The Story Behind The Run
We always have self-doubt if you are a high achiever because when we try to go to the next level and there is thought we are not good enough, but that’s okay because that means we are hungry and we are committed to elevating ourselves..
Osaka Marathon 2019
Landed at Kansai Airport on 27 November 2019 and took JR Hikari Bullet Train (with unlimited JR Pass) to Tokyo (2 days 1 night) to run with adidas Runners Tokyo.
On 29 November 2019 went to Osaka Marathon Expo at Intex Osaka to pick up my race kit.
For me, the training period before race is the most tiring and hardest period, as you wouldn’t know what kinda challenges you will be facing during the weeks of training.
Had been down with shins splints (on left and right leg) 12 weeks before race and minor plantar fasciitis (on left side outer area) after 35k LSD (3 weeks before race); till I started to doubt myself on finishing this 42.195km race course.
Thank god, on the race day itself, legs and body are good to me.
It was 4 degree Celsius in the morning when we arrived at race venue. Warmth up myself with 1km slow jog an hour before race starts.
My initial plan was trying to finish in sub 5, but bumped into 5 hours 15 minutes pacers 3x , it is faith that I have to finish in sub 5:15 . Followed the 5:15 pacers all the way till 1km before finishing line and increase my pace to the end.
During the race, there are some area where it’s quite Sunny (have to roll up my heattech sleeve and remove the gloves n buff). There are places where it’s quite cold where I felt numbness on my hand and have to wear gloves 🧤 .
Surprisingly I still able to walk like normal human, no onset muscles soreness after the event (of course I do drank protein powder right after the race).
Thanks everyone who has been giving me so much encouragement when I’m still doubting myself and also buddies who accompanied me to train whenever I need training.
Along the marathon course, there are so many food, water and medic stations, indeed very well organised.
In conclusion, Osaka Marathon it’s a good course, nice weather and environment with spectators cheering along the entire course.