Butter Begins Asian Runs in Extreme Humidity
After an extended break in the UK picking up a new passport and multiple visas, Butter was back on the move. He took a long flight to Singapore via India and began preparations for the Asian phase of his expedition.
In Singapore, he got up early to try and avoid the worst of the heat, but he still found the going hard. As the sun came up the temperature, and the humidity, soared. At least his route was enjoyable, he ran along pretty coastal paths and to the beach, where he observed a number of other runners. He found that they quickly disappeared once the sun came up!
From Singapore, it was on to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. The heat was even worse here, 35°C in the shade. After a wait in his hotel lobby for running companions who never arrived, he was forced to strike out into the sun on his own. Locals were friendly, but the heat really took it out of him. He became very dehydrated despite taking on fluids as fast as he was able.
Next up was Manila in the Philippines and more hot, humid weather. He reports another beautiful run alongside the water and he was careful to keep tabs on staying hydrated. From Manila, he flew to Tokyo, Japan where he had been hoping to take part in the official marathon. Unfortunately, there had been a logistical mix-up and he had not secured a place. Though disappointed he vows to return next year. He completed his own marathon away from the official race and found that the distance flew by, perhaps partly due to much cooler weather. Marathon 120 complete Butter is now taking some days off to see a little of Japan.