Traveled to Bangkok yesterday with the wife, and started right in on gaining weight with a big Christmas dinner with my daughter and her husband. Today was spent doing a lot of walking, shopping and eating.
Traveled to Koh Kood, a "new resort" island that is still largely unspoiled. The trip entailed a one-hour flight south to Trat, a one-hour taxi ride to the port, and a one-hour high-speed boat ride to the island. Talk about getting away from it all! We stayed at the Koh Kood Resort, which was great. Small cottages, not many guests (mostly Europeans), friendly staff, and nothing to do but eat, drink, swim, get a massage and lie in the sun. What more do you need? Well, a bit of running, which I managed to do. Out the back of the resort 1km on a dusty road, then 6k out, 6k back on the "main" road, which was VERY hilly. Temperature around 28C/82F, so this was a good workout.
8.7k at 7:15 in the morning, then 12.6k at 3:15, with a snorkeling trip to another island in between. Ran to the island's waterfall, which although ostensibly THE local attraction, requires a 1km trek up a very rocky road - even scooters can't handle that road. And the waterfall is not real high, although you can stand under it.
15k in 1:21:25 - out 46:50, then worked hard to come back the last 6.7k in 34:35 - 5:06 per k, not bad considering the heat and big, long hills.
Pina coladas, beautiful sunset...actually, I wish I was still there.
Trip back from Koh Kood.
Legs still tired from those hills, but no time to run anyway. Excursion to see the Emerald Buddha.
Run from daughter's apartment 2.6k (main road with a fairly smooth, for Bangkok, uncrowded sidewalk) to Lumpini Park in central Bangkok. The park has a 2.543k loop, marked every 100m. Very nice park with a large lake, lots of people jogging, walking, sitting, playing, eating...a real nice park to run in. Total 11.6k.
Monday Jan. 2
4:00 - 13.2k. To and from the park, with 3 loops in 13:08/12:56/12:22 @ 5:07/5:05/4:50. Legs felt heavy and hamstrings a bit sore. Not too hot, though, about 26C/79F.
4:00 - 20.7k. To and from the park, with 6 loops in 13:52/34/12:40/41/10:59/52 @5:27/22/5:00/00/4:20/16. Planned to run 3rd and 4th in 5:00 and 5th and 6th "all out", and did that. Legs not sore, but did not feel great due to general tiredness and added weight (needless to say, I am eating a lot).
Tour of the Jim Thompson house/museum. He was the American guy who revived the Thai silk industry after WWII, and lived in a large, lovely house with much art and antiques. It has a nice restaurant, too. Check it out if you travel to Bangkok.
3:00 - 8.1k easy run to the park, one loop and back. Legs tired and sore.
Trip back to Tokyo.
11:30 - machines and core at the gym. Back to the usual routine in cold Tokyo.
3:30 - 10k in 53:48. 27:34/26:14. Felt so-so. Legs sore here and there.
Weather: 9C/48F, 30%, sunny
Weight: 61.6kg - not so bad....
3:30 - 10k in 53:06. 27:15/25:50. Felt ok.
12:00 - 6k in 33:48. Easy run @5:38/k. Left leg still a bit sore on the side.
9:15 - Ushiku City Marathon (10K).