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

2012年10月31日

A change of seasons

This past week has been perfect for running in and around the Kobe region. The heat and humidity over the past few months has certainly made life difficult when attempting to run for an hour or more, but that has now come to an end thankfully. (As have the days of me having to apply after-sun cream to my burnt nose!) I’ve lived in Japan for a number of years now and this is certainly my favourite time of year. Hiking/running in the hills around October/November is not only more pleasurable temperature wise, but the scenery is just stunning. To give you an idea, here are a few photos I took last year while hiking in and around Nara and Arashiyama in Kyoto.

Kobe also has its fair share of scenic spots, so with the marathon only a few weeks away, my plan is to attempt a 30km run over terrain that is just as beautiful as the scenery in the pictures above. I just hope that this kind of scenery will help distract me from the aching legs and back!

Talking of which, although I’m pleased to report that I’ve finally managed to shake off the cold my daughter passed on to me a few weeks ago, my legs are aching yet again from a 15km run I attempted Saturday evening. Today’s date is October 30, so 3 days after running not even a third of a marathon, my legs are still feeling a little sore. Which got me thinking, for professional marathon runners, how long does it actually take for them to recover after running 20, 30 or even 40km in a morning or afternoon? How much training do you need to do before you can run a marathon and be ready to run another one within a day or two? After running the London marathon all those years ago, I seem to recall “hurting” for a good 5 days or so after the event. After (hopefully!) completing the Kobe marathon, I wonder whether I’ll still be hobbling around the apartment on Christmas Day 4 weeks later!

In other developments…..

My ‘personal trainer’ informed me that it had been a while since we last visited the local zoo in Kobe (Kobe Oji Zoo), so over the weekend, we packed a rucksack and spent the day among the animals. Needless to say, she was rather smitten with the pandas and had a great time attempting to escape from me in the theme park. (She’s developed quite a bad habit of running off when she sees something she likes, completely ignoring my calls to stop.) Sysmex supports to breed the pandas as the sponsor of pandas! Kobe Oji Zoo is a great place to spend the day with young kids, although watch out for the mosquitoes if you plan to stay longer than a few hours!


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