At this mornings run on the streets of Fuzhou (I try to always run in the morning when I come home from a nights work here in China) I had a change. Just before the run I decided to run without the music in my ears. I don’t know if it was that. Presumably not. Anyway, when I started running I also decided not to look at the watch to keep up my pace or down my heart rate. It felt a little tough, the run. Not tougher than the last one, but hard enough. Actually I tried to copy the last run I had two days ago. It was almost the same route too. This time were not as many stray runs, since I explored a new route the last time so now I knew better 🙂
After the run, however, I took a look at the watch. The run was only 55 minutes long, but I didn’t care. Strange was that I had run at the pace 4:35 – over a half minute faster than the last run. And stranger was that my average heart rate wasn’t higher than 159 – lower than the last run.
I don’t know if it was good or bad, I will leave that to coach. But I do know that I didn’t think that I was able to keep a high pace like that with such a low heart rate in this heat, which by the way this morning laid at 26 degrees.
Now I’m in China, Fuzhou. I arrived here two days ago, very tired from the almost 18 hours long trip. I had only managed to sleep three hours during the flight between Helsinki and Shanghai. When I arrived here in Fuzhou we went out to buy things for the appartment I will live in and immediately after that we went eating. By then we almost starved to death. We went to a Japanese chain called Ajisen Noodle which is very nice. I have eaten there many times before and it’s never a bad idea.
Then we went straight to work. We work during the night between 11 pm and 3.30 am. During the very bumpy cartrip home I slumbered a few times. I wasn’t up for it, but when I came to the apartment I changed clothes and went running.
It is a special thing to run around in over 30 degrees heat right at dawn in Fuzhou. There are not many cars on the roads, but a lot of people in the small parks are doing their morning exercises which by us westerners seem very peculiar. Some walk backwards and clap their hands in front and back of the body. Some play badminton without nets or nets just stretched between two trees. Some women are rolling their hips and making strange sounds. I also saw a few who did the Thai chi – An ancient Chinese movement therapy. It was very sweaty because of the tropical heat, but still nice..
Last week I’ve been running every other day and the day in between I’ve been doing some bodyweight workouts just to keep the body, especially the legs, on the edge.
I still get niggles in the heel, but I feel it less and less. I hope I will have no problem at all after the two prescribed weeks.
The running I do is very relaxed, however I noticed that here in this heat I can’t keep my heart rate down as much as I could back in Sweden. I guess it’s only normal – it sure is harder to breath here