Seoul Marathon 2017: Race Report

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This is my race report for the Seoul Marathon held on March 18th 2017 (not to be confused with the other Seoul Marathon held in November). I’ll try to break this experience down and provide some useful information for anyone considering this event.

Registration: Even though this is an ‘international’ event (and has the IAAF gold rating), the website is painfully inadequate if you don’t read Korean. Basic information is in English but registration is a nightmare. First of all, the registration opens relatively late. This year it opened on Dec. 12th and I registered promptly on that day. To my knowledge, the race did not fill up quickly so no need to stress too much about doing it very quickly. However, be prepared to spend some time trying to figure out how to get through. The website did offer some English for the main page, but once you go into the registration area it’s all Korean. It helps if you can use google chrome which will offer an English translation (you’ll probably also need to cut and paste into google translate). But even with that, you’ll find some parts unclear. At some point I even needed to enter an address with a postal code in Korea, so I put in something random.  Continue reading

Hida Takayama 100km Race Report

It was a long run, so I’m afraid this is going to be a long post…. Let’s start with the morning of the race. There I was on the start line at 4:45 AM. The sun was coming up and all I could think about was the 100km of road in front of me. It was the fifth edition of the Hida Takayama Ultramarathon, held annually in Takayama, Japan. As a non-Japanese visitor, I felt a bit like a stranger in a strange land. But it didn’t matter. We are all equal on the starting line when stripped down to the bare essentials.

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Tokyo Marathon 2016: Race Report

Out of the eight marathon I’ve completed, Tokyo has got to be the best. No, I have not done Boston or London or Chicago, and I’m sure those are great too, but I can say with confidence that Tokyo is an amazing experience. I feel like a little kid who is giddy after a rollercoaster and just wants to do it again!

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Two Weeks till Tokyo Marathon 

Well, I think I’m all set to run another sub-3 marathon (knocking on every piece of wood I can find). Of course the number 3 is arbitrary. For some, it might be 2:45 and for others it might be 3:45. But I know that for me, at my current age of 43, 3 hours is a worthy goal. I’ve done it twice now, and this time around I’m fairly certain that I can do it again.

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China Coast Marathon 2016

There are two full marathons offered in Hong Kong. The big one is the Hong Kong Standard Chartered Marathon and the other, smaller affair, is the China Coast Marathon. For most people, it’s a matter of choosing one or the other since they are usually only a few weeks apart. This morning I ran in the China Coast half marathon, my third time taking part in this event.

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Up and Down and Back on Track: 5 weeks till Tokyo Marathon

I was running strong, stronger than ever. Finding gears I didn’t know I had. Pushing harder on longer runs. I noticed improvements on my heart rate which corresponded to the feeling that I was running faster with less effort required. I was recovering quickly from hard workouts. My weight was down to lower than ever, maybe even lighter than when I was in high school 25 years ago. My marathon PR of 2:56 would be easy. Maybe it would be closer to 2:50.

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Macau Marathon 2015: Race Report

In my last post I mentioned that I was suffering from a strained hamstring. I mentioned that I might not be able to run in Macau or that I might not be able to run as quickly as I had hoped. But a weird thing happened. Three days before the marathon I had to do a fair bit of walking around work and by the end of the day I noticed that my left knee was sore. No big deal, I thought, but then I woke up during the night with some fairly noticeable pain! A day later, two days before the marathon, I could not walk without feeling sharp pains coming from my inner knee area. WTF??? How did that happen? After running 70 mile weeks, how did I get injured from just walking around? I searched the internet and figured that I was suffering from an inflamed bursa (I still don’t know what it was for sure). My theory is that after I injured my hamstring, my muscles tightened up considerably and that put some strain on the knee (you can read about the chain reaction effect of hamstring and knee injuries if you check around). So I iced it like crazy and that seemed to help, but as time ticked by I was fairly certain that I was not going to be running on Sunday.

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