I might be behind on posting this, but as the calendar flips to 2016, I reflect on the highlights of the last year. The Great Wall Marathon was at the top of my list. I didn't run the full marathon, or even the half marathon, but the "fun run" provided me with just enough challenge.
The "fun run" was an 8.5 km race. The first 5 km was a run up the side of a hill (but let's pretend it was a mountain) to the entrance of the Great Wall where racers climbed up and down a series of 5,100+ uneven steps. It was amazing!
I trained on a treadmill on our patio, facing a wall, and trying not to aggravate my plantar fascitis. Race day was the longest that I have ever run. Really. Ever in my life.
|The three of us lived in the same apartment compound in Suzhou.|
My Italian friend on the right ran the 1/2 marathon, again.
|At the Suzhou train station and headed to Beijing!|
|This gentleman started chatting with us on the Beijing subway.|
He had visited one of the US facilities for the company my husband
works for, and his mother was born in Suzhou.
|Nike, inspiring us to run our best.|
|The closest I will ever get to running 34 km.|
Sporting some national pride before the race.
|All smiles before the race.|
|Some people ahead of me.|
|And, some people behind me.|
And, here we go...the 5,100+ steps.
What goes down, must come up and up and up.
|They call this part the "Goat Pass" for a|
very good reason!
|I can see the finish line, but can I get there?|
The race was a great moment in 2015 and I'm looking forward to what 2016 will bring.