NOSAPPU-MISAKI MARATHON 2013

8月18日に納沙布岬マラソンに出ました。坂が多いコースなのできつかったです。特に最後の坂は大変でした!天気も悪くて向かい風もありましたが、6月のマラソンよりも早かったので良かったです。その後のビールはめちゃくちゃ最高でした!

Turned out for the half-marathon here on Sunday the 18th. A rolling course with a solid hill at the end. Apparently… The rolling course was all very well for the first 10K, but after that it was just a GRIND. Up and down the whole way. Mist and light rain. AND a headwind. And I distinctly remember two particularly tough climbs. One at around 15K, then the other (not quite as big, but definitely harder!) right at the very end. Kinda crazy as you climb this last hill, turn left, and then run twenty metres to the finish line. Little hard to do with any kind of style… Or maybe I just need to train more!

Much improved since the half-marathon in June though (my first in seven years) so was quite stoked about that. Looking forward to the next one!

No t-shirt this time, but I did score a new towel.

This race was quite politically-charged as the main theme of the day seemed not to be the actual race, but the territory dispute between Japan and Russia instead. Above my race number it (basically) says “give us back our islands”. There were some quite passionate speeches about them (but not really about the race!) at the opening ceremony too.

Went to a revolving sushi restaurant for dinner afterwards. Not a big fan of fish in general, but there are some kinds of fish I do eat. I did let this one pass though...

Went to a revolving sushi restaurant for dinner afterwards. Not a big fan of fish in general, but there are some kinds of fish I do eat. I did let this one pass though…

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