I've arrived here safely, although I'm pretty tired now from the travelling.
I'm staying in a National Park for 10 days, which is one of Vietnam's most important in terms of animal conservation and welfare, so that's fantastic. I've been introduced to the project and they're a really good bunch and have sorted me out with a mobile SIM card, a bike and shown me the best places to eat near by. In the time off, they've also arranged some things for us to do including visiting a bear sanctuary, and a couple of other projects they're involved with outside the National Park.
The Park itself is beautiful and there are definitely some great running routes for me (Tarmac). The issue is the heat/humidity - it's ok for just walking around (with safer), but not sure abut running yet. We're 6hrs ahead over here and tomorrow AM will my first morning waking up here, so I'll see how the humidity feels first thing and decide from there. If I can't run, I'll definitely do some lesuirely cycling around though. But unlike Sri Lanka, it feels totally safe to run in terms of traffic - because there isn't any!
It's no place for someone attempting paleo though!!! Rice and noodles are the main dishes and I've had two meals so far that have both been superb. Oh, and the beer is very cheap indeed - happy days!
Shades, the guy who runs it now has got an online system where coaches/leaders say when they're free over the next 2 or 3 months, and then he allocates the available people to a session (which are also all planned in advance). There are 6 sessions on Monday and 5 sessions on Wednesday, so there're quite a lot of sessions to fill. Plus fairly regularly, people say they can no longer do the session with quite short notice so then he's chasing around trying to find a replacement.
I did 7 miles yesterday, with 5 at tempo pace (7:30 min/mile pace) and I enjoyed it as I did it early evening, so it was a bit cooler. Planning about 8-10 today, and then that's it as I have an early (5am!) start tomorrow.
Shades, yes I'm hoping the run leader role will go okay. I need to plan some different 6-mile routes from the club house. I've asked to be put on the social runs to start with, as the continuous runs tend to involve the leader running back and forth along the group to make sure no one goes too far ahead and no one gets lost. My first two sessions are the day after a Half and a marathon respectively, so I just want an easy run out for my first sessions The chap who organises all the training sessions (which is a big job, in itself!) is very proactive and also very accommodating, so he was fine with that.
SK, you're running well to do a 41:20 in the heat! Enjoy Italy!
In other news, I'm now an "official" run leader in my club, which means I can take out groups on social runs or what we call "dynamic looping back" sessions (i.e., continuous runs, with no breaks, but looping back so no ones gets left behind). It's been in the pipeline for a while, but I needed to complete a DBS check, which took a while to be processed (I hadn't heard of DBS before, but it's basically a check to make sure I am permitted to work with young or potentially vulnerable people). I have my first two sessions in September, where I'll be taking out the 6-mile social group on the Monday. It's not a coaching role, but maybe if it this goes well I may put myself forward for that in due course. I remember saying a few months ago that I'd like to get a bit more involved with the club, so with my press role and now this run leader role I'm happy enough.
Mowzer, your son's trip sounds amazing. I'm really looking forward to my trip now, too. For the first 10-days I'll be working on a volunteer project and then for the rest of the time (2.5 weeks) I'l be travelling about. For the volunteer bit, they've got some things they want me to do (website work, and also setting up a camera system to one of the enclosures, so that live footage can be shown on a screen and the web). The slight issue I'm having at the moment is they are not very responsive to emails. They wanted me to take some gear over with me (cameras, cabling, software), but in order to know what to buy I needed to know some information on the set up they already have, but they haven't been forthcoming with that detail. I'll just have to sort it out when I'm out there!
Probably the thing I'm most looking forward to is kayaking around some of the caves. It looks awesome, and a friend has leant me a GoPro, so I'm hoping to get some reasonable footage of it too. And the food! The food is supposed to be amazing
KK, I built Hiske up fairly gradually from just 1-mile, then to 2 and 3, and the most I've done is 4. She's a fit dog anyway, but is quite a big dog so I don't push it with her at all, and if she wants to stop I just let her especially in this weather as she does get hot. When we go for long walks (i.e., 8-mile+) she's off the lead and I've often wondered how much longer she does than the 8-miles I've done, with all the running back and forth she does. I wouldn't be surprised if she does 12-miles to my 8! I may stick a Garmin on her at one point, to see But the parkrun on the weekend was the first time we've ran in a largish group.
I've been really busy the last couple of days, just getting stuff ready for Vietnam and also seeing different friends before I head off. Strangely though I don't think I need to take that much stuff in terms of clothes, as I'll just wash items when I'm out there. Also, I'm only taking a backpack so that restricts the amount of stuff I can take anyway, which is probably a good thing!