105 days to go: Did not get good sleep but ran a 5K nonetheless


The hotel bed of Widus at Clark, Pampanga, where I stayed to attend an IT conference

Looks like a comfortable bed, right? Well, yes it is comfortable, yet because it isn’t my bed, I ended up tossing and turning for most of the night. That’s how I am – I have difficulty sleeping in a bed that isn’t my own. It’s my bane when I travel.

To be fair to Widus Hotel and Casino, which is a hotel in Clark, Pampanga where I stayed to attend an IT conference,  the room was cozy, spacious, and delightful. It felt more like a small apartment than a hotel. It had a standard-sized refrigerator – not one of those tiny models – and a microwave oven. The nice thing about Clark is that there really isn’t much to do so you could go to bed early. It’s just that is wasn’t my bed so I had trouble sleeping.

I knew this would happen, so that’s why I did the scheduled 5-kilometer run in the evening when I got back home rather than in the morning. I was able to squeeze a long nap so I could feel somewhat refreshed before the run. When I hit the road, I felt like I was shaking off the cobwebs in my head. I had For some strange reason my sense of direction got disoriented and I took a wrong turn somewhere but I was able to get my bearings. I ran the 5-kilometer at an easy, comfortable pace and ended up covering the distance in a little over 40 minutes while keeping my heart rate within zone 2 for a majority of the distance. Not bad, I told myself.

Run stats: 5 kilometers, 40:07, average heart rate 142.




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