Running buddy Claire and I kind of accidentally registered for this half marathon in Yinchuan. Turned out to be a great trip to a place that previously wasn't on our radar. There were some cool sites just outside of the city - like the Western Xia Mausoleums - where we ran into many other runners touring before the race. Yinchuan has a high muslim population with culture and cuisine that is very different to east coast China. 

And now for a montage of me in orange - yuck. It was a bit of a struggle getting our race packs as two of the five foreigners registered for the race but finally we got our bibs and trackers. We stayed in the Kempinski Hotel which was just across the street from the starting point which was super convenient. This was the first race that I tried muscle tape and I LOVE IT. My legs did not get tired until well beyond the halfway point.  

I'm very proud of myself for completing the half and am looking forward to the next race - hopefully in a location with better air quality AND proper training beforehand. My pace was a lot slower than I would have liked, but work got in the way and I hadn't really been training the two months leading up to the big day. Possibly Shanghai Marathon this November?