12 Hours to Go!

Tomorrow morning is race day.

I had a semi-successful test on Thursday of my Runkeeper Live.  In order to view the real time race map, you need to have a Runkeeper account yourself.  This is free and you can sign up at runkeeper.com.

If you don’t want to do that though, you can still see my race except you will have to refresh the page to see my little blue dot move!  My Runkeeper page can be found here.

A link is supposed to appear on my Facebook page when I start the race, but this didn’t work during my test run on Thursday.  Instead a link appeared after I’d finished and declared that I had run a paltry 0.48 km instead of the 8 km that I had actually run!  So I think the safest thing to do if you wish to check on my progress is just go straight to my Runkeeper page itself.

The race begins at 9:37 am JST.  This is 8:37 am Perth time.  As for anywhere else, I’ll let you work it out yourselves!

You will have plenty of time to check in as I suspect it will take me at least two and a half hours to complete!  My goal is just to finish the bugger.

This evening I have spent the day sticking to my normal routine.  I had gnocchi for dinner which I also intend to have for breakfast in the morning and one glass of red wine.  I made sure I was at the end of the bottle yesterday so that I wouldn’t be tempted to have a second glass tonight!  It is all about preparation!

6 Days to Go

RunKeeper Live

I’ve finally worked out how to do this.  If you want to follow my race on Sunday, here is how to do it.

Firstly, people who have a RunKeeper account will be able to see much more detail and an automatically refreshing map of my position.  If you don’t have a RunKeeper account, you will see a static page that you will have to refresh to see changes in my position.

RunKeeper is free.  I love it for tracking everything in one place.  You should get it!

When I start running, RunKeeper will post a link on my FaceBook page.  Clicking that, will take you to my RunKeeper page where you will be able to see the race by clicking on the live fee link on the left.  I have three more training runs this week and I’m going to test the live feature by broadcasting each of those.  Fingers crossed, it works!

89 Days to Go

On Saturday I completed my first ever 10km run under 60 minutes!

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It was a beautiful day in Tokyo and a HUGE thank you needs to go out to my running partners Kim, Elaine and Sangeeta.  Also, I must thank the support team of Alex and Fred who came along to cheer us on.

My attempt at broadcasting the race live was a total failure due to the fact that I didn’t read the instructions.  I was supposed to enable the broadcast via the app on my phone which I never did so the link I put on my previous post, got people nowhere.  Oh well, that’s life!  I will try it again on Sunday for my long run with Kim and hopefully this time it will work.  I intend to read the instructions this time.  The link should automatically appear on my Facebook page.  However, unless you have a RunKeeper account (and if you are a runner and don’t – seriously, what are you waiting for) it won’t update in real time.  Instead you will have to refresh the page to see my progress.  At least that is what it says in this video…


My next race will be the half marathon in March.  Only 89 days to go!  At least I know I can get halfway there…almost that is!

Me, Sangeeta, Kim and Elaine at Tokyo Run for the Cure – and we did!

cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo shared by Merilyn Winslade