Running across Tokyo to get to work (probably)

Run Run as fast as you can!

Just a quick post tonight, to tell you of my plans for tomorrow morning.

After work tonight I visited the ‘citizens’ centre’ just down the road from the office, and asked about local gyms. Apparently there’s a council-run place in Kanda, about 20 mins walk from the office, and about 16km from home. That should be ideal.

The plan then is to run from home to Kanda, get there at 9am, shower & change, then get to the office for 10am.

Of course this means I’m going to have to run with a rucksack full of work clothes (including shoes), and my Macbook, and some stuff for my Japanese lesson in the evening. I think it’s going to be quite a challenge – and I may not make it!

All this is in aid of training for the Tokyo Quarter Marathon next week.

I’ll also use the opportunity to test out live streaming video from my iPhone using the new Mophie juice pack I picked up today. It’s an amazing device, doesn’t look like a battery at all. Very sexy. I’ll do a review of it in a week or so on http://www.iphoningjapan.com.

The videos will be here. I’ll need to use my gps sometimes to find my way so it won’t be a continuous stream.

Just trying to figure out how to attach the phone to my head for the marathon. I think it’ll be a case of modifying the armband strap I had so I can attach it to a baseball cap. I’m going to look pretty silly with an iPhone strapped to my head but I doubt I’ll care when I’m doing the run.

Best get on with the prep.

p.s. Smartphone Showdown is being held at The Pink Cow this Thursday! Yay for mobile obsessives!

Join me on my morning jog

As of today, I’m offering Mumblers the opportunity to join me on my morning jog. Yes, you too can come to Komozawa Koen, enjoy the sights of the running track, go faster, go slower, go uphill, go downhill …and all without breaking a sweat. Courtesy of (what else but) the iPhone.

Courtesy of this amazing gadget and a new app, my runs (that’s different from ‘the runs’…) are now added to the social networking site EveryTrail. If I take any photos along my route, they are magically uploaded to the Google map in the correct location – I really don’t have to do much to create the little show other than press ‘Start’ when I leave the house and ‘Stop’ when I get home (and ‘Take Photo’ when I want to).

This also shows speed, altitude, and the amount of sweat soaking my T-shirt.

This morning I was out of the house by 7am, inspired by *Twinkle* who had left at 6.15am to attend a (free) morning business seminar run by the owner of a famous izakaya (Japanese bar) in Shibuya.

It was a great run, really enjoyed it!
(Click here to view the following morning jog in full or click on the map or photos)

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Time for a quick shower, shave, bento (packed lunch) making …then work!