Running in Vietnam

A month or so ago we visited Ho Chi Minh City for about a week.

The city was beautiful, not what I was expecting at all. I was expecting it to be like Bangkok, but it was nothing like it.

Each day the temperature was about 38 degrees Celsius, and the air quality didn’t really lend itself to running much outside. Most days, I headed up to the hotel gym.

On the first day, I went through about 4 bottles of water before 7am. a couple of kilometres into my run, I decided that I really didn’t need to take the thermogenic preworkout that I normally have each morning before running. Sweat was pouring off me. Most of the hotel’s rooms were freezing cold because of the air conditioning. I had to turn it off in my room at night while I slept. The gym must have been the only room in the hotel without air conditioning.

On the first day, I managed 6km.

I did a little better on the next few days, but not by much.

The Hotel Treadmill
The Hotel Treadmill

The shopping in Ho Chi Minh City was an interesting experience too.

There were lots of market stalls selling imitation Nike footwear. Nike seemed to be the only brand they were interested in ripping off. Upon a close inspection, the uppers were very hard to pick as fakes. The quality was pretty good. The soles were not as good quality. As a casual shoe or gym shoe they would be fine, but as a running shoe, maybe not so much.

Pure Performance Ho Chi Minh City
Pure Performance Ho Chi Minh City

I had a great time and I would love to go back to Vietnam soon… I have already started looking for races!

Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
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