DYACO Taichung Marathon 2016

November 6, 2016

I was so happy with the outcome of my first race in Kaohsiung that I knew I wanted to sign-up for another one. This time I found a race right in Taichung. I signed up for the 9K and asked Conor if he would want to join me as well. He signed up for the Half Marathon and we made a plan for the weekend.

But before the race could even get here I had one mishap happen after another. First, I went to Japan, which isn’t really a mishap, but rather a whole week of me not running. When I got back from Japan I got back into my routine, but with some reluctance from my body. Then two weeks before my race I started having problems with my breathing. I started taking cold medicine, but it didn’t seem to help at all. Then I ran into some more trouble. I was out running early one Saturday morning. My goal was to run 4.5 miles, but around 2 miles my knee started hurting. I tried to walk it off, but when I attempted to run again it continued to bother me. I had to walk 2 miles back to my apartment. It was like the runners version of the walk of shame. I went to see Arasan and a doctor. Both of them said I would be okay, but I needed to rest. I also got medicine for my acute bronchitis. Two weeks before my race and I was put on strict orders to rest. I may have cried a few times…I was so bummed out. I had been working and preparing so much for this race, and I didn’t even know if I was going to be able to run it.

I started doing light weights, a lot of stretching, and yoga. That helped sooo much! The week before my race I attempted one mile and then two miles on the treadmill. My knee was holding up, so I figured I would try to run on race day.

Conor came back to Fengyuan the night before the race. We had a nice time catching up and chatting about everything. We attempted to get some sleep before our early morning wake-up call. I was waking up almost every hour, so when 4am rolled around I was up and ready to go. We ate a little and then headed into Taichung.

img_2540

The warm-up was like doing Zumba, but in the dark.

By the time we got to the Taichung City Government building it was still dark. The warm-up for the race took place in the dark, but the sun came up soon after. Conor started first, so I said good luck and waited for my turn. There were soooo many people there. I later found out that there were about 4,000 people signed up for just the 9K. That seems absolutely nuts to me.

6:35am finally rolled around and I was off. Overall, the race was fun and I felt really good. I was able to run almost the entire time. There was a bridge that I walked up and also near the end I was walking and running quite frequently due to the traffic lights changing. I was also impressed with my pace, despite the fact that I hadn’t been able to run much at all in the last two weeks. I wasn’t a huge fan of how many people were there. I was constantly surrounded by people.

I ended my 9K in an hour and ten minutes. I was in the first 25% of my division to finish. So around 500 out of 2,000. Not bad for my terrible training beforehand. Even a Taiwanese woman, who wanted to take a picture with me, told me good job. Haha!

Once I was finished I stretched and waited for Conor. He showed up after he finished and after a bit we left and went to The Uptowner for a celebratory meal. I got so much food, so I was so full. My stomach was very content.

img_2559

We went out to Tunghi University and walked around. We went and looked at the Luce Chapel and the dairy cows on the campus. I had been there previously, so it was to show Conor around. We walked back to my scooter and then made the drive back to the apartment.

img_2561

After showers, we started watching ‘The Crown’, but didn’t last very long before we both passed out and took some well deserved naps.

Later we said our goodbyes. I had dinner plans with Alex, Amanda, and her co-worker David and his girlfriend Amber. Conor was going to meet up with his old language exchange partner.

It was so good seeing Conor! And I couldn’t be more proud of my body for hanging tough through all of the ups and downs of the last month.

Until the next race!