This morning I was awoken by the sound of our hallway door slamming. Not once, not twice, three times… no, FOUR TIMES! We have water filter machines in our rooms and the “water guy” brings new containers about twice a week. I was just about to try fall back asleep shortly after that when the school bell started to play. Let me tell you something about the school bell. I have no idea how we have made it through almost 10 months of this “bell” sounding every morning, but we have somehow learned to sleep through it. Unfortunately, last week the school changed some of the sounds, and they also upped the volume. Honestly… it is the most ridiculous thing you will ever hear. It doesn’t just ring for a couple of seconds. No, that would be annoying but understandable. Instead, it plays about 40 minutes of insanely loud nursery rhymes. If you have been following our blog since we arrived in China, you will know that we used to be subjected to long bouts of Christmas carols blaring over the speakers. Now that the new year has come, we have to listen to a wide array of high pitched songs. These bells are used to wake the children, signal meal times, etc. I understand that they need school bells, but HONESTLY, do they need to play them for 40 minutes?! The speaker outside our apartment is most definitely the loudest in the entire school.
I am usually dead-man-walking when Justin wakes me in the morning. Usually I have slept through all the torture, I mean, school bells. This morning, the water guy and bells woke me and left me unable to return to Lala Land. I decided to use the opportunity to go for a run. Morning runs are always the best ones for me, but getting up early is definitely not my strong point. I want to run in the morning, but being an night owl means not being able to function particularly well in the morning. I decided to leave Justin to sleep and I threw on some running gear. As I left our place I noticed that the sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the birds were singing. Sounds like a fairytale… yes, it was perfect!!
I ran over to the river (aka “poop creek”) and starting jogging along one of my normal routes. I was due to run 7km and I could tell from the moment I started that this way going to be a very pleasant run! There were old men sitting by the riverside fishing (yes, fishing in poop creek). Some of them smiled and waved to me. A little while later I came across loads of ladies doing Tai-Chi, they too were pleased to see a foreigner out-and-about exercising. Sometimes I run through the residential areas near our school because there are many trees, and as you already know, I am more motivated to run when I see pretty things around me 🙂 These areas were bursting with color and *smiles* this morning!!!
I passed a group of elderly people who were peeling peanuts. I assume that they had a restaurant, because it was quite a huge heap that they were working through. I said NiHao (hello) to them, and they all started cheering for me. They were even more pleased to see me come around the block again on my second lap of the neighborhood.
If only I had the willpower to get up every morning and run. This really is the best time for me to do my runs, and I feel so much better throughout the day!! For all of you wanting to run, but not finding the time. Set your alarm a little earlier and get outside for a run/ walk. It will change how you feel for the rest of the day, and you will feel healthier and fitter before you know it!