousands of people fall in love with running and it seems like one of the ultimate ways to train the body's aerobic capacity, I decided to persevere.

Sure enough, this past Thursday we had our first 30 minutes run around the track. The goal was to keep going for the entire time, no matter if you could only walk.  I assumed after 10-15 minutes I'd be well at my limit and walk the rest of the time. And yet... I ran the entire half hour!!!

This seemed utterly incredible to me, but here we are. I attribute this nearly improbable achievement to the following:

1) The teacher started with us and ran at a much slower pace than I expected. This gave me permission to putt along - in total, I ran 4000m in 30 minutes, which for anyone who runs will be obviously at a snail's pace, but hey! I am a happy proud snail!

2) The day before I went for a morning run in the nearby Daan park, to calm my nerves about this whole "ordeal," and although I only went for 10 minutes (at a quicker pace), it was a good mental warm up that jogging is, in fact, possible if not easy.

3) We just watched "The Hobbitt".

Haha. I know, I know, what's the connection? Well, seeing all those little people running for their lives while battling evil really made me think... I should be more prepared for life's twists and turns. Who knows what's around the corner, physically and chronologically speaking?  Better train up!  True motivation was born.