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From London To Kobe - Let's enjoy the Kobe Marathon!! -

2012年10月24日

Better now than in a month’s time…

The training this week hasn’t gone quite according to plan I’m afraid to say. I was hoping to cover at least 30 km in total over the past 7 days, but unfortunately, my daughter caught a slight cold a few weeks ago and kindly passed it on to me this week. Children around the age of 2 seem to be magnets for germs, so it was only a matter of time before I started to feel a little ‘under the weather’. Physically, I’ve been feeling OK (apart from this rather annoying cough I have at the moment), but seeing as we’re only a month away from the big day, I really don’t want to take any chances by making the situation a lot worse than it is now. There are still 5 weeks to go so hopefully I can stay illness/injury free for another couple of months. Fingers crossed!!

This minor setback to the training actually got me thinking about how careful you have to be when preparing for an event like this. Watching what you eat, exercising often and getting plenty of rest are all important of course, but there are so many things outside your control that could prevent you from participating. I know of a few colleagues who may not be able to participate in this year Kobe marathon, simply because they’ve picked up a few minor injuries that actually had nothing to do with their marathon training. As November 25 approaches, I personally feel that I need to increase the intensity of my training, but at the same time, I’m a little concerned that if I push myself too hard, I may be sitting on the sofa at home with my leg in a cast watching the marathon on TV instead!

A bit of a do….

On Friday, we held a welcome party for 2 new members who joined our section in October. It’s been a while since we last had a chance to socialize together as a group, so this was a good opportunity to chat together outside the office and get to know each other a little better. As I work for a Japanese company, I’m trying my best to improve my Japanese language skills so I can communicate with more people from different departments. The bad news is that my level is still rather low, which means I can hold a conversation in Japanese for a few minutes before I start to struggle. Fortunately for me, the majority of our section speak very good English, so there were few communication problems over dinner Friday. After completing the marathon on November 25, the next big challenge for me is to try and become fluent in Japanese. And believe me, this’ll be a lot tougher than running 42km on November 25!

welcome party


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