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Drug Testing Employees

Posted on May 12, 2015 under Random | No Comment

Choosing whether to drug test your employees is an important step in any company, large or small. There are benefits and drawbacks to drug testing, both of which should be explored in depth. Understanding how a drug testing program will affect your business is key to making the right choice.

Why Drug Test?

Drug use in the workplace can have a number of repercussions and create an environment that is hazardous for everyone. If there are employees in your company who are using drugs, they can cause equipment malfunctions, slow down productivity and bring down staff morale. They may be more likely to steal company property in order to feed their drug habits. Having employees in your workplace who are addicted to drugs can cause liability issues that can derail your company’s operations.

Drug Test Considerations

If you are going to drug test, it is vital that you create a written policy for the program. Inform potential hires and existing staff that they will be subjected to a drug test as a condition of employment. Make sure that you drug test every employee to avoid the appearance of unfairness.

You can either drug test on site or hire an outside vendor to conduct the testing. You can easily test in the workplace using urine reagent strips that deliver instant results. Test during the hiring process and any time there is a serious safety incident in your company.

When it comes to instituting drug testing at your company, creating a plan that works is the best way to ensure the best results.

Make Sure Your Side by Side is Tough Enough

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 under Random | No Comment

No matter what kind of UTV you ride, you know that you’re ready for anything when it comes to trail conditions. A side by side is built to be tough, taking you where other vehicles can’t go, allowing you the freedom to explore your surroundings. Whether you love a Honda, a Polaris, an Arctic Cat, a Yamaha, or a Can-Am, you know that your UTV means more versatility when you are ready to ride. Now you have to make the most of it and that means putting the right set of wheels under your ride. Add the tires and you’re set. Shop now at sidebysidestuff.com so you can hit the ground running. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Ways To Enhance Your Health Company

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 under Random | No Comment

Health organization leaders who want to take their companies to a new level of excellence should note that there are several strategies they can implement to make it happen. Here are two:

1. Emphasize Advanced Certifications.

Emphasizing advanced certifications is a wonderful way to enhance your company’s value and efficacy. When your employees attain official phlebotomist training under the care and supervision of a team of experts, they will expand their knowledge and skill set in ways that optimize your daily operations. Organizations such as the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians specialize in offering the training and certifications that can enhance your company in this way, so visit their website at http://aspt.org/ to learn more today. Read the rest of this entry »

Volleyball or Running Shoes

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 under Random | No Comment

Volleyball is a unique sport that has different movements than that of tennis, football, or basketball. As an athlete, you need the right equipment that keeps you safe on the court while giving you freedom of movement. Volleyball shoes are designed for the volleyball athlete. When you understand what makes them different than running shoes or cross trainers, you’ll have a better idea of what to look for when you’re shopping. Even though the shoes look similar, there are many differences in the design.

Soles and Midsoles

Running shoes are made with different material than volleyball shoes, because they are generally worn outside. Volleyball shoes have a sole made of a soft rubber that provides better traction on the court. It’s much softer than a running shoe, so you don’t want to wear your volleyball shoes outside on abrasive surfaces, because the sole would wear down quicker.

The midsole is the layer between the bottom of the shoe and the inside of the shoe. Volleyball shoes are designed to give a lot of support on the ball of your foot, where you spend a lot of time. This provides safety, support, and cushion for shock absorption and less risk of an injury. Regular tennis shoes provide different support, because they are designed for different motions.

Weight of the Shoe

You probably don’t think a few ounces of weight on your feet would make a big difference in your game. However, a lighter weight shoe improves your agility on the court. The materials used are still sturdy enough to provide the support you need during a game, but they won’t weigh you down as much. Try a pair of volleyball shoes from All Volleyball for one season and see how much different you play.

The Cost Difference

An athlete who plays one game a week and practices five days a week needs the right equipment for the game. The price of high quality volleyball shoes is not much different from the price of a high quality running shoe. The big difference is in the safety features. When you have the right support for your foot, you’re less likely to injure it. Volleyball shoes provide ankle stability, which also decreases the risk of injury.

How Should the Shoe Fit?

When purchasing a pair of volleyball shoes, you want your shoes to move with your feet, but you don’t want wiggle room inside the shoe. Think snug, but not tight. There should be less than a finger width between the top of the shoe and your toes. Get the right equipment to play the sport you love when you shop at All Volleyball.

2012 Recap and What’s New in 2013

Posted on Jan 04, 2013 under Random | No Comment

If you look back at my 2012 workout summary from DailyMile, you’ll see that there was a huge drop off in runs and rides for the 2nd half of the year. But what isn’t noted in that report is all the time I spent at the gym once I moved to my new office in July. And San Diego was ridiculously cold this winter which made getting out to run and ride a lot hard than before (but I can’t complain, it rarely rained and of course never snowed).

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From a competition standpoint, I actually ran the most races in 2012 than the previous 2.5 years of running that I’ve done. I ran 15 races in 2012, up 1 from 2011 and a few more than the previous years. I suppose that means I should compete in (at least) 16 races in 2013, we’ll see if that happens.

I’m actually on pace to compete in 16 races as you’ll see below. Since I haven’t been and don’t plan to run as much again this year, I’m trying to stay away from half and full marathons and stick to shorter trail races instead. They’re cheaper, more scenic and in some cases even tougher than a half or full.

Here is a list of races I have already registered for this year, including this random fitness test tomorrow morning!

Taiwan Vacation 2011 & Taipei Zoo 13K Run

Posted on Dec 06, 2011 under Race, Random | 5 Comments

It’s been a little over 2 weeks since I came back from Taiwan, but I didn’t have to wait that long to realize that I want to go back already. It was my first time traveling outside of the country but hopefully won’t be my last. Although the trip was a personal trip, 2 of my brother’s friends and I actually met up with my brother who had already been in Taiwan for a week now, and ran a race together, the New Balance Taipei Zoo 13K Run. So this photo post will be mostly vacation pics, but a few from the race.


Check out the full album on my Flickr. Read the rest of this entry »

(Lack of) Running Updates

Posted on Oct 04, 2011 under Random | 2 Comments

Believe it or not, I am still alive. But I’m barely getting by without much running these days. I’ve been super busy with work and other things, I just haven’t had time (or found myself too tired or unmotivated) to run in the mornings. I’m lucky if I can get 1 or 2 runs in a week now. Flash back to a year or two ago when I was doing 6 or 7 runs a week, that’s a big difference. The good thing is that I’m still racing, I just haven’t had the time to actually post about it. But I did just come back from a near-week long trip to New York and had some time to kill at the airport and plane ride. So I was able to write up (as well as I could remember) the race reports for my last 3 races. Although most of it is typed out, for some reason formatting and touching up always takes longer than I expect. So I am going to post the oldest race report first and see when I have time to post the rest.

Alive & Running (Sort of)

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 under Random | 1 Comment

I’ve been pretty AWOL on the blog lately, something I’m not too proud of. I took about a week off after my last half marathon in mid-November and then Thanksgiving came around and I ran a local turkey trot, which went OK (just not race report-worthy). But things went downhill after that. Holidays were coming, so I stopped running everyday because I wanted to make sure I got all my work done before taking some time off around Christmas and New Year’s. But because I didn’t run as consistently in December, I actually sold my race bib for my next race: my 2nd marathon at the end of January. I knew I wouldn’t have been prepared to run a full marathon (half, maybe..) January was pretty much the same story. The good news is that I’ve been biking to work at least once or twice a week in addition to my rare runs. And I just got over a cold/flu but finally got in two consecutive runs in a row, which was quite a feat.

As far as races go, I’m still scheduled to run a 10K in the middle of February. I actually signed up for that race because my brother had been running it for the past couple of years and this will be the first time I ever run in the same race as him (we both ran in high school, but he graduated right after I joined and he was always faster than me). There are a bunch of old high school alumni that will be running it, so it’s a pretty big race. It’s sad because when I registered for this race, I was still in pretty good shape so I felt confident I would run well. Now, I don’t even know if I’ll be able to compete, let alone finish!

My cousin also decided to run his first marathon, so we both signed up for the LA Marathon last week. The day we both registered, there was only about 53 days left until race day. That’s definitely pushing it as far as training time goes, but I think I should be able to at least get into semi-marathon condition. My cousin, who has never even raced a 5K before, will be in for some hurtin’, I just hope he finishes it (which is his goal).

Hopefully, I’ll go back to a more consistent running schedule, get back into the blog again and maybe even start following the other blogs I used to read before too. We’ll see what happens!

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Pressures of Racing

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 under Random | 3 Comments

I’m sitting here, a little over 24 hours before my half marathon, reading about race information I need to know so that I don’t have to worry about something as trivial as logistics before the big day. But what I should really be doing is focusing on the upcoming race. Unlike many other runners that I’ve known or read about in blogs, I get pretty tense around race day. The pressure just seems to build up, and it’s always been like this even back in high school running cross country and track. Before and during each meet, I would see my teammates joking around having fun, while I’m sitting down, listening to my CD-Player (iPod not invented yet!) trying to concentrate on the upcoming race. Maybe it’s because I was never as talented as them or they just didn’t care as much as I did about doing well. But the truth of the matter is, that’s just the type of person I’ve always been. Even for other things like tests, I would always be nervous and not want to do anything ‘fun’ until I got the test over with first. It’s sort of like that saying, ‘work now, play later’.

I think when other people know about your race, it just to add to that pressure. I never talked to my old boss that often, but one day he asked me what I was doing for the weekend. Other than races and visits back home, I never have anything eventful planned. But my boss happened to ask the week before my first half marathon, so I told him. He wasn’t necessarily a runner, but he had ran a marathon the year before and he did work out pretty often. So knowing that my boss knew about the race and would most likely ask how I did made me feel pressured to do well. The same for my upcoming race. I just found out one of my new co-workers is a frequent runner and was training for her first marathon, got injured but still managed to run a half while training for the full. So the Friday before my race, out of nowhere she asks me when my next race was. I mean, what are the odds? So I’ll be going into the race with more pressure than I would have wanted.

That’s why when I read about runners who ‘had so much fun’ at race xyz, I’m thinking, ‘Really? Was it really that fun running so hard, being so tired?’. But I think that’s just the pessimist in me thinking out loud. Or else, why would I keep doing it? Why put yourself through so much pain for months at a time all for one moment, one event, which itself is no picnic? Because I can. And I will keep doing it until my legs give out. End. Rant.

Update: Apparently the pressure didn’t get to me and I rocked my Half marathon the next day, 1:28:53, 6th AG, 102 Overall. Full race report of the Carlsbad Half Marathon.

2009 Year End Report & Half Marathon Training Update

Posted on Jan 06, 2010 under Random | 4 Comments

Welcome to 2010, runners! I hope everybody had a safe/fun holiday the past couple of weeks. For me, it was filled with lots of driving, eating, visiting family, lounging around and a little bit of running on the side. My half marathon was in mid-November and my next one is in late January, which meant I was supposed to start my 10-week training right after that half.

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My 2009 year end report according to DailyMile.

I took a couple of days off to recover from my half and then didn’t really follow any training plan after that. I have been trying to continue to run so that I didn’t get out of shape and maybe even run more miles to build up my base. What I learned from my first half is that I definitely have the speed, but not the endurance. To compensate for that, I have been trying to run more miles than I did from my last training. One way to help is by running 7 days a week, instead of 6. Another thing I did was just have a regular run instead of intervals since that is usually 3-4 miles total. Read the rest of this entry »

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