Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 8/28- 9/3, 2017

Long Run This was a bit of a de-load week, and as such my “long” run was just an easy 10-miler along the boardwalk in Tel Aviv, Israel (we were visiting for a friend’s wedding). Although the views were great, it was incredibly humid outside. When I returned, I was so drenched in sweat that …

Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 8/14- 8/27, 2017

Long Run Another tough one on the Besparmak Trail in Northern Cyprus. Despite the “low” mileage compared to last week’s marathon, this route had tons of vert and was incredibly technical–but I knew that going in. The entire last 8 miles were practically unrunnable, so I had to take it slow whether I wanted to …

Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 8/7- 8/13, 2017

Long Run Oh man, this one was tough. I think this is the most vert I’ve done in a training run ever, and it was no joke. I ran along the E4 hiking trail that spans most of Cyprus, parking the car in a village along the route. I ran out for ~6.6mi, turned around, …

Hotel Reviews, Travel

Hotel Review: InterContinental Phoenicia, Beirut, Lebanon

Occasion We stayed at the InterCon Phonecia over a long weekend in April 2017. Beirut is a short flight from Cyprus and we had yet to go, so we thought we would check it out. We heard good things about this hotel and had plenty of IHG points to burn, so we booked our stay. …

Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 8/7- 8/13, 2017

Long Run I nicknamed this run “The Hurtlocker: Alevkaya”. It had some pretty tough uphill sections and the heat and humidity was incredibly intense, even though I started at 6:30am. Despite that, I actually felt quite good throughout. I have felt far worse after completing shorter runs, so this is a good indication that my …

Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 7/31- 8/6, 2017

Long Run Jetlagged and downtrodden from my return to Cyprus from Montenegro and a couple of “meh” runs, I set out this weekend to explore some of the E4 spur that I discovered a couple weeks ago near one of my favorite trails. This ended up being a really nice find and I was able …

Hotel Gym Reviews, Travel

Gym Review: InterContinental Phoenicia, Beirut, Lebanon

Location & Hours The gym is located next to “The Spa” on the first floor of the hotel. The gym is open 24 hours per day, but is staffed only during the daytime. Machines This gym has a good selection of high-quality machines. This includes a leg press, leg extension, and leg curl, hip adductor, …

Travel, Trip Reports

Our $35,000 Trip Around the World

Introduction Veronica and I took a month-long round-the-world trip in February and March of 2017. We started in Cyprus, making our way to the U.S. with a stop in Chicago, then heading to Asia where we checked out Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, and Singapore before ending up back in Cyprus via Paris. Neither of …

Travel

Our Incredible Singapore First Class Suites Experience

Flight Stats: Airline: Singapore Airlines Flight #: SQ 336 Class: O Seats: 3A & 3C Aircraft: Airbus A380 Route: SIN-CDG Date: 12 March, 2017 Award Price: 191,000 SQ miles + $411 (cash price: $13,442–redemption value $.07/point) Flying Singapore Airlines First-Class Suites from Singapore to Paris was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, no doubt about that. Because of …

On The Run, Travel

On The Run: Singapore

Day 1 Arrival at Chiangi Airport was easy. In our limited viewing, I noticed that it’s very large and clean. We had to go through 3 additional security screenings, which was a bit excessive, but I guess they have some pretty strict laws. For example, on the back of the arrival card it says, in …

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