Wednesday, June 27, 2007

pedal = $100, pedal repairs = $80 -_-

It's ridiculous how pictures can bring back the most heart warming memories. How they can conjure up the sweetest emotions from the moments frozen in that glossy 8R. How they can tangle your feelings in it's web of nostalgia. How you'd wish you could throw away everything you own, just to be in that singular moment, however brief it may be. But that's the crazy thing about nostalgia, it always seems better in your memory. Dwell deeper, then surely you'll find a treasure trove of depression and doubt, boxed up in a nondescript package, nestled between reality and fiction.

Life is weird. Like how pianists can play well into the night and not get a single complaint, while guitarists get blown off whenever his guitar squeels past midnight. Or how guitar pedal repairs can cost as much as the guitar pedal itself. Or how there's too much rice on your plate, and never enough chicken and veggies to go around. Or how some people can eat tomatoes on it's own, uncut, unwashed, uncooked. And kiwis too. Or how you'd give your 110% against a stronger opponent but be complacent against an easy adversary. Or how you'd wish you could live life through a third person's view, so you could see that while you were chasing the elites, she was shyly admiring you from the sides, and all you had to do was to crane your neck left to acknowledge her half smile. Life is so weird.

Friday, June 15, 2007

yay new shoes!!!

i bought this a long long time ago, around late 2005. originally meant for street soccer. used to play everyday until poly started. never worn much until september last year when i decided to get my fitness back. been running with it ever since. the left shoelace is from my sister's shoe, hence the colour difference. i couldnt be bothered to fork out $3 for a new pair of shoelaces for an ageing shoe. there's barely any cushion on the sole, so with each footstrike, i hit the ground real hard. painful, but i kinda got used to it. i got my bursary grant thingy from the kind people at LTA, my mom's workplace. i asked her for a part of it to get a new pair of running shoes. before that, i did a shitload of research. there was actually a science to running. surprising.. did a couple of diy tests. through the water test i found out that i have a low-medium arch, which leads to overpronation. the 'wear and tear' test also suggests the same. i know i didn't want big name brands like adidas or nike, coz i'd be paying for brand name rather than the functions. narrowed my choices between asics and mizuno. read in forums that asics' durability is questionable. thus, narrowed it down to mizuno. went to the shop in vivocity yesterday to get my new shoes. i must say the sales people are knowledgable. they do know about pronation control and high arch etc.. it was surprising to say the least. reached home around 9pm. i couldnt wait to run the next morning. woke up at 6am today. went out at 6.30. did a lap around bedok reservoir and then some. i hate running in the morning though. i would feel very groggy. but the shoes made the run a little better. no more ankle pains. yay. it feels like i'm walking on pillows. yea seriously. went out again in the evening to run. same route but i did a wee bit extra. i love my new shoes. signed up for mizuno wave run 2007 in bedok reservoir on 22 july. was planning of making the standard charted 10km race my first race, but hell, just go for this one ah. plus the goodie bag is great. one running singlet and a shoe bag. yay!!

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