28.May.2015

May 28, 2015

I achieved my aim for the day. I ran a lap of Centennial Park in 13:56 (3:40 per km), a 16 second improvement on three weeks ago. I felt great in the lungs, although my legs struggled a little, a sign that I’m a bit fatigued. A decent rest would see an even better time, but I can’t afford to treat these weekly time trials as the real race – they’re just part of the training. When I really rest up for the actual race, the benefits will come.

It was my fastest lap of the park since 2010. All the same, I do honestly believe I’ll need to get it down to around 13:20 if I’m to “beat” my age in the City to Surf.

I also set another record this morning. I mentioned recently that I’ve been doing standing high jumps, whereby I stand still on the ground and, with a single leap, jump to some higher level. My record had been 27 inches (70 cm). I’ve now made it to 34 inches (86 cm). Even now, I feel I could go slightly higher but there’s nothing else in my house I can to jump to that’s higher (and which is also practical and safe to do so).

The world run photo for today is from the day I ran into Palm Springs, in the desert east of Los Angeles. The freeway is named after Sonny Bono. For those too young to remember, Sonny was married to Cher, together comprising the 1970s musical duo, Sonny and Cher.

 

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On This Day

 

May 28, 2012

Distance today = 53.22 km; Total distance = 6912.21 km; Location = Okaton, South Dakota – 43 53.256′ N, 100 53.417′ W; Start time = 0816, Finish time = 1602

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/183190585

During the run today I tried to think of what I’d write this afternoon. But I’m afraid I failed.

OK, there’s a few things I can mention, but nothing too interesting. That’s the nature of the prairies. They have a certain beauty, but there’s a large element of “sameness” to them. When the view essentially stays the same all day long, it starts to wear on the mind. And I’ve got plenty still to do.

One small point of interest – I passed the 5,000 km mark in the US. And my official position is about 16 km west of where the tracker is showing me.

I hope I have something more interesting to relate tomorrow.

 

May 28, 2013

Distance today = 42.23 km; Total distance = 21,230.15 km; Location = Rengit, Malaysia – 01 39.537′ N, 103 11.899′ E; Start time = 0931, Finish time = 1636

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/319303582

Same weather conditions today – they never really change at the equator – but I am handling it much better. I didn’t suffer too badly at all.

The roadside eating places are a lifesaver for me, selling both food and drinks. The latter is obviously more important, but I have been enjoying the various delicacies as well. I never really know what I’m getting, but haven’t been disappointed yet. I think my favourite so far has been deep-fried mushrooms.

I have often been called “boss” when I have entered a shop. I think to myself “Hey, I’m not the boss of you”. It’s a throwback to the colonial days, but has persisted to modern times. There is no hint of subservience when they say it – to them it’s just a humorous name for white guys.

One thing is for sure – the reaction in Malaysia has been the friendliest of anywhere in the world, and that’s saying something. I am constantly getting waves from cars, and people call out greetings from the side of the road as I run by. They simply don’t see many Caucasians, especially those running in the heat of the day in the middle of nowhere.

Tomorrow will be my last day of running in Malaysia, and I’m hoping to have a dip in the ocean – the Straits of Malacca – when I finish, so long as the water is clean. I will soon find out.