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October 22, 2017

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Member Since:

Feb 13, 2017



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

I have just recently started running.  I ran my first race on April 29, 2017  It was a 5K race in Singapore.  My time was 18:37.4.  I hope to continue running for enjoyment for a long time, and run in races occasionally.

Since my first race I have lowered my 5K time to 17:47.58 (June 30, 2017, Singapore)

And then again in August 2017 (while staying with my grandparents in Champaign, Ill.) I lowered my 5K time again to 17:19 (non-certified course, could have been longer or shorter, but probably fairly close).

I have also run 61 sec for  400m, and 2:13 for 800m.

Short-Term Running Goals:

I want to increase my training and become faster.  I would eventually like to become the fastest in my age group.

Long-Term Running Goals:

I would love to continue running as long as I can.


I am Vietnamese-American and I am 15 years old.  I am home schooled so do not run on a team. 

I started running in the Fall of 2016 when my mom and I were living in Salt Lake City.

 I love running everyday.

My favorite subjects are History and Math.

I would love to be a history teacher or math teacher someday.

I am currently (since Oct 2017) living in Japan because my step-father, who is an architect, is working here for 3 years on a large project.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 130.00 Year: 1210.12
Total Distance


This morning I ran a warm up with my mother at the park.  Then I ran 10 x 500 m with 250 m recovery run in between.  It is nice that the running path at the park is marked every 250 m.  My mother had my do the first five 500 m intervals going around the loop in the park in counterclockwise direction, and then the last five going in the clockwise direction.  My target time was 1:35.  After I finished off with a cool down run with my mother.

10 x 500m (250m recovery run in between)
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
1:43 1:28 1:33 1:34 1:35 1:37 1:37 1:36 1:34 1:33

The first one was way off, but the rest were pretty much where I wanted them.

Today it is a holiday here in Japan.  In 1964 japan hosted the Olympic games in Tokyo.  This holiday is called "Athletics Day" and is to commemorate those Olympics.  I guess it is a day when everyone is supposed to do something athletic, because we saw lots of people on the running path this morning, and usually it is just us.

I have been feeling very homesick here in Japan, and I haven't been enjoying it much here, but over the weekend I got to thinking about that.  I think the problem is my attitude.  Japan is not going to change for me.  I realized that I need to change my attitude.  I have a very great chance of a lifetime here to learn about a different culture, to learn a different language.  I need to look at things here from a different perspective.  So from today, I have decided I am going to be positive about being here, and try to learn as much as I can about Japan.  I need to try and find some new friends here as soon as possible.

Okay...enough rambling from me.  I have lots of studying to do today, so I guess I should get started.  I will probably try to run again later in the afternoon.


Ran an easy 10K (6.2 miles) this afternoon.  Because of the holiday here, there were so many people out running.  They all looked like pretty good runners too.

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Oct 08, 2017 at 18:14:26 from

There's a 12 year-old boy from Japan on my son's baseball team. Just moved here a few weeks ago speaking almost no English. He was really struggling at first but now seems to really enjoying himself.

You're lucky - make the most of this opportunity!

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