Sunday, July 02, 2006

Watermelon marathon

I ran at Hokueicho watermelon marathon festival. This is not ekiden and I just ran for myself. The distance was 5 km and my time was 23 minutes and 30 seconds. Relatively slow.

There were 3,000 people on that race. I did not know how narrow the streets are and was at the middle of the crowd at the beginning. That was a mistake; the crowd was very slow and hard to escape from it.

After the competition, Hokueicho offered us watermelon. The watermelon is their money maker (dollar bako); taste pretty good. The entry fee is 3,000 yen. I think that it is reasonable although I did not have to pay because of international program related things.

It seems that I am pretty active in Tottori (in term of running).


Mark said...

Glad to see you're still running.

We took our annual physical training (PT) test last week. I did 88 pushups in two minutes, 70 situps in two minutes and 13:26 2-mile run. I still need to improve on running, the #1 guy did 12:26.

Peter said...

23 minutes isn't so bad, especially if you got stuck in the crowd. just remember that our "standard" is around 17 minutes ;)