My 12th Tokyo Marathon was like no other – a very quiet one with no cheering, due to coronavirus, but that also felt appropriate. I was glad that my charity donation went to the UNHCR. Really appreciated all the support, online and in person – THANK YOU! 12回目の東京マラソンは、これまでと全く違った雰囲気でした。コロナ禍なので声援が少なく、とても静かでした。世界情勢からも、それは適切だったのかもしれません。今回よチャリティランではUNHCR国連難民高等弁務官事務所 に寄付をしていたので本当に良かったです。 みなさんの応援、本当に感謝しています。 ありがとうございました！
I only intended for today’s training run to be 35km – the length of the Yamanote line – but by the time I got to Tokyo station (the goal of the March 6th Tokyo Marathon) I found I’d run the exact distance of a full marathon 🤪♂️♂️♂️
A chilly 22km straight line! Running is at least 80% mental, so I try to employ various tricks to help myself cover the distance. Today, I was feeling really tired, but needed to get the distance in with the marathon only five weeks away. The idea behind this run was to take the train out west, and then basically run towards home, following the train line. That meant that I was always running towards things that I like (family, warm, shower, food) and I didn’t have to expend any mental energy on checking my route as I could just follow the train line. It worked (although I fell asleep on the train out there!), and I felt energized all the way, until the pain in my knee stopped me. Just need to keep on training, stretching, and hoping the weather won’t be too cold on March 6th. ♂️♂️♂️ #tokyomarathon
A slow 15km today, recovering from Friday’s trauma when I dislocated my shoulder when putting a rucksack on(!) Took several hours for the doctors to get it back in. Possible root cause is epileptic seizures I had as a teenager, damaging the sockets. (Have had about 5 dislocations now.) Will go back next week to discuss potential surgery in both shoulders to prevent a reoccurrence (6 months recovery per shoulder?).
OMG the dream is real! After years of waiting for fiber to reach our building, finally it happened. Over 10x increase in speed …allowing me to check emails faster 🤪 #waytooexcited
This is a test
Tokyo 20km Free Run – running without following a set route or checking maps, just going where I feel is right, or where the green traffic lights lead me First time in years to run some of these areas, but I am constantly surprised and delighted to find memories of random places popping up as I see them, as if it was yesterday.
Olympic Stadium Run – first time to see it up close without the barriers. Just under 1km circumference. #tokyomarathon
Good morning! It’s chilly chilly out here, but not too bad if you run and imagine you’re inside a volcano
Happy Christmas! Jack and Ricky were so excited to see that Father Christmas had come. Presents under the tree, and the cookies, grape juice and carrot gone from the table – oh, and the curtain caught in the window that someone must have opened in the night!
Morning run, with a guest photo by a friendly chap I saw taking a photo of me – I took a photo of his screen
It’s a beautiful night tonight – the stars over Tokyo are so clear! These all shot on iPhone, handheld.
Blown away by the speed of Docomo’s mobile data network recently, especially when combined with the iPhone 13 – this is up in the Tochigi countryside. Only seems like yesterday we would only get a tiny fraction of these speeds. (And this is on a cheap plan through Excite Mobile)
22.5km through Shinjuku, Nakano, Suginami, a lot of it alongside the river. The Tokyo Marathon Committee will be discussing whether it’s a go/no go next Friday. #tokyomarathon
5km HIIT and it was highly intensely hot 🥵 I feel grateful everyday to have been able to have those lenses implanted in the Spring 👁but I’m *especially* grateful when out running ♂️ Being able to see clearly without glasses when dripping with sweat or when it’s pouring with rain is just wonderful. Just under two months until the Tokyo Marathon and I am super unfit though
The other day I was feeling so hot and bothered after my second vaccine shot I couldn’t help but grab an old shaver from the back of the cupboard and shave all my hair off. Certainly helps when out training for the Tokyo Marathon in these temperatures 🥵
Had my first Moderna shot today. Grateful to all those who made it possible, from scientists to today’s friendly nurse!
Back on the road after an intense two weeks of shoots and stuff! Kitanomaru park is now host to not only an Olympic venue, but also a mass vaccination site. Great to see the pace picking up, with over 1 million shots being administered in Japan every day, and the data showing results – infection rates in healthcare workers and seniors way down compared to previous highs. And, we’re delighted to finally have our vaccinations booked, 2nd July and 30th July. Thank you scientists and all those involved in making it happen 😀
20km in the bag! One reason I run is to try and help keep my blood pressure down – it was getting pretty high last year. Happy to get it back down into the green. (I use the Bluetooth blood pressure monitor from Qardio)
This is a repost of the blog I originally posted here. With just hours to go before the host city of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games is chosen, I’m delighted to share my latest Art of Running project, completed late this afternoon. I ran this in support of the Tokyo 2020 campaign: having seen […]
This is a repost of an article first posted here. Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet was in Japan recently as part of an Asia Tech Week, covering robots, Tokyo-style skyscraper demolition… and an artistic tech runner with a thing for LEDs. We spent a couple of days with the crew, first at our home office planning […]
Yesterday, Twinkle and I waddled along to the hospital for a parenting class. I say waddled, as Twinkle isn’t allowed to walk. An examination a couple of weeks back showed that there’s a risk of premature delivery, and she needs to avoid any exercise that might encourage the little chappy to make an early entrance. […]
I’ve made good progress this past week in terms of figuring out what it is I need to be doing. I’m not rushing the process, but rather, allowing myself to remain in certain states of mind for a couple of days, subconsciously meditating on a particular idea, and then reflecting on how it makes me […]
Time seems to have sped-up recently. Another week over – seems it was only yesterday that it was Monday. Perhaps that’s what happens when you make a conscious effort to make the most of each and every day. It was an interesting week. I had another three meetings with friends and acquaintances to discuss the […]
Been continuing to push ahead with the changes needed. One thing that’s been on my mind is the need to exercise. I didn’t run at all in June, being ‘too busy’ for it. Well, that’s no excuse, it just needs to be prioritised. Thus this morning I was up at 5am, restarting my Gympact membership […]
Picture of the day – Boris got the shock of his life when he woke up and found he was a drain hole cover. So, it was Sunday today. A good Sunday. It began in a relaxed fashion – watching some movie trailers. I’ve recently started using our Apple TV, which until now has been […]