Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k in Fukuoka, Japan

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 10k Run

My Stats:

Ōhori Park (Fukuoka, Japan)
5 laps around the pond
58 minutes 3 seconds (for 10k; 28:28 for 5k)

I used to run around the same course as a junior high student. This park now has a well-paved jogging path around the pond.

The view at the end of my 5k run:

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!

way 大濠アウトドアフィットネスクラブ

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 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.





5 responses to “Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k in Fukuoka, Japan”

  1. wncdigital Avatar

    I love the pictures of the lake! What a nice spot for running.

    1. Naoko Avatar

      Thanks 🙂
      Yeah, I was lucky to be in Fukuoka for this day!

  2. Sara Rosso Avatar

    Yay!! Love your route and that you started running again as a result of the WWWP5k 🙂

    1. Naoko Avatar

      Yeah I stared going to the yoga/jogging classes after last year’s WWWP5k. Looking forward to next year and see what I can do!

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