The Boston Globe’s TBP has photos of the devastation Typhoon Morakot wrecked in Southern Taiwan. The above photo isn’t from Taiwan, but from China.
Well, it’s finally here. It hasn’t stopped raining since yesterday, meaning that I haven’t been able to train either.
If you’ve never experienced a wet season before, it’s kind of hard to explain. I tend to like the rain, but it’s terrible to get around in. Scooters and bikes are really almost inoperable in this weather. This doesn’t stop anyone from doing so, but it is really bad. Our bedroom AC is no longer working, this means that I’m acting a bit nutty. I’ve had trouble sleeping the last two nights. It’s not anyone’s fault, but when I get bothered during a night’s sleep, it really messes me up.
This coupled with some jetlag from earlier in the week hasn’t helped my general disposition. As soon as the rain abates, people throw themselves outside. This makes supermarkets clogged. I waited 30 minutes in line to pay for some groceries today.
Tomorrow is a Typhoon Day, kind of like a snowstorm day back home. This means no classes. Apparently everyone is heading south for the 3-day weekend. We’re not. I think I’ll go out on a bike ride tomorrow. I can’t stand not going anymore and I’m getting really fidgety and annoyed.
Today was an OK day. Yesterday, there was some strange horizontal rain without any rainclouds, followed by a 2AM earthquake, 3 on the Richter scale. I was about 5 minutes late on my usual schedule, but wasn’t late for work. I’ve come to realize that I need to manage my time more effectively if I want to have time to do everything that I have to.
Today started out strangely. There was some sun and some rain. At the same time. It was explained to me at work later on. Typhoon weather. A typhoon is coming into Taiwan. Typhoon Kalmaegi is coming in.
In between the spurts of rain and the sun, I managed to teach my morning classes, pick up 15$ worth of fruits (6 apple pears, 4 dragon fruits, 10 nectarines, 5 grapefruits) and come back home safely. I hate driving the scooter in the rain.
This can only mean one thing…
I’ll be able to run tonight in the rain. I’ve been looking forward to trying this for weeks, but it never panned out. Tonight will be an easy 4 km or 5.2 km run. No more. I’m still recuperating from my 15km run of last night. Tonight, I’ll try improving my time and picking up the pace. I’ll run at a faster pace. This will also mean that it will be more of a workout.
Thinking back, the last part of the run was most definitely a more muscular and mental effort, than cardio-vascular. The thing was that I couldn’t really run faster, my knees, ankles and feet were hurting. I could have managed the effort though. I think I need to build up that ability by working on 5 km and 10 km runs, with a faster pace. I’ve read that some runners complete 5km in 21 minutes. 10 km in 45 minutes. Those are the type of times I want to be able to complete.
Well, I’ve hit 44000 words tonight. I’ve got 6000 left in two days. That should be a cinch.