Silent for a couple of weeks due to holiday, also due to various www things being blocked in China. I was there and in Korea for a couple of weeks. What did I get up to (that was vaguely running related)?
Coming 3-5 weeks after the Calgary Marathon, a holiday inevitably reduces running volume. Ideally, I'd take a holiday immediately after. This worked quite well as a recovery period - legs had started to creak a little after Run the Runway.
I have loads of pictures and stories from my trip to China, Korea, China again and Seattle for a day. Being a running blog and all, I'll try to keep it relevant to running and movement in general. It's ended up being very much about the holiday after all though, as I like to do loads of walking and explore.
First stop Shanghai, where I lived 2000-2003. I met my wife the year before in a nearby city, Wuxi. She'd flown out 2 weeks before, to get some of the "boring stuff" done.
The funny signs (as opposed to very frequent, but less amusing typos) were confined to the hotel room this time. The below has morphed from "pot lights".
Here below is a common sight in Chinese hotels - a throne phone. "Please send some paper up." "Police? I'm stuck", etc.
We flew over to Seoul for a 5 days. This has been top of my list of unvisited countries since going to Japan last year. First up was a trip to the Joint Security Area (JSA), the only place on the North-South border where both sides come face to face.
Only about 10 minutes staring down the North Korean army, then we had to get back to the bus. For the record, I am wearing the shirt I ran my first marathon in.
Next morning: run time! I had a good scenic route mapped out, and wanted to use this as a trial run before using the gopro the next day. I took my phone with me the first day and took a few pictures, running the same route the day after with the minor missteps taken out. The video for that ought take a while to edit, don't warm up the popcorn just yet.
About 2 k in, a steep hill, with various statues at the top. Shortly after, some nice rolling hills in a large hillside park. I ran past some elite looking guys with Korean flags on their singlets. On the national team? I couldn't find the top in any store.
Cheongye stream is a new development, where once an elevated road stood. A nice end to a great holiday run. Bathed in sweat, but loving once again a well planned sightseeing run.
Later in the day, we went hunting for music. One store led to another, the one above in a loft with 2 cats and finally a tiny one with everything I wanted. There were bands playing in the street near Yonsei University, one selling their own Cd which I bought.
Part of an afternoon, with my wife taking a break, I walked for a couple of hours in the old part of town with San Francisco style hills.
Back to Shanghai and the hotel treadmill. I hit on an alternative video idea. I wore the camera using the chesty mount, set it to take a photo every 5 seconds and went walking and took the metro until the batteries ran out which was over 5 hours later. Hopefully the time-lapse vid which I'll make it around 5 minutes long hoping it turns out ok.
A few days later, we went to Wuxi on the train. It is around the same size as Calgary, though is home to about 5 million people as opposed to Calgary's 1.1 million. I could've run outside, there's an historic canal near the hotel. If the whole 2 weeks had been in China I might have.
I took a ride on the brand new (one week old at the time) metro system. Once another line or 2 opens, I hope to make another time lapse walking video.