My Race Number is 135.


I registered and got my confirmation mail with my race number, so Melbourne Marathon is going to be my first marathon in this October.

Still till the time I paid, I was wondering if I need to register a half marathon, but no, I chose the full one. Since I am quite confident to do a half even now, if there is still 4 months left, why not give me a target more challenging?
Melbourne Marathon is more like a festival, everyone can join, they don’t even have any requirements. On the enrolling form, I was asked the estimate time, I filled 7 hours, then they gave me a warning: you should familiarise the route by yourself. Okay I will.
So the next step is to keep training, I seriously downloaded a marathon app on my iPhone. And from next semester on, I will have to go outdoors, it seems everything will be as planned.
I called my previous colleague in China after I registered, she was the first one I knew to do regular marathon, and also the one who persuaded me to start trying. She was quite numb, maybe because she can’t join and lose the chance to humiliate me personally by finishing it 3 hours earlier. Her base is HK Marathon, that’s the one I’m interested too, hopefully one day I can race with her.
Need a reason for marathon? Very simple: if I can do something I never ever thought of before, then I’ll have the courage for everything else.

Vegetarian Life.


I have been vegetarian for totally 3 years, yeah.

Vegetarian for me is just for health, or sort of health, many people once asked me the reason, I couldn’t give them an answer. Not sure, but one year in the regular health check-up, I was diagnosed a fatty liver, very slightly. I asked the doctor the reason, she said you ate too much oily food and drank too much. I then asked what if I never drank or never ate oily food, she said you should eat less meat. I think this check-up was the direct reason for me to be a vegetarian, but not the only one.
Whenever I tell my eating habit to my friends, it’s a problem for them to have meals with me in a restaurant. The next question they will ask is usually: so you eat fish, right? I was very curious of this question, so they thought fish was just plant, like seaweed? But it’s definitely a common question of vegetarian, many people has this sense: meat is just from the animal on the land. But no, fish is also animal, so I don’t eat them.
I was firstly asked “do you eat chives” in HK, my first reaction was: another nut. Probably it’s more popular to have vegetarian restaurant in Melbourne, sometimes I’ll see the description of the food in the menu, they will note: without chives, it must make sense then, I told myself. So I googled and found this interesting word “Jain vegetarianism”, a rich Indian creature, they don’t eat root vegetables, it’s another branch of vegetarianism.
One more strict vegetarian is called vegan, they don’t even have milk or egg. Oh come on, how can I have cereal in the morning without milk? I need the protein powder after gym too, so I am not a vegan.
Vegetarian is called lacto ovo on the airways, this is the first thing I learned ever since I was vegetarian, and Air China has good lacto ovo meal.
Many people doubt if people can survive without meat, actually we can, or I can. Do not say something about equality or environment, it’s too far away, maybe just for health consideration, vegetarianism is not a bad choice.