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November 25, 2008

FIT for Charity 2008

While many of you in Japan took the opportunity of a three-day weekend to go leaf-peeping, I went and ran a 10K instead. No big deal? Yes it is...it was my first one!

The event was sponsored by FIT for Charity and included a 10K run, a 4K run, and a 2K walk. You can follow the link to learn more about the organization and who they are donating this year's proceeds to. As you may have read FIT is made up of financial companies in Tokyo and I am obviously not in that circle anymore, being unemployed and all, but I joined my former company's team so that was alright.

Anyway, I had to come up from Zushi in time to check-in before the 9am start. That meant getting on a train at 7am to commute for a 10K run, which seemed absurd at the time (sometimes I think that my life was a lot easier when I lived in Tokyo. This was one of those times.) In addition to the long commute, I did not sleep well the night before, so I was not exactly feeling my best. However, my goal was to not embarass myself and I still felt I could do that. Beyond that, I hoped that I would be able to run the entire 10K without stopping. And my absolute dream goal was to finish in less than an hour.

I have run 10K before on the beach, but I have never sure of the time or the actual distance (I have been told the beach is a kilometer long, but I have never measured it), so there was some questions in my mind. In addition, there has been a few times when I tried to do 10K and gave up, so I was thinking a little about that as well.

Happily, I did it in 56 minutes! I am not sure if that is a competitive time, but it was great for me and I am quite pleased.

Posted by Kirk on November 25, 2008 10:16 AM