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

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2010.10.10 10K at 10:00:10 around Saiko Lake in Saitama prefecture.

What a great day for runnning !

I woke up early and soon I was ready to go. I had such an advance on my timing that I decided to make a side trip. I drop at TokaKoen station and I went to see the crew teams on Toda lake, a 3K, 6 lanes crew range. I walked along as I remembered that Saiko lake was just in the continuity of the Toda training place. I walked up to the side of the river and to my surprise, Saiko Lake was a good 3K ahead. So I speed up the pace and covered the 6K from Toda Koen station to the start in just more than 1 hour. It was raining a bit.

I arrived just on time for my speech at 9:45. It was my first public speech to such a large audience and on such a personal issue. Thanks Juergen for the translation. Here is the text:

12 years ago, I received a gift

It did incredible things for me

It brought my family together

I felt love and appreciation like never before


I reconnected with friends

I re calibrated what was most important in my life

This gift gave me a new understanding and trust in my body, new vitality and energy

I learned new words, met new people, visited new places,

I’ve been challenged, inspired emotionally and humbled

My life has new meaning : peace, health, serenity, happiness


I got a lymphoma cancer, I survived it for now 12 years

It changed my life in ways I didn’t expect

So next time you face something difficult, unexpected, and uncertain, consider that it is maybe a gift.


After the speech, the race. Still recovering from an injury, I jogged along the first 5K in 31:40 then tried to do a reverse split but finished in 33:00, total 1:04:40. Good for 159/179. I like small races.


The return to Kita Toda eki was another 4K walk. So I fulfilled my goal of 20K+ for Sunday morning.


Great organisation. Thank you runningintokyo.com


Daniel


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Comment by Daniel on October 11, 2010 at 10:26pm
Dear all,

Thanks for the comments and the support. We had a great day out there. A lot of work for Masako, Juergen and all the organization team. Great event.

Daniel
Comment by Owain Vaughan Lewes on October 11, 2010 at 1:11pm
Hi Daniel, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. I wholeheartedly concur with your approach to taking on life's many hurdles. Truly inspirational stuff!
Comment by juergen wittstock on October 10, 2010 at 11:00pm
Thanks a lot for your participation, and inspiration, today! Looking forward to next time!
Comment by Eco.Marron on October 10, 2010 at 10:40pm
Good job !
Thanks for coming today!

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