So I’ve been running the new four mile loop and it’s just not giving me enough pain. 🙂 Tomorrow I’m going to start an extended loop incorporating some of the first loop I did. The total distance will be right around six miles now. I’m aiming for doing it at least twice a week, that will still put me at about twelve miles a week. If I feel ambitious I can put in an extra day and bump up the distance to eighteen miles per week.
Now I have to start focusing on food and try to eliminate a lot of breads and replace them with fruits and vegetables. That’s going to be hard for me, but I’m also going to try and incorporate some yoga on off days to help stretch me out and loosen all the knots. I think the sauna idea is sounding better and better these days. We’ll see how far I get on all these goals. The good thing is that I’m feeling better and better and starting to really look forward to the next day of running.
Here’s a picture of the new six mile route:
I wanted to quickly post another quick image of our apartment. I posted this one because you can see Mt. Halla in the background. Most places you go on the island you can see the mountain peak. Since it’s been raining here a little, it really snows on the mountain. The days have been crisp and cold, the leaves are all changing and falling and Mt. Halla has been clean and clear and white capped.
So we’ve upped the ante a little, a very little. 😉 We’re now jogging about 4 miles and have added 1 hill with significant elevation. It’s all becoming easier and I’m actually starting to enjoy running again. We’re trying to aim for at least 3 times a week. We’ve already run Tuesday and Wednesday this week and we’re going to take a rest tomorrow. On Friday early we’re going to climb Halla-san with some fellow teachers. I’m going to lug my camera along and hopefully get some pics. The peak is visibly snow covered from our apartment view so I’m expecting cold wind and maybe some ice. I’m actually looking forward to a little punishment… hee hee. My triathlon friend Travis and I were discussing the satisfaction in pain the other day. I’m sure he understands it on a whole different level, but I can project myself there. When I was mountain biking pretty hardcore I really savored the suffering. It feels good to be getting back into a rhythm and feeling some pain again! You certainly know you’re alive and in the moment!
So I went out on my bicycle this weekend and snapped some more pics of tangerine farms nearby. Some of the pics are along our jogging path along the way to the Five Day Market. It’s a giant market that happens every five days here in Seogwipo. They have everything from clothes to gardening supplies to any kind of food you can think of getting. I only have one shot here because I got distracted with shopping and ended up buying a traditional Korean winter clothing set. I’m still trying to figure out what the name for it is in Korean. Anyway, it’s super nice and warm and I’m actually not dreading the winter coming now. I’ll have to take some pics of me in my new duds and post them soon.
Yesterday it rained for a long time. We still went jogging anyway. It was refreshing feeling the rain and all the colors were so saturated. I decided to go out and snap a few pics afterwards. I realized I never posted a pic of our apartment/house, that’s the first picture above. We live downstairs in a basement unit. It has plenty of space but we had to get a dehumidifier to control the dampness. As you can see, we live in the country! It’s hard to believe a 5 minute walk brings you into a major city. So I guess we really live just on the outskirts of the city. But you can see how rapidly it changes from city to country here. Farming is the main industry on the island (at least that’s what I think… ;-)). The tangerines are starting to get ripe and the landscape is turning orange. I saw some farmers already doing a first harvest. The roads are incredibly narrow here and it’s fun to take adventures down small winding roads lined with rocks walls and see where you end up. You just might find our place someday.
The second picture is of a neighbor’s orchard. Their house was just to the right of this picture, so this is their backyard really. Many of the houses here have these big gates and the entire property is usually lined with tall, unreinforced, rock walls built with volcanic stones. There are so many of these walls everywhere that it actually starts to look like a maze sometimes.
After I snapped these photos we went over to the only rock climbing/mountaineering store I know of here and Nancy picked up a new set of boots. Then we went downtown and ended up shopping for clothes all day. I bought a new blue sweater, a green shirt and a brown puffy vest that will fit over my coat on a really cold day. All in all, it was a fun day out!