Trip Start Aug 18, 2010
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People from all over Korea, including many foreigners, came to our beautiful, sleepy town bright and early to run with the masses of people along the scenic roads of Cheorwon. Most of my friends participated in the 10 k and many in the half marathon, but I was happy to be finished in 30 minutes! As the end was in sight, Lisa's encouraging words kept me going. "I hear Johnny Depp is at the finish line," whispered Lisa. I just replaced Johnny Depp in my mind with Jake Gyllenhaal, pushed through the last 10 minutes of extreme heat, crossed the finish line and was handed some sort of badge or award that said #10
Sincheorwon Middle school students volunteered handing out water and prize bags after the race and Korean teachers and friends cheered us on. I will safely say that this will not become my favorite pasttime, nor will I be training for the next marathon, but it was a great experience and glad that I challenged myself a bit. Instead, I am challenging myself to some long distance bike rides in the future. I just purchased a brand new Samchully Hound road bike and look forward to biking to the next town and all around Cheorwon, with the goal of doing an 80 km bike ride to Chuncheon before it gets too cold! Wish me good luck with my bike training and happy fall!