June 18, 2017

Good Trail Workout

Week of June 12 ~ 18

8:02 running time  75.6k

Monday - 60'  My runny nose from 7 days ago has turned into a real cold.
Tuesday - 60' and gym workout. 18C and felt very chilly.
Wednesday - 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 3, 400
5:03, 3:53, 3:54, 3:06, 3:10, 3:16, 87
Chest cold affected me - coughing on the 1200, which is not a good sign.
Was breathing ok on the 1000s, however. Then on the 800s I was feeling weak and also my quads were hurting, I suppose from 4 hours running in the last 3 days.

Thursday - 90' - felt ok, but slight cough
Friday - rest, gym
Saturday - 73' - 6k WU, 4k tempo, 2k
Ran the 4k at 4:37/k, not pushing hard because I still have congestion and also will be doing a hard trail run tomorrow.
28C, but a cool breeze in the park. Weight is down to 59.3kg

Sunday - 18.6k, of which about 14 is an unending series of steep up/down/up/down, etc. With lots of roots and stones. Running with 4 other guys and 3 girls - but ran most of it with one of the guys.
Very easy out and back until 3k to go, at which point I went hard to the finish (as I always do on this course). That 3k is rolling up and down but more down than up.
For most of the way, I had to walk up a lot of the steep uphills, more so than in the past. 20 years ago I would run the whole way, but no more. Still a very hard workout, though, great for building leg strength.
It was cool in the woods (it's all woods), but very humid, so not ideal conditions.
All in all, a very pleasant run followed by an even more pleasant soak in a hot spring and then beer and soba noodles.







June 11, 2017

Training Program

But first, the week that was.

June 5 ~ 11
Total 7:35   75.9km

Monday - 60'
Tuesday - 60'
Wednesday - 50' Track workout of 1000 x 6
3:57, 56, 54, 56, 59, 46
Didn't feel too good on the first two, but then felt better. Planned to go hard on the last one. Back to the A group! (We have so many people on wednesday nights that we have to run two groups, each of which has about 40 people. The A group is people running under 4:00 per k pace.)
All together, there are 300-400 runners on the track (but not always at the same time). That's running in Tokyo!

Thursday - 90'
Friday - Gym workout
Saturday - 75' with 6k warmup, then 2k x 3.
8:38 (20/18), 8:42 (18/24), 8:47 (21/26).
Cut recovery time from last week's 3:30 to 2:30 walk.
Felt pretty good and worked pretty hard.
It was hot - 29C/84F - but cloudy so didn't feel so hot.
60.1kg

Sunday - 120'

So here's my latest basic training program.
The one I'm doing now is aimed at preparing for a race, and is as above, with maybe some variations on Saturday. (10K race on Aug. 5.)
At other times, the basic plan will be:
F - rest, gym
S - 120'
S - 120'
M - 120'
T - 60' + gym
W - 60' intervals
T - 120'
Which is 10 hours of running, 9 at an easy/comfortable pace, total about 96k.
Decided to rest on Fridays, due to DOMS from wednesday and to recover for the days ahead.

June 5, 2017

A 5.8km "5K", TT and More

Week of May 15 ~ 21

All runs at fairly easy pace unless indicated.

7:25 running time, 70.7km
Monday - 90'
Tuesday - 60'
Wednesday - club track workout
1200 x 2, 1000 x 2, 800 x 2
4:48, 4:36, 3:49, 3:51, 3:07, 3:10 (intervals abt 3:30 jog/walk)
Felt pretty good, especially second 1200. Nice to be down at 3:50 for the 1000s. Calves were sore on the 800s, so eased up.

Thursday - Rest
Friday - 38' with 3k at tempo pace + gym
Saturday - 120'
Sunday - 43'  Watched the Grand Prix track meet in Kawasaki with some big stars and several good races.

Week of May 22 ~ 28
2:39  28.2km

Monday & Tuesday - Far East HS track meet
Wednesday - 1600, 1000 x 3, 800, 400
6:21, 3:57, 3:59, 4:11, 3:22, 1:40
Tried to run fast on the 1600, but it was still pretty slow!
Calves and right inner thigh got sore from second 1000, so slowed down.

Thursday & Friday - Rest
Saturday - TELL Charity Runathon 5K
Turned out to be 5.8km! So I'm no longer the race director, and they screwed up! Didn't matter though, it was not a serious race anyway. Plus it was hot and we were running into the wind coming back. So...25:20, which works out to 21:48. I didn't like the dirt path, either...
28C/82F
Sunday - 40'

Oh, and the 24th was my birthday, one of those milestone ones, but not for me, as I do my best to ignore birthdays, and if anyone asks I tell them 45 (actually I tell them you're as old as you look, think and feel), but some club guys gave me a dinner party with "a few close friends" which turned out to be 26 people. It was a fun evening.

Week of May 29 ~ June 4
6:51  70.4km

Monday - 50'
Tuesday - 40'+ gym
Wednesday - 5,000m time trial
21:17 (4:10/16/18/21/12)
Wanted to run 21:00, so not too bad, but of course, I want to/think I should be running 20:00.
Had a good woman runner to follow after 1200, which was good because I would have slowed if running by myself.
25C/77F

Thursday - Rest
Friday - 40' and 60' with a gym workout in the middle.
Saturday - 6k warmup, 2k x 2, 1.5k warmdown
2Ks: 8:45 (20/25), 8:41 (21/20), 8:46 (25/21) 3:30 walk in between.
27C/81F, 60.8kg (need to get down under 59)
Followed running guru Harrisson's advice to do 2k intervals and felt pretty good on each one.
This is part of gearing up for the Beach to Beacon 10K race on August 5 in Portland, Maine (one of the best 10Ks in America). Goal pace at this point is 4:10 per km, so wanted to run 4:20~30, which I did.
Sunday - 90' - legs felt ok at an easy pace.

May 15, 2017

Feeling Better

Week of May 1 ~ 7
This was a recovery week from the 10K last Saturday. I have to take it easy for a week or even two after a race or else I get injured. Of course the race time was only 43, not 38, but still best to be cautious.

So...rest Monday and very easy the next three days.
Friday I did 100 mins., split into two runs with a gym workout in between.
Saturday was 80 mins, legs still feeling heavy.
Sunday 66 mins,  feeling a bit better.

The two highlights of the week were first, the Breaking2 run by Kipchoge, of which I watched the last half. Just mesmerizing. I was blown away not only by the final time, but by the fact that at 30k, he looked better than the pacers! Such wonderful running form.
And second, the Namban Rengo Beer Mile on Sunday, which I am not crazy enough to participate in, but had a lot of fun watching and timing. Check out the great article about it on our website at namban.org.

Week of May 8 ~ 14
Monday and Tuesday - 50 mins, easy runs with the HS track team.
Wednesday - intervals at the track, 800, 1000, 1200, 1200, 1000, 800.
Felt good, like I was actually running at a good pace, for the first time in a very long time. Warmed up the first 800, then did a 3:51 1000, 4:45 1200s (3:59 at the 1000), 3:49 1000 and 3:02 800. Not blazingly fast by any means, but nice to be down at 3:50/k again.
It was a coolish 17C, but about 80% humidity. No wind. Not a bad night for running.
Thursday was very easy, Friday was 50 mins, gym, 50 mins.
Saturday I took a rest day, as I had run 11 days in a row.
Sunday did 120 mins at 6:00/k pace (20km), which is actually a little faster than I have been running, but still keeping in my comfort zone (the Ed Whitlock philosophy).

So that was 68k for the week, not so bad. Aiming for 80 and eventually, 100.

May 2, 2017

10K — Perhaps Best Forgotten

So I ran the 10K race on Saturday the 29th and found out...I'm not in very good shape.
43:18 and the course was probably 150m short, although the last 4k was uphill (gradual, but still....)
Just did not feel capable of moving very fast at all.

Week of 4/17 ~23

67km, 6:12 running time
The week was marked by a decent 8k tempo run with the kids on Monday, an interval workout where I did not feel good (as in, able to run fast) on Wednesday, and a 2 hour run on Friday.

Week of 4/24 ~ 30

Did two easy days, then cruised the 5,000m time trial in 23:00 on wednesday. Took off thursday and friday, travelling up to the hot spring resort area of Nasu Shiobara on Friday. It's in the mountains, one hour north of Tokyo by shinkansen bullet train. Very nice area. Went up with the wife, and Padraig from the club was also there with his family, so it was a nice weekend.
Except for the race. The weather was good, so no excuses there. I had been running for 10 weeks since recovering from the cracked kneecap, but only 5 of those were decent training weeks. So I wasn't expecting too much, in fact, said that I would be happy with 44 minutes. But once the race comes around, you go into it with the same feeling as other races, namely, that you will go out at a good pace and hold it or pick it up. This was not to be, as I went out at about 4:15/k, did all right on the downhill section, but then got slower and slower. All kinds of old, feeble-looking dudes were passing me. At least that's how it seemed, although I suppose they were running fairly well.
Was only 14th in the 60s (out of 182), which is the lowest I ever finished a race.

Ok, so I'm not in great shape! I get it. I'll work on that over the next few months.

April 16, 2017

More Running, Less Eating!

That's my mantra these days, for getting into better shape and losing weight. Now to see if I can actually do it.

Week of April 3 ~ 9

This was pre-mantra, and I only ran 49k with two days off. Did a decent tempo run on monday and a good 1000m x 6 workout on wednesday night, averaging about 4:14 with the last one at 4:08. Not sure if the distance was exact, as we ran a slightly different loop due to many cherry blossom viewing revelers in the park, but it was pretty close.
Weight was around 61.5kg

Week of April 10 ~ 16

Once again, only ran 5 days due to cold rain on Tuesday and HS track meet on Saturday, but got up to 70k with two good workouts and three long runs.

Monday was a moderate tempo run with the kids, Wednesday was 1200 x 3, 800 x 2, 400 x1, as we were back on our track (!) after more than a year. That called for 12s and 8s rather than the 1000s we've been doing for so long.
Ran at about a 4:08/1000m pace, despite not feeling great, there being a strong wind on the homestretch and the track being absolutely packed with people (several hundreds). Seemed like all the clubs were happy to be back.

Thursday - 100 mins. although had two long rests as I ran to school then to the track (HS team practice), then home.

Friday - 50 mins and 70 mins, with a gym workout in between. Two-a-days seems like a good idea to save some wear and tear on the legs. I'll try to do more of these, especially when track season is over.

Sunday - 90 mins., after "exercising" for about two hours cleaning up leaves, weeds and so on around the house.

Weight down to around 60.5kg.

Nice to see the NY Times article, "To add years to your life, running is the best way." Results of a large study showed that "if every non-runner who had been part of the reviwwed studies took up the sport, there would have been 16 percent fewer deaths over all (sic), and 25 percent fewer heart attacks." And "The good news is that prolonged running does not seem to become counterproductive for longevity."

But we knew that, didn't we?

April 3, 2017

Making Progress

Over the past month, my knee has been fine - no pain at all - and I've been working myself back into shape. I'm getting there, but not really in good shape yet.

Week of Mar 6~12
6 runs of 50-60 mins., 50km, Wednesday night 1000s were about 4:25.

Week of Mar 13~19
5 runs with one 80 mins., 44km, wed 6 1000s aver abt. 4:20
Good 8k tempo run with HS team on Monday - 5 hilly loops, had to work to stay with top girls the last 2.

Week of Mar 20~26
6 runs of 60,70,80 mins., 60km, wed 1000s in 4:20
Another Monday tempo run, as above.

Week of Mar 27~Apr 2
6 runs of abt 60 and one 80 min, 64km, 5k time trial on wed. in 21:46.
Happy enough with the time trial, since I had been doing 4:20 1000s but averaged the 5k in 4:21.
Then did a 17k run on Sunday at about 5:50/k (usual pace is over 6:00), with no soreness or ill effects.

Hoping to be in good enough shape to run the 10k race on the 29th in a time that won't be embarrassing.