Sunday, May 25, 2014

Island Hopper

Sunrise Run

I wanted to try something different. Something unique, So I decided to run on the Kaichu Bridge close to Henza and Hamahiga Islands. 

Since, I like running during the morning. I decided to drive to my starting point and wait for the sun to rise before I took off for my run. I have always seen how spectacular the sunsets are in Okinawa but I rarely observe the sun rising. Since, I'm located on the western part of the island or I'm always at work.  

I was hoping for someone to go run with me but I knew it was kind of too early for anyone to go. So I understood but hopefully next time someone will. Anyways, once I took the photos I needed, I started my run. It was breezy but the wind was just right. Not too strong.  Yet for some reason, I had a hard time grasping air, so it was hard for me to breath. There were a couple of times, when I needed to stop to suck in some air. haha! but it did feel good though. 

I say, I really like this route. On the right time, the right kind of weather, it is a good place to relax and away from the busy society of Okinawa. There were just one or two joggers when I started, but as I was heading back. The roads started to get a little busy and bicyclist biked by. Other than that, it was pretty quite at the start of this run. It was a little humid but the breeze helped you cool down. Like I said during this run, I was having a difficult time to breath. 

I would not mind running this run again at the same time. Hopefully, I can do a sunrise and sunset run. Its just that something happened at work and someone got arrested. Our liberty was taken away for a week and I was unable to do a sunset run. Ehh! It sucks but it is what it is. One had too much fun and we get the blunt punishment for their bad decision. Only negative thing being in the military. 

Anyways, I would suggest this as a good route to run if anyone is willing to get up early enough to see the sun rise. If you do go, let me know. haha!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Getting' Dirty!

Bushido Mud Run!

Well, I've only been back for 8 days before I signed up for this mud run. The only reason why I did was because I was going as a team but that didn't happen. They made it last second before the group stick started. So I just said screw it and ran with the individual runners.  Anyways, this was a 10k mud run, I was kind of disappointed bout the course but its their 2nd annual run. So, I shouldn't really expecting much. 

The race took place on a Marine Corps camp, Camp Hansen and the first stretch takes you to a container simulated gun fire area where they were shooting blanks, just to get the sound. Right after that, it was the first mud pit. Which everyone started to slow down and some folks were losing their shoes. Anyways, throughout this time, my GoPro already overheated and it kept turning off. So I ended up not having any video footages. (Which sucked) 

Then after the first mud pit we came across a lengthy water hole, which had ropes criss crossing over your head, so you were more bending over. Then little hills, that ended up getting slick from all the wet runners trying to get over. So you would actually need some assistance getting over. Anyways, to make this blog short. There were more of long stretch runs than mud pits. Then you would have to venture into the brush and go up and down slopes and hills with ropes to assist you. 

Which is one thing I didn't really like, and when I got a certain point  (top photo above). My left knee started to feel some pain. So at some points, I ended up walking but most of the time I was trying to push myself. At the same time, I was really hoping for rain to pour but overcast was okay with me too. Just didn't want the sun shining down on me because I would of ended up as a heat casualty. Since, I have not yet acclimatized to the heat again. 

Overall, I believed I finished at 1:51:00, I think. So that is not a solid thing, since like I said. My GoPro overheated and I was too exhausted to go back and check. Just wanted to get my shirt and medal and head back home for a good shower. Haha!