Sunday, February 9, 2014

いわきサンシャインマラソン/Iwaki SunShine Marathon Race (err... Trip) Report

The marathon race report that wasn't....

As much as I love running races, I also enjoy writing a good fun race report afterwards and thinking of all of the ways I can make fun of myself (usually not all that difficult).
Although this time around before I could even make up lame excuses and dog on myself for why I didn't run the time I thought I could, the race got cancelled...!!!
The biggest snow storm to hit the Tokyo / North of Tokyo area in over 10 years dumped a crapload of snow all over Japan from like Tokyo up a hundred miles or so north.  And the area the race was (Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture - located Here) was right in the wheelhouse of the storm.



So what is the customary song for you, the reader of this blog (you and the 5 to10 other people who read it besides myself :-) ) to listen to which captures this awesome blog entry...?
I am going with the following:
Bowling for Soup  -  Almost

Why is it the theme song?  Well...

  • I yet again *almost* did something awesome earlier today - i.e. almost put in an awesome time.  As my training has been going awesome lately.  Although this time I didn't even get to start to try to prove it...!
  • The song/video seems to capture my life pretty well.  I have almost done all kinds of awesome things.
  • I can relate to those dudes in the video.  I lived somewhere between their world and the cool guy's world in H.S. (so I guess that puts me somewhere between Chris Christie & David Wildstein :-)  ).  I was the best golfer on an inner-city High School in Flint, MI.  And I dated a few decent chicks here and there in H.S.  That is saying something / has got to count for something right...?     Err... ... ...  No.
  • Finally it is a great / fun song, that is the main reason for it being the theme song.  


So back on point here and backing up a little bit...
Since start of this year I have taken my running to a whole other level.  I got a running coach at the end of last year, and after him kicking my ass about not following his brutal schedule to a tea I have been waking up in terror most mornings thinking of the run I have to somehow try to accomplish on his masochistic schedule, although somehow finding a way to get it done.
Speaking of which next time I see him upon returning to The States I am still debating whether to thank him or slug him a good one due to the brutalness of his schedule for me.  He is a skinny running guy so I am thinking I could take him.  I think I will go with thanking him as I am becoming a way better runner.
Also I have also had a solid 1/2 year now without injury so I am rounding into the best running shape of my life by a decent margin.

Accordingly.... my next race end of spring in the US I am absolutely getting mine!!!  Already signed up and I have absolutely got to take advantage - everything is going my way right now... well less this (non)race.


Anyway... back to my (non)race report here  -  after getting back to Japan after the holidays leading up to this race I was thinking what motivational words of wisdom could I use to draw the proper perspective to take me to the next level...?

And since over the holidays I spent my time with my better half along with our two girls - a soon to be teenager and another right behind her - and the music they listen to;  I ended up with the following questions to motivate myself:

  • "You want a PR?".     Yes Please
  • "You want a Lamborghini?".     Sure - who doesn't want a Lamborghini
  • "Sip Martinis?".     Yes Martinis are good
  • "Look hot in a bikini?".     Well when I go to the beach or pool I am not usually wearing a bikini, but sure, I guess I wanna look hot in a bikini

"You better work b^*#!  (Ted)".

And so I heeded the the wise/sage advice of Britney Spears, and I have been going to work!  I have been *crushing* my runs since the start of this year.  Side bar:  I have to admit... I love hanging with our girls as (among many reasons it is great fun) it gives me an excuse to listen to music such as this as otherwise I would be too "highbrow" to admit that I am listening to - when I know plain and well this is my kind of music.
Conclusion to be drawn:  my level of refinement = somewhere around that of a 12 year olds.
But anyway, back on point here, due to the massive snow storm, I didn't even get a chance to look hot in a bikini this morning at the race.



So when I found out there was no race this morning I decided I would at least make the best of it and go out for a 12 mile fun run, and snap some pictures of all of the snow.  What a great call - (most) all of my disappointment was washed away after a good run.  A good run can fix most any crappiness you are experiencing in life.   I love running.  :-)


So here are a few pics...
Outside the hotel


another one outside the hotel

The hotel itself - the Iwaki Toyoko Inn


Street outside the hotel pre-run




Pretty view during run


Towards the end of the run - had a dude snap a picture


After my run in Iwaki I had to drive home to Ota in Gunma Prefecture and all of the toll road expressways (常磐,  北関東, 東北) were closed due to the snow.  So my drive home was 6+ hours - I was quite proud of my Japanese sign reading and navigational skills though I must say - as I was driving through all kinds of way local roads with mostly no map to go by.  No mistakes made.
I thought that was so friggin lame though all of the toll road closures.
I had to pay 3,850 Yen to drive to from Ota to Iwaki.  That is like $40 bucks USD.
And for that those chumps can't keep some trucks around ready to plow the roads...?  Lame and weak!  Lame and weak!
Most all things run by the government are lame and weak.
Ted Editorial Comment:   Ugh... my massively liberal self becomes more and more conservative by the day (it is aberrant to observe).


Anyway that is about all I got.  Drinking beer tonight for the first time in a long time.  Will have get to drink a few more times before going back to The States for farewell party type things (I am transferring within my company from Japan back to the US after 3 years here in Japan) I think but other than that it will be (unfortunately) no drinking until next race late spring.



Running is Awesome!



2 comments:

  1. I'm sure you could (I think I could take him) but I bet he'd outrun you before you had the chance haha. 'A good run can fix most any crappiness you are experiencing in life' Very true. That first winter photo looking down the street looks almost spooky. Nothing wrong with being too conservative. A Nice update Ted. Look forward to the next one.

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    1. Thanks Mark-san. I hope then next one goes well. It is sub-3 or bust!!!

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