Distance: 4.5 mi.
Drive along the coast up to the lighthouse
Sage and Emery at the Izumo Lighthouse
Ari, Mark and Jimmy with me at the top of the lighthouse
Beautiful rocky coast near the lighthouse
Emery and Jon-Paul climbing down to the water
After driving over the entire course of tomorrow's Ekiden race and checking out the Izumo Lighthouse along the coast, we went for an easy run from Izumo Stadium, a track-only facility where the alternates for the Ekiden (Jimmy Wyner, Jeff Gaudette, and Andy Pitts) will run a 5k tomorrow evening. We ran four miles through a nice small neighborhood that is closer to the mountains that surround Izumo. I did 3 x 200m strides and then jogged barefoot on the infield a bit. We also got a chance to check out the competition, as many runners from other teams were doing workouts at the track. Driving over the course definitely helped me start to get excited and focused for tomorrow's race.
The outside of Izumo Stadium
This evening we had an "opening ceremony" where each team was introduced. We also got to listen to a number of long speeches in Japanese and see a local student dance troupe.