Monday, May 14, 2012

Kintaro Marathon 10km run

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Hello Sandwiches! Did you have a nice weekend?


I went to see my friends artworks at a design event and on Sunday I participated in a 10km run as part of the Kintaro Marathon in Odawara!

疲れた!

Here are a few pics. The above shot is Fuji-san from the Odakyu-sen!
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Lining up for our bibs and time chips.

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My 10km run bib! (so happy 10kms runners got pink bibs!)

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Baggage tag with my name in Katakana.

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My runners chip. And chipped nail polish!

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This is the river path we ran along with a lovely view of Fuji-san! The air was very fresh here (about 1.5 hours away from Shimokitazawa). We ran past small vegetable farms, and over small bridges with flowing water. It was so hot while we were running and each time I saw water flowing I would mentally imagine I was in the flowing water rather than in the middle of a 10km run. There were a few local oba-chans standing on the side lines wishing us luck 'がんばれ!’. The drinks stand had Pokari Sweat and water. Luckily I was able to read the kanji and katakana for the drinks stand!

It was my first race in Japan and it definitely inspired me to do more organised races here!

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It was tough but I finally made it to the finish line and look at the cute red bean fish we were all given (along with a banana, Pokari sweat and green tea bottle) at the end of the race! There aren't many countries where you can receive such a cute treat after a run!

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My 10km certificate! Yatta!

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The area itself was really quaint. If I wasn't so exhausted I would have taken more photos!

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Overgrown vending machine.

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A nice view of Fuji-san from the town.

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Finally back to Shimokitazawa to one of my favourite cafes for lunch and a well deserved 生ビール。

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This is the free t-shirt every runner received!

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Back home and having a shower never felt so good, and before long it was off to My Y's mums mothers day sushi dinner in Ginza.

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What a great day. If only everyday could be this productive!

By the way - I'm writing this from my Shimokitazawa apartment which I've been limping around with serious leg muscle aches all day! ha ha/ I have to go to the post office in a moment so if you see a gaijin limping around Shimokita - you'll know who it is.

Love Love
Hello Sandwich
xoxo












19 comments:

  1. congratulations on a job well done! (o^____^o)b

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    1. Yes - very productive! I wish I had it in me to run 10kms every day!

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  3. YAY!! Well done! The view of Mr Fuji looks amazing! xx

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes it was pretty close! Last night they showed on TV the chance of a large quake happening close to Fuji-san and what would happen! Scary and I am glad I didn't see that before the run!

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  4. Congrats on completing your run! I'm running the Great Manchester 10K run in the UK this Sunday. My bib is pink as well... number 38515! I think it might need some washi tape decoration! Wish me luck ;-)

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    1. Thanks Leigh May! Oooo good luck! How exciting! Ha ha yes, washi tape it for sure! Let me know how you go!

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  5. Wow, 10k that's impressive!!!

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    1. Thanks Nina! I've come a long way from the person who couldn't run a few years ago!

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  6. So inspiring! Looks like it was a beautiful day, too. And I love the vending machine!

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    1. Yes that vending machine is amazing isn't it! wowsers I wonder how many years ago it's from!

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  7. Congrats for running! I ran few years ago 10km too and to me it was a big challenge :) But you feel quite good after running. Love to see - again - sweet Japan. Nice logo in shirt - and yes, fish looks so great and ...funny.

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    1. Thanks so much Gretchen! Yeah while you're running the 10kms you're thinking - why on earth am I putting myself through this ha ha! But at the end you feel sooooo good! xoxo

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  8. Good job ~ it definitely makes me want to do some running.

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    1. Oh yay! I hope you enjoy the running! xoxo

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  9. Thank you very much for coming on Saturday, Ebochan!!!!!
    How sweet you are----!!!!! I was really glad!!!!!!
    And, otsukaresama on Sunday!! I really respect you
    because you ran 10 kilometers! Incredible distance
    for me, was always worst runner in school days.
    Good job & Otsukaresama!! Take care of your legs!!

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    1. Mami-chan! Hello! Oh it was so nice to see your cute works and everyone loves my horse brooch and the tote bag you made for me! Did you sell out of all the brooches?
      Oh ha ha yes my legs have recovered now thankfully!
      xoxo

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  10. I love the cute red bean fish in reward of a hard run ! those little details are so nice :)

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