New Things

Here we are nearing–the end of a fifth school year in Korea. And we’ve signed on to return in August for a 6th. I suppose I thought we wouldn’t make it past 4. Itchy feet, the nature of the business, and all. It’s strange to be in this place for so long. Because we did so much exploring in the first couple of years, this past year has shrunk in scope in that things are not new, our patterns do not change, and our friend clique grows tighter and more exclusive–and I don’t love these evolutions. So in the next year and a couple of months, I will be trying new things. Stepping out of the normal. One of those things is a renewed commitment to write–to document. With that will be a site redesign. Wow, just saying it feels refreshing. So the redesign is project number one–there shall be changes!

Many new things will also be happening in my running life. For the first time ever, I have signed up for trail race in Korea. The sport grows and trail racing is catching on here. Next weekend, April 24th, I’ll run the 13k version of the Korea 50k–Korea’s premiere international trail race. This is the second annual running and the 50k is a point qualifier for races like the UTMB. So I expect something a bit different than the complete Korean experience, but I am excited to see how the culture takes an event that is growing in popularity worldwide and makes this its own. Much like the recent craft beer explosion (and more ruminationings to come on that!), I’m interested to see the Korean embrace of this sport. Will it look like the climbing scene and culture? Or will it more closely resemble a Western version of attitudes and procedures? We shall see.

I have also signed up for my first half marathon since we lived in Turkey and ran around the Golden Horn in Istanbul. I’ve signed up for the Nike Women’s 1/2 on May 22nd. And I continue to say “signed up” because I did and sent them money but I still can’t get a confirmation out of them. But this is how we roll in other lands and I’m pretty easy-going. Both of these races are to help me get back into racing and goal-setting. I was side-lined for the entire past year dealing with tendonitis in my hip in two different places and dealing with a lot of physical imbalances. I’m healthy now, but not 100% so am taking the slow road to building a solid foundation before I sup up this racing machine and take it to the Indy 500. I don’t know what my Indy is yet, but I know I’m not done yet. I have not yet seen my potential and I want to know what it is. So, stay tuned.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Carrie
    Apr 13, 2016 @ 02:24:04

    Go get ’em, Miss Erin!

    Reply

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