One of my life long running goals is to run all of the World Marathon Major races. So far I have completed Chicago, Berlin and New York. There are three remaining races - Tokyo, Boston and London. I will only need two more races to complete my goal.
This journey has not been easy. Although my first marathon was Chicago the rest of these races have not come easily. It took 4 failed attempts to finally run New York (3 lottery rejects and one hurricane cancelation). I have been rejected from the London Marathon 'ballot' 4 consecutive years. With Berlin I was able to get in last year before the lottery system was in place - but coordinating travel was pretty intense... But that will have nothing on Japan! I signed up to the lottery around a year ago and was accepted into the Tokyo Marathon while I was in Germany running Berlin. I signed up for the race... but had no game plan to get to Japan, train for the race, hotel, travel partner, etc. My marathon stayed on the back burner for months.
My passport was about to expire and I sent it in to get renewed. I assumed this process would take a month or two and decided that this just wasn't my year to run Tokyo. Somehow the government was on their A-Game and sent me my new passport in a week and a half. I didn't even pay the express fee. I contacted my friend Nancy who I knew also received entry to the Tokyo Marathon. She was in the same boat as me... unsure if she wanted to travel to Japan alone and really has been focused on strength training, not marathon running. After talking with her we decided to just DO IT. That day we booked our flights to Japan and hotel reservations.
I can't imagine getting off the airplane in Tokyo. I don't know a word of Japanese... I am incredibly excited. The best way to experience a city and meet the local people is to run a marathon. I hope to connect with some local Japanese runners, see their amazing city and run the race of my life!
Have you ever visited Japan? Do you have any travel trips? Maybe you have ran the Tokyo Marathon before? Let me know.. I can't wait to share my experience with you.