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A blog about jitensha and jogging

Thursday, February 26, 2009

24 days until Tokyo Marathon

Walking a tightrope at the moment with my training for the Tokyo Marathon. Both Achilles tendons would like very much to cause me difficulties, my knees need daily icing and the lymph gland on the right hand side of my neck is a bit swollen and sore. But two more long runs and I'm into recovery mode.

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Runners on Twitter

Finding runners on Twitter has proved much harder than finding cyclists. And the runners who are on Twitter tend to Tweet less often. Someone should so a study...

Anyway, here's some runners on Twitter (Track website) (very good) (British hurdler) (Track website) (appears to be the real deal, but no Tweet since Beijing) (Olympian) (Olympian) (Olympain - decathlon) (Olympic gold medallist - decathlon) (US 50km champ)

Where are all the British athletes? Australian athletes? Japanese athletes? If anyone knows please post your finds below.

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Cyclists on Twitter

I've been following Twitter a lot lately, and I've been enjoying the Twitter posts by various cyclists around the world. Here's a list of the cyclists I'm following: - Commentator Phil Liggett - George Hincapie - Koos Moerenhout - Taylor Phinney - Axel Merckx - Velo News magazine - Christian Vande Velde - Liz Kreutz photographer - Tour Down Under - Bike World (very good) - Dave Zabriskie - Carlos Sastre (real?) - Christian Meier - Japanese cycling/product news - Team Slipstream - Cycle Sport writer - Cycling Weekly writer - Cycle Sport writer - Road Magazine - Jim Ochowicz - Michael Rogers (very good) Steephill TV

...and there are others I choose not to follow, such as Ivan Basso, Lance Armstrong and the Ouch! team of Floyd Landis.

You might notice I've included my site:
I focus on Japanese design, but I always pass on news about Japanese cycling products from Shimano, Araya, Bridgestone etc.

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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon / Marugame Half Marathon

Moroccan runner Adil Annai took a fine win in the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon in a personal best time of 2.10.15, while in the arguably more competitive Marugame Half Marathon Mekubo Mugusu won in a time of 1.00.37.

Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon
1. Adil Annai 2.10.15
2. Seiji Kobayahshi 2.10.43
3. Keita Akiba 2.10.53
4. Scott Westcott (Australia) 2.12.56

Marugame Half Marathon
1. Mekubo Mugusu 1.00.37
2. Daniel Gitau 1.01.34
3. Atsushi Sato 1.02.24

1. Mara Yamauchi 1.08.29
2. Yuri Kano 1.09.24
3. ?
4. Reiko Tosa 1.10.58

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A good 5km

I turned up to Oda Field in Yoyogi Park on Wednesday dreading the idea of running 5km. My neck was hurting a lot - some kind of glandular pain - and I felt weary. But I figured I'd give it a go.

Then, after running 2km, my shoelace came undone, but I kept going.

And I was rewarded with a half-decent time - 17.33. My equal second best time. Of course, now I wish I'd run just a bit faster. Sub 17.30 would have been nice. But all things considered, I can't complain.

Did a good 2 hour run the next day.

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