Only 271 race photos. I know that only works out to be about 28p/photo or something but I don't want to buy all of them. Just a couple as a souvenir would have been nice.
Well that is me home. It only took 25 hours to get from my hotel to my house which was a bit of a long day. If anybody drove past perth last night and wondered why someone was running about in a layby and bouncing about it was me trying to wake myself up for the last hour of my drive home. After 24 hours of travelling I could feel my eyes wanting to close and its not good when that happens at 70 mph on the dual carriageway although I'm sure the cats eyes are designed to wake you up
Tokyo was fab. I really did the sightsee until you drop thing on Wednesday and Thursday. I think I caught 23 monorails and subway trains in two days. I found walking was a bit of a problem as most streets have Japanese names on them (other than the major roads which also have english) and navigation was a bit of a problem. Pick your target jump off at the nearest station and take it from there. It seemed to work well and I fitted loads in. I'm quite surprised how little it cost. On the first day I think I spent about £26 on sightseeing including my train fares and about £15 on the second day. My two day ticket to Disney was also only about £65 so I didn't find Tokyo as expensive as folk told me it was going to be. I spent more in London on sightseeing last year in a weekend than I did in 8 days in Tokyo. Great value. I'd rush back if it wasn't so bloody far away. Could be a descent stopping off spot if I go and see my big sis in Australia again though.......
Hells bells Tokyo disney is an experience and a half. I don't think I've ever seen as many people in the one themepark at the same time in my life. Think Alton Towers in at the August bank holiday multiply it by 2 or 3 and you are getting an idea. If that is what it is like on a freezing cold Monday and Tuesday in January god knows what its like at holiday time. Still Disney is magic (even if I never got on some of the rides) and just seeing meh Minnie today (I couldn't justify the 3h queue yesterday as lush as she was) has given me a lovely inner warmth. Suppose I'd better go and see Tokyo tomorrow and Thursday. Culture doesn't seem so much fun but at least I will have Minnie to show me round!!!!
I have to say I thought the organisations was pretty much spot on. It was cold on sunday but most pictures I've seen of this race have been wet and dreich looking. It was easy to take shelter from the cold and the wind undercover until the last minute at the start and you were soon back under cover at the finish to find warm dry clothes (if anybody ran manchester 2012 they will appreciate how useful that is). The only slight grumble may have been that there wasn't an escape route for folk not going back to the family reunion area but I guess I was the oddity in the field of being a lonely herbert with no friends or family to spectate.
I'm interested to find out the stats for the ballot and how many of the foreign runners were there as part of a tour. I try to avoid tour firms as much as possible. I was with 2:09 but left that hotel on Monday and moved across the road from the Washinton to Sunroute Ariake. Without the tour operator premium I am getting four nights over here in a nicer room for the price of 2 if I'd stayed where I was. The only advantage of tour firms is that they have guaranteed entries for races like this and New York that there is no reasonable other options for entry and for that priveledge you pay OTT on flights and/or hotel rooms. If you can qualify or find a way into a race any other way enter that way you will save a fortune. Actually what you save can be put towards another running trip!!!!
Not quite sure how managed in but I ran 3:16:25. My second fastest marathon on freign soil after Noo Yoik Noo Yoik in 2008. Was going great guns until about 21 miles and then the wheels came off a bit but hey I thought they would come off a lot earlier than that.
Sitting at the moment in my hotel room watching 1000s still streaming in. i hope they are not too rigid about the time limit or there could be a riot soon
Ha ha about your t-shirt. Welcome to Japan. You need to remember that a medium japanese person's t-shirt would struggle to fit your action man when you get home. after a skimpy xl at the beijing marathon I went for XXL this time!!!!
Hope you have all had a great day, ran well and are getting warmed up nicely. God it was cold especially when the snow came on late on. Enjoy a saki or two you have earned it
Hope you all got here safe and sound are not overly jetlagged and have managed not to oversightsee and are ready to roll in the morning. Maybe a touch chilly (nothing a second t-shirt wont sort out) and you really cant get much better than 3 miles downhill, 7 down wind, 9 back into the wind and another seven or so back downwind to finish. Given my eratic training it could have been a LOT worse!!!!
I think the 2009 Boston marathon may indeed be the last time our paths crossed. Not quite got the full set yet but working on it this year. You must be pretty close to a full house yourself. I have a qualifying time for Chicago in October which it would be rude not to use then I have the lot myself!!!!!
Hope you are fit and running well. I know I am grumbling about my lack of training but on an upside I am please to announce that I am in better nick than I was before Boston and have managed to avoid most childhood ailments that I should have caught about 30 years ago. I normally think Japanese people look a bit odd sitting on planes wearing surgical masks but I think I will find it quite reassuring this week. They can all keep their germs to themselves as I don't want any repeat of THAT spotty 26 miles
There is indeed a Caniggia 33 shirt to be seen next week but I think I will go for the red away shirt look for this one. It seemed to bring me luck at the Disney marathon last year than the blue one did in the half and I am clutching at any straw I can get at the moment!!!!!
Hope to bump into you in Tokyo or somewhere en route