Running in Tokyo/Japan - Marathon/Clubs/Track Races


November 2007 Blog Posts (13)

WARR: World Airline Road Race - 28OCT08

This year WARR (World Airline Road Race) took place in Sydney.
A nice day for a scenic race course along Darling Harbour. May be too many twists and turns but overall, apart for two small uphills, very flat.
Unfortunately the race did not go as I wanted after having trained for so long and so hard...but not everything can be perfect. In Italy there is a say that goes "not all the donugths come with a hole"!

Added by Runfab on November 28, 2007 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Ohtawara Marathon

Here are the times and race reports that were provided for last Friday's Ohtawara marathon, half-marathon, and 10k. My apologies for omissions and errors. Nambanners enjoyed superb performances despite the strong winds, recording 5 PBs and capturing 3 award medals:

Yoshida-san 2:50:08

My goal time was 2:50. I did not expect to break my PB of 2:49, and my result was slightly more than a minute slower than my… Continue

Added by namban on November 28, 2007 at 10:28am — No Comments


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Added by Christian on November 26, 2007 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Cold, but no cold!

It becomes clearer and clearer that my throat-problems are Tokyo related. It's minus 5 here at night, and even around lunchtime, when I run, only about plus 5, so I do my uphill repeats wearing a relatively heavy long-sleeve. Still, today there was hardly any cough when I finished!

Looking forward to the 10k race in Yeoido at the Han River on Dec. 1.!

Added by juergen wittstock on November 22, 2007 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Namban International Ladies Marathon

What a nice day for a race in mid November, even a little too hot. So much better than last year.

I was positioned at 5K and 37K, not far from Iidabashi station.

I saw the leaders running strong in 16:30 for the first 5K. Noguchi san leading a group of 6, with Shibui san and Kosgei. Just behind and running strong I saw 5 Namban ladies in black or yellow singlets. It was quite hot at noon.

After a pause at home, I came back to cheer on our runners at 37K just below… Continue

Added by Daniel on November 18, 2007 at 6:39pm — 1 Comment

Namban Mile Nov. 2007

Gerard: 4:58

Gordon: 5:02

Ed: 5:05



Mutsumi: 6:09

Mary: 6:22

Added by juergen wittstock on November 18, 2007 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Worldcup Stadium Seoul 5k

I won the 5k at Worldcup Stadium today, in a ridiculously slow 18:45. I had wanted to run 10k, but my friend Jae had only a number for the 5... never mind, it was a good practice, and, as I started from the back, still a reasonable result, and good to win.

Team-mate Chris Doll finished the full marathon in 2:50:40, placing sixth over-all.

Added by juergen wittstock on November 18, 2007 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Prefontaine プレイフオンテイン




Added by Gerard Robb on November 17, 2007 at 10:12am — 2 Comments

The Oda Cough

Changed this to a blog post. I am in Korea now, feeling better, so it must have something to do with Tokyo...

Hi all,

I talked to some of you about this phenomenon, today I went to see a doctor, Yonezawa in Nakanosakaue, and he confirmed one of the explanations.

I ran very well in Korea in September, best was a 37:32 on a hilly course, so I expected to smash all my over 40pb's this winter.

However, when I got to Tokyo, and it got a bit colder, the…

Added by juergen wittstock on November 16, 2007 at 6:40pm — 2 Comments

Odawara 10k/Nov. 4.

Today's race was a bit better than Takashimadaira, as a car held me up for a few seconds, so I would have gotten under 37. But I clearly couldn't get the pace up. And it seems the limiting factor are not my legs, as they are not tired. I will have my breathing checked, as I always cough after hard runs. But 12th was not bad, eventhough the race was small - too bad there were no age-groups. And yeah, the race itself was great, well organized, super -friendly people - they even gave us a map with… Continue

Added by juergen wittstock on November 4, 2007 at 8:47pm — No Comments

Odawara 10k, Sun. 4.11.

Today some Namban Rengo runners made the trek to Odawara for the 10km race.

Mutsumi, Juergen, Daniel and myself.

It was a successful day with Daniel, Mutsumi and myself making road 10km pbs. Juergen running solidy as well and surviving a little run in with a local kuruma.

It was a well run event, a scenic out and back course with a river running down one side of the track and Mt Fuji visible to the naked eye on the other side of the track.

The weather was crisp…


Added by Gerard Robb on November 4, 2007 at 7:11pm — No Comments

10K race near Odawara

Sunday: Great day for racing, nice, crisp, no wind, great sun, flat

course, great view of Fuji san and Hakone's Caldera. I met Gerard at

Shinjuku and Juergen and Mutsumi at Shimokitazawa on Odakyu sen with a

departure at 7:01. Quite early but necessary as Odawara is far far away. We

had great view of Fuji san on the way, especially from Shin Matsuda.

From the station, the way is well indicated to the meeting point and we set up Juergen's Namban Rengo banner. We had… Continue

Added by Daniel on November 4, 2007 at 6:45pm — No Comments

October Running

October was a good month, with weeks averaging 60k, and a lot of speed! The 10k at Takashimadaira leave room for improvement....

1. 11k incl 3x2000 @ izumi, 7:18, 7:13, 7:01

2. 11k

3. 14k incl 2x3x1000, fr 6:30 3:25 3:24 3:21 // 3:22 3:25 3:18

4. 7k

5. 11k incl 10x400 @ 79.8 fr 2min

6. 10min weights

7. 5k

8. 28k incl 3x1600 6:02 5:57 5:55

9. 10min weights

10. mile: 5:25 5x800 2:44.6 fr. 5min

11. 15min weights

12. 11k 10x400 av. 91.6 fr.…


Added by juergen wittstock on November 1, 2007 at 1:20pm — No Comments

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