Hello Sandwiches! Did you have a nice weekend?
I went to see my friends artworks at a design event and on Sunday I participated in a 10km run as part of the Kintaro Marathon in Odawara!
Here are a few pics. The above shot is Fuji-san from the Odakyu-sen!
Lining up for our bibs and time chips.
My 10km run bib! (so happy 10kms runners got pink bibs!)
Baggage tag with my name in Katakana.
My runners chip. And chipped nail polish!
This is the river path we ran along with a lovely view of Fuji-san! The air was very fresh here (about 1.5 hours away from Shimokitazawa). We ran past small vegetable farms, and over small bridges with flowing water. It was so hot while we were running and each time I saw water flowing I would mentally imagine I was in the flowing water rather than in the middle of a 10km run. There were a few local oba-chans standing on the side lines wishing us luck 'がんばれ！’. The drinks stand had Pokari Sweat and water. Luckily I was able to read the kanji and katakana for the drinks stand!
It was my first race in Japan and it definitely inspired me to do more organised races here!
It was tough but I finally made it to the finish line and look at the cute red bean fish we were all given (along with a banana, Pokari sweat and green tea bottle) at the end of the race! There aren't many countries where you can receive such a cute treat after a run!
My 10km certificate! Yatta!
The area itself was really quaint. If I wasn't so exhausted I would have taken more photos!
Overgrown vending machine.
A nice view of Fuji-san from the town.
Finally back to Shimokitazawa to one of my favourite cafes for lunch and a well deserved 生ビール。
This is the free t-shirt every runner received!
Back home and having a shower never felt so good, and before long it was off to My Y's mums mothers day sushi dinner in Ginza.
What a great day. If only everyday could be this productive!
By the way - I'm writing this from my Shimokitazawa apartment which I've been limping around with serious leg muscle aches all day! ha ha/ I have to go to the post office in a moment so if you see a gaijin limping around Shimokita - you'll know who it is.