I was dreading this Saturday’s long run. I never have a good long run after a full day of work. Short runs are ok, but putting in anything over about 6 miles after flying all day has not been easy for me. Especially when I am out at Sumbawa. I’m not sure what it is. Really it is probably because it is too easy to make excuses not to run when away from home. Logistically it takes a little more effort, since there will be no food available after 8pm. So I bought a few tomatoes and carrots and a Cup of Noodles and got after it.
Started out the run with many monkeys sitting on the side of the road cheering me on. By the 3rd mile the spectators wandered off to find a comfortable bed for the night. All my running must have tired them out. It is rare when I see any monkeys after dark, but tonight there were a few straggler’s getting home late. The jungle was kind of crazy tonight. There was a fly hatch and as I was running along I would occasionally encounter a dense cloud of mayfly-sized flies. This brought out hundreds of toads and lizards to enjoy the feast. One had to have nimble feet to avoid making flat toads. Later in the run I noticed clouds of discarded fly wings wafting up in the breeze made by my passing feet. Seems the toads spit out the wings and only eat the body.
I have a loop to run here that is a little over 3 miles. (5k) After completing 2 loops I allowed myself a treat. I took a short break to call home and tell my young one “Good Night”. That gave me an extra boost of energy to keep going. It’s kind of funny how I go through the same stages on these runs. The first couple miles I’m telling myself I will be able to go about 14-15 miles. After about 6 miles I need to do some mental tricks to get in another loop. So taking a break was what I needed today. After the restart, the run went pretty good. Slogging along, listening to my iPod and suddenly I was done with another loop. Part way through the 4th loop, I found myself taking a turn to a shortcut that brought me back to my room at 12 miles. I am satisfied with the run.
Sunday was a day filled with dodging thunderstorms to complete my flight schedule. This type of flying is particularly fatiguing both mentally and physically. Add in the rain and the conditions were perfect for making excuses. I called my wife and let her know that today was going to be a rest day. The clicking of the windshield wipers on the drive into the camp were further proof that I made the right decision. So what did I do? I put on my running gear and went for a jelly bean run. Just started running with no goal, except to have some jelly beans after each mile. The light rain kept me a little cooler and I felt pretty good for a nice paced 3+ miles.
I think I will try to continue to do a run on the day after my long run. The universally accepted idea is to learn how to run on tired legs. Kind of a funny idea when you realize that all my runs are on tired legs. I will see how I feel on each particular day, but building up to 8 or 10 miles for the 2nd run, should be enough.