Kyoto Marathon-Day 1


 

Mt Fuji, winter morning
Beautiful view of Mt Fuji from Shinagawa – winter morning

Overnight stay in Tokyo started with an amazing view of Mt Fuji.  Winter is often dry and hazy and a clear look across 95km to see it like this is unusual.  We saw Fuji-san only once on our previous trip on a clear day after the heavy snow in 2014.

Lovely day for a run after a day sitting down.  (Does it count as altitude training?). Today’s plan for Chikako included 6km and intervals.  The ideal place for the run was a lap of the Imperial Palace, and the 5km walk to there would be a good, gradual warm-up.  There were some intervals along the way; beating the crossing lights is a real motivator.

It is a popular 5km loop, and can be packed with runners in training for the Tokyo Marathon on 28 February, as it was when we were here two years ago.

There’s about 50m of elevation between the Route 301 Uchibori-dori in the East and near Route 20 in the West.  (Don’t believe the trace that drops to 64m below sea level at Kokyo-Gaien; it is flat and close to sea level.)

Imperial Palace - anti-clockwise lap
Imperial Palace – anti-clockwise lap

There weren’t hundred of runners this time – maybe next week – but a few teams of university and high school runners; coaches in long coats waited near neat piles of towels and tracksuits.

The popular route includes inspirational and informational signs.

All the while I kept watch on my Micro Suspension scooter.  I walked much of the way to the palace to be a nice footpath user

Total walking/moving for the day was about 25km; not including trains.  That’s a typical Tokyo day for us.  Really.

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