Bali has a busy night scene, with bars staying open late. I have to plan my run starts to be off the main roads as soon as possible, due to the drunk drivers on the roads. There are no real enforcement procedures for the drinking drivers and no penalties when they do get caught, so it can be pretty dangerous to be sharing the roads at this time of the night. It was depressing and scary to see another accident, due to the lack of enforcement. That is why, Idyllic Bali has 4 road deaths per day. Runners beware.
Monday morning, early Monday morning, was still hot with scattered rain. I ran a 6.2 mile (10k) at an easy fat burning pace. My heart rate was reasonably stable. I am going to try to mix in some Maffetone style running to get more fat burning practice. If I can use my body fat as fuel, instead of my glucose (sugars), I can keep up my effort for a longer time. Once again I was running in the dark with my headlight.
Thursday I forced another 10k run in the early morning darkness. Very quiet roads and an easy pace. Listened to Talk Ultra on this run and the time went by fast.
Friday morning I put in another 10k, and with the same effort, I was 6 minutes faster than on Monday morning. Finished up right at sunrise and was able to turn off my headlamp for the end. Seems like my lack of motivation is lifting. I wore my CamelBak Ultra Vest for the last 3 runs to carry some extra weight.
Earlier in the week I found out that I was not going to be able to run the Voyageur Trail 50 mile run, due to my work schedule. The Voyageur Trail race was going to be the next highlight of the summer season, and to find out I couldn’t do it, I lost motivation. It took a good week before I got back in the mood to refocus for a different event. So I signed up for the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon, which is held on the same course as the Voyageur Trail 50.