badminton, exercise, inspiration

Find that one true sport you love

In high school I played badminton for 4 years. I liked the sport, but did not love it. When I went to UC Berkeley, I join the badminton club and we trained and competed against other colleges. We would travel both days on weekends, come back as a team, have dinner together and laugh about the […]

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Tony’s Metabolic Rate

I spent $40 today at Yahoo! to measure how many calories my body burns if I were just sitting down.  I spent 15 minutes breathing in a tube and out comes a chart of how many calories I burn.  It turns out that my body burns 1,872 calories, plus 561 calories with just normal movement […]

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The +100 Push Up Club

In 2005 I watched the movie Coach Carter where Samuel Jackson was trying to get the kids running suicides drills from one corner of the court to the other side and back again. That is brutal. What peaked my interest was actually the push ups. One kid was being punished and Samuel Jackson asked him […]

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Push Up Thursday, week 2: 200

Listening to Maria Callas starts my 2nd week of push ups.  I set a 15 minute timer to do 40 every 15 minutes, but  you can spread it out over 24 hours if you wish 9:19 am @ cube +40 40 9:38 am @ cube +40 80 (listening to Handel) 9:53 am @ cube +40 […]

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Push Up Thursday Week 1: 100

A few years ago, I started a club in Yahoo to do as many push ups we can in 24 hours. We started at 100 and each week, we increased it by 100. most members got to 1,000. I got to 2,200 in 24 hours. It is based on a simple concept that if you […]

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Bay To Breakers 2008

My last Bay to Breakers was in 2005. I found an excuse to skip it in 2006, then I broke my foot in 2007. I was trying to find an excuse not to run it this year, but couldn’t come up with anything. This morning, my snooze button didn’t work at 6am and I woke […]

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3 Badminton Coaches

I think I’m reaching some kind of badminton craziness. I had just signed up for 10 lessons with my third coach! Now I’m being coached by Paul Koo, Lili Zhou, Chandra all at the same time. Paul likes to have me do footwork and build muscle mass. Lili focus on fine technique of the wrist, […]

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torned tendon, gone is my foot for 3 months

Tonight I was playing badminton for 1 hour before I had to work late night. When I was doing a pretty simple jump smash, I felt this twist on my foot.. So I thought it was a simple ankle twist.. I was rubbing it and something seem weird. This tendon, behind my ankle was gone.. […]

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Run The Paris Metro #8: town of Malakoff

Run The Paris Metro #8: 5.97 miles, 10 down 232 to go. The photo is of ligne roset, super high end ultra modern design.  They have a store in SOMA SF. I just finished running Metro line #13 which bought me to the outskirts of Paris to the town of Malakoff Getting to see the […]

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Running down the Parisian kids

I saw this really neat parc in Paris and these kids were just runing around in circles while I myself was running the Paris Metro! Neato so I decided to run them down 3 times over and and over. Run The Paris Metro: Chasing kids

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Runner’s High And Rnner’s Gear

This trip in Paris brought back my initial runner’s high and the reason why I started running after many years of hating running. Some lessons learned, and I hope I remember this when I get back in the states don’t run too fast, pace and I can run a long distance running is about endurance […]

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Run The Paris Metro: #2 – 10.56 miles

Running to the metro stations in Paris is getting me to run more that I’ve ever done in my  life.  Every other day I’m running around 10 miles.  That’s almost a half-marathon.  I stop to take photos, consume some wonderful food, coffee and run at a pace faster than I would run a half.  Today’s […]

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Run the Paris Metro: Day 1: 23 stations

My plan is to run to every metro station in the Paris subway system.  I have no idea how many stations there are in total, let me know if you find out. Here are the 23 stations I covered for a nice 10 mile run on Sunday. Photos of the 23 metro stations and the […]

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Ultimate Brompton Folding Bike

This Friday my new Brompton folding bike arrived from the UK via a NY dealer. Here are the specs 6 speeds 21 lbs foldable in 10 secs bright yellow headlight, custom fit pump, marathon tires, mirror, custom attached bag I took it for a ride in Golden Gate park against a road bike and I […]

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Run The Paris Metro: #2 – 10.56 miles

  Running to the metro stations in Paris is getting me to run more that I’ve ever done in my  life.  Every other day I’m running around 10 miles.  That’s almost a half-marathon.  I stop to take photos, consume some wonderful food, coffee and run at a pace faster than I would run a half.  […]

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How to have fun running

I admit it, running sometimes gets boring and tiring, so I try to throw a little twist to my weekend long runs.  I always have a food or a tourist destination that I run to.  This way I have something to look forward to and it makes the run fun instead of a drag. On […]

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Push Up Thursday is back (2,100)

I’ve been sick with a flu and cough for the last 3 weeks and pushups stopped because my whole body was sored. This dude has now gotten to 2,001 and we are both shooting for 2,100 push ups in 24 hours. Here goes +50 : 50 11:02 am +50 : 100 11:04 am +80 : […]

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Dean Karnazes runs 350 miles non-stop

Dean Karnazes is the best known ultra marathon runner and he finishes 350 miles as a fundraising effort for Organs ‘R’ Us (you can read the Outside Magazine article here Dean Karnazes runs 350 miles 6) Can you walk (I mean, run) us through the experience? What were the highpoints/lowpoints? The first two nights of […]

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Dreaming About Gymnastics

I had an unusual physical education history in high school. Other people did basketball, football, volleyball in high school. I did gymnastics and badminton. Back in Lowell High, we were free to pick classes and teachers, so I always picked this one gym teacher and she always teaches gymnastics and badminton. In college I again […]

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Push Up Contest At Yahoo!

Over at the Vendor showcase day at Yahoo! they were doing of all things a push up contest.  Everyone was getting me on to try it.  The record was 201 push ups by a Yahoo! super stud.  (Stu Y.)  The rule was that you can rest on top or do a downward facing dog. I […]

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Push Up Thursday (1,800)

Y! Push Up Club A group of people trying to do as many push ups, pull-ups, sit-ups as we can in 24 hours. Start anytime between 12:00am and 12:00pm of the day, you can blog, blast message about your status during the day. Thursday: Sep 16, 2005 1,800 push ups +100 each week +70 70 […]

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Push Up Thursday (1,700 minus 700)

This week marks 1,000 for many of the club members.  I’ve ordered 2 cakes for the team.  A chocolate valencia and a lemon chiffon. I’m trying for 1,700 this week +50 (50) 9:05am +70 (120) 11:32am +70 (190) 1:13pm +50 (240) 4:11pm +50 (290) 4:15pm +70 (360) 4:38pm +70 (440) 8:00pm +70 (510) 9:58pm +70 […]

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Rewards Friday For 1,000

This thursday marks the 1,000 push up milestone of the Y! Push Up Club. On Friday, I will buy a Valencia chocolate cake for the team.  Anyone who reaches 1,000 gets a slice. No rewards for just trying, you don’t get to 1,000: NO CAKE I’m counting 8 people in the open doing this, if […]

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SF Marathon: (2:06:03 #1301) finished, hobbled and humbled

Great race. Record 15,000 participants. I ran the 1/2 marathon this time Update With Official Results: Time: 2:06:03 overall placed #1301 placed 340 out of 647 in the 30-39 age group pace: 9’37” Total 1/2 marathon runners 5513. I’m really happy with the results considering I had to rest 3 times to stretch, and after […]

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Push up Thursday (1,500)

Push up club starting again.  There are 2 hidden members who are also doing it, but will be more public later (I hope) Other members doing push ups on Thursdays Kelly Shawn Brian JW Scott +50 8:23am on train +70 120 8:37am on train +50 170 8:44am on train +50 220 1:26pm (in cube now, […]

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Push Up Thursday (1,400)

It’s that time of the week, the Y! Pushup Club is going very strong. I’m shooting for 1,400 in 24 hours. It’s going to be harder since I’m seeing Les Miz tonight so I decided to start later to give more time tomorrow Other members doing push ups on Thursdays Kelly Shawn Brian JW Scott […]

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Pull Up Tuesdays

We have pushup Thursdays. Now is the time to join in the fun and buy the $19.95 pull up bar. I’ve always dreamed of getting one. Head to SportsMart and pick one up.  It’s time to balance your biceps. 100 pull ups. 5 per set.  Nice and easy. 5 (11:030m) 10 (11:35pm) 15 (11:40pm) 20 […]

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Push Up Thursday (1,300)

Here goes my duty of the week for the Y! Push Up Club I’m shooting for 1,300 today (yes I missed my 10pm curfew today, I have an excuse,  I had class til 9:30) Other members doing push ups on Thursdays Kelly Shawn Brian JW Scott Why do we do it? The bigger arms Nothing […]

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2nd race: 10K in Castro Valley

My official finish time: Placed: #54 out of 267 runners, #5 in my age group Total time: 47’16” pace: 7’36” Distance: (10K) 6.56 miles by my watch BPM: 189 avg On Friday I decided I need to see what shape I was in for the July 1/2  marathon. So I sign myself up for a   […]

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Push up Thursday 1,200

I’m impressed by Kelly and his dedication to push up Thursday even when he is in the UK. Here goes my duty of the week for the Y! Push Up Club Other Members Kelly Shawn Brian JW Scott I’m shooting for 1,200 today. 100 6:30am (waiting for Amtrak) 150 8:30 (at work) 200 8:58 250 9:20 […]

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Run: Castro Valley, am I in Japan?

Finally after hurting my foot running along the canals of Paris, I’m healed and back on my training for the SF 1/2 marathon end of July.   I decided to run over to the Japanese Garden in Hayward.  It’s an amazing garden in the middle of nowhere in Hayward.  Once you are inside, you feel like […]

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No pain no gain: it’s time for handstand pushups

My foot has been hurting for the last 2 weeks and I have not been able to run.  I’m getting really depressed lately but I couldn’t run to counteract it.   I’m trying a new exercise:  handstand pushups.  Pretty funny that most of the people doing it are kung fu fanatics (which I’m not)  I just […]

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push ups: 2,000 in 24 hours reached

I’ve hurt my foot recently and have not been able to run for a while. So I’ve started shooting for the 2,000 mark in push ups. 1,500 was reached on May 10th, 1,000 was reached April 22nd, 500 was reached March 02 Push up Log for June 6th 100 7:37 am 200 8:00 am 300 […]

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Last night in Paris

Hobbled on a bad foot over to the Eifel Tower, had a crepe, stood in the rain and soaked up Paris. Then walked along the Seine to Place de Concord, and watched Star Wars. hee, wonderful end to the vacation Hobble Log: 3 miles

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Paris Running: St. Martin Canals

I’m so tired today.   It’s glorious weather in Paris at 82 degrees.  This is my last full day Paris, I’ll be heading to Amsterdam tomorrow.  So I decided to squeeze in a run to see the lower part of the canals (St. Martin, see Y! Image) I ran 3.6 km then the heat really got […]

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Paris Running: Pain au Chocolat, Canals, Sacre Couer

Running and eating my way through Paris. This morning I started running at 5:30am cause I knew I wanted a long run.  Picked up the best pain au chocolat in Paris, saw the best view of Paris at Sacre Coeur, then the best running route along the canals.  The St. Martin canal is a must […]

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Why do I run and do the crazy things I do?

Recently some people have been asking me why the hell did I start running and dress in running shorts all the time?  Why did I do the crazy push-ups? I don’t know why I felt ashamed to admit it before.  This is no shame, nothing wrong with what I have. I’ve been diagnosed with depression […]

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Run: From Yahoo To (evil) Fry’s

Fry’s is evil, they tempt you with candy when you check out.  But sometimes you need to go inside, there’s no way around it. I needed to buy a SD PCMCIA card reader today before I leave for vacation on Saturday. So I decided to run over to Fry’s.  I wasn’t sure I could make […]

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Finished first ever Bay To Breakers (0:58:54, place #752!!)

Update: Official finish time is 0:58:54, place #752!! (I’m in the Fun Runners division).  Some photo proofs they took while I was running Out of 31,246 people, 751 came in faster than I did in the entire race. I’m very proud that after only 3 months of semi-intense running and having never done any running […]

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Menlo Park: a different world

Tonight I took the train to Menlo Park to pick up a used jogger stroller for Kate. First time in the city, didn’t know what to expect. I was surprised at how huge the houses were!! They were like mansions, all with gates and walls. This is unreal. I was running thru the city and […]

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run: Hayes Ashbury

I had no plans for this Saturday’s run so I just let it flow.  Here was the route and it turned out to be really enjoyable. Folsom & 4th to Market & Larkin Log: 1.5 mile Run thru the Civic Center Plaza under the row of trees. Log .4 mile along Fell to Ashbury Log: […]

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Nightmare on Caltrain Street

It’s one of those nights that I want to forget. I took the 7pm Caltrains to SF last night.  The machine validator for the 10-ride ticket at Mountain View station was broken so I thought I’ll just get it validated on the train.  At the San Carlos station, the people checking the tickets were in […]

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Freedom Of Running

Google Map: My parents’ house to Dublin Bart I’ve been busy with the Y! News launch last week, have not updated my run log. Running really gives me a lot of freedom to go anywhere I want without having to drive or carry around a bike and helmet. I have very traditional chinese parents who […]

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Race: Cable Car Chase 2005

Finished the ANA Cable Car Chase this Sunday morning. Highlights: We didn’t get to really chase the cable cars, just chase a looked alike on rubber wheels. The biggest 10-12 block hill I’ve ever experienced on California from Drumm to Larkin, almost everyone near my pace level were walking the hills, it was a sad […]

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Plans Don’t Always Work Out As Planned….

(I was running with the silver Axio backpack) I’m commuting from SF by cal trains nowadays whenever I don’t need to drive Kate. Yahoo has a shuttle that picks up from Mountain View and gets to the campus 24 minutes after the train arrives. That’s not a bad deal until one day they never showed […]

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Sneaking In A Run Anywhere I Can

On Mondays I drive Kate to her French school at French for Fun in Lafayette and then I work in Starbucks until she is done. This morning I’m in my running shorts and running top and I sneaked in a run to the Lafayette Reservoir. I ran up the reservoir, lots of housewifes in walking […]

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New Favorite Running Route In SF

I’m sorry to say, Google Maps satellite view is really cool Today’s long run is my favorite route yet. California Street has 2 huge hills that made me really fall in love with SF as a running city. Just as my legs were burning from running uphill, the switch comes and I get a nice […]

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Running: Trails Of Castro

One guy at best buy asked me what I did for fun on the weekend, I said I ran for fun. I run because I can run and the longer I run the happier I am. Saturday I did my 6 mile training route to russian hills, along battery street and back to yerba brena […]

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Chest muscles have healed, pushups, pushups come to me

It’s back, the pushup craze.  My muscles have healed like I thought it would after the last fiasco when I torned my muscles.  Here is a more sane version of 1,000 pushup in 24 hours, d0ing 50 reps and spread it over time.  This time I didn’t tear the muscles.  Next milestone : 1,500

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Running routes over the weekend

Over the weekend I was feeling down. Ran to Coit Tower twice following the north beach route. On Saturday morning I ran there once, the hill was a challenge. Then on Sunday morning I ran around downtown. on Sunday night I was insomniac and I started running around 4:00am, very creepy along the trail going […]

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Paris Running: St Germain

Paris is the perfect city to run. Lots of walkways, interesting buildings, lots of street lights for night running. First day in Paris, trying to beat the jet lag and Angie was running out of coffee beans and need some to go with pain au chocolat and her fruit pies. At 9:30pm on a Sunday […]

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