Chad won in the excellent time of 7:42, and Satohi won the women's division in an also excellent 8:46. She's the 35th fastest woman beer miler in the world.
See Running in Japan blog for more info and photos (in blog list on right).
As for me, I ran 3 1.94k (according to Colin, the Yoda of the GPS force) loops to warm up, then 5 1.9k loops in 7:53/8:12/8:03/8:05/8:00. 4:15 marathon pace would be 8:04. In other words, 9.5k at a 4:14 pace. Which at 10:00 in the morning, by myself, is not so easy for me. I don't like running hard in the morning. For races, I can be psychologically prepared, but not for training runs.
Anyway, I did it. Hamstrings were a bit sore, probably due to running too fast (that is, faster than I am accustomed to) on Wednesday night.
Then a short warmdown.
16.5k. 79 mins.
Weather: Abt. 7°, sunny
Rest tomorrow and Ushiku 10k on Monday, which I will not run at 100% effort.
So for this week, only:
40.5k 3:04 (2:34 run, 30 bike) Well, it was supposed to be an easy week, and it was!