04 December 2012
let's call it an experiment: running a race throughout an ancient temple complex
I completed a 10 kilometer race inside Angkor Wat with the sweetest running companion: a zippered owl pouch named Ollie.
And I even got a faux-gold finisher's medal!
Before arriving in Cambodia, I didn't even know that Angkor Wat hosted a half marathon each year. Last year, Chris and I chose not to participate alongside many of our fellow PCVs but we both knew it was a priority for this year. I trained decently well for three months, but the month before the race, I slacked off completely and it showed.
While I didn't do as well as I'd hoped, I did finish, and I can definitely say that learning how run in the heat and humidity of Cambodia is quite an arduous experiment. I am so glad I did it, and I am already looking for my next 10k run while living here- which will likely be in March in the coastal town of Sihanouville. Here we go again!
Chris and I arrived in Siem Reap on Friday afternoon, and walked the mile or so to the expo to pick up our running items the next afternoon, on Saturday.
It wasn't crowded at all, and we moved seamlessly through the stops, picking up our bibs, our timing chip, and our tee shirts. I was getting pretty excited and a bit nervous as it all became very real.
Chris' half marathon start time was 6:30 AM and my 10k was 6:40 AM but our information packet instructed us to arrive even earlier, around 5:30 AM.
Which is how we ended up at Angkor Wat at sunrise, with thousands of other runners and some tourists too.
What did you "experiment" doing this year?