So I realised that my long slow distance runs aren’t appropriately slow enough, and hence, does not count as a slow run. Was reading around RW plus other running blogs and websites when I came to the conclusion.
Thus, I decided to attempt another lengthy dawdler of an adventure today. My friends wanted to grab a coffee after work so I thought I’d join them at the café, except that I’d run instead of driving over. I never thought taking it easy could be so difficult! According to the two pace calculators I used (1 and 2), I failed. As soon as I stopped thinking about my running pace I started speeding up again, which got me thinking – was my recent 5k time not one of my better efforts? Or is my long run too short? Perhaps the recent 5k race time I had input into the calculator didn’t particularly reflect my “current level of fitness?” (Oh, how ostentatious that sounds!)
My most recent 5k time was 28:40, which rendered the long run training pace to be 7:09 – 8:02 min/km. My magical 5k PB of 25:57 (that happened over 6 months ago) calculated the long run training pace to be 6:32 – 7:21 min/km. Much closer to what I was running. This gives me hope… Hope that I can smash that PB. That, or most possibly, I’m just running my LSD all wrong.
I’ve not run in ages and I blame this awful weather. The clouds of impending doom have been gathering, threatening to storm it down like the holy mother of angry watermelons. I mean, what is the deal with this weather? It looks like it’s going to chuck it down any minute and it doesn’t for some hours. Precious hours that I could’ve filled with gaining some good miles. It leaves me feeling absolutely helpless!
Do I brave the outdoors and risk getting caught out in a full-blown thunderstorm, not forgetting the possibility of getting struck by lightning?
Here is a list of reasonable responses I have come up with:
1. Yes, because YOLO. Running under the clouds of doom could actually be a godsend. Those clouds are not the enemy; they’re protecting you from the hot sun. Yes, the sun, that thing you hate to be directly under other than those scary-looking clouds. Remember who the real enemy is. Sure, it’ll be humid and you’ll sweat buckets, but you sweat buckets anyway without the humidity prompting you to. You want to run outdoors, then go and bloody do it, fool. Worried your expensive GPS watch may get ruined? Wear a waterproof layer. If it starts storming though, find shelter until it subsides. Call someone to drive over and rescue you? That said, on a serious note, this option of braving it out would be least dangerous if you stick to roads with possible shelters along it.
2. No, because you can go on the treadmill to bypass the risk of death by the holy mother of watermelons. But it’ll be boring. The same stupid wall the treadmill faces would be staring at you throughout your run. What’s a virtual hill compared to the real thing? But if you’re not willing to risk your life this could be the solution to ALL your running problems. Running outdoors poses all sorts of risks for the fainthearted. What if you trip over a massive tree root and break your ankle, and nobody finds you? What if some reckless driver runs you over and leaves you to die from fear of getting prosecuted for reckless driving? What if some rabid dog bites you? List is endless. Stay home, or go to the gym.
3. No, run later/tomorrow/next week/month/year because you don’t want to die. Don’t fool yourself. You will die anyway, and you don’t want to be fat. Rethink your life’s priorities and refer to 1 & 2.
I realised in the middle of writing this that I kept putting down “you”, “your”, “yourself” instead of “I”, “me”, “myself”. This post is really meant to be just me reasoning to myself. If you’re someone who is actually reading this and finding it useful (which I doubt), then cheers to you! You are making a difference to my life by giving me some attention, putting pressure on me to actually do as I say I would.
A bit of background and reasons why I started this.
I just moved to Brunei six weeks ago and was excited to start running here. First thing that was on my mind was to find a running buddy or group that I could go with to familiarise myself with places that were good to run. After googling and asking around about runners clubs/groups, I quickly realised information about them weren’t exactly accessible by the general public. There were no websites, no facebook groups… A quick search on Garmin Connect turned up absolutely nothing. meetup.com only listed one event/activity which would consist, apparently, of geeks doing geeky technology things like debating, hacking and copyright piracy, or whatever they do that’s legal in Brunei but illegal elsewhere. I asked a friend whom I knew ran himself and he recommended some roads you could run along. I mean, roads?! Seriously, with all the beautiful nature you can find in Brunei the best place to go running is along the roads. Like shut up, please.
So I set out, forever alone as usual, to places I knew and have heard to be popular spots for running (or jogging, as many seem to adore calling it here). To name the places – Tasek Lama, Jalan Menteri Besar Recreation Park (JMBRP), and just today, Shahbandar. Tasek and Shahbandar, I absolutely adore! They have some great trails with loads of cute monkeys. I got chased by a cheeky monkey today because I meowed at it. That’s never happened before, and I’m really unsure as to whether monkeys are dangerous creatures? When I waved it away, it stopped and watched me continue on my way. JMBRP is quite the disappointment. Good enough if you want to do laps of that wonderful concrete. Laps and laps and more laps! Because it’s only 1.5 km and life isn’t short at all. I suppose that’s where roadsides come in..
I suppose you can tell what direction this blog is going to take from this point on. The blog title is pretty self-explanatory. I hope to be as informative as possible, but we’ll see about that.
If you are a frustrated runner in Brunei yourself and looking for running buddies or even just information, I would love to hear from you! If you’re a happy, satisfied runner in Brunei, I wouldn’t mind hearing from you either.
Thanks for reading,