I survived...just barely...part 3

Good morning everyone,

Today will start out overcast and then turn to rain in the late afternoon or evening. It's supposed to keep raining overnight and into tomorrow where it'll be the opposite of today. It'll start out raining and then turn overcast in the late morning-expect the highs to be around 10C today and a little warmer tomorrow...

I had a good time this weekend in Kyoto. I'd love to go again sometime and enjoy the sights and food a bit more. We didn't really have a chance to look around Kyoto at all. The only sightseeing we did was when we were walking from the admission centre back to our hotel. That's about it. Then we killed time in our rooms till we headed out for dinner. I suppose I could have gone out then and seen the sights, but I figured I'd have a chance to see them during the race.

Ahhh...the race. Well, let me just say that it was a perfect example of what happens when you don't train properly. I was cruising along through the first 25 kilometres, then I made it to 30, and then 35 and I was feeling good. I was so surprised that I was in a position to break 4 hours despite the fact that I had hardly trained leading up to the race. Then around 37km I hit the wall. I'm not sure if I'd taught you about 'hitting the wall' before...now that I think of it, I must have, because I seem to hit it every full marathon. But this time was so bad...not only did I hit the wall, but it hit me back and then kicked me while I was down! Ha ha! Seriously, the first 35kms took me about 3hours and 15 minutes and the last 7 took me almost 1 hour! Hitting the wall is impossible to describe to someone who hasn't experienced it. I wasn't in pain. I wasn't out of breath. It was just that I was totally out of energy. And if I had trained properly, that wouldn't have happened, or at least it wouldn't have been so bad.

Speaking of 'bad', I was seriously disappointed with the scenery. I was expecting to see temples and shrines on every corner. But that wasn't the case at all. If you look at the course map, they imply that we can see dozens of them over the course of the race, but I swear I only saw 2 or 3 and one of them was Heian Temple which was the end of the race...ha ha! I saw more temples and shrines during the Tokyo Marathon! 

Today will be recovery day...I'll do my grocery shopping and then soak in the tub for a bit and that's about it. My legs are feeling really painful today...hopefully I'll be able to walk reasonably normal by tomorrow...

Have a great day!

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