With each passing day, I’ve noticed I wake up later and later. My alarm is set for 6am, so a few days back I got up at 6:08, then it was 6:09, then 6:11… today was 6:17. Hate to admit it, but yeah, possibly some resistance. Once I’m up, I go straight into a hot shower to wake up the brain and body. That normally takes about 10 minutes. Then for breakfast, I’ve been eating pretty much the same thing for 7 days now – a banana, small bowl of porridge, power drink (apple cider vinegar + wheat grass + MCT oil), one egg and a double-shot soya latte. That’s my fix and it seems to work.
Once that’s done, I get my running pack ready (see attached photo with checklist).
The final thing I do before leaving the house each morning is spend 20-30 minutes massaging my leg muscles. People wonder how I massage my own leg muscles!? Don't know, I just do it. ……………. Today was the final leg – 50km on the infamous Hong Kong Trail – starting at the Peak, and then snaking along the southern side of HK island, ultimately ending at Big Wave Bay Beach. I then carried on for two kilometers to officially end “HK360” at Shek O Beach. Yeah! Made it.
Unfortunately the data from Strava (running app) failed to download for this final section (Parkview to Big Wave Bay Beach) so there’s no official record for the final 24 kilometers. Oops. People will just have to believe it. Or not.
Weather forecast for today was 12-16 degrees with scattered rain patches. Yikes. Thankfully no rain for me! So that makes 7 days, not one drop of rain. Yeah baby! Thank you weather gods!
My legs were broken in the morning. Okay, not literally ‘broken’ but certainly feeling a similar level of pain. Each time my right foot hit the ground, it felt as though somebody was tapping the corner of my right patella with a metal hammer. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. And then on the left steps, there was a different pain. My lower left calf muscle was tight and tender (not really in the mood to cooperate), so it was also sending strong signals to my reptilian brain… “time to stop you fool” When I finally did stop for lunch at Parkview, I was truly dreading the afternoon run. But as luck would have it, for whatever reason, the pain intensity dropped significantly in the afternoon. I was back to enjoying the run and the tranquility of being “at one with the trail”… what an awesome way to finish up 360 kilometers.