After struggling with leg issues for a couple of years, in November I began to take baby-steps back to being a runner. Using my Garmin GPS watch, I began with 250m sections. Run one, walk one. After a few days, I met my first goal - to run 1 km nonstop in the middle of a longer run/walk outing. That happened in Essaouira, Morocco on November 9. Then, I added 250m to my nonstop portion each time I ran. In Barcelona, I ran 2 km nonstop. In Jerusalem, I hit 3 km. In Istanbul, 4 km. At Kruger, 5 km. On our last day in South Africa two weeks later, I was supposed to run 8 km, but felt so great I slowed down and completed 10 km nonstop. That felt like a real accomplishment.
I'm now trying to build in a little speed, but not overdo it. While in Hoi An a couple of weeks ago, I ran intervals through the rice paddies. On another day, George was with me (on a bike) while I ran my first sub 30 minute 5 km in about 3 years. Monday in Hanoi, I did 10 km through the heat and humidity. When I was finished, I looked like I'd been swimming. That was 6 laps around a little lake near our hotel, Ho Hoan Kiem. (Ursula took the photo below just before I began.)
Today, I ran a leisurely 6 km around the Imperial City here in Hue. It felt great, even though it was warm (25C) and very humid. I'm not sure where all this will go, but I'm really happy to be back on the road again.