This Happened

Yesterday, our city hosted a marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k.  Many people from school participated and it seemed like a good-sized event that maybe grows each year.  I ran the 10k after careful consideration of the boring-factor.  We run in this tiny city everyday.  It’s flat.  It’s all on road.  I chose the shorter distance and still used my ipod to combate the boredom–something I’ve never done for a race this short.  Race organization was fine–not much to complain about there.  The course was straightforward and well-marked and each race wave began 5 minutes later than the one preceding it.  This meant that there was always someone to catch up ahead until the 8km mark where the 10k race veered off to head to the finish.  There were 3 water stations, so that seemed plenty.  The only bad thing about the race was that the 10k was long.   Multiple people recorded it to be 10.7km.  Because I am so very familiar with the city and distances, I knew something was screwy when we still weren’t turning towards the finish when I thought we should be.  But, I took their markings on faith that maybe I was somehow wrong, and let me tell you people:  that last kilometer was the most painful of my life.  Because it was more like 1.7 and I gave my all at the 1.  My time was 50:30.  Having not broken 50 in a 10k in my previous adult life, this was frustrating, but at the same time, I’m pretty easy-going and really happy to know that at the real 10k, I was under 50.  I also came in 7th woman.  1st-5th place got money.  I got:

7th place

6 kilos of rice.  Yep, 6 KILOS of rice.  And a fancy certificate.  I may have been 7th, but on this day, I was a winner!


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Catherine Scantlin
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 13:31:34

    Yay! Now you can go carb load for your next race 🙂


  2. Carrie
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 14:58:28

    You’re awesome, Erin!


  3. Ally Ty
    Nov 03, 2013 @ 03:57:27

    I find your blog so interesting and fascinating! =D I love that you have such enthusiasm for the experience you’re currently living right now. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions if possible about songdo since you are such a native now ;D I plan on visiting songdo during the last week of November on a college club trip for about a week. I am going for a National Model United Nations Conference for Riverside City College and I wanted a good idea of what would be worth to see while me and my club was there and where was good cheap food to go try. I hope I’ll get a chance to hear more about living in songdo before I leave for there! =D


  4. Rebekah (Bekki) Gerard
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 13:12:51

    Hi Erin, I stumbled upon your blog while trying to find out some more information about the Chadwick International School. As I poked through some of your posts I discovered that you once taught at Colegio Americano – where I am currently in my 4th year of teaching English. This seemed to be too great a coincidence to not reach out and ask if you might be wiling to share some insight into your experiences with me. If you are, I would love to hear from you. My e-mail is Cheers and happy teaching. – Bekki


    • erinhenkels
      Nov 19, 2013 @ 02:06:56

      Hi Bekki–I do have fond memories of teaching at Colegio 🙂 If you have questions about Chadwick or Korea, I’d be happy to answer them. You can reach me at erinhenkels at


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