Our family went back to the UK last week. Their departure marked the end of my ‘Fun-Run Month’…I’m both physically and mentally ready to sign up for another challenge and start training again. It’s been good to have time off…it fitted in really well with our guests and the busyness of the past few weeks, and I’m now gagging to run hard again, instead of being fed up with it! Result!
So what’s next?
The plan has been to run my first trail race – the Woodside Ramble on December 15th. However this isn’t going to happen because on Friday, we are going to Tokyo for three weeks!!
We haven’t had much notice so I am a little stressed (I’m a planner, not a aeroplane-seat-of-my-pants girl) but I am VERY VERY VERY excited about this. The Husband’s work has a Japanese arm out there that wants him to consult for them for a few weeks, and the Dude and I are going along for the ride. I have wanted to go to Tokyo for a long time now so I can’t tell you how excited I am. I am also feeling VERY lucky and very grateful for such an amazing opportunity.
Did you know that, in Japan, they have heated toilet seats??? Guess what I’m most excited about?
I am hoping to persuade the Woodside race director to let us move our entries to their next trail race here in the Bay Area in December. But in terms of running, this trip means that there will be new places to run (yippeee) in a new country (yippeee) but with a stroller (ahhhhh) and for shorter distances rather than longer runs (booo). I don’t want to use up our precious Japan weekends fitting in long runs so runs are liable to be an hour long max.
Apparently we’re not staying in central Tokyo but in a dormitory town about 10 miles north, half an hour by train. It’s called Akabane and I can’t find much about it online. But (also apparently), popular running routes in Tokyo come with shower and storage facilities…that sounds quite impressive.
So such an exciting few weeks to come. I am so excited and so grateful to be able to do these things, and also really proud of the Husband for being so flipping clever!
Has anyone got any recommendations for late Feb/early March CA half-marathons?
Anyone been to Tokyo? Anyone run there?
Has anyone got any experience of a toddler and 17 hours worth of jet-lag?? That should be fun!