Bali Wednesday Night Long Run

Rice Terraces. Photo Credit: Author

Rice Terraces.
Photo Credit: Author

This week I had a recurrent training class for Tropical Survival, Fire Fighting and Underwater Evacuation. Pretty fun stuff, but it meant travelling 2 hours West of Jakarta. No excuse, but it does affect one’s training.

I returned to Bali Wednesday morning and was able to get a short nap in the early afternoon. It started to rain in the late morning and continued throughout the day, causing flooding on the area roads. Just a normal monsoon rain in Bali. By evening the rain stopped enough, so a long run seemed possible.

At 10pm I started out the door. Of course it started raining again. Although it rained the rest of the night, it was a light rain. Mostly just dripping from the clouds. I was planning to use a Gel every 4 miles and a Honey Stinger every hour, with Hammer Heed for drinking, like last week. Maybe this is not going to work out? My energy level was on the low side and my heart rate was on the higher side, with my slow pace.

Everyone has to evaluate the signals from your body and try to get the most out of your run. My goal is to get in some longer miles. but more importantly, to stay injury free. On almost every long run, you will experience some discomfort and feel tired.  How much of this is normal though, is something that you will learn from experience. I think my run had a normal amount.

I never really reached a comfortable pace, so 20 miles was the limit for this dark, wet run. With a little recovery, I should be able to put in more training runs this week. It seems funny to me that I feel like 20 miles is a short run now. How crazy is that?

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