Today I participated in Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k. It’s a jogging/running challenge that my employer Automattic invited WordPress bloggers. I did a 10k run in Ōhori Park — it was a nice spring day in Fukuoka.
- Ōhori Park (Fukuoka, Japan)
- 5 laps around the pond
- 58 minutes 3 seconds (for 10k; 28:28 for 5k)
I took a shower at a fitness club nearby. They have yoga and running classes called “way”, the same kind of classes that I am going in Tokyo. I love their red lockers!
I started running regularly around this time last year — I could not have ran 10k like this a at that time. Also, I did not announce this event on WordPress.com Japanese blog last year because I didn’t know if people can feel safe or motivated to go running while the earthquake and tsunami in Tōhoku was still fresh in everyone’s memory. The public transportation schedule was in unstable state and aftershocks were frequent.
The fact I was able to participate in the event this year doesn’t mean the situation for those who affected by the earthquake has improved or anything like that. I just know that one year can change a few things for myself. Only the collective effort and changes we make every day will affect what tomorrow will look like.
So start running, blogging, or doing whatever if you want something changed, instead of hoping or wanting.