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We had a really good last few days in Thailand. We caught the overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok arriving at 7am. We then spend the day in Bangkok travelling on the Sky Train and taking two trips on the tourist river boat. We also spent some time in a massive, very posh shopping mall.
At 6.30pm we headed to the airport and caught our 00.15 (thought it actually left at 1.30am) flight to Helsinki. We had 50mins or so before catching our next flight to Heathrow and then after 3hrs in the airport we caught our last flight to Glasgow.
We were saying how well everything worked out until we discovered our bags were left in Helsinki!! Katrina’s has now been delivered to the house but mine is still missing. We hope it turns up soon!
We kept going until 9pm last night but then headed for bed and slept really well until 6am. I was back at work today.
If you are interested I’ve posted our photos from Thailand on Flickr. There are a lot of them – you have been warned! I’m also planning to do a video diary of our two day trek.
With 39 days before my last ultra of the year – the River Ayr Race I’m keen to get back into some more serious training. Plus I’ve entered two 10k races in the next couple of weeks (Marymass 10k in Irvine on Wednesday 18th August and Paisley 10k on Sunday 29th August).
So off to the club for our Monday night Fartlek session. I was interested to see how I would manage after three weeks of running every other day in the heat of Thailand. There was a good group running tonight including Donald and John McL. I’ve not seen either of them for ages so it was great to catch up.
Donald had been on holiday to Canada where he and his wife took part in 11 orienteering races. It sounded as though they had a great time.
The session tonight was a ladder type effort of 2,3,4,6,6,4,3,2 mins. I worked as hard as I could but I felt I was was struggling to run easily. I must admit I’m starting to get a bit concerned about my right foot. I’ve had a soreness underneath the ball of my foot since May and it became worse on holiday as I was wearing sandals. I can run okay but it’s pretty sore afterwards. I’m going to have to keep an eye on it.
Anyway here are my distances and pace ….
9.18miles in 1hr 14mins 32secs