Mid week runs in Bali

Tuesday’s 6 mile run was delayed because of the rain before sunrise. I finally started at 8:30am and it was already hot and humid. 86 degrees and 80% humidity. Just never really got going and felt tired by the turn around point, so stopped and bought a Krating Daeng. (Red Bull to the rest of the world) Helped enough to get to the finish. This was supposed to be a fasted state run,(No eating in the morning) so the Red Bull kind of negated that.

Red Bull Indonesia

Krating Daeng is the original Red Bull  from Thailand, with a better taste than the western copy. This one is sold in Indonesia. Krating Daeng translates to: Bull Red. The bulls are wild Gaur’s, not cattle.  The original formula was changed to “Western tastes” and launched in the West in 1987. (some of this information came from Wikipedia)

Wednesday’s run was 4.2 miles starting from the Canggu Club. I waited until I was finished with morning family duties before getting started. Actually, it took a while to get going. Bathroom break, forgot my sunglasses and going back home for my iPod delayed the start until 8:15. By that time it was 82 degrees and the traffic was heavy on the normally quiet village roads. Planned to do a fasted state Tempo run. the first 3.5 miles were on target and then I slowed down to keep my heart rate (HR) lower. Or maybe it was because I was tired that I slowed down? I’m not going to be as concerned about making a personal record (PR) on every run.

Thursday’s run was 6 miles through the predawn sleeping village roads of Canggu. I was able to keep up a steady pace throughout the run. It was probably due to eating before the run. I had some toast with peanut butter and coffee before starting out. Did that make a difference in my energy level ? I’m sure it had something to do with it, but there are other possible reasons too. Cooler temperatures before sunrise, no traffic, sports drink in my water bottle and maybe I am getting in better condition.

I have heard that the Bali Marathon is being planned for June 2013 with registration opening the 3rd week of December. Let’s wait and see.

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