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My Awkward Marathon

Popularity 11Viewed 4730 times 2014-3-26 18:46 |Personal category:Lifestyle|System category:Life| Gay, Funny

I met him in October, he asked after my hobbies and I listed jogging. A few weeks ago he contacted me and asked me to do a long distant run with him.

 

6000 meters, he said. The venue: Jinan Normal University, they have a nice concrete track there. I agreed, I mean, almost every evening I do 6000 meters, the only new thing about this was that I would run in the day.

 

Took an expensive taxi ride – later learned that I could get a bus and just pay 1RMB. Did all a marathoner needs to do: a litre of water and ample clothing.

 

The awkward started to unroll.

 

My friend told me how we would spend the day. We would spend ten minutes in a park, to relax, then do the marathon; then shower together; then do some spring photography and then catch dinner together.

 

I agreed to the plan, but felt like I was being courted – and sitting next to him in the park chair and him talking right into my face was unsettling.

 

After ‘relaxing,’ we hit the track, as I changed into athletics wear; my friend looked at me and remarked that I was handsome. Still don’t know what made him conclude so: my calves, thighs or belly? Because that was all that was newly exposed - queer.

 

Before we could start the run, a group of about 50 girls from a PE class stormed the track; we thus had to squeeze ourselves into the two outer layers of the pitch.

 

My friend had a timer running on his phone, updating me of progress after every minute. I usually do not open my mouth when doing a run, so just grunted in acknowledgment.

 

My friend, in between hard breaths, reminded me of the FIFA World Cup that took place in South Africa and he played Shakira’ s song Waka Waka that was famous around the World Cup.

 

Now, I have never listened to the song in full, I only hear it and cannot tell the lyrics apart from where it says; ‘It's time for Africa,’ and am not sure if that lyric punch line was the highlight.

 

Whenever we passed the group of girls, my friend took off like a rocket, leaving me about ten meters back and then failing to catch up later after we got out of the girls’ sight.

 

I quickly realized that I was in a contest and not a cordial jog, so I boosted my speed.

 

By 3000 meters he called a time out, I told him he could watch me and join in when he had rested, he watched me fly by twice before he rejoined and then asked me to tone down, remarking that I was an African and therefore stronger. I objected, I told him I run every day and was not born strong.

 

After 35 minutes, half the time he had calculated we finished the run.

 

Now, I come from a lake-shore area, and we can swim naked but it’s been years since I did skinny dipping, and suddenly I was in a public bath and this was upon protesting.


 

We just had one towel, one pair of slippers…I refused to share those and went in raw. Going on to turn down an offer of a free back scrub and being the only darker shade in the bathroom, I could notice the gazes I attracted, but like I said, I noticed, that means I also gazed.

 

The photography part was as challenging as running in the hot sun, having to pose behind some pink flowers took a lot from my pride pocket, but again, I never said no and endured an hour long lecture on the flora of the university, which, I have to say is very remarkable.

 

The selfie was the hard one, his face so close to mine and more than five photos in the same position, I felt like I was a girl being hunted.

 

Dinner was served early – typical Chinese food, loved it, but secretly stuck to the corn and green vegetables – and then he said it:

 

‘Do you have some words to say to me, before you go?’

 

I just looked at him and stopped chewing.

 

‘Did you have a good time? Will we do this again?’

 

Such a relief!

 

We had talked so much all day and I was all this time afraid of an encounter – a gay hit – instead, my friend said: ‘My girlfriend also loves those vege…’

 

I cut him off, I queried him: ‘you have a girlfriend?’

 

He said yes. I was so relieved, walked close to him this time and actually took one picture with my arm around his shoulder.

 

When I got on the bus, having paid just 1RMB, I looked back at my day and laughed at myself, I was so cagey, so afraid of my friend having homosexual intent, when he is but a lovely guy.

 

I took out my phone and typed: ‘really had a nice day, I loved it sooo much, we should do this sooner and next time I will pay for dinner.’



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Reply Report MissBarbara 2014-3-26 19:41
Kikikii, so funny. Yeah, here in China it is not at all gay for guys to be affectionate with guys, and the same goes for girls.I love it.
Reply Report Super_Dog_Wang 2014-3-27 00:26
a lot of Indian guys hold hands in public, a lot of foreigners find it funny and often gay. I reply, "It seems at least socially India is much forward than a lot of western countries too".
Reply Report DickMarly 2014-3-27 02:06
Very nice story and well-told
Reply Report laoren1234 2014-3-27 03:33
Love your story!
Reply Report mutafire 2014-3-27 09:14
Super_Dog_Wang: a lot of Indian guys hold hands in public, a lot of foreigners find it funny and often gay. I reply, "It seems at least socially India is much fo ...
Hahaha no! we know in India there is a law against gay love...
Reply Report mutafire 2014-3-27 09:15
MissBarbara: Kikikii, so funny. Yeah, here in China it is not at all gay for guys to be affectionate with guys, and the same goes for girls.I love it.
Indeed, I am learning!
Reply Report voice_cd 2014-3-27 10:03
Thanks for sharing your story here, we have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report Super_Dog_Wang 2014-3-27 16:38
mutafire: Hahaha no! we know in India there is a law against gay love...
That law was made by Englishmen.It will soon be repealed. :-)
Reply Report seanboyce88 2014-3-28 00:08
Made by Englishman a long long time ago, we repealed our own (British I might add) laws a long time ago. Don't go blaming us for everything. Yes we are not the nicest country, particularly in the 19th century, We were the worlds greatest thieves. It's ironic that indians have to pay money to see their own crown jewels in britain, I know it's disgusting. but your own social situation in all reality has not a lot to do with Britain now, you have had a long time to repeal such laws. We done it very quickly, why did it take you so long? Was that our fault?

P.S. fantastic story, glad you learned from it. Very nice to see
Reply Report KIyer 2014-3-28 07:08
well written!
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-3-31 18:31
On the skinny dipping, I can't help thinking that putting on the slippers would not have helped that much!  Funny story!
Reply Report queensparta 2014-4-2 19:18
MissBarbara: Kikikii, so funny. Yeah, here in China it is not at all gay for guys to be affectionate with guys, and the same goes for girls.I love it.
I noticed it too.. friends get really close both guys and girls.. so at first I was also thrown off a bit.. I mean back home, if a guy gets that close to another guy,you can be sure  someone's going home with a black eye but here, there's all this touching, hand holding and ofcourse serious PDA if it's an actual couple...talk about culture differences..But,like u, am not complaining!
Reply Report queensparta 2014-4-2 19:20
Great story dude! u're a really creative writer so much so that I was expecting a very different ending to this story...
Reply Report mutafire 2014-4-2 20:18
queensparta: I noticed it too.. friends get really close both guys and girls.. so at first I was also thrown off a bit.. I mean back home, if a guy gets that close ...
Indeed, I am quickly learning to adjust...quickly, maybe its better to get back to the original state where people could walk half naked, wrestle and be one without thinking of the G word...
Reply Report mutafire 2014-4-2 20:18
queensparta: Great story dude! u're a really creative writer so much so that I was expecting a very different ending to this story...
Xie Xie Ni, Queen Sparta
Reply Report mutafire 2014-4-2 20:20
KIyer: well written!
Thanks Kiyer, was tapping the words right from my heart...and it should be said, this guy is now a very good friend and we are redoing the marathon this Thursday
Reply Report mutafire 2014-4-2 20:23
seanboyce88: Made by Englishman a long long time ago, we repealed our own (British I might add) laws a long time ago. Don't go blaming us for everything. Yes we ar ...
Indeed, its true that noone can blame the Brits, but remember in the country you went to, you planted these values with force and over a long period... even telling the people to conduct coitus in a particular way only (Missionary Position)...it will take more to undo...especially because there is no force or coercion this time.
Reply Report create_mydesk 2014-4-5 11:28
6000 meters is not marathon, dude:)
Reply Report mutafire 2014-4-5 16:07
create_mydesk: 6000 meters is not marathon, dude:)
It definitely is not, save it was termed so by my buddy...i do that every day...to him, however, it was
Reply Report create_mydesk 2014-4-5 17:50
mutafire: It definitely is not, save it was termed so by my buddy...i do that every day...to him, however, it was
wow, running is nice, but it's a bit unconvinent that you should bath every time you run:)

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