So here it goes, my first brush with the China running life.
Work-out #1- Run
My goal was just to run. No pace in mind, no distance.
Positives: I got to press yes when my Garmin asked me if I moved hundred of miles since my last use! Have always wanted to do this. Especially when standing outside the Running Room searching for satellites. It felt great to run. There are lanes for scooters and bikes that I tried to run on to minimize the potential for getting hit by a car.
Amelia-1 China drivers- 0.
Negatives- I should have said it felt great for the first 1 km. After that the run felt so long. I only ran about 7km at an average pace of 5:15/km. Maybe it was because I had no idea where I was going or maybe my Garmin was lying to me and satellites are slower here? Tell me that is possible. Each km slowly ticked by, and I felt like I was running faster than I was.
Amelia- o Garmin-1
This was really, really hard. And the track looked way bigger than 400m. Stupid Garmin- you must be lying.
Notice a trend? It’s really hard not to be frustrated. I am trying to keep in mind how hot and humid it is (+33C) and that I am still getting used to the change in climate. I am happy that I finished the work-out because before the last 2 sets I really wanted to quit. Thinking of my running friends out there getting faster (so proud of you guys) really helped keep me motivated. Accountability blog- you may work!
Amelia- o Garmin-2
However, it is hard to stay positive about running in China.
There are so many people, where am I supposed to run?
It’s not that pretty, what am I supposed to look at?
It’s only me, who am I going to talk too?
It’s so hot, how am I going to make it?
I may need to re-evaluate my running goals and see what I am capable of this year. (Boston 2012? Anyone? Please?) Or sign-up for a race in every province in China and hope for the best.
On a postive running note, during our Pro-D today, we went through our top 3 memories from the summer. I realized most of mine were from running! I tried to sum up running as one memory so I didn’t sound like a complete weirdo especially when other people’s memories included climbing a forbidden section of the Great Wall and buying a house. Psh. I ran up Whistler, same-same.
What are your top 3 summer memories?
PS: Alan and Andy- it’s time to join the WordPress club. 😉 No blogspot in Chinatown.