Well done, that's a great time! Especially on such a hilly course. You're right, the weather was perfect. The volunteers at the start looked a bit confused as I handed them a second hand long jacket before crossing the start line.
I finished in 4:34. My slowest marathon by over half an hour, but honestly, I was so pleased my injury held together. It hurt a lot on any inclines after 30km, but it's not that sore post-race. Was aiming just for a finish this time and I reckon I enjoyed it more than my previous two when I was obsessed with the clock. I did walk a couple of KMs late on as my training suffered a lot with the injury - hadn't run for 5 weeks before the marathon, and only got up to 16 miles in my long runs. Really fun course; you are right, that hill going into the tunnel was hellish. Amazing scenery though especially early on beside the river.
Will update my blog with full thoughts shortly after getting back, we leave Kyoto tomorrow. What a wonderful city - well done again! Do keep in touch via the blog.
Yes just throw them away at the side. In the UK they usually pick all these up and give them to charity. Looks like they might end up in the bin here, but I reckon I'd be ill by start time if I didn't use something (and even then I'm still concerned about the cold). At very least bring a bin liner - put it over your head, stick your head through the top, and this provides a bit of insulation.
Just arrived in Kyoto. Bloody cold! Say hello if around in block D - I should be under sundry charity shop garments trying to retain a bit of heat... (hope the expo has gloves on sale!?). Best of luck - start out conservatively and play it wisely. Above all enjoy it!
I'm in Block D. The injury seems to be a gluteus medius strain and swelling. Have been getting physio and electrotherapy, been off the running for two and a half weeks now. Pool and bike a poor substitute but what can you do. My previous marathons were 3:59 and 3:55 but with this injury and its effect on my training I think sub-4:30 would be an achievement.
If you can do 20 miles in 2:55 then, all going well on the day, a sub-4:00 finish should be yours. Set yourself even splits and stick to it with discipline. Don't allow yourself to run any faster in the first half, I've made that mistake and paid for it. The weather's looking nice and cool.