Training in Paraguay

I wrote a bit about my trip to Paraguay last week, and today I want to talk about my running down there. I was surprisingly pretty consistent…and running in the mornings! :-O If you’ve read here for a bit, you know I am NOT a morning person and do not run in the AM haha. 

I got to Paraguay on Friday, April 3, but obviously after a 9 hour overnight flight I was not about to go for a run. How does anyone sleep on overnight flights?? I wish I could afford the tickets for first class, where you get a semi-bed:

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Wouldn’t that be nice?? I’m pretty sure those seats are over $5,000.00 though.

Anyway, back to running…

Saturday morning I went to the main park in Asuncion, Paraguay, which is a 5K loop. I went with my mom and met up with my aunt, uncle and grandma. It was rainy, so I was surprised when they still decided to meet me! My uncle ran with my mom and me, and my aunt and grandma walked a loop.

Since it was in the 80s, the rain actually felt nice. I don’t mind running in the rain when it’s hot…though the humidity sucked. Since I have been running inside all winter, being in 80 degree weather plus anywhere from 60-90% humidity was a shock to the system. So I didn’t even wear a watch and just ran by feel.


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That day I just ran one loop (5K). Each day I made sure to run in the mornings because afternoons and evenings were filled with either visiting family members or going out places with my grandma and aunt (dinner, bowling, shopping, etc.). I would wake up around 7:30 AM and start running probably around 8:30. I don’t know why it was easier to wake up and run while on vacation than it is here at home…shouldn’t it be the opposite? ;)

On Sunday (Easter), I met up with my aunt and uncle again at the same park. This time it was 80s again and 96% humidity!! Tough. We ended up breaking the run up into sections…running the first mile, then running 400 meters, walking 100 meters, repeat. We ran about 4 miles that day. 


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On Monday, we went back to the park again, and ran about 5 miles. Filmed this quick video with exercises you can do at a park…all you need is a bench! I like using benches for step-ups after runs to get in a little strength workout:


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That day would end up being my mom’s last run for the whole trip. She was feeling a bit frazzled scheduling everything between running, visiting family, etc. so she decided to just take a break. I took off Tuesday, Wednesday we were SUPPOSED to run 9 miles but I woke up with a crazy stomach ache, so took off again.

Then Thursday-Saturday I ran at another park that my aunt and uncle introduced me to. I loved it! Although it was only a 1,500 meter loop, it was shaded and had some hills, so it provided a change of pace. I ran 5 loops each day, and we walked 1 mile there and 1 mile back home so about 6-7 miles total for the day.


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Sunday was my great grandmother’s 90th birthday party so I did not run…plus it was the hottest day of my trip…96 degrees!

Monday I ran at a local soccer field because I had no one to drive me to the park. I ended up doing a speed workout. Approximately 3.5 miles with something similar to 400 meter repeats. Again, ran watchless. And Tuesday we flew back. 

The Thursday we got back we ran 8 miles, with 2×2 mile repeats in the middle. Felt pretty good! We are running the Long Branch Half Marathon on Sunday so we’ll see how it goes! I know we won’t PR, and our longest run has only been 8 miles, so I’m not expecting anything. It will be my first race with my mom where we are just running by feel and running for fun. 

I think, since I am not trying to PR or anything, I want to try a run/walk method. According to several websites and calculators (too lazy to look up links right now), I need to run for 4 minutes and walk 1 minute to average around 9 min./mile. If I want to run 9:40/mile, I need to run the 4 minutes in 8:40ish pace…can I do that?? I have no idea. But I want to try.

During the time I was in Paraguay, I ran about 19-20 miles in a week. I’ll take it! I ran about 20 miles per week consistently for about 4 weeks I think. So I know I can run this half, but we’ll see what the final result is!

Anyone else running the Long Branch Half/NJ Marathon?

Has anyone tried the run/walk method?


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  1. How awesome that your family is so active! I LOVE that!!! It sounds like you had a great time and a I look forward to hearing how you and your mom did in the race.
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  2. Sounds like a fabulous vacation. I love running in the heat, but not in that humidity! WOW!
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  3. When I started with Team In Training I was doing 4-1 walk-jogs. Finished many a race that way.
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  4. I dream about being able to afford a semi-bed on a flight. (One day!!!)
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  5. Sounds like you had a lot of fun! 96 degrees…yikes! I use Jeff Galloway’s run walk run faithfully! It makes a huge difference and I recover a lot faster! You can play around with the ratios and see what works for you.
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    • I tried it out and I don’t think I’ll be able to do it. I can run a 9:45 consistently, but if I do run/walk I have to run 4 minutes at 8:50 pace which will be really challenging! Not sure what do do now…

  6. Way to stay so active and get your runs in in Paraguay! When we flew to Puerto Rico a few weeks ago many were connecting in Miami to head to SA. I’d love to visit there some day!
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  7. Those beds are amazing! We cashed in miles to use them before makes a huge difference.
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  8. Even in spite of the humidity, how fun to run in a new place! I’d love it!
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  9. Wow, I’m amazed by how much training you fit in during your trip! When I travel, I always have the best intentions in terms of working out, but then usually don’t follow through because I’m so focused on spending as much time with loved ones as possible.

    • Usually I’m the same but since I had a half marathon coming up I couldn’t slack too much…as much as I would have loved to sleep in! :)

  10. that’s really impressive with the running while on vacay. and good luck this weekend with your race!
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  11. Wow, way to get it done down there! I’m with you about the first class seats. I would have LOVED one of those for my trip to Paris!!
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  12. How great that you trained with so many family members on your trip! Running in the humidity is so hard when you are not used to it and requires so much additional hydration.
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  13. The walk run method is fantastic! I’ve definitely been able to increase my mileage that way too! Looks like the trails are pretty awesome there – sucks you had to deal with humidity but at least the sun was ou!!
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  14. Looks like a lovely run during your vaca. I would love to run somewhere exotic other than Hawaii :)
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  15. This is all so cool Patty! Those seats. It’s hard to even imagine that kind of comfort on a plane.
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  16. What a great place to get to run! How awesome!
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  17. I don’t normally run/walk, but I’ve been using it for my training for my two marathons in two days. It really makes a huge difference in how fresh my legs and body feel at the end. I’m aiming for way slower than you though LOL.
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    • Yeah I have no clue what to expect in this half marathon Sunday so we’ll see…I will probably be run/walking!

  18. That last park looks so lovely. I can totally handle shorter loops when the scenery is beautiful.

    And I totally get you on the airplane beds. What a luxury to have!
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  19. My family is from Panama and I can’t imagine running down there. It is so hot and humid…whoa Nelly! Congrats on making it happen in a different environment. I haven’t been to Long Branch in so long! They used to have the haunted house there. Sometimes I actually miss my home state.
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    • Paraguay is hot and humid as well…basically all year! We went in the winter once and it is still pretty warm. Like 60s/70s though for them that is cold and they are all like in winter coats lol

  20. Good for you for keeping up with running on holidays! I’m terrible at actually getting in planned runs when I’m on vacation.
    I did my first half with a 10:1 walk and it turned out well for me :)
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  21. Looks like a beautiful place to run! And the humidity–girl you are tough cause that stuff normally kills this girl! I do run/walk intervals when I’m adding mileage….sometimes it is just good for a mental break too.
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  22. I find it easier to work out in the morning when I’m home on vacation too. Usually it’s because I’m up early due to the time change. But it also gets wayyy too hot in the afternoon to try to do any sort of outdoor activity lol
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  23. Is it hot in Paraguay at this time of the year? I’m thinking of flying there this time next year and get some training for running myself. I hope they have scenic trails. I prefer to take in my surroundings when I’m running. It keeps me motivated to run for some reason. Also, who wouldn’t want first class seats? I sure do!
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