“Lisa, running is not fun”

I just signed up to run the 2010 Daegu 10k run.  Really, the main event is a full marathon – but not long after I completed my second full marathon, I vowed to “never run a marathon again.”   And…here I am, continuing to honor that vow.

Nonetheless, a 10k (6.2 miles) is still a significant distance.  I have not run outside in…geez…well, a long time.  However, I do workout regularly which includes running on the treadmill at the gym. 

I felt I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to run a “fun run” in another country.  How cool right? I asked my Korean teachers, “how do you say ‘fun run’ in Korean?”  [Insert ?? floating above their heads.]  I tried to explain the concept of a “fun run” to them, but was received with extreme confusion.  Unless someone else can tell me otherwise, my Korean teacher told me there is no Korean way to say “fun run” because that concept doesn’t exit here because: [insert blog title dialog here].

I don’t plan to do much real “training.”  But I did test my legs out last night on the treadmill by running a full 10k.  Seriously, it was painful (not so much physically, but mentally).  It took me just a touch over 58 minutes.  Running that distance on a treadmill just sucks. I wanted to quit after 5k, 6k, 7k…you get the point.  But I finished…and can feel confident enough that actually running outside will go much easier. 🙂

One last thing, Koreans don’t run.  Yes, that’s a BAD generalization.  But seriously, I don’t ever see anyone running outside, OR in the gym.  “Running machines” (as they ironically call them) are for walking.  It’s extremely rare to see a Korean running at my gym…and if there is…it’s usually me! 🙂 

Hmm…where’s this guy been hiding?

2 Responses to ““Lisa, running is not fun””


  1. 1 Tera March 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    There is a reason Koreans don’t know the phrase “fun run”…because they are SMART! If you ask them what the word for torturous, painful, and long, they’d say “10K!!”


  1. 1 Running (in Korea) is NOT fun « Much Ado About Lisa Trackback on April 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm

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