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Running with the Kenyans, the way of the runnersの著者、アダーナンフィンさんより聞いたランナーの話のです。

アダーナン・フィンさんとの話はこちら
http://blog.livedoor.jp/gucho_run/archives/10558699.html



あなたは才能に気づいていないだけかもしれない。奥底に素晴らしい才能が眠っているのかもしれない。画家、パイロット、詩人、もしくは世界一の人形使い?それは誰にもわかりません。



2007
年、スティーブ・ウェイの気分は最悪で、重度の喫煙、暴飲暴食により体は太り、衰え、ベッドの上で息は切れ、妻を悩まし人生に疲れ切っていました。
そのスティーブ・ウェイは40歳にしてイギリス代表としてコモンウェルスゲームズのマラソンに出場し10位という成績を納めました。
コモンウェルスゲームズーイギリス連邦に属す53の国と地域から71チームが参加して4年ごとに開催される総合競技大会である。)
 

中年世代へ近ずく頃、心配されるほどの巨漢で息切れの毎日だった男は、軽快で並外れた速さのランナーへ変貌しました。モハメド・アリのゴルフについて述べた言葉を聞いたことがおありでしょうか?「私は素晴らしいゴルフの腕を持っている。ただまだやったことがないだけだ。」
ウェイを我々にこう言いました。「学生時代スポーツに興味を持ったことがなかった。数学と物理が得意なちょっとしたオタクでした。ただ本当に20代を楽しんだと思います。」


夜遅くまで友人と遊んだ後は、多量の酒をよく飲めば、タバコも吸い、夜食の量も尋常ではなかった。
20079月、人生の転機は私が33歳の時に訪れました。当時の私の体重は最大に達し105kgあり、1日おおよそ20本のタバコを吸っていました。咳き込みによる睡眠不足で気分は最悪でした。」
「ひらめきがあったと言うのならば、朝鏡に映る横たわっている自分の姿が嫌いでその時思ったのです。そしてその感情は鮮明に覚えています。何か自分を変えなければいけないと。
 何かひどく病んでいたわけではないのですが、毎日毎日ふらふらとしているだけで人生に何の目標もありませんでした。ワクワクすることさえも。
 夢中になれるもの、そして体重を落としタバコから自分を遠ざけてくれる何かが必要でした。悪い習慣を捨て去り違う方向へ進むためのもの。情熱が。」


運命の日の前、ウェイは眠っている才能に気かずその才能は隠れたままとなっていました。

2006年、彼はロンドンマラソンに出場しており、その際わずか3週間のトレーニングで3時間7分でゴールしています。しっかり練習したランナーでも悪くないタイムです。その後、ウェイはランニングシューズを捨て、再び18ヶ月間のふらふらと生きるだけの日々に戻りました。


ウェイが悪習慣を断ち情熱を取り戻すことを決めた後は、わずかな期間で驚くほどの走力を手にしました。彼がその才能に気づき準備を始めてから7ヶ月後、ロンドンマラソンにて2時間3526秒を記録し100位でゴールしました。


彼の古くからの友人は「本当にお前は変わったよ」以外の言葉が出てきませんでした。緊密な友人のグループの中で自分を変えると言うのは罰当たりにもなりえます。


「彼らは私に“まだランニングをやってるのか?”と問いました。彼らにとって私がランニングに情熱を注ぎ、彼らとの交流が少なくなっていくのを、理解することは難しく受け入れがたいものだったのでしょう。しかし時が経つにつれ彼らは私がどれだけ走ることを楽しんでいるのかを理解し始め、今とは全く違う以前の私を知っていることを喜んでいます。」


これまでの話で素晴らしいストーリーと思うかもしてませんが、ウェイは銀行員として9時から5時までのフルタイムで働き、その中で週間210kmを走りました。「ランニングは仕事ではなく選択肢の一つです。走ることを決めた時私は高収入のIT企業で働いていましたが、トレーニングのために時間を費やせませんでした。そこで仕事を変えることにしましたが、大幅な減収という犠牲も伴いました。


トレーニングには多くの時間を費やしたので、少しわがままになる必要がありました。結婚した当時は今とは全然違いましたが、妻はとても献身的でした。妻はランニングをすることが私にとってどれだけ幸せかを理解し、またその情熱が私たちを結びつけてくれました。」


ウェイはもう少し早くランニングを始めていたらどうなっていたと思うかよく聞かれます。

しかし素晴らしい成果をあげている今、それを考える必要があるのでしょうか?
「遊び呆けた日々に後悔はなく、本当に楽しかった。」

バルセロナで40歳の誕生日を迎えるウェイは、飲み残したアルコールに囲まれながら友人達はまだ眠っているころ、ロングランを行なっていました。


「私は今二つの価値観を持っています。もう金曜日、土曜日の夜にクラブに出かける事はありませんが、今でも社会生活を楽しんでいます。情熱と楽しい時間を持ち合わせています。」


彼の話はこれからさらに面白くなります。ウェイはロンドンマラソンでイギリス人3番目でゴールした事でコモンウェルスゲームズのイギリス代表の座を手にしました。彼の先にゴールしたのは、2度のオリンピック金メダリストそして3度の世界チャンピオンに輝いたモハメド・ファラーと10000m代表として出場するクリス・トンプソンの二人でした。(この年モハメド・ファラーは病気によりコモンウェルスゲームズは欠場)

しかし一番面白いのはここではありません。




彼が2時間1627秒のタイムで15位でゴールした事でもなく、オリンピック代表のスコット・オーバーオールに先着した事でもないのです。ウェイはレース前日、いとこの家に向かう途中、キャンピングカーで一夜を過ごしています。一番おもしろいのはウェイはこのロンドンマラソンに向けてトレーニングを行なっていたわけではなく、チームメイトと共に気楽にマラソンを走るつもりでいたのです。


「国の代表になるという考えは全くなかった。翌月の5月に行われるイギリス選手権100kmに向けたトレーニングの一環としてロンドンマラソンを走る予定でした。ただレース10日ほど前に、マラソンで自己記録が狙えるほどに調子がいいことに気づきました。どこまでやれるかは分からないが記録を狙ってみる決心をしました。

レース当日、状態は非常に良好で2時間15分のペースメーカーに付きました。

多くの声援を受け、ゴールを見据えて走りました。コースの両サイドには多くの観客で埋め尽くされていて、追跡カメラが私を撮り始めました。

その時、テレビに映っていることに気づき、母は私の走る姿をテレビで見ていました。本当に華々しい時間で、今までのトレーニングが成果が価値あるものとなりました。」

その2週間後、ウェイは100km選手権で後続に46分の差をつけ優勝しました。


ウェイの快進撃が持ち上げられる中、彼のコモンウェルスゲームズへのイギリス代表の座が現実味を帯びました。ロンドンでは4人のケニヤ選手が彼より先にゴールしました。優勝者は、当時の世界記録保持者ウィルソン・キプサングでウェイとの差は12分ありました。

しかしダイエット、禁煙のためにランニングを始めた男にとって、世界記録保持者キプサングと共にスタートラインに立つというのは夢のようなものでした。


「ロンドンマラソンから2週間後、私ははイギリス代表に選ばれました。それは非現実的なものでした。」コモンウェルスゲームズのスタート前にウェイは話しました。

「家ではソファーの横たわるだけの怠け者が国を代表するランナーになったのは理解しがたいです。」

ウェイは才能を持っていたがそれに気づいていなかっただけ。しかし彼は取り返しがつかなくなる前にその才能に気づくことができた。自分というのを捜索する時なのかもしれません。あなたがどんな才能を持っているのかは誰にも分かりません。

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I was running in Vancouver, Canada for 10months and Sydney, Australia for 8months.  During the each year, I have met 2 legends athletes Kevin O'connor in Vancouver and Sean Williams in Sydney.

Here is my running story in 2countries and how I met those athletes


In June 2014, I moved to Vancouver to observe Canadian running community and experience some marathons in north america . At the time, I was running but not competitively. It had been 8months since my marathon debut at the Maui marathon.
1 month after I arrived in Vancouver, I moved to Lake Louise to make money to travel around marathon races. I went for 30minutes easy run once as usual, however, I was out of breath easily. It turned out there is located at 1600m above from sea level. I ran for 30-40 minutes after work everyday. As closing to end of August, temperature was felling down to 0℃ and snowed once. I thought now time to move back to Vancouver.

In September, my first race in Canada that East side 10k came up.
I had not done any speed sessions before the race, but I had run on hilly terrine at high altitude every day at least. What was the most important thing for this race was to experience a race.
From my experience of Maui marathon, I had predicted that I got excited and wanted to compete when I toe the line. I am sure that living in high altitude paid off. I was 6th place in 33'18.
After this race, I had determined to run competitively again. I set my second race in Canada at Rock'n Roll Vancouver Half marathon which was just arrived in Vancouver in November. I was 7th place in 1'11”45 which was not as fast time as my prediction. I was searching race informations.
I n December, I got a job at Running room thanks to Lori and Jerry.
At the store, I got a lot of race informations in Vancouver.
My first race in 2015 was Ice breaker 8k. In this race I competed with Kevin 


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O'connor for the first time. I was 2nd and he was 3rd.
I found out he was the fastest Canadian runner in 45+. I was so surprised how fast he was. Since then I recognized he was my rival.
We were competed at 7races. I didn't care how old he was. I knew he was a good athlete. When he was aware I was training by myself all the time, he nicely asked me to join his group. Unfortunately, my work schedule didn't much his team training days. That was one of my regret in Vancouver. I should have joined them once at least.



Our last competition was Ottawa 10km. When we were in same group, pushing hard each other. While racing with him, I was aware there were some people who were shouting his name.
I was supposed to say good bye to him after the last race, but I couldn't because there were lots of people at the finishing line.

Despite there were somethings I wanted to do in Canada remained, I left Canada.
At the Vancouver marathon before Ottaw10km, I was supporting the one of the japanese athlete, because I got a contact from Brett Larner from Japan Running News. Working for Running room made this happen, since Brett and Steve mattina who is an area manager of Running Room are friends.



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After the Vancouver marathon, I was getting in touch with Brett. His running community is very huge. I told him I was going to move to Sydney Australia. He contacted with Ryan MacDonald, the elite athlete coordinator at the Gold Coast Airpor and Jeffry Hunt one of Australia's London Olympics marathoners.
Both of them suggested joining the running team “SWEAT”. So I got in touch with the head coach of sweat Sean wiliams. He coaches all ability runners from beginner to olympians.




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Not only he is a brilliant running coach, but also great runner. I talked to him that I was running in Vancouver before moving to Sydney, and he said he used to be running in Vancouver. In our conversation about Vancouver, one runner's name emerged.
Yes, his name was “Kevin O'connor”. I found out that Sean and Kevin used to be a training partner. I was surprised. I am not sure it was coincident. But we were connected by running.
I learned there was no age limits for running by these 2 legends.

As long as I run, running connect me with runners. It crosses all over the world.


This time I share my marathon debut at Maui marathon 2013 by accident.
I ran a marathon race at the Maui marathon 2013 and won. This happening has changed my life.

 I'm a former Hakone Ekiden team athlete, but I retired from competitions after Hakone Ekiden in January 2013. My life had been dedicated to running for a long time. I entered university as an all scholarship student. I had nothing to proud of except running and I had no idea what I wanted to do in my future. I was really struggling with the fact at the moment.  I was walking through the hall and just found the poster of American agriculture program. I was not interested in agriculture, however, I was interested in working abroad. Fortunately my major in university was agribusiness and I was quarried to join the program. I had nothing to do, I had decided to join the program just for experience.
 After graduating from university, I moved to Maui to train in American agriculture for a year. I lived in the trainee house which was located in middle of Haleakala volcano 1000m above from sea level. There is so hilly terrines. It had been 4months since I had stopped any excises. Once I went for 30minutes easy run. My body was so heavy. On the third day I started an easy running, I got injured and couldn't run for a month. "I was not athlete any more. My body was terrible". I was so disappointed that my body was going toward in a bod body shape. 

 
One day, the program coordinator emailed me that Maui marathon was held in September and said "Why don't you try it"? I searched the web site and found out there were 5km, 10km, Half marathon ,marathon category. I thought I could run a half marathon, if I started training right now. 3months before the race day at the moment. 
I started running for 10minutes after work 5days a week. 1month later, I increased the volume of training to 40 minutes run and incorporate hill sprint once a week. 

Here is my work out in the August.

Monday: 40min easy run
Tuesday: 10×250hill sprint 
Wednesday: 40min easy run
Thursday: 40min easy run
Friday: 80min long run
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 40min easy run 

I was not in good shape as much as before, but confident to run a half marathon within 75minutes. 
As closing to the race day, one problem emerged. The half marathon start time was 5:30am from Resort area which was quite far away from my house. There was no public transportation early morning, I couldn't afford to book a resort hotel room. There is safety area and are lots of beach. I had decided to sleep on the beach near the start point.  


The day before the race day, I went to pick up my bib number at the reception, however, I couldn't find my name on the half marathon list. Then I asked the staff there " Excuse me. I had registered to half marathon and my name was supposed to be on the list. I got a receipt that my registration to half marathon had been accepted." He looked up my name and found it on marathon list. I was so confused. I asked him if I could change. He said "No". I was not preparing for a marathon. The longest distance was 15km, besides it was just easy jog. What is more, marathon start point was center of Maui. My plan sleeping on the beach had gone.  I was so frustrated. I had lots of fears that running 42km. 12hours until start time. I had no choice.
I got on a bus to center of Maui. I found out that university of Hawaii is located near the start point and there are huge grass area. 

 
I looked around the university to find comfortable space to sleep. At the corner of the building, there were soft grass space and hided in the trees, so no one can find me. 
I was sleeping well. In the midnight, the sprinkler turned on. One of them was under myself. I got soaking wet and it totally woke me up. I got only 3hours of sleep, despite it was before a marathon race. 
I was complaining by myself and thinking of some excuses, but I realized that there was no one blame me, even if I ran terribly or pulled out from the race. I was kind of eased. 
I kept talking myself that "just take it easy, you don't need you push hard".
I toe the line, in contrast my motivation was getting higher and I was determined to run as much hard as I could.

Thankfully, it was not high level competition race, so the leaders were making 4'00/km -ish pace in the beginning. I was still ease until 10km mark, and 3runners remained in the group. I thought I was able to get rid of them. I picked up the pace and no one could keep up with me. From the 12km mark, I was running on my one. I didn't care the wall of 30km. Everyone who experienced a marathon race say "it was like a hell".
I was keeping the pace of 3'30/km-ish then passed a half way in 1 hour 16mins something. I was still ease.
After 25km, I felt fatigues in my quads and the pace was dropping down to 4'00/km. 
I looked at behind and couldn't see anyone. At the 32km mark, my legs started cramping. Since then, I was just counting the rest of distance. 10k, 9k, 8k......

I felt getting sick and almost threw up at the 37km. Probably my pace dropped down to 5'00/km. So painful.
I talked myself that if you stopped and walk, you would never start running again. I was definitely dehydrated. The temp was closing to 30℃. 
I was catching up the runners who participated a half marathon race, so it was hard to make out who was second one. Last 1km. I think that was the longest 1km ever. Closing to goal line. I was squeeze the rest of my energy, then finally I managed to cross the finish line and won. The finishing time was 2'43"50.
I didn't care the finishing time even winning of the race. I was just happy that the race was over.




After the race, I had the winning interview in English. There was no interpreter. I couldn't speak English at all, however, the interviewer kept asking. After the interview, local runners there came to me to talk.
Sadly, I couldn't communicate with them well. At the same time, popped out the thought that how awesome it would be if I spoke English well and communicate with runners from all over the world. 
After the race, I had determined to study English and keep running.
The day after the race day, I was featured on the top page of the newspaper. 
 Since then I met a lot of runners there, it made me decided to move to Canada to meet runners there.
And then Australia.

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Even now, I still think if I hadn't ran a Maui marathon by mistake entry, how my life would have been.

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