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I fucking love running

July 22, 2012

(This one’s from the 14th of July).

It’s 12:00am. Just took a shower from an 8-lap (16km) run around Bảy Mẫu lake, and I am seriously high on life right now. I fucking love running! I love the meditation effect, the solitary peace, the physical challenge, the blatantly amazing health benefits, and the feeling of accomplishment it brings. Not to mention, it makes me happy and has raised my confidence through the roof 😀

For reference – Yes, Running Can Make You High: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/27/health/nutrition/27best.html 

And thing is, normally I would not have written a note if it was just a run, which I already do on a regular basis. This time it is a night run. My first night run ever. And well, I’m loving this so much I feel compelled to write it down.

Think about what you get in the daylight. The sun and its hellishly sweltering tropical heat that spells nightmare for runners. Streams of people flowing both directions. Dogs, kids on roller blades and bicycles, and fucking Vengaboys blasting off gigantic speakers everywhere. The sight of middle-aged ladies aerobic dancing to Vengaboys is not exactly pleasing to the eyes either.

Running in the early morning. People… people everywhere.

The absence of humans makes the night. Well, not exactly absolute absence as the park is surrounded by several busy roads. Though I learned that after a while, your brain will turn those annoying honks and engine revs into mere background noises. The same way heavy rain only seems to make you sleep better after a while, a third way into the run the street noises are all but subconsciously obscured into rhythms of oblivion. Good guy brain! By then, the only sounds filling your ears are your ever-intensifying pants and your Adidas’s soles thumping the pavement. Surreal silence.

The park management people have all lights off by 10.30pm. You run by the massively tall but distant street lights beaming from Dai Co Viet and Le Duan. You treat your eyes to building lights reflecting off what is possibly the most beautiful lake in Hanoi. The occasional couples cuddling on a bench here and there for the entertainment 😛 In all a just pleasant amount of visual stimulation to get you through the repeating laps, and to shame the messy chaos of human activity that is the daylight.

The only downside to night runs might be the safety of it. But then… literally all I’m packing is the clothes on my body. A $5 Casio stopwatch maybe. Not too much to be worried about 😛

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One Comment leave one →
  1. feddybecks permalink
    November 21, 2012 17:07

    Hi Ha, it’s good to know you’re also a passionate runner. Registered for 10km Song Hong already and training hard everyday towards it ^^ I live and work in Ho Chi Minh city now.

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