The House of Saud

If I could say one thing to the House of Saud it would be “Leave Pakistan alone” . The following is an interesting article , which is just the tip of the iceberg, of how for the relatively short history of Pakistan, our dear friends of the Arabian peninsula have played such an influential role.

As a Pakistani, I feel I share no cultural , ideological, theological, political, religious ties to the Arabian peninsula. Then why should I allow the House of Saud to poison my countries religious, political, cultural enviornment.

Being lazy

Its comes down to being lazy. Or just inherently burnt out.

Week 6 of the marathon training plan and I don’t feel like doing any workouts. This weekend was bad weather only went out for a bike ride and then skipped the run. Should have been the opposite

Through the week didn’t do any of the workouts, no run , no bikes. It grounds me to the fact that if I didn’t have this crazy routine how many hours in the day I have to do anything . Which in this case turns out to how many hours in day I have to do NOTHING.

Time to get back. Adjusted my plan a bit haven’t lost too many key workouts between now and novemeber. Plus the plan was sort of easy right now . Running 14 mi , that was something I was already conditioned for during tri season . So now its a matter of hitting those speed workouts, getting those long runs in.

Running vdot

Finally got around to doing a running vdot test. I have been meaning to do for a couple of months but have been busy training for specific races that taking a workout out to do a test like this was not possible.

So before anything my final vdot is 44 . My time 21:55 for 5k run with LT 175. A lot to be improved on. My legs were tired and aching from the crazy,getting lost, long run 10mi from the day before. Most coaches would say that it is a bad idea to do a vdot test after a long run but for the moment this will have to do. I had to establish a baseline for the rest of the marathon training.

Finally got around to doing a running vdot test. I have been meaning to do for a couple of months but have been busy training for specific races that taking a workout out to do a test like this was not possible.

So before anything else my final vdot is 44 . My time 21:55 for 5k run with LT 175. A lot to be improved on. My legs were tired and aching from the crazy,getting lost, long run 10mi from the day before. Most coaches would say that it is a bad idea to do a vdot test after a long run but for the moment this will have to do.
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IM lake placid 2010

1 week since my 70.3 race. Still a bit sore and my knees feel all of the steps in the last 6 mi in the run.
And in my crazy, blood glucose low mood I just signed up for doing ironman lake placid 2010. What was. I thinking ! All 140.6 mi . And this after watching the anguish and pain of the people doing it this year.

I had picked up rhian from the airport and we had driven straight to lake placid (with a side trip to kabab king). We had decided out of necessity to camp close to lp which turned out to be really nice. The camp site was a bit past the turn-off for wilmington. We were able to spend a lot of time in town enjoying the local brew.

On the day of the race we volunteered at the bike station and the run course. It made a fun way to pass the day.

And the next day I did sign up for next year. Yikes!!! Time to get into shape

70.3

I always enjoy doing the Musselman triathlon. The organization is incredible, incredible volunteers, gorgeous scenery, and it always awesome to have a race director who is done several races himself. They know the nerves a first-timer has the day before; they know how much time, effort, money you have spent to get to this point; they know what is going through an athletes head at 6am when he comes to the race site. They

It’s a great feeling to wake up the morning of the race. Even though it is 4am I am up and running , the adrenaline going through you. By the time 6am comes around, after a cup of coffee, I have usually calmed down and focused on the hours ahead. Continue reading “70.3”

Winter Running

Started running again after a 4 month interim due to my injury. Even though the injury was an elbow dislocation just didn’t feel the motivation to pound my body at 8mi/hr . Winter is probably the toughest time to pick up a sport or exercise in the northeast, everything slows down and the weather disrupts any training schedule.

I have to be honest I hate running in the winter. Karachi always had a temperate climate throughout the year. In NewYork starting December to March the weather makes it an interesting experience to workout outside. Continue reading “Winter Running”