Record of Jogging between Ohi-machi (Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo) and Higashi-Kurume city
May 29, 1999
When the Hanshin Earthquake occurred several years ago, all traffic systems jammed. At that time, I thought I had to try to walk between the company office and my house just in case. I checked the map and found that the distance between Ohi-machi and Higashi-Kurume city is around 35km. I also thought that I could run such a distance. Thus I decided to carry out my plan on May 29, 1999.
From iq Ohi-machi station to my house (Higashi-Kurume city)
Distance of approx.RT
Details of courseF
Ohi-machi`Shimoshinmei`Togoshi Park`Hiratuka Bridge Crossing`Yamanote StreetiCircular Route No.6j`Tomigaya Crossing`Inokasira Street`Kichijouji`Kichijouji Street`Oume Highroad`Tokorozawa Highroad`Higasi-Kurume City
I rode on the first train at 5:08AM from Higashi-Kurume station.
Arrived in Ohi-machi
Arrived in Kichijouji
Record of Jogging
I got up at 4:00AM. I ate two bananas as a breakfast. I wore running wear and packed water, food, towel, map etc. into my daypack. Then I left for the Higashi-Kurume station on foot. I rode on the first train and arrived in Ikebukuro at 5:30AM. I immediately changed the train of the Yamanote line, which started at 5:38AM. The train was somehow crowded even in the early morning. From the Shinjuku station, more people came into the train. I wondered what they were doing. I again changed to the Keihin Tohoku line at the Shinagawa station just past 6:00AM. I then made preparing gymnastics and started to run from the Ohi-machi station.
Then, I easily passed the Shimoshinmei station. However, from there, I went astray. But I somehow found that I was at the entrance of the Togoshi Park. A lot of people was making radio gymnastics exercises there. I mananged to find the wide street which lead to the Hiratsuka Bridge Crossing. When I arrived there, I turned to the right and finally entered into the Yamanote Street (Circular #6 Street). Then I went on running toward the Shinjuku district.
I passed the Nakameguro station and arrived in the Tomigaya Crossing. Then I turned to the left to enter into the Inogashira Street. However, unfortunately, the street was under construction! There was no sidewalk! The street was narrow although the traffic was heavy. It was dangerous! The sidewalk appeared when I arrived in the Tashirobashi station and thus I was reliefed. There was another route from there, however, I decided to continue to run the Inogashira Street to Kichijouji. Thus the total distance increased in comparison with the distance planned at the initial stage.
I felt it was very far from Ohi-machi to kichijouji. However, I could run without problem. It took 2 hours 45 minutes. From Kichijouji, I ran to the northward to the Oume Highroad. The course was coming to the end. I was getting tired. I couldn't sleep well last night and thus I was finally exhausted. When I arrive in the Oume Highroad, the running pace drastically slowed down. I ran very slowly and passed very close the "Torii" (Big Red Gate) of the "Higashi Fushimi Inari Shrine" and the Seibu-Yagisawa station and finally arrived in the entrance of the Tokorozawa Highroad of Tanashi city.
I was familiar with the route from Tanashi city to my house, but I couldn't continue to run any more. I walked and ran, then walked and ran! I managed to reach my home at 10:30AM. According to my watch, I ran 37.11km by 37,118 steps for 4 hours 8 minutes 27 seconds. B
I could run through within 4 hours if I could continue to run. However, it might be difficult to finish within 3 hours 30 minutes. Fortunately, it was cloudy and cool. The temperature was 22 degrees. Thus I didn't sweat so much. I only drank a little water. After taking a shower, I had a celebratory drink with a canned beer. It was so delicious! Anyway, I falttered myself that I had done!