Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Running in Korea

This time, I ran two 10k races in Korea, the first was on Sep. 3. at Jamsil Stadium. It was extremely hot, so I was not expecting too much in terms of time. I had a very good start, and kept the leaders in sight for quite a while, then settled in fourth position. As there were no age-groups, my only hope was to score in the over-all. I managed to keep a 4min./k pace, which I considered reasonable, as it was about 30 degrees. When I got to the finish, I found out that I actually finished third, obviously, one of the runners ahead had not finished! So I ended up with 300$ worth of Hummel (sponsor) goods, which I yet have to receive. Biggest price I ever got in a race, so I was happy!

The second race was in the DMZ near the border to North Korea. I had to get up at 3:40am to get to Seoul Station before 5, when our bus was supposed to leave! I made it, running the 5k, just to find out the bus was not going to leave for another 30min.!
When we got to the venue at 7am, we had to wait for another 1h45 before the start of the 10k, and it was surprisingly cold, with no place to sit comfortably.
I finished the 10k in 39:24, noit bad, as I had slight problems with my digestion. Best was that two clubmates received prices, 300 and 100$ in cash respectively!
But then the waiting started again, as our bus home left at 3pm! And the bus-ride took more than 3h this time, as roads were extremely conjested. But worst was the aircon! The driver must have been from Greenland! I was happy to get off that bus and take a nap at my hostel.

Except the bus-rides I enjoyed both races, but would recommend the first one more, if you ever have the chance to run in Korea.
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