Friday, October 23, 2009

Small World (redux)

Konnichi wa from Tokyo!  Just a brief update... yes, I haven't posted since Portland.  It went well.  I finished in 4:30:53, which is less than 5 minutes off my PR.  Considering the last few miles were a very painful mix of running and walking at around a 12:00/mile pace due to a nasty blister on my left big toe, I'm pretty happy with it.  If I hadn't blistered.... maybe there's a sub-4:15 in this body?  Hmm.

Anyhow, I just finished my Nike+ Human Race this morning.  For those of you that don't know about it, the Human Race is held in ~25 cities, but you can also run it on your Nike+.  There were two host sites in Tokyo, but neither of them would have allowed me to make it to the airport on time for my return flight home.  So I put on the shoes and iPod, and headed out the door to run around the Imperial Palace.  It was actually a PR run - 52:31 for 10k!  But more interesting, I ran into a guy wearing the "Bob Dolphin's 80th birthday" shirt.  Turns out he's a running celebrity in his own right: Barefoot Jon!  We had a nice chat around 1.5 miles, then I saw him again around 5.5 miles.  It's always great to see a running celebrity on your run, especially when you've run with a personal friend with his (I ran next to Bob at Portland from mile 18-20 on his birthday and his 452nd marathon).

That's it for now - time to pack and head to the airport.  And maybe get in another run when I land.  How many times can you run two times in a day when it's not really the same day. :)