Easter and Running Notes

 

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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  • Tania

    I did ask, didn’t I. LOL!

  • Trevor Hilton

    What’s on my mind? Well, I’m a man. So what’s on my mind is sex, food, sex, power tools, sex, hot rods, sex, 4×4 trucks, sex, motorcycles, sex, guns, and sex. 🙂

  • Lonnie Montgomery

    Tania,

    North Korea seriously? Dang I got to love your sense of adventure but do take your own entourage just to be sure. Well you mentioned sponsors? Let me know.

    • Tania

      The run itself is not any more dangerous that a half marathon elsewhere in the world. Also, I think it is important to introduce ourselves to the locals. Running is common to all humans wherever they may live and it can be used as a building block for better understanding of our respective cultures. Also, Korea looks so darn photogenic 🙂

      • Lonnie Montgomery

        South Korea will take your breath away, the people warm and friendly. However, unless the North has changed rules you will be very limited in what you will be allowed to take pictures of. I do feel this will be one of those most memorable experiences of your life and worth taking.