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In which I run a 10K.

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June 20, 2010 | 10:13pm
Mood: ecstatic/exhausted

This was one eventful weekend.

Saturday I ended up going to Boseong with Kylee to hang out with Joe there. Drank a little (not much - I called it quits by 7), hung out at a beach, got dinner. I ate snails for the first time in my life. Believe it or not, that shit was good. Then I caught the last bus back to Gwangju at 9pm. Went home, passed out. It was something to do on an otherwise boring weekend day. Plus, now I have a few new friends.

Today was the 10K. HOLY SHIT YOU GUYS. It was quite possibly the best thing I've done since I've come to Korea, if not the best thing I've done in the last year. Maybe two years. Zandra and I ran it together (but not together). There was a concert from the band OneTwo, a Korean drama star came out, group calisthenics, pictures with mascots and crazy wigs. Then. THEN. The race.

Oh my fucking god. It was ridiculous. I haven't run 6 miles since October or November, and I haven't worked out in over a week. I was dying, but I was still pushing myself. I tried to pace myself with other runners, but they kept fading so I passed them... and then I got to the point where there was a big gap between me and other runners, so I was kind of just chugging along, trying not to die. I ended up taking a brief walking break less than a mile from the end of the race - the first time I've ever walked in the middle of a long run - and then I realized, "Wait a minute, you're only three blocks from the finish line. STEP IT UP YOU PUSSY." So I did.

My clock time was 54:16, an 8:45 pace (!). My all-time best 6 mile run was 48:02, so this wasn't exactly a record, but it was damn good. I'd say I finished in the first half of the runners. At the finish line I was a complete zombie. I got my goody bag (complete with a MEDAL!!!, banana, water, Gatorade, and a pastry), went outside the stadium to meet up with Zandra, saw a curb, and basically passed out on it. I was sweaty, bright red, and had the shakes. I was thirsty and my stomach hurt and I felt like death warmed over. Sitting there on that curb, eating my banana, watching all the runners enter World Cup Stadium - it was one of the greatest moments of my life.

I don't know how to explain how much this race means to me. It was incredibly challenging, mentally and physically (Korea has hills, did you know that?). It was meaningful - it was a charity race for breast cancer. It was painful - my calf may never be the same. But it reinvigorated my love of running. I feel that passion again. It was getting stale - running and working out day in and day out and all that shit. But now it's different. I want to do it again and again and again. I know I tend not to appear very emotional or passionate about much of anything - I've been told this my entire life, and trust me, I'm far better now than I've ever been before - but this. This is something else.

I think I'm going to train for a marathon in October. Anyone interested?



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from: wewerethecliche.wordpress.com
date: June 20, 2010 04:03pm (UTC)
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So proud of you! And happy for you! You're such a boss, Mr. Miller! E>

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from: aodh
date: June 20, 2010 11:12pm (UTC)
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thanks cait <3

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Tess

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from: mintsonpillows
date: June 20, 2010 04:13pm (UTC)
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Yay! All that running has paid off, and it wasn't too hard for you!

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: June 20, 2010 11:12pm (UTC)
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haha, it was really quite difficult... if I'd prepped more it would've been better. oh well!

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: June 21, 2010 01:24am (UTC)
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FIGHTING!

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☆ Jennay Pants Meridius MacLeod ☆

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from: lillongdogwuvr
date: June 20, 2010 11:22pm (UTC)
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you rock for running a 10K!!!

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: June 21, 2010 01:25am (UTC)
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thanks :D

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savagewoman

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from: savagewoman
date: June 21, 2010 07:52pm (UTC)
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Pink suits ya ;D

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: June 21, 2010 10:30pm (UTC)
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thanks ;)

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from: euphoric1dr
date: June 23, 2010 09:16am (UTC)
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holy shit, thats AWESOME seriously. and to accomplish such a feat, abroad in Korea! i didn't know they even HAD 10K's there. seems like people in Asia generally don't like to work out, my co-workers in Taiwan were always like 'girls don't like to get sweaty' that's stupid, of course lol. IMO. anyway yay!!!

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: June 23, 2010 02:13pm (UTC)
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I know!! I always wonder how people here are so fit, when nobody goes to the gym or works out... idk, maybe more do than I think? It was such a great event, and I'm definitely going to try to go for a marathon later this year. Korea has a surprisingly large number of them! :D

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