Monday, 4 October 2010

Killer Bees, Holy Crap!

At the 24th Nagano Iizuna Marathon on October 3rd,  33 runners, staff and spectators were stung by what appeared to be killer hornets.  According to officials the injured people were all taken to hospital for treatment and none of the injures were serious.  Despite this organizers stopped the race to ensure the safety of all those taking part.

We've all had races canceled due to inclement weather, but killer bees?  What has been the strangest thing that has caused the cancellation of an event you've been involved in?

Comeback Time

So the Run For Vision is this coming Sunday exactly 3 weeks to the day that I fractured my rib, and I've decided to run.  My doctor told me I needed a month to heal, but in the deranged mind of a runner 3 weeks equals a month right?

Surprisingly, the time since my injury has based quite quickly.  As a bicycle commuter I was dreading taking the train to work every day for a month.  But to my good fortune we've been having a lot of rain in Tokyo over the past few weeks, so even if I wasn't injured I would have been forced to take the train and scale back my running anyway.

I haven't run for 3 weeks, I'm not sure how my ribs will feel, but I believe I can make it to the finish line.  My race plan is to soak up the sun and enjoy the atmosphere while running around the scenic Imperial Palace gardens in central Tokyo with a few thousand of my closest running friends.

Looking forward to getting out there again.