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


Buenos Aires city Marathon 2010, Argentina

Round trip from Palermo Park through down town, La Boca and Buenos Aires port area.

04:00AM at home:

Time to wake-up, I look through the window. There is a peace in the city in those early hours.

Temperature: 15ºC, humidity: 85%

Today will be a beautiful day to run. Sunrise at 6:18am.

My goal for today: to finish the race within the limit time (6 hrs).

07:00AM near to starting line:

More than 6500 eager athletes with their blue T-sheets run around the starting point area.

I decided to just walk in order to save my limited energies.

Final checkup: bib in my chest, chip in the right shoe, my watch in 00:00:00, digital camera into belt bag, cap and sunglasses. All seems to be OK.

07:30AM on a sunny day:

7 minutes/km will be my speed for the first part of this race.

10..9..8 …. 4-3-2-1. START !!!!

I begin to move slowly. Still remaining more than 42kms to finish.

Km10: The street is packed with enthusiastic runners. Already left Palermo Park and now entering to down town.

Km20: I started to feel a bit tired.

Km30: I´m next to return to Palermo Park area. SHINISOOOO ….!!!

I cannot move my legs. I wondering what I´m doing here. Suddenly an internal voice say me

“WHAT ??? Come on !!! Finish is your only fucking option !!!

Okay, Okay, I will continue but I will not win the race this time, I reply laughing.

Km40: Don´t stop me now, Freddy !!!! I cry. I think I'm going crazy.

Km42: at a distance of 195 meters I can read “LLEGADA” (arrival)

It seems that finally the sponsor of this race will be right, “Impossible is nothing”

Finish point: I make sure to step on the arrival carpet. My net time is recorded.

Somebody hang the finisher medal in my neck and say me “felicitaciones !!” (congratulations).

“Gracias” (thank you) I answer with a smile on my face

02:00PM at home again:

After enjoying a refreshing shower, I'm reading the newspaper while cooking my lunch

(steak, potatoes and red wine). Hardly can move my body but as a friend once told me

Pain is temporary, Pride forever


The result of this race: Men 1.- Rodrigues (BRA) 2:17:31

2.- Bastos (BRA) 2:17:41

3.- Elias (BRA) 2:18:28

Women 1.- Chacha (ECU) 2:37:16

2.- Pereira (BRA) 2:39:09

3.- Romero (CHI) 2:40:02

My time ?? Well, let me check my watch ……5:30:41 …. a bit far from the winner


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Comment by Owain Vaughan Lewes on October 25, 2010 at 1:00pm
The most important thing Ernesto is to enjoy it. And thanks for your good luck.
Comment by juergen wittstock on October 22, 2010 at 11:56pm
Yes, Ernesto, hope you make it here eventually, and make sure we can apply for you, as it's very difficult to get into races in Japan these days!
Comment by Ernesto on October 22, 2010 at 11:29pm
Thanks Owain,
I don’t doubt that you will run 10K in 32-33 minutes this year. Good luck !
In my case, the intention is just enjoy the running and if possible to run quicker. My PB in 42K is 4:19:49 and in 21K 1:49:12. To be frank, I’m not strong for sports so not in position to reach a high level. As we use to say here “I’m a flip-flops” (thongs in Australian English) “Not good for any sport” hahaha !
Comment by Owain Vaughan Lewes on October 22, 2010 at 11:22am
Thanks Ernesto,
The most important thing is to recover from your marathon. Good luck with your ultra distance race if you enter, and I hope your training goes well. Thanks for your comments about my 10k. I was quite pleased with that but it's 3 minutes slower than my best time which I set about 14 years ago. Although I wouldn't say it's a real high quality time, I don't think it's a bad time for my age but I'm certainly aiming to run two to three minutes quicker this year.
In my heart I know I was made to run marathons. When I was a little boy-maybe 5 or 6 years old-I used to go on regular long walks of up to 8k without any idea of distance. So I was born to run long endurance events. However as you get older you need to be careful how many you do and try and do a lot more 10ks. Otherwise you become like an old lawn mower that keeps breaking down.
Why not come out for a holiday and do the half. It's a great event.
Comment by juergen wittstock on October 22, 2010 at 11:09am
Thanks! Keep us posted!
Comment by Ernesto on October 22, 2010 at 8:38am
Regret I´m a bit far. Good luck to all runners in February !!
Comment by juergen wittstock on October 21, 2010 at 10:50pm
We all will run a half in February, in Isogo near Yokohama! Owain will come over from Korea, well, next time, we hope to have a visitor from Argentine!
Comment by Ernesto on October 21, 2010 at 10:09pm
I ran the marathon very slowly so I´m running without problems from last Saturday. The next race ? I don’t know yet if I´ll participate in 6hrs Ultramarathon on 27/Nov in Buenos Aires. Well know that I need to concentrate my efforts to improve my physical conditions. In such case, the next 42K would be in Jun/2011. Owain, on the other hand, I read that you ran 10K in 35:29, time of high level runner. Congratulations !! Are you thinking to concentrate in 10K or your aim is to run longer distances in the future ?
Comment by Owain Vaughan Lewes on October 21, 2010 at 9:52am
No problem. so how are you feeling now after the marathon? When's your next one?.
Comment by juergen wittstock on October 21, 2010 at 9:52am
We need a Rugby Corner!

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