Back to Running in Bali

Finally home from my travels. Now I can get back into a routine of family, work and running.

This week there was only time for 3 runs. The 2 midweek runs were 6 miles and 3.2 miles. I did both of these runs in the mid afternoon, which is something different for me. Usually it is too hot and there is too much traffic for me to get out this time of day. But I drove out to the Canggu Club and started my runs from there. Worked out pretty nicely. Even though it was hot, there was not too much traffic.

As you will come to find out, I am going to try to be a little more conservative about my running, in the hopes of remaining injury free. That being said, I didn’t follow the 10% rule for my Saturday run. It was a beautiful Full Moon early morning and I felt good during the run which added up to 10 miles. There was enough glow from the moon to see across the rice terraces. Very beautiful.

I still used my headlamp for the starting part of the run, mostly due to the traffic. Also I wore my CamelBak Ultra Vest without filling the bladder. Kind of wanted the pockets to carry a few things, but didn’t need extra water.

This brings up a good topic for discussion that we will be covering off and on in the future… How much water does one need for a run? My feeling is that there is no one answer to this question. Everyone is different and has different needs (different sweat rates etc…), plus the latest studies (Dr. Noakes) seem to show that we have been consuming too much water/sports drinks during running events. The amount I drink per hour is still an experiment, but in Bali’s hot humid weather, I seem to do ok with about 500-600 ml’s per hour. I have switched over to mostly water to try to get my body to learn to burn more fat versus sugary sports drinks for energy. This may allow me to save Carbohydrates for later in the run.

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6 thoughts on “Back to Running in Bali

  1. Phew.. How can you run in this heat here in Bali 🙂 – I have to admit that my runningshoes are still on the shelf. Just the reminder of my runs at Lake Garda in Italy up and down the mountains. I was concidering doing an ironman instead and throwing myself in the lake as excuse

  2. Peggy Erkkila

    I started running today. Made it almost 100 yards.

    • That’s how I started too. Try a 2 minute run/2 minute walk as many times as you can.
      Then build up from there. I used the “Couch to 5k” idea when I started. Look online for it.

  3. Z

    I would probably need jugs of water!! Love the blogging, journal!! You have been doing great things with your life Mikey, I love it! Keep it up runner 100miles!!;-)

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