I was so busy doing other things around this Ekiden that I haven't written anything about my own race. I felt good! I hadn't practiced any speed in recent weeks, just hills and races (see my HongKong posts). So I was very happy to settle into a good rythm right away, run the first k in 3:29, and even being able to almost keep the pace. I passed one guy very soon, and then Bob shouted:"There is somebody 25 seconds ahead, catch him!" That kept me motivated, and I actually passed the runner with about 200m to go, probably making a good contribution to my teams podium finish (which had been my target).