A Week of Typhoon Runs

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The last part of this week has been influenced by Typhoon Ineng. Also known as Typhoon Goni, it stalled out to the North of the Northern end of the Philippines and the rain bands came across Metro Manila.
I took one of these days as a rest day and it ended up being the stormiest day.
Since that time I have completed a couple small runs in the light rain. Actually, the light rain made the runs pleasant.
Mentally, it was hard to get out the door. Once outside and running, all was good. Shows me, once again, that your mind can be your worst enemy.

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Sunday Runs In Manila

Sunday mornings are great times to run in Manila. The streets are almost empty for the first couple hours after sunrise. Crowds of people are out Jogging and riding. Many more are out for an early walk.
It just seems more peaceful and easier to go longer on Sunday mornings.
I can’t say the same about weekday mornings, but I have been out most mornings, building up my mileage to get a good base.
I am still injury free and I believe it is because I have run smarter, not faster.

Running “trails” in Global City.

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More Manila Runs

Progress is being made.
My running has been through the Streets and Avenues of Global City and McKinley Hills.
This past week I was able to get out for a run almost every morning at sunrise. Surprisingly there is always a good bunch of people out for the same.
I hardly ever saw another runner in the several years that I ran in Bali. Here in Manila, I see another runner every few minutes.
Nice to see all the effort that is being put out.
My plan for the last week was to change things up and explore the area. I did not go out with a goal of a certain mileage. I had an idea of the minimum amount of time that I wanted to run and then just started. Most of my runs have been 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes. And I feel like I accomplished something when I get done.
Nothing too long, just continuous progress.

One morning I did get on a wrong street and ran through a local market area. Some of you will know what that is like. Lots of fruit and vegetable stands on the sides of a muddy road. And lots of stands of “other” things. Friendly smiles and waves from everyone there. Very typical example of Asian village life.

 

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Goals

My goals are slowly evolving. This past couple of weeks I have been getting more comfortable with a 20 minute run at sunrise. Now it feels like I want to get a little more challenged again.
My body is starting to remember how to run without stress. My schedule is becoming more illuminated. As always, I will have to stay adaptable to changing conditions. The 2017 Bataan 160 is becoming a race I think I can do. Ironically it is called the Bataan Death March 160.
Everyone has to make their own goals.

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Rain Run

I think this will be a reoccurring theme. Running in the rain is enjoyable for me and I don’t tend to cancel my run unless it becomes too much. The temperature this morning at sunrise was a cool 76 degrees. (24C) With a light rain falling I was able to double my distance from 2 days ago. Easy does it.

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