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First Run @ 35

April 18, 2014 in Exercise, Outdoor Activity, Running

My first run as a 35-year-old. Feeling great!

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“You don’t stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running.” – Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.

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35, Hidden Tribes, Astronauts, and Family

April 17, 2014 in Events

I happily celebrated my birthday today and I am thankful for that. At 35, I am starting a habit of being grateful for things every single day. It doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be different every day and I am making a conscious effort to do it routinely every morning to appreciate what I may have otherwise taken for granted.

I am extremely lucky to wake up every morning to my wife and our two little ladies. Today I was greeted with these homemade birthday cards from my little artists.

Homemade DIY Birthday Card

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I finished reading a great book today: Born To Run, by Christopher McDougall. It was a great read, enlightening me on the Tarahumara people, ultra running, and the potential benefits of minimalist or barefoot running. It is well written, interesting, and inspiring, whether you are a runner or not. I am a year older and entering a new age category in the Vancouver Sun Run this year but this book makes me feel like I can run forever.

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I had the privilege of spending the afternoon hanging out with retired Canadian Astronaut and the first Canadian to ever walk in space, Col. Chris Hadfield,ย and I asked him questions about how he prepares physically before, during, and after a space walk. He even said ‘hello’ to my daughter ๐Ÿ™‚ This man is amazing and to have been able to spend a part of my day with him was a real honour.

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Malaya is also big fan of Col. Chris Hadfield and together we have watched many of his Youtube videos. To her, he is like a real-life Buzz Lightyear and I told him that. I bought her his book which I will one day present to her as a gift when she is old enough to read and appreciate it. Col. Chris Hadfield was very kind to sign it for her.

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Finally (wouldn’t want it any other way), I got to cap off my day with the people I love – my big, loud, and party-loving family. A family dinner out at Little Ongpin restaurant. I wasn’t a big fan of Filipino restaurants until I ate here. Best tasting Filipino food next to mom’s cookin’.

Kinetic Family at Little Ongpin Restaurant

There is so much to be grateful for. A birthday to remember.

Thanks for all the love.

J.

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Love You Long Weekend

April 11, 2013 in biking, Events, Exercise, Outdoor Activity, Running

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been two weeks since Easter has come and gone. Where does the time go? Our Easter weekend was mostly spent outdoors thanks to the warm and sunny weather we received over the long weekend. Haven’t had much time to post on the blog so I’m a bit late with this post. Here’s a quick recap of some of the activities we got up to.

1. Hanging out at the park. One of our favourite parks to hang out at is Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. At Rocky Point Park you’ll find beautiful scenery (views of the water and mountains), a fun but often very busy playground for kids, a water park, running/biking trails, plenty of open green space, a pier, boat launch, kayak/canoe rentals, the Boathouse restaurant, Pajo’s Fish & Chips, washrooms, lots of kids and families, outdoor swimming pool, skate park, and an ice cream shop that also offers ice cream for dogs (never tried this). Parking can be hard to find as the park can get busy during peak periods but parents often tough it out because it’s pretty much like kid heaven here.

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2. Good run on Good Friday. The kids weren’t the only ones that got to run around. Here are my run stats for the day. If you’re using Nike+, feel free to add me.

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3. Celebrated our friend Valentina’s 2nd Birthday! Lots of eats, lots of treats, and lots more running around.

Valentina's B-day Party

Photo credit: Nadia

4. Easter Egg Hunt x 2. The girls were very fortunate to have two Easter egg hunts on Easter Sunday. We set up a small indoor egg hunt for them at home first thing on Sunday morning and then they had another outdoor hunt set up for them by their aunts and cousins later in the afternoon.

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5. Burnaby Mountain Bike Ride. I took my mountain bike up Burnaby Mountain/SFU for the first time with my buddy Leo for a quick Easter Monday morning ride. The easy part was going up. The hard part was going down but it was also much more fun! Check out some of the video footage I captured of our ride that day.

 

We were lucky to have such great weekend. I wish they could all be like that. It was sunny, we were outside, with friends & family, doing the things we love to do.

Until next time. Keep movin’!

 

 

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My little social experiment: Vancouver is not friendly.

February 8, 2013 in Exercise, Outdoor Activity, Running

As a runner, I consider myself a waver and after reading this article on runnersworld.com, I was interested in finding out just how wave-friendly Vancouver’s runners are. I decided to conduct my own little social experiment during one of my after-work, afternoon runs and was rather surprised by my findings.

Okay, so this isn’t scientific by any means and the sample size is rather small but just hear me out.

It’s three-thirty in the afternoon on a cool, sunny Vancouver day. I’m within the first kilometer of my 6km run along a very popular running route when I come across my first encounter with another runner coming towards me. It’s a pleasant day and happy I am to see a fellow runner, I decide to give a friendly runner’s wave as we cross paths. She was looking but looked away as soon as we made eye-contact. D-nied!, I thought to myself, a little hurt. Instead of wallowing in my sorrows, I thought I’d have a little fun with this and continue waving to other oncoming runners during the rest of my run to see how many friendly waves I’d get in return. And by waves, I would include nods, smiles, or any sign of acknowledging my presence by other runners.

Date: Thursday, February 7th, 2013
Time: 3:30pm
Route: 6km along the south False Creek Seawall in Vancouver, B.C. (just west of Granville Island to just east of Science World)
Weather: Mainly sunny with some clouds.

my run route along the south false creek seawall

Total runners encountered: 25

Wavers: 4, or 16%
Non-wavers: 21 ,or 84%

Of the 4 that waved, 1 was female, 3 were males and of those 3 males, 2 were senior citizens.

The 21 non-wavers included 7 that were running in a group, 2 made direct eye-contact with me but diverted their gaze right away, 2 others made eye contact and just looked at me funny as I waved and ran past them, and the rest didn’t attempt to make eye contact of any sort and were either looking straight ahead, to the ground, or at the surrounding scenery.

In conclusion, I gather from this one time experiment that the vast majority of Vancouver runners are non-wavers.

I’m looking forward to my run in the suburbs this weekend where I usually find myself on the receiving end of a runner’s wave which I am more than happy to reciprocate!

Happy running ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Marathons & Marriage

September 26, 2012 in Events, Race, Running

Lululemon Seawheeze Half-marathon Vancouver

Malaya & I cheering on runners at the lululemon seawheeze half-marathon.

By the way, did we mention that infrequent blog posts is going to be a regular thing here?

Summer arrived late but we’ve had a fantastic stretch of summer from July onwards and with the nice weather, it’s kind of strange that I have not been running much at all. Yes, we’ve been busy with other commitments and have spent a lot of time playing with the kids outdoors thanks to all the extra daylight but sometimes it’s not a matter of finding the time and it becomes a matter of finding the motivation.

We’re all motivated and inspired by different things and I would love to know what fuels your fire, so please share and post in the comments.

My latest little source of inspiration comes from the lululemon Seawheeze half marathon. Lululemon put on their inaugural Seawheeze half marathon in Vancouver on August 11th and although we didn’t sign up for this race, Dawn and I brought the kids down to cheer on the runners. Our very own ampleant was running her first ever race so we wanted to be there to cheer her on.

We planted ourselves close to the finish line to watch the participants endure the last stretch of the race. Watching the runners go by was definitely inspiring and made me want to start running again. There were runners who finished really strong and looked like they were good to go for another 21km. “I wanna be like them.” I thought to myself as I pictured myself running my next race with the same speed, energy and vigour. And then there were runners who looked like they were gonna pass out and not gonna make it. One runner even stopped in front of us, hunched over and gagging as if she was going to show us last night’s dinner. It may not have been pretty but the effort was inspiring and the fact the she managed to get herself to finish the race was awesome.

It was definitely a thrill to watch people cross the finish line and it was inspiring to watch people achieve what they set out to do. I recommend you do this if you’re needing a little motivation and inspiration. Check out the video and look at how much fun it can be to cheer people on.

Congratulations to all the runners, our ampleant, and an extra special congratulations to our friend Arlyn & her now husband Ellery who got married on the spot after finishing their run. This couple had arranged to have their wedding ceremony performed right at Jack Poole plaza by the Olympic cauldron where the racers gathered after the run – what a unique and fantastic idea this was! You can see them in the video at 3:14. “May your hearts beat together in marriage and in marathons.” Lovely.

Ps. Arlyn also makes stuff sometimes.