On The Run, Travel

On the Run: Chicago

We visited Chicago in February, when there is usually knee-deep snow, howling wind, and biting cold which would all but keep the vast majority of folks indoors. For some freakish reason, however, the weather was unseasonably warm (and broke records in the process!).  We took full advantage of our time, walking all around the city …

Hotel Reviews, Travel

Hotel Review: Ritz Carlton, Chicago

Location The Ritz-Carlton in Chicago is located at 160 E Pearson St at the Water Tower Place. This is directly off the famous Magnificent Mile street in downtown Chicago and is an ideal location to stay. It’s close to Lake Michigan, to public transportation, and to just about every store, restaurant, and other amenity you …

50k Weekly Training Update, Training, Two Castles 50k

Two Castles 50k Training – Week 19

Week 19: May 1 – May 7, 2017 Week 19 of my 50k Ultra Training is complete, and below is my summary for the week. Links: 50k Training Plan Monday:  AM: PM: OFF Tuesday: AM: 7 mile/11.2 km run on River Trail PM: Weights – Legs Wednesday: AM: 30 minute run on treadmill + Weights – Chest PM: OFF …

Travel

Beirut Day Trip: Anjar, Baalbek, Ksara Winery

On our second day in Beirut, we booked a full-day tour through Viator (which contracted out to Nakhal, a local tour company which seems to have a monopoly on the market) who would take us to Anjar, Baalbek (two ancient cities) as well as the famous Ksara winery.  We were picked up at the hotel at …

Training

Two Castles Mountain Ultra – 30km Race (2016)

The 30km race is a portion of the longer 80km Two Castles Mountain Ultra racecourse, which encompasses the most difficult sections of the extended route. This was the first-ever trail race I participated in, and so I thought that the 30km race would be within my range of abilities. I trained for a couple of …

50k Weekly Training Update, Training, Two Castles 50k

Two Castles 50k Training – Week 18

Week 18: April 24 – April 30, 2017 Week 18 of my 50k Ultra Training is complete, and below is my summary for the week. Links: 50k Training Plan Monday:  AM: 7 mile/11.2 km run on River Trail PM: OFF Tuesday: AM: 60 minute run on treadmill PM: Weights – Legs & Biceps Wednesday: AM: Weights – Chest & Triceps PM: Easy bike ride …

Hotel Reviews, Travel

Hotel Review: Conrad, Bangkok

Arrival & Check-in We arrived at the hotel via taxi from BKK, which took over an hour due to the traffic but cost only a few dollars. The hotel itself is situated near Limpini Park and the U.S. Embassy, but a bit far from the Skytrain and main downtown attractions. It was hot and steamy, …

Hotel Gym Reviews, Travel

Gym Review: Conrad, Bangok

The Conrad Bangkok has a nice setup that is very usable with a high number of machines, good cardio equipment, and an acceptable amount of freeweights. The equipment is TechnoGym and they have machines for practically every body part, as well as a respectable section of freeweights. Machines Impressive variety including a leg press, extension, and …

50k Weekly Training Update, Training, Two Castles 50k

Two Castles 50k Training – Week 17

Week 17: April 17 – April 23, 2017 Week 15 of my 50k Ultra Training is complete, and below is my summary for the week. Links: 50k Training Plan Monday:  AM: Weights – Legs PM: OFF Tuesday: AM: 7 mile/11.2 km run on River Trail PM: Weights – Deadlifts Wednesday: AM: 60 minute run on treadmill PM: OFF Thursday: AM: 7 mile/11.2 …

Hotel Gym Reviews, Travel

Gym Review: InterContinental, Hong Kong

The gym at the InterCon Hong Kong is totally workable, albeit a bit underwhelming for such a fancy property. It’s strangely set up in that once you pass the check-in counter, there are rooms on both the left and the right side with equipment. Oddly, both rooms have similar equipment (it’s not like one is for …

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