Here’s what’s happened since my last post, last year!
I was really worried that my Runkeeper tracking app wouldn’t work properly overseas and at first, it didn’t. So I didn’t track all my runs whilst in Europe over Christmas. But after a couple of outings, I worked out that it does work if you manually set the country you are in. The GPS can’t seem to work that out for itself which is odd since I thought that was the point of the GPS.
Training on Holiday
It’s not easy to keep to a training schedule when planes and trains are involved and you have travelled to an area of the world with only six hours decent light a day. In the end though, I only missed three runs and shortened one long run down to 10 km.
I got horribly lost on a long run in The Hague at night. I hadn’t sorted out the GPS problem properly at that stage either so that run turned out to take much longer than it was supposed to, mainly because I had to keep ducking into kebab shops to ask for directions.
Getting Caught Short in Berkel
I had only run a kilometre before I began to feel a bit “uncomfortable”. Expecting this feeling to subside, I kept running. After another kilometre, I began scanning the surroundings for useful facilities. It wasn’t much longer before I started to include large trees and hedges in my search, anything really, that would afford me a bit of cover. Unfortunately, the part of The Netherlands I was in, was devoid of any of these.
In the end, I was forced in desperation to cut my run short and head home. I made it with seconds to spare.
Breaking Personal Records
This is the run I did today! I’ve never run this far before in my life. And it didn’t kill me!