I went for my first Imperial Palace run with a group of runners I met at a grain orchestra. I’ve run two full marathons in my life, but this was my first time to run the Imperial Palace.
The meeting place is Shin-Marunouchi Building in Marunouchi. There were a lot of orchestra members, and some of them were practicing in the evening, so we decided to run at noon, so we gathered at 12:00.
御存知の通り皇居まわりには多くのランんイングステーションがあるのですが、今回利用したのは新丸ビル地下1階にあるこちらの「Marunoutchi Bike & Run」です。
It’s a little hard to find as it’s tucked away in the Shin-Marunouchi Building, but the facilities are excellent and the location is outstanding!
There seems to be a membership system, etc., but the visitor fee is 800 yen for first time use and one time use. I think it is very reasonable considering this facility and location.
Well, there were 7 men and 7 women who gathered together. All of them were running hard in the hot weather.
However, it was very hot and they were sweating more than expected and were exhausted. Even so, everyone finished the course of about 5km per lap. The sunshine on the last straight line was really harsh.
As for my own run, I was tweaking and watching the people in front and behind me run, so I honestly didn’t feel like I could discuss how I was doing, but I think I had more stamina than I thought. Even so, today’s heat was quite an answer.
It was my first time to run the Imperial Palace, and I have to say, the course is very good. Non-stop, gentle incline. I’m sure there is no better running course in Tokyo.
I think I can get a good time on this course. Even if this temperature today is not possible, I think I can run enough for about 30 minutes per lap.
After we finished, we took a shower and changed our clothes, then went to the Shin-Marunouchi Building for a quick launch. For me personally, this was the most exciting part of the day (laughs).
We enjoyed delicious German beer and German food.
At the end of the day, when I was leaving, I accidentally got this…
Let’s not think about how many calories we’ve burned running… (laughs)
After this, a few of us headed to the orchestra practice. I can only say that I’m impressed. Good luck with your practice.
I’m back now and I’m very tired, but I was able to write a good sweat for the first time in a long time. I would love to run with you again. I’m sure there will be a second run.