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.

The closest I’ve got to Japan so far.
Japantown, SF

Did you know that, in Japan, they have heated toilet seats??? Guess what I’m most excited about?

Coming to a bottom near me…soon.

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.

Hoping to be running round plenty of these, please.
San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden

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!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Jen says:

    How exciting! I’ve never been to Tokyo, but I’ve been to Osaka and Kyoto. I wrote a series of blog posts about it, some of which you might find useful, as I touch on culture, food (duh), and how things are done. The set is here: http://willblog4food.wordpress.com/?s=japan+travel

    There’s the Kaiser half marathon in February, but I really hope you decide to run the Oakland half marathon in March with me!!!

    1. Cathryn says:

      I’ll check the links out today, thanks!! We’re hoping to go to Kyoto!!!! And any advice about culture would be much appreciated. I love travelling and seeing new places but I’ll admit I’m a little daunted by Japan. But VERY excited.
      I think I’ll be in the UK for Kaiser…but I’ve been thinking Oakland might be my Spring Half and if you’re running with it, the deal is virtually sealed.

      1. Jen says:

        Kyoto is so great — definitely go if you can. It’s like SF in the way that it’s a huge city, but doesn’t feel overwhelming. It would probably be a nice break from the hustle-and-bustle of Tokyo. The travel tips post is here: http://willblog4food.wordpress.com/2009/09/20/adventures-in-japan-part-iv-travel-tips/

        My bf and I are registered for Oakland! (We signed up in the summer when there was a crazy good deal on registration.) So you should definitely run it too!! It’s a great race with definite PR potential.

  2. henatayeb says:

    That is so amazing. Enjoy. As for the jet lagged toddler, good luck and be prepared for weird sleeping patterns the first few days but try to keep him/her busy during the day so he stays up and sleep only when he is supposed to, no forcing of course but we can try. And you can start from the plane. When it is technically night time try to get him to go to sleep and stay awake during the day hours. Because of that we like to fly at night when it is such a long flight. Good luck, enjoy and stay safe.

    1. Cathryn says:

      Good advice. We’ve done UK/Cali many times so know roughly what to expect but it’s never fun, is it!! Oh well…excited!

  3. Laura says:

    Wow, how exciting!!!!! Wishing you very safe and very fun travels! Can’t wait to see where the stroller takes you… I am also shooting for the Kaiser and Oakland halfs but there is also Brazen’s Bay Breeze, the Nor Cal half, and the Lake Chabot Trail run to consider in Feb. & March- too many choices!!!

  4. Cathryn says:

    I’m leaning towards Oakland…sounds like a few of us will be doing it and that would be a lot of fun!!!!

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