I finally ran my Ekiden! After four months of training I ran 9.3 km in 37:03. My team was quite slow so we didn’t win any awards, but we went to an onsen and an all-you-can-eat Shabu shabu restaurant afterwords to celebrate. It was a cold windy day and I had to wait at my starting point for almost 3 hours. While I was there I met another runner named Michael! We talked about running for a long time, and then in the race he finished only 7 seconds ahead of me! I’ll keep training so I can keep up with him in the next race.