I ate five salads a day as part of my fitness challenge. You won’t believe what happened next.
Week one: At first I am skeptical of the five salads a day thing, but I decide to give it a chance. I cry when I throw away all the honey mustard in the fridge. But within days, my persistent cough starts to go away: I am spending so much time chopping salad vegetables I don’t have time to smoke. With the money I save on cigarettes, I buy a majority stake in Snapchat.
Week two: Once I switch to eating only locally-sourced produce, my senses begin to sharpen. Out in the yard, I smell the freshly-mown grass and regain my childlike sense of wonder and innocence. Unfortunately, I can hear the neighbor’s kid from down the street playing Hot Cross Buns on the recorder so many times in a row it sounds like he is rehearsing for a Phillip Glass opera.
Week three: I develop superpowers. I realize that, under the yellow sun of Earth, I can do things normal humans cannot: run a mile in two minutes, lift a car bare-handed and log out of Facebook. I also score an eight-letter word in Scrabble!
Week four: I leave my material body behind and become a being of pure consciousness. I am plugged directly into the universe and have access to all frequencies of energy in all times. Bonus: My complexion has totally cleared up and I fit into my jeans from college again.
The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 has killed at least 8,000 people and injured more than 10,000, according to the latest reports. The scenes of misery and chaos have prompted people to crowdfund donations like crazy.
Here in Bangkok, runners have been braving the hot weather to support Nepal, with two fundraisers over the weekend alone. (See last week’s post on how to survive training in crushing heat.)
We Run Nepal
A brand-new bike park threw open its doors Saturday — but to runners.
Tucked away in Bangkok’s northern suburb of Lad Prao, Peppermint Bike Park is a tidy little collection of paved trails that go over moguls, bridges and reclaimed timbers.
There’s moguls and sick downhills, bridges and old timbers to ride across.
And many opportunities for photos.
Thais love to take photos.
Peppermint Field is a brand of peppermint oil nasal inhaler that’s very popular in Thailand. It’s supposed to clear up your sinuses
Human Run for Nepal
On Sunday, hundreds of runners gathered at Rot Fai Park for the Human Run for Nepal. We got new shoes for that event from shoeadviser.com since they offered great discounts on their annual clearance sale.
Rot Fai is just north of the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market and is one of our favorite places for bicycling.
But on Sunday, again the runners took over.
And took more pictures.
I love to take photos of Thais taking photos.
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