Running off the Excesses (Three Different Ones)

Posted: 17th October 2013 by mockjogger in Lists
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My running has taken a bit of a nosedive recently. Post Great Scottish Run, I was hoping to rebuild my weekly mileage back to its August peak. Instead, a combination of last-minute business excursions to Paris and Amsterdam, bookending some quality family party time in Ireland, has kept me off the road. The only running I have been able to get in, has been to shake off the excesses of the previous few-days’ over-indulgence. Which has caused me to ponder, if I had the choice, where would I really like to incur these excesses, and where would I like to run them off?

Southbeach, Miami

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Vodka, lime and ginger cocktails are followed by a dinner of steak and an expensive pinot from somewhere in Oregon. Then, just before midnight we head to the Mansion Nightclub which is playing some subdued but quietly-compelling techno. Someone talks us into the VIP room and we switch to gin-based cocktails because that’s the kind of people we are. Around 1am we notice a perceptible tempo and volume increase and in what seems like a heartbeat later, the DJ has morphed some insane trip-tastic 135bmp electro-house. Around 3am we try to leave, but just as we get to the door the DJ throws on another classic and, as if pulled by magnets, we are lured back to the floor.

We go straight from the club to breakfast, which involves consuming an obscene amount of fresh fruit, particularly berries, one bagel and two large espressos. Then we gather on the beach where the sun is on the uprise, and run 5 miles out and 5 miles back barefoot along the sand and through the waves.

Reykjavik, Iceland

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We head out very late and, after cruising the Laugavegur for a couple of hours and spending a small fortune on beer and fish, head to Faktory, where a new Finnish death metal band is playing their first gig. After consuming a lot of salmiakki (vodka and liquorice) we get lost and spend the rest of the night cruising Reykjavik looking for a home.

Next day we visit the Strokkur geyser until around 8pm. Then, as evening gets under way we start to run the marathon distance from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, which takes us 3 hours 59 minutes. The kind owners of the spa keep it open for us and we spend the night re-hydrating in the near 40 degrees water and watching the stars.

Kamakura – Enoshima Island, South Tokyo

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The evening starts with a 2-hour shabu-shabu and beer fest in Shinjuku. Quite why purchasing food and beer by time rather than by quantity has never taken off in Scotland is beyond me. On second thoughts, I can just see the look on some of my friends’ faces as they are presented with 2 hours worth of unlimited beer. In Scotland, that would be a challenge rather than a dinner. Anyway, I digress. After shabu-shabu we head to a Big Echo karaoke box and take the option of two-hours-with-unlimited-drinks, thinking that would be plenty of time. Before long we are giving Bohemian Rhapsody the full treatment. We extend for another two hours, and then again and we roll out at 5am and head back to our capsule hotel.

Next day starts with a ramen lunch followed by a train trip to Kamakura Beach. The run follows the coast from Kamakura to Enoshima then across the bridge to the island and a long climb up past the buildings of Enoshima shrine. We pause at the top to take in the view of Mount Fuji, then complete a circuit of the island before diving into the clear water at the beach.

  1. Scallywag says:

    For a second I thought this was real and was thinking ‘What on earth is his job?!?!’

    Now I realise its fictional I feel better 😉

    The icelandic one sounds heavenly!

    • mockjogger says:

      Ah, so confession time. 2 out of the 3 events actually happened pretty much as described, except for the running part – which didn’t happen 🙂