early start in Sumatra

Sumatra, Indonesia offers up some unique running opportunities.

While on a surfing adventure, I was lucky enough to have a motivated fitness fanatic in Matt as company, who was dedicated to squeezing in a morning run between all day surfs.

Early morning runs included crunching along coral beaches, navigating narrow buffalo tracks through groves of coconut trees and jogging on hard packed trails adjacent to rice fields.

 dawn jog on Simuele Island coastline

dawn jog on Simuele Island coastline

Humidity was high, even at dawn, and as we trotted through local villages, although always wonderfully friendly, I could see the locals thought the tourists doing burpees in the morning heat were a bit troppo!

 Matt coasting along thru a local village

Matt coasting along thru a local village

Each run was followed by a salty shower of course.....  :-)

 Indo morning 

Indo morning