Quick photo quiz – 英語で写真クイズ 20161017

Any ideas what this fruit is? Please write your guesses in the comments.

この果物は英語でなんと言うだろう? 回答をコメント欄に入れてみてください。

Quick photo quiz – 英語で写真クイズ 20161016

Any ideas what kind of little critter this is? Please write your guesses in the comments.

この虫は英語でなんと言うだろう? 回答をコメント欄に入れてみてください。

Quick photo quiz – 英語で写真クイズ 20161015

Any ideas what this yellow grass is called? Please write your guesses in the comments.

この黄色い草は英語で(日本語でも)なんと言うだろう? 回答をコメント欄に入れてみてください。

Quick photo quiz – 英語で写真クイズ 20161014

Any ideas what kind of tree this is? Please write your guesses in the comments.

この木は英語でなんと言うだろう? 回答をコメント欄に入れてみてください。

Quick photo quiz – 英語で写真クイズ 20161013

Any ideas what this fruit is? Please write your guesses in the comments.

この果物は英語でなんと言うだろう? 回答をコメント欄に入れてみてください。

Great concept for running with a watch

About a month ago, I received delivery of an item that I backed on Kickstarter. The item in question was something called the Shift by EdgeGear.

Basically, it’s a strap that allows you to keep your watch in a comfortable position on your hand rather than on your wrist while running. Ever tried to look at your watch while running? It’s hard to keep your rhythm while you lift your arm and if you’re like me, squint to see the numbers close-up after having been looking into the distance. This way, you don’t have to bring your arm right up to look at your time or other stats while running. You can stay in the flow. 

Although it seemed to take forever to actually receive the product (I’m sure I ordered it in late summer or early autumn 2015), once it finally came, I was thoroughly impressed. It was dead easy to take my Garmin Forerunner strap off and fit the Shift to it. They even sent tools with the strap and a link to a video on YouTube to walk me through it.

This endorsement is in no way solicited and I paid full price for the product. I’m posting this because I really love the product and recommend it to any runners I know. I’m looking forward to testing it out over full marathon distance when I run #kobemarathon next month. So far, so good!

先月はやっとエッジギヤの「シフト」が届きました。シフトは走る時に時計を見易い位置に付けるストラップとしてお勧めします。走っている間には通常の時計を見たい時にワザワザ腕を顔の前に上げなければならないのですが、シフトを使うと腕の自然な走る動きのままでも簡単に時計が充分見えます。

来月の#神戸マラソン でシフトを付けて長い距離でも走るのも楽しみです

Signs of Autumn – 秋の兆し

Today was a little bit chilly—about 18 degrees when I started my morning run. The temperature was just the way I like it. If things carry on like this, I won’t have any excuses not to run. But who can blame me for not running in 35-degree heat?

Here are a few pics from today’s run. I particularly liked seeing the persimmon trees and the cosmos—a definite sign of Autumn!

今朝は18度で少し肌寒い日だったが、私にとって丁度良かった。こんなに良い気温は続けたら、走らない言い訳がなくなるのに。35度は無理だけど。

今日のランで撮った写真を何枚かを載せまーす。柿やコスモスはやっぱり秋の兆しですね。

Pics from my morning run

Much prefer running in the countryside than in smoggy Tokyo! 

Here are a few pics from my run this morning. 

The slow cost of eating fast food

Thanks to this great article from the BBC worldwide website, I now have a handy cheat sheet from Harvard Health Publications that details how many calories I burn depending on different exercises. 

I weigh about 70 kg, which in “old money” in 155 lb. So looking at the chart, for a 30-minute run at 8 mins per mile (my average speed), I burn 465 calories. Of course, the major caveat with this type of chart is that everyone is different. Some people have a really quick metabolism and can burn three times as many calories as others. The same can be said of the food we eat. It’s not an exact science.

Not that I eat them very often, but according to the average burn rate for a person of my weight in the chart, I would have to run about 64 minutes to burn off a Big Mac Meal or about 36 minutes for a nice bowl of Japanese tonkotsu ramen (like the one in the picture). It really is true to say “A moment on the lips equals a lifetime on the hips!” Or at least by this calculation, 20 minutes in McDonalds and a noodle shop, 100 minutes running down the road.

 Harvard Health – calorie table