Recently, due to an ever expanding waist line, I have decided to get back into an old hobby of mine – running. Even as healthy as Japanese food is, it is not impossible to gain weight whilst living in Japan.
After talking to some of my English conversation students (英会話 月謝) at my schools Smith’s School of English Sakai Higashi (スミス英会話 堺東校) and Smith’s School of English Nakamozu(スミス英会話 なかもず校) , I have come to realize how many keen runners there are here in Japan. There are many different races and “fun runs” held each year in all areas of Japan.
My running partner is a student from my Smith’s conversation school in Sakai Higashi. Every Wednesday night, after we complete an English conversation lesson we head out for a run. We start near the Nankai Sakai Higashi station (南海堺東駅) at my school (英会話スクール月謝 ), and recently have been running between 10km and 15km. For me, running with a partner or a group helps keep a steady pace, relieves the boredom and helps me keep going when the going gets tough.
Our first goal is a 10km race in Daisen Koen next April. The event is called the “Sakai City Citizens Marathon” (堺シティマラソン) even though it is shorter than a traditional marathon. I have found out that this is an annual event for some of my English conversation students families. Daisen Koen is a very nice medium sized park located about 10 minutes on bicycle between the Nankai Nakamozu (南海中百舌鳥駅) and Nankai Mikunigaoka (南海線三国ヶ丘駅) train stations.
I encourage any Smith’s students or teachers to join us next April (plenty of time to start training). There will be a 2.5km, 5km and 10km course, so all levels and ages can participate. See you there!
Smiths’s School of English Nakamozu – スミス英会話 なかもず校 （月謝）
Smiths’s School of English Sakai Higashi – スミス英会話 堺東校 （月謝）