Some updates on my running in Shenyang since I first blogged about it. I’ve had a couple months to get to know the city, and running is a big part of that. I scour the city map and look for green patches and figure out how to run there. I’ve found a street that runs along a canal that runs through part of the city and has park areas around it. It’s not exactly a greenway, but it is pleasant enough and with few enough cross streets to make a decent place for tempo runs from my house. I can get there in 1.5 miles of city blocks, so I’m warmed up by the time I hit the green spot. My speed workouts are done on a middle school track less than a mile from my house. 🙂 Unfortunately, it is only about 250m around. 😦 On the weekends, when I run longer distances, I run 4 miles down to the Hun He (“muddy river”) riverside, which is a true greenway. At least I’m hopeful it will start turning more green by the end of the month.
In the dead of cold winter I needed a race to motivate my running, so I signed up for the The Dalian Marathon on 26 April. Dalian is a port city in Liaoning and I hear it is beautiful! My goal is to make this a “just for fun” motivational race, but I’ve never trained so hard in the cold weather! I’m not looking for a PR but just another chance to practice the distance, as well as a good excuse to see another place in China. Please think of me and cheer me on!
My theories of head cover vs. Shenyang people being less vocally curious people are confirmed. Since it got warm enough not to wear a big hat and ninja mask, I’m getting more unfortunate attention, from hellos to… well, worse than hello. OK, I’ll tell you. I’ve been mooned a couple times.
The cold temperatures weren’t as huge a hurdle as I thought – having a marathon coming up helps! It also doesn’t snow or ice nearly as much as I thought it would. Still, the water and gatorade freezing in the bottle is a pain. It is also light before 5am so I can see more on my runs. I’m still debating about whether or not that is a good thing.
Lastly, but most importantly, you should know how much your comments on this blog mean to me. They are like aid stations along a marathon route. They give enough to sustain me until the next aid station. Keep them coming!
“jiao yo! jiao yo!” (Chinese cheer that means “go for it!”)