|But you have to keep reading for the story behind it|
The race was being held in Jinju and lucky me I had a special cheering section for this one - my mom is currently in Korea paying me a long awaited visit! We decided to catch a bus Saturday afternoon so that we could see some of the city before spending the day at the race grounds on Sunday. Saturday we were able to catch a few sites and do some shopping before the rain came, sending us back to the motel. For her first (full) day in Korea i'm going to have to give my mom some credit - made her walk all over town, half the time in the rain, sit traditional style (on the floor) at a Korea restaurant AND eat some eel. Good job mom.
|First Selca, at the bus stop of course.|
You are a train that cannot be stopped. You are a wrecking ball going on a tear. Your body might say no, but your mind will say yes. Your knees might be aching, your lungs burning, but there is nothing that can stop you. You WILL cross the finish line with your mom watching, proud as ever, and you will have the feeling of accomplishment over 90% of the world does not. You are a strong, motivated girl who picked up running on a whim and now is running circles around the guy who pressured you to start years ago. You are a self-empowered young woman/girl and nothing can stop you. I'd wish you the best of luck but I know you don't need it. Run hard, run fast, and leave your doubts in the dust. You rock Steph ~ PeteNeedless to say when I read this to my mom she was immediately tearing up and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't close to the same. Although I haven't seen the kid in over two (maybe three) years I felt like it was yesterday he was pushing me to run - and now here I am. Anyway what I want to say is, thanks Peter! We met up with Jackie at the bus terminal, who lives in Jinju and was participating in the days events, to share a taxi to the race grounds. Unlike Gyeongju we were there in plenty of time and the crowds were a bit thinner. My left knee decided to start giving me problems this week, just my luck, so I decided to let the Korea's tape it up for me, which worked wonderfully. I spent the remaining time meeting other runners, fueling myself with bananas, coffee and plenty of H2O and mentally preparing for what I was about to do. Before I knew it I was at the starting line and on my way...
|Waiting in line to get my stupid knee taped|
|화이팅!! We got this|
|Let's do this|
|See that red dot of a man behind me? That's what an angel looks like when your'e running on empty and think you might never make it, he even let me finish first ~~ what a guy.|
|time to shed some layers|
|Bad knees, lots of sweat and never felt so good in my life|