Not surprised that chap looked ready to drop running in a thick tracksuit like that with a T-shirt on underneath. 56 degrees is still mild/warm.
Good luck with the Bangkok marathon Matt. That would be some achievement in that humidity. Not only that but the pollution too....
Were you aware of the Bangkok Hash Harriers ( running clubs ) - http://www.bangkokhhh.com/
. I'm not sure if you are based in Bangkok when in Thailand or not? I know there are other Hash clubs elsewhere in Thailand too though.
I was in Bangkok and Thailand for the first time in September. The humidity is really something else, as are the monsoonal rains....
I went running on Ko Samet - I have never sweated so much in my life it was so humid.
I know what you mean about the dogs. It's sad to see. I am right in believing that the dogs are not destroyed because of the Buddhist faith?? Some are actually in very good condition and survive quite well - especially on the islands. It's cute to see the dogs dig themselves a bed on the beach for the night. Some are not so fortunate - I saw some quite horrendous tumours and growths on some dogs, others with obvious breaks in their legs and a few with terrible mange that was quite awful to look at it - hardly any fur and their skin was red raw and bleeding from all the scratching.
I was reading a paper outside an internet cafe with one starving dog lingering. I couldn't ignore him, and make no apologies for getting him some pork product from a shop. He wolfed it down. The poor thing was still hanging around whilst I went online in the cafe - he was still licking the wrapper that the meat was in an hour later. I brought some more pork for him and again he wolfed that down. He eventually let me stroke him - probably not wise because of the risk of rabies - but he appreciated me making a fuss of him. I was only wondering the other day how the poor mutt would be doing, indeed if still alive at all. I take some heart that I sated it's hunger for a few hours at least, and gave it some affection.
Although most packs of stray dogs are placid and will shy away from you, some packs can be quite intimidating. I went on one late night walk, with no locals about to shout the dogs away, and I had a load of them at my heels. I was certain one was going to bite me and just preparing myself to get to hospital for my rabies jab...
I had been wondering if there existed any charities to assist the dogs - I'm glad to read that there is. I'll be donating to you Matt - I would also recommend those that are able to do so to give what they can.
Good luck with the running,