Need to bag another major?

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14/08/2013 at 23:25

Hello everybody,

Is anybody going to join me in February???  Just when I thought I only had Chicago left to run of the marathon majors some pesky people added a 6th one to the list.  The marathon that was on the list of ones that looked good a few years ago, then fell off the list when my running turned to mince has had to be added back onto the list.  Now I have bagged four of the big six it would almost be a crime not to add the last couple to my list of marathons and collection of bling.

I've booked the tour with 2:09 events for 4 days and am then going to head off and do my own thing for another 4 days before coming home.  After doing the goofy challenge last year the lure of a day at Tokyo Disney and a bit of extra time to see more of what Tokyo has to offer has more of a lure than a trip to Mount Fuji.  I am officially a big kid.

Hope there are a few of you out there that will be joining me.

28/09/2013 at 20:15

I'm running Tokyo, staying 4 nights then off to Kyoto.... this will be my second trip, pretty excited.  Still waiting on my london 2014 ballot results email to come....

Congrats on the goofy challenge... ran Disney once, may go back for goofy but that was one of the hottest races ever for me

29/09/2013 at 13:05

I will let you know your London ballot result didn't get in for the millionth time of applying.  Its amazing how lucky people who have never run a marathon who predict 7 hours plus get in the "chance" selection compared to folk who put in 3-4 hours and run them all the time.  Some might suggest it isn't pure chance although I would want to allege such things.

I am really looking forward to Tokyo it should be a good trip. It should be a different experience.  I've never been to Tokyo.  I've been to China and Singapore but never been to japan.

I worked on the rather unusual principle to avoid the heat at Disney of running as had as I could and as far as I could in darkness.  The longer I was out there the worse it was going to get.  I managed the half almost in total darkness and was coming out of animal kingdom by the time the sun came up and the last of the early morning mist burnt away.  It made it a lot easier than for the poor folk who were out there for 6 or 7 hours!!!!  The Goofy has got even bigger now and trumped by the Dopey challenge.  4 races, 4 days and 6 bits of bling on offer.  I will have to go back some time and luckily because they have changed the challenge I have nothing to compare it to.   I don't think I will ever run as well as I did at Goofy this year ever again and you never want the anti-climax of a personal worst.

29/09/2013 at 15:35

I've never heard of the Dopey challenge, will need to look into that (just for giggles).    As far as London goes ... well this is my first time and didn't know it was that difficult to get in until I read alot of the facebook postings.  Suppose to know something soon.  We'll see, one year... Tokyo will be really great. 

Edited: 29/09/2013 at 15:36
03/11/2013 at 13:34

Right that is Frankfurt ticked off the list and a pre Tokyo period of hibernation has been entered for a few weeks.  Better bump this thread up the list again and see if me and Anthony van find any more recruits to the thread.

04/11/2013 at 09:30

As a 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 Tokyo Marathoner (but not 2014 - having a year off!), I can guarantee you that you'll love this race. Great crowds, fantastic organisation, and the biggest, craziest expo going! If you have any questions about the race, the city, getting to and from the start/finish/Expo, let me know and I'll be happy to help.

04/11/2013 at 19:17

Thanks Gazza I will keep that kind offer in mind in the months to come.

Does that mean you are going Goofy or Dopey this January in preference to Tokyo.  I think it was over on that thread I might have seen you in the past.  Thought I'd go and see my Minnie at her moose's hoose in Tokyo instead.  I think her security folk in Orlando would keep me well away from her after I manhandled her on the finishing line of the marathon last year lol

I've just noticed that these forums have stopped counting how many posts you have places on them.  It is actually quite nice to not have that constant reminder of how much of my life I have wasted on these message boards!!!!

02/12/2013 at 19:45
I've signed up today. I had done the World Majors but need to complete the new set! Looking forward to it, I've never been to Japan before.
12/12/2013 at 22:05

hi Jimmy nice of you to join the thread.  That must have been a disappointment to find you had another major to run or maybe not its given you an excuse for another fab holiday!!!  As a matter of interest how have you or anybody else got into the race.  did anybody try and get through the ballot.  There was always a feeling that foreign runners were favoured in the ballot to raise the profile of the Tokyo marathon.  i was wondering if that was still the case now it has major status.

Well training has recommenced and after a month off after frankfurt it has been bloody tough, slow and turgid stuff so far.  its going to be  tough 10 weeks to get anything near tip top shape for Tokyo

01/01/2014 at 14:46

Hells bells the Tokyo marathon is officially this year and next month!!!!!!

Training not exactly where it should be 7 weeks or so before a marathon.

02/01/2014 at 09:05

Caniggia33, today is usually the day that I would start training seriously for Tokyo!

Plenty of time to fit in a few long runs and get yourself in race shape. Im still a bit disappointed that I wont be on the start line in Tokyo this year (and envious of those of you who will be), but Im sure that'll be offset by the excitement of next weeks Dopey Challenge in WDW.

If, like me, you like a very gentle jog to loosen the legs the day before a marathon, may I suggest a lap of the Imperial Palace. Its 5km, has no roads to contend with, and the scenery is great. And most importantly, run ANTI-CLOCKWISE unless you want to get stared at by every other runner!

02/01/2014 at 12:31

Also going to Tokyo - glad to hear it's not only my training schedule that's gone pear shaped (injuries, gales, rain, christmas pudding etc.)...this will be my ninth marathon but first outside Europe or US - very excited!

Was wondering if anyone knew when it was best to go to the expo to avoid the crush?

02/01/2014 at 14:19

My experience is that the Expo is best around Friday lunchtime. Never had to queue for more than a minute at that time.

Friday evening (after working hours) and all day Saturday are both absolutely manic and should be avoided... unless you like that sort of thing!

02/01/2014 at 19:15

i again gazza and nice of you t join us oldntyred

I am trying to look positively on my lack of training and hope to hit the race on the up.  i was suffering most of last year with tenonitis which was purely self inflicted as should have had a proper break after the goofy challenge but did not have one.  At least I'm running painish free for the 1st time in ages.


Thanks for the tip about the Oriental Palace.  it has always been one of my favourite kerryoots but didn't realise it was that big!!!


Good luck next week Gazza I loved my Goofy last year.  Run great, be a big kid and have a blast.  Give Minnie

02/01/2014 at 19:17

a big hug from me when you see her and tell her can't wait to see her next month at Tokyo Disney. I love Minnie she's such a sexy mouse!!!!

Edited: 02/01/2014 at 19:25
02/01/2014 at 21:54
Oo-er missus - I seem to have joined a mouse fancying thread!
I like the idea of hitting the race 'on the up' though - positive thinking.
Thanks for the advice Gazza81 - early Friday sounds good

(Roger Rabbit's wife - now she was a hottie!)
04/01/2014 at 22:22

Admit it oldntyred she is loverley and you really fancy a day at Tokyo Disney!!!!


Well that was an absolute treat today.  Isn't winter marathon training fun!!!!!

Soaking wet, freezing cold and really really really short of pace.  The only positives were that 16 miles is the furthest I have run since Frankfurt at the end of October, my ankle has held together pretty well for a long run on the roads rather than a spongy dreadmill and I can still walk tonight and that I didn't stop for any walky breaks although I think the grim weather rather than my physical condition may have been the major contributing factors.  Lots of hard work ahead of me in the next seven weeks.

Might go and practice my karaoke..................

19/01/2014 at 18:23

Watching the clock count down on the homepage, 34 days!!   My training isn't going well at all, just running a few miles daily.  My goal is just to relax and enjoy myself.  I attempted a PR last month at Hoover Dam marathon and trashed my body on the hills.  I guess it's time to start weather tracking... I'm kinda spoiled with sunny/68f temps everyday in the desert southwest!

I plan on going to the expo on Thursday to get it out of the way and free up time for sightseeing on Fri/Sat.  I arrive around 1630 (Narita) and hotel (Grand Pacific) is close to the expo.  They are open until 2100 so should be doable.  I can't wait to hit up the race merchandise

Can anyone (Gazza81?) that has run Tokyo previously comment on race day transportation?  Is it free with a bib#, all companies?

19/01/2014 at 19:23

Anthony you are not alone in struggling your way through your training.  The only good thing I can say about my training is I'm putting a lot of effort in.  It just isn't happening speed or stamina wise.  Not a good sign today when I headed to the gym to avoid the monsoon for a long run and was struggling to get down the stairs to the treadmill.  Was hitting the slow down button after 30 minutes, again at an hour and was going at a pace I haven't ran at other than warm ups/down for another 50 minutes.  Not really sure what is going wrong at the moment and not much time to get it right.

That sounds like a similar plan for the expo as me.  I was trying to plan my sightseeing the other night and there is certainly plenty to see and do.  Not sure about the race day stuff.  I'm starting my holiday with 2:09 events and am pretty sure I am getting bussed to the start.  Having said that I was supposed to get bussed to the start to new York in 2008 only to find the bus left at 4:30am and ignored it, had another 3 hours in my bed, caught a local bus and the staten island ferry.  I may do similar again here once I know more!!!!

21/01/2014 at 10:12

Regarding transportation, Ive never really had to use it because I generally stay fairly close to Shinjuku, but from memory I think Tokyo Metro is free if you're wearing your bib (you might want to confirm that at the Expo though). Tokyo Metro have always been a major sponsor so I see no reason why anything would've changed in that respect. The only problem is that not all lines on the Metro map are run by Tokyo Metro. Some (very few) are "private" lines so I dont think they would be covered. Fortunately the metro in Tokyo is very cheap anyway and equates to about 90p for a single ticket through the centre of town. A lot of lines go through Shinjuku so the start is a very easy place to get to (unlike NYC)...

...getting away from Big Sight afterwards can be a bit of a pain though. You walk a very indirect route back to the station (including a few staircases!!!), but once you're there and on a train, its easy.

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