Running in Bali (Ubud, specifically) has been a challenge; its not only hot and sticky, it’s also filled with narrow roads that are surrounded by rice paddies, constant motorbike traffic, stray dogs, and narrow shoulders. It feels a lot like a video game – only one that I really don’t want to fail.
Thanks to my new friend, Ennea, a fellow yogi runner, I’ve found a slightly better route that goes through the rice paddies (a quick escape from the traffic). That said, it’s only about 2.5 miles and we never have quite enough time for more….since all of our breaks revolve around meal times meaning I have a half hour at best if I want to run and also eat.
I almost never run under 3 miles. It feels foreign and slightly disturbing to me. But I realize that I just need to embrace this month and everything that comes with it. The two or so miles that I do manage to squeeze in make every day a little easier (more on that to come) – it’s a little alone time in an otherwise long and yoga filled day.
And funny enough, no matter how sore or tired I am, the running actually feels quite good. It’s a release. A moving meditation. Just me, my thoughts, the road and the hot and sticky air. While I’m nowhere near my goal miles for October, I’m just proud that I’m doing what I can…making the time.
If you haven’t yet joined me for the If Girls Ran the World, make sure to join me now! And if you haven’t been upping your pink game this month, get on it! We’re running to support breast cancer awareness. And hey, you can easily grab your new pink Aftershokz Trekz Titanium to dress up your run…and get your podcast (or music fix!)