Thursday, April 30, 2009

Young hearts, run free

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!


  1. Happy Belated Birthday. What torture to watch your family eat your cake! (I'm diabetic so that would be double torture for me!)
    Good luck in the run.

  2. Good luck on the 10k run. Do some intervals this week and rest the next.

  3. Hello Bocky in Busan,
    I'm also a teacher in Busan looking for a 10k to do this fall. I have a few others interested as well but can't seem to find info on a 2009 race schedule. Do you know of any 10k size races in or near Busan? Thanks for your help and good luck training. Perhaps, we could all train together. Best way to reach me is thru my e-mail: