Monday, October 15, 2007

Luck of the Draw

Apparently 156,012 people registered for the 2008 Tokyo Marathon, a sharp increase from the 95,044 last year.

I wonder just what criteria were used for the lottery... previous times? Time of registration? Randomized numbers? Being a foreigner already in Japan? Several members of Namban Rengo, a large running group in Tokyo, have been selected as well.

February 17th, 2008. Four months and counting...


Bob said...

Hi there,

I don't remember how I came across your blog, but I have been following it for a few weeks now. I enjoy your entries.

This comment is mostly about running. I recently ran my first half marathon and did worse than I had anticipated. I got severe cramps in my calves (left one especially) at about the 16km mark.
I walked for 2 km and was "ganbatte"-ed by people on the course, so I sprinted the last kilometer and well, finished.

I found myself covered in salt, but glad I completed the race. A friend told me that because I may have been salt deficient, my calves had shut down.

Have you ever cramped up during your early racing career? Do you ever write about running? :) I'd be pleased if you could give some anecdotal advice of your triumphs and frustrations.

Keep up the blogging.

ターナー said...

Hey Bob,

When I ran Boston I was cramping after mile 22-onward; left leg, same as you. My own fault, really - my long run preparing for that race was only 16 miles. Still, despite that kind of pain, I think it was the best run I've ever done... can't beat passing by Wellesley.

Today or tomorrow I'll repost my narratives for the Austin Freescale and Boston Marathons so you can see what I've done. I don't usually write narratives about daily runs, but when there's a race, I'll be sure to add something. Stay tuned for Nagasaki and Tokyo.

Thanks for reading.