This past weekend, I checked off another bucket list item — a half marathon in Korea. I ran my first race in Asia last month — the Cherry Blossom 10K. I had planned to run a half marathon at some point during our stay in Korea, but wanted to do it before the summer humidity and monsoons hit. I was nervous about this race as I hadn’t prepared much, but I survived and am still alive.
This race was the May 18th race. I wasn’t sure what to expect, because I wasn’t able to find too much information about it online. It started around a park and stadium area, but it turns out that 90% of the race course was back country roads. It was also incredibly hot. I’m used to longer races starting very early back home, in order to beat the heat and humidity. This half marathon course didn’t kick off until 9 am when it was already in the mid 70’s.
Nick was with me before the race and at the finish, which was great because it’s always nice to have some extra support. 🙂 We knew a couple of other foreign teachers who were running a race the same day, so that was awesome to meet up with them. Our friend Sara ran the 10K and our friends Valerie and Tyler ran the 5K that day. It seemed like there were a lot less participants than the last race I attended.
Since the race was held in Gwangju, which is a little over 2 hours away from us, we decided to stay there for the weekend. We stayed in the city for two nights and were able to enjoy spending time with friends, delicious food and drinks, and our first Korean baseball game — I will be posting about this experience very soon. 🙂
My legs are feeling a bit sore, but I’m glad to have checked off another bucket list item! I think I’ll be taking a bit of a break from running for now, since it’s getting humid. I hope to find a gorgeous race to run during October!
We will continue to check off items from our bucket list, as well as add new ones as we continue this adventure! Check back soon for our next blog post! 🙂