Some people have been asking me about my running.
The first month or two my running was very inconsistent due to all my traveling and stuff.
Since then I've finally settled in to my house and life I have started training again. I'm actually training for a marathon in Negril in December. Running on the hills out here is extremely difficult. Any direction I run there is a mountain to go over. It was very rough the first couple of weeks. Every run was a hard workout that left me exhausted and hurting the next day. I decided to treat the first couple weeks as a strength training period so I could get strong and train well on the hills. I would run hard then take the next day off and just lift. (I found a weight set here)
The strength training seemed to work and I can run every day now. The only problem is that I have to wake up so early to beat the heat. I wake up a 5, get some coffee, then head out for a run and am done before 7. It's good to be finally getting into shape again, and I hope I can keep it up.
There have been some other unintended consequences to my running. I am the only white person up here. I am also the only person who actually runs. Put those two things together and it's a recipe for a lot of attention. It was strange the first week or so because people would just stare or stop me to ask what I was doing. In the end though it's been an awesome tool to get to know people. I always wave and say good morning to everyone (a huge cultural thing) so people have come to like me and are excited when I run by. It's easy now to just go up and talk to anyone in my community because they know my face and trust me. When I don't go out and run people ask me where I was. It's been great. Now every morning I get to hear:
"White man well fit!"