This week I had the opportunity to do a few training runs in Issan, Thailand. My first run back from my layoff was a 4 mile slow jog/walk along the rice paddies and sugar cane fields. At 8am it was already 87 degrees, so the slow pace was expected.
I had mixed feelings about this run. It was sure great to run pain-free from my IT Band, but I am definitely out of conditioning from one month off. It is going to be a challenge to get the mileage up, without getting injured.
The next morning I upped the mileage to 6 miles and again took it easy with a slow pace.
My last run in Thailand was a slightly quicker paced 4 miles. The sky was overcast and the temps were about 78 degrees. That’s as good as it gets in Thailand.
The farmers were out each morning harvesting their rice crop. It sure is hard work for many of them, who still cut the rice by hand.
I have great respect for such hard-working people.
We had a rainy drive down to Bangkok in the afternoon. Plenty of thunder and lightning with heavy rain for large stretches.
By the way, I am up to 177 pounds after a month of relaxing.