Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience & My 1st World Marathon Majors

Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience, My 1st World Marathon Majors

Yes!!! finally I did my first World Marathon Majors in Tokyo Marathon 2017 on 26th March, 2017, The Day We Unite! It was memorable day and run for me when I crossed the finishing line at 5:50:40 to be exact, I cried. All the energy, time, effort, and training it’s worth it. Well for some of you this may not be a great timing but for a beginner like me it’s an achievement. We all start somewhere and progress from it. Respect the distance and finish strong.

Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience, My 1st World Marathon Majors
Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience & My 1st World Marathon Majors


Well, to be honest I only started running seriously since February 2017. Before this I don’t have any proper training or guidance. I did my first marathon at Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2016 and finished it at 6:52:46. And it’s a bit of a struggle after 30KM because the weather is getting hotter and my started to cramp. 

Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience, My 1st World Marathon Majors
I did in 5:50:40
Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience 

When I did my Tokyo Marathon 2017, I am more prepared and was trained for 5 weeks plus the weather is good in Tokyo was good, it’s approximately 9 to 10 degree Celsius. It was a good day, no raining, not so windy and slightly sunny. I finished stronger and faster with a smile. I believe that I can do better in my next marathon. 

There is no injury, on the evening itself we went out for our feast and mini celebration. The next day continue to go around Tokyo, did some last minute shopping and managed to watch Sakura started to bloom at Yoyogi Park before flying back home. 

Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience, My 1st World Marathon Majors
Before the run start, we were at our respective gate. I was at Gate 5
Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience

Every kilometer I ran for someone, there are 42 people in my mind that keep me going. What did during the race day was stay focus and keep to my pace, although at km 36 my legs started cramped and my knees hurt a bit because of the wind at certain points was quite strong. The determination to push for the last few km got to be strong, it’s so near the finishing line yet so far. When I crossed the finishing line it's all worth it.

Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience, My 1st World Marathon Majors
During the run, weather was good and I saw many runners in their colorful attire and also cosplayer
Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience

The whole race was so well organized and coordinated although there are about 35,000 runners on that day, there are no pushing or accident. From the moment I collected my race kit till the end of the race I collected my medal. 

Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience, My 1st World Marathon Majors
After the run, after the finishing line
Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience

There were more sufficient water and isotonic drink stations along the run. Oh ya, did I mentioned there were food stations also, yes they served really awesome food like bananas, tangerines, tomatoes, buns, sweets and many more.

Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience, My 1st World Marathon Majors
#ootd on the race day
Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience

Not only that I was amazed because there were so many supporters along the way, non-stop cheering and some even bring food, drinks and sprays to offer to the runners. The volunteers and supporters were really amazing, such a kind and encouraging nation.

Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience, My 1st World Marathon Majors
Queuing to collect our finisher medal
Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience

If possible I hope there will be more mobile toilets along the way and especially before the starting point. And I really wish that we can have a finisher tee, am I too wishful? Other that these two I think the organizer did very well.

Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience, My 1st World Marathon Majors
Thanks to ASICS for such a memorable experience and run at Tokyo Marathon 2017

Thanks to ASICS for such a memorable experience and hope to run Tokyo Marathon again. So now I've completed my 1st World Marathon Majors, 5 more to go New York, Chicago, Berlin, London and Boston. Will I make it? I will continue to train and run. As I may not be there yet but I am a step closer than I was yesterday. Strive for Progress not Perfection and Dare to Dream!

Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience, My 1st World Marathon Majors
Tokyo Marathon 2017 Experience & My 1st World Marathon Majors


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21 comments:

  1. Congratulations. I hope you will achieve your goal of running all the major marathons around the world.

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  2. Cool you run in Tokyo Marathon! Lucky! I wish go there :D

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  3. Congrats on your achievement. You make us proud.

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  4. it must be a great experience! n wow i see the 5 more country to go, hope u make it !

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  5. Well done, babe! Such a great achievement to be able to run the World Marathon.

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  6. OMG it such a good experience. Running is Japan, the environment and the breeze also different. You're so lucky.

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  7. Wow! I'm so jealous! Congrats on your achievement!

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  8. what a truly remarkable experience and achievement... congratulations babe... you did it and you are awesome

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  9. very nice medal indeed. great job Kelly

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  10. Wow Awesome! Congratulation, what a great experience.

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  11. Great job Kelly, I am so proud of you my friend :)

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  12. Congrats on your first marathon majors experience. It's also great that you did a sub 6 on your first marathon major. Great time.

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  13. Wow! Congratulations! Way to go on your next World Major Marathons. Keep running :)

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  14. Congratulations on your first marathon! Under 6 hours for a first timer is very good. I have been to Tokyo in March and the weather should be great for a run.

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  15. Congratulations on your first marathon and amazing performance. Keep running!

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  16. Congratulations! Being able to finish the entire marathon I guess is accomplishment enough. How long it took you to finish it I guess is not so important.

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  17. You completed an hour earlier than the last run, that's awesome! Congrats!!!

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  18. Whoa! Congrats Kelly...That's quite an achivement. That too in Tokyo!

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  19. That's great Kelly to finish the marathon in 6 hours. Participating in the marathon is on my list, hopefully someday I get to cross it. Keep it up.

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  20. It would be nice to run a marathon in Japan with all the beautiful cherry blossoms surrounding me. I hope to go to Japan soon.

    ❀ Grace ❀

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  21. japan!!!! and run!!! hhaaha 2 things that i really want.. you are so luck yo have experience this.. hope i can also experience this real soon..

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