So, for those of you that don’t yet know, I’m heading off to Cambodia in a few weeks’ time, and will be there for almost four months – hence the massive complications about how to train for the London Marathon. Eek. I have however been researching options, and also keeping a low profile blog that will be all about what I get up to in Cambodia (feeling inadequate and confused mainly, much like life in Sheffield but with more humidity and fewer Smilies). The blog hasn’t really got a voice yet (sorry if that’s pretentious) but if you are interested it can be found at https://cambodiacallingsite.wordpress.com/ it will be more general than just running stuff so I appreciate may not appeal to my running buddies. However, I thought this post was worth sharing with other runners out there because it tells us that:
‘To run is to be totally free, to think & to build up your strengths, both mentally & physically,’ (yeah, well, you knew that) but it adds: ‘whilst making you more interesting and attractive to others!‘
If Running in Cambodia can do this for me, I am going to be laughing all the way round our great city of London come April 2017!
I’m reblogging this post from Cambodia Calling to Running Scared, partly just to see what happens with the technology. I think there is a limit to what my loyal reader will tolerate blogging wise. I was going to pause my running blog whilst I was away, but now I’m not so sure. My regular reader might be fretting about whether or not I’m keeping up with my training what with all the distractions of the big city lights in Phnom Penh. Perhaps I should be cross fertilising with posts between the two? Who knew that I’d need a venn diagram for the overlap between my ‘running’ exploits and my new life in Cambodia. Eek. Don’t get your hopes up, I’m only going for a few months….
Oh the plus side, as friends have told me previously, because I’ll be keeping a blog it will save you from actually having to talk to me at all over the coming weeks. Always a boon I’m told. I think the phrase used was ‘that’s brilliant, because if you write it all down, I won’t ever have to talk to you again to find out what you’ve been up to!’ Friends are great when they are candid aren’t they? How we laughed. One of us with more hollow hysteria than the other…
To run is to be totally free, to think & to build up your strengths, both mentally & physically, whilst making you more interesting & attractive to others!!
Can you be an armchair runner? I believe so, I’ve found an outfit to wear whilst I browse the internet looking for running options to help me train for the London Marathon whilst living and working in Phnom Penh.
What do you think? It’s described as ‘adult bear sleeping bag‘:
Soooooooooo, what has my armchair research yielded?
Well, not all that promising to be fair. There’s the Phnom Pen Hash House Harriers, but they are ‘drinkers with a running problem‘ and that’s not my thing, though I’ll probably go along once at least just to see. They meet ‘every Sunday 2:00 PM at the Phnom Penh Railway station. Truck departs from the railway station at…
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You could also find a swimming pool, acquire an aqua jogging belt or flotation vest, and absolve some of your kms in water. I do aqua jogging sometimes as an alternative training, and it’s a pretty effective workout. Yes, you do feel a bit silly, ‘running’ like mad and getting almost nowhere, and yes, it gets boring as hell………. but it works the same muscles as running without killing the joints, and isn’t difficult to get the hang of. Just a thought.
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