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I was too tired to post after this evening’s run, but even after taking a shower and eating porridge for dinner, the washing machine STILL hasn’t finished its cycle and as I need to make sure my running gear is all clean and dry by Saturday (yes, hash run three times in a week, what of it?) I will have to wait it out to the bitter end.

Catherine asked me today at lunch, “Don’t you ever feel like you’re too tired and can’t be bothered to go to these runs?”. The thought had never crossed my mind. The expense of traveling to and from the meets, as well as that of the runs and post-run socialising, is annoying, but still doesn’t stop me from going. It’s something I simply have to work into my budget, because it’s currently the most important thing in my life.

The Red Dress Race next week falls the night before my midterms. In order to allow for this, I will spend the long holiday weekend studying (oh, and hash runs on both Saturday and Sunday) instead of on a beach in Yilan. The hash runs are non-negotiable. Whether I am tired or poor or busy — the rest of my schedule has to fit itself around them. For now, anyway… (I am as changeable as Melbourne weather and am aware this infatuation could end, although I can’t see how!).

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Yoga! Today I went to the first yoga class of the term. It was a bit different from ashtanga, and 95% in chinese, but I can understand the teacher just fine (what a contrast compared to my first yoga class ever, also in Taiwan). I was shaking like a leaf by the end… I’m looking forward to regular practice again.

At the end of the class I made friends with a lovely Russian girl, Elena, who then carried me off to an impromptu party where I spent the rest of the evening. I met lots of new people and it’s quite a special feeling to realise I am a student again. Woohoo! we have such an easy life (apart from all the homework. I don’t know HOW I am going to get it all done by Monday).

Tomorrow I am supposed to be doing a scavenger hunt in the afternoon, and then meeting Adrian for green beers in the evening. Sunday is an all-day event with the running team, where we will be heading out of town for a run and no doubt innumerable beers. I am so happy that yoga and running are helping me meet people, get out the house and of course feel fit and healthy. It’s almost like some cheesy magazine article…

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Today was great, because I not only acquired a counselor to help me deal with all the shit that has been getting me down, but I also joined a running team and discovered how much fun it is to get silly and indulge in beer and taiwanese food after a run.

The counselor wouldn’t have happened without the amazing Lesley, who found help for me, pushed me to make the call, and then drove me there and waited nearly 2 hours for me before driving us back (a 40-minute scooter journey each way). It has been a tremendous help — I always respond very well to therapy and counseling so I am feeling much better already. 

And then the delightful Rebecca introduced me to her lovely running team this evening! It was a little daunting as most of the people sprinted off within seconds, but Rebecca kindly stayed by my side as I huffed and puffed (and walked) up the mountain and back down again. Runkeeper logged the run as 7.5km, in an hour and 5min — those were some steeeeep hills! I have no pictures as it was dark and I was utterly engrossed in surviving the run.

After running there was rehydration — which for me means a mandatory coconut water, complete with rude company name:

 

Then came delicious food, and plenty of it, and lots of silly banter in Chinese, and many Taiwanese beers.

And then came my unexpected initiation! I had to climb on a chair and drink a bowl full of beer, along with the other 2 first-timers. (Spoiler: I couldn’t drink it all. I have a lot of homework to do for tomorrow and need to get up at 6am).

I feel great now, after such a lovely run (I had a couple of stitches but survived, and I also iced my knees as soon as we finished so I think they will be ok). I’ve had a few days of being really down but now I am excited and happy again. I’ve even signed up for the Red Dress Race on October 12th… we’ll see what happens!