Oh man, we have reached the dog days of summer. How are you faring in this hot weather, Body N’ Sole friends? I certainly have my struggle face on these days; it’s just so humid here!
I’m dreaming of crisp Fall runs, but for now, we have to slog through the month of August. And while I haven’t found any sprinklers to run through in Seoul, here are two equally refreshing things: summer running haikus…and our first ever blog contest!
I ran just ten miles
over the course of one week.
Weekly mileage, ha!
Is your summer mileage suffering too? Last week, I barely broke double digits. If you are training for a fall race, I’m applauding you from the other side of the world, while sitting in front of a fan.
Morning river run.
“Look at the fog,” I exclaim,
“Oh. It’s pollution.”
I recently saw the BodyWorlds exhibit here in Seoul, which displays actual human bodies and organs. Surprisingly, even the lungs of a non-smoker had several black patches from the particulate accumulation over the years! After this discovery, I briefly considered running with a face mask. Let’s just say I’m very excited to get back to the fresh air in Savoy!
Hot, sticky running.
Sweat doesn’t evaporate.
This is not sexy.
I don’t really even need to add anything here…
I have a true love
slash hate relationship with
the homestay treadmill.
(I haven’t seen my host family use it once while I’ve been here,
except as a drying rack.)
I have to be honest: I’ve been doing most of my running on the treadmill inside my homestay apartment. It wheezes and squeaks like a rusty TinMan with emphysema. I max out between three and four miles and usually have to resort to mind games to get that far (“How many times can I count to the number 77 in a half-kilometer?”). As much as I hate it though, some days, it’s a welcome change from the congested streets outside.
Okay, now it’s your turn!
Here’s how the contest works:
- Leave a comment with your name and your original summer running haiku. (Not sure how to write a haiku? Here’s the format I’ll be looking for.)
- This contest is open until next Monday, July 30th, 2012 at midnight CST.
- You may submit more than one haiku, but make sure to leave your name!
- I (Mica) will judge the haikus and determine the winner based on adherence to the format and creativity. Hint: The less reverent, the better!
- On Wednesday, August 1st, I will announce the winner of the contest on the blog. S/he will receive a $25 gift certificate to Body N’ Sole! Yessssss….
- You must be able to pick up the prize at the store, so participation is limited to Chambana residents. To be fair, those affiliated with the store can’t win, but they can certainly share a poem.
So grab a cold drink, shake off your heat-induced stupor, and get those creative juices flowing! I’m really looking forward to reading the entries. Best of luck!