The Tokyo marathon is a lofty goal for any marathon runner, and when LLM Design’s Business Ops Director Patti Dobrindt signed up, she put her all into a typical training regime. But then the world went on hold and so did her 2020 trip to Tokyo. Three years and a few training stops and starts later, Patti was on her way to her 13th marathon in March of 2023.
Compared to other courses, the Tokyo course was flat and “really runnable”. Huge crowds of spectators and volunteers lined the downtown streets, cheering all the runners on. Even with all the energy from the crowd, Patti admits the 14 hour time difference took a toll on her own stamina and clocked in as her slowest marathon finish ever.
“I’m super happy with the experience as it is the most culturally different destination to which I have ever traveled. The country is beautiful and the people are very kind and welcoming. It was the farthest I had ever been from home not just to run a race but EVER.
“Marathoning is all about mind over matter. When your brain is telling you you’ve given as much as you can you really are only at 40% of what your body is capable of—pushing through that to the finish line is such a sense of accomplishment. And then you can eat anything you want! Ha Ha!”
Director of Business Operations
Whether she is running in our home town of Boston or across the globe, and no matter what her time is, we here at LLM Design are super impressed with Patti’s dedication and drive. Now with 5 out of the 6 world marathons complete, we look forward to supporting Patti as she considers London to complete her marathon life goals.