Christmas weekday runs

Tuesday’s Christmas morning run was a 10k (6.2 mile) run. My goal was to get the run finished before everyone woke up, so my alarm was set for 1am. Getting out the door and started on the run was easy today for some reason. The sky was clear and full of stars even with the bright moon. Off in the distance, lightning was putting on a show over the mountains. The roads were very quiet again this morning. Even the youth of Bali were not out in the parking lots, enjoying their beer and Arak. My pace was steady and my run was pain-free. I enjoyed sipping on a cold bottle of Ucan Super Starch during the run. Just enough to replace the sweat dripping off the end of my nose. This morning I wore my CamelBak Ultra Vest filled up with 2 liters of water. Even though I didn’t drink any water, the weight of the vest is an added training device. It weighs in at about 3.5 kgs (7.7 pounds) when fully loaded.

For those of you who are on the edge of overtraining, I suggest you read the Blog Post by Geoff Roes about his long recovery.  (I hope you don’t mind me reposting this Geoff.)

Thursday run was a revisiting of our 18 mile run of last Saturday. This early morning run was done in a continuous light rain.  I think the rain may have slacked off around 14 miles, but it was raining when I finished. I wore my CamelBak Ultra Vest again and brought along a 700 ml bottle of Ucan Super Starch. Most of the run was done at an even pace. I bettered my time from Saturday by 16 minutes. The dark rainy gloom was quite peaceful with my headlamp guiding the way. I finished right at sunrise and cooled off with an icy Hammer Recoverite.

This week I joined the IRunFar Challenge to run 50 miles before the end of the year. This challenge is being hosted by Strava. Even though it is not really very important to run the 50 miles, it is another motivation tool.


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