Well, I don't know if this is going to work or not, but the above is a brief description of my 1/2 Marathon in Nihonmatsu. While I can speak Japanese pretty well after two years, I still have very limited reading and writing skills. Japanese has 2 syllabary alphabets that I know well enough, but unfortunately they are only used for grammar and children's books. The writing system primarily uses characters derived from Chinese, and I've been putting off studying them for a long time. So, from time to time, for my own benefit in learning the writing system as well as any students that might be reading, I'm going to be writing some Japanese.
As for the 1/2 Marathon, It was a lot more difficult than I expected. I'll get the timesheet in the mail soon, but I finished 10 minutes later than my goal. I crossed the finish line after one hour and 41 minutes. It was a pretty good day for racing. Thick grey clouds threatened rain, but kept me cool during the run. Nihonmatsu is a very pretty area, filled with thick cedar forests and green rice fields over rugged rolling hills.
The problem was that the entire first half of the race was uphill!! It was exausting!! If it was flat, I bet I could've gotten a better time. Runners, is 1:41 a good time for a half marathon?
I'll have pictures soon.