|A view of the Meguro River|
|Why yes. Those *ARE* Hello Kitty construction markers.|
(Shinjuku, not Meguro River Path)
|In preparation for my first big run back, I've been carb-loading with Ramen.|
|And amazingly cheap and delicious Kaiten Sushi.|
|Our 4-top did *amazingly* well. We stuffed ourselves for 3600Yen total (minus beer).|
I am egregiously happy to report that I'm finally able to run. After asking a million people where I could find a gym (our hotel didn't have one), figuring out how to get there, and paying the fee at the local Tennis & Golf club (that thankfully had treadmills), I was greeted by an adorable older man finishing up his calisthenics -- Konnichiwa! He smiled and bowed to greet me, very happy that he would not be the only person in what apparently is the dregs of the racket and golf club. I was very happy to greet him back with an enthusiastic Konnichiwa and bow (after several days, they are kind of automatic now) -- it made for a very fun official feeling welcome to my running comeback.
And with that, I finished more than 5K on the treadmill at 0.5% incline, including a 1.7 Km at 9 km/hr (10:42 mile pace) warm-up; and 4 X 2 min intervals with walking recovery at 10.5 (9:12/mile), 10.6 (9:07/mile), 10.7 (9:02/mile) and 10.8 (8:56) Km/hr.
|This was the best running infrastructure I could find, in a *baffling* private Japanese Racket/Golf complex.|
Yes, it's a super easy workout, and less than 2 miles total running. But I sweated. I worked hard. I got my heart rate into the 170s a few times. AND I GOT A MAD RUNNER'S HIGH.
I'm quite glad I couldn't see the paces in miles on the 'mill. I was so pleased with the workout that I bounced the whole walk back to my hotel and didn't bother to do the conversion 'til long after the high wore off. I'm sure there's some lesson about running by effort and being pleased in the moment buried in that experience, but I can't take the time to figure it out right now.
Right now, I need to go get some delicious Japanese lunch.