Run to Tasek Lama, 20 Dec ’13

Below are the stats from the day of my previous post when I took the photo of the silly monkeys at the entrance of Tasek Lama. I mostly go to Tasek to have a little relaxed walk on the short trail with my friends, which is why I need to get my run done and out of the way beforehand. Yes, I go for a run AND THEN go for a little “exercise session” with my friends immediately after. It makes sense because Continue reading

Monsoon Clouds of Doom Running Philosophy

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!

The Dilemma

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.

Oh look, it’s raining again. Gym, here I come.

Love, Brunei Runner. x

Chatty Stadium Run, 26 Nov ’13

I caught up with a friend over a chatty run in the stadium area today, particularly around the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

I would describe it as very flat and easy with loads of people, and not to mention, CARS. I felt like I was breathing in tons of pollution. You could really smell the petrol in the air. Otherwise, it was a pleasant place to run with plenty of other runners and walkers.

I find it extraordinary that in Brunei people try extremely hard to feign ignorance at your presence. Nobody says hi or smiles to anybody else, and this applies when you are on a lonely trail. I say hello, and the other human gets a heart attack. Such a friendly atmosphere! In the case of running, I suppose the presence of such people is a good motivation in itself… If they’re overweight, thrash them. If they’re faster, then work till you’re at a level where you can thrash them. Work, work, work.

(I want running friends, stop ignoring me and smile back! You sadden me, Brunei!)

Also left my Garmin at home today, so no stats! I thought I might’ve felt lost running without my trusty Garmin. I mean, who doesn’t love all that nerdy data? On the contrary, I felt good. For once, my planned ‘easy run’ was an actual easy run. I felt no pressure to press on harder, go faster, go further, go longer. Felt so free from my annoying self-bullying inner being. If you run with a gadget, you might want to give this a try sometime! Leave your gadget at home when you plan to go for an easy run, plus, you might want to go someplace where you haven’t previously measured before. Might help you take your mind off comparing how you did since that last time…

Here’s a dramatic photo of the sky after my run, for your viewing pleasure.

 

Happy training,

Brunei Runner. x

Oh, hello blog!

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,

Brunei Runner. x