Tokyo Marathon Countdown – 5 Days

Posted: 23rd February 2016 by mockjogger in Race Preparation
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You are really lucky

That’s a phrase I have heard a few times since arriving in Japan. Distance running is popular here and everybody seems to know somebody who entered, but did not get a place in the Tokyo Marathon. Folks are regarding my prowess in scoring an entry as nothing short of mystical. I would consider setting up a ballot consultancy if my record in London wasn’t so abysmal.

In this week before the big one, I am travelling around a lot on trains, as my actual justification to be here involves work. This means little opportunity for running, even if I wanted to. I am tapering with a capital T. I expect to get one short jog in on Wednesday, but other than that I plan to sit down as much as possible.

The weather prediction for Sunday, which has veered from sleet to rain to cloud, seems to have settled down at around 12 degrees C and cloudy. A little chilly for the locals, maybe, but coming out of winter training in Scotland it suits me just fine. Food-wise, I am having lots of rice, miso soup, pickles, ramen, sushi and meat. I am not going overboard though, it’s like a natural slow carb loadout.

My head is in a good place for marathon no.3. Training has gone well and I am looking forward to getting on with it. I am spending my train time reading Adharanand Finn’s “The Way of the Runner”, a journey into distance running in Japan, and listening to Linkin Park. It’s the motivational equivalent of a Harvey Wallbanger.

Bring it on, Tokyo.