"Come on Eileen"...
Just kidding. But I am now officially a midnight runner by Bangkok standards. I helped raise money for 3 different charities by running in the 14th Annual Amari Watergate Charity Midnight Run to benefit children who have lost their parents to HIV. It was a little tough to see on the streets, but I did all right for myself I must say.
I was not expecting as many people as were there, but it was so much fun! I mean, how could you NOT want to run at midnight when you have those two on either side of you keeping you company?
|I am guessing a nurse and doctor duo.|
I had friends, my photographer husband and over 4,500 runners on hand to take to the streets with me. Because this is Thailand, I have no idea what people are chanting on the streets, so I crank up my iPod and just look down to make sure I don’t trip over a pothole on these unforsakingly terrible Bkk streets.
Fortunately, I was able to meet up with Vee Vee prior to the race. It was complete chaos, as I am learning races here are, and I had a hard time finding Josh when I left him to go get my big slashed with the marker. I still have no idea why they do that, but anyway… I am so glad Vee Vee told me about this race!
So I was in for it because my watch stopped when I was running, and there were no markers along the route to tell us how far we had run or how much longer to go. I suppose it is better that way. Then I am not always wondering just how out of shape I really am since moving here.
I was making my way toward the finish, and when I came around the corner to head in to the finish area, some woman handed me a slip, “You #5!. You finish #5!” I had no idea what she was talking about until I got to the tables where they record your time, etc.
|That's me in the yellow collecting my brief 15 minutes of fame|
|Whoo-Hoo! Yes, he ran in that. And yes, he let me hold on to his Thai flag!|
|That's Vee Vee on the right, then me and her father and his friend. Job well-done!|
|Us 3 Global Citzens for Berkeley International School!|
They had a great band on stage and we had no choice but to take our seats in the front. I had to dance a bit and Josh got sung to and had to also sing. It was a great way to end a night at 2 a.m. I think these midnight races could become addictive! The streets are incredibly packed, and so that makes it safer and people just seem happier when they are out on the town.
|A happy couple after the award ceremony. Let's go dance and party inside Henry J. Bean's now!!|
Turns out she didn’t do too bad, considering it was another 85 degree day in Chi-town for the marathon again this year. Lord knows I died last year in that crazy heat. Does this mean that now I only have 3 marathons left to run? I said I was DONE after 10 full marathons. Nah, I have to be honest with myself and run this Bangkok Marathon in November, then another 3 after that.
I guess in another sense I am racing through the week. We leave on vacation to Krabi (near Phuket) for a week on Saturday. Looking forward to some time off at the Phra Nang Inn for 5 nights.