Monday, January 03, 2011

1st of some long routes

run 3 Jan 2011

11.43 km
2 hours

Running with the vibrams. So far I am getting quite used to the five-fingers and enjoying the change in my style of running. No sign of knee pain or ITB. Only main problem is pain at the ball of my right feet. Not as bad as the first time I used it but I wished it wasn't there. Considering getting a pair of Newtons to follow through with the mid-sole strike running and ease that ball-of-foot impact. Weather was fine so didn't have to bring along water. Not bad for an 11K run considering I am a compulsive sipper of water when I run. Halfway though the run, I was in pure bliss listening to the ipod.

I am thinking of doing 10, 15 and 20 km per week. I am quite confident the mid-sole strike I am learning with the vibrams will allow me the mileage without getting the ITB pain like I did the last time when I pushed for longer runs. Those were 20km runs usually on Saturday mornings.

All this in prep for the Sundown marathon this year. I guess I will have to do some core-strengthening work and lose about 5 kg and hit my ideal of 73 - 75 kg. (I put on the 3 unprecious kilos I lost slowly for the long stretch of the first half of last year.) I am not packing in the dualthlons or mini-triathlons this year - too much "sombong" in such events. Running events are more pure and this time, I have got my formidable running kaki, Darryl.


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Sunday, January 02, 2011

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here's a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,700 times in 2010. That's about 21 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 16 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 323 posts. There were 18 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 13mb. That's about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 25th with 51 views. The most popular post that day was De-escalation of war by ants.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for dead kitten, largest ant, whales, largest ant in the world, and hopea odorata.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


De-escalation of war by ants April 2007


An Ode to Whales December 2007


Hopea odorata in the Botanic Gardens June 2005


Chap chye recipe podcast December 2009


some nice sayings November 2006