I hope my readers had a blessedly sweet Easter and Passover!
This year at chez Tania there was not a Peep in the house; no Cadbury eggs arranged artfully in a candy dish; no tie-dyed eggs in the fridge and no chocolate bunny giving me the ‘eat me’ look. I actually had a chocolate-free Easter and as much as I liked the temptation free Easter holiday, I can’t recommend this as a yearly tradition. This chocolate-free Easter was for a good cause. I’m traveling to Berlin in September to run 26.2 miles around the city. Whoohoo!! To prepare for this monumental task, I’m attempting to clean up my diet as I head into marathon training.
In case you are wondering, the photo above shows you how to write my name in Hangeul. To cool down after a long run on this past Saturday, I took a quick tour of Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition ‘Treasures from Korea’. I enjoyed perusing the collection of cultural artifacts curated from Korea’s Joseon Dynasty, a Confucian dynasty who ruled over a united Korea from 1392 till 1910. It is a culture that many do not get to explore especially with recent geo-political history cluttering up matters.
The museum sits on my preferred running path along Kelly Drive and I use the museum parking garage when I’m out for my long runs. After a parking ticket and having my car broken into on Lemon Hill, paying for parking was the more economical and safer option. Yes, I joined the Philadelphia Art Museum for its parking garage with reduced parking fee for members. When I enter the museum to validate my parking stub, the security guard always asks the amount of miles I ran on the Drive that day. I get the feeling I’m not the only runner with this brilliant plan. It really is a win/win/win situation. I can run without worrying about parking time, my car is safe and I get to enjoy incredible art after the run. Pure genius!
Speaking of Korea and running. I came across details of a Pyongyang Marathon. As in Pyongyang, North Korea. In 2014, the North Korean government allowed Americans to participate in this event. Along with the marathon; a half-marathon and 10K events are also available. When I first read about this trip, I was not having any of it. After pondering the race, I thought it would be a great way to show the citizens of North Korea that Americans are not all like Dennis Rodman and are actually quite nice people. Running has a remarkable way of breaking down every type of ill-conceived stereotype known to man. Your race, creed, political affiliation, or sexual orientation does not exist during a running event. We all struggle and support each other during the run. In a peaceful world, there would be more running and less divisive rhetoric. Upon reflection, I wouldn’t mind participating in the half marathon next year if I had sponsorship. Ahem…Hello sponsors! 🙂
Okay, I’m done rambling for the moment. Let me know your thoughts on Art, North Korea Marathon or whatever is on your mind.
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