Welcome to my JogNote. We love Da-maranic!!
Do you know maranic? Maranic is new word combining Marathon's mara and Picnic's nic.
And Da is "駄" in japanese. For example We use 無駄(Mu-Da) which means waste. or 駄菓子(Da-Gashi) which means cheap sweets.
Damaranic is a race for excellent slow runners.
Today was the second day of "Tsukiichi Matsuura full". The track was not the same as the 1st race. Sansha-Mairi was included in today's track. Sansha-Mairi refers to Japanese people going to three shrines on New Year's Day. There is also an Osaisen-Bako which means a donation box. They believe God may be listening to their wishes when they throw money into the Osaisen-Bako and they make their wish to God.
I'm sorry if I forget how the important ceremony works when offering. Japanese people, including me, move their hands naturally at a shrine. The ceremony is called 2-Rei 2-Hakusyu 1-Rei. Rei means to bow to God. Hakusyu means to clap your hands. At first, if there is a bell in front of the Osaisen-Bako you will ring the bell, throw money into the Osaisen-Bako and bow to God two times. You should put your hands together in front of your chest, slightly slide your right hand down and clap your hands two times. Then, place your hands back together to pray. When you have finished praying, put your hands down and bow to God once more. The ceremony is like this, but the most important thing is to pay tribute to God.
Ummm, what is my wish?
I always think about getting a lot of profit for FX, but maybe God doesn't listen to this wish, does he, because I wished it three years ago. Another wish would be to make my business prosper. Maybe I dedicate my life to it but I know better than to ask anyone else. Today is Damaranic, so I may wish to run faster! No, No! It is not my wish.
I've got it ! I wish that all Damarers have fun running without any accidents or injuries this year!
Now, I will introduce one of the attractions of The Damaranic.
What is the fun of The Damaranic?
Fun running? Yes!
Fun talking with other Damarers while running? Yes!
There are many other fun things...
I think that one of the most fun things for me is the food served at the unmanned Aid Stations.
For example, in this Matsuura Full Damaranic,
There was unmanned Aid Station at 12 km, 21 km, 31 km, and 38 km.
The food available included:
12 km-Sushi roll and Yokan (sweet jellied red-bean paste.)
21 km-Imo Mochi (Race cake mixed with sweet potato, topped with red-bean paste.)
31 km-Inarizushi (Vinegared rice in sweet and salty deep-fried tofu. )
38 km-Satsuma (If you are Japanese you think this is sweet potato, but this means orange.)
There are drinks at all of the Aid Stations. (Isotonic sports drink, coke, etc.)
The great designer Mr. Seiyo Mori said.
"The stomach and the market decided the design which needs such a vivid feeling of reality. Therefore, someone who actually thinks with their feelings is good."
Then, my stomach decided that I would run The Damaranic.
I just thought "What food is being served at the next Aid Station?", so I felt I was given energy to get to the next station. I don't think I could run The Damaranic without the Aid station's food. However, I'm sorry because I ate too much today because the sushi roll was very delicious, and I was very hungry. I thought that I was the last runner, but I was wrong. There were people who started late. I'm sorry, I did not know at that time.
My knee was good condition to 20 km, and 20 minutes earlier than the last race, but the good condition was only up to this point. Later, my calf became to tight to run. In addition, I felt nauseous probably because I overate, and may be because of gastrointestinal bleeding.
I was disappointed that the predicted time of my goal was slower than the last race, but I took heart from the thought that I was just happy to be able to run. and then I was finished in about 7 hours...good enough.
One runner said "Treadmills are boring", and another runner said "I felt like this but I was on the road..."
One day my wife said "Are you not bored of running for many hours?"
I thought that I was tired and I could not run every race, but I never felt bored...
Also, in this "Matsuura Full Damaranic", sometimes I was greeted with the local people of Matsuura city on the road, and I enjoyed the scenery. As I wrote before, I was looking forward to the next Aid station's food, and I decided that I would run to the next Aid Station. Actually, I was lacking for nothing and I wasn't bored while running.
I enjoyed talking with my body in addition to the above. It may seem strange "talking with body", but I think of it like a Zen. Zen means one of the Buddhist Sects. Actually, There is The Race of "Ho-Zen". "Ho" means walking in Japanese. (To Beppu From Yukuhashi 100 km )
I like such a moment, and it is fun, but I'm so slow...
I admired everyone that finished in around 4 hours!
Thank you Amirin.
Thank you all Damarers.
[ 2013年1月10日 16:44 ]