Not giving up but...

Good morning everyone,

Whew! It was a scorcher yesterday, wasn't it? I went for a run starting at about 7:15 and it was already too hot to do anything except try to survive! Ha ha! Apparently today is going to be even hotter than yesterday so take care if you plan on spending any time outside. By the way, have you seen any pictures of the typhoon that is heading for Japan this week? It's a big one-the affected area starts from us in Hiroshima on the left edge (meaning we may get some wind and rain but it shouldn't be too bad) and will affect people all the way up the Pacific Coast. I would not want to be living in Mie or Aichi, that's for sure! They are smack-dab in the middle of it!

So, yesterday I studied Japanese a bit on my own and have decided that I have a better chance of finishing the 10k race in less than 50 minutes than I do of passing the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). In other words-I don't have a hope in hell of passing! Ha ha! Yesterday I was studying  招く 破る 切る 割る and  あふれれ. Now, I know what you are thinking-"What!? Those are easy!" But at this level they aren't asking for the literal meaning, but rather the non-literal. They're tough! Anyway, I decided that if I want to have any chance of passing the test, I'm going to need a teacher. If you know anyone who is good, cheap and reasonably flexible-let me know! (If she's cute, rich and single-that is always a bonus too! Ha ha!)

Speaking of the race, I'm actually looking forward to it! I still remember that feeling of dread I had at the first 10k run I ever did-last year's Peace Marathon-now that I'm on my third one, I'm more looking forward to the feeling of satisfaction I have at the end of the race. It is a great feeling! And trust me on this-I'm no runner. I hate running. Even after a year or so of practice, I still don't get how people say they do it 'for fun'. It's not fun! However, it can be rewarding and I'm looking forward to my reward of at least 2 or 3 cans of beer after the race! Ha ha! If it goes well, I'm going to start making my training sessions a little longer to see if my knee can stand a longer race-I'm dying to try a marathon some day...so, what keeps you going? What goals or dreams do you have this year?

Passing the JPLT test, running 10k in less than 50 mins...these are mine. How about you?

Have a great day!
PS to not have 'a hope in hell' is a very common expression but probably shouldn't be used in formal situations...ha ha! It means there is no chance of something happening...
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