Here are the comments of several Namban participants:
I really enjoyed the Kanagawa Half. With over 10,000 participants, the event is certainly at capacity, but somehow I made it to the starting line in the nick of time and joined Martin for a smooth 19:15 first 5k. From there I picked it up – it felt good passing people and I went through the 10k in 38 flat. I was still feeling quite happy and comfortable all the way through 18k at which point some stiff wind made me very worried about breaking 1:20. But thanks to the cheers of Chad, Motozo and Gerard I managed to run the last 1k in 3:35 for a reasonably good time.
I ran together with Christiane nd could brake the wind for here. Great Chinese food after the race.
The good news: I wasn`t last! Enjoyed the flat course, great weather although a bit windy . Good to be running with Naman again and looking forward to Ome.
First,thanks to Joachim. He had hard to work to carry me over the course.
Second, I am very disappointed about my race. I fought a lot against the race,.
Third, women age groups are very unfair. There are only two age groups in womes races. Under and over 40..But there is a big difference between a woman aged 40 and aged 50+. Men race has had of course 4 age groups
Today, my target time is under 1 hour 52minute. It takes 3minute 47 secods until start point.
I ran slow running first 10k. It was very crowded and course is very narrow. After 10k I speeded up for my target time. I satisfied today's time.
For my half marathon I am quite satisfied. Unfortunately though I was not able to keep up with Chika`s pace in the end.
I did the 10km race. I was sick for 8 days the week before and lost 2kg, so I didn`t have much strength. Still managed to do a PB, but looking to do much better in my next 10km race. As Joachim gested, maybe next time I should drink 2 beers during the race.
Gerard 35.13 Enjoyed the race, Clear blustery conditions made for interesting race.
元三 .david 4 minutes flat 200 pushups (udetate)
boy was i tired. I was the unofficial cheerleader...rooting for the troops for over 2 hours. Despite my toil my legs felt amazingly genki after the half marathon. And i chaulked up aother race experience followed by a cult ual journey thru chinatown....
i knew i was in trouble when my coughing would start with only 2 minute sprint to tullys before the morning ride to Yokahama....than i had to wait for 45 minutes to use the ladies room and barely made it in time for the gun start...to top it off i had been suffering from influenza over the past month...needless to say, my expectations were conservative. Thus, i should be satisfied with my 1;45 but feel chotto mono tarenai....ijo desu. Motozo and Chad made parts of the course pleasant with their cheering though. Arigato ne.
It is my worst result at Kanagawa race but better than other races in 2008. So it is OK.
I was going to maintain even pace at 24:00/k. I could manage until 10K but felt tired and heavy on my body.
Actually I have added more mileage since the end of last year and naturally eat more. But probably too much eating makes me fatter.
I should think the balance between running and eating! Next my race is Ohme 30k.