Posted by: evedlewis | August 15, 2013

Back In Korea — Back to #Fitness – Running and Races

I’m glad to be back in Korea, where I workout pretty much everyday.  Of course I worked out in the states, but my exercise routine here is a bit more hardcore and regular.  On most days, I jog or walk a few miles on the Jeonju River.  Occasionally, I hike the nearby mountains and play tennis.  This year, I have been also committed to doing Yoga in the mornings before work.  One of my goals this year was to incorporate more Yoga into my exercise routine.  So far, I have been consistently doing yoga 2-3 times per week for the past few months.

In February, I did a “Cardio Fitness Challenge” virtually led by a trainer from Atlanta, named Ray Grayson.  Ray would send out daily “exercise assignments”, and everyone on the e-mail list would have to complete the fitness challenge by the end of the day.  He e-mailed some great youtube videos, which I saved.  My friend Jasmine and I have been dedicating one hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to doing these fitness challenges together through the Spring.  We have been meeting at her place, and I’m so glad to have a partner for these work-outs.  Forcing myself to do lunges, burpees, squats, etc. is quite a challenge.  These exercises are much easier to get through with a partner.  My entire body has been burning, and I love that feeling.  Yes — I’m one of those types.  I love the pain.

I have also been training for a 3 mile race that I signed up for in Gunsan next weekend on April 24th.  I have been consistently improving my speed and distance, so I’m excited to participate.  This will be my first race in Korea, and I plan to sign up for another one at the end of May.

If you are interested in trying the virtual work-outs, go to youtube and search “shutupandtrain”.

If you enjoy working out and keeping fit, you will be glad to know that there are plenty of gyms, yoga studios and outdoor areas for running, walking or biking in Korea.  There are even areas where you will find outdoor fitness equipment.  You should join a Facebook group in your city – or simply do a google search to find running groups, race information in English and/or to find out where the best gyms and Yoga studios are located.

UPDATE: I enjoyed the Gunsan race tremendously, and I have participated in several races in Korea since then (over the past two years). Make sure you connect with others to find out when races take place in Korea.  There are races that occur very frequently at the Yongsan Military base in Seoul.  You can participate if you can connect with a military friend who will sign you onto base and also sign you off when the race is finished.  You can also sign-up for local races online, but you will likely need a Korean-speaking friend to help you, as most of the race sites are in Korean – not in English.

It’s 2013, and I live in Gangnam, Seoul now. I did one race this year, and I have just signed up for two other races. The first race in September is a 10K and the second race in October is a 5K. Check the following websites for more information on these races (info is in Korean).

10K – September 2013 – http://www.seoul10k.com/

5K – October 2013 – http://pinkcampaign.com/marathon/marathon_info.jsp

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