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Finding that balance between enjoying the moment and not vomiting during my first 50-mile race.

Life is an adventure. It’s a story that never ends. My goal is to keep that story interesting. I hope that I can accurately, and adequately, record and share as much of my story here.

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Journal: Sunday, June 21, 2020 // The Castle Peak Loop, Round 2

After this trip — the second in two weeks — I told a friend: “regular life is so boring now.” I said that while thinking: “wow, I get why people go on these epic runs every weekend.” It’s like a drug. There’s such an adrenaline rush climbing on rock. There’s…

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  • Journal: Sunday, June 21, 2020 // The Castle Peak Loop, Round 2
    After this trip — the second in two weeks — I told a friend: “regular life is so boring now.” I said that while thinking: “wow, I get why people go on these epic runs every weekend.” It’s like a drug. There’s such an adrenaline rush climbing on rock. There’s such a sense of total calm while admiring miles of […]
  • Journal: Saturday, June 20, 2020 // Point Mariah
    In normal times, I’d be in Squaw Valley today. I’d be running my first skyrace: the Broken Arrow 52K (or 26K). It’s a race I wanted to do last year, with Jenny. But I delayed it to this year (with last summer’s focus being Jack & Jill). But while the race was cancelled this year, I found myself not too […]
  • Journal: Friday, June 19, 2020
    Quarantine Day 94. It’s Juneteenth today. One thing that’s stuck with me over the years is something my 6th-grade homeroom teacher told me. I told her: “Racism still exists today.” She told me: “No, it doesn’t.” Quite forcefully and immediately too. I don’t remember the context of that conversation anymore. It’s been over two decades. Those two lines of conversation […]
  • Journal: Sunday, June 14, 2020
    Well, putting together my last journal entry took a lot longer than expected. Because I’ve spent so much damn time putting together that post, I’ve been neglecting every day of this week. Here were some highlights.
  • Journal: Sunday, June 7, 2020 // Partial Castle Peak Loop
    (1) I almost died today. (2) Lucas Horan is a f’ing mountain goat. And (3) this one deserved a full writeup. My first attempt at looping around Castle Peak.
  • Journal: Friday, June 5, 2020
    Quarantine Day 80. Today was a little different. LOL. First, as I closed out the day yesterday, I found a bug during final production testing. It turns out that a colleague had checked a few large changes that hadn’t been tested with a GPU. Fortunately, she was able to propose a fix that got everything working today. Unfortunately, the delay […]
  • Journal: Wednesday, June 3, 2020
    Quarantine Day 78. It’s Global Running Day today. Strangely, it’s World Bicycle Day today, too. Not too much happened today, other than A tour of the Slow Streets Oakland streets near my apartment. Ever since its announcement a month or so ago, I’ve wanted to explore these no-thru-traffic streets. I finally got to do so today. And while the first […]
  • Journal: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
    Quarantine Day 77. When this pandemic (and subsequent global quarantines) started, I only considered its economic effects. Things like unemployment, rent, housing prices, etc. In hindsight, the gap in this thinking is obvious: the sharpest social changes (both progressive and conservative) happen during the most severe economic upheavals.
  • Journal: Monday, June 1, 2020
    Quarantine Day 76. Because of the 8pm curfew, I now have to run in the morning. This morning, I decided that I needed to go finally run around the Pixar campus in Emeryville. Other than this, today was a pretty normal day. Mostly forgettable. One real moment today happened when my boss thought that my code did something that it […]
  • Journal: Sunday, May 31, 2020
    Quarantine Day 75. Normally I would run at least one day of the weekend. Actually, normally I’d run both. Even through this quarantine, I’ve been running, albeit not as consistently or purposefully as I would, if it were “normal times.” But because of last weekend’s back-to-back 50-milers, I decided that I needed to take a complete rest week this week. […]


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