I’m on the train heading back home after running 12.21km south towards Yokohama. I think it’s the furthest I’ve run since the Marathon in February, and the first time I’ve done over 10km since May.
It’s extraordinary how out of shape I am. I used to have a really big barrier at 20km – that seems to have slipped back to 8km!
Having said that, I was running in 34 degree heat, which made it pretty tough. Sweated buckets.
Running empowers me. It satisfies me. It makes me feel alive (It also helps me deal with my belly…).
With the Autumn approaching I think this is a great time to pick it back up – and not just because I hope to run a marathon in February. The weather is usually perfect running weather, and well, there’s that ‘start of a new year’ feel what with kids going back to school.
I also feel that the older I get the more responsibility I have to actively look after my health.
Anyway, time to get off this train and step back into the heat. A cold shower awaits!
Great day today.
It started, in the beautiful autumnal morning sunlight, with Tom and I doing our first ever 15km run. This is a major achievement – I’ve never been a runner, and never would have thought that this year I’d be able to run 9.3 miles non-stop (ok, so I did stop briefly for a wee and to do my laces up).
We only started training about 7 weeks ago, and I remember how knackered I felt after doing 5km back then. The idea of doing a second 5km lap made me want to fall over.
Then last week we did the 10km. That was ok, although the final km sprint nearly killed me.
Today, my legs were fine until about the 12km mark, when my right knee – the infamous Trailwalker knee (which packed up on me halfway through the 100km Oxfam sponsored hike in 2007) started to ache. At 14km, my granny’s hip syndrome reappeared, as it does occasionally when I dance. But still, we did it.
I had my iPhone tracking us for the entire 1 hour, 17 mins and 23 seconds. The map can be viewed on EveryTrail, although I recommend downloading the Google Earth file (link on the main trip page) and viewing it in that, as you can zoom around the emperor’s garden and marvel at how we apparently jogged along the surface of the moat.
First ever 15km! at EveryTrail
Map created by EveryTrail:GPS Geotagging.
This is really exciting stuff! We’re thinking of entering the full Tokyo Marathon and possibly Honolulu Marathon in 2010.
After a trip home for a shower, I was back out to Shibuya for a private lesson, then a few hours spent editing the photos I took for the nail shop, C&K Nail. Here’s a few of the more interesting ones…
Have you ever seen nails like this?! It’s one from their special winter range.
Tonight I’m trying to catch up with my Japanese, as well as learn more about nutrition, and write a letter. Hmm, just not enough hours in the day!
I’ve decided to not eat any chocolate this week, so please, if you meet me on the street, don’t offer me any.
This morning’s short jog, minus the first section where I was trying to get the GPS on the iPhone to work. Did a restart in the end.
Have you tried regular exercise over a prolonged period of time? I think most people probably have. For me though, it’s a first.
It’s still early days. The jogging-three-times-a-week thing only started a fortnight back, but already I’m noticing the difference. Firstly, my legs don’t hurt as much after a run. Secondly, for the first time in my adult life I can touch the ground without bending my legs at the knee (OK, so I have to do the splits, but it’s a start!).
But it’s not these things that I’m most pleased about – it’s the general feeling of healthiness. This week has been another week of very late nights and 7am starts, and not the most balanced diet in the world (haven’t been out for shopping lately so lunch tends to consist of white rice with sesame, 10 tangerines and 3 bananas). Despite this, I’m feeling really energised. I can feel a difference both physically and mentally. Feel much more alert.
And whilst I might be drawing lines where there are none, I’m sleeping much better too. It’s now often the case that as soon as I decide I want to sleep, I sleep. Deeply. Of course, this could be due to suppressed exhaustion, but I’m not so sure. It’s not been like this before.
So whilst I don’t recommend not getting enough sleep, I do recommend early morning exercise.
My regular route is published above, so you know where to find me if you’d like to join me 🙂
p.s. I think we have a Trailwalker Team! More news on that to follow. Now off to work.
*Twinkle*s laser eye surgery (‘Lasik’) has really turned out to be a great success. Whilst she was in a bit of discomfort for the few hours following the short op, by the next day she was doing OK (albeit not too fond of bright lights). A few weeks down the line and she’s feeling the full benefit of being able to see clearly again (without the irritation or cost of contact lenses / glasses).
For anyone thinking of getting it done, we recommend the place that *Twinkle* and her sister used, near Hibiya/ Ginza in a somewhat futuristic complex above a swanky shopping centre. I forget the name now – I can check when I get home.
The cost is about 173,000 yen. If you don’t have the money up front you can pay interest free over two years. If you mention our name (I think we’d need to give you a code) you’ll get a 15,000 yen discount (disclosure: and we’ll also receive a referral bonus).
The place has been doing great business lately through word-of-mouth referrals, and I must admit I’m not surprised given how straight forward and quick the whole procedure is.
I’ll get it done myself once I’ve gone a bit more blind.
Drop me a line if you’re interested.
Oxfam Japan have just sent out invites to participate Trailwalker 2009, and I must say, I’m tempted. It ties in nicely with training for the marathon etc.
Any takers? It’s an unforgettable experience!
(Click here for our Trailwalker 2007 mini-site)
Really enjoying this jogging thing. It started out as a weekly Sunday
morning meet up with Tom, but now I've found the Olympic park I'm
going three times a week.
Unfortunately Tom was unable to make it this morning, but I went along
in any case and joined the many men, women and children, young and old
for a few circuits. There's some big school meet going on in the main
stadium today, so there were hundreds of teenagers running about the place too.
I started timing my laps for the first time this morning. Each lap is
2.1km, so as you can see I'm not exactly a lightening Bolt yet, but it's early days (and i'm more interested in endurance)
As soon as we get the Internet back I'll download that exercise app for the iPhone. It uses gps to track how far you've run / average
It's good having next year's quarter marathon to train for, but I was also thinking I'd like to challenge myself to run a full marathon too, perhaps in a year from now. I know I'll have to do quite a bit of work
for it as my right knee still gives me grief sometimes (that's one reason I stopped this morning after 9km), but still, I've never
thought of myself as a runner, or someone who could run a marathon –
it would be good to challenge that belief.
Anyway, on with the day.
(post, unnecessry line breaks and screen shot courtesy of iPhone)