16 hours, 39 minutes
Avg Pace: 13:15/mile
Walt Disney World Marathon 2010: 5:52:40 (13:28/mile)
35.7 miles -- 39.8 miles less than in 2009
7 hours, 31 minutes -- 9 hours, 8 minutes shorter than in 2009
Avg Pace: 12:38/mile -- 37 seconds faster than in 2009
Better late than never on the stats, huh? Yay, it's me and I'm back from Indonesia!
I totally wanted to run while I was out of town, and the fact that I just took a 3 week vacation is the reason why I ran a whopping 40 miles less this year than last in January (not to mention that last year, I ran a marathon in January). The running just didn't happen while I was away. I had the clothes with me and everything. I was first supposed to try to run in Jakarta, where we stayed overnight on our way to Raja Ampat (a full trip report is coming in what may be a months worth of posts). I wasn't sure how I'd feel when I'd gotten to Jakarta after traveling 23 hours. I thought I might be restless from sitting still on a plane and wanting to hit the treadmill in the Marriott. In fact, I was wiped out and wanted nothing more than to sleep for the remaining 20 days of the trip. So, no running in Jakarta.
We were then on a boat for 11 days, and then scuba diving in Bali. I never mix running and scuba diving because it can be potentially dangerous, so the next place where I could have run was in Ubud. Unfortunately, I got sick in Ubud, so the last thing I wanted to do was to run. Even when I was feeling better, the roads were dangerous and really not meant for running. We did see some cyclists in the mornings, but very few runners. In the end, I did walk about 6 miles every day that I was in Ubud (even when I was sick), so I got plenty of exercise. In fact, I lost about 3 pounds over the course of the trip. Losing weight is a first for me on vacation - I typically gain about 5 pounds per 7 days of trip.
So, it's now been almost a month and I haven't run a step. I got home Saturday night and didn't have the energy to face the treadmill on Sunday. I'm not used to the cold anymore, so I'm not looking forward to running outside. I'm supposed to run with my friends at my running store tonight, but I might go home and run there instead, so that my first run back can be alone. I am still jetlagged - we are sleeping all kinds of crazy schedules - so, I'm sort of wiped out. Part of me is REALLY dreading running, and part of me can't wait. I'm ready to get this first run over with so that I will know whether I'm totally out of it or not.
We'll see. Once I get over this hump, I'm back to training again, getting ready for the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in May.
Stay tuned for more Indonesia goodness!