An Example For Us All?
Right around the corner from our house is a hotel that hosts athletes. These athletes are not just any athletes; they’re good athletes, national and college-league athletes. They come down from mainland Japan to escape the colder temperatures and continue their training where it’s much warmer. Presently, the athletes staying at the hotel are young Japanese girls from Matsuyama University, possibly either soccer players or ekiden (long-distance relay) runners.
Occasionally, when I’m able to get out and run before the sun’s up, I see the girls out running. But more often I see them later in the day, power walking! And I do mean power walking. They walk as fast as some might run or jog. I find this really interesting; they’re serious athletes after all.
I’ve never really given much merit to walking.
I mean, I like to walk, and at one time I was meeting a friend once a week to semi-power walk, but I’ve never considered making it a daily or regular addition to my weekly training routine. Yet it appears that these Japanese girls take it just as seriously as they do their runs.
It’s got me thinking …
— Jannine Myers
The sign says, in Japanese katakana, Hoteru Orinpia — or in English, Hotel Olympia