Yesterday I was really feeling the need to exercise. I have been eating all of this wonderful chinese food, which I will probably be getting tired of sometime soon, but for the time being I am loving it. I decided to go for a run through campus. I thought running down the crowded streets outside the hotel was out of the question, and thought that running at the school would allow me to get a chance to see more of the campus. Cassie also was feeling the urge to get out and run so she accompanied me. This is not your usual pair for jogging. I stand at 6' 8" and Cassie said she was about 6' 1". In China, WE ARE GIANTS! As a pair, we walked down the street towards the business school and grabbed the attention of many. It is an odd feeling to be so much taller than those around you. It was fun and exciting at first, but it has become somewhat of a bother having people stare at you and take your picture or know that they are talking about you. With this being the case, jogging in public probably wasn't the best idea!
The campus was very busy place for a Saturday. We later found out that the power was off in the dorms and this must have caused many of the students to be outside and active. We walked down the main street looking for a place that was a little quieter to begin our jog. We came to the conclusion that there was no such place. We jogged for about 30 minutes weaving down streets, dodging bikes, walkers, cars, construction as best we could. We were the sight to see for others. Two large americans running down the street, probably shaking the earth with each step. No matter where we ran, crowded or bare, people stopped and watched. We had bikers peddle to catch up, and then maintain their speed to look directly at us. The basketball court filled with students stopped as we ran past them. It was an unusual experience. Maybe with more time on campus, people will become familiar with seeing us and we won't be such a novelty to them anymore.