It was cool on the water but nice anyway. The first mile out was 10:00, so pretty good. On the way back, I was maintaining my pace until I passed a guy on the boardwalk with a giant video camera who flashed a sign at me:
PLEASE INTERVIEW FOR ENGLISH LESSON
I paused to look and the guy quickly started explaining that he makes videos and books teaching Japanese people how to speak "American" English. He showed me a lesson book with his picture on the back cover and explained what he needed help with: to interview 500 Americans. He was up to 480, only 20 to go.
Sure, why not?!
He gave me a microphone to clip on my shirt, a notebook with words to read, and then pointed a video camera at me and Baby F. He started the interview by asking me to state my name and occupation, how long I'd been working in my field, what I like to do on the weekends, and what I know about Japan.
I talked about our famous Mariner, Ichiro Suzuki, my favorite author, Haruki Murakami, and about the fish market I visited in Tokyo once.
Baby F doesn't look very impressed.
He then had me read words with the letter "K" and asked me to explain how to make the "K" sound. That was tricky - how DO you explain it?
And that was it!
Back on my path, I finished the 2 mile run on pace then spent some time with Baby F playing on the beach.
Sometime this week, I need to run a track workout (3x800m) and get a 6-mile long run in. This is all part of my Runner's World Smart Coach 4-week 5k training plan to get ready for the Swedish SummeRun (see my page here). My family will be walking it again but I decided I'd try to RUN it.
Maybe even race it?
(butterflies in stomach, just thinking about it!)