2011 Tokyo Marathon. Leaders at 6K.
Stuck out my arm, pushed the iPhone camera button. Complete luck.
January 9, 2009
Today when I got back home at 5:00 it was raining hard, cold, windy and dark. Fortunately I remembered the words of Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru (in an interview reproduced on Brett's Japan Running News blog), who said (more or less), "If I'm supposed to do a time trial but it's raining I just take the day off and do it the next day. Japanese runners have to keep to their schedule no matter what, but what's the sense if you are not going to run well? Just take the day off and run well the next day." Exactly! Thanks, Sammy, I'll follow your advice.
Will do a run in Yoyogi Koen in the morning, prior to watching the sure-to-be-exciting and very-possibly-cringe-inducing Beer Mile race with 17 truly crazy participants (not me!).
Serious runner since age 34.
Member of Namban Rengo, Tokyo's International Running Club.
5K: 15:58 (age 39)
10K: 33:32 (age 37; also 33:42 age 40)
Half: 1:13:54 (age 41; also 1:21:45 age 59)
Full: 2:44:48 (age 37)
Within the last 18 mo.: 5K: 19:24 (time trial); 10K: 38:51; 10 Mile: 1:05:34
I ran marathons between the ages of 35 and 37, gave them up, ran some more in my early 60s, and have given them up again. Too painful (maybe because I tried to run them too fast) and I got tired of all the long training runs, which also put too much stress on the body. So I'm back to tempo and interval training for 10Ks and Halfs, which I enjoy a lot. Winning, or finishing near the top, in my age group is fun too. Hope to run some big races in various countries and crush the competition. :)