Last weekend during a night of drinking, long after what would be considered "last call" back home I agreed to do a 10km race on May 10 ... almost exactly 2 weeks from the time I agreed - maybe not the smartest idea?
This week I managed to run 8km on Tuesday and 6.5 km this morning. George came along for the 8km run, and we managed to run up every hill in Haeundae ... it was tough! I forgot to wear a watch but I don't think our pace was anything impressive.
This morning I didn't have company, but I managed to maintain a 5:30 min/km pace for my 6.5km run, and it felt good. Nice and relaxed, not too hard ... I'm on the right track.
I've never raced 10km before so I'm just hoping to do it in under an hour. I don't want to make any specific goals until I see how this next (and last) week of training goes, and until I see what kind of crowds are out on the course. For all I know it could be a family walk/run, so I may be trapped behind thousands of people walking with children and strollers, not exactly ideal conditions for making a great time!
In other news, I had a great birthday yesterday. My morning started with a Skype call home, and I got to watch my family eat a birthday cake with my name on it! At school I received little gifts from a bunch of students, had a surprise cake in the teachers room, and was treated to 2 renditions of Happy Birthday. George got my some wonderful presents (including goldfish crackers - my faves, and another pair of sweet sneakers), and took me out for dinner at TGI Fridays on the beach. Overall a wonderful day, even if Koreans insist on calling it my 25th birthday ... I'll stick with my Canadian age, THANK YOU!
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