The world is broken because we’re broken… — Viola Davis

Growing up in the heartland of America as a daughter of a first-generation, immigrant parents I have lived and grew through many traumatic and painful experiences that were the results of the different physical and social characteristics that I inherited at birth (e.g., my gender, ethnic background, the color of my skin).

I still remember vividly the first (of many) time a teacher was angry at me for speaking Vietnamese in a supposedly “English-only” class. I still remember the disapproving looks people gave my parents as well as the look of pity they gave my siblings and I as my…


In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.

Not many people know this, but I used to hate running. It all can be traced back to my sophomore year in high school when my gym coach out of nowhere declared on final day that everyone who wants to pass his class (regardless of what grade people have earned so far) must be able to run a mile in under 15 minutes. Throw in the fact, none of the activities we have done so far up to that point has anything to do with running.

Of course, I was furious. I refused to let my then “A” in the…


The wound is the place where the Light enters you . ― Rumi

The great German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, once wrote “To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”

Living is a blessing, but living is also not easy; especially during times when we are confronted with great challenges such as the loss of a job, loss of a relationship; loss of a loved one. During times of great difficulties, it can feel overwhelming even to breathe as we are struggling to keep our head afloat amid the pounding waves of pain.

It can be tiring to put in the effort day in and day out―trying…


Life has no limitations, except the ones you make. — Les Brown

Of all the fruits I ever tasted, lemon is not on my top 10 list of favorite fruits. Heck, it’s not even on the top 100; and probably belong somewhere in the bottom.

Despite my lack of taste for lemons, over the years I have came to appreciate this beneficial fruit and the values it adds to one’s dish and life (see 20 Brilliant And Unexpected Things You Can Do With A Lemon).

When it comes to life, lemons denote the unpleasantness aspects of life and the difficulties/challenges that we faced. While we may not like them, they’re a part…


“If you want to change the world, start with yourself.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Woke up feeling not so great — legs and body were feeling the beating and residual effects of the 30+ miles I have been pulling the past four days. Outside was dark, cold, and rainy. However, like any other gloomy days before this I reminded myself that the only time I have is now; and the only work I can do is the work on myself. So, I laced up my running shoes and started my speed work run and completed the workout I set out to do this morning.

It was hard. It was extremely uncomfortable. And it was…


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During times of great uncertainty and adversity, I always fall back to the 10 lessons that Admiral McRaven shared with the class of 2014 graduates at UT from his years of being in the Navy Seal.

These lessons have shaped my behaviors and my views of life and its challenges. They are the reasons why I continue to make my bed every morning; why I smile the brightest smile and sing the loudest song every time I feel like I’m “up to my neck in mud”.

As the world is going through a major crisis right now and things seem…


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I read a thoughtful newsletter from work today that reminded me of a few things I have been neglecting to do, and I want to pass on the message…

It’s true that we are living in one of the most uncertain times right now from both the health and economy perspectives. The spread of the virus affected us not only physically and financially, but also emotionally as we all trying to configure how we are going to work and live during the pandemic.

Additionally, with the onslaught of information from the media regarding new cases and increase in death toll…


Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you. — Unknown

Format & Theme: 2G | ESP

Equipment: Tread, rower; dumbbell (DB)

Location: San Jose Rose Garden

Coach: Amber

Run Block 1 (3.5 mins): 30 sec Push pace, 1 min base, 30 sec all-out (AO), 90 sec walking recovery (WR)

Run Block 2 (4 mins): 30 sec Base @ 2% incline (every 30 sec increase incline by 1% to 5%), 30 sec AO, 90 sec WR

Run Block 3 (3.5 mins): 30 sec Push, 1 min base, 30 sec all-out (AO), 90 sec walking recovery (WR)

Run Block 4 (4 mins): 30 sec Base pace (every 30 sec increase .2–.4 …


It will become reality if you refuse to quit. Embrace where you’re at now, not where you are not. — Hannah Eden

Format & Theme: 2G | ESP (2000m benchmark)

Equipment: Tread, rower, dumbbell (DB); BOSU

Location: San Jose Rose Garden

Coach: Tri

Run/Row Block (13 mins): Row 2000m, 2 min Push pace on tread, 12 reverse lunges total; decrease run by 30sec each round and keeping the same number of lunges

Floor Block 1 (13 mins — aim 3–4 sets): 12 back extension on BOSU, 24 running man on BOSU, 12 DB ground to press, 12 standing DB overhead tricep extension, 12/14/16 standing DB overhead calf raises

Run Block (5 mins): Continue run where left off and decrease run by 30sec each round follow by 12 reverse lunges total (if down to 30 sec run stay in that round until time is called)

Floor Block 2 (7 mins — 3–4 sets): 10 DB ground to press, 12/14/16 bicycle crunches total


Of course it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Hard is what makes it great. — A League of Their Own.

Format & Theme: 2G | Strength

Equipment: Tread, rower, dumbbell (DB); bench

Location: San Jose Downtown

Coach: Bo

Tread Block 1 (6 mins — goal maintaining Base pace): 1 min Push pace, 1 min Base, 1 min Base @ 5% incline, 1 min Base, 90 sec Push, 30 sec all-out (AO)

Tread Block 2 (6.5 mins — goal maintaining Base pace): 1 min Push, 1 min Base, 1 min Base @ 5% incline, 1 min Base @ 4% incline, 1 min Base, 1 min Push, 30 AO

Tread Block 3 (7 mins — goal maintaining Base pace): 1 min Push…

Mikki Phan

She lives her life aiming to keep her eyes on the stars, and her feet on the ground. 🌌🐺🌠

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