Why I Love Japan (And You Will Too)

The people are wonderfully polite

Not in a rigid way. They just genuinely think about other people all the time. Japan functions like our society would if everyone put others first instead of being selfish. Nobody will try to rip you off. It’s lovely.

Cherry Blossom Season

 

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I was lucky enough to land in Japan just as the sakura season began. It was lovely to witness hanami, when people go outside each evening and have picnics on blue tarpaulins in the parks and gardens.
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Running in Tokyo

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One of the ways running has transformed my life is that wherever I go in the world, I’m able to tap into ready-made running communities, make new friends, and experience a local perspective. The global explosion in running, and in particular the Bridge the Gap movement, is akin to the acid-house cultural shift in the late ’80s. The drugs have been replaced with endorphins but the love is the same. This post is about my experiences running in Tokyo with Athletics Far East and En Route Running Club. I hope to write about the crews I’ve run with in Hong Kong and Thailand in future. Continue reading “Running in Tokyo”

Bridge Runners in New York City

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Last night I finally got to run with the legendary Bridge Runners in New York and it completely lived up to my very high expectations. Bridge Runners are the original foundation running crew. Legend has it that founder Mike Saes was late to pick his kids up from school one day and was caught in traffic in a taxi. He realised he’d be quicker on foot, so hopped out of the taxi and ran across the bridge, making it in time to pick up his kids. He got such an endorphin high from the run that he’s been running ever since.  Continue reading “Bridge Runners in New York City”

Paris Marathon

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The first new post in ages as I’ve been busy with marathons, awards and work!

Its good to be back.
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So, Paris Marathon. I love the way running takes me all over the world. This was my first trip to Paris in 15 years. Last time I convinced myself I could speak and understand French better when drunk, and therefore spent the majority of the time in a boozy haze. Its testament to how much my lifestyle has changed that I was returning to run the marathon, and while I had the odd beer, those days of excess are long gone. I feel much better for it.  Continue reading “Paris Marathon”