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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Tom and I run our first 15km

Great day today.

It started, in the beautiful autumnal morning sunlight, with Tom and I doing our first ever 15km run. This is a major achievement - I've never been a runner, and never would have thought that this year I'd be able to run 9.3 miles non-stop (ok, so I did stop briefly for a wee and to do my laces up).

We only started training about 7 weeks ago, and I remember how knackered I felt after doing 5km back then. The idea of doing a second 5km lap made me want to fall over.

Then last week we did the 10km. That was ok, although the final km sprint nearly killed me.

Today, my legs were fine until about the 12km mark, when my right knee - the infamous Trailwalker knee (which packed up on me halfway through the 100km Oxfam sponsored hike in 2007) started to ache. At 14km, my granny's hip syndrome reappeared, as it does occasionally when I dance. But still, we did it.

I had my iPhone tracking us for the entire 1 hour, 17 mins and 23 seconds. The map can be viewed on EveryTrail, although I recommend downloading the Google Earth file (link on the main trip page) and viewing it in that, as you can zoom around the emperor's garden and marvel at how we apparently jogged along the surface of the moat.

First ever 15km! at EveryTrail

Map created by EveryTrail:GPS Geotagging.

This is really exciting stuff! We're thinking of entering the full Tokyo Marathon and possibly Honolulu Marathon in 2010.




After a trip home for a shower, I was back out to Shibuya for a private lesson, then a few hours spent editing the photos I took for the nail shop, C&K Nail. Here's a few of the more interesting ones...

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Have you ever seen nails like this?! It's one from their special winter range.

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Tonight I'm trying to catch up with my Japanese, as well as learn more about nutrition, and write a letter. Hmm, just not enough hours in the day!

I've decided to not eat any chocolate this week, so please, if you meet me on the street, don't offer me any.

Thanks :-)

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Offer: Reduced cost Lasik and place on Trailwalker Team 2009

*Twinkle*s laser eye surgery ('Lasik') has really turned out to be a great success. Whilst she was in a bit of discomfort for the few hours following the short op, by the next day she was doing OK (albeit not too fond of bright lights). A few weeks down the line and she's feeling the full benefit of being able to see clearly again (without the irritation or cost of contact lenses / glasses).

For anyone thinking of getting it done, we recommend the place that *Twinkle* and her sister used, near Hibiya/ Ginza in a somewhat futuristic complex above a swanky shopping centre. I forget the name now - I can check when I get home.

The cost is about 173,000 yen. If you don't have the money up front you can pay interest free over two years. If you mention our name (I think we'd need to give you a code) you'll get a 15,000 yen discount (disclosure: and we'll also receive a referral bonus).

The place has been doing great business lately through word-of-mouth referrals, and I must admit I'm not surprised given how straight forward and quick the whole procedure is.

I'll get it done myself once I've gone a bit more blind.

Drop me a line if you're interested.




Trailwalker 2009

Oxfam Japan have just sent out invites to participate Trailwalker 2009, and I must say, I'm tempted. It ties in nicely with training for the marathon etc.

Any takers? It's an unforgettable experience!

(Click here for our Trailwalker 2007 mini-site)

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