Week in Review (Jan 24th, 2016)

Training Recap

Yesterday, I did my first long run in two months. A nice and easy 13.1 miles at 10:43 pace. Total mileage for the week was just over 28 miles. Not bad for my third week back running!

Marathon Plans

I’ve been eying March for my next marathon and there were six marathons in play (I want two):

  • Tel Aviv Marathon (Feb 26th)
  • Bhutan Marathon (Mar 5th)
  • Jerusalem Marathon (Mar 18th)
  • Seoul Marathon (Mar 20th)
  • New Taipei Marathon (Mar 20th)
  • Bethlehem Marathon (April 1st)

I have my heart set on pairing the New Taipei and the Bethlehem marathons. I’m hoping to fly JAL first for my transpac segment and Emirates first for my transindian and transatlantic segments – about 35 hours in first class. I’ve been playing with some routing options and I might be able to fly Lufthansa first for the Dubai-Tel Aviv segments 😉

I’m hoping to visit Taiwan, Malaysia and Israel on this trip. I want to go to Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore to fly on an EK A380. I’m leaning heavily towards visiting Langkawi and flying out of KL.

Travel Deals

We saw a bunch of great travel deals this week week:

  • At least five US cities to Vietnam for under $400
  • Transcontinental fares have been pricing below $150 for the last few days
  • Newark-Milan had fares near $450 from multiple carriers
  • Fares to Seoul are still available under $700 from LA and Chicago (China Eastern)
  • If you are in LA, you can pair a $300 LA-Copenhagen fare with a $350 Copenhagen-Krabi fare to visit Copenhagen twice and southern Thailand for $650. You need two separate tickets to pull this off. Make sure you have time in case of flight delays/cancellations.

Final Thoughts

I ramped up from 6-17-28.2 miles the last three weeks and my legs feel good. I’m going to wait a few more weeks before registering for my next marathon pairing. I didn’t jump on any of the travel deals this week, but I am kicking myself for not jumping on the Vietnam fares. Sign up for email notifications and connect with me on twitter, facebook and instagram so you don’t miss a beat.

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