We have been running in Dongying for quite a few months, so we know most of the surrounding areas pretty well. In fact, while marathon training, I would run over 15 kilometers away from our school so that I could cover my long runs every Sunday afternoon. Back then it was cold, and there was not much construction happening. Since the weather has become warmer, it is easier for us to run, and new roads seem to open up every week.
A couple of days ago we noticed that the path next to the river did not end where it usually does, so we crossed the road and followed the new paved path.
Before long we were on a dirt road, and in-between farms. It was a little harder to run here, but it was good trail practice.
I doubt that I would come running here alone, but Justin and I enjoyed going together.
Ladies farming in the fields.
Even though it was overcast, we were heating up!!!
So, for the first time since coming to China, I decided to take off my track top.
I normally get stared at no matter what I’m wearing, but I feel too shy to run in a sports vest.
Out here, we were alone, so I enjoyed the freedom.
We found a toilet. No, we didn’t go in.
This must be where the farming equipment is kept.
Along the way there was a random building, literally in the middle of nowhere. The man standing up had a microphone and it sounded like he was doing some sort of bidding. In the cages next to him were pigeons and other small animals. The men sitting in front of him were drinking and eating.
haha, a common “summer-sight” in China. The man to the right of the above picture is hot, so he has lifted his shirt to expose his belly. This seems to be a cooling technique used by overweight men here. I have yet to see a skinny guy do it.
It was an interesting run, but as I said, I wouldn’t go there without Justin. We had to chase off a couple of mangey dogs. I was also happy to get back to the shade of the above trees. I run under these tree almost everyday.