Monday, May 10, 2010

Susono 5k

Last year, Jenny recruited Kari and me to run a 10k in Susono, a town here in Shizuoka. It's a race with a great view of Fuji. Last year I was sick and wasn't so happy with how things turned out. This year Jenny is in Hawaii, but Kari and I decided to do the 5k. I was really glad that we decided on the 5k instead of 10k. I hadn't really trained since I had Oxfam last month. Of course I was in decent general shape, but not really race running shape!! My goal was to run 10 minute miles, so not so fast really. I finished in 31 minutes and 30 seconds, which is almost exactly 10 minute miles (5k=3.1 miles), so I was happy. Kari also finished well under her personal goal, so it was a great day overall. Mt. Fuji was out in the morning, but was hiding during our race. It was still a good day for a race with sun and warm weather.

Here's a video of the start of the 10k race. I thought it was interesting to start with the traditional Japanese drumming (taiko). Probably the only place in the world a race starts like that!! Check it out on my blog if you get this by email.

Before the race with our consecutive bib numbers.
After the race with our certificates. I was 27th out of 65 competitors, so in the top half. More than I expected, so I'm more than happy!!

It was the first time in a long time that I got a chance to hang with Kari, so I stayed at her house the night before. We couldn't resist a little purikura on a Saturday night!

1 comment:

Smiles said...

Dude, I Googled "Susono 5k" to get more information so I could add it to the AJET calendar, & your blog was the 2nd hit for it! Just thought you might like that little bit of trivia. ;)